Olivia is happy to learn that she is pregnant again, but John worries that having another baby will be hard for her.



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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Merie Earle ...
Maude Gormley (as Marie Earle)
Mary Jackson ...


Olivia is happy to learn that she is pregnant again, but John worries that having another baby will be hard for her.

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Drama | Family | Romance




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31 January 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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John Walton, Sr.: [after Olivia complains that supper smells awful] It's not like your Momma to get sick over the smell of food.
'Grandma' Esther Walton: It's happened twice before.
'Grandpa' Zebulon Walton: When was that?
'Grandma' Esther Walton: When she was carrying Jim Bob and when she was carrying Elizabeth!
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The Riddle Song
Traditional English Folksong
Portion sung by Michael Learned (as Olivia Walton)
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TITLE: THE CRADLE ORIGINAL AIRDATE: January 31, 1974 WRITER: Joanna Lee DIRECTOR: Ralph Senensky

PROLOGUE: "I like to think back on my boyhood because though the times we lived in were hard, the life we lived was good. We were never hungry, for food was plentiful, we took it from the land, but still there was a lack of material things, and I remember with wonderment the way my parents wove the magic around us that kept us from ever feeling poor."

SYNOPSIS: Olivia begins to sell liquid bubble bath and soap door to door. She sells 4 jars to the Baldwin's who desperately require the glass jars to finish bottling their latest batch of the recipe. Olivia is obviously disturbed by this reason for the sale and the sisters question why she never wants to discuss anything to do with their recipe. Mrs. Brimmer buys 2 bottles and Maud Gormley buys 3 bottles. John just got an order for a 150 railroad ties that will keep them going for a few more months. On the way home Olivia asks John-Boy to let her out so that she can walk the rest of the way claiming that she has a few new pounds to lose. When Olivia arrives in the kitchen she is excited about selling all her samples but is put off by the smell of dinner. Grandma says that this happened twice before when she was pregnant with Jim-Bob and Elizabeth. Dr. Vance reports that Olivia is fine, 3 months along but is no spring chicken and should rest and take it easy through this pregnancy. The children get together to discuss what they can do to help their Mama out. They come up with ideas of gifts that will help with the baby since they had given away all of the baby items after Elizabeth was born.

QUESTIONS: What did John Boy make for a gift? What happen when Olivia when selling her bubble beauty bottles? What was Olivia doing when she felt ill?

EPILOGUE: "As the years went on and we all went our separate ways, we were to provide my mother and father with so many grandchildren that their lives were never without the sound of a baby or a growing child's voice. And all those grandchildren were beneficiaries of the extraordinary love that was given to us during those years we spent on Walton's Mountain."

MY THOUGHTS: There wasn't much to this episode so I give this 5 weasel stars.

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