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The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 25

The Car

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 14, 1974 on CBS
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Episode Summary

John-Boy, starting college and needing a car to travel to and from, makes a deal with Hyder Rudge for an old car. John-Boy works at the Rudge home for the car, but as his work comes to a finish, he has difficulty collecting his payment.

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  • The Grudge

    John-boy needs a car. He doesn't have the cash to buy one but he does know of somebody who might swap one for a few days of chores. Trouble is, the car's owner has no intention of parting with it, no matter how much help he gets.

    I thought the deal was suspicious from the start. It's clear Mr Rudge is hiding something and it becomes increasingly obvious what it is as the episode goes on. It turns out the car belonged to his son who died three years earlier.

    I did like the references to earlier episodes, especially the one to Mary Ellen dyeing Jim Bob's hair. Made me chuckle. I also liked John-boy's patient and determined attitude towards Mr Rudge. He suspects he won't get the car but he carries on with his chores nonetheless.

    Ed Lauter is brilliant as the begrudging Mr Rudge. He plays the crotchety old man to perfection, complete with his shuffle and permanent scowl. All the more impressive when you consider Ed was only thirty-five at the time. Shame we don't get to see him again.

    I love the fold-out seat at the back of the car. Wish you could still get these, though I can see they might be a little unsafe when you're hurtling up the motorway at ninety.

  • What happened to the car? Was John-Boy gay

    I must admit that even with the more violent and sexually explicit prime time, cable and movie television I watch these days, I still do enjoy this series.

    Yes ... it is hokey and full of family values but there still is a slight appealing underlying edge to the five main characters. After two seasons John is still the stable father, Olivia has let go of some of her more hard nosed values and Zeb and Esther are still delightful diamonds in the rough. Then there is John-Boy; he really is a complicated character with many moods and changes. It might be just me but I also just can't help feeling a strong underlying gay current running through him ... so many of his situations have had a slight homoerotic air to them. Watch and decide for yourselves if you ever get the chance.

    This final episode of season two was charming and touching if not extremely predictable. The acting from the leads and the guest characters was fine and more layered than normal. John-Boy, now that he has graduated, seems to have matured a bit and did not resort to the histrionics he quite often fell into.

    Now ... I rewound twice and I am sure that there is a blooper in this show. The dark car in question throughout the episode seems to have suddenly turned yellow with no explanation at the end.

    Does anyone else agree with any of my observations here?moreless
Joe Conley

Joe Conley

Ike Godsey

Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Grandma Esther Walton

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

John-Boy Walton

Judy Norton

Judy Norton

Mary Ellen Walton Willard Jones

Eric Scott

Eric Scott

Ben Walton

Michael Learned

Michael Learned

Olivia Walton

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Opening Narration: In every town or village there used to be the hidden people, those who for one reason or another are shut away from life or, for some strange reason shut themselves away from the world. My quest for a car in which to drive back and forth to college was eventually to lead me to two of those hidden people.

    • Closing Narration: The Rudges remained hidden people to a certain extent, rarely involving themselves in our lives or that of the community. Perhaps they just didn't need us, that without the false dream they were finally able to find contentment in their lives together.

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