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.
The German episode title is "Mary Ellen und der fahrende Sänger", meaning "Mary Ellen and the Touring Singer".