Great stuff! Intelligent, different and with that strong sense of urgency that all the best episodes have.
This is the first of many hours where one of the Waltons goes wandering off to find a job. In this case it's John-boy. Needless to say, he finds a girl, gets into trouble but comes out smiling at the end.
There's so much going on with John-boy that you forget he is there to raise money for a court case. This is a really good plot and I can well believe this kind of thing would have happened in the past. Two hundred dollars is a small fortune to the Waltons and their struggle to raise it does feel very real. It's lucky Mary Ellen had that teapot!
John-boy looks very smart in his city clothes and I can see why Sissy took a shine to him. For somebody with no experience in the midst of a depression, he finds work surprisingly easily. I did cheer when he launched himself at that mugger and bagged himself a reward.
The court case is wrapped up swiftly at the end of the show, and the Waltons get to keep their land. In later seasons, things won't always work out so simply, but for now life is good.