The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 7

The Wing-Walker

0
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 1975 on CBS
6.6
out of 10
User Rating
25 votes
1

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
Jim-Bob falls in love with John-Boy's latest subject, a female wing-walker who stays with the Waltons. Maude Gormley gives up her goat, Myrtle.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Today
3:00pm
INSP
4:00pm
INSP
7:00pm
INSP
Wednesday
3:00pm
INSP
4:00pm
INSP
7:00pm
INSP
Thursday
3:00pm
INSP
4:00pm
INSP
7:00pm
INSP
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Pilot

    7.5
    I'm sorry, but I really didn't like this. An unconvincing love story, a dreadful guest actress and a thoroughly disjointed production had me twitching for the fast forward button.

    I'll begin with a few positives. The vintage biplane is good, and I'm glad they made the obvious link to 'The Air Mail Man' from Season Two. Both David Harper and Richard Thomas are on form this week, and as for the pilot... well, I'll come to him later.

    I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of 'John-boy meets love interest' episodes, but this one is particularly bad. It's not just the hammy guest actress: the direction and production are also to blame, with the mood and music changing literally from one shot to the next. The editing, and I'm being generous in calling it that, is a total mess, with several scenes cut short and dialogue seeming to come out of nowhere. When John-boy first kisses Bobby in the shed, there's clearly a build-up scene missing. My guess is that they filmed it and left it on the cutting room floor.

    The aerial stunts are good fun, though the wire holding the stuntwoman to the plane is cringingly obvious. They also use the same footage for two different flights, with the result that John-boy appears in the passenger seat while also watching the flight from the ground. Little things, I know, but poor for a show as popular as this.

    To give the rest of the cast something to do, Maude Gormley gives the family her pet goat. Again, something seems to be missing here. When the children go off to the fair, they make a huge fuss that the goat is missing, yet we don't see anything of the search. At the end, it's simply back on the doorstep.

    Anyhow, back to that pilot. When I first saw him, I thought, "he doesn't half look like Tom Bower" (who will later play the part of Curt Willard). And lo and behold, when I reached the end credits, that's exactly who it was. Get in!

    moreless
Lee Purcell

Lee Purcell

Bobby Strom

Guest Star

Tom Bower

Tom Bower

Rex Barker

Guest Star

John Mitchum

John Mitchum

The Announcer

Guest Star

Merie Earle

Merie Earle

Maude Gormley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Opening Narration: While we were walking the green meadows of Walton's Mountain, daring flyers were conquering the beckoning blue skies. We had come to know an airmail pilot who would fly slightly off course just to say "hello" to us, and especially to Jim Bob. Jim Bob's head was in the clouds back in those days, dreaming of machines which he hoped one day to fly.

    • Closing Narration: We were never to see or hear from the wingwalker again. To this day I think of Bobby Strom whenever I see a white dove in flight, and within Jim-Bob's heart I'm sure there's a bitter-sweet memory.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

More
Less