In this episode, John Boy encourages his mother, Olivia's, talent in painting. He tells her that there are free Art classes available at the high school in Charlottesville. After hilarity ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris Korn ...
Mrs. Hallett
Ysabel MacCloskey ...
Mrs. Riddle
Roger Price ...
Mr. Evanston


In this episode, John Boy encourages his mother, Olivia's, talent in painting. He tells her that there are free Art classes available at the high school in Charlottesville. After hilarity ensues during her driving lesson, Olivia starts classes where the dashing painting teacher, Joshua Williams (David Selby) falls for her. He tries to woo her away to France so he can live in a garret with her as his inspiration. After a class trip to a Richmond art gallery where his affections for her are growing, he escorts her to the car and kisses her. Oliva, a strict Baptist, is horrified and stops attending classes, distressing her. John notices the difference in his wife and wants answers. He seems bothered that Joshua made advances but proud that Olivia did not respond. He encourages her to make up her mind either way (to return to class or to fore-go the classes entirely). Meanwhile Joshua keeps her painting of the mountain on her easel at the class. He goes to the Mountain to beg Olivia to ... Written by danusdaughter

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Drama | Family | Romance




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10 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Life on Waltons Mountain never seemed more stable than when I was eighteen and in college. It was comforting to know that the family was always there, knowing exactly what they were doing, and accepting it as the right and necessary way to live. Each of us has a secret life, private dreams and aspirations and fantasies that we are hesitant to share with others. I had always associated my mother with our home, and thought the ...
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Olivia shows interest in painting
11 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked the idea of Olivia wanting to try something different. As portrayed right at the beginning, she was happily spending some time painting a scene of the mountain. But she didn't think she had any talent. John-Boy convinces her to take a free night class, offered at "the high school in Charlottesville." But first, he has to teach her to drive his car, so she can get there. After a comedic beginning behind the wheel, Olivia studies and practices and obtains her driver's license. She proudly starts off for class, which is taught by a handsome younger man, who is most helpful and encouraging.

Right away the viewer gets a hint that he might be developing feelings for Olivia, but there is nothing concrete. While having coffee with her after class one night, he speaks about desiring to go to France and become a real painter. He says, "Olivia, what would you say if I said I'd like to take you with me to Paris?" She laughs it off, apparently not thinking he could possibly be serious.

With every scene at home, Grandma expresses her view that the whole thing is a waste of time for Olivia. She seems to think the only thing she should consider studying is something she could make money off. This is inconsistent with her often shown love of music, and encouragement of Jason learning to play the piano and guitar and more. She clearly appreciates the "arts" and understands they bring joy to people. Sometimes they make her be too crabby, just to provide a contrary voice, I guess.

The subplot involves Mary Ellen and a boyfriend who is studying to become a doctor. She gets the idea here that she'd rather become a doctor than a nurse and argues with him, and with Grandma, as both are quite against her trying to become a doctor. This plot was too much of a 1970s-style women's lib debate to be off much interest.

One day he organized an outing for several of his students--a long drive to Richmond to tour an art museum. Not wishing to spoil too much, I will say that he makes his emotions more clear after returning to Charlottesville. Olivia is flattered and confused as to what to do.

To me, this was a slow-paced episode. Olivia's reactions to the instructor were real and understandable. I guess I knew all along she wasn't going to run off to France (you can't call that a spoiler) nor was she to become rich by painting landscapes and apples.

There just isn't much here for me to give it a score higher than a 4.

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