The Waltons: Season 2, Episode 24

The Car (14 Mar. 1974)

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John Boy is in need of a car, now that he is in college. He finds a good car owned by a neighbor, but he refuses to part with it, even after John Boy makes a deal with him to trade the car for work performed on his house.

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John Boy is in need of a car, now that he is in college. He finds a good car owned by a neighbor, but he refuses to part with it, even after John Boy makes a deal with him to trade the car for work performed on his house.

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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] In every town or village there used to be the hidden people, those who for one reason or another are shut away from life, or who for some strange reason shut themselves away from the world. My quest for a car in which to drive back and forth to college was eventually to lead me to two of those hidden people.
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The Car He had To Have
24 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TITLE: THE CAR ORIGINAL AIRDATE: March 14, 1974 WRITER: Chris Andrews DIRECTOR: Philip Leacock

PROLOGUE: "In every town or village there used to be the hidden people, those who for one reason or another are shut away from life or, for some strange reason shut themselves away from the world. My quest for a car in which to drive back and forth to college was eventually to lead me to two of those hidden people."

SYNOPSIS: The Waltons cleanup around the outside of their home after a storm has knocked down branches and done damage to their property. John-Boy is anxious to buy a car for college. He goes with his Daddy to Buck Higgins but Buck needs $35 cash and is not willing to trade it for lumber. When they stop for gas at Ike's they learn that Hyder Rudge needs his roof repaired and has a car that he hasn't used for some time and might be willing to trade for the help. John-Boy takes Ole Blue over to the Rudge's and agrees to a hard bargain in exchange for the vehicle. John-Boy is excited when he sees the car. It is in good condition and comes with a rumble seat. The Walton children are excited about John-Boy's new car. They want to give it a new paint job and John-Boy agrees to a "dignified tan" color. Hyder is very protective of the car. When John-Boy finishes the work for the Rudges he discovers that Hyder has taken and hidden the car from John-Boy and tells him that the car will never be his. Mrs. Rudge decides to leave Hyder as she can longer abide by his choices. She stops by the Walton's and tells John-Boy about their son who died at sea with the Merchant Marines.

QUESTIONS: Who did the car really belong to? Why couldn't the owner part with the car?

EPILOGUE: "The Rudges remained hidden people to a certain extent, rarely involving themselves in our lives or that of the community. Perhaps they just didn't need us, that without the false dream they were finally able to find contentment in their lives together."

MY THOUGHTS: I give this episode 5 weasel stars


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