The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 19

The Gypsies

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 01, 1973 on CBS
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A gypsy family is stranded, but Waltons' offer of assistance is refused.

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  • We ask for nothing: we take nothing

    A bit of a strange episode, this, and not the most convincing, but I've seen worse.

    The way the gypsies are portrayed is actually quite plausible, and the episode does at least avoid the usual Hollywood clichs, such as crystal balls and big, hoopy earrings. It's their behaviour that's so strange. If they only arrived from Bulgaria a few years ago, why do they all speak English to each other? And why refuse to accept anything from the Waltons when they are all too happy to steal from the Baldwins?

    There's far too much time spent on them at the start of the episode with next to no dialogue. It really drags. And the way the Waltons welcome them with open arms seems far fetched to say the least. Even by their open-door standards, this is a step too far. Matt Beckwith's reaction, although harsh, is probably more true to life. I thought something might happen between Mary Ellen and the gypsy boy, but they never got beyond a couple of questions.

    For once, I was with Grandma all the way through. Can influenza really be cured by holding a baby over a tub of water though? I doubt that very much.moreless
Gregory Sierra

Gregory Sierra


Guest Star

Victor Argo

Victor Argo


Guest Star

William Bramley

William Bramley

Matt Beckwith

Guest Star

John Crawford

John Crawford

Sheriff Ep Bridges

Recurring Role

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    • Opening Narration: Times were hard everywhere during the days of the Great Depression, but on Walton's Mountain we were better off than most. To many, though, it was a time of wandering, of looking for some better place, a new grasp on life, or a change of scene. And I remember when some wanderers came to our mountain one wild stormy summer night.

    • Closing Narration: They might have come from a different planet, but they touched our lives briefly and then in my mind went on in some gaudy, mysterious and wonderful world. Nearly 30 years have passed, but still those days are bright in my memory. I can still hear the scratch of my pen as I recorded all that wonder, the cozy patter of rain on the roof, and our voices just before going to sleep as we called one last drowsy message.

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