The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Bicycle 

John-Boy's meddling in a long-distance romance backfires.


Alf Kjellin


Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner), Nigel McKeand


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Episode credited cast:
Richard Thomas ... John-Boy Walton
Ralph Waite ... John Walton, Sr.
Michael Learned ... Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Ellen Corby ... Esther Walton
Will Geer ... The Grandfather
Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton
Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton
Mary Beth McDonough ... Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Eric Scott ... Ben Walton
David W. Harper ... Jim-Bob Walton (as David Harper)
Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton
Joe Conley ... Ike Godsey
Earl Hamner Jr. ... The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ned Beatty ... Curtis Norton
David Doremus David Doremus ... George William 'G.W.' Haines


When neighbor Curtis meets a woman in Richmond named Ann, he is smitten, and asks John-Boy to help him write letters to her. The letters convince Ann to move from New York to Walton's Mountain, to marry Curtis. Meanwhile, Olivia is particularly exasperated by her mounting duties and sees a second hand bicycle as a ticket out of the home a few times a week for choir practice. When Ann meets Curtis she discovers he is not as articulate as "his" letters, and has second thoughts about marrying him. And when Olivia gets a taste of the gossipy nature of her choir meetings, she has second thoughts about the worth of her homely tasks. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Drama | Family | Romance







Release Date:

1 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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Lorimar Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although most Season 1 episodes take place in 1933, cultural references in this on place it no earlier than 1935. These include mention of the 1935 Films "The Farmer Takes a Wife" and "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), the second Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers film (which was "The Gay Divorcee,"1934) and the song "Rose of Tralee" by Lanny Ross (1935). Movie magazines held by the character Ann include Screen Book issues of April 1932 and December 1933. See more »


While it is possible that 1934's The Gay Divorcee could have been seen at this time by the Waltons, it would be a stretch to think that 1936's Rose-Marie, mentioned in Ann Harris' letter, had been released since it would mean that three years have passed in two episodes. Character Yancy Tucker reminds John Boy in episode 1.20 "The Deed" that it is 1933. See more »


Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Times were hard when I was growing up in the 1930's and many people tried to escape those times by living in other worlds created for them by glossy magazines and the movies. My own family was so close and we were so involved with our everyday lives that we didn't seem to need those dream worlds. So, it came as a surprise when, one day, we discovered that our mother had a dream world of her own.
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References Rose-Marie (1936) See more »


Amazing Grace
Words by John Newton
Non-traditional melody
Sung by cast in church choir
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The Farmer Takes A Wife
20 June 2019 | by drexmaverickSee all my reviews

That movie was in 1935, this season was based the year or 2 before that ...

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