The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 3

The Calf

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 1972 on CBS
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The family cow, Chance, gives birth to a healthy calf, but John announces that it must be sold to make ends meet.

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  • Never Mind the Bullocks

    This would have been a great episode to open the series: it focuses wholly on the Walton family and it gives each member something to do. The writing is sharp and JB&E's little adventure at the end is a good twist. Some nice acting too.

    I admit I was rooting for John all the way through this. It's all very well for the children to get mushy over selling the family livestock but they don't have to pay the bills. At least John-boy seems to understand this. I did think it was harsh of Mr Anderson to tell Jim-Bob and Elizabeth that the calf was going to be sold for slaughter, but you do have to wonder where they think their sausages come from.

    I loved Olivia's face when she took the decision to buy back the calf. Now that's determination! Was hoping for a bit more of a fight when John came home but he just seemed to shrug it off. If I were John I'd have fixed the car then taken the money they spent buying the creature back out of their rations.

    Lastly, I love that the only characters to keep their names from Spencer's Mountain are Olivia and the family milkcow. Class!

  • When the family cow, Chance, gives birth to a healthy calf, John as to sell it to make ends meet, but when Elizabeth and Jimbob start to suspect something is wrong with its new owner, they will stop at nothing to save it.moreless

    This is a good episode and very well written along with the determination from the directors to actually make a whole entire episode based on... a calf. But, hey, go ahead onto the other seasons ans look at their titles. But back to the episode. It has my blessing entirely. It was a very well written episode with the blissful acting skills of the Waltons cast. It was good from beginning when John announces he has to sell the calf, to the end when Jimbob and Elizabeth run off with the calf and John and jonboy go out looking for them. I totally recommend this episode~Old shows fanaticmoreless
Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Grandma Esther Walton

David W. Harper

David W. Harper

James Robert "Jim Bob" Walton

Eric Scott

Eric Scott

Ben Walton

Jon Walmsley

Jon Walmsley

Jason Walton

Judy Norton

Judy Norton

Mary Ellen Walton Willard Jones

Kami Cotler

Kami Cotler

Elizabeth Walton

Leonard Stone

Leonard Stone

George Anderson

Guest Star

John Crawford

John Crawford

Sheriff Ep Bridges

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • John: Liv, now we've never gone to sleep with a cross word. Let's not start now.
      Olivia: I'm not cross, it's just that [the cow] sounds so human.

    • Anderson: Nine dollars, too much.
      John: You agreed to it yesterday.
      Anderson: I didn't see him yesterday. He's puny.

    • Grandpa: You suppose if I ever wander off with myself anyone would take notice?
      Olivia: Grandpa, despite the fact that you don't give milk or have baby calves, we'd turn every stone.

    • Grandpa: All this fuss about one ol' cow, I wish I got that kind of attention around here.

    • John: One dollar, seventy-five cents electric company. Now, Liv, we just gotta start turning some lights off around here.
      Liv: Have to start eating dinner by candle light.

    • Opening Narration: Walton's Mountain was an ever lasting presence in our lives. Whenever I could when I was growing up there during the depression years I would climb its slopes. Up there I could get lost in dreams, dreams of becoming a writer, of becoming a man. I knew no writers, so I had no writer to model myself after. But as a boy aspiring to manhood I had only to follow in the footsteps of a remarkable father.

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