The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 5

The Boondoggle

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 09, 1975 on CBS
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A reporter writing a Virginia travel guide uncovers shocking information about Judge Baldwin.

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  • The Fish

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    A travel writer named Mr Sims uncovers an inconvenient truth about Judge Baldwin, while Jim Bob tries his hand as a fish salesman. And, yes, I did mean to say 'fish salesman'.

    First up, I am absolutely loving the Baldwin sisters this week. They really are so up in the clouds. The way Mamie takes to her sick bed upon hearing that her father allowed Yankee soldiers into the house is pure farce, but the cast play it utterly deadpan. Helen Kleeb must have been trying so hard not to laugh out loud. At the same time, Mr Sims' stance that the truth should not be altered to avoid offending people is something John-boy will later champion in his own reporting.

    Jim Bob gets this week's subplot, in which he creates a holding pond for the fish he is trying to sell, only for Elizabeth to release them just when his customers need them. This is typical Waltons, never sure whether creatures are there to be cuddled or eaten. The other children barely get a line. Poor Jason's only contribution is to leap around the garden like a ten-year old shouting 'Boondoggle'. Rather sad for an eighteen year-old music undergraduate.

    I'll admit, I'd never heard the word 'boondoggle' before watching this episode. Esther says it means a job done fraudulently, while Mr Sims says it is something cobbled together from bits and pieces. Its true meaning, according to Merriam Webster's online dictionary, is: "an expensive and wasteful project usually paid for with public money". Gotta love the internet.

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Helen Kleeb

Helen Kleeb

Miss Mamie Baldwin

Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Grandma Esther Walton

Mary Jackson

Mary Jackson

Miss Emily Baldwin

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

John-Boy Walton

Judy Norton

Judy Norton

Mary Ellen Walton

Eric Scott

Eric Scott

Ben Walton

Richard McKenzie

Richard McKenzie

Porter Sims

Guest Star

David Clarke

David Clarke

Abel Bingly

Guest Star

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee

Buck

Guest Star

Nora Marlowe

Nora Marlowe

Mrs. Brimmer

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    • Opening Narration: Of all the people who visited Walton's Mountain during my growing to manhood years, I remember one especially. He was a man who brought new ideas to an old way of life. For a brief time his presence stirred the Walton household and threatened the time-honored traditions of our quiet community.

    • Closing Narration: Their family honor restored, the Baldwin ladies returned to their happy yesterday world, cherishing the memory of another gallant gentleman caller. The guide books for all the states have become valued historical references, and when Walton's Mountain was mentioned in the volume for Virginia, Grandma never again referred to it as a boondoggle.

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