The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 4

The Hunt

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 1972 on CBS

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  • The Iron Man

    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 that 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. Of course, 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.

    This was the first hour of the regular series to be filmed. If you didn't know this already, there's a wee clue in that it features two characters from 'The Homecoming': Charlie Sneed and Hawthorne Dooley. Hawthorne will appear once more, in 'The Fire', but we never see Charlie again. This is a shame, as Tom Peters, who plays him, is fantastic. My guess is that Tom chose not to continue in the role, so the producers replaced him with Robert Donner and changed the character's name to Yancy to avoid confusing the fans.

    As this was the first episode made, there's character development all round. Mary Ellen gets a chunky subplot 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 / partner we all wish we had: GW Haines.

    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.

    Pick of the bunch: Charlie Sneed (Tom Peters)

    Alternate title: The Milestone

    Score: 9.1

  • Finally after years of wanting to go hunting with his relatives, but does Jonboy really want to kill a living thing?

    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 finatic