The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Waiting 

John-Boy is no longer missing in war. He is in a coma in a hospital in Alexandria. John and Olivia go to see him. Rose is left at home to make the Thanksgiving meal and tries to cheer everyone up.

Director:

Philip Leacock

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
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:
K Callan ... Nurse Corrigan
Keith Coogan ... Jeffrey Burton (as Keith Mitchell)
Regis Cordic ... Dr. Banion
Diana Douglas ... Mrs. Denman
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Storyline

John-Boy is no longer missing in war. He is in a coma in a hospital in Alexandria. John and Olivia go to see him. Rose is left at home to make the Thanksgiving meal and tries to cheer everyone up.

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1979 (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

This episode marks the first appearance of Robert Wightman as John-Boy, succeeding Richard Thomas who played the role in the first six seasons. Wightman reprised his role in A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain (1982) but Thomas returned as John-Boy in A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993), A Walton Wedding (1995) and A Walton Easter (1997). See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Joy and tragedy walked hand in hand during the dark days of World War Two. When good news came it always seemed to be tinged with sadness. The words "your son is alive" were too often followed by the phrase "he is badly injured". When those words came to my family it meant that the long wait was not over, it had just begun.
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