The Waltons: Season 1, Episode 3

The Calf (28 Sep. 1972)

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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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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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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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Chances Calf
18 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode aired on September 28 1972, with this opening. 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. The kids are outside trying to catch fireflies. John and Olivia are sitting at the desk trying to figure out how there going to pay the bills when Elizabeth and Jim Bob come running in the house to go to bed. The two little ones tell daddy that there going to bed early so they can get up at dawn to see if Chances calf is born yet. The next morning the two youngest go running out to the barn only to find Chance the family cow gone. John and John Boy go looking for it but can't find it. Therefore, after everyone leaves for school and work Grandpa Goes looking, fines the two up on the Mountain, and brings them home. While on his way up the Mountain John hits a pothole with the truck and snaps the aisle. Chances calf is a bull and John has told the children that because the calf is a bull he has to sell it in order to get the truck fix. John takes the calf and sells it to Mr. Anderson for nine dollars. However when the Elizabeth and Jim Bob goes to play with the calf Mr. Anderson tells the children that the calf is going to be ********* for beef and now the children and the calf are going. I like this episode a lot because of the cow and the calf. I give this episode 10 weasel stars for the theme alone.


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