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Original Airdate: February 12, 1995
Writers: Claire Whitaker and Rod Peterson
Director: Robert Ellis Miller

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Starring: Ralph Waite (John); Richard Thomas (John-Boy); Jon Walmsley (Jason); Judy Norton Taylor (Mary Ellen); Mary Beth McDonough (Erin); Eric Scott (Ben); David Harper (Jim Bob); Kami Cotler (Elizabeth); Kate McNeil (Janet Gilchrist); Joe Conley (Ike Godsey); Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey)

Special Appearance: Ellen Corby as Grandma Walton and Holland Taylor as Aunt Flo

Special Guest Stars: Diane Baker (Charlotte Gilchrist), Tony Becker (Drew), Roy Brocksmith (Professor Trumbell), Lisa Harrison (Toni Walton), Nicholas Pryor (Ralph Gilchrist) and Mary Jackson (Miss Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie Baldwin)

Guest Starring: Marshall Borden (David Drucker), Deborah May (Sybil Carruthers), James Lashly (Deputy Sheriff Neely)

Co-Starring: Peter Fox (Reverend Mosely), Milt Tarver (Chairman), Rachel True (Girl Student)


"I cannot believe that life can be more generous than it was to me when I was a young writer, living in New York City and in love wih a girl named Janet. Janet was from Iowa, now an Editor at a fashion magazine. She was convinced that when I was working, I'd forget to eat."


John-Boy and Janet are to be married, but plans threaten to get out of control when Janet's Aunt Flo puts herself in charge of the arrangements. Back on the mountain, John's entry into local politics creates a charge of "conflict of interests", and Olivia is nervous when she signs on for a course in American Studies at Boatwright. Grandma is furious when a dark secret about her father is exposed.


  "And so it was that a folkesy, fertile clan from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia was united with the distinguished family from Iowa. Janet's father would be happy to know that in spite of some lean times, Janet and John-Boy never had to live on chitlings and moonshine whisky. It was a fine wedding, and the memory of that day is still warm and wonderful, and will stay with us always."

Show Notes:

  • This is the last appearance of Ike and Corabeth Godsey
  • John-Boy and Janet first met at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City.
  • The house that the Gilchrist's retire to in Davenport, Iowa on 1206 East River Drive is in 'real-life' the home that was once owned by Earl Hamner's wife (Jane). The house once served as the Fulton's Landing Bed and Breakfast.
  • Grandma’s maiden name is Morgan.

Additional Credits:

  Music: John Rubinstein Director of Photography: Bill Butler A.S.C. Production Designer: Robert J. Bacon. Edited by Mark Melnick A.C.E. Produced by Sam Manners. Based Upon Characters Created by Earl Hamner. Earl Hamner (Executive Producer), Lee Rich (Executive Producer), Rich Heller (Executive Producer), Max Stein (Unit Production Manager), Tom Seidman (First Assistant Director), Kelly Manners (Second Assistant Director), Barbara Miller C.S.A. (Executive In Charge of Casting), Theodore S. Hann C.S.A. (Casting), Warren Welch (Set Decorator), Dominic Belmonte (Property Master), Perri Sorel (Key Make-Up Artist), Linda Arnold (Key Hair Stylist), Mina Mittleman (Key Costumer), Patricia Zinn-Etheridge (Key Costumer), Frank Tudisco (Script Supervisor), Mitchell Binder (Production Consultant), Mark Ulano (Sound Mixer), Gregory Sill (Music Supervisor), James Burt (Music Editor), Paul Tade (Supervising Sound Editor), The Lee Rich Company, Amanda Productions in association with, Warner Bros. Television. © 1994 Warner Bros. Television




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