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SEASON 6, 1977-1978


Cast List
John Walton: Ralph Waite
Olivia Walton: Michael Learned
Zebulon Tyler Walton (Grandpa): Will Geer
Mary Ellen Walton Willard: Judy Norton-Taylor
Jason Walton: Jon Walmsley
Ben Walton: Eric Scott
Erin Walton: Mary Elizabeth McDonough
Jim-Bob Walton: David W. Harper
Elizabeth Walton: Kami Cotler

Production Staff
Executive Producers: Lee Rich and Earl Hamner
Producer: Andy White
Associate Producer: Claylene Jones
Story Editor: Paul West
Executive Story Consultant: Earl Hamner
In Charge of Production: Neil T. Maffeo
Music: Alexander Courage
Theme Song by Jerry Goldsmith
Created by Earl Hamner

“The Hawk”
Original airdate: 09/15/1077
Screenplay: Andy White
Director: Tony Brand
It is September of 1939 and intimations of upcoming conflict creep into the community as the Waltons listen to Neville Chamberlain declare war on Germany on the radio. At Boatwright University, Olivia, Corabeth, and Sarah Bridges choose outspoken Hank Buchanan as the next minister at the Waltons Mountain church (Reverend Fordwick and his family having left the community). Jim-Bob and Grandpa are working on a trap to catch the hawk that is depredating their chickens when Hank arrives; the handsome young man dazzles Erin. Most of the churchgoers are impressed by his first sermon and the Waltons invite him to dinner. Corabeth resents them having had him as a guest first and plans to invite him to the Godseys for dinner, but Ike is more worried listening to reports about the invasion of Poland. Hank’s youth and Ike’s indifference to her interests are making Corabeth feel dowdy. After dinner, Hank takes Erin to a movie and Mrs. Brimmer spies them dancing closely in the parsonage afterwards, which starts tongues wagging. Grandpa and Jim-Bob’s trap catches the hawk, which the boy keeps for awhile to study, but he realizes it is cruel to keep it caged and he and Grandpa finally return the restless bird to a different part of the mountain, away from the family chickens. Corabeth is attracted to Hank, for all that she doesn’t like his more modern approach to religion, and she apologizes to him for spreading gossip about him and Erin, but this is misinterpreted by both Jason and Erin, the latter who sulks resentfully in her room while a sobbing Corabeth confesses to Olivia about her indiscretion and about how bored she is. Ike returns from town with the news he is the new area air-raid warden. Hank submits his resignation in light of all the gossip, but John encourages him to stay. His next sermon addresses his determination to stay in the community.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Sarah Bridges: Lynn Carlin. Hank Buchanan: Peter Fox. Aimee Godsey: Rachel Longaker. Mrs. Brimmer: Nora Marlowe. Fanny Tatum: Sheila Allen. Yancy Tucker: Robert Donner. Horace Brimley: A. Wilford Brimley. Curt Willard: Tom Bower. Dean Beck: George D. Wallace. Newsreel Announcer: Art Gilmore. Thelma: Dorothy Shay. Radio Announcer: Hank Stahl. Voice of Neville Chamberlain: David Frankham.

“The Stray”
Original airdate: 09/22/1977
Screenplay: Kathleen Hite
Director: Harry Harris
Jim-Bob’s thoughtlessness gets him blamed for missing eggs, dirty blankets, and other undone chores, until a string of fish appears on the family’s doorstep. Jim-Bob and John follow a trail to the barn and discover a frightened black youngster hiding in the hay. The boy, Josh, forms an instant bond with John after the man removes a fishhook from his foot, and is reluctantly taken to see Ep Bridges, who discovers he’s a North Carolina orphan. Josh notices there is a bed in the shed and thinks he has found a place to stay, but John and Olivia know that in those times, they cannot keep a child of a different race. Josh feels betrayed when John takes him to an orphan’s home for black children, and runs back to the house as soon as darkness falls. Olivia begins teaching Josh to read and Grandpa enthralls him with tall tales, but Olivia discovers he already knows how to read and is just allowing her to teach him to “butter her up.” He also cleans out the mill and attempts to be as good as possible so they will keep him. John and Olivia next try taking Josh to the Fosters, but neglectful Jim-Bob has forgotten to tell them he’s away. Josh then steals a fishing reel from Ike’s store, but an angry John makes him return it. Jim-Bob is entrusted with money to make the mill payment, but on the way to the bank, he loses it in order to defend Josh from two bullies. Josh tries to help recoup funds by helping out at the mill and finally suggests he might stay with the Fosters after all, but he asks John why he can’t stay with the Waltons and John must admit that racial barriers are too high for both the Waltons and especially for him. When John takes Josh to the Fosters again, Verdie says she will take him in.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Verdie Foster: Lynn Hamilton Josh: Todd Bridges. Sheriff Ep Bridges: John Crawford. Curt Willard: Tom Bower. Mrs. Thomas: Ketty Lester. Town Boy #1: Jonas Agee. Town Boy #2: Kin Shriner.

“The Recluse”
Original airdate: 09/29/1977
Screenplay: Seth Freeman
Director: Walter Alzmann
When his boss Mr. Jarvis goes to work at a defense plant, Ben loses his car sales job, so he decides to move to Norfolk himself to get another position. Olivia objects, but Ben is resolute. Jason, meanwhile, makes a delivery at the home of reclusive Fern Lockwood, who surprises him by talking to him and chatting about his brothers and sisters. One night Fern invites him into her house, but his piano playing troubles her. Fern confides to Jason that her reclusive manner is a “monument to the one-perfect love” between herself and her deceased fiancée. Ben easily gets a job on the graveyard shift at the shipyard, while Grandpa and John apply for an Army contract. When Fern’s canary dies trying to escape his cage, Jason uses this as an analogy to get Fern out of the house, but she’s driven back by agoraphobia. Ben’s expenses are cut in half when he acquires a roommate, but he wastes the profit in entertaining girls. John gets the Army contract, but Grandpa tells him they won’t be able to complete it on time without help, so John hires lazy “Easy” Jackson, who stays only a day. John refuses to send for Ben, angering Grandpa. Jason finally buys Fern a new canary, and in return she purchases a music box for him. He claims that on Sunday he will take her to church. Grandpa runs to Norfolk to tell Ben about John’s predicament, and while the family is at church, Ben returns home. Fern almost suffers another panic attack, but Jason finally calls her a coward and tells her she is not doing her late fiancée justice. Timidly, she enters church and joins the congregation in song.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Easy Jackson: Britt Leach. Anson Adams: Joseph A. Butcher. Fern Lockwood: Linda Marsh. Mr. Jarvis: Lew Brown. Shop Foreman: Eric Lawson. Curt Willard: Tom Bower. Anson’s Girlfriend: Robyn Pohle. Marla (Ben’s Girlfriend): Carol Ann Williams. Waiter: Hatsuo Uda. Worker: Llynn Shorer. Farmer: Walker Edmiston. Mrs. Devine: Bella Bruck.

“The Warrior”
Original airdate: 10/13/1977
Screenplay: Joan Scott
Director: Ralph Senensky
John allows Matthew, an Indian boy, and his grandfather Joseph to stay overnight in the barn. Elizabeth is intrigued by the pair and starts asking them question, and the two later tell the family about their heritage and their quest for a burial ground. To that end, Grandpa takes Joseph up on the mountain while Matthew helps Elizabeth search for goldenseal to cure an ailing Myrtle. John explodes when Joseph says the family barn is built over a burial ground and will need to be removed, and tells them to leave. Grandpa believes Joseph has returned to the area to die, which he has, but John refuses to destroy his property. Joseph’s aborted attempt to burn down the barn ends him in jail, and Elizabeth is hurt by the quarrel and goes into Rockfish to apologize to him. At his trial, Joseph gives a moving recital of the story of the “Trail of Tears,” the forced Cherokee march to Oklahoma in the nineteenth century, and his wish to be buried in sacred ground—then collapses. To satisfy his curiosity, Grandpa digs up the barn floor and indeed finds Indian bones and relics. John feels doubly guilty after Joseph dies, but is harsh to Matthew when he returns to treat Myrtle, and, ashamed of himself, apologizes. He offers Matthew a burial spot for his grandfather near Indian Rock on the mountain and the boy blesses the ground in the name of the Cherokee.
Sheriff Ep Bridges: John Crawford. Joseph Teskigi: Grado de Cordovier. Matthew Teskigi: Ernest Esparoza II. Judge Parrish: Richard Eastham. Public Defender Cross: Tom Bellin.

“The Seashore”
Original airdate: 10/20/1977
Screenplay: Marion Hargrove
Director: Lawrence Dobkin
As the war in Europe escalates and housing in Norfolk is at a premium, the Baldwin sisters ask John to remodel their beach house so they can rent it out. Because the job will take so much time, John takes the entire family with him. On the beach, Elizabeth suspects that a girl she sees constantly watching ships in the harbor is a spy; she turns out to be the same girl they found out was “squatting” in the beach house, Lisa Cooper, an English college student. She is invited to stay and Jason finds out she is a music student who misses her father. Talk of Nazi advances and Dunkirk upset her, so Jason takes her on a boat ride. Meanwhile, Ben holds down the fort at home, planning to romance Darlene Jarvis while his parents are away, but he didn’t reckon with well-meaning neighbors who feel sorry for him being “all alone.” Jason and Lisa get lost at sea and are rescued by the Coast Guard ship whose officers suspect Lisa is a German spy; at the same time a government official is also searching for her. Her mother has reported her missing and wants her to come home, but Lisa is afraid to return. His romantic plans thwarted, Ben joins the family at the beach while John and Olivia honeymoon and Jason tries to help Lisa with her troubles. At a birthday party thrown for her, Lisa finally confesses she is running from the war. She is originally Austrian and her beloved father was killed at Dunkirk. Lisa decides she will fight her fears and return to England to help with the war effort.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Miss Mamie Baldwin: Helen Kleeb. Miss Emily Baldwin: Mary Jackson. Curt Willard: Tom Bower. Lisa Cooper: Vickery Turner. Darlene Jarvis: Melody Thomas. Chief Moresdale: Arthur Franz. Radio Announcer: John Hiestand. Dittenberger: Michael Richardson. Flaherty: Robert Gooden.

“The Volunteer”
Original airdate: 10/27/1977
Screenplay: Kathleen Hite
Director: Philip Leacock
Love—and other things—are in the air at the Walton home: Jim-Bob sets up a shortwave radio, Rover the peacock gets restless for a mate, and G.W. Haines has become almost a family member in courting Erin, but the girl still thinks of him as one of Mary Ellen’s hand-me-downs although John approves of him. Still, she is sad when she turns down his proposal and feels responsible when he volunteers for the Army. As he sends letters home, she nearly memorizes them. Maude Gormley is pursing her painting career: she has done a portrait of Erin and is trying to paint a picture of Rover, but the bird won’t stay still. Ike is marketing her artwork and there are brisk sales. When G.W. comes home on his first leave, he asks Erin to visit him at Fort Lee and Erin, now in love with him, asks John for permission, but he turns her down knowing what the reputations of girls who hang around Army bases are like. Finally he agrees to trust her and lets her go. Erin is uncomfortable in the freewheeling Fort Lee atmosphere and wonders if G.W. hasn’t gotten too sophisticated to like her, but he still holds her in respect and defends her from an Army buddy who implies she has loose morals. She returns home thinking of him as a good friend. In the meantime, Rover “flies the coop,” sending Jim-Bob hunting for him, and Maude tells Ike her sales are so good she’s going to hire an agent to sell her paintings. Grandpa finds Rover courting a peahen named Ruby and brings them both home.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Maude Gormley: Merie Earle. G.W. Haines: David Doremus. Abel Bingley: David Clarke. Lady Customer: Nadyne Turney. Ernie: Channing Carlson. Judy: Wendy Ostatter. Soldier: Kevin Scott Allen. Radio Announcer: Hank Stahl.

“The Grandchild”
Original airdate: 11/03/1977
Screenplay: Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker
Director: Ralph Senensky
Pregnant Mary Ellen meets Cassie, a backwoods girl who is also expecting a child, at the general store, not knowing that the Baldwin sisters are planning a baby shower for her. Ben is running a baby pool, while Elizabeth insists the child will be a girl and named Esther Elizabeth and Grandpa declares it will be a boy named Zebulon John. Jason loses his job when the Dew Drop Inn burns down and Jim-Bob finds out Reckless is also expecting, the father being Yancy’s hound, Tagger. Mary Ellen is determined that the baby be born at home, but Curt wants it delivered in the hospital. While Curt is away, Cassie goes into labor, so Mary Ellen goes into the backwoods to deliver it. The child is stillborn, and a superstitious Cassie tells Mary Ellen that looking on death will harm her unborn child. This prophecy unnerves Mary Ellen and she dashes down the nightmarish rainswept road until Curt finds her and assures her the baby is fine. Jason gets a temporary job playing the organ at a theatre between movies; what he discovers after it’s too late—and will not tell his mother—is that it’s a strip joint! At the baby shower, Mrs. Brimmer reads Mary Ellen’s tea leaves, but is reluctant to share what she sees. An uneasy Mary Ellen then sees Cassie’s face peering at her through the Baldwin sisters’ window. In bed she is tormented by nightmares; while Curt scoffs gently at her fears, she feels her pregnancy has been all too perfect. A concerned Curt visits Cassie, brooding in her home since the birth, and she repeats her prophecy to him, and none of Curt’s reasoning will change her mind. Mary Ellen then goes into labor, exciting the family, but it’s only false labor. Grandpa talks Ben and Jim-Bob into taking him to the theatre where Jason is working and disgraces them all by spearing the stripper’s balloons with a pin. Reverend Buchanan’s sermon that Sunday, however, makes Jason guilty about his job. Reckless whelps finally, giving birth to only one puppy which is Yancy’s by right of pick of the litter. While going to the house to scold Ben when she finds out about the baby pool, Mary Ellen goes into labor. She gets her way: the child is born on the mountain. John Curtis Willard makes his way into the world after long, hard labor. While his doting grandparents surround him, Cassie lurks outside the house. Erin gets over her distaste of babies after holding him, and Olivia is cheered further when Jason gets a new job as accompanist to the Old Dominion Baptist Singers. Ben has just made up with Mary Ellen about the baby pool when John Curtis is discovered missing and the bedroom window stands wide open. Curt suspects Cassie and he, John and Olivia race up to the Hineman cabin. Cassie has taken John Curtis being born alive as a sign he is to replace her lost child and is lovingly caring for him, and Olivia talks her into bringing him back herself. Resisting the urge to snatch him away, Mary Ellen instead understands Cassie’s sorrow and accepts her apology.
Curt Willard: Tom Bower. Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Yancy Tucker: Robert Donner. Miss Mamie Baldwin: Helen Kleeb. Miss Emily Baldwin: Mary Jackson. Maude Gormley: Merie Earle. Mrs. Brimmer: Nora Marlowe. Aimee Godsey: Rachel Longaker. Cassie Hineman: Beth Raines. Ab Hineman: David Hooks. Burlesque Comic: Joe Ross. Drummer: Frank DeVito. Burlesque Dancer: Trish Garland.
Somewhere along the line, Reckless changed sexes; the dog started out as male,

“The First Casualty”
Original airdate: 11/10/1977
Screenplay: Andy White
Director: Harry Harris
Curt’s unit of his university ROTC is called up for active duty, shocking the family and infuriating Mary Ellen, who doesn’t want him to go. As he gets on the bus to leave, an old friend emerges: G.W., home on leave along with a friend from camp. Erin takes him home for an emotional reunion with his parents. While Curt is away, John and Olivia insist Mary Ellen and the baby stay with the family, and she moves into John-Boy’s old room. A radio news report on the war in Europe, plus G.W.’s uniformed presence at the Dew Drop, inspires a drunken Yancy to not only propose to Cissy, but to volunteer for the Army. Ben says he will care for Yancy’s pampered animals while he is away, and that Sunday a terrified Yancy and Cissy wed, with Ben as their best man. Afterward, G.W. takes Erin walking through the land his father gave him, expressing his determination to defend his country—and his fear of being killed, which causes Erin’s guilt to resurface. On the way to the bus station, Jim-Bob monopolizes their last few moments together and calls G.W. “dumb” when he refuses to discuss his chances of seeing combat. Yancy, who is on G.W.’s bus, is seen off by a cheering crowd of some drunken friends, falling asleep while G.W. writes a letter. But Yancy returns almost immediately; the Army has turned him down. Curt unexpectedly returns on leave to Mary Ellen’s joy, until she and the family find out why: G.W. was killed on training maneuvers. Jim-Bob, feeling guilty for his criticism of G.W., is comforted by Grandpa before the funeral, an event Erin find she cannot attend. After the moving ceremony, John finds Erin on G.W.’s land and gives her the letter he wrote on the bus: he has willed the land to her.
Curt Willard: Tom Bower. Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. G.W. Haines: David Doremus. Thelma: Dorothy Shay. Yancy Tucker: Robert Donner. Cissy Walker Tucker: Cissy Wellman. Horace Brimley: A. Wilford Brimley. Hank Buchanan: Peter Fox. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. George Haines: Lin McCarthy. Arthur Wells (Radio): Art Gilmore. Louise Haines: Jean Allison. Mickey: David Dotson.

“The Battle of Drucilla’s Pond”
Original airdate: 11/17/1977
Screenplay: Rod Petersen and Claire Whitaker
Director: Philip Leacock
Olivia withdraws into her painting as news of the war draws closers, but her painting spot, not to mention Grandpa’s favorite fishing hole, are disturbed by war games. Curt is one of the participants and his driver William Lance is smitten by Erin. Mary Ellen is frustrated when Curt must stay at the bivouac and can’t visit at home. He does sneak home to spend the night. Explosions from the games begin to rock the mountain, frightening the Waltons’ expectant cow. Still hurt over G.W., Erin rebuffs William’s advances, but he understands. Elizabeth and Aimee’s rehearsal of a patriotic dance is interrupted by Ike playing civilian auxiliary and Grandpa is furious when the war games kill the fish in the pond. Olivia’s joy in entering paintings in an art contest is tempered by the realistic involvement of her family and neighbors in the war games, and she is further depressed when Maude wins the contest—until one man buys every one of her paintings before the exhibit opens. Next morning, the Army plans and executes the explosion of a roadblock. The shock is too much for Chance, who gives birth unexpectedly to a heifer they name “Dynamite.” With her prize money, Olivia buys a new sewing machine, then is dismayed to find all her paintings in the attic and suspects John. Curt turns up unexpectedly to tell them the maneuvers have been cancelled; the city of Paris has fallen to the Nazis. It is only after this that Grandpa explains that he bought the paintings, to preserve the image of the mountain the way it was.
Curt Willard: Tom Bower. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Aimee Godsey: Rachel Longaker. Private William Lance: Michael Sullivan. Jane Stevens: Alice Hirson. Maude Gormley: Merie Earle. Thelma: Dorothy Shay. Sergeant: Joseph M. Cala. Sentry: Jeff Reese.

“The Flight”
Original airdate: 12/01/1977
Screenplay: Carole and Michael Raschella
Director: Ralph Waite
Elizabeth, lonesome for Grandma, worries about expectant Myrtle and broods over the fact that she and Jim-Bob are no longer close. In town, Jim-Bob befriends a boy named Joe Douglas who admires his eagle radiator cap and invites him home for supper. Sarah Bridges is there when he arrives, looking longingly at John Curtis. Joe is soon at home in the boisterous clan, but John wonders why he is wandering alone, even if he claims to be going to join the Air Corps. After meeting the family, Joe sneaks back to an orphanage where his sister Claire is; they are both orphans and he is planning to get them both to Florida. Jim-Bob and Joe then go to the movies, but Joe sees a familiar man and flees with Jim-Bob after him; it is then Joe tells him the truth. On the day she gives birth, Myrtle returns to her old home with Maude to kid, and Elizabeth finds that Maude can be a substitute grandmother. John finally makes inquiries about Joe and the frightened young man snatches Claire from the orphanage. Sarah, meanwhile, is asking Ep about starting a family when the call comes through about Claire’s “kidnapping.” Jim-Bob hides the siblings in the hayloft and evades John and Ep’s questions, but John forces him to tell and he is hurt when they are taken away. Depressed by Maude keeping Myrtle and her baby “Gingerbread,” Elizabeth continues to visit, and realizes that Maude is keeping the goats so Elizabeth will keep visiting. Ep feels guilty about separating Joe and Claire, but is reluctant to take them in when Sarah suggests it, until John advises him. Shyly, Ep proposes to Joe that he and Claire visit them on weekends, but he and Sarah soon adopt the children.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Maude Gormley: Merie Earle. Sheriff Ep Bridges: John Crawford. Joe Douglas: Peter Miner. Claire Douglas: Michelle Stacy. Harrison Bixby: Dan Priest. Ed Larkin: Jerry Crews.

“The Milestone”
Original airdate: 12/08/1977
Screenplay: Kathleen Hite
Director: Philip Leacock
Olivia is unusually moody and clumsy; she forgets promising Elizabeth that she could have a party and a new dress. On Sunday, she shuns the family’s walk to church to run into the woods and forgets to make dinner. She tells a worried John she feels homesick for her childhood. When Mary Ellen massages her hands, she winces in pain. Later, Elizabeth catches her weeping over an old photo album. Impatiently, she shrugs off Jim-Bob’s permission slip for a job, vaguely goes to mail a letter, starts to make a phone call, and does neither. John returns home to find her packing to go visit her Aunt Kate. The woman doesn’t recognize Olivia at first, then listens sympathetically as she talks about her troubles. Next day, Kate takes Olivia to a picnic at her childhood home, now deserted, where Olivia swings on the old swing. She tells Kate that she feels old and wishes she were wild and free. Meanwhile, Jim-Bob is about to forge Olivia’s name on the permission slip when Hank Buchanan asks him for a lift and Jim-Bob confesses to him what he was about to do. Worried by something he discovers Olivia intended to write to John-Boy, Jason tries to call her, but she’s at the doctor, who tells her she’s not sick, she’s just going through menopause. Kate has already suspected this and tells her to stop feeling sorry for herself and to go home where she is loved. An unhappy John has gone up to the mountain to work on the dream house he always promised Olivia, but a storm comes up and destroys all his work. Defeated, he returns home to find Jason has brought Olivia home.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Kate Grover: Louise Latham. Hank Buchanan: Peter Fox. Mr. Clinton: Jim Henaghan.

“The Children's Carol”
Original airdate: 12/15/1977
Screenplay: John McGreevey
Director: Lawrence Dobkin
Early in December, after church, the Waltons stop at Ike’s store, where they meet the Baldwin sisters. The ladies are excited because their cousin Hilary (from “The Hiding Place”) has asked them to take in Tess and Pip Wrayburn, two children from London orphaned by the Blitz. They ask the Waltons to visit when the English children arrive. Meanwhile Ike and Ben plan their first Civil Defense meeting and Verdie Foster tells the family she’ll be baking and selling cakes for charity. Allen Timmons, who is buying lumber from John for the military, is invited into the house the next time he visits. Olivia is hoping she can take Erin’s mind off the death of G.W. Haines. When Tess and Pip arrive at the Baldwins, the sisters find out Pip has not spoken since the death of his mother. The sisters try everything they can to make the children comfortable, but they won’t be separated at bedtime and they are even found hoarding food. They are so unhappy that the Baldwins finally ask Olivia if the children can stay with them and of course Olivia is delighted. But when she asks Jason to play a song for Pip, her son tells her that he isn’t playing music anymore; he has to “toughen” himself to fight in the war. He is especially disturbed during bayonet practice. Mary Ellen finally cannot stand being without Curt and moves near Camp Lee to be with him; she ends up in a sleazy boarding house with a landlady who thinks she is just a camp follower. It’s a terrible place and Curt tells her so. Things get worse when she discovers that even though he is nearby, he can’t visit often and then not for very long, and they finally start arguing. Tess and Pip are still not doing well. Jim-Bob offers to ask his friend Allison, an English girl he talks to at night on his shortwave radio, about the Wrayburns’ friends or family, but Tess tensely tells them they are all dead. They help Grandpa and Elizabeth find a Christmas tree, but are indifferent to the entire process. Elizabeth finally gets angry with them when they refuse to play games with her and Aimee, although she senses a little of their fear when an airplane flies overhead and Tess screams and hides herself and Pip. Meanwhile, Jason drills every day, keeping his feeling shut up, until he realizes music is one of the things that keeps things together for him. He finally goes back to his piano, to Olivia’s relief, and tries to write a Christmas carol. Verdie’s cake sale has been very successful and Ike is going to help her out by selling her toys and food at wholesale prices, but after she has collected all the money, someone steals her purse as she is walking home. A horrified Olivia cannot believe someone would do such a thing and between the attack on Verdie and the silent suffering of Tess and Pip, she has a loss of faith. She runs out of church during a Sunday service and tells John she cannot believe in God any longer. John tells her that God isn’t responsible for the evil things that happen. Verdie is surprised when Ben arrives at her home with her purse, which he found at the side of the road. When she opens it, the $30 is still inside, but in different bills than what she collected. She realizes Ben has put his own money inside (he was saving it for a pinstripe suit which he hoped would make him look taller), but simply thanks him with tears in her eyes. Mary Ellen finally accepts that right now she and Curt cannot see each other all the time and returns home just as Olivia decides that they cannot seem to reach Tess and Pip. She and the Baldwin sisters decide that perhaps living at the evacuation center will be better for them; there will be doctors and social workers who can help. Elizabeth overhears this and goes outside to where Allen has just arrived for some supplies from the mill. He is in uniform for the first time and Erin, who has started to warm to him, is upset and finally tells him about G.W.’s death. While that is going on, Elizabeth tells Tess and Pip they are going back to Washington, DC, figuring the news will make them happy. But Tess is angry about being shuttled about yet again and when no one is looking, she and Pip stow away on the truck. They are deposited on the Army base, where the sounds of airplanes terrify Pip and he runs off. The Waltons arrive just as an airplane is bearing down on Tess trying to pull a frozen Pip out of the runway. John saves them and Pip finally speaks for the first time since the bombing. On Christmas morning, Allison raises Jim-Bob on the shortwave with good news: although Mr. Wrayburn is dead, Mrs. Wrayburn has survived and she’s there to talk to the children. After this good news the family gathers in the living room to sing Jason’s new Christmas song, “The Children’s Carol.”
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Aimee Godsey: Rachel Longaker. Miss Mamie Baldwin: Helen Kleeb. Miss Emily Baldwin: Mary Jackson. Tess Wrayburn: Sally Boyden. Pip Wrayburn: Jeff Cotler. Verdie Foster: Lynn Hamilton. Curt Willard: Tom Bower. Thelma: Dorothy Shay. Reverend Hank Buchanan: Peter Fox. Mrs. Rumsen: Judith Sharon Morton. Landlady: Ivy Bethune. Sergeant Grimes: Ed Owens. Allen Timmons: David Cramer. Voice of Allison: Kate Edwards. Voice of Mrs. Wrayburn: Dinah Anne Rogers.

“The Children’s Carol,” written by Jon Walmsley

“O children, He is one of us, untouched by hate or fear;
O children, we are one with Him this joyful time of year.

Join hands, join hearts, and sing His song of peace and men’s good will.
Shout out the birth of the Christmas Child, that Child is with us still.

O children, wise men bid us doubt; their wisdom is despair.
O children, peace is ours to know when simple faith we share.

Chorus (twice)

“The Celebration”
Original airdate: 12/22/1977
Screenplay: Marion Hargrove
Director: Gwen Arner
A dazed John realizes that after two more payments, his debt will be completely paid off. In town he meets Marcia Woolery, who has returned to the mountain, and tries to get a job cutting fence posts to pay off the debt sooner. While Ike gloats over the refrigerators he bought at a bargain and will sell to Reverend Buchanan, matchmaking Corabeth plots to find the minister a wife. The whole family pitches in so they can pay off the debt by the first of the month. Olivia, driving the truck, gives Corabeth a lift to the parsonage, where the latter lectures about the proper wife for a minister. Ike brags about the refrigerators again to John. To please the children, John agrees to have a big celebration during which they will burn the mortgage, and, with Olivia, plans what to do when they have money left over. Despite all his bragging, Ike is having trouble selling the refrigerators: his customers are too poor or don’t have electricity and John even hurts his feelings by saying he’d rather buy one at a chain store. John is abashed by the community celebration; meanwhile Ike has discovered his refrigerators were so cheap because they don’t work and the bank has told him if he doesn’t pay for them they will take his store. If Corabeth fainted when she saw Hank Buchanan arrive at the party with Marcia Woolery, she is further horrified when Ike arrives after the mortgage-burning with the news. John agrees to co-sign Ike’s loan, thus saving the store.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Maude Gormley: Merie Earle. Hank Buchanan: Peter Fox. Marcia Woolery: Tami Bula. Horace Brimley: Wilford Brimley. John Martin Renshaw: William Phipps. J.J. Brendamore: Jack Manning. Track Superintendent: Hal Riddle.

“The Rumor”
Original airdate: 01/05/1978
Screenplay: Kathleen Hite
Director: Ralph Waite
Elizabeth starts keeping a highly fanciful diary just as Jim-Bob’s new shortwave radio pulls in a German station. On the news, the German invasion of Scandinavia is announced just as a German family comes to the door asking for Mrs. Brimmer. They are relatives of hers and Willie Brimmer soon applies for a job with John. Buck Vernon cuts him dead and starts suspecting him because of his German accent. Willie befriends a large dog that has strayed in the area. Elizabeth then interviews Willie’s daughter Katrina for her journal. Buck tells Sheriff Bridges that Willie is expecting a box and rants that they are fifth columnists. Jim-Bob shows Willie his shortwave, but the latter is distracted by the hate shown to the family and wonders why Elizabeth is always taking notes about them. He offers to help Jim-Bob put an antenna on the mountain, which just confirms to Buck that he’s a spy. Elizabeth and Katrina try to care for the old dog, Sam, who just lost his master, then Elizabeth overhears Buck’s suspicions and finds Willie Brimmer’s package. Olivia has worried about Elizabeth’s imaginative storytelling and now it causes trouble: after Buck catches Willie speaking German—he’s talking to his doctor about the package, which contains medicine—and arouses the townspeople to his “cause.” Grandpa convinces Elizabeth and Katrina that the old dog should die in peace, but Buck and his mob’s confrontation of Willie is less quiet. John’s assurances and Willie’s explanation quiets them, and Elizabeth regrets that her wild imagination caused the trouble and apologizes to everyone.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Sheriff Ep Bridges: John Crawford. Buck Vernon: Barry Cahill. Willie Brimmer: Matthew Anden. Marta Brimmer: Ellen Blake. Fisk: Hal Bokar. German Voice: Chris Anders. Charley: Larry D. Blake. Katrina Brimmer: Tasha Lee Zemrus. Radio Announcer: John Hiestand.

“Spring Fever”
Original airdate: 01/12/1978
Screenplay: Rod Petersen and Claire Whitaker
Director: Richard Chaffee
During spring cleaning, a rivalry breaks out between Ben and Jim-Bob that is far from amiable. Grandpa tells Elizabeth it is spring fever, then looks after Miss Mamie’s dying rosebush, which the woman takes as a bad omen. When the Judge’s clock stops, Mamie is sure she will die. Jim-Bob is painting when Patsy Brimmer comes by with a picnic lunch, so Ben takes her instead. In revenge, Jim-Bob gets a date with Ben’s girlfriend, Ruby, who says Ben is “fresh,” and enjoys Jim-Bob’s company. When Jim-Bob gloats, Ben is livid. To cheer up Miss Mamie, the family suggests the Baldwin sisters come along on their picnic, but all Mamie wants is for Grandpa to agree to be executor of the estate. A rain storm spoils the genteel croquet party Grandpa, Jason, and Elizabeth have for the sisters, but it was doing no good anyway. Olivia gets fed up with Ben and Jim-Bob’s quarrelling and asks them to leave the table; later, the two boys and their dates go to the same movie and start sparring outside the theatre. With Ruby and Patsy along, the family goes on a picnic that includes Grandpa’s surprise, a hay wagon ride. Emily Baldwin and Grandpa force a morose Mamie, who says she is too old to participate, to come along. Grandpa’s conniving makes her catch a fish on her own, and the excitement and company revives her zest for living. Jim-Bob and Ben fight over Patsy and, afterwards, the girls go back to their old boyfriends and the air has been cleared between the brothers.
Miss Mamie Baldwin: Helen Kleeb. Miss Emily Baldwin: Mary Jackson. Ruby Davis: Heather Totten. Patsy Brimmer: Debbie Gunn.

“The Festival”
Original airdate: 01/26/1978
Screenplay: Michael McGreevey
Director: Gwen Arner
Elizabeth catches spring fever of her own when she notices George, a cute new boy at school and Verdie mourns the fact that Jody has joined the Navy. Her adopted son, Josh, has a talent for trumpet-playing, a fact Jason has discovered. Aimee is actively pursuing George, but he has eyes only for Elizabeth, who gets tongue-tied when she’s with him. The Fosters have a tearful farewell when Jody departs, and to cheer himself, Josh plays a duet with Jason at the Walton house. Eager to play more music, Josh sneaks out of the house to play trumpet behind the Dew Drop and is fetched home by Harley. Next day Jason takes Josh with him to rehearse, but Verdie catches him in the saloon and scolds him. Jason, who has been asked to play at a prestigious spring festival, asks Harley for permission to have Josh audition with him. Josh’s audition is wonderful, but, as Harley feared, the committee says he cannot play because he is “colored.” Jason refuses to enter the festival contest without him, but a bitter Josh tells him not be a fool and throws away his trumpet. An angry Jason then plans his own spring festival and tries to talk Josh into coming. The day of the festival, a bitter Harley and Josh stay home, but Verdie shows up with Jody, who is home on leave. John tells Josh he is as good as anyone, and to prove it, Josh shows up at the festival and plays trumpet, and his father comes to hear him. Elizabeth finally tells George she likes him and finds her tongue, and they walk home afterwards.
Aimee Godsey: Rachel Longaker. Harley Foster: Hal Williams. Verdie Foster: Lynn Hamilton. Josh Foster: James Bond III. Jody Foster: T.K. Carter. George Simmons: Steve Shaw. Mrs. Wilkens: Kathleen O’Malley.

“The Anniversary”
Original airdate: 02/02/1978
Screenplay: Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker
Director: Walter Alzmann
Elizabeth becomes John Curtis’ caretaker when Mary Ellen goes back to her nursing work while the children plot a surprise party for John and Olivia’s 25th anniversary party. Both planning a secret, John and Jim-Bob bump into each other in the attic, and the children are caught by Olivia while plotting in the barn. At the hospital, Mary Ellen and David Spencer have an uncomfortable reunion, then David starts currying her favor again. John, who has been “planting” up on the mountain, returns to find the family smiling secretly: Olivia has bought him a telephone for their anniversary. Olivia warns Mary Ellen against getting too friendly with David again, and she realizes what her mother means when David tries to kiss her. On their anniversary, Olivia is served breakfast in bed, and then John takes them both to a photographer to have their picture taken. Later, they walk on the mountain where she is enchanted by John’s surprise, a white gazebo, where music from Grandpa’s Victrola and a champagne toast add to the romance. Remaining to watch the first star come out, John and Olivia are late for the children’s party—and Curt is surprised instead. Both he and Mary Ellen end up confessing they have both been tempted to stray from their vows, but find their love is as strong as ever. Jim-Bob’s surprise, a lighted “25” sign, blows all the fuses, and, finally, Grandpa takes all the children, Curt, and all the food to where he suspects John and Olivia are and the anniversary party continues at the gazebo. As his gift, Grandpa suggests John and Olivia spend the night alone there.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. David Spencer: Christopher Woods. Curt Willard: Tom Bower. Phone Service Man: John Perryman.

“The Family Tree”
Original airdate: 02/09/1978
Screenplay: Thomas Hood from a story by Thomas Hood and Joyce Perry
Director: Lawrence Dobkin
Elizabeth’s new project is writing to a soldier at Camp Lee, but she is telling the young man she is 18 years old and a tall blonde. Jason finds Verdie Foster musing over her father’s grave, wondering about her past, which her dad had never talked about, and asks Jason to help her trace her roots. Harley doesn’t want her to be hurt and is disturbed by her search. Armed with a man’s amulet, Jason and Verdie head for the courthouse, where records then send her to the home of a couple who knew her parents. Clues from this source lead them to Scottsville, but John warns them that a Scottsville flood at the turn of the century ruined all older records. Verdie and Jason stubbornly keep searching cemeteries until they find the gravestones of Verdie’s grandparents. At the nearby church, Verdie discovers the amulet is African and that her grandfather was born a slave on the Unwin plantation. When they visit the property, still owned by the Unwins, the last member of the family throws them off her land. In the meantime, Elizabeth’s soldier, Arnold Kevin, to whom she sent Erin’s picture, arrives at the house; luckily Arnold is a good-natured farm boy who enjoys visiting with the family. Grandpa accompanies Verdie and Jason back to the Unwin place where they make Estelle Unwin understand that Verdie deserves to know about her heritage. The records in the attic have been too damaged by rain, but in a sketchbook Verdie finds drawings of her great-grandfather Randolph wearing the amulet and holding her infant grandfather. Miss Estelle then gives Verdie the sketchbook.
Verdie Foster: Lynn Hamilton. Harley Foster: Hal Williams. Arnold Kevin: Donald Petrie. Sexton: Vernon Washington. Mrs. Nelson: Pauline Myers. Estelle Unwin: Ernestine Barrier. Frank Nelson: Davis Roberts. Clerk: Amzie Strickland. Gardener: William Washington.

“The Ordeal” (2 hours)
Original airdate: 02/16/1978
Screenplay: Paul West
Director: Lawrence Dobkin
Ben and Jim-Bob knock off work early to go swimming and neglect to secure a log pile. When Elizabeth uses the log pile as a ladder to return a fledgling bird to its nest, it collapses and traps her underneath, with Aimee as the terrified witness. Elizabeth is rescued and taken to the hospital, while Aimee goes home and hears Ada Corley, a gruff herb woman, talk about her medical knowledge, and tells the Baldwin sisters about the accident. Mary Ellen accuses guilty Ben and Jim-Bob of neglect while Elizabeth has her broken legs set. But there is nerve damage as well. At home, Grandpa tries to keep everyone’s spirit up while at the hospital a groggy Elizabeth worries more about the baby bird and being off crutches in time for the Godseys’ dance. While her parents worry over Elizabeth’s prognosis, Jason keeps an anguished Jim-Bob from running away. Next day Erin is put in charge when Olivia decides to room in with Elizabeth and Ben tries to plan something to cheer her up. At the store, the Baldwins surprise Ike and the new teacher Evelyn Winfield by proposing to buy Elizabeth a pony, but Aimee supports the idea. Later, Aimee is caught “spying” by Ada, who tells the girl she could cure Elizabeth’s legs better than any doctor. Elizabeth continues to work on a school project at home, but is troubled when the feeling does not seem to be returning to her legs, and feels bad because Ben is trying to buy her forgiveness and Jim-Bob will not visit her. To make even more money, Ben takes a job at the Dew Drop Inn. Mary Ellen finally tells her mother that Elizabeth may never walk again and Jim-Bob keeps out of everyone’s way, feeling like a pariah. He finally visits his sister, but cannot remain in the room. When Elizabeth’s fractures have healed, she is fitted with braces and sent home. She cries to herself in silence and a disheartened Jim-Bob moves out to the shed. When Ben brings his sister a big bottle of cologne, Olivia tells him he should spend time with her instead. Elizabeth has been placed in Grandpa’s room, so Ben and Jason have to put up with the old man’s snoring in theirs. Elizabeth puts a bright face on to the world, but her heart breaks when she watches Jason and Erin dance and Amy ride the new pony, Judy. The family tries remedies like the nearby hot springs, but it is Aimee who induces Elizabeth to see Ada; Aimee helps her sneak out of the house and they go up on the mountain in the refurbished pony cart, a gift from Ben, pulled by Judy. The darkness is spooky and Ada frightens them, but she agrees to treat Elizabeth if Aimee will give her money. When Elizabeth still cannot walk after Ada’s treatment, the herb woman rails at her, calling her a cripple in her mind, and she is finally rescued by John and Grandpa. In despair, John finally sets foot in church to pray and at school next day, Elizabeth unconsciously moves her legs. Later in the day, a tearful Jim-Bob is the one who prods Elizabeth into finally, falteringly, walking again.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Aimee Godsey: Rachel Longaker. Miss Mamie Baldwin: Helen Kleeb. Miss Emily Baldwin: Mary Jackson. Sheriff Ep Bridges: John Crawford. Ada Corley: Virginia Gregg. Evelyn Winfield: Julie Gibson. Dr. Jamison: Richard Sarradet. Thelma: Dorothy Shay.

“The Return” (2 hours)
Original airdate: 03/16/1978
Screenplay: Kathleen Hite
Director: Harry Harris
In New York, John-Boy discusses with Daisy Garner his worry over his mother’s latest letter, which tells of hard times in the Blue Ridge due to the hiring boom at the shipyards. John can’t get payment for his only source of income, Army contracts, and Grandpa is bored with inactivity. Mr. Johnson allows John-Boy to return home with the proviso that he does a story about the problem as well as a shipyard piece. His homecoming is tearful yet joyful, but he worries about the troubles he sees in his old neighborhood as well as Erin’s mysterious new job. He finds he and Mary Ellen are closer than ever and that Elizabeth has become a little lady, but he disturbs John by advising him on business matters he knows nothing about. Even Ike is looking for an extra job and Corabeth is selling antiques. Suddenly John-Boy thinks of the old Guthrie coal mine, which closed during the Depression, and suggests to Mr. Guthrie that he open the mine again, since coal will be needed for manufacturing war goods. John, John-Boy and Elizabeth explore the deserted mine; the latter falls into an old shaft and they need Ep Bridges’ help to get her out. Grandpa has followed his own interests: he is accompanying Nora Taylor on her rounds and cheering up the elderly hill people, and, as “revenge” for John not including him in his plans, refuses to tell anyone. Guthrie gets excited, decides to reopen the mine, and hires John to mill timbers and support. John-Boy, hurt that Erin won’t confide in him, questions Jason about her whereabouts and teases his brother when Thelma treats him to a beer. Harley Foster, one of the new mine workers, becomes concerned when a crack in the wall seeps water, but work continues nevertheless. Because of his help, the Baldwin sisters insist that John-Boy should be named Man of the Year. When Erin is late one night, John-Boy searches for her and discovers her secret: she is caring for a widower’s home and children. When John finds out, he forbids her to go back, but she says she took the job to help her parents. Harley’s worse fears are confirmed when the compromised mine shaft begins to buckle and then collapses on himself, John, the Walton boys, and Ike. John-Boy, returning from Norfolk with the good news that their shipyards want Virginia coal, discovers what’s happened and sounds the alarm. Behind the landslide, the men discover they can’t shift the rubble and lie quietly, conserving air; outside John-Boy and Guthrie search for blueprints to the mine while Ep, Hank Buchanan, Grandpa, Willis, and others try to dig them out. When the tunnel grows too dangerous to excavate any longer, a blueprint points out a cross-shaft, the one Elizabeth fell into. This takes them to the opposite side of the landslide, where they work frantically while the women wait and Corabeth and Guthrie both blame John-Boy. When the sound of digging penetrates the landslide, the men are already unconscious, but Grandpa and John-Boy wake them and they are taken to safety. Once fitted with more safety precautions, the mine becomes a going concern again, and John and Grandpa patch up their differences.
Daisy Garner: Deirdre Lenihan. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Clarence Johnson: Walter Brooke. Fanny Tatum: Sheila Allen. Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Sheriff Ep Bridges: John Crawford. Verdie Foster: Lynn Hamilton. Harley Foster: Hal Williams. Cyrus Guthrie: Lloyd Nolan. Allie: Helen Page Camp. Thelma: Dorothy Shay. Burt: Llynn Storer. Hank Buchanan: Peter Fox. Willis: Sandy Kenyon. Merle: John Perryman. Easy Jackson: Britt Leach. Nora: Nancy Priddy. Man at Bus Depot: Ed Deemer. Miss Mamie Baldwin: Helen Kleeb. Miss Emily Baldwin: Mary Jackson. Jim Dalworth: Rich Beckner. Mr. Preston: Don Tuche.

“The Revelation”
Original airdate: 03/23/1978
Screenplay: D.C. and Richard Fontana
Director: Gwen Arner
When Daisy Garner announces she has a chance to understudy the star in the Broadway musical she’s in, John-Boy takes her to dinner and then abruptly proposes marriage to her. She demurs at first, but soon John-Boy calls Erin to tell the family he is bringing his fiancee home. Corabeth, invited to dinner with Ike, is a bit waspish about his choice of a bride, but the family is delighted. Back in New York, Mr. Johnson had offered John-Boy a big chance: correspondent for Stars and Stripes, and while he reunites with his family, he is considering the offer. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and George’s lemonade stand is short of business, so Grandpa volunteers to help publicize it. He’s also asked to give Daisy away, since her father is deceased, but she seems strangely reluctant to have her mother contacted. John-Boy also has a heart-to-heart talk with John about marriage. Daisy comes home happily having chosen the material for her wedding dress, but grows a bit despondent watching Mary Ellen care for John Curtis and is even more disturbed when John-Boy tells her he saw her mother. She is also upset because he turned down the London assignment because she couldn’t go. Shyly, Daisy finally acquiesces to her mother’s wish to see her, but won’t allow John-Boy to come inside. The sight of Melissa, a little girl in the house, makes Daisy burst into tears. Corabeth finally ruins Elizabeth and George’s suddenly successful lemonade business by discovering there is Recipe in the mixture. Daisy finally confesses to John-Boy that Melissa is her illegitimate daughter and that she’s giving up her career to raise the child. But she breaks their engagement, telling him she cannot permit him to ruin his career. Sadly, he takes the London assignment.
Miss Mamie Baldwin: Helen Kleeb. Miss Emily Baldwin: Mary Jackson. Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Daisy Garner: Deirdre Lenihan. Clarence Johnson: Walter Brooke. Mrs. Garner: Rachel Bard. George Simmons: Steve Shaw. Reporter: Will Parker. Piano Player: Tommy Leonetti. Melissa Garner: Brandi Tucker.

“Grandma Comes Home”
Original airdate: 03/30/1978
Screenplay: Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker
Director: Ralph Senensky
Grandpa is nervous when he is finally allowed to take Grandma home from the hospital; her right side is still weak and she suffers from aphasia as a result of her stroke. Elizabeth bucks 4H tradition when she chooses to raise a pig for her project instead of sewing something, and picks out a piglet which she names “Jabez” from a neighbor boy, Clarence. At home, Grandma is cosseted and coddled, not allowed to do any chores nor feed herself, and it angers her, but she protests against nothing, from Jabez loose in the kitchen to the Baldwin sisters’ gift of some Recipe. Grandpa, who learns Grandma has been keeping a journal, is puzzled when she doesn’t get angry at him mentioning that Zuleika Dunbar has visited. Plump Clarence has a crush on Elizabeth, to her dismay, since she has to keep seeing him every time Jabez makes a run for his old home. Dismayed at being left behind, Grandma is entrusted with John Curtis while Ben gets back at Mary Ellen by putting Jabez in the baby carriage. After that escapade, Jim-Bob takes Grandma on a welcome spin in his car without telling anyone and both are scolded for their pains. When Jabez runs off yet again, Clarence confesses to Elizabeth that he knew the animal was a “homing pig” and deliberately gave him to her so he could see her more often. Grandma finally makes Olivia understand that she hates being coddled; she wants to feel needed! And by reading her journal, Grandpa finds out why she’s been so uncomplaining: she thought her loss of speech was God’s punishment for her sharp tongue and she promised Him she wouldn’t scold any longer. Grandma even holds her tongue when she finds him prying. Olivia explains to Grandpa that Grandma doesn’t want to be mollycoddled, and he picks up a broom and shoves it at her, telling her she’s well and she should sweep the porch. When she swats him with the broom and calls him an old fool, he declares Grandma is finally home.
Ike Godsey: Joe Conley. Corabeth Godsey: Ronnie Claire Edwards. Miss Mamie Baldwin: Helen Kleeb. Miss Emily Baldwin: Mary Jackson. Clarence: Kenny Marquis. Hank Buchanan: Peter Fox.
Jabez the natural-born homing pig is a story that Clay Spencer tells in Earl Hamner's novel Spencer's Mountain.


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