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In the opening scene, Zeb tells us that Esther has been in hospital 'for months'. According to the show's own chronology, however, she has been there for more than three years. Her last appearance came in The Ferris Wheel, which took place in mid 1937, and we are now in the second half of 1940.
Daisy says her daughter, Melissa, was born three months before she met John-boy in The Marathon. This would place Melissa's birth in the summer of 1934. With this episode taking place in the summer of 1940, her daughter ought to be six, give or take a month, yet the child shown can be no more than three.
Season Six takes place in 1939-40, yet the film Ben and Jim Bob watch at the cinema (Naughty Marietta) came out in 1935.
The ending narration says that was the last Christmas before the US entered World War II. However, as the season continues with spring of 1940, this would be Christmas of 1939. Since the US entered World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, this is untrue. However, since the show skipped a year between season 6 and 7 (as it also did between 5 and 6), this is true from a 'watching all the episodes in a row' standpoint.
When John and Olivia are in the barn with Chance, they reminisce about the time John sold her calf to a farmer back in Season One. But the cow they are talking about died at the end of Season Two, and the one they have now is a different beast altogether. The writers seem completely unaware of this.
In this episode, we finally learn that GW stands for 'George William'.
When the family is discussing Curt's call-up, John tells Olivia that England is being bombed. However, this episode takes place in the fall of 1939, and the Luftwaffe didn't begin bombing Britain until the summer of 1940. Indeed, so little action took place in the last few months of 1939 that folk in Britain referred to it as the 'phoney war'.
The opening narration places this episode in the fall of 1939, and the story features John Curtis as a young baby. Yet in 'The Seashore', which according to its own opening narration took place in the spring of 1940, Mary Ellen was still pregnant.
Out of sequence? In the previous episode - The Seashore - the opening starts with "In the late spring of 1940 our world on Walton's Mountain was very quiet and uneasy." This episode's opening says "In 1939 when the threat of war hung over our country..."
Mr Teskigi claims to be a Cherokee Indian who was born in Virginia in the 1830s and whose family were evicted along the Trail of Tears. In fact, the Cherokee were living much further south than this by 1830 and most were evicted from Georgia.