The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 5

The Roots

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 1973 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Harley Foster roams the countryside doing odd jobs with his son Jody in tow. Harley is resistant to settling down, despite his son's wish to do so.

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  • Verdie Adopts a Son (Part I)

    Yeah, this is good. Not especially focused on the Waltons but highly engaging and very watchable.

    It's hard to believe this is only the second time we have seen Verdie Grant. It's good of the writers to bring her back after her starring role in 'The Scholar' - she could easily have turned into a one-episode wonder. As before, she is sweetness personified until she decides to get on her high horse (this time over Jody's schooling) and has a blazing row with her future husband, Harley. So far this season, the continuity has been excellent. Top marks!

    Verdie and Harley Foster make a pretty good couple, with Jody providing the perfect ready-made son (isn't there an actress called Jody Foster?). Verdie does come across as a little too keen to begin with but Harley plays suitably hard to get. I'm glad they didn't end the episode with a wedding.

    The peach picking provided a good start to the show. I don't get why Ben said he was only twelve when he is clearly older than that (Eric Scott was nearly fifteen when this episode was made). Kids at that age always talk their ages up, not down.

    Zeb, Esther and Olivia hardly get a look in this week. Olivia does pull a brilliant face at Esther though when they are shelling peas in the kitchen. Definitely not part of the script!moreless
Noble Willingham

Noble Willingham

Mr. Denton

Guest Star

Erin Blunt

Erin Blunt

Jody Foster

Guest Star

Hal Williams

Hal Williams

Harley Foster

Recurring Role

Lynn Hamilton

Lynn Hamilton

Verdie Foster

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Opening Narration: When I was growing up on Walton's Mountain the Great Depression cast its shadow over us as it did everyone, but we were more fortunate than most. We were a close knit family and the house that we lived in was as solid and secure as the mountain itself. Because I had always lived in it I took our house for granted, then, one hot summer afternoon I met others less fortunate. Through them I learned the real meaning of 'home.'

    • Elizabeth: Mama?
      Olivia: Yes, Elizabeth?
      Elizabeth: Can I sleep tonight without breathing?
      Olivia: Why, some special reason?
      Elizabeth: Uh huh, Jim Bob and I are going to have a breath-holding contest, and I thought I'd practice.
      Olivia: Well, you can try, dear.

    • Closing Narration: Harley and Jody did put down roots in Walton's Mountain, and the romance that blossomed in a peach orchard was to flower and bear fruit of its own. Almost four decades have passed, but my own roots are still there, in that house where I was born and grew up with my brothers and sisters.

  • NOTES (1)