The Waltons

Season 3 Episode 13

The Departure

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 05, 1974 on CBS
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John seeks work in a Norfolk shipyard because he feels that life has passed by him. Grandpa refuses to acknowedge a toothache.

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  • The Greek

    Wholesome though it undoubtedly is, life on Walton's Mountain can get a tad dull from time to time. In this episode, John becomes the latest member of the family to yearn for something more than the same old routine. He moves to Norfolk, finds a shipyard and (as so often on this show) gets the first job he applies for.

    The story takes a while to get going, and it's only once John arrives in Norfolk that anything happens. The focus is not on the job itself, but on John's relationship with his new housemates at the boarding house. There's the landlady, Mrs Champion, who takes an immediate shine to John, then there's the crazy Greek guy, Stavros (not Stravos, as he appears on this website), who takes the opposite view and ends up clattering John in the pub.

    The pub fight is brilliant! It's about time they had a proper punch-up on this show. Neither John or John-boy is hurt and they both run away laughing. Interestingly, this is the one and only television appearance of the bloke who plays Stavros. I wonder what he did for the rest of his life?

    This week's subplot goes to Zeb, who has toothache but refuses to admit it. Esther does eventually drag him to the dentist, where he has a little too much laughing gas. Funny thing is, Zeb is so full of smiles and laughs anyway that it's hard to tell the difference. Can we have Esther on laughing gas next time please? That really would be something to see.


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    • Opening Narration: By the fall of 1934, people were beginning to hope that the worst of the Depression was over. Some jobs were opening up and there was an urgency in the country to get up and get going again. There was a restless feeling to life, we all felt it and my father was no exception. The fall of that year brought him the first real discontent we ever knew him to have.

    • Closing Narration: A house is more than paint and walls, ceilings and floors. A house is a history of all those people that it sheltered, and when we move away, we leave behind us the persons we were then. The prints of our fingers on a door frame, the marks on a floor we walked, the whisper of our voices, and all those things that were done, and said.

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