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The Waltons: The Fledgling

After a nearby newspaper decides to shut down, John Boy is given the chance by his old boss to start his own paper on Walton's Mountain.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x24
Airdate: Thursday February 26th, 1976

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Guest Stars
Billie BirdBillie Bird
As Mrs. Cox
Dennis RedfieldDennis Redfield
As Michael Paxton
Michael J. McDonoughMichael J. McDonough
As Boyd
Norman AndrewsNorman Andrews
As Man #1
Paul JenkinsPaul Jenkins
As Prof. Parks
Ted JordanTed Jordan
As The Carpenter
Virginia GreggVirginia Gregg
As Mrs. Butterworth
Walter BrookeWalter Brooke
As Mr. Johnson
Beth PetersBeth Peters
As Woman in Line
Eddie FirestoneEddie Firestone
As Rudyard Davis
Lucille BensonLucille Benson
As Tillie Shanks


When the newspaper that John Boy works for shuts its doors, one of his bosses offer to sell him an old printing press, so he can start his own country paper. However, in order to pay for the press, John Boy would have to find a full time job, and eventually moves into a boarding house near school to save time in driving from Walton's Mountain. And to make matters worse, John Boy feels that one of his professors is pressuring him into concentrating on writing his novel. When his job at a nearby bus station ends suddenly, John Boy is unable to buy the printing press, due to only having half of the money needed, which forces him to move back home. However, when he arrives back on the mountain, John Boy is surprised to find the printing press waiting for him in the shed, the down payment made by his professor for him. With his spirits high, John Boy begins publishing the Blue Ridge Chronicle...

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorEarl Hamner, Jr.
Executive ProducerEarl Hamner, Jr.
Warning: The Waltons season 4 episode 24 guide may contain spoilers
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