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The Waltons: The Scholar

Verdie Grant, a neighbor of the Waltons, has always longed to learn how to read and write. In order to suprise her daughter at her college graduation, she asks John Boy to teach her how - as long as he doesn't tell anyone that she is illiterate. However, Elizabeth finds out about it and manages to spill the beans about it, and when Verdie finds out about it, she thinks John Boy told someone and blames him. Things eventually get straightened out and John Boy and Verdie continue on as teacher and pupil.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x21
Airdate: Thursday February 22nd, 1973

Director: Lee Philips
Writer: John McGreevey

Guest Stars
Lynn Hamilton (1)Lynn Hamilton (1)
As Verdie Foster
Mariclare CostelloMariclare Costello
As Rosemary Hunter
Episode Quotes
(Opening Narration)
The Narrator: When I was growing up on Waltons Mountain the great Depression touched our lives in many ways. Jobs were scarce, new clothes were rare, food was simple and mostly home grown. What we had we shared. My father taught us by his quiet practice that sharing was our first duty and happiest privilege. And on one occasion I had the opportunity to share an unforgettable experience with a lady who was trying to hide a secret.

Jim Bob: Daddy?
John: Yeah, Jim Bob?
Jim Bob: Will you wake me when you get up in the morning?
John: Sure thing. Big plans for tomorrow?
Jim Bob: Uh hum. Elizabeth and I are going to dig a hole straight through to China and I want to get an early start.
John: Goodnight, Jim Bob.
Jim Bob: Goodnight, Daddy.

(Closing Narration)
The Narrator: How to get attention without playing sick, how to keep from getting hung up on the barbed wire of old prejudices and grievances. As we fumbled towards answers to these and a thousand other questions we were lucky to have the teasing of our brothers and sisters to keep us from taking ourselves too seriously, and, the unfailing love of our mother and father to reassure and sustain us.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEarl Hamner, Jr.
Executive ProducerEarl Hamner, Jr.
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