When John Boy meets a writer passing through Walton's Mountain, he impulsively asks him to come home to meet his family. Staying a few days and helping in the mill for his room and board, the writer fills John Boy's head with tales of travels and stories about famous authors he has known. When John Boy's interest in these tales causes him to shirk his duties at the mill, he begins to question whether he should abandon his own writing aspirations and concentrate on his duty to his family. Written by
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The writer quotes from a poem when he spots the abandoned house. The poem was "The House with Nobody in It" by Joyce Kilmer
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In his closing narration for this episode, the adult John-Boy says, "We never saw nor heard from A.J. Covington again." But three seasons later, in the Season 4 episode "The Abdication," the Covington character did return -- although played by a different actor. (He was played by David Huddleston in this episode, and by George Dzundza in the later one.) See more
[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal
Growing up on Waltons Mountain in those Depression years when times were lean and money was scarce I learned early that hard work was a central fact of life and a key to survival. I wasn't afraid of work but, above everything else, I wanted to be a writer. Gripping a book, reading and re-reading the wonderfully colored sentences... this was as close as I could get to another writer; until, one afternoon, I met someone who showed...