The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 1

The Sermon

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 11, 1975 on CBS
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  • Lots of tongue and cheek, normally not found on the series infiltrates this episode.

    6.3
    This episode works best as a series of moments. John-Boy is asked to write a sermon so naturally he gets consults from everyone. The funniest is Grandma trying to instill into John Boy the importance of bringing the point home. Ellen Corbet is in her finest moment rising above the obvious comedy to add both cander and sweetness to the situation. Richard Thomas simply sits there as the straightman and it is a delight to watch. The other subplot, far less effective, is Olivia teaching school. The cliche's run high and the situations never really develop. In the end, the sermon by John-Boy is more of an attempt not to insult or hurt anyone in the process ensuring himself and everyone there that he listened to them all. The end is a family picnic giving the cast an excuse to film outdoors instead of a set.
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