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The Waltons: The Furlough

When John Boy comes home on furlough, he is having trouble remembering what happened the night of his plane crash. It is only when he looks at a model plane Jim Bob made that he is able to remember that night. Meanwhile, Ike gets called up for active duty. Thinking it is a mistake; Ike misses the date he is supposed to go for his physical and is ultimately arrested. When John shows up at the military office to help Ike out, they soon learn that a clerical error in Ike’s birthday is the reason why the U.S. Government wants Ike serving in the military.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x22
Airdate: Thursday February 21st, 1980

Director: Harry Harris
Writer: Juliet Packer

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Guest Stars
Diane StilwellDiane Stilwell
As Nan Bennett
John FureyJohn Furey
As Stewart
Michael ThomaMichael Thoma
As Mr. Truby
Stephen KeepStephen Keep
As Bragdon


When John Boy arrives home on furlough, the family soon learns he has been having nightmares about what happened the night of his plane crash and why he can't remember anything that happened to his friend and the rest of the crew on board. It is only after he looks at a model war plane that Jim Bob built that John Boy is able to remember what happened and inform Nan, a sibling of his friend, what happened to her brother...

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorEarl Hamner, Jr.
Executive ProducerEarl Hamner, Jr.
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