The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Inspiration 

Mamie Balwin has a cataract, but does not want an operation. Their Papa died on an operating table. Grandma goes to the Baldwins and shows them what it is like to be blind. Elizabeth starts seeing Drew.

Director:

Ralph Waite

Writers:

Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner), Ernie Wallengren (as E.F. Wallengren)

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Ralph Waite ... John Walton, Sr.
Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton
Mary Beth McDonough ... Erin Walton
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:
Tony Becker ... Drew Cutler
Keith Coogan ... Jeffrey Burton (as Keith Mitchell)
Ellen Corby ... Esther Walton
Arthur Hanson Arthur Hanson ... Dr. Canfield
Mary Jackson ... Emily Baldwin
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Storyline

Mamie Balwin has a cataract, but does not want an operation. Their Papa died on an operating table. Grandma goes to the Baldwins and shows them what it is like to be blind. Elizabeth starts seeing Drew.

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

Boom microphone shadow visible on far wall after the boys pay Ike for the fishing line. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] On Waltons Mountain we treasured our neighbors. Everyone knew everyone else and we shared together in the joys and the sorrows of the people around us. We were all deeply alarmed when we learned that Miss Mamie Baldwin had developed an affliction, one that might forever confine her within her home.
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Soundtracks

Marble Halls
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Emily Baldwin plays on piano
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