The Waltons: Season 4, Episode 18

The Burnout (22 Jan. 1976)

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John-Boy smokes a pipe and Grandpa leaves a heater plugged in and turned on. A fire breaks out, burns most of the house. John-Boy loses his completed novel to save Erin. John-Boy, Grandpa, and Erin all feel miserable.



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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Eric Scott ...
David W. Harper ...
Ronnie Claire Edwards ...
Earl Hamner Jr. ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dee Carroll ...


John-Boy is working hard on his novel. But when a fire ravages the Walton house, he is stuck with just a few pieces of charred paper, and his family stuck without a home. Olivia reluctantly agrees to let the children stay with friends until the house is rebuilt. But she starts to see changes in them that she doesn't like, especially in little Elizabeth, who becomes more and more withdrawn. And all the while, John-Boy's guilt about the fire prevents him from beginning his novel again. Written by Alaina

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Drama | Family | Romance




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22 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Ben Walton: Hey, Jim Bob.
James Robert 'Jim Bob' Walton: Hmmm?
Ben Walton: [referencing numerous hair ribbons given to Jim Bob by girls in his school] How many hair ribbons you got now?
James Robert 'Jim Bob' Walton: I haven't got any.
Ben Walton: Well, what happened?
James Robert 'Jim Bob' Walton: Well, I traded 'em all to Shorty Larabee for a genuine shrunken head!
Ben Walton: Good night, Jim Bob.
James Robert 'Jim Bob' Walton: Good night, Ben.
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Edited into The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons (1980) See more »


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