The Waltons

Season 7 Episode 9

The Illusion

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 1978 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Verdie criticises Josh for referring to himself as 'black' rather than 'coloured' in this episode, yet in The Stray, she promised she would raise him as a 'fine black man'.

  • Quotes

    • Opening Narration: In my family one of the earliest truths we learned was the inevitability of change. We saw this in the march of the seasons across the land and in the sometimes bewildering growth of our brothers and sisters. As World War Two edged closer to us all, the patterns of change accelerated, carrying some of us far from home, bringing others back to the mountain with painful consequences.

    • Closing Narration: In those anxious days when the rest of the world seemed to be collapsing under the assault of the Axis powers, my family and our friends were reassessing the attitudes and illusions that had sustained us in the past. Under stress, new insights were revealed, the enduring values were reafirmed, and out of the emotional crucible of the time emerged the strength and confidence on which we could stand to face the critical days ahead.

  • Notes

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