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Ep.22 - The Graduation

 
  Original Airdate: February 21, 1974
Writer: Lionel E. Siegel
Director: Alf Kjellin

Prologue:

 
  "Being a country boy on Walton's Mountain, and looking like one, always seemed as natural and normal as anything to me. But a few days before my Graduation from high school I began to look at myself in quite a different way."

 

Synopsis:

 

John-Boy prepares for his graduation from high school. The family secretly plots to take him on a trip to buy a new suit for college. When Chance the cow passes away John-Boy decides to return his new clothes to the store to help pay for the new milking cow. He stops by Ike's who is upset that he didn't get an invitation to the graduation. John goes to Henry Cottle's farm to arrange the purchase of a new cow. He wants $20 and needs the money more than bartered services. As a graduation present the Baldwin sister's give John-Boy a tie-pin that had been intended for Ashley Longworth. When John-Boy gives the money from his new clothes to his parents they decide to alter Grandpa's tweed suit for college. As John and John-Boy bring home the new milking cow John gives his son words of advise on who he is and to not forget where he comes from.

  John-Boy says his final good-bye Marcia with a passionate kiss that is interrupted by Ike who gives John-Boy a new fountain pen. The graduation ceremony takes place with John-Boy giving the valedictorian speech.

Epilogue:

 
  "We could not have known then the great and momentous events that were to happen in the decades to follow. But that small school and those teachers like Miss Hunter had prepared us, and that preparation helped sustain us through those turbulent years, through war, the death of kings and presidents, and through those lesser day-to-day experiences whch added together make up the fabric of our lives."

Episode Notes and Interesting Facts:

 
 
  • Kami Cotler's (Elizabeth Walton) younger brother Jeff appears briefly as a new student that John-Boy welcomes at the school. Jeff Cotler would appear again in "The Children's Carol" (s6-ep11)

Additional Cast:

 
 

Tammi Bula (Marcia Woollery), Mariclaire Costello (Miss Hunter), John Ritter (Reverend Fordwick), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), William Lanteau (Salesman), Janice Carroll (Saleslady), Ted Lehman (Tailor), Casey Morgan (Young man), Vicki McCarty (Young woman), Gil Rankin (Henry Cattle), Gaye Nelson (Girl Graduate), Peggy Drier (Girl Graduate), Geri Berger (Girl Graduate), Rob Clotworthy (Tyler Crofut), Jeff Cotler (Little Boy)




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