The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Burnout 

John-Boy smokes a pipe and Grandpa leaves a heater plugged in and turned on. A fire breaks out, burns most of the house. John-Boy loses his completed novel to save Erin. John-Boy, Grandpa, and Erin all feel miserable.

Director:

Harry Harris

Writers:

Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner), John McGreevey

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Richard Thomas ... John-Boy Walton
Ralph Waite ... John Walton, Sr.
Michael Learned ... Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Ellen Corby ... Esther Walton
Will Geer ... The Grandfather
Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton
Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton
Mary Beth McDonough ... Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Eric Scott ... Ben Walton
David W. Harper ... Jim-Bob Walton
Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton
Joe Conley ... Ike Godsey
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Corabeth Godsey
Earl Hamner Jr. ... The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Mady Vance
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Storyline

John-Boy is working hard on his novel. But when a fire ravages the Walton house, he is stuck with just a few pieces of charred paper, and his family stuck without a home. Olivia reluctantly agrees to let the children stay with friends until the house is rebuilt. But she starts to see changes in them that she doesn't like, especially in little Elizabeth, who becomes more and more withdrawn. And all the while, John-Boy's guilt about the fire prevents him from beginning his novel again. Written by Alaina

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

When John calls up to John Boy on the second floor of the house, the light that is supposed to be John Boy moving around inside with a flashlight is clearly a spotlight shone from the outside of the house. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] As with most families everywhere, on Waltons Mountain we were faced with all kinds of troubles, large and small, some growing out of personal weaknesses, others thrust on us by our changing world. Mostly, when troubles struck we drew together, united against the common enemy, and came out of the struggle closer than before. But one year, my family suffered a loss which, rather than bringing us closer to one another, scattered us...
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Connections

Edited into The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
Music by Richard Milburn and lyrics by Septimus Winner (1855)
Piano with flute accompaniment at the Baldwins
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