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But she starts to see changes in them that she doesn't like, especially in little Elizabeth, who becomes more and more withdrawn.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.
Did You Know?
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
[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...
Listen to the Mockingbird
Music by Richard Milburn
and lyrics by Septimus Winner
Piano with flute accompaniment at the Baldwins See more