The Waltons (1971–1981)
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Jason spends too much time playing with a band. His school work, music lessons, and health begin to suffer. Comes to understanding with band. John-Boy gets a part-time job in a library; the librarian wants him to choose it as a profession.



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Episode credited cast:
John-Boy Walton
John Walton, Sr.
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Esther Walton
The Grandfather
Mary Ellen Walton
Jason Walton
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Ben Walton
Jim-Bob Walton
Elizabeth Walton
The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David S. Cass Sr. ...
The Deputy (as Dave Cass)
Professor Hoadley
Ralph Shorely (as Harry Moses)


Jason's spending too much time playing with a band that it's taking a toll on his school work, his music lessons and even his health. And John-Boy gets a part time job working in a library and the librarian is trying to coax him into taking it up as a profession. Written by

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Drama | Family | Romance




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16 October 1975 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Whilst John and Olivia stand over Jason sleeping, the table, papers and blue/white box move from the left side of the bed to the right and back again. Some of the frames are flopped, as shown by Ben's hand which also swaps between left and right outside the bed. See more »


Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Suffering in silence was not a popular past-time with me nor my brothers and sisters. Feelings good and bad in the Walton family were customarily laid out for everybody remotely concerned to see and hear and, hopefully, to adjust to. Sometimes, of course, we did hide our true feelings out of hurt, and once, in the case of my brother Jason, out of a refusal to believe he could have such bad feelings against his older brother.
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I'll Fly Away
Written by Albert E. Brumley
Performed on the radio by Mayf Nutter & The Sunrise Gospeleers
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