The Waltons: Season 5, Episode 25

The Achievement (17 Mar. 1977)

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John-Boy sent his novel to a publisher and does not hear anything. He travels to New York to get an update. They like his novel and will publish it.



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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Esther Walton (archive footage)
Mary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Eric Scott ...
David W. Harper ...
Earl Hamner Jr. ...
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John-Boy sent his novel to a publisher and does not hear anything. He travels to New York to get an update. They like his novel and will publish it.

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Drama | Family | Romance




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17 March 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This represents Richard Thomas' last appearance as John-Boy Walton in the regular series. John-Boy returns in "The Waiting" (1979) portrayed by Robery Wightman who embodies the character for 16 episodes of the remainder of the series and the first TV movie; A Day of Thanks on Walton's Mountain (1992). Thomas reprises the role of John-Boy for the subsequent TV movies; A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993), A Walton Wedding (1995), and A Walton Easter (1997). See more »


Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] It came as a coincidence that just as I finally completed my first novel, Elizabeth, for the first time, became enthralled with a book. I wondered if what I had written would ever be published and read half so avidly.
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Edited into The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons (1980) See more »


Too Marvelous for Words
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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