The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 2

The Odyssey

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 1973 on CBS
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Episode Summary

John-Boy heads for a mountain retreat and assists both an old lady and an old schoolmate who is expecting. Jim-Bob grows tomatoes.

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  • The Delivery

    It's pretty hectic in the Walton house. No place for a writer trying to find peace and quiet. The solution: pack your bags and hike up to a cabin in the woods.

    Good continuity to bring back Sarah and her mum from 1x23. As soon as I saw Sarah in that big coat I guessed she was pregnant, and as soon that was confirmed I guessed she would be having the baby in the cabin. I also guessed the old lady would die before the end of the episode. Damn, I am getting good at this!

    There are a couple of sub plots: Jim Bob makes tomato chutney and Ben gets a fever. I did like the scene where Ben and Jason were taking the p--- out of Jim Bob for his cooking. That's exactly what it was like in my house growing up. The fever turns out to be nothing serious, but Dr Vance does seem to be a cast regular at the moment.

    The timing of this story is interesting. Most of Season Two is set in 1934. This episode, however, takes place one year after 'The Townie', which places it in March 1935. It's not the first Waltons time hop and it certainly won't be the last.

    So this is where John-boy's mule comes from? I did wonder why we hadn't seen it until now. Good addition to the show. As for the title, I'm not sure a hike up the hillside really counts as an odyssey, despite all that Hollywood rain.moreless
Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek

Sarah Simmonds

Guest Star

Allyn Ann McLerie

Allyn Ann McLerie

Mrs. Simmonds

Guest Star

Frances E. Williams

Frances E. Williams

Granny Ketcham

Guest Star

Victor Izay

Victor Izay

Dr. Vance

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Opening Narration: Growing up with my brothers and sisters on Walton's Mountain was a joyful experience, but not always an easy one. Privacy was hard to come by, and as a young man trying to write, it was the one thing I needed which I almost never had. I will always remember that day when I left, a young boy anxious to find some time for himself, and returned a man who had partaken of a miracle.

    • Closing Narration: We were early risers, and thus in my Grandfather's words, "we went to bed with the chickens". All the lights in the house would go out, except for the one in my room. There, I would at last find the solitude to record in my journal the events of the day. The wind would flow gently down from the mountain, the night birds would fall still, and the rest of the family would slip quietly towards sleep.

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