The Waltons: Season 2, Episode 1

The Journey (13 Sep. 1973)

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An elderly neighbor reinforces John-Boy's feelings that despite hard times he is lucky to be surrounded by a loving family.



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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Eric Scott ...
David W. Harper ...
Earl Hamner Jr. ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tammi Bula ...
Dr. Vance


John-Boy gives Grandma a lift so she can visit Maggie, an elderly neighbor who is not feeling well. Maggie asks John-Boy to fix her car, which he does. She is planning a trip to visit the sea, and relive memories of her long-dead husband on their anniversary. In poor health, Maggie is determined, but may need John-Boy to drive her. This would mean he had to give up his date with Marcia for the school dance, since Maggie's anniversary is the same day, and she knows she probably won't live to see another one. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Drama | Family | Romance




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13 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Mrs. Maggie Mackenzie: [referring to the 20 dollar goldpiece, given to her as a wedding present] Aye, and I'll never spend it. Even last year when President Roosevelt said we had to hand in all our gold coins, I just couldn'a bring myself to part with it.
John 'John Boy' Walton Jr.: Well, I'm sure Mr. Roosevelt would understand.
Mrs. Maggie Mackenzie: If not, I'm sure Mrs. Roosevelt would!
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The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond
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Sung by Richard Thomas and Linda Watkins
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23 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TITLE: The Journey Original Airdate: September 13, 1973 Writer: Nigel McKeand Director: Harry Harris

PROLOGUE: "Growing up in a family as large and as close as mine, made it hard to realize that there were many people who lived in loneliness and solitude. However, the realization of that sad truth also brought me close to a remarkable woman, and sent me on a journey that I was to remember for the rest of my life."

SYNOPSIS: John-Boy plans on taking Marcia Woolery to a dance and he gets his Mother to help mend a new pair of pants for him. He then takes Grandma over to see Maggie MacKenzie who is recovering from a fall she had. They find her trying to get her car started. She enlists John-Boy's help to fix the car for her. Dr. Vance stops by and warns Maggie that she is not strong enough to go on any journey. Maggie shows John-Boy pictures from her photo album, of her husband and shows him the $20 gold coin she received as a wedding gift. She asks John-Boy if he will drive her to the seashore for her 55th anniversary to remember her husband who has passed and when they were married on the ship that brought her to America from Scotland. John-Boy struggles with his decision as it means that he will miss going to the dance with Marcia. John-Boy decides to take Maggie on her Journey. When they get to the sea, she remembers the ship that brought her and they find the Mermaid restaurant where her and her husband had eaten. When the piano plays a song that she would dance to John-Boy asks her to Dance.

QUESTIONS: Did John Boy get to dance with Marcia? Whom did Maggie dance with for the last time? What happen to Maggie on her way home?

EPILOGUE: "Some people are drawn to oceans, and others to the shimmering sands of deserts. Others feel only at home on land that flows beside a river. My people were drawn to mountains, and there on Waltons Mountain we were to share the fun and excitement of growing up together, the boundless love of our mother and father and a daily exploration of many of the wonders that lie in the human heart!"

MY THOUGHTS: I didn't like this episode it was boring and it lack storyline so I give this 3 weasel stars.

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