The Waltons (1971–1981)
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An itinerant worker and his young son stay with the Waltons, causing the son to want his father to give up life on the road.


Philip Leacock


Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner), Sheldon Stark




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
Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton
Joe Conley ... Ike Godsey
Earl Hamner Jr. ... The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erin Blunt Erin Blunt ... Jody Foster
Lynn Hamilton ... Verdie Grant Foster


After finishing picking peaches with many Walton Mountain residents, a man who was once an auto mechanic accepts an offer from the Waltons of overnight lodging for him and his son. Verdie Grant has other plans, though: she is attracted to the man, and dotes on his son. Verdie thinks her lonely days may be over. Accepting a mechanic job at Ike's, the traveler seems ready to settle down, but Verdie oversteps her boundary and her lectures about what is right for the little boy has the opposite affect she was looking for. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Drama | Family | Romance





Release Date:

11 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

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


Bertie Grant had a sister in the episode she first appeared in on season 1. The sister is not mentioned in this episode. See more »


Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] When I was growing up on Waltons Mountain, the Great Depression cast its shadow over us as it did over everyone but we were more fortunate than most. We were a close-knit family and the house we lived in was as solid and secure as the mountain itself. Because I had always lived in it, I took our house for granted. Then, one hot summer afternoon, I met others less fortunate. Through them I learned the real meaning of home.
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