The Waltons: Season 1, Episode 20

The Deed (8 Feb. 1973)

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The validity of the Waltons' claim to their land is questioned when they cannot produce a legal deed to the property. To sort out their legal troubles they must raise $200 and John-boy assists by taking a job in the city of Wheeling.

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While scouting lumber for their mill, Grandpa and John Boy come across surveyors who tell them a lumber company has claimed timber rights to the mountain. Finding that their ancestors never bothered to file for a legal deed to their land, the Waltons must come up with $200 to pay court costs in order to protect their birthright. Everyone pitches in to raise the money, including John Boy who moves to Wheeling in order to get a job and send money home. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Waltons Mountain had been in our family since long before I was born. It was a mountain that gave of itself. We took trout from its swift streams, quail and venison from its high meadows and we took from it constantly the lumber and firewood which provided our family with income. My grandfather used to say that the land was alive, that, if you knew how to listen, you could hear its voice. But, at seventeen, I did more talking ...
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The Lumber Rights Are Up For Grabs
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This episode aired on February 8 1973 with this opening. Waltons Mountain had been in our family since long before I was born. It was a mountain that gave of itself. We took trout from its swift streams, quail and venison from its high meadows and we took from it constantly the lumber and firewood, which provided our family with income. My grandfather used to say that the land was alive, that, if you knew how to listen, you could hear its voice. However, at seventeen, I did more talking than listening. I remember one morning during the Depression hiking with Grandpa, searching for trees that were ready for harvesting. I could never get tired of watch roaming shots of Waltons Mountain. Sure, there's danger in those mountains, however, theirs is far more beauty in those mountains as there is danger. Half way down those mountains, Grandpa and John Boy are tying white clothes around tress that are ready for harvest, when they come across a surveyor. The surveyor is surveying the particular area for a new logging road so the company that he works for can harvest the lumber in this area. That puts Grandpa in a rage and along with John they go see a lawyer in Charlottesville where there told that the only way to settle this dispute is by going to court which will cost them $200.00 dollars. As John and Grandpa figure out how there going to come up with that kind of money, John Boy offers to quit school and get a job in order to help the family in this crisis. The next day Jason goes to John Boy room only to find a letter on his bed with the family name on. John Boy tells his family that he's now 17 and feels need to help his family out so he's gone to Wheeling West Virginia to get a job to and he will send money home as soon as he gets paid. Therefore, Yancey Tucker gives John Boy a ride to Wheeling and gives John Boy help hints on where to stay and place to stay away from. The first night he's in town he's a witness to a robbery that the owner doesn't want to turn into the local police. On payday, John Boy and a fellow border are robbed and now John Boy has no money to send home. Now the question is does John and Grandpa have enough time to get the court fees before there court date and if so how are they going to get it? This wasn't a bad episode nor was it that good. If you're a Waltons TV Show fan you like this episode because it is the Waltons and based on that I give episode only 6 weasel stars.


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