The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 23

The Graduation

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 21, 1974 on CBS
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As John-Boy's high school graduation approaches, their milk cow dies, leaving them with only money for a new suit or a new cow.

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  • School's Out!

    9.5
    I like these watershed episodes. Everybody seems to try just that little bit harder: the writers, the cast, the directors and the producers. They are also packed with recurring characters - this one features Ike, Emily, Mamie, Marcia, Matthew, Rosemary and Flossie. Take them and the Waltons away and the graduation would have had about ten guests!

    The main plot sees John-boy whisked off to Charlottesville to get kitted out for college. Unfortunately, the family milk cow dies and he ends up returning his clothes to the shop for a refund - a decision he will rue in 'The First Day'. Thankfully, the family is on hand to whip him up a new suit in time for his big day. There is also something of a sideshow going on between John-boy and Marcia. For the first and only time in the series, there actually does seem to be some chemistry between them. Their parting scene is quite touching.

    I thoroughly enjoyed seeing John-boy get kitted out. The new togs looked great! Made me laugh that they altered one of Zeb's suits to replace them. They could have made a pair of curtains from all the cloth they must have cut off! I'll miss those knee-length trousers though.

    John-boy is, of course, his class valedictorian. His speech is quite moving, and compares well to the equivalent scene in Spencer's Mountain. To him, at least, the world just got a whole lot bigger.

    Leaving school does seem to be a really big thing in America. Here in the UK, we just finish our exams and sod off. I'd love to have had a graduation like this. That said, we did have a graduation at university and I didn't go to it. I knew I should have gone to Boatwright!

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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

William Lanteau

William Lanteau

Salesman

Guest Star

Janice Carroll

Janice Carroll

Saleslady

Guest Star

Casey Morgan

Casey Morgan

Young Man

Guest Star

Tammi Bula

Tammi Bula

Marcia Wollery

Recurring Role

Nora Marlowe

Nora Marlowe

Mrs. Brimmer

Recurring Role

Jeff Cotler

Jeff Cotler

Young Boy

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    • Opening Narration: Being a country boy on Walton's Mountain, and looking like one, always seemed as natural and normal as anything to me. But a few days before my graduation from high school I began to look at myself in quite a different way.

    • Closing Narration: We could not have known then the great and momentous events that were to happen in the decades to follow. But that small school and those teachers like Miss Hunter had prepared us, and that preparation helped sustain us through those turbulent years, through war, the death of kings and presidents, and through those lesser day-to-day experiences whch added together make up the fabric of our lives.

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