The Waltons

Season 7 Episode 24

Founders' Day

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 1979 on CBS

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  • One of my favorite episodes, nice overview of the meaning of the series.

    Jason Walton struggles to combine his musical training and his heart in one piece of composition that will satisfy his course requirements.

    I tend to think of this episode as the "real" finale for the Waltons series, a good wrap up of a season that deals with the absence of John Boy who is off to be a writer, the loss of Grandpa (Will Geer had died this year), and the winds of World War II sweeping America into its clutches. The story is fairly simple, long-time musical aspiree Jason is struggling with a composition that suits his professor and conforms to classic style. At the same time, there is some distraction as the Waltons, Baldwins, and Godseys believe that their ancestors were the original settlers to the mountains. But this does set up the Founders Day celebration. What Jason ends up composing is something simpler and from his heart, something his teacher is disappointed in at first, but one that works perfectly for Founder's Day on Waltons Mountain.

    Since this was seen as a possible last episode, Jason's music is accompanied by a narration by Earl Hamner that is pretty moving and sums up the lives of the Walton's and the people that had settled this area of Virginia. As a fan of the series, I thought it worked extremely well.
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