The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 6

The Breakdown

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 16, 1975 on CBS

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

    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.
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