The Waltons

Season 5 Episode 19

The Hero

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 03, 1977 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • John claims not to know where his brother Ben is buried, yet Ben's headstone was clearly visible in the family graveyard in The Heritage (2x18).  John also says Ben was his elder brother, yet the headstone gave Ben's date of birth as 1898.  According to The Prophecy (4x04) John left school aged sixteen in 1911, which would make him the elder brother by three or four years.

    • In the truckloading scene, John-boy claims he was four years old when his father returned from the war, and that this was the first time he had seen him.  However, all six episodes to have mentioned John-boy's age imply he was born in 1916, so he would have been three at most when his father returned, and would definitely have seen him before he left for Europe in 1917.

    • Grave markers are labeled with the name of Earl Hamner, creator of The Waltons, and the names of Harry Harris and Lawrence Dobkin, both directors of many episodes.

  • Quotes

    • Opening Narration: It had been my grandmother's idea to bring out the first commemorative issue of The Blue Ridge Chronicle, but she was still in the hospital, and the job of organizing the event came to rest on my shoulders. If I had expected wholehearted support from the community and my family, how wrong I was!

    • Closing Narration: We were all grateful for the success of Honor Day, and to Grandma for suggesting that first commemorative issue of the Chronicle. But my brother Ben, and his memorial bench, will always be best remembered. The bench is still there, for all the Waltons and all the others who came to remember those who gave the best they had. And for Ep and Sarah Griffith, there was a rekindling and a new beginning, that Jim Bob didn't grow up first.

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