John-Boy seeks some solitude to write his stories, but finds a life-altering situation.

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Exasperated by the constant demands of his siblings, John-Boy heads out for an isolated cabin to spend a day by himself so he can think and write. On arriving he discovers Sarah, a neighbor he once dated. She has run away from the people in Richmond that her strict mother sent her to. When Sarah comes down with a fever, John-Boy enlists the aid of Granny Ketchum, a woman wise in the ways of folk medicine. Sarah's condition, and John-Boy's responsibilities towards it, seem to mature him overnight. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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20 September 1973 (USA)  »

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Blue the Mule was given to John Boy by Granny Ketchum in the episode "The Odyssey". See more »

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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Growing up with my brothers and sisters on Waltons Mountain was a joyful experience but not always an easy one. Privacy was hard to come by and, as a young man trying to write, it was the one thing I needed which I almost never had. I will always remember that day when I left, a young boy anxious to find some time for himself, and returned a man who had partaken of a miracle.
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Hush Little Baby
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Not Very Interesting
23 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TITLE: The Odyssey Original Airdate: September 20, 1973 Writer: Joanne Lee Director: Jack Shea

PROLOGUE: "Growing up with my brothers and sisters on Waltons Mountain was a joyful experience, but not always an easy one. Privacy was hard to come by, and as a young man trying to write, it was the one thing I needed which I almost never had. I will always remember that day when I left, a young boy anxious to find some time for himself, and returned a man who had partaken of a miracle."

SYNOPSIS: John-Boy can't get any peace to write a story for a new magazine that is looking for submissions. The children are all requesting his time. He asks his parents if he can go stay overnight at the old Montgomery cabin up on the mountain to get some alone time to write. John is concerned about him going so far away on his own but he agrees when the other adults support John-Boy's idea. On his way he stops by Granny Ketchum's home and helps to get her Mule "Old Blue" out of her sage patch. When he arrives at the cabin a storm begins to blow and he finds his former school friend Sarah Jane Simmonds hiding in the shadows. She has run away from her legal guardians the Kaneely's who her mother had given her daughter to in hopes that they would pay for her education. Sarah says that they had worked her too hard and that she has secretly married Riley O'Conner and is now pregnant with his child. She says that he is working for a WPA project in Norfolk.

QUESTIONS: Where does Sara belong? What does Sara come down with? Where did John Boy go for a remedy?

EPILOGUE: "We were early risers, and thus in my Grandfather's words "we went to bed with the chickens". All the lights in the house would go out, except for the one in my room. There, I would at last find the solitude to record in my journal the events of the day. The wind would flow gently down from the mountain, the night birds would fall still, and the rest of the family would slip quietly towards sleep."

MY THOUGHTS: Again another episode that wasn't very interesting so I give this episode 4 weasel stars


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