John Boy graduates from school. Needs a suit. Ends up with grandpa's suit.



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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)
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John Boy graduates from school. Needs a suit. Ends up with grandpa's suit.

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Drama | Family | Romance




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21 February 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The sign outside the schoolhouse indicated that John Boy Walton would be graduating with his high school class of 1934. See more »


When John Boy moves to retrieve his autograph book from Miss Hunter, a large black camera and the cameraman's bald head are visibly reflected in the schoolroom window. See more »


Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Being a country boy on Waltons Mountain, and looking like one, always seemed as natural and normal as anything to me. But, a few days before my graduation from high school, I began to look at myself in quite a different way.
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Powerfully emotional episode about John-Boy's big day
4 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has to rank as one of the memorable key episodes in the series, focusing as it did on John-Boy's graduation from high school. It provides a wonderful look at selflessness as practiced by everyone in the family as well as thoughts about how much our lives change after high school.

Early in the show, everyone is all excited as John-Boy returns home one day. He notices how dressed up they were and asks if they're going somewhere. Mary Ellen responds, "Ask me no questions, I will tell you no lies." John tells him to get changed, they are going somewhere but refuses to answer any questions from John-Boy.

They go to Charlottesville to buy a suit of clothes for John-Boy, which totally stuns him. While he is getting fitted, the other six children go off with Grandpa to buy him all the other clothing items he can use—shoes, a nice dress shirt, argyle socks, etc. Obviously they have been putting money aside for some time to do this for him, but there are no weepy, sentimental scenes showing anyone getting emotional about how wonderful this is.

Meanwhile, Chance, the family's cow and milk source (remember they have 11 mouths to feed) is sick and eventually dies. When John-Boy first offered to return his new clothes so they could instead use the money for a new cow, he is told not to, that they'd find a way. Later, on hearing John say how he couldn't make a deal for a cow, he decides to just return the clothes on his own and give his folks the money.

They realize how much he wanted to help the family and do not insist on buying the clothes back. They get the cow, and an inspired idea on how to get John-Boy a suit by altering the tweed suit Grandpa has been saving for his funeral suit.

John-Boy and Marcia Woolery also are feeling emotional about how much their lives will change and how much they'll miss each other. But they realize they are headed in different directions and will likely grow apart.

There are other scenes involving Ike and the Baldwin ladies showing their affection for John-Boy and wishing him well at college.

Two of the series more emotional scenes involve John giving John-Boy some wise advice, and John-Boy's valedictorian address at the graduation ceremony. I have to believe that a majority of viewers find themselves thinking about their own high school days and how much things have changed since then for them. This makes it a gripping episode for most viewers, and it certainly was for me. Has to be a 10.

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