Ep.16 - The Honeymoon

  Original Airdate: January 10, 1974
Writer: John McGreevey
Director: Jack Shea



  "Growing up on Walton's Mountain during the great Depression, we learned early to concentrate on the essentials of life. With many of the necessities so hard to come by, we had little money to squander on extravagances. But there came a time when my father decided another kind of survival was important, and to nourish the human spirit it was necessary to indulge an extravagance."


  When Olivia finds that none of the children are doing there part to help with the chores she stages a sit down strike. She states that she wants better working conditions, no more excuses and a little cooperation. When Grandma comes downstairs she is amazed to find the children doing a variety of chores on the main floor. John feels that Olivia needs something more help around the house. After 19 years of marriage and 7 kids she deserves to finally go on her honeymoon. Olivia goes through her treasure truck and pulls out her wedding dress and tries on her travelling dress.


Just when it seems like the trip might become a reality things start to go wrong, Grandma announces that she has to leave when they go away to chaperone the children's choir at the state competition for the Reverend. The engine for the sawmill then seizes up which will cost $15 to repair. Yet everyone still wants them to go on their honeymoon. The children round up their savings of $1.72 and Grandpa sells his coveted 1864 two cent piece to Ike for $20. Just as Olivia and John leave for their trip to Virginia Beach, Reckless their dog chases a skunk into the house which causes the remaining family to sleep in the barn for the night. The next morning Erin and Elizabeth have come down with colds. On the way to their hotel the truck breaks down and just as John and Olivia settle down to sleep in the back of the pick up they are soaked by a rain shower.

Finally they get to the hotel. It is lovely and they stroll along the beach and Olivia makes a sand castle but she finds it difficult to relax. She worries about the children and when she reads a newspaper headline about a forest fire in the Blue Ridge region she calls Ike to see how her family is. Ike reports that the fire isn't a threat but he then tells Olivia all about the troubles at the Walton house. Her and John immediately drive all night to tend to their family. When Grandma arrives home she has laryngitis. John comes up with a plan that allows them to finish their honeymoon which won't cost them much money and in a way that will keep Olivia happy. That weekend they load up the truck with the kids and the old circus tent which will serve as their lodging and they head back to Virginia Beach.

Secondary Story:


Marcia Woolery won't give John-Boy an answer about going to the school picnic. She is worried about when John-Boy goes to University in the fall. He'll be too busy going to school to think about her. Later when they go for a walk up the mountain to talk about about their relationship she tosses his class ring back at him and in the comotion she pushes John-Boy away causing him to fall down from the peak they are standing on and dislocating his shoulder. When she meets him at his place after the accident she announces that she has her new boyfriend Tyler Croffit to think about now.

When Mary Ellen learns about Luther Burbank, a pioneer botanist she tries to cross breed a watermelon with a cucumber. In the end it ends up being just a weed.


  "My fondest memories are not of those special outings or unusual occasions. What I like best to recall is the quiet moment at the very end of an ordinary day, when we drifted off to sleep, secure in the shelter of our home, and of our parents' love."

Episode Notes and Interesting Facts:

  • John and Olivia stay in room 277 at the Sea Spray Inn in Virginia Beach.

Additional Cast:


Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Greg Mabrey (Bellhop)

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