The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Unthinkable 

A soldier in Jason's company is Jewish. He tells the Waltons what is happening to Jews by the Nazis. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is getting teased for being such a smart student at school.

Director:

Ralph Waite

Writers:

Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner), Daniel B. Ullman (as Dan Ullman)

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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:
Melvin F. Allen Melvin F. Allen ... Master Sgt. Barnes
Keith Coogan ... Jeffrey Burton (as Keith Mitchell)
Mary Ann Hermansen ... Flo (as Mary Ann Oedy)
Erica Hunton Erica Hunton ... Lucille
Martha Nix Martha Nix ... Serena Burton
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Storyline

A soldier in Jason's company is Jewish. He tells the Waltons what is happening to Jews by the Nazis. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is getting teased for being such a smart student at school.

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1980 (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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Trivia

In the end of the episode, Jason's Friend Ted says a Hebrew prayer which he says is from Isreal. However, this episode takes place in 1943, and in 1943, Isreal was still Palestine. Palestine was renamed Isreal in 1948. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] The battlefields of World War Two were thousands of miles from Waltons Mountain, but those times brought about many changes for my family on the home front. My brother, Jason, was training recruits at nearby Camp Rockfish and, like all servicemen, forming the close relationships that became so important during the war. For the youngest members of our household the changes were not too drastic. There were still chores to do, ...
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Soundtracks

Hava Nagila
Traditional Hasidic melody
Words attributed to Avraham Zvi Idelsohn (1918)
Danced to by cast in Walton's home
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