The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 4

The Hunt

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 1972 on CBS
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John-Boy prepares to go on his first hunt and distresses over taking an animal's life. Meanwhile, Mary Ellen debates over a new dress or a baseball mitt.

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  • The Iron Man

    9.0
    So John-boy has been dreading going on his first hunt. Yeah, I can understand that. Fits well with his character. When he failed to shoot the turkey I was worried the episode might degenerate into another round of fluffy animal love, but our hero swiftly redeems himself by shooting a bear and saving his dad. Incidentally, we learn in a later episode that bears can be frightened off simply by banging two stones together, but neither of the Johns appears to know this.

    Mary-Ellen gets a sub plot in which she has to choose between buying a dress and buying a baseball glove. In the end she chooses the glove and successfully attracts a man, giving us our first glimpse of the son-in-law we all wish we had: GW Haynes.

    Seriously, what on Earth is John Sr made of? He gets mauled by a bear for a good few minutes then gets up without a scratch. How can he even be alive, let alone unharmed? The bloke must be made of iron!

    Impossible toughness aside, this is a decent hour with plenty to think about and just a hint of danger.moreless
  • Finally after years of wanting to go hunting with his relatives, but does Jonboy really want to kill a living thing?

    9.3
    A very memorable episode. That's all I really have to say, but since I have a 100 word minumum, let's stretch it out a bit. A V E R Y M E M O R A B L E E P I S O D E there. okay it's stretched out a bit, but I don't want to be dissin' Waltons so I'll add a whole lot more to it. First of all, the fact that Jonboy shot and killed a bear which was wrestling his dad, even though he didn't want to, he did it. And for that, it's deserved a flashback in many other episodes. I totally recamend this episode~old shows finaticmoreless
Joe Conley

Joe Conley

Ike Godsey

Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Grandma Esther Walton

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

John-Boy Walton

Judy Norton

Judy Norton

Mary Ellen Walton Willard Jones

Eric Scott

Eric Scott

Ben Walton

Michael Learned

Michael Learned

Olivia Walton

Cindy Eilbacher

Cindy Eilbacher

Martha Rose Coverdale

Recurring Role

David Doremus

David Doremus

G.W. Haynes

Recurring Role

John Crawford

John Crawford

Sheriff Ep Bridges

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Opening Narration: A mountain has no need for people. But people do need mountains. We go to them for their beauty, for the exhilaration of standing closer to mysteries skies, for the feeling of triumph that comes from having labored to reach a summit, and I remember a day in the 1930s when I went to Walton's Mountain in search of manhood.

    • John: You know it's a warming feeling to stand off and look at your home know your wife and loved ones are inside safe and warm. You'll know one day.

    • Grandpa: Did I ever tell you boys about the time I brought down four turkeys with one shot?

    • Grandpa: I sure wish I was going hunting with you boys tomorrow.
      John: We're gonna have fun, Pop, why don't you come with us?
      Grandpa: No, I think I'll just stay home with my old sweetheart. My hunting days are about over.
      Grandma: You brought home more game then three men in your time, old man.

    • John-Boy: Mama, I'm going on that hunt tomorrow and I'm gonna bring back the biggest turkey gobbler on that mountain.

    • Closing Narration: I became not a hunter, but a writer, and I hope a source of some pride to my father. For to be a good hunter or a good writer one must know why he hunts or why he writes. And the 'why-of-it-all' for me lies in that house and in the memory of voices that rise in the night and will sweetly haunt my life forever.

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