The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 24

The Five Foot Shelf

10
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 07, 1974 on CBS
9.6
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A travelling salesman named George Reed talks Olivia into buying a 50 book collection, but uses the money to buy a doll for his daughter instead of delivering the goods.

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  • The Doll

    8.5
    This was the first episode of the Waltons I ever watched end to end. I still couldn't remember all the children's names by the end of it!

    In essence, it's another 'stranger shows up on Walton's Mountain' episode, but this time with a twist; the stranger is a travelling salesman who cons the Waltons into buying an expensive set of books then fails to deliver on his promise.

    As so often, it's all smiles by the end, but ahead of this there are some awkward decisions to be made. Ralph Waite, in particular, puts in an excellent performance and would certainly get my vote on the MVP list if he were there. Guest actor, Ben Piazza, is also good as the book salesman, Mr Reed (groan!).

    Mr Reed's behaviour is odd, to say the least. Surely if you'd just conned somebody AND spent their money at the local store, you'd take the first bus out of town. Instead, Mr Reed hangs around for a whole day at the Waltons' house just waiting to get caught. I also can't believe that John let him walk off scot-free. What kind of an example is that to set?

    It was funny seeing John-boy behaving like an excited schoolboy at the thought of all those books. What a contrast to the calm young man we saw in last week's episode. I also loved how Esther was shouting 'wipe your feet' at everybody who walked into the kitchen, despite there being no doormat on the floor. Er... on what, Grandma? You?

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Anne Beesley

Anne Beesley

Little Girl

Guest Star

Ancel Cook

Ancel Cook

Elmer Bob

Guest Star

Ben Piazza

Ben Piazza

George Reed

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Wilford Brimley

Wilford Brimley

Horace Brimley

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    • Opening Narration: Looking back down the years to the Great Depression, I realize now that our family was much more fortunate than most. Many things were in short supply, but we had the advantage of being able to live on the bounty of the rich Virginia country. And even more important than the gifts of the land, our family remained intact. We stayed together under one roof and were never deprived of the comfort and closeness of our mother and father. Those feelings easily made up for what we often lacked in material things.

    • Closing Narration: The salesman was right about one thing—the wit and wisdom of the ages were contained in those books, and many of the voyages we took were no less memorable for having been enjoyed through the written word.

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