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The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 23

The Townie

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 1973 on CBS
8.0
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John-Boy's friend, Sarah, sees him as a way to escape her "trapped" life with her demanding mother. When John-Boy rejects her advances, she runs off and plans to elope with a townie.

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  • A Love Triangle on Walton's Mountain

    8.5
    Things go very pear shaped when John-boy's latest girlfriend runs off with a rich kid in a flash car. Worse still: the rich kid lives in a town, so not only is he rich but he's wicked as well.

    Joking aside, this is the first of many episodes in which John-boy gets treated badly by a girl but accepts it as part of the course. He's a bit of a saint if the truth be told. The same cannot be said for rich kid, Ted, who is spoilt, mouthy, self-centred and rude. I wasn't sure where his character was going for much of the hour, but his final showdown with John-boy made for a decent climax.

    Two scenes stand out for me this week. Firstly, Sarah's mother showing up in a horse and cart and hauling her daughter away for punishment. Secondly, Olivia giving Sarah's mother and Ted's father a good dressing down at the house. Both very enjoyable.

    As for Jim Bob's duckling: wtf!?! We're supposed to believe he has been wandering around for WEEKS with an unhatched egg under his arm? Does the little chap not sleep, or go to school, or do anything that involves moving his arm ever? 'nuff said.

    The reference to John Dillinger escaping from prison again means this episode takes place shortly after 3rd March 1934. He only escaped twice and the second time was on this date.moreless
Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek

Sarah Simmonds

Guest Star

Nicholas Hammond

Nicholas Hammond

Theodore Albert Claypool Jr.

Guest Star

Allyn Ann McLerie

Allyn Ann McLerie

Widow (Mrs. Maybelle) Simmons

Guest Star

Mariclare Costello

Mariclare Costello

Miss Hunter

Recurring Role

John Crawford

John Crawford

Sheriff Ep Bridges

Recurring Role

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    • Opening Narration: I will never forget the first time I took a girl to a motion picture show. Her name was Sarah, and she lived on the other side of Walton's Mountain in a little backwoods hollow, and what happened was more astonishing to me than anything I could have imagined if I had tried to write a story about such an innocent pleasure.

    • Closing Narration: I was not to be the husband that Sarah wished for, but we remained the best of old friends into our adult years, and when I think of her now, I remember those pebbles we tossed into the pond that day, and how the widening circles touched and intertwined reaching out together toward the far shore, like a family who's love touched another human being and helped carry her to the far shore of womanhood.

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