Ep.1 - The Journey

  Original Airdate: September 13, 1973
Writer: Nigel McKeand
Director: Harry Harris


  "Growing up in a family as large and as close as mine, made it hard to realise that there were many people who lived in loneliness and solitude. However, the realisation of that sad truth also brought me close to a remarkable woman, and sent me on a journey that I was to remember for the rest of my life."



John-Boy plans on taking Marcia Woolery to a dance and he gets his Mother to help mend a new pair of pants for him. He then takes Grandma over to see Maggie MacKenzie who is recovering from a fall she had. THey find her trying to get her car started. She enlists John-Boy's help to fix the car for her. Dr. Vance stops by and warns Maggie that she is not strong enough to go on any journey. Maggie shows John-Boy pictures from her photo album, of her husband and shows him the $20 gold coin she received as a wedding gift. She asks John-Boy if he will drive her to the seashore for her 55th anniversary to remember her husband who has passed and when they were married on the ship that brought her to America from Scotland.

  John-Boy struggles with his decision as it means thathe will miss going to the dance with Marcia. John-Boy decides to take Maggie on her Journey. When they get to the sea she remembers the ship that brought her and they find the Mermaid restaurant where her and her husband had eaten.When the piano plays a song that she would dance to John-Boy asks her to Dance. John-Boy may not have gotten to dance with Marcia but for Maggie she feels as though she has danced with her husband Michael one last time. John-Boy has has given her the happiest time in thirty years but on the drive home Maggie suffers a heart attack. On her death bed she gives John-Boy her gold coin as her gift to him.

Secondary Story:

  The children find a seagull that has been blown inland by a storm with a hurt wing. With Grandpa's help they nurse it back to health and release it back on it's way.


  "Some people are drawn to oceans, and others to the shimmering sands of deserts. Others feel only at home on land that flows beside a river. My people were drawn to mountains, and there on Waltons Mountain we were to share the fun and excitement of growing up together, the boundless love of our mother and father and a daily exploration of many of the wonders that lie in the human heart!"

Episode Notes and Interesting Facts:

  • Show creator Earl Hamner Jr. appears as Maggie McKenzie's husband, Michael in a flashback sequence.
  • Harry Harris was nominated for a Best Director Emmy and was awarded Best Director by the Directors Guild of America.

Additional Cast:


Guest: Linda Watkins (Maggie McKenzie) with: Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Tami Bula (Marcia Woolery), Chester Jones (Waiter)
Special Appearance:
Earl Hamner Jr. (Michael McKenzie)


Music from this episode:

John-Boy and Maggie MacKenzie sing "Loch Lomond"



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