The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 14

The Minstrel

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 21, 1972 on CBS
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Mary Ellen meets a traveling troubadour, Jamie, and runs away with him, neglecting her responsibilities of helping pick fruit. After her heart is broken, and her desire to see the world unfulfilled, her family gives her one of her wishes.

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  • The Apples

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    This is the saddest episode so far. Mary-Ellen feels the world is passing her by and she will never escape from the Mountain. It's easy to look at this and laugh, of course, but I do remember feeling this way myself when I was her age. All told, I thought the parents handled it rather well.

    The minstrel is a man named Jamie. He's not the most charismatic soul in the world and seems only to know two songs, but he does help Mary-Ellen's plot along so I'll let him go. One question though: how on earth does he earn enough to eat - or does he just wander from house to house on the scrounge? Not much of a life.

    The apple picking was fun. It was obvious one of them would fall off a ladder at some point, but I didn't expect it to be John-boy. Considering there were eleven of them working for three days, the wagon looked awfully empty by the end, but the farmer seemed happy so I guess that's all that matters. Good to see them with a few extra pennies for a change.

    John-boy seems full of swagger in this episode. Just saying. I guess I'm still not over cousin Job.moreless
Peter Hooten

Peter Hooten

Jamie

Guest Star

Regis Cordic

Regis Cordic

Mr. Pickett

Guest Star

Merie Earle

Merie Earle

Maude Gormley

Recurring Role

John Crawford

John Crawford

Sheriff Ep Bridges

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    • Opening Narration: When I was growing up back in those distant Depression years I always seemed to be a year or two younger than I wanted to be, and a year or two older than my parents thought I was. It tried my patience for a long time, until one day something happened to my sister Mary Ellen that helped me understand those feelings in myself.

    • Closing Narration: My sister Mary Ellen went to Washington, D.C. and she saw enough new things to satisfy her craving for adventure for a long time. I looked at her with new eyes after that night because I realized she was no longer a child. I grew up, too, of course and left Walton's Mountain, but the love and warmth I knew in that special family was like a pebble dropped in water that ripples through my life to this day.

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