The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 6

The Breakdown

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 16, 1975 on CBS
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Jason is run ragged attending Klineberg Conservatory while playing with the Haystack Gang and the Sunrise Gospleteers. John-Boy starts working in Boatwright's library.

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  • This is a realization of just important acting can be to a character.

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    When you compare the work of Richard Thomas (John-Boy) and Jon Walmsley (Jason) you suddenly realize the loss to the series when Richard left. Both characters must examine choices and the choices are career goals vs. your own honesty to yourself. Jason must confront an overworked life and John-Boy must confront telling someone he did not want to be a librarian but a writer. Jason has a lot of ground to really explore and add debt and compassion to his character. Unfortunately, John Walmsely, while being a terrific musician, doesn't have the acting chops to carry this off. We see aggression and frustration but not much else. This is where the ability to add sensitivity and confusion and all those emotions that involve such a situation are desperately needed but not granted. Compare the storyline with John-Boy and see what good acting can do to ordinary material.moreless
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    • Opening Narration: Suffering in silence was not a popular past-time with me nor my brothers and sisters. Feelings good and bad in the Walton family were customarily laid out for everybody remotely concerned to see and hear and hopefully to adjust to. Sometimes of course we did hide our true feelings, out of hurt, and once in the case of my brother Jason, out of a refusal to believe he could have such bad feelings against his older brother.

    • Closing Narration: Out of that breakdown my brother emerged with a new maturity and he and I came to a better understanding. We stopped the old game of "follow the leader" and began to face things together. To my mother, Jason and all the rest of us would always be "the children". With my father's help she learned not to rush in and try to pick us up after every tumble. Still, we knew she was there ready to help if ever, and whenever, we reached out.

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