The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 4

The Prophecy

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 02, 1975 on CBS
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The Prophecy
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Father and son struggle with personal crisis: John approaches his 25th high school reunion, regretting he is not a greater success; John-Boy fears he will never be able to make a living as a writer.

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  • One of those situations where a potential for something great is lost in the process.

    5.7
    This episode, at its core, is an examination of hopes and dreams through the characters of both John-Boy and his father. John-Boy must address the situation that writing may not give him all he wants in life and father once again finds little comfort in his existence. There is a remarkable scene where the camera follows John and his son talking and discussing their disapointments and their hopes in life. It was great writing. Unfortunately the writer decided that a class reunion with more stereotypes than you could ever ask for as well as an 'It's a Wonderful Life' ending where everyone touts John's life and his accomplishments as the resolution. It's decent but contrived and far less interesting had they just taken the time to examine these themes more completely but deadlines don't allow such things.moreless
Deanna Lund

Deanna Lund

Mrs. Graddy

Guest Star

Sandra Deel

Sandra Deel

Rachel Stubblefield

Guest Star

James Ray

James Ray

G. Cleveland Cathcart

Guest Star

Lynn Carlin

Lynn Carlin

Eula Mae

Recurring Role

James Gammon

James Gammon

Zack Roswell

Recurring Role

Jeff Cotler

Jeff Cotler

B.C. Graddy Jr.

Recurring Role

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    • Opening Narration: My father was a gentle man. One of the small things I always remember about him was a little trick he had of spinning a half dollar with one hand, usually without even thinking about it. One summer day almost forty years ago, he suddenly found he couldn't do it. As it turned out, it was a traumatic day for both of us.

    • Closing Narration: Success is often measured in terms of how much money or fame one accumulates in a lifetime. My father knew little of either, yet he was the most successful man I have ever known. He lived each day with zest, a sense of adventure, and a twinkle in his eye. He loved his family well, and we miss him.

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