Although broadcast as the fourth episode, this was actually the first episode of the show to be filmed.
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.
The characters of Hawthorne and Charley originated in "The Homecoming". They were never seen again.
The German episode title is "John-Boys erste Jagd", meaning "John-Boy's First Hunt".