The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 20

The Deed

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 1973 on CBS
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It seems that the Waltons never officially registered the deed to Walton's Mountain. In order to help pay the legal fees, John-Boy leaves home for a job in the city.

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  • More on this first season.

    This first season is a very odd one indeed compared to most of the rest. I have not watched the early subsequent seasons for quite some time now, but there must have been quite an overhaul quite soon to keep the show appealing enough to remain on the air for the time that it did. I think that the backwoods country attitudes expressed are likely quite authentic but probably proved too seri-comically hayseed for an early seventies audience and certainly more so for audiences in close to 2010.

    These early episodes have been very oddly directed or edited. Some of the scenes are glacial and pointless. The apple orchard harvesting from a few shows back went on and lingered for an eternity and there are many others like that. Literally nearly showstopping.

    I do feel though that the acting by the main characters was superb. I felt that some of the kids were not that great later on but here they are quite fine. The four main adult characters were always in top form throughout the series.

    This episode was actually quite enjoyable and somewhat touching but all that transpired with John Boy, Mary Ellen etc is all pretty much predictable. It is interesting for me though to find enough in each show to keep my attention, even if I know what is going to happen.

    Maybe more later on as this broadcast cycle continues.moreless
  • It seems that the Waltons never officially registered the deed to Walton's Mountain. In order to help pay the legal fees, John-Boy leaves home for a job in the city.

    Hardee Har Har. It's kind of hard to believe that after all these years of owning the mountain, they've never once been told they didn't have a deed! It's funny how John Boy is all (*Spoiler alert!*) scared about going to the city, when in (*Spoiler alert! Turn back now*) about four seasons he would be going to New York to write his books. And this is only Richmond. (*Spoiler alert is over.) But this was also a very cleverly plotted episode with twists and turns around every corner! It was a good episode, through and through. I recomend it~ Old shows finaticmoreless
George Tobias

George Tobias

Rag & Bone Man

Guest Star

Bob Bralver

Bob Bralver

Robber #2

Guest Star

Lew Brown (II)

Lew Brown (II)

Mr. Tinker

Guest Star

Robert Donner

Robert Donner

Yancy Tucker

Recurring Role

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    • Opening Narration: Walton's Mountain had been in our family since long before I was born. It was a mountain that gave of itself: we took trout from its swift streams, and we took from it constantly the lumber and firewood which provided our family with income. My grandfather used to say that the land was alive, that if you knew how to listen you could hear its voice, but at 17 I did more talking than listening. I remember one morning during the Depression hiking with Grandpa, searching for trees that were ready for harvesting.

    • Closing Narration: I had lived in a city, known adventure, found friends, and even been kissed by a pretty girl, but it was good to be home again, to know that special love and to hear those special voices.

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