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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'The Waltons' in the 1970s:

1970s Episode Guide for 'The Waltons':

(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

December 19, 1971: The Homecoming: A Christmas Story
W: Earl Hamner Jr.   D: Fielder Cook

With Patricia Neal (Olivia Walton), Edgar Bergen (Grandpa Zebulon Walton), Dorothy Stickney (Emily Baldwin), Josephine Hutchinson (Mamie Baldwin), William Windom (Charlie Snead), Andrew Duggan (John Walton), Woodrow Parfrey (Ike Godsey), David Huddleston (Sheriff Bridges), David Livingston (Claudie Dooley), Cleavon Little (Hawthorne Dooley).
Earl Hamner's story that served as the pilot for The Waltons. On Christmas Eve, the Walton family are in the midst of their Christmas preparations and hoping to celebrate it together, but John Walton has not yet arrived at home to share this Christmas with his family.

September 14, 1972: The Foundling
Season 1, episode 1
W: John McGreevey   D: Vincent Sherman

With Erica Hunton (Holly Collier), Richard Kelton (Anson Collier), Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), Charlotte Stewart (Ruth Collier).
Series about a family living in the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia during the Depression years; their hopes, desires and relationships and the people who make up their community. The family was introduced in the TV movie pilot, "The Homecoming" which was based on the 1963 movie, "Spencer's Mountain". In the first episode, a woman abandons her young daughter on the Waltons' doorstep without her husband's knowledge, and the head of the house feels he must turn the child over to the county home.

September 21, 1972: The Carnival
Season 1, episode 2
W: Nigel McKeand   D: Alf Kjellin

With Gino Conforti (Pete Harris), Billy Barty (Tommy), Barbara Davis (Belle), Arthur Peterson (Homer Ferguson), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose Coverdale), Jay Ripley (Sam Holden).
A touring carnival folds when the manager and snake charmer's wife abscond with the receipts, leaving the entertainers stranded. They take up residence in the Waltons' barn.

September 28, 1972: The Calf
Season 1, episode 3
W: Jim Byrnes   D: Harry Harris

With Leonard Stone (George Anderson).
John Walton's children are unhappy when he insists he must sell their baby calf because he needs the money to buy a new axle for his truck.

October 5, 1972: The Hunt
Season 1, episode 4
W: John McGreevey   D: Robert Butler

With David Doremus (G.W. Haynes), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose Coverdale), Tom Peters (Teddy Sneed), Teddy Wilson (Hawthorne Dooley), James Nusser (Jake), George Tobias (Vernon Rutley).
The family agrees that John Boy is now old enough to go hunting with the men and bring back a turkey for dinner, and he can hardly wait to go.

October 12, 1972: The Typewriter
Season 1, episode 5
W: Theodore Apstein   D: Philip Leacock

With Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), George Tobias (Vernon Rutley), Harry Hickox (Junkyard Owner).
The Baldwin sisters reluctantly entrust John-Boy with the loan of their historic 1908 typewriter, and Mary Ellen thoughtlessly sells it to a junkman.

October 19, 1972: The Star
Season 1, episode 6
W: John McGreevey   D: Alf Kjellin

With Iggie Wolfington (Polonius Baldwin), Byron Morrow (Dr. Shackleford), Mariclaire Costello (Miss Hunter), Cindy Fisher (Nancy), Jack Collins (Col. Tecumseh Henderson).
Grandpa sees a "shooting star" just as a pain hits his chest, convincing him he has received a sign from up above that he is going to die. However, smooth-talking cousin Polonius has other thoughts on the matter.

October 26, 1972: The Sinner
Season 1, episode 7
W: John Furia   D: Philip Leacock

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Collin Wilcox (Rev. Ethel Prissom).
John and Olivia have the first serious quarrel of their 18-year marriage when a zealous young minister comes to spend a few days with them.

November 2, 1972: The Boy From The C.C.C.
Season 1, episode 8
W: William Welch   D: Harry Harris

With Michael Rupert (Gino).
A homeless young man is taken in by the Waltons when he's found starving in the woods, but then he betrays the family's trust.

November 9, 1972: The Ceremony
Season 1, episode 9
W: Nigel McKeand   D: Vincent Sherman

With Ellen Geer (Eva Mann), Saul Silverman (Rabbi), Radames Pera (Paul Mann), Noah Keen (Professor David Mann).
When a refugee family from Hitler's Germany comes to live near the Waltons, the father believes that persecution has followed them even to their remote country town.

November 16, 1972: The Legend
Season 1, episode 10
W: John McGreevey   D: Lee Philips

With Jim Antonio (Tip Harrison).
John's old army buddy, Tip Harrison, comes to visit the Waltons and fascinates the children with stories of his experiences.

November 30, 1972: The Literary Man
Season 1, episode 11
W: Colley Cibber   D: Philip Leacock

With Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), David Huddleston (A.J. Covington).
John-Boy's passion to become a writer is redoubled when he meets an author who has known most of the great ones.

December 7, 1972: The Dust Bowl Cousins
Season 1, episode 12
W: Paul Savage   D: Robert Butler

With Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Ken Wolger (Job Denby), Jay W. MacIntosh (Cora Denby), Warren Vanders (Ham Denby).
Olivia's cousin Cora and her family arrive from Kansas, saying they lost their farm in the Dust Bowl and wish to live with the Waltons until they can find work.

December 14, 1972: The Reunion
Season 1, episode 13
W: Earl Hamner Jr.   D: Jack Shea

With Denver Pyle (Homer Lee Baldwin), Adele Claire (Daisy Burgess), Iler Rasmussen (Frank Winston).
The unscrupulous cousin of the Baldwin sisters comes to visit and sees his chance to take advantage of their trusting natures.

December 21, 1972: The Minstrel
Season 1, episode 14
W: John Furia Jr.   D: Philip Leacock

With Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Peter Hooten (Jamie), Regis Cordic (Mr. Pickett).
Mary Ellen is stricken with wanderlust and tells her family she will run away as soon as she is old enough.

January 4, 1973: The Actress
Season 1, episode 15
W: William Bast   D: Vincent Sherman

With Pippa Scott (Alvira Drummond), Ray Sutton (Rex McKay), Dorothy Neumann (Fanny Tatum).
A famous actress is left stranded in Walton's Mountain when her limousine breaks down and she's left without funds. John-Boy invites her home for dinner.

January 11, 1973: The Fire
Season 1, episode 16
W: Earl Hamner Jr.   D: Harry Harris

With Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Laurie Prange (Lois May Bascomb), Richard Bradford (Lutie Bascomb), Mark Montgomery (Addison), Teddy Wilson (Hawthorne Dooley), Scott McCarter (Beaumont), Lisa Eilbacher (Jeanette), Nancy Jeris (Mother).
Lutie Bascomb accuses the Waltons' mountain school of teaching atheism and threatens to cause trouble for the teacher.

January 18, 1973: The Love Story
Season 1, episode 17
W: Earl Hamner Jr.   D: Lee Philips

With Sian Barbara Allen (Jenny Pendleton), Diane Shalet (Eula Pendleton), Gordon Rigsby (Dave Pendleton).
John-Boy has his first serious love affair when Jenny Pendleton runs away from home and the Waltons take her in.

January 25, 1973: The Courtship
Season 1, episode 18
W: Jeb Rosebrook   D: Harry Harris

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Danna Hansen (Cordelia), Eduard Franz (Cody Nelson).
When Olivia's bashful uncle comes to visit, the Waltons get him a date with the glamorous divorcee Cordelia Hunnicutt. They believe that opposites often attract each other.

February 1, 1973: The Gypsies
Season 1, episode 19
W: Paul Savage   D: Harry Harris

With Victor Argo (Zvelei), Barry Miller (Craska), Celia Lovsky (Zena), Karen Kondazian (Franzia), William Bramley (Matt Beckwith), Gregory Sierra (Volia).
A family of gypsies moves uninvited into the Baldwin home while the sisters are away, and the Waltons' offer of assistance to the gypsies is refused.

February 8, 1973: The Deed
Season 1, episode 20
W: James Menzies   D: Vincent Sherman

With Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Garry Walberg (Will Guffy), Jenny Sullivan (Cissy Brubaker), Shirley O'Hara (Mrs. Vandenberg), Robert Karnes (Mr. Moffatt), Russ Grieve (Police Sergeant), Seamon Glass (Bartender), Randall Carver (Morty Vandenberg), Lew Brown (Mr. Tinker).
A lumber company seizes the mountain as unregistered land and although the Waltons have owned it since 1796 they are unable to prove their claim.

February 22, 1973: The Scholar
Season 1, episode 21
W: John McGreevey   D: Lee Philips

With Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Kerry MacLane (Henry Wagaman), Royce Wallace (Alice Perry).
A practical nurse helping out at the Walton home is unable to read or write but is too proud to admit it.

March 1, 1973: The Bicycle
Season 1, episode 22
W: Nigel McKeand   D: Alf Kjellin

With Ned Beatty (Curtis Norton), Ruth Warshawsky (Martha Sheffield), Kathleen O'Malley (Sarah Tyler), Nora Marlowe (Flossie Brimmer), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Lou Frizzell (Everett Cooper), David Doremus (G. W. Haines), Ivy Jones (Ann Harris).
A shy, silent type convinces a romantic city girl to marry him by using love letters written for him by John-Boy.

March 8, 1973: The Townie
Season 1, episode 23
W: Richard Fielder   D: Jack Shea

With Sissy Spacek (Sarah Jane Simmons), Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Nicholas Hammond (Theodore Claypool Jr.), Allyn Ann McLerie (Widow Simmons), John Myhers (Theodore Claypool), Bill McLean (Mr. Purdy), Kelly Yagerman (Amanda), Mike McGaughy (Homer).
John-Boy feels responsible when his girlfriend decides to escape her life with a stern mother and seek adventure by running off to get married.

April 19, 1973: An Easter Story
Season 1, episode 24
W: John McGreevey   D: Philip Leacock

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), David Doremus (G.W. Haynes), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Ann Carol Pearson (Admissions Clerk), Don Collier (Dr. Miller), Joe Frank Carollo (Tom).
In a special two-hour episode, a severe crisis in the Walton home occurs when Olivia is stricken with polio and faces the possibility of permanent paralysis. She tries to effect a cure herself based on faith and sheer will, at the same time encouraging the children to develop their own interests as if nothing had changed.

September 13, 1973: The Journey
Season 2, episode 1
W: Nigel McKeand   D: Harry Harris

With Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Linda Watkins (Mrs. Mackenzie), Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), Chester Jones (Waiter).
The second season starts with stories reflecting events involving the Waltons in the year 1934. In the first episode a very old lady resorts to trickery to get John-Boy to do her bidding and then gives him an unusual reward.

September 20, 1973: The Odyssey
Season 2, episode 2
W: Joanna Lee   D: Jack Shea

With Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Sissy Spacek (Sarah Simmonds), Allyn Ann McLerie (Mrs. Simmonds), Frances E. Williams (Granny Ketcham).
John-Boy seeks the privacy of an abandoned cabin to continue his writing and finds a pregnant woman hiding there.

September 27, 1973: The Separation
Season 2, episode 3
W: Richard Carr   D: Philip Leacock

With William Paterson (Fred Hansen), John J. Fox (Ollie Harper), Ancel Cook (Anker Barnes), Ed Call (Electric Company Man).
Grandma Walton throws grandpa out of the house and accuses him of flirting with the Baldwin sisters.

October 4, 1973: The Theft
Season 2, episode 4
W: Robert Malcolm Young   D: Harry Harris

With Noble Willingham (Mr. Denton), Vern Rowe (Dodge Evanhauer), Diana Webster (Mrs. Claybourne), Janit Baldwin (Amelia Claybourne), Davis Roberts (Dewey), Dennis Dugan (Stewart Lee Claybourne).
John Walton is accused of theft under mysterious circumstances, but he refuses to defend himself. After he had repaired a refrigerator for a wealthy woman, she discovered two ancient silver Paul Revere goblets missing.

October 11, 1973: The Roots
Season 2, episode 5
W: Sheldon Stark   D: Philip Leacock

With Hal Williams (Harley Foster), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Noble Willingham (Mr. Denton), Erin Blunt (Jody Foster).
Widow Verdie Foster asks John-Boy to help her persuade an itinerant fruit picker to settle down and marry her.

October 18, 1973: The Chicken Thief
Season 2, episode 6
W: Richard Carr   D: Ralph Senensky

With Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Cissy Wellman (Jane Aspen), Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Meg Wyllie (Mrs. Potter), Richard O'Brien (Charlie Potter), David Moody (Floyd Carter), Charles Kuenstle (Mr. Kilgare), Dorothy Meyer (Mrs. Blankfort).
John-Boy's conscience troubles him when he catches a boy stealing chickens and he can't decide whether to report it.

October 25, 1973: The Prize
Season 2, episode 7
W: Dale Eunson   D: Philip Leacock

With Peter Donat (Oscar Cockrell), Dana Elcar (George Porter), Louise Lorimer (Grace Patterson), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), David Doremus (G.W. Haynes), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose Coverdale).
A wealthy former suitor of Olivia's comes to visit during the family dilemma over ownership of a gift pig.

November 1, 1973: The Braggart
Season 2, episode 8
W: Richard Fielder   D: Jack Shea

With Michael McGreevey (Hobart Shank), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose Coverdale), Tami Bula (Marcia Woolery), Richard X. Slattery (Clyde Harroway).
An egotistical young baseball pitcher with hopes for a professional career invites himself to stay with the Waltons, but his compulsion to show everyone how great he is proves his undoing.

November 8, 1973: The Fawn
Season 2, episode 9
W: John McGreevey   D: Ralph Waite

With James Gammon (Roswell), Charles Tyner (Graham Foster), Matt Clark (Hennessey), Jimmy Davila (Harold Beasely), Marjorie Morley Eaton (Mrs. Crowfid), Todd Miller (Charlie), Mary Betten (Mrs. Littlefield), Donna Sanders (Beth Ann).
Erin finds a baby deer in the woods and hopes she can keep it as a pet, but the animal soon wears out its welcome.

November 15, 1973: The Thanksgiving Story
Season 2, episode 10
W: Joanna Lee   D: Philip Leacock

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), David Doremus (G.W. Haynes), Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Rance Howard (Dr. McIvers), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose Coverdale), Diane Shalet (Eula Pendleton), Sian Barbara Allen (Jenny Pendleton), Nadyne Turney (Miss Monsell), Paul Sorenson (Higgins), Teresa Medaris (Fern), Monty Margetts (Teacher), Kym Karath (Mabel), David Henesy (Jerry), Betsee Finlee (Nurse), Claudia Bryar (Nurse), Ivan Bonar (Doctor), Keith Atkinson (Proctor).
John-Boy seems to have much to be thankful for as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. His grades have earned him the right to try for a scholarship, and his girlfriend is coming home after a year's absence.

November 22, 1973: The Substitute
Season 2, episode 12
W: John McGreevey   D: Lee Philips

With Catherine Burns (Megan Pollard), Kathleen O'Malley (Ethel Richardson), Melanie Freeman (Lucille Younger), Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter).
An substitute teacher with harsh ideas as to how children should be handled creates problems.

November 29, 1973: The Bequest
Season 2, episode 13
W: Mort Thaw   D: Alf Kjellin

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose Coverdale), Eunice Christopher (Librarian), Anne Carol Pearson (Receptionist).
Grandma is informed that she has come into an inheritance and generously offers to share it with the rest of the family.

December 13, 1973: The Air Mail Man
Season 2, episode 14
W: Peter L. Dixon, Sarah Dixon   D: Robert Butler

With Julie Cobb (Sue Cooper), Paul Michael Glaser (Todd Cooper).
A U.S. mail plane, flying at night, develops engine trouble, but with the aid of lanterns from the family the pilot makes an emergency landing on their property.

December 20, 1973: The Triangle
Season 2, episode 15
W: Lionel E. Siegel   D: Lee Philips

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Janet Julian (Naomi Atkins), Brad Wilkin (Willie Dempster).
John-Boy's emotions get in the way of an essay he is writing when the Rev. Fordwick begins calling on his favorite high school teacher, Miss Hunter.

January 3, 1974: The Awakening
Season 2, episode 16
W: Joanna Lee   D: Lee Philips

With David Doremus (G.W. Haynes), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), James Carroll Jordan (Kevin Sturgess).
Grandma's 68th birthday is approaching and although her hearing is failing, causing problems of communication with the rest of the family, she indignantly refuses to admit it or face the fact that she is getting old.

January 10, 1974: The Honeymoon
Season 2, episode 17
W: John McGreevey   D: Jack Shea

With Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), Greg Mabrey (Bellhop).
John Walton decides, over his wife's objections, that they should go on the honeymoon they missed when they were married 19 years before. Olivia is anxious to go but is reluctant to leave her children, convinced that mishaps will occur if she isn't there.

January 17, 1974: The Heritage
Season 2, episode 18
W: Dale Eunson   D: Harry Harris

With Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Noah Beery Jr. (Mr. Harmon), Norman Andrews (Bus Driver), Charles Kuenstle (Ken Lambert).
A large corporation planning a health resort offers the Waltons an enormous sum of money for their land. Being in debt, the family is hard-pressed to decide what to do.

January 24, 1974: The Gift
Season 2, episode 19
W: Carol Evan McKeand   D: Ralph Senensky

With Rance Howard (Dr. McIvers), Ron Howard (Seth Turner), Ken Swofford (Red Turner), Patricia Quinn (Wilma Turner).
Seth Turner hopes to join his father's country and western band, but then is shocked to discover has has leukemia.

January 31, 1974: The Cradle
Season 2, episode 20
W: Joanna Lee   D: Ralph Senensky

With Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Adrienne Marden (Mrs. Breckenridge).
Olivia discovers that she is going to have a baby just when she has taken on a selling job to help out with the family's finances.

February 7, 1974: The Fulfillment
Season 2, episode 21
W: Michael Russnow, Tony Kayden   D: Nick Webster

With Ivy Jones (Ann Norton), Victor French (Curtis Norton), Tiger Williams (Steve).
The Waltons invite Steve, a child from the Jefferson County orphanage, to stay with them, but he proves to be very unfriendly. The boy has had a hard life and doesn't trust anyone. He fights with the other children and refuses to conform.

February 14, 1974: The Ghost Story
Season 2, episode 22
W: Nigel McKeand   D: Ralph Waite

With Wilford Brimley (Horace), Kristopher Marquis (Luke), James Gammon (Zack Rosswell).
John-Boy obtains a "spirit board" which is reputed to tell the future. When the board appears to be delivering mysterious messages, the children, forbidden to play with it, become intrigued by its powers.

February 21, 1974: The Graduation
Season 2, episode 23
W: Lionel E. Siegel   D: Alf Kjellin

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Ted Lehman (Tailor), William Lanteau (Salesman), Gilman Rankin (Henry Cottle), Robert Clotworthy (Tyler Crofut).
John-Boy is about to be graduated from high school with high honors and the family manages to scrape up enough money to buy him some new clothes for the occasion. Then the family cow dies and the Waltons are desperate for money to buy another cow.

March 7, 1974: The Five Foot Shelf
Season 2, episode 24
W: John Hawkins   D: Ralph Waite

With Wilford Brimley (Horace), Anne Beesley (Little Girl), Ancel Cook (Elmer Bob), Ben Piazza (George Reed).
An impoverished book salesman persuades Olivia to give him the family's last $3 as down payment for an expensive set of the Harvard classics.

March 14, 1974: The Car
Season 2, episode 25
W: Chris Andrews   D: Philip Leacock

With Ed Lauter (Hyder Rudge), Bonnie Bartlett (Martha), Paul Sorenson (Higgins).
Hyder Rudge offers a car he no longer needs to John-Boy in exchange for a roof repair job and then refuses to keep his promise.

September 12, 1974: The Conflict (1)
Season 3, episode 1
W: Jeb Rosebrook   D: Ralph Senensky

With Morgan Woodward (Boone Walton), Beulah Bondi (Martha Walton), Richard Hatch (Wade), Lindsay Jones (Vera), Mills Watson (Blake), William Quinn (Senator Burgess), Bill Erwin (Senator Rogers), Casey Tibbs (Flagman), Harry Pugh (Slim), Paul Fix (Lucas Avery).
The third season starts with a two-hour show. John-Boy is caught between the family and the law. Grandpa agrees to take up arms against the federal government and insists that John-Boy do the same when his sister-in-law demands that Grandpa help the men in her family defend her home with rifles against the encroachment of a federal highway.

September 19, 1974: The First Day
Season 3, episode 3
W: John McGreevey   D: Philip Leacock

With Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Devon Ericson (Polly Thompson), Dennis Redfield (Paxton), David Ankrum (Hobgood), Jack McCulloch (Crouch), Lawrence Dobkin (Professor Ghote), Ted Eccles (Mike West).
Nothing goes right for John-Boy on his first day at college. He loses his admission papers, has his car stolen, is harassed by upperclass boys and manages to offend a professor twice.

September 26, 1974: The Thoroughbred
Season 3, episode 4
W: Michael Russnow, Tony Kayden   D: Harry Harris

With James Gammon (Zach Rosewell), Glen Gordon (Professor Foster), Brendan Burns (Carl Jensen), Kathleen Quinlan (Selena Linville), Frank Janson (Col. Linville).
John-Boy has hopes of riding the family mule to victory in the annual local race until he learns that a horse descended from three derby winners is also entered.

October 3, 1974: The Runaway
Season 3, episode 5
W: Larry Bischof, Carol Evan McKeand   D: Harry Harris

With Geoffrey Lewis (Elwood Dobbs), Ann Noland (Amy Partridge), Herb Nelson (Bennett Holmby), Gary Vinson (Sgt. Strong).
After the school pet guinea pig dies while in Jim-Bob's care and he gets little sympathy from the family, he decides to run away.

October 10, 1974: The Romance
Season 3, episode 6
W: Hindi Brooks   D: Ivan Dixon

With David Selby (Joshua Williams), Roger Price (Mr. Evanston), Ysabel MacCloskey (Mrs. Riddle), Iris Korn (Mrs. Hallett), Biff Warren (Don Millman).
A handsome art teacher becomes strongly attracted to Olivia and she is flattered -- but flustered -- by his attentions.

October 17, 1974: The Ring
Season 3, episode 7
W: Nigel McKeand   D: Philip Leacock

With Kathleen Cody (Audrey Butler), Ted Eccles (Mike West), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose Coverdale), Adrienne Marden (Mrs. Breckenridge), Roy Engel (Vernon Rutley), Jason Johnson (Arthur Jackson), Leigh Webb (Tedrow).
Mary Ellen buys a second-hand purse and finds an antique amethyst ring in its secret compartment.

October 24, 1974: The System
Season 3, episode 8
W: Jeb Rosebrook   D: Harry Harris

With Richard Masur (Tom Povich), Jacques Aubuchon (Victor Povich), Dennis Redfield (Council President), Tom Lacy (Dr. Emory), Don Matheson (Coach), Glen Gordon (Faculty Member), Tim Haldeman (Townsend), Stuart Taylor (Council Member), Barbara Litsky (Council Secretary).
John-Boy is faced with a severe test of his integrity when he catches a friend cheating on an exam.

October 31, 1974: The Spoilers
Season 3, episode 9
W: Caryl Ledner   D: Jack Shea

With Barbara Cason (Susan Hanover), Mark Miller (Ted Hanover), Linda Purl (Alicia), David Gruner (Charles).
When his New York business fails, ruralite-turned-socialite Ted Hanover returns to his humble beginnings, only to find his family's big-city sophistication in conflict with the rural ways on Walton's Mountain.

November 7, 1974: The Marathon
Season 3, episode 10
W: Nigel McKeand   D: Ralph Senensky

With Deirdre Lenihan (Daisy Garner), Joyce Jameson (Helen), Brad Trumbull (Radio Announcer), Ellen Moss (P.M. Bates), Lennie Weinrib (Spanky), Bernie Barrow (Bracket), C. Lindsay Workman (Mr. Patterson), Don Miller (Steve), Charles Haid (Fred).
John-Boy is persuaded to enter a seven-day dance marathon in hopes of winning the first prize of $200. When his shocked mother sternly forbids him to participate, he insists that he is a man now and intends to go through with it.

November 14, 1974: The Book
Season 3, episode 11
W: Joseph Bonaduce   D: Harry Harris

With Paul Jenkins (Professor Parks), Gerald McRaney (Tim Collins), Granville Van Dusen (Mr. Andrews), Robert Sorrells (Caspar Tice), Garry Walberg (Mr. Guffy), Julie Rogers (Miss Webb), Gene Massey Jr. (Mr. Carpenter), Mayf Nutter (Bobby Bigelow), Kathy Cronkite (Miss Barstow), Bruce Reasman (Mr. Tatlock).
John-Boy's dreams of a writing career begin to come true when Olivia submits his series of stories to a New York publisher who proclaims the young man an "exciting new talent".

November 21, 1974: The Job
Season 3, episode 12
W: Nigel McKeand   D: Ivan Dixon

With Elayne Heilveil (Ruth Thomas), Peggy McCay (Mrs. Thomas).
John-Boy faces resentment from a young blind woman who feels his reading to her is an intrusion into her life. She is embittered and reclusive after being blinded from a recent bout with scarlet fever.

December 5, 1974: The Departure
Season 3, episode 13
W: Joanna Lee   D: Ivan Dixon

With Joanna Moore (Mrs. Champion), Panos Christi (Stravos), Ann Loos (Hester White), Seamon Glass (Clerk), Jack Garner (Mr. Gary), Jimmy Don Moore (Donavan).
Discontented with his life, John takes a job in the city without consulting Olivia.

December 12, 1974: The Visitor
Season 3, episode 14
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Ralph Waite

With John Beal (Mason Beardsley), Madge Sinclair (Minnie Doze), George Garro (James Lee Beardsley).
The Waltons sense a mystery when their old friend Mason Beardsley returns to Walton's Mountain without his wife.

December 19, 1974: The Birthday
Season 3, episode 15
W: Nancy Greenwald   D: Ivan Dixon

With Rance Howard (Dr. McIvers), Brion James (Henry Ferris Jr.).
Grandpa suffers a heart attack just before his 73rd birthday and is convinced he is going to die.

January 2, 1975: The Lie
Season 3, episode 16
W: Hindi Brooks   D: Jack Shea

With Warren Kemmerling (Eustace Madden), Cindy Fisher (Nancy Madden), Hersha Parady (Victoria Madden), Don 'Red' Barry (Deputy Sheriff), Rick Militi (Ira), Stuart Lee (Orin), Peter Neilson (Donny).
John-Boy learns that Ben borrowed his car when a deputy sheriff comes around asking embarrassing questions.

January 9, 1975: The Matchmakers
Season 3, episode 17
W: John McGreevey   D: Jack Shea

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Walton), Jon Locke (Beldon), Audrey Berindey (Rebecca), Lanna Saunders (Mrs. Cook).
John's spinster cousin arrives for a short visit that becomes so extensive that the family encourages her to marry Ike Godsey.

January 16, 1975: The Beguiled
Season 3, episode 18
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Ralph Senensky

With Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Darleen Carr (Sis Bradford), Beeson Carroll (Tom Comley), Willie Aames (Danny), Glen Gordon (Professor Whitley).
John-Boy is in danger of failing a class when a girl student steals his notes.

January 23, 1975: The Caretakers
Season 3, episode 19
W: Richard Carr   D: Ivan Dixon

With Britt Leach (Easy Jackson), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Walton), Dan Priest (Henry Townsend).
Grandma and Grandpa move out of the Walton home because of disputes with the rest of the family.

January 30, 1975: The Shivaree
Season 3, episode 20
W: Max Hodge   D: Lee Philips

With Bruce Davison (Bob Hill), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), James Gammon (Zack Rosswell), Lee Philips (Minister), E.J. Andre (Hyder Snow), Debbie White (Young Olivia).
A young bridegroom-to-be balks when he learns that a shivaree -- the custom of raising a ruckus oustide the bridal chamber on the wedding night and even kidnapping the new husband -- is planned for him.

February 6, 1975: The Choice
Season 3, episode 21
W: Nancy Greenwald   D: Alf Kjellin

With Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Adrienne Marden (Mrs. Breckenridge).
Hoping to greatly expand their lumber business, John and Grandpa borrow money from the bank in the belief that Jason will be working with them.

February 13, 1975: The Statue
Season 3, episode 22
W: Earl Hamner Jr.   D: Ralph Waite

With Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Walton).
John-Boy writes a story based on Miss Emily Baldwin's fantasizing about her imaginary love, in the mistaken belief that no one on Walton's Mountain will see it.

February 20, 1975: The Song
Season 3, episode 23
W: Richard Carr, Armand Lanzano   D: Richard Thomas

With James Gammon (Zack Rosswell), Britt Leach (Easy Jackson), Wilford Brimley (Horace Brimley), Mayf Nutter (Bobby Bigelow), Erin Moran (Sally Ann Harper), Doney Oatman (Betsy), Mary Jo Catlett (Elvira Roswell).
Jason's pursuit of musical fame and Ben's pursuit of a young lady cause the two brothers to quarrel bitterly.

February 27, 1975: The Woman
Season 3, episode 24
W: Hindi Brooks   D: Harvey Laidman

With Paul Jenkins (Professor Parks), Laura Campbell (Madeline Bennett), Sally Kemp (Mrs. Parks), Julie Rogers (Gloria Webb), Kathy Cronkite (Sally Barstow).
John-Boy falls in love with a visiting woman writer he is assigned to escort during her stay at the university. She is greatly attracted to him, but when she wants him to return to her home in New York he makes a surprising decision.

March 6, 1975: The Venture
Season 3, episode 25
W: Joseph Bonaduce   D: Ralph Waite

With Rance Howard (Dr. McIvers), James Gammon (Zack Rosswell), M. Emmet Walsh (David Fletcher), John Carter (Walt Cutlett), Craig Hundley (Joseph), Claudia Bryar (Nurse Howard), Herbert Anderson (Mr. Bennett), Celia Bonaduce (Barbara), Jerry Crews (Music Judge).
John Walton is elated at winning a large lumber contract, but Grandpa comes down with the flu and John insists on doing the work of both men -- until Olivia finds him unconscious.

September 11, 1975: The Sermon
Season 4, episode 1
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Harry Harris

With Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose Coverdale), Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Basil Hoffman (Professor Ranney).
The fourth season starts with John-Boy being appointed preacher-for-a-day, and although the family is bursting with pride at the honor, John-Boy is fearful and unsure of himself.

September 18, 1975: The Genius
Season 4, episode 2
W: Robert Weverka   D: Harry Harris

With Dennis Kort (Lyle), George Wallace (Dean Beck), Alexis Jacks (Little Girl), Kim O'Brien (Secretary), Tim Haldeman (Student).
John-Boy brings home a 16-year-old genius college student for the weekend, and it's hard to tell who is the most staggered by the experience.

September 25, 1975: The Fighter
Season 4, episode 3
W: Andy White   D: Ivan Dixon

With Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), James Gammon (Zack Rosswell), Cleavon Little (James Travis Clark), Zachary Charles (Ben Rafferty), Dave Shelley (Sam Mumford), Erin Blunt (Jody Foster), Russ Grieve (Ring Announcer), Martin St. Judge (Church Elder), Jimmy Nickerson (Iron Mike), Gary McLargy (Comet Kid).
John-Boy becomes a fight manager and experiences the seamy side of the fight game.

October 2, 1975: The Prophecy
Season 4, episode 4
W: Marion Hargrove   D: Harry Harris

With Lynn Carlin (Eula Mae), James Gammon (Zack Roswell), Jeff Cotler (B.C. Graddy Jr.), Deanna Lund (Mrs. Graddy), Sandra Deel (Rachel Stubblefield), James Ray (G. Cleveland Cathcart), William Phipps (John Martin Renshaw), Beaumont Bruestle (Dr. Porter), Nicole Henzel (Ernestine), Brian Part (Melvin Graddy), Nobel Willingham (B.C. Graddy).
John Walton becomes depressed by the approach of the 25th reunion of his high school class.

October 9, 1975: The Boondoggle
Season 4, episode 5
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Ralph Waite

With Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Richard McKenzie (Porter Sims), David Clarke (Abel Bingly), Kevin Lee (Buck), Derek Triplett (Benny).
John-Boy, newspaper reporter and budding author, plays eager host to a professional writer from New York.

October 16, 1975: The Breakdown
Season 4, episode 6
W: John McGreevey   D: Ivan Dixon

With Ivor Francis (Professor Hoadley), Mayf Nutter (Bobby Bigelow), Harry Moses (Ralph).
Young Jason Walton, between music classes, chores and a girl friend, appears to be building up to an emotional breakdown.

October 23, 1975: The Wing-Walker
Season 4, episode 7
W: Andy White   D: Harvey Laidman

With Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Lee Purcell (Bobby Strom), Tom Bower (Rex Barker), John Mitchum (Announcer).
John-Boy meets a "wing-walker" and becomes smitten over the pretty little female daredevil.

October 30, 1975: The Competition
Season 4, episode 8
W: Nancy Greenwald, Paul West   D: Alf Kjellin

With Michael O'Keefe (Chad Marshall).
A handsome forestry student arrives on Walton's Mountain and both Erin and Mary Ellen are smitten.

November 6, 1975: The Emergence
Season 4, episode 9
W: Hindi Brooks   D: Alf Kjellin

With Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose Coverdale), Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), Bob Marsic (Samuel Miller), Penelope Sudrow (Annie).
Schoolteacher Olivia runs into problems in the form of a Board of Education official who is observing her irregular classroom style.

November 13, 1975: The Loss
Season 4, episode 10
W: Joan Scott   D: Alf Kjellin

With Deborah White (Olivia Hill), Bruce Davison (Bob Hill), Vernon Weddle (Dr. Culler).
The Walton youngsters get their first exposure to mourning when one of their relatives, a very young and very new widow, arrives to stay with the family while she tries to weather the first weeks of her bereavement.

November 20, 1975: The Abdication
Season 4, episode 11
W: Paul West, Matt Robinson   D: Harvey Laidman

With George Dzundza (A.J. Covington), Stephen Collins (Todd Clark).
Thanks to a load of good luck that drops into his lap, budding writer John-Boy lands a screenwriting assignment -- for pay -- and immediately starts dreaming of bigger things in that line.

December 4, 1975: The Estrangement
Season 4, episode 12
W: Michael Russnow, Tony Kayden   D: Harry Harris

With Richard Hatch (Wade Walton), Lindsay V. Jones (Vera), Burton Gilliam (Paulson), John Bellah (Corky), Paul Linke (Pete).
John-Boy and John Walton try to reunite relatives whose marriage seems to have gone on the rocks.

December 11, 1975: The Nurse
Season 4, episode 13
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Alf Kjellin

With Barbara Eda-Young (Nora Taylor), Charlotte Moore (Jenny Stevens), Jon Lormer (Lait Basham), Ann D'Andrea (Nurse Collins), Tamar Cooper (Essie Basham), Elizabeth Rogers (Nurse Smith), Stephanie Silver (Joyce), Shannon Terhune (Violet), Kim Durso (Sue Basham).
With lumps in their throats, John and Olivia watch their eldest daughter, Mary Ellen, go about realizing her dream of leaving the quiet isolation of the Walton homestead and finally entering nursing school.

December 18, 1975: The Intruders
Season 4, episode 14
W: Seth Freeman   D: Richard C. Bennett

With Wilford Brimley (Horace), William Lucking (Cobbs), Cal Haynes (Ferris), Tom Howard (Parsons), Don Freeman (Workman), Paul Harper (Grier), James Brodhead (Store Manager), Hal Riddle (Willis), Karen Purcill (Courtney).
Autumn of 1936 is at best a disastrous season for the Walton family's lumber business and, as if the outlook isn't bad enough, a new lumber mill roars into operation nearby and begins undercutting the Waltons'' rock-bottom prices.

January 1, 1976: The Search
Season 4, episode 15
W: Paul West   D: Harry Harris

With Wilford Brimley (Horace), Bill Smillie (First Flagman), Helen Craig (Mountain Woman), Robert Sorrells (Older Son), Red Currie (Younger Son), Edmund Villa (Second Flagman).
In the cold wetness of a stormy night, Olivia, Jim-Bob and Elizabeth are lost in wild bear country around Walton's Mountain.

January 8, 1976: The Secret
Season 4, episode 16
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Harvey Laidman

With Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Adrienne Marden (Mrs. Breckenridge), Eddie Ryder (The Yo-Yo King).
Jim-Bob becomes tormented by the doubt that he is not a real Walton, but a foundling.

January 15, 1976: The Fox
Season 4, episode 17
W: Max Hodge   D: Richard Thomas

With Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Frank Ferguson (Allen McCreary), George Chandler (Bob Allerton), Arline Anderson (Elaine Allerton).
The Waltons are dumbfounded when Grandpa shows hardly any interest in attending a big reunion of Spanish-American War veterans due to take place in Charlottesville.

January 22, 1976: The Burn Out
Season 4, episode 18
W: John McGreevey   D: Harry Harris

With Pearl Shear (Zuleika Dunbar), Mariclare Costello (Rosemary Fordwick), Paul Jenkins (Professor Parks), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Dee Carroll (Mady).
Fire devastates the Walton home, and although the family manages to escape the flames in the physical sense, the catastrophe inflicts emotional wounds.

January 29, 1976: The Big Brother
Season 4, episode 20
W: John McGreevey   D: Ralph Waite

With Vicki Schreck (Muffin Maloney), Bert Conway (Nifty Mulligan).
When John and Olivia travel to the city, John-Boy meets a pathetic little girl who is really an experienced con artist.

February 5, 1976: The Test
Season 4, episode 21
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Harvey Laidman

With Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Abby Dalton (Stella Lewis), John Wheeler (Leonard Gourmley), James O'Connell (Ed Knightly), David Clarke (Abel Bingley), Nancy Gallant (Waitress).
Olivia enters the world of business as a seamstress when a furniture order for the lumber mill falls through. She's so successful at her new job that the owner wants to take her on a buying trip to New York, and then operate the store for her while she's traveling in Europe.

February 12, 1976: The Quilting
Season 4, episode 22
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Art Gilmore (Radio Host), David Doremus (G.W. Haynes).
Mary Ellen and Grandma have a difference of opinion which makes it very awkward for Olivia.

February 19, 1976: The House
Season 4, episode 23
W: Kirby Timmons   D: Harvey Laidman

With Walter Brooke (Mr. Johnson), Jay Robinson (Professor Thaxton), Rusty Keller (Hollis), Sherry Hursey (Felicia), Bill Sorrells (Mr. Wheeler), Jane Lambert (Secretary).
The planned razing of the historic old Whitney house by the county sends Grandma and the Baldwin sisters into an indignant frenzy.

February 26, 1976: The Fledgling
Season 4, episode 24
W: Earl Hamner Jr.   D: Harry Harris

With Walter Brooke (Mr. Johnson), Paul Jenkins (Professor Parks), Virginia Gregg (Mrs. Butterworth), Eddie Firestone (Rudyard Davis), Dennis Redfield (Mike Paxton), Billie Bird (Mrs. Cox), Lucille Benson (Tillie Shanks), Michael McDonough (Boyd).
John-Boy almost has within his grasp the reality of being the publisher of a weekly newspaper, and it brings a change to his life and mixed sorrow to his family when they learn that he intends to move away.

March 4, 1976: The Collision
Season 4, episode 25
W: John McGreevey   D: Richard Thomas

With Kathleen Quinlan (Selina Linville), Eduard Franz (Colonel Linville), Doreen Lang (Meg Phillips), Karen Teitelman (Ariel "Effie" Robins), Virginia Capers (Vesper Oakes).
The nearest thing to a society girl ever to hail from Walton's Mountain visits home from Vassar and charges John-Boy with cowardice for not rushing overseas with her to fight with the Republican Army in the Spanish civil war.

September 23, 1976: The First Edition
Season 5, episode 1
W: John McGreevey   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Conrad Janis (Graham Thornbury), Hal Riddle (Mr. Lowenthal), Meegan King (Louie), Laird Fenwick (Tucker), Brad Rearden (Chuck), Michael McDonough (Joe), Rick Meyer (Wally).
The fifth season starts with John-Boy ready to print the first edition of his own newspaper, The Blue Ridge Chronicle, though he faces a dilemma over whether to write about his brother Ben, who was arrested for breaking and entering.

September 30, 1976: The Vigil
Season 5, episode 2
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Harry Harris

With Sheila Allen (Fanny Tatum), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Robert Woods (David Spenser), Dee Carroll (Mrs. Vance).
Grandma Walton suffers severe abdominal pains and a student nurse makes a wrong diagnosis.

October 7, 1976: The Comeback
Season 5, episode 3
W: Seth Freeman   D: Harvey Laidman

With Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Dorothy Shay (Thelma), Cissy Wellman (Sissy), Merle Haggard (Red Turner), Patricia Quinn (Wilma Turner), Jay Robinson (Professor Thaxton), Logan Field (Tom).
After his scholarship is canceled, Jason takes a job playing piano in a local roadhouse and strikes up a friendship with an over-the-hill country western star.

October 14, 1976: The Baptism
Season 5, episode 4
W: Andy White   D: Ralph Waite

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Cissy Wellman (Sissy), John Karlen (Rev. Ezekiel Henshaw), Ellen Nickles (Texas).
Olivia and John disagree over John's religious attitude -- she thinks that he should go to church and be baptized, but John stands his ground and refuses.

October 21, 1976: The Fire Storm
Season 5, episode 5
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Ralph Senensky

With Pearl Shear (Zuleika Dunbar), John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Art Gilmore (Newsreel Announcer), Robert Woods (David Spenser), Barry Cahill (Buck Vernon), Jason Wingreen (Nat Clayton), Jennifer Rogers (Florabelle Tait).
John-Boy stirs up controversy in the county and puts his family in danger when he decides to explore and write about American books being burned in Germany.

October 28, 1976: The Nightwalker
Season 5, episode 6
W: Paul West   D: Harvey Laidman

With The Rhythm Kings, Peggy Webber (Eva Hadley), Gary Tomlin (Lorin).
A mysterious night prowler causes the people of Walton's Mountain to be fearful of attending Jason's dance at Ike Godsey's hall.

November 4, 1976: The Wedding
Season 5, episode 7
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Art Gilmore (Radio Announcer), David Doremus (G.W. Haynes), Robert Woods (David Spenser), Kaiulani Lee (Miss Nora), Debbie Gunn (Patsy Brimmer), Peter Brandon (Dr. Spencer), Jean Howell (Mrs. Spencer), Russ Marin (Mr. Bradley), Molly Dodd (Miss Lynch), Glenn Robards (Chairman).
Mary Ellen frantically runs out on her wedding rehearsal, and only Erin understands her sister's strange behavior.

November 11, 1976: The Cloudburst
Season 5, episode 9
W: Paul Cooper   D: Harry Harris

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose Coverdale), Mariclare Costello (Rosemary Fordwick), John Carter (Mr. Shelby), William Bryant (Lyle Carter), Ron Hajek (Russell Travis).
Publisher John-Boy makes an attempt to save his paper from bankruptcy, though he hurts his grandfather in the process.

November 18, 1976: The Great Motorcycle Race
Season 5, episode 10
W: John Joseph   D: Richard Thomas

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Lewis Charles (Eddie Stoker), Eileen McDonough (Patsy Brimmer).
Following in the footsteps of hs idol Charles Lindbergh, Jim-Bob enters a tough motorcycle race against the wishes of his mother and grandmother.

December 2, 1976: The Pony Cart
Season 5, episode 11
W: Jack Miller   D: Ralph Senensky

With Beulah Bondi (Martha Corinne Walton), Patrick Skelton (Tom Wheeler).
Martha Corrine, a 90-year-old abrasive, proud Walton relative, visits the family and manages to alienate everybody by trying to run the household.

December 9, 1976: The Best Christmas
Season 5, episode 12
W: John McGreevey   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Hal Williams (Harley Foster), Paul Jenkins (Prof. Parks), Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Sheila Allen (Fanny Tatum), Lisa Lyke (Jo Ellen), Debbie Gunn (Patsy Brimmer).
Efforts to be together for a Christmas Eve dinner prove most difficult for the Waltons. A terrible snow strands a few family members throughout the county while others come to the aid of two disastrous situations the blizzard has caused.

December 16, 1976: The Last Mustang
Season 5, episode 13
W: Calvin Clements Jr.   D: Walter Alzmann

With John Fink (Glen Oldfield), Wayne Heffley (Carl Miontner), Arthur Malet (Professor Ainsley), Alan Fudge (Arlo Jessup), Asta Hansen (Campaign Worker).
John-Boy learns that the people of Jefferson County are the target of a dirty political plot.

December 23, 1976: The Rebellion
Season 5, episode 14
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Harvey Laidman

With John Ritter (Rev. Matthew Fordwick), Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Audrey Christie (Zelda Maynard).
Olivia, frustrated with the monotonous life she is leading, desperately lashes out for a change and decides to alter the way she looks.

January 6, 1977: The Ferris Wheel
Season 5, episode 15
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Debi Richter (Darlene Jarvis), Dave Shelley (Wilbur Dawes), Jeff Maxwell (Used Car Salesman).
Elizabeth begins walking in her sleep and no one knows why. Family members, led by John-Boy, play detective and dig into the child's memory for clues.

January 13, 1977: The Elopement
Season 5, episode 16
W: Hindi Brooks   D: Harry Harris

With Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Michael O'Keefe (Chad Marshall), Vernon Weddle (Rev. Caldwell), David Hooks (Andrew Farrell), Ruth Manning (Mrs. Farrell), David Clark (Abel Bingley).
Erin elopes with Chad after her parents suggest that she wait until she's older before getting married.

January 20, 1977: John's Crossroad
Season 5, episode 17
W: Andy White, Paul West   D: Richard Thomas

With Donald Moffat (Mr. Morgan), Christopher Gardner (Lucas Farnham), Kenneth Tigar (Clem Beal), Patch Mackenzie (Mavis Crawford), Betty Jinnette (Miss Agnes), Daniel Levins (Kyle Jeffers), Tom Howard (Clint Davis), William Phipps (Mel Parsons).
John Walton wonders if his new white-collar job with the highway department is worth both losing time with his family and the freedom of being his own boss.

January 27, 1977: The Career Girl
Season 5, episode 18
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Harry Harris

With Sheila Allen (Fanny Tatum), Mariclare Costello (Rosemary Fordwick), Billie Bird (Shirley), Alice Hirson (Jane Stephens), Donald Hotton (Eli Carr), Ted Jordan (Sturgeon Connors).
Erin's excitement on her high school graduation day quickly turns to frustration when she suddenly realizes she has made no plans for the future.

February 3, 1977: The Hero
Season 5, episode 19
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Tony Brand

With Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Lynn Carlin (Sarah Griffith), Eileen McDonough (Patsy Brimmer).
John-Boy acts on a suggestion of Grandma's and organizes a memorial to the Jefferson County Doughboys of World War I. Sheriff Ep Bridges, the decorated hero, shows little interest.

February 10, 1977: The Inferno
Season 5, episode 20
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Harry Harris

With Jack Ging (Stuart Henry), Tom Maier (Bartender).
Being on the spot for the Hindenberg arrival is the biggest news assignment John-Boy has ever tackled, but the shock of the horrible sight of the German aircraft exploding blocks his thoughts, and for the first time he doubts his writing abilities.

February 17, 1977: The Heartbreaker
Season 5, episode 21
W: Seth Freeman   D: Ralph Waite

With Dorothy Shay (Thelma), Wilford Brimley (Horace Brimley), Linda Purl (Vanessa), Victor Arnold (Joe Martin), J.S. Johnson (Lou Rhymer), Paul Weaver (J.D. Waters).
Jason finds music and love, both in the same girl, but his relationship with the aspiring singer, who has just walked out on her husband, makes them the center of the town's gossip.

February 24, 1977: The Long Night
Season 5, episode 22
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Harry Harris

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Lynne Wood (Hospital Receptionist).
Grandpa Walton cannot bear to be separated from his beloved wife, even when she is stricken and confined to a hospital bed, and he creates a scene at the hospital.

March 3, 1977: The Hiding Place
Season 5, episode 23
W: John McGreevey   D: Walter Alzmann

With Jean Marsh (Hilary), Joe Cala (Newscaster), Walker Edmiston (Voices of F.D.R. and Edward R. Murrow).
The wife of a German diplomat tells newspaper editor John-Boy the story of her hurried departure from Germany during the 1930s.

March 10, 1977: The Go-Getter
Season 5, episode 24
W: Andy White, Paul West   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Jeff Cotler (Fester), Lew Brown (Mr. Jarvis), Melody Thomas Scott (Darlene Jarvis), Brian Malone (Usher), Don Keefer (Arnie Shimerdy).
Ben tries his hand at selling used cars, while John and Olivia try matchmaking -- by trying to sell Sheriff Bridges on the idea of marrying an old flame.

March 17, 1977: The Achievement
Season 5, episode 25
W: Dale Eunson, Earl Hamner Jr., Andy White   D: Harry Harris

With Deirdre Lenihan (Daisy Garner), Bettye Ackerman (Belle Becker), Maggy Malooly (Miss Maddocks), David Huddleston (A.J. Covington), Joan Tompkins (Mrs. Herbert), Lynda St. James (Ticket Seller), John Philip Dayton (Tommy).
John-Boy is mesmerized by the striking contrast between New York City and Walton's Mountain when the impatient writer goes to the big city in hopes of finding out if his finally completed novel will be published.

September 15, 1977: The Hawk
Season 6, episode 1
W: Andy White   D: Tony Brand

With Peter Fox (Rev. Hank Buchanan), George Wallace (Dean Beck), David Frankham (Neville Chamberlain).
Season premiere. With the outbreak of World War II, Rev. Fordwick enlists in the Army. His chosen replacement is a good-looking, charming young rebel who wins the approval of Olivia but is opposed by Corabeth.

September 22, 1977: The Stray
Season 6, episode 2
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Harry Harris

With Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Todd Bridges (Josh), Ketty Lester (Mrs. Thomas).
John is faced with the perplexing problem of how to tell an orphaned black youngster that he can't become a member of the Walton family.

September 29, 1977: The Recluse
Season 6, episode 3
W: Seth Freeman   D: Walter Alzmann

With Britt Leach (Easy Jackson), Linda Marsh (Fern Lockwood), Lew Brown (Mr. Jarvis), Eric Lawson (Shop Foreman), Joseph Butcher (Anson Adams), Carol-Ann Williams (Ben's Girlfriend), Robyn Pohle (Anson's Girlfriend), Walker Edmiston (Farmer).
Ben, fired from his part-time job at the used car lot, abandons all hope of future employment and leaves Walton's Mountain.

October 13, 1977: The Warrior
Season 6, episode 4
W: Joan Scott   D: Ralph Senensky

With Jerado Decordovier (Joseph Teskigi), Ernest Esparza III (Matthew Teskigi), Richard Eastham (Judge Parrish), Tom Bellin (Public Defender).
John offers the shelter of his barn to an ancient Cherokee Indian who is searching for a sacred burial ground. Discovering the cemetery lies under the barn, the old man demands John tear it down or he will set fire to it.

October 20, 1977: The Seashore
Season 6, episode 5
W: Marion Hargrove   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Vickery Turner (Lisa Cooper), Melody Thomas Scott (Darlene), Arthur Franz (Chief Moresdale), Michael Richardson (Dittenberger), Robert Gooden (Flaherty).
The Waltons plan a weekend at the seashore but are surprised to find their cottage occupied by a young British girl who remains secretive about her background.

October 27, 1977: The Volunteer
Season 6, episode 6
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Philip Leacock

With David Doremus (G.W. Haynes), Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Wendy Rastattar (Judy), Kevin Scott Allen (Lou), David Clarke (Abel Bingley), Channing Clarkson (Ernie).
Erin rejects the marriage proposal of a childhood sweetheart, prompting him to enlist in the Army, but discovers how much she really needs him when he is no longer around.

November 3, 1977: The Grandchild (1)
Season 6, episode 7
W: Claire Whitaker, Rod Peterson   D: Ralph Senensky

With Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), David Hooks (Ab Hineman), Beth Raines (Cassie).
With her own baby due any day, Mary Ellen suffers a traumatic premonition when she arrives too late to help a mentally retarded woman who has just given birth to a stillborn baby.

November 10, 1977: The First Casualty
Season 6, episode 8
W: Andy White   D: Harry Harris

With David Doremus (G.W. Haynes), Dorothy Shay (Thelma), Cissy Wellman (Sissy), Wilford Brimley (Horace Brimley), Lin McCarthy (Mr. Haines), Jean Allison (Louise Haines), David Dotson (Mickey), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker).
Both Mary Ellen and Erin suffer when Mary Ellen's husband Curt is drafted, and Erin's former boyfriend G.W. enlists in the Army.

November 17, 1977: The Battle Of Drucilla's Pond
Season 6, episode 9
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Philip Leacock

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Dorothy Shay (Thelma), Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Michael Sullivan (Private Lance), Alice Hirson (Jane Stevens), Joseph Cala (Sergeant), Jeff Reese (Sentry), Kevin Scott Allen (Soldier).
The tranquility of Walton's Mountain is abruptly shattered when Grandpa invites a U.S. Army unit to camp there while the soldiers are on maneuvers.

December 1, 1977: The Flight
Season 6, episode 10
W: Carole Raschella, Michael Raschella   D: Ralph Waite

With Peter Miner (Joe Douglas), Michelle Stacy (Claire), Dan Priest (Harrison Bixby), Jerry Crews (Ed Larkin).
When Jim-Bob's new friend who is on his way to join the Army stays at the Waltons for an unusually lengthy visit, John suspects there is something peculiar about his son's new friend.

December 8, 1977: The Milestone
Season 6, episode 11
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Philip Leacock

With Louise Latham (Aunt Kate), Jim Henaghan (Mr. Clinton).
The Waltons fear something is drastically wrong when Olivia suddenly sinks into a depression, becomes extremely short-tempered and abruptly decides to take a trip alone.

December 15, 1977: The Children's Carol (1)
Season 6, episode 12
W: John McGreevey   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Dorothy Shay (Thelma), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Peter Fox (Rev. Hank Buchanan), Jeff Cotler (Pip Wrayborn), Kate Edwards (Allison), Ivy Bethune (Landlady), Sally Boyden (Tess Wrayburn), Dinah Ann Rogers (Mrs. Wrayburn), David Cramer (Allen Timmons), Ed Owens (Sgt. Grimes), Judith Sharon Morton (Mrs. Rumsen), Steve Eastin (Airman).
Two English children, who have been orphaned by the London blitz, seek refuge in Walton's Mountain, where their plight severely tests Olivia's faith in God.

December 22, 1977: The Celebration
Season 6, episode 13
W: Marion Hargrove   D: Gwen Arner

With Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), Peter Fox (Rev. Hank Buchanan), Hal Riddle (Track Superintendent), Wilford Brimley (Horace Brimley), Jack Manning (Joe Brendamore).
John Walton takes on a huge fence-post contract that will give him the money needed to become completely free of debt.

January 5, 1978: The Rumor
Season 6, episode 14
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Ralph Waite

With Larry Blake (Charley), Barry Cahill (Buck Vernon), Hal Boker (Fisk), Tasha Zemrus (Katrina Brimmer), Ellen Blake (Marta Brimmer), Mathew Anden (Willie Brimmer).
A German family who have found refuge on Walton's Mountain from the scorn and rejection of former neighbors, are hurt again when Elizabeth carries a rumor.

January 12, 1978: Spring Fever
Season 6, episode 15
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Richard Chaffee

With Debbie Gunn (Patsy Brimmer), Heather Totten (Ruby Davis).
When Jim-Bob forgets his picnic date with Patsy Brimmer, Ben eagerly takes his place, causing friction with Jim-Bob.

January 26, 1978: The Festival
Season 6, episode 16
W: Michael McGreevey   D: Gwen Arner

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Hal Williams (Harley Foster), Steve Shaw (George Simmons), Kathleen O'Malley (Mrs. Wilkens), James Bond III (Josh Foster), T.K. Carter (Jodie Foster).
Jason is delighted to team up musically with his talented black friend Josh, but when they plan to play a duet together at the spring festival, the boys are confronted by the frustrations of discrimination.

February 2, 1978: The Anniversary
Season 6, episode 17
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Walter Alzmann

With Christopher Woods (David Spencer).
Overflowing with joy and love, Olivia and John behave like newlyweds as they approach their 25th wedding anniversary.

February 9, 1978: The Family Tree
Season 6, episode 18
W: Thomas Hood   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Hal Williams (Harley Foster), William Washington (Unwin's Gardener), Ernestine Barrier (Estelle Unwin), Amzie Strickland (Courthouse Clerk), Daniel Petrie (Arnold Kevin), Vernon Washington (Church Sexton), Davis Roberts (Frank Nelson), Paulene Myers (Mrs. Nelson).
The Waltons' neighbor, Mrs. Foster, traces her roots and finds out some astonishing facts about her family tree.

February 16, 1978: The Ordeal
Season 6, episode 19
W: Paul West   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Dorothy Shay (Thelma), Julie Gibson (Evelyn Winfield), Virginia Gregg (Ada Corley), Richard Sarradet (Dr. Jamison).
While replacing a baby bird in its nest, Elizabeth suffers a serious fall and ends up with multiple leg fractures. The family's courage and strength is put to the test when a surgeon predicts she will be crippled.

March 16, 1978: The Return
Season 6, episode 20
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Harry Harris

With Lloyd Nolan (Cyrus Guthrie), John Perryman (Merle), Ed Deemer (Man at Bus Depot), Helen Page Camp (Allie), Sandy Kenyon (Willis).
John-Boy returns home from New York to discover that the rural community is suffering from dismal economic conditions.

March 23, 1978: The Revelation
Season 6, episode 21
W: D.C. Fontana, Richard Fontana   D: Gwen Arner

With Deirdre Lenihan (Daisy Garner), Walter Brooke (Mr. Johnson), Rachel Bard (Mrs. Garner), Tommy Leonetti (Piano Player), Steve Shaw (George Simmons), Will Parker (Reporter).
John-Boy makes another trip home -- this time with his fiancee, a Broadway dancer named Daisy who has a secret.

March 30, 1978: Grandma Comes Home
Season 6, episode 22
W: Claire Whitaker, Rod Peterson   D: Ralph Senensky

With Peter Fox (Rev. Hank Buchanan), Ken Marquis (Clarence).
Grandpa Walton goes through a trying adjustment when Grandma returns home after an extended stay at the hospital.

September 21, 1978: The Empty Nest (1)
Season 7, episode 1
W: Claire Whitaker, Rod Peterson   D: Philip Leacock

With Jay W. MacIntosh (Betty Lou Sarver), Dick Whittington (Mr. Pringle), Sima Conrad (Secretary), Peggy Rea (Mrs. Borer), Michael Conrad (Matt Sarver), Lou Frizzell (Joe Murdock).
Season premiere. Mary Ellen and Erin decide to take an apartment in Charlottesville to be closer to school and work. The girls' venture leaves John and Olivia melancholy as they watch their family splinter into different directions, beginning with John-Boy's move to New York and, later, Grandpa's death.

September 28, 1978: The Calling
Season 7, episode 2
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Gwen Arner

With Stacey Nelkin (Mary Frances Conover), Mitzi Hoag (Sister Theresa), Jeanette Nolan (Sister Scolastica), Peter Fox (Rev. Hank Buchanan).
Jim-Bob, an aviation buff, discovers his heart has wings when Mary Frances, a pretty Catholic girl, comes to Walton's Mountain to contemplate whether her future lies in or out of the convent.

October 12, 1978: The Moonshiner
Season 7, episode 3
W: Jeb Rosebrook   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Deirdre Lenihan (Daisy Garner), Morgan Woodward (Boone Walton), Ford Rainey (Judge), Brandi Tucker (Melissa Garner).
Jason sympathetically puts up bail for Boone Walton, an elderly relative charged with moonshining, but John and Olivia feel their son has gone too far when he takes Boone into his custody.

October 19, 1978: The Obsession
Season 7, episode 4
W: Juliet Packer   D: Gwen Arner

With Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Cissy Wellman (Sissy), Deirdre Lenihan (Daisy Garner), Christopher Woods (David Spencer), Brandi Tucker (Melissa Garner), Suzanne DeLapp (Superintendent), Alley Mills (Nancy).
Mary Ellen becomes dependent on amphetamines when she takes them to cram for her final exam to become a nurse.

October 26, 1978: The Changeling
Season 7, episode 5
W: Robert Pirosh   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Patrick Gorman (Denby), Russ Marin (Mr. Larkin).
As her 13th birthday approaches, Elizabeth encounters uncanny and frightening incidents that leave her believing she is haunted by witches.

November 2, 1978: The Portrait
Season 7, episode 6
W: John Dunkel   D: Ralph Senensky

With Don Dalesandro (Doctor), Jared Martin (Derek Pembroke).
Erin falls in love with an artist who turns out to be deranged and imprisons her in his house.

November 9, 1978: The Captive
Season 7, episode 7
W: Ray Cuneff   D: Ralph Waite

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Bronia Wheeler (Woman).
The residents of Walton's Mountain are mystified when Cora Beth's normally strange behavior becomes even more peculiar.

November 16, 1978: The Illusion
Season 7, episode 8
W: John McGreevey   D: Walter Alzmann

With Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett), Joan Pringle (Esther), Todd Bridges (Josh).
Embittered by her lack of success in New York City, a college-educated black woman returns home.

November 23, 1978: The Beau
Season 7, episode 9
W: Richard Fontana, D.C. Fontana   D: Gwen Arner

With Lisa Lindgren (Tanya), Arthur Space (Marcus Dane).
Elizabeth fears that Grandpa is being replaced when Grandma Walton begins dating a gentleman who once proposed marriage to her.

December 7, 1978: Day Of Infamy
Season 7, episode 10
W: Paul Savage   D: Harry Harris

With Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Art Gilmore (Airman), Robin Eisenman (Cindy), Norman Andrews (Theatre Manager), Sid Conrad (Professor), Walker Edmiston (Airman), Bud Hiestand (Airman).
Mary Ellen anxiously awaits news of her husband, who is stationed in Hawaii, after she learns of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

December 14, 1978: The Yearning
Season 7, episode 11
W: Juliet Packer   D: Nell Cox

With Sean Roche (Rev. Andy March).
Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth secretly falls in love with the new minister, who mistakenly thinks it is Erin who has a crush on him.

December 28, 1978: The Boosters
Season 7, episode 12
W: Robert Pirosh   D: Harry Harris

With Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Llynn Storer (Man #1), Pearl Shear (Zuleika Dunbar), Gordon Hodgins (Man #2).
Ben formulates a plan to bring much needed revenue to Walton's Mountain.

January 4, 1979: The Conscience
Season 7, episode 13
W: Michael McGreevey   D: Gwen Arner

With Sean Michael Rice (Bert), Edwin Owens (Drill Sergeant), David Hunt Stafford (Lt. Streeter), Hal Bokar (Sgt. Gates), Wayne Northrop (Jeb).
Jason has second thoughts about joining the military and considers conscientious objector status, much to brother Ben's dismay.

January 11, 1979: The Obstacle
Season 7, episode 14
W: Curtis Dwight   D: William H. Bushnell

With Dennis Redfield (Mike Paxton), Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett).
John-Boy's paralyzed friend is taken in by the family, who try to persuade him to start a new life for himself.

January 18, 1979: The Parting
Season 7, episode 15
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Harry Harris

With Booth Colman (Dr. C.W. Cauldwell), Neva Patterson (Kate Grover Daly), Ellis Rabb (Window Washer).
Olivia is overtired and sees a doctor, who diagnoses her with tuberculosis and tells her she must enter a sanitarium.

January 25, 1979: The Burden
Season 7, episode 16
W: E.F. Wallengren   D: Harry Harris

With Michael Sheehan (News Announcer), Nolan Leary (Rev. Bradshaw), Ivor Francis (Professor Hoadly), Tony Moran (Tinker).
Jim-Bob decides to become a minister after an accident causes him to re-evaluate his life.

February 8, 1979: The Pin-Up
Season 7, episode 17
W: Juliet Packer   D: Larry Stewart

With Kip Niven (Lt. Oler), Kevin Lee Miller (Pvt. Wallace), Carol Jones (Jo Ann), David Hinton (P.F.C.), Christopher Woods (David Spencer).
Erin becomes the town's first pin-up girl as John tries to cope with raising the family alone.

February 15, 1979: The Attack
Season 7, episode 18
W: E.F. Wallengren   D: Harry Harris

With Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Christopher Woods (David Spencer), Lew Brown (Ed Whipple), Ken Marquis (Clarence), Stanley Grover (Bill Snyder).
Ike Godsey's wife Corabeth blames herself when Ike is stricken by a heart attack.

February 22, 1979: The Legacy
Season 7, episode 19
W: William Parker, William Packer   D: Gwen Arner

With Jonathan Frakes (Ashley Longworth Jr.).
Miss Emily reacts oddly when the son of her only true love comes to visit her.

March 1, 1979: The Outsider
Season 7, episode 20
W: Robert Pirosh   D: Philip Leacock

With Leslie Winston.
Ben's new wife, who was noted for leading a fast life, creates turmoil in the Walton home.

March 8, 1979: The Torch
Season 7, episode 21
W: Rod Peterson   D: David Wheeler

With Christopher Carroll (Sergeant), Daniel Zippi (Soldier #2), Dorothy Tristan (Callie), Wyatt Knight (Soldier #1).
With Olivia absent, the children are upset by the arrival in town of an old girlfriend of their father's.

March 15, 1979: The Tailspin
Season 7, episode 22
W: Claire Whitaker   D: Walter Alzmann

With Barry Cahill (Buck Vernon), Jerry Hoffman (Deputy), Kevin Geer (Chuck Turner).
Jim-Bob's dreams are shattered when his poor eyesight keeps him from becoming an Air Corps pilot.

March 22, 1979: Founders Day
Season 7, episode 23
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Ralph Waite

With Dean Jagger (Professor Bowen), John Philip Dayton (Music Student).
Documentation crediting the settlement of Walton's Mountain to the ancestors of the Baldwin sisters and Ike Godsey is unearthed during a Founders Day celebration.

September 20, 1979: The Home Front
Season 8, episode 1
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Harry Harris

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett), George DiCenzo (Calvin Satterfield), Glenn Withrow (Tommy Satterfield), Eunice Christopher (Mrs. Satterfield), Don Matheson (Sergeant Barnes), Todd Susman (Ted Lapinsky), Jeanne Campise (Pearl).
Season premiere. The Walton family's elation over Olivia's homecoming is disturbed by an irate neighbor's threat to kill one member of the family.

September 27, 1979: The Kinfolk
Season 8, episode 1
W: E.F. Wallengren   D: Philip Leacock

The peaceful Walton household is transformed into chaos when Olivia's cousin brings her two wayward grandchildren for a visit.

October 4, 1979: The Diploma
Season 8, episode 2
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Gwen Arner

With Rick Slyter (Sam), Tamar Howard (Lady), Leon Fricke (Lieutenant Eller), Madeleine Taylor Holmes (Grandma Floyd), Les Lannom (Sweet Billy), Lane Bradbury (Ronie Cotter).
John tries to get his high school diploma while Mary Ellen encounters hostility from her backwoods parents.

October 11, 1979: The Innocents
Season 8, episode 3
W: Richard Fontana, D.C. Fontana, Juliet Packer   D: Philip Leacock, Gwen Arner

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett), Gordon Hodgins (Mr. Miller), Jennifer Moskow (Ana Mae Kass), Kimberly Woodward (Bernice Swanson), Danny Gellis (Rob), Jason Semeleng (Elwin), Tony LaTorre (Charlie), Kerry Shear (Mrs. Kass), Charles Parks (Mr. Swanson).
Olivia opens a day care center at her home for the children of the defense plant's workers.

October 18, 1979: The Starlet
Season 8, episode 4
W: D.C. Fontana, Richard Fontana   D: Philip Leacock

With Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett), Jerry Gatlin (Camera Operator), Charles Hallahan (Asst. Director Baker), Les Lannom (Sweet Billy), David Cramer (G.I. Joe), Henry Darrow (Barry Stone).
Erin is fascinated by a movie company filming at Walton's Mountain, and decides to go to Hollywood.

October 25, 1979: The Journal
Season 8, episode 5
W: Robert Pirosh   D: Philip Leacock

With Rachel Longaker (Aimee Godsey), Lillah McCarthy (Miss Fisk), Diana Douglas (Mrs. Denman), Richard Venture (Paul Henshaw).
Olivia and John take painful steps in the hopes of finding John-Boy, after the War Deaprtment reports him missing.

November 1, 1979: The Lost Sheep
Season 8, episode 6
W: E.F. Wallengren   D: Walter Alzmann

With Elise Caitlin (Erma Jean Small), Jonathan Frakes (Ashley Longworth Jr.).
Olivia's disapproval of anyone without a religion becomes an unrelenting obstacle to Erin's engagement plans, when the man she loves claims to be an athiest.

November 8, 1979: The Violated (1)
Season 8, episode 7
W: Robert Pirosh   D: Walter Alzmann

With Kelly Ward (Frank Thatcher), Macon McCalman (Deputy), John Steadman (Joe Bascomb), Diana Douglas (Mrs. Denman), Jordan Clarke (Son Slater), Antoinette Stella (Darcy Thatcher).
Olivia is threatened when she comes to the aid of a backwoods woman who was raped.

November 22, 1979: The Waiting (2)
Season 8, episode 8
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Philip Leacock

With Morgan Stevens (Sam), Diana Douglas (Mrs. Denman), Regis Cordic (Dr. Banion), K Callan (Nurse Corrigan).
After being missing in action for three months, John-Boy is found in serious condition and moved to a military hospital in Washington.

November 29, 1979: The Silver Wings
Season 8, episode 9
W: Michael McGreevey   D: Stan Lathan

With Louis Odell Burton (Buddy Russell), Patsy Rahn (Betsy Randolph).
Jim-Bob sheds his boyish interests and falls in love with an older, married woman.

December 13, 1979: The Wager
Season 8, episode 10
W: E.F. Wallengren   D: Gwen Arner

With Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett), Mitch Carter (Sam Barker), Cathy Worthington (Jessica Marlowe), Jonathan Banks (Jeb Sanders).
Pride, male chauvinism and a steep bet drive Mary Ellen and Erin into fierce competition against a group of males in a grueling 12-mile horseback race at the War Bond rally.

December 20, 1979: The Spirit
Season 8, episode 11
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Herbert Hirschman

With Ned Bellamy (Paul).
Christmas on Walton's Mountain attracts a young stranger who disappears as fast as he appears and chooses to be seen only by young Jeffrey.

December 27, 1979: The Fastidious Wife
Season 8, episode 12
W: Loraine Despres   D: Gwen Arner

With Zachary Lewis (Ned), Fred Downs (Dr. Lewis), Denise Latella (Sue Ann).
Cindy, trying to become the perfect wife for Ben by following a manual, is instead transformed into a fanatic.

January 3, 1980: The Unthinkable
Season 8, episode 13
W: Dan Ullman   D: Ralph Waite

With Todd Susman (Ted Lapinsky), Melvin Allen (Master Sgt. Barnes), Mary Oedy (Flo), Erica Hunton (Lucille).
The Waltons hear of the hororrs of Nazi concentration camps through a young Jewish soldier who is staying at their house.

January 10, 1980: The Idol
Season 8, episode 14
W: Juliet Packer   D: Gwen Arner

With Susan Krebs (Hazel Lamphere).
An outspoken new schoolteacher comes to Walton's Mountain and creates a controversy when she introduces the subject of sex education to her class.

January 17, 1980: The Prodigals
Season 8, episode 15
W: Robert Pirosh   D: Stan Lathan

With Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), James Bond III (Josh Foster), Macon McCalman (Deputy Sheriff), Christopher Metas (Private).
Josh and Jeffrey break into Ike Godsey's store, a robbery which forces him to go out of business; after being humiliated by a solider in uniform Ben decides to enlist.

January 24, 1980: The Remembrance
Season 8, episode 16
W: Marion Hargrove   D: Herbert Hirschman

With Ross Elliott (Colonel Usselbury), Harry Basch (Harrington), John Furlong (Bohemian), Woodrow Chambliss (Zadok), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton), Ivor Francis (Dean Beck).
Zeb's cousin arrives to keep a 21-year-old promise and makes a surprising contribution to Boatwright University and Jason.

January 31, 1980: The Inspiration
Season 8, episode 17
W: E.F. Wallengren   D: Ralph Waite

With Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Ellen Corby (Grandma Walton), Arthur Hanson (Dr. Canfield), Rebecca Perle (Norma), Philip Linton (Steve Prince), Peggy Rea (Rose Burton).
With Grandma's help, Mamie Baldwin makes a difficult decision concerning a cataract operation.

February 7, 1980: The Last Straw
Season 8, episode 18
W: William Parker   D: Harry Harris

With Britt Leach (Easy Jackson), Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Ted Gehring (Joe Murdoch), Bob Hastings (Carl).
When the motor from the old power saw blows out, it becomes the "last straw" for John and he quits the lumber business; Jeffrey builds a racing cart for a school project and hopes that Ike will be able to bring the All American Soap Box Derby to Walton's Mountain.

February 14, 1980: The Traveling Man
Season 8, episode 21
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Herbert Hirschman

With William Schallert (Stanley Perkins), Peggy Rea (Rose Burton).
A former boyfriend and dance partner of Rose's comes to visit, and they resume their relationship.

February 21, 1980: The Furlough
Season 8, episode 22
W: Juliet Packer   D: Harry Harris

With Michael Thoma (Mr. Truby), Stephen Keep Mills (Agent Bragdon), John Furey (Stewart), Diane Stilwell (Nan Bennett), Peggy Rea (Rose Burton).
John-Boy returns home physically cured but still suffering from a loss of memory; Ike gets arrested for draft evasion after ignoring a letter from the Army.

February 28, 1980: The Medal
Season 8, episode 23
W: Rod Peterson   D: Walter Alzmann

With Enrique Castillo (Sgt. Eddie Ramirez), Jordan Charney (Capt. Roger Westerby), Corbin Bernsen (Casey), Peter Stader (Bilge), Bill Morey (Mr. Smith), James Crittenden (Smitty).
A Mexican-American sergeant delivers a medal to Mary Ellen that was awarded to Curtis after he died, and finds that he is falling in love with her.

March 13, 1980: The Valediction
Season 8, episode 24
W: Claire Whitaker   D: Harry Harris

With Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Ellen Corby (Grandma Walton), Gary Imhoff (Roland Piper), Peggy Rea (Rose Burton), Eric Stoltz (Boy), Walker Edmiston (Radio Announcer).
Jim-Bob graduates as class valedictorian; Erin finds out that her one-time boyfriend has gotten married in London.

May 22, 1980: A Decade Of The Waltons
Season 8, episode 25
W: Earl Hamner Jr.   D: Philip Leacock, Harry Harris

With Earl Hamner Jr. (Narrator).
Earl Hamner, creator of this series, is host for a 200th-hour special featuring highlights of shows from the past eight years and a visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia to meet with Hamner's own family, the real-life models for the Waltons.

November 20, 1980: The Outrage (1)
Season 9, episode 1
W: Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker   D: Philip Leacock

With Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Jordan Bennett (Norman), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazleton), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Hal Williams (Harley Foster), Charles Thomas Murphy (Deputy), Jack McCulloch (Soldier), Jason Moses (Josh Foster), Dick Sargent (Chief), Jack O'Leary (Mac), Dick Sargent (Chief Petty Officer).
Verdi's husband Harley is accused of escaping prison after committing a murder nine years ago and is reluctantly arrested by Sheriff Bridges.

November 27, 1980: The Outrage (2)
Season 9, episode 2
W: Claire Whitaker, Rod Peterson   D: Philip Leacock

With Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Jordan Bennett (Norman), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazleton), Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), Hal Williams (Harley Foster), Charles Thomas Murphy (Deputy), Jack McCulloch (Soldier), Jason Moses (Josh Foster), Dick Sargent (Chief), Jack O'Leary (Mac), Dick Sargent (Chief Petty Officer).
John fights to clear Harley's name by traveling to Warm Springs, Georgia where he gets President Roosevelt to issue Harley an official pardon, just before the President's sudden death.

December 4, 1980: The Pledge
Season 9, episode 3
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Richard Lineback (Sweet Billy), Dennis Robertson (Dean Clifford), Chip Frye (Charley), Bucklind Beery (Dr. Hollison), Dick Christie (Sgt. Carey), Ellen Geer (Ronie Cotter).
Mary Ellen feels inadequate as a nurse and applies for medical school, despite resistance from the school's dean.

December 18, 1980: The Triumph
Season 9, episode 4
W: Robert Pirosh   D: Philip Leacock

With Ken Wright (Slate), Dana Gladstone (Lusco), Mark McClure (Private Willis), Davis Roberts (Farmer), Jordan Bennett (Norman), James Nolan (Jenkins), Jack McCulloch (Jackson).
With the war drawing to a close, Jason and a young man in his squad in Germany deal with the question of killing; Ike and Corabeth face charges from the Ration Board.

December 25, 1980: The Premonition
Season 9, episode 5
W: E.F. Wallengren   D: Bernard McEveety

With Jordan Bennett (Norman), Woody Eney (Major Sawyer), Ed Call (Sgt. Norton), Anita Jodelsohn (Simone Berringer).
Cindy's premonitions about Ben being in danger come true when word arrives that he has been captured by the Japanese; John-Boy falls in love with a French girl who runs a book shop in Paris, and agrees to write an article on the threat of unexploded mines.

January 1, 1981: The Pursuit
Season 9, episode 6
W: Michael McGreevey   D: Philip Leacock

With Jordan Bennett (Norman), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton), Jerry Hoffman (Lt. Saunders), Ken Michelman (Cpl. Bergstrom), Dane Witherspoon (Clint), Richard Molnar (Billy), Frank Catalano (Augie), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Kathy).
Jim-Bob's ex-girlfriend comes to Walton's Mountain and claims that Jim-Bob is the father of her baby; in the Pacific, Ben is still a POW.

January 8, 1981: The Last Ten Days
Season 9, episode 7
W: Marion Hargrove   D: Bernard McEveety

With Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Jordan Bennett (Norman), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton), James Saito (Japanese Sergeant), Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett), Sab Shimono (Corporal Kyomo).
Ben is taken on an unexpected trip by his captor, who turns him over to Amercian forces; Toni is upset that Jason, just returned from France, doesn't want to get married before the war ends -- but the fall of atomic bombs on Japan brings an end to both the war and their fight.

January 15, 1981: The Move
Season 9, episode 8
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Harvey Laidman

With Dan Fraser (Col. Brunson), Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett), Len Wayland (Mr. Gentry), Ed Couppee (Capt. Bennett).
Ben comes home from the war but decides to leave again to study engineering; the family's joy at his homecoming is dampened by the bad news that John must take Olivia to Arizona for her health.

January 22, 1981: The Whirlwind
Season 9, episode 9
W: Claire Whitaker   D: Nell Cox

With Richard Gilliland (Jonesy Jones), Pamela McMyler (Betty Howell).
Mary Ellen agrees to marry Jonesy after a whirlwind courtship, then finds out that Curt might still be alive; Jason, wanting to go into business for himself, purchases and reopens the abandoned and rundown Dew Drop Inn.

February 5, 1981: The Tempest
Season 9, episode 10
W: E.F. Wallengren   D: Gabrielle Beaumont

With Richard Gilliland (Jonesy Jones), Pamela McMyler (Betty Howell), Lewis Arquette (J.D. Pickett), Scott Hylands (Curt Packard).
Curt is in fact still alive and living in Florida, but when Mary Ellen visits him she discovers that he is quite a different person from the man she remembers; J.D. begs Erin to come back to work.

February 12, 1981: The Carousel
Season 9, episode 11
W: Robert Pirosh   D: Herbert Hirschman

With Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Edward Bell (Mr. Nichols), Anita Dangler (Mrs. Foley), Penelope Windust (Bernadine Norris), Bill Erwin (Dr. Grover).
After her father dies in a car accident, Cindy is shocked to discover she was adopted. She and Ben head to Washington in search of her real parents.

February 19, 1981: The Hot Rod
Season 9, episode 12
W: Scott Hamner   D: Bob Sweeney

With Lynn Hamilton (Verdie Foster), John Carter (Deputy Hendrix), Jason Moses (Josh Foster), Charles R. Penland (Jody Foster), Tom Williams (Mr. Winthrop).
Jim-Bob and Jody open an auto repair business but find it hard to adjust to civilian life after serving in the armed forces; the Baldwin sisters' still is discovered.

February 26, 1981: The Gold Watch
Season 9, episode 13
W: Juliet Packer   D: Walt Gilmore

With Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton), Terry Burns (Dr. Martin), William Schallert (Stanley Perkins), Carolyn Coates (Elvira), Curtis Credel (Johnny Calico).
Stanley Perkins, Rose's ex, returns and eventually admits that he had been hospitalized for a nervous breakdown; Jason hires a new singer at The Dew Drop Inn who pays too much attention to Toni.

March 5, 1981: The Beginning
Season 9, episode 14
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Kip Niven (Rev. Tom Marshall), Lisa Harrison (Toni Hazelton).
A new minister comes to Walton's Mountain and shakes up the congregation; Toni moves into the Baldwins' home and tells the family she's Jewish; Toni and Jason decide to get married.

March 12, 1981: The Pearls
Season 9, episode 15
W: Mary Worrell   D: James Sheldon

With Taylor Lacher (Vern Billy Stalcup), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Orma Lee).
Corabeth believes that her estranged twin sister is going to take off with their dying aunt's coveted pearls; Elizabeth wants to go to Arizona to see Olivia and John.

March 19, 1981: The Victims
Season 9, episode 16
W: Juliet Packer   D: Lawrence Dobkin

With Michael McDonough (Deputy Allen), Archie Lang (Buck Vernon), John Carter (Deputy Hendrix), Ben Andrews (Kenny Ellis), Carol Jones (Laurie).
The Waltons help a woman who is being beaten by her husband, who has turned to the bottle in an attempt to overcome his emotional war wounds; Jim-Bob decides he will make a fortune by investing in war surplus.

April 2, 1981: The Threshold
Season 9, episode 17
W: Scott Hamner   D: Herbert Hirschman

With Pearl Shear (Zuleika Dunbar), Ivor Francis (Dean Burke), William Schallert (Stanley Perkins).
John-Boy comes home to ponder his future and ends up creating a television show for Boatwright University; Rose is given a run for her money by Zuleika Dunbar over the affection of Stanley.

May 7, 1981: The Indiscretion
Season 9, episode 18
W: E.F. Wallengren   D: James Sheldon

With Tony Becker (Drew Cutler), Victoria Carroll (Nina Sue), Alvy Moore (Frank Sims), Dana Craig (Deputy Bull).
Corabeth finds an old love letter in Ike's belongings and decides she wants a divorce, then she moves moves into the Walton home; Drew and Elizabeth celebrate their one-year anniversary.

May 14, 1981: The Heartache
Season 9, episode 19
W: Kathleen Hite   D: Herbert Hirschman

With Kip Niven (Rev. Tom Marshall), Corinne Camacho (Mrs. Bassett), Ken Sansom (Dr. Cole), William Schallert (Stanley Perkins).
Rose cancels her wedding to Stanley after finding out that she has a heart condition; Cindy realizes that she would rather stay at home and be a mother than work in the shop.

May 21, 1981: The Lumberjack
Season 9, episode 20
W: Carol Zeitz   D: Harvey Laidman

With Morgan Stevens (Paul Matthews Northridge), Richard Eastham (Mr. Northridge), Lew Horn (Mr. Franklin).
A charming young lumberjack begins to court Erin, but when another side of her suitor's personality is revealed, Erin's fervent romance turns into a nightmare; Jim-Bob and Ike discover illegally dumped waste.

May 28, 1981: The Hostage
Season 9, episode 21
W: Marjorie Fowler   D: Herbert Hirschman

With Debbie Lytton (Sissy Crooks), Gary Grubbs (Job Moonie), Al Hopson (Rance Crooks), Mary Wickes (Octavia), Fran Ryan (Eula Mae Moonie).
A 14-year-old girl is promised by her dying father to an older man in the mountain tradition. When Mary Ellen interferes, the man kidnaps Elizabeth to exchange for his young bride.

June 4, 1981: The Revel
Season 9, episode 22
W: Scott Hamner   D: Harry Harris

With James Ingersoll (Mike O'Brien), Robert Rockwell (Clayton Anderson), Bettye Ackerman (Bell Becker).
John-Boy returns home after his writing career in New York languishes; the Baldwin sisters send out invitations for a class reunion, but none of their old classmates show up. (Last show of the series.)

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