The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Air Mail Man 

Engine trouble on the air mail transport plane means the Waltons have a guest for a few days.



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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
The Grandfather
Jason Walton
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Ben Walton
Elizabeth Walton
Ike Godsey
The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sue Cooper
Todd Cooper (as Michael Glaser)


One of Olivia's new pleasures is watching the regular passage overhead of the airplane carrying mail between Washington D.C. and Atlanta. When engine trouble causes the pilot to land in the Walton's meadow, the family puts the pilot up while repairs are being made. Meanwhile the family is busy with plans for Olivia's upcoming birthday, which is causing her to question whether she has really achieved anything during her life. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Drama | Family | Romance




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13 December 1973 (USA)  »

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James Robert 'Jim Bob' Walton: [after Todd admits to having forgotten what it's like to be a kid] It's a mess! Everything you touch turns over. Everybody hollers at ya. Y'don't even get a chance to holler back. Everybody blames ya for everything even when you didn't do it.
Todd Cooper: I think it's beginning to come back to me now.
James Robert 'Jim Bob' Walton: It's awful, isn't it?
Todd Cooper: Terrible.
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Olivia goes Flying
24 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TITLE: THE AIR MAIL MAN ORIGINAL AIRDATE: December 13, 1973 WRITERS: Peter L. Dixon & Sarah Dixon DIRECTOR: Robert Butler

PROLOGUE: "The peace and beauty of the land and sky around Waltons Mountain was a source of constant comfort to all of us during those difficult Depression years. Some of the changes that were going on in the world did eventually reflect themselves on our mountain, like the increase in the number of airplanes that spotted the sky. In particular, I remember an airmail plane that used our mountain as a landmark. My mother especially liked to wait for the plane to go over, and sometimes watching she'd get the look on her face people have when they watch wild geese winging their way south to warm sunny days."

SYNOPSIS: While Olivia waits outside to see the Air Mail man fly over their home the family waits for her inside at the dinner table. Just as she goes inside, they hear the plane flying back over their home with engine trouble. They grab lanterns and help the plane land in the meadow. The pilot, Todd Cooper says that an oil line has blown and the plane is leaking gas as well. The Walton's help him to settle in for the night but Grandma is wary of him saying that he is hiding something. The next day with the help of the Walton family, he begins to make repairs to his plane. John-Boy discovers that Todd has a wife and that they both have an aerial act and are known as the Flying Coopers. Olivia is feeling a little down about her ordinary life. She envies the freedom the pilot must feel when he's flying up with the clouds. While Todd repairs his plane, she climbs into the pilot seat and pretends what it must be like to fly above the clouds. It is her birthday and the children bring her breakfast in bed. They buy chocolate to make icing for her cake. Ike gives Olivia a tortoise shell hair comb. John has made her a swiveling full-length mirror.

QUESTIONS: Who tracked Todd down/ Why did this person track Todd down? What kind of day did Olivia have?

EPILOGUE: "Today great passenger planes plow through those skies above the Virginia Mountains. Last year one of them brought my mother to see us in California where I now live. We're expecting her again soon, and no doubt our thoughts and our memories will return to those early times when that era we called "depressed" was so very, very good."

MY THOUGHTS: This was another one of those episodes that reminded me of the days I would have enjoyed when I was growing up. Birthdays that meant something to someone instead of spending birthdays alone as I do now. I give this episode 8 weasel stars

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