The Waltons: Season 3, Episode 15

The Lie (2 Jan. 1975)

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Ben secretly borrows John Boy's car and gets both into trouble.



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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:
Deputy Sheriff Pete Wallace (as Don Barry)
Susan Blu ...
Nancy Madden


Ben secretly borrows John Boy's car and gets both into trouble.

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Drama | Family | Romance




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2 January 1975 (USA)  »

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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] During the time when I was growing up on Waltons Mountain, I heard whispers and rumors about a woman named Victoria Madden. Some claimed that she was dead, others said that she had simply run away from a bad marriage. Whatever happened to Victoria, she left behind a daughter, her name was Nancy, and when my brother Ben became attracted to her, he had no idea of what the consequences would be.
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Ben in trouble after helping friend
22 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this recently and thought it an excellent episode in this series.

The main plot features Ben taking a girl he likes to Charlottesville so she can meet with her mother. Her mother was presumed dead by the community, when she actually ran away while the girl was little. She wrote her daughter saying she was passing through on her way to Florida and would like to see her. The girl's father forbids her from even talking about her mother, or seeing boys in any social way. Since Ben doesn't have his driver's license, he borrows John Boy's car after everyone else has gone to bed.

She sneaks out with Ben and has a nice talk with her mother in the hotel restaurant while Ben waits. Unbeknownst to them, a young couple out for fun stumbles on John Boy's car. Seeing the keys in the ignition, the guy wants to go for a ride. He does but hits a parked car causing minor damage. Without stopping, he returns the car in time for Ben and his friend to find it and drive home.

The next morning, a deputy sheriff investigates a report that that vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run accident. With John Boy and John, they see the damage to the right front fender. Ben stands up and admits taking the car, but denies knowing anything about how the dent got there, insisting he wasn't in any accident.

What gets him in deep water is that, because he promised the girl he wouldn't tell about why he took the car, he stubbornly refuses to provide details about his trip, making him look rather guilty.

John Boy tries to talk to the girl but her father chases him away. John Boy then plays detective and learns some of the facts about what Ben did.

Ben finally confesses, and with his father and brother, they confront the girl's father, and she tells all.

The big issue was trusting family members and what to do when you promised someone to keep an important secret.

I thought the story was well written and the characters reacted to the situations in logical, believable ways.

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