The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 24

The Fledgling

10
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 1976 on CBS
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Wanting to publish a newspaper, John-Boy tries to earn enough money for a downpayment on a printing press.

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  • The Bus Station

    9.0
    On the face of it, this is the latest in a long run of 'Walton heads to town to find a job' episodes. This time, however, the story does have repercussions in the long run, with John-boy getting hold of the printing press he will use to run the Blue Ridge Chronicle next season.

    The story focuses more strongly on one character (in this case, John-boy) than any other up to this point. Indeed, Zeb and John are the only other family members to appear before the twenty-two minute mark. Our hero, meanwhile, has all kind of adventures, buying a printing press, getting a job at the bus station and renting a room in a boarding house for a few weeks. Needless to say, he's back at home by the end of the hour, but his farewell scene is filmed to make it look as if he really is leaving for good.

    John-boy looks the business in his ticketseller's uniform. I've no idea why he would want to share a room with Mike Paxton, the bloke who bullied him on his first day at uni, then tried to get his friend Tom thrown out for cheating. Someone like Mike West or Eubank Swanson would have been a far better choice. Perhaps the actors weren't available. Speaking of actors, it's great to see Paul Jenkins again as Professor Parks. He should definitely appear more often.

    John-boy and Grandma stories always score highly on here, as the marks for these latest two episodes show. This one has the added kudos of having been written by Earl Hamner himself. It leaves you with the thought that maybe, just maybe, something like this really did happen to him.

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Helen Kleeb

Helen Kleeb

Miss Mamie Baldwin

Joe Conley

Joe Conley

Ike Godsey

Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Grandma Esther Walton

Mary Jackson

Mary Jackson

Miss Emily Baldwin

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

John-Boy Walton

Judy Norton

Judy Norton

Mary Ellen Walton

Virginia Gregg

Virginia Gregg

Mrs. Butterworth

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Eddie Firestone

Eddie Firestone

Rudyard Davis

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Dennis Redfield

Dennis Redfield

Mike Paxton

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Walter Brooke

Walter Brooke

Mr. Johnson

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    • Opening Narration: The year 1936 was a momentous one in the history of the world: it was the year a king gave up his crown for the woman he loved, it was the year Adolf Hitler violated the Treaty of Versailles, and it was the same year that Benito Mussolini, encouraged by Hitler's daring, overran Ethiopia. But none of these historic events was quite so important with our family as the struggle by one of us to attain an impossible dream.

    • Closing Narration: I had made a brief journey into the world. I'd known loneliness, desperation, and friendship, and it stretched the horizons of my experience and of my life. Like the best of journeys it led to home again, and a whole adventure of my life was turning now in a new direction for I was soon to become the publisher, editor, writer and printer of a small country newspaper.

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