The Waltons

Season 5 Episode 1

The First Edition

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 23, 1976 on CBS
9.7
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A story about Ben in the first edition of The Blue Ridge Chronicle makes Olivia mad at John-Boy.

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  • The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

    9.5
    With John-boy's newspaper up and running, the hunt is on for headlines, and our hero is determined to publish the truth, whatever the cost to others. When the headline is a drunk-driving judge, there's little to prick his conscience, but when it's his own brother in the dock, things become rather less clear. It's a clever, thought-provoking start to the new season.

    John-boy can be pretty unyielding when he wants to be, and this week really makes that point. I confess I didn't see Ben's involvement coming. It's a wonderful twist, and Olivia's protective reaction is spot-on. Great drama and lovely acting.

    At the same time, we have a strong subplot in which Corabeth thinks she's expecting, only to find out she isn't, and that she can't have children. Unable to face Ike, she decides to go back to D'oh Hill. This is surprisingly touching, and we get to see a tender side to Ike which we wouldn't normally see. Their reconciliation is very nicely done. Other standout scenes include the chaotic typesetting at the start, and of course, Olivia threatening to smash the printing press.

    This episode owes much to earlier instalments. We have lawbending Ben from 'The Lie', John-boy witnessing a wrongdoing from 'The Chicken Thief' and a pregnancy coming to naught from 'The Cradle'. Proof that recycled themes can still create a gripping, new story.

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  • Lessons on Love and Loyalty

    10
    When Judge Thornburg slams his car into a storefront, John-Boy intends to write the incident up in his paper, The Blue Ridge Chronicle. But, when John-Boy's brother Ben gets arrested for breaking and entering it makes putting the first edition of his paper to bed a tricky business.



    Corabeth suspects she's pregnant and begins planning for a new addition to the Godsey family.



    You won't want to miss this classic episode of The Waltons, packed with lessons on love and loyalty.moreless
Conrad Janis

Conrad Janis

Graham Thornbury

Guest Star

Hal Riddle

Hal Riddle

Mr. Lowenthal

Guest Star

Meegan King

Meegan King

Louise

Guest Star

Nora Marlowe

Nora Marlowe

Mrs. Brimmer

Recurring Role

John Crawford

John Crawford

Sheriff Ep Bridges

Recurring Role

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    • Opening Narration: I believe that in our family all of us children were sparked to do our best, whatever we tried, for two reasons. There was the personal satisfaction we felt, of course, but, just as important we knew that the whole family would take pride in the success of any one of us. But then a day came when I had to face the fact that a goal I had set for myself, was threatening to disgrace and divide the family.

    • Closing Narration: In spite of all the obstacles and handicaps my brother and I finally did manage to put the first edition of The Blue Ridge Chronicle 'to bed', as they say in the newspaper business. With the publication of that first edition I embarked upon a whole new adventure in my life. As usual, I had the help and support of my family. They shared my pride and my sense of accomplishment. But most of all, we shared the knowledge that rather than dividing or estranging our family, the conflict we had just come through seemed to give us a new respect for the different ways each of us could work for what all of us wanted.

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