In this episode we learn that Zeb had a brother named Matt Walton who was a drifter. Cora Denby is Matt's daughter.
Opening Narration: Whenever I look back to those days when I was growing up in the Great Depression, I'm always convinced that I came from a remarkable family. It wasn't that my brothers and sisters and I were sheltered from the realities of those difficult time; it was simply that our mother and father had a way of making more of what we had and less of what we didn't have.
Closing Narration: We heard from Cora a few times after they left. They settled finally in up-state New York in a place called the Mohawk Valley, and they did all right farming. Grandpa used to say that Ham must have learned one of the Walton secrets in spite of himself—that the world wasn't like the song said, "just a bowl of cherries," but that you had to go out and climb the tree, and bark your shins a few times doing it, and pick those cherries yourself.
The German episode title is "Die Verwandten aus Kansas", meaning "Family from Kansas".
This episode received the 1973 Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series.