The Waltons: Season 1, Episode 19

The Gypsies (1 Feb. 1973)

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A band of traveling Gypsies face prejudice from some of the townspeople.

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A summer storm, which topples a tree onto their caravan, forces a family of wanderers to take shelter in the empty Balwin house. John-Boy and Jason discover them when they go to check on the house, and call the sheriff. Facing arrest, and with a sick baby in tow, the wanderers accept John-Boy's offer of a camp at the Walton's home. Pride and a way of life prevents the refugees from Bulgaria from accepting any other hospitality from the Waltons, until their baby's illness becomes so serious that Grandma intervenes despite not being welcomed to do so. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Times were hard everywhere during the days of the Great Depression; but on Waltons Mountain, we were better off than most. For many, though, it was a time of wandering, of looking for some better place, a new grasp on life or a change of scene. And I remember when some wanderers came to our mountain one wild, stormy summer night.
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This episode aired on February 1st 1973 and it opened with these words. Times were hard everywhere during the days of the Great Depression; but on Waltons Mountain, we were better off than most. For many, though, it was a time of wandering, of looking for some better place, a new grasp on life, or a change of scene. In addition, I remember when some wanderers came to our mountain one wild, stormy summer night. A band of gypsies is traveling through Walton's Mountain when they become stranded because stormy weather has damaged their caravan. When they break into a house to shelter from the weather though, they encounter distrust and prejudice from the people of the mountain. Their baby is ill though and when the Walton adults try to help, the leader of the band considers it charity and refuses any help. As the baby becomes worse though, he does accept their help and the gypsy family eventually come to trust and become friends with the Waltons. Will the gypsies find there way out of the mountains? Will Grandma find out what's wrong with the baby? What effect will the gypsies have on the Walton children? I like this episode because of Grandma Fury. My Grandmother was like that where she didn't say much but when she talked you listened or it was the wooden spoon. I give this episode 8 weasel stars.


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