Some real drama this week as a wayward father takes offence at the local school and decides to burn it down, killing himself in the process. I hadn't realised they knew about Cro-Magnon man in the 1930s, and I certainly didn't think they would be teaching it in schools in the American south. Just goes to show how much you can learn from The Waltons.
Laurie Prange puts in a great performance as the downtrodden Lois Bascomb. She creates a very believable character and it's a shame we don't see her again. The idea of the smart-but-held-back child is one they will come back to several times in this show.
In a way, it's a shame they called this episode The Fire, as it gives the plot away rather cheaply. Even so, I didn't expect the father to be trapped in the flames. Although they stopped short of showing the body, his death was strong stuff for a show like this.
I can't believe the bloke who played the father was only 35 (according to this website). He looked way older than that. Must be that California sun.