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The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 4

The Theft

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 1973 on CBS
out of 10
User Rating
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Episode Summary

A wealthy widow, Mrs. Clayborne, accuses John of stealing antiques while he was working in her mansion. John needs new tires, so he pawns his wedding ring to buy them and refuses to tell anyone where the money came from. John-Boy investigates what happened to the antiques to clear his father's name.moreless

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  • The Family Silver

    Times are getting tougher on Walton's Mountain. Having just about kept the lights on in the last episode, John now finds he is running out of money for food. If those customers would only pay their bills...

    In a nutshell: John does some work for a wealthy widow then gets a visit from Ep when some of her silverware goes missing. Rather than clear his name, John gets all secretive. It turns out he has pawned his wedding ring and doesn't want anyone to know.

    While I didn't think for a minute that John had taken the silver, I had hoped his big secret would be something more than just a visit to the pawnbrokers, so I was slightly disappointed with that. Up to that point, though, the tension had been superb. Ralph Waite's performance is excellent and I'm surprised not to see him on the MVP list. He would certainly get my vote.

    I wasn't impressed with the Claybournes. Widow Claybourne was far too swift to condemn John, and Stewart Lee should be ashamed of himself for letting somebody else take the flack for his actions. Surely that amounts to wasting police time?

    Haha! Go fish! I used to play that at home. I wonder whether my grandmother would have approved.moreless
Vern Rowe

Vern Rowe

Dodge Evanhauer

Guest Star

Diana Webster

Diana Webster

Mrs. Claybourne

Guest Star

Janit Baldwin

Janit Baldwin

Amelia Claybourne

Guest Star

John Crawford

John Crawford

Sheriff Ep Bridges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Opening Narration: Looking back across the span of 40 years the sharp edges of the great Depression have worn away, in memory the period seems a happy time. Yet when we lived them they were trying years, and I remember a time when our family's pride, and our integrity were challenged in a manner that was new and shattering to all of us.

    • Closing Narration: The Depression lingered on, and there were other bad spells, but we lived through them, too. And as each year ended it was difficult to recall the hard times we'd come through. Looking back, I realize now that the real bounty placed before us each day was the love we had for each other. It shaped our lives, fed our souls, and crowned our happiness

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