An itinerant worker and his young son stay with the Waltons, causing the son to want his father to give up life on the road.

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After finishing picking peaches with many Walton Mountain residents, a man who was once an auto mechanic accepts an offer from the Waltons of overnight lodging for him and his son. Verdie Grant has other plans, though: she is attracted to the man, and dotes on his son. Verdie thinks her lonely days may be over. Accepting a mechanic job at Ike's, the traveler seems ready to settle down, but Verdie oversteps her boundary and her lectures about what is right for the little boy has the opposite affect she was looking for. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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11 October 1973 (USA)  »

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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] When I was growing up on Waltons Mountain, the Great Depression cast its shadow over us as it did over everyone but we were more fortunate than most. We were a close-knit family and the house we lived in was as solid and secure as the mountain itself. Because I had always lived in it, I took our house for granted. Then, one hot summer afternoon, I met others less fortunate. Through them I learned the real meaning of home.
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The Worst
23 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

TITLE: The Roots Original Airdate: October 11, 1973 Writer: Sheldon Stark Director: Philip Leacock

PROLOGUE: "When I was growing up on Walton's Mountain the great Depression cast its shadow over us as it did everyone, but we were more fortunate than most. We were a close-knit family and the house that we lived in was as solid and secure as the mountain itself. Because I had always lived in it I took our house for granted, then, one hot summer afternoon I met others less fortunate. Through them I learned the real meaning of home."

SYNOPSIS: The Walton children have been picking peaches for Mr. Denton, a local grower with their neighbor Verdie Grant and a young boy by the name of Jody Foster and his Father Harley. The Fosters travel from one place to the next looking for working and not staying too long to lay down any roots. They stop at Verdie's for a drink and some cookies on the way home. She ask John-Boy if he will help play matchmaker for her and Harley. The truck overheats and catches fire as they continue down the road. Harley who is trained as a mechanic puts out the fire and gets the truck back on the road. They accept the offer to stay the night but Harley is anxious to keep on the move. Verdie though has arranged for Harley to work as a mechanic for Ike, he is reluctant to accept the job but then decides to accept and begins work on the Baldwin's car. Harley finds Jody difficult to deal with which results in an intense argument between him and Verdie Grant. When she hurts his pride, he decides it's time to leave. Ike Godsey though has discovered that $23 has gone missing from his till and believes that Harley has taken it.

QUESTIONS: Who tried to prove their innocence? What was found in a coat pocket? Was anyone going to jail?

EPILOGUE: "Harley and Jody did put down roots in Waltons Mountain, and the romance that blossomed in a peach orchard was to flower and bear fruit of its own. Almost four decades have passed but my own roots are still there, in that house where I was born and grew up with my brothers and sisters."

MY THOUGHTS: This was one of the worst episode that I witness. I give this episode 1 weasel star


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