The children are upset when their father sells a newborn calf to another farmer who intends to slaughter it for beef.



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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Jim-Bob Walton (as David Harper)
The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Anderson


The children are upset when their father sells a newborn calf to another farmer who intends to slaughter it for beef.

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calf | theft | missing child | pet | cougar | See All (9) »


Drama | Family | Romance




Release Date:

28 September 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The speech heard on the Radio is Franklin Roosevelt's second Inaugural address, made on January 20, 1937. (This is almost four years out of sync with the time line of the series, established by incidental information on recent episodes as the spring of 1933). See more »


As Olivia serves flapjack at the dinner table, it is simultaneously dark night time outside the side window, and bright daylight outside the front door windows. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Waltons Mountain was an everlasting presence in our lives. Whenever I could, when I was growing up there during the Depression years, I would climb its slopes. Up there I could get lost in dreams, dreams of becoming a writer, of becoming a man. I knew no writers, so I had no writer to model myself after; but as a boy aspiring to manhood, I had only to follow the footsteps of a remarkable father.
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4 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode bothered me. A "pet" calf? It's like the Walton family doesn't know where beef comes from? To keep a calf/cow as a pet during the depression was absolutely stupid! Sorry, but that's just what I believe. I was born in 1941 so I missed the worst, but this story made no sense for the time. How do I get to ten lines when I really don't need to get to ten lines? It reminds me of a Leave it to Beaver episode when he tries to add a bunch of words that are meaningless. This is why I seldom comment on IMDb because it doesn't take ten lines to express my opinion. I think I have to make one more line to get to the ten lines required.

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