The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Return 

John-Boy returns to Walton's Mountain to write about the failing economy and lack of jobs. He talks Mr Guthrie into opening the old mine. As the menfolk are in the mine, it collapses. John makes a decision about working at a defense plant.

Director:

Harry Harris

Writers:

Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner), Kathleen Hite

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Ralph Waite ... John Walton, Sr.
Michael Learned ... Olivia Walton
Will Geer ... The Grandfather
Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
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:
Sheila Allen ... Fanny Tatum
Rick Beckner Rick Beckner ... Jim Dolworth
Walter Brooke ... Mr. Clarence Johnson
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Storyline

John-Boy returns to Walton's Mountain to write about the failing economy and lack of jobs. He talks Mr Guthrie into opening the old mine. As the menfolk are in the mine, it collapses. John makes a decision about working at a defense plant.

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character Nurse Nora Taylor appeared in this episode her third, and final incarnation in the series, played by actress Nancy Priddy. Nurse Nora was originally played by Barbara Eda-Young in season 4, episode 13, "The Nurse", and then by Kaiulani Lee, in season 5, episodes 1 and 2 "The Wedding". See more »

Quotes

John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr.: [as Grandpa Walton rides off in a huff on Blue, the mule] Now where do you suppose he's goin'?
John Walton, Sr.: All I know is I keep hurtin' his feelins'.
John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr.: Fathers are kinda hard to raise, aren't they?
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