The family takes in a deaf girl who was abandoned by her mother.
Did You Know?
as Grandpa is seen slapping the radio, saying he's trying to get "Charlie and Eddie," a reference to the ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen
and Charlie McCarthy radio program. Edgar Bergen
played the role of Grandpa in THE HOMECOMING, the 1971 TV Movie that introduced the Walton family and that spawned The Waltons series. Will Geer
then took over Edgar Bergen
's role as Grandpa for the series, after this special introduction, as the show debuted. See more
As Holly's mother watches the children playing outside whilst hidden in the trees, when shown from behind she is wearing a beige cardigan. When the shot changes to a front view, the cardigan has gone. See more
[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal
When I was growing up during the Depression, I lived with my red-headed brothers and sisters, my parents and grandparents, at the foot of a mountain which had been in our family for generations. My father used to say that in our house there was always room for one more and I remember a morning when his hospitality was put to a challenging test.