The Waltons

Season 3 Episode 10

The Marathon

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 1974 on CBS
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In Scottsville, John-Boy enters a dance marathon with Daisy Garner, a girl he just met, leading to Olivia realizing her eldest son really is growing up.

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  • An impressive episode where art overtakes drama and leaves you thinking.

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    This episode explores the world of art vs. story telling and it is brilliant. The dance senario is entirely a metaphor for the examination of our purpose in life. John-Boy is really the supporting character. The main characters are the dancers -- a set of people trying to find their way in life. There is an amazing visual moment where the camera pans into the room showing the tired and lost musicians and then pans into the dancers, exhausted and lost in their own lives. Director Ralph Senensky completely understood the importance of that scene. One of my favorite lines is John-Boy's dance partner where she states "I want to be above the clouds looking down". It is a metaphor for our own desires to rise above ourselves and everyone else around us thinking that will somehow free us. My only disapointment was the ending where John-Boy somehow realizes this is not the way to find his life course and resolves to himself that in family we find our own focus in life. It would have been much better leaving it ambiguous and without resolution but that's TV.moreless
Joyce Jameson

Joyce Jameson

Helen

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Brad Trumbull

Brad Trumbull

Radio Announcer

Guest Star

Ellen Moss

Ellen Moss

P.M.

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Deirdre Lenihan

Deirdre Lenihan

Daisy Garner

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    • Opening Narration: Entering Boatwright University in 1934 meant that I was also entering a whole new phase of my life. Although exposure to the outside world brought excitement and challenge, it also brought changes and conflicts which neither I nor anyone in my family had been able to foresee.

    • Closing Narration: As I continued growing up, the horizons of my world widened. I eventually moved far from Walton's Mountain, but the things we had then, the love we shared and the delight we took in each other's company have never faltered and remain constant to this day.

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