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The Waltons

Season 3 Episode 16

The Lie

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 02, 1975 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ben goes to Charlottesville to take a young girl to meet her mother, and John-Boy's truck—which Ben took without permission—ends up involved in a hit-and-run.

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  • Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave...

    I absolutely love this episode. It's the first to feature Ben as the central character, and the writers have come up with a brilliant story to mark the occasion.

    The plot goes like this. Ben's friend, Nancy, persuades him to drive her to Charlottesville so she can meet her mother. Ben takes John-boy's car but leaves the keys in the ignition when he parks it. A joyrider then 'borrows' the car and gets involved in a hit and run, so the police come knocking at John-boy's door. Ben owns up to taking the car but refuses to grass Nancy up, getting himself farther and farther into trouble.

    The episode is filled with tension almost from first to last, and Ben's argument with his father is one of the best scenes on the show so far. Nancy is a proper manipulative little wench, although with her father being the way he is I can understand why she might be that way. I thought the guest actress could have been a little more convincing, but it's a minor criticism.

    Top marks this week go to Eric Scott for a fine and convincing performance. In his first starring role, he has the limelight almost to himself for the first twenty minutes, and he doesn't disappoint. It's such a shame he left acting once The Waltons had ended.

    Lastly, did anybody notice the crew member ducking behind the van as John and Ben drove up to Nancy's house? He was kind of hard to miss in his bright orange outfit!

Warren Kemmerling

Warren Kemmerling

Eustace Madden

Guest Star

Cindy Fisher

Cindy Fisher

Nancy Madden

Guest Star

Hersha Parady

Hersha Parady

Victoria Madden

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When John and Ben drive into the Maddens' yard (at 43:41) a crew member in a bright orange jacket and cap can clearly be seen ducking behind an old van.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Closing Narration: Nancy Madden remained in Walton's Mountain with her father. She was graduated from Miss Hunter's school and was courted by several young men, including my brother Ben, but she never married. As her father grew old, he came to depend on Nancy totally, and she nursed him until he died. She still lives in the old Madden home, is active in missionary work, and on Sundays she sings in the choir.

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