The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 22

The Bicycle

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 01, 1973 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Local blacksmith Curtis Norton has John-Boy write letters to his bride-to-be. When she arrives on Walton's Mountain, life and Curtis are much different than she expected. Meanwhile, Olivia is feeling new pangs for freedom and something "different" in her life.

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  • The Singing Housewife

    Olivia buys a bike and John-boy helps his mate write love letters. As you might suspect, this is an hour of two halves.

    I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Olivia on her new bike. It's refreshing to see her so carefree. I was slightly disappointed the writers made out she would rather be doing the dishes than singing in the choir. Surely even Olivia can find the time to go out once a week to choir practice? Get John to wash up: it won't kill him. My dad always did the washing up in our house.

    I really didn't get the point of the Ann and Curtis storyline. We had a matchmaking episode just a few weeks back with Uncle Cody. This time, two people we've never seen before and who are no relation to the Waltons take almost the whole episode to realise they shouldn't agree to marry on the basis of one meeting.

    I quite liked the bloke playing Curtis (Ned Beatty) and I notice he went on to star in all kinds of things after this appearance. Somebody was obviously watching. Was less impressed with Ann, who looked like she hadn't really acted before. Who knows? Perhaps she hadn't!

Patsy Garrett

Patsy Garrett


Guest Star

Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty

Curtis Norton

Guest Star

Ivy Jones

Ivy Jones

Ann Harris

Guest Star

David Doremus

David Doremus

G. W. Haines

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    • Opening Narration: 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.

    • Closing Narration: My mother never sang in grand opera, but her voice never failed to fill our house with a glad song as she went about the job of caring for us all. I can still remember when the hour grew late, I would be writing in my room, and she would be working at some chore in the kitchen and her voice would drift upward.

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