A mining company comes to town and wants to buy land. They make it sound helpful to the community and John-Boy and the Godseys sell their land. John-Boy finds out the truth and tells the neighbors not to sell their land.



(created by) (as Earl Hamner), (as Paul Cooper)

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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Mary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
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To pay-off mounting bills on his newspaper operation, John-Boy, who's offered 4 times the amount per acre for the 10 acres of the Walton's mountain meadow, entrusted to him by Grandpa, finds out that the mining company that came to town is using his name and the ground is being pressured washed to mine for gold, destroying the land and any future use for anything else. The Godseys fall for it too, their land just adjoining. The mining company makes it sound they're being helpful to the community. John-Boy finds out the truth and tells the neighbors not to sell. Meanwhile grampa's upset with the sale. MaryEllen faints trying to help doctor with a medical emergency with a former schoolmate, then has her own emergency with her former teacher Mrs Borwick, going into labor to give birth, while the whole area is under a sever storm! Grandma , John-boy, and Mom arrive with Rev Owen to help, but the birth of a baby girl is complete! The Sunday service the next day is moved to Walton's ... Written by Odyssey10

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Drama | Family | Romance




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11 November 1976 (USA)  »

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When the storm blows in, despite deafening howling wind sounds and the actors' hair being ruffled, the sky is bright and clear and all the vegetation in the foreground and background is perfectly still. See more »


Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] The mountain had been our home ever since the first Walton put his ax to a pine tree and built his cabin on a plateau near the summit. Since then, each Walton child had been instilled with a regard for the traditions of the land on which we lived. Ironically, it was I who violated those traditions and exposed our mountain to a danger unforseen, and literally unknown in our sheltered community.
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