The Abdication

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (4)

  • Grandpa: (talking about touching his toes) I could do it, if I had a mind to. Jason: Betcha couldn't! Grandpa: (leans forward, then sits back) I don't have a mind to.

  • Grandma: I tell you, the world's gone crazy! Grandpa: And ain't we lucky to be goin' along for the ride!

  • Opening Narration: A different sound, an unfamiliar shape, or shadow instantly alerts the creatures of the wild. Growing up on Walton's Mountain, seldom travelling far from the place where we were born, we came to share this immediate awareness of something different, something new. It seems now in recollection that one of the milestone events of my 19th year followed the appearance in our community of something decidedly different; something none of us had ever seen before.

  • Closing Narration: Twice A. J. Covington came into our lives on Walton's Mountain, and twice he wandered on. The visit of the movie company had made almost as much history in our small community as the abdication of Edward VIII made on the world. Unlike Edward, my abdication from writing for the screen was a temporary one.

Notes (2)

  • The German episode title is "Das Angebot", meaning "The Offer".

  • Previously played by David Huddleston, A.J. Covington is now played by George Dzundza.

Trivia (1)

  • A.J. Covington appears again, though the narrative that concluded "The Literary Man" indicated he was never heard from again.