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
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[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 ...