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The Waltons: The Parting

With all the work John has been doing away from home, Olivia has become worried about his health, since he is always tired. After looking to spend more time with John since he now travels so much, Jason suggests Olivia go along with him on his next trip. While they are gone, John becomes worried when Olivia becomes flushed and suggests they go to her aunt Kate’s doctor in nearby Alberene. When they return home her check-up, Kate shows up to break the bad news that Olivia has tuberculosis and needs to be taken to a sanatorium to treat it. Meanwhile, after cleaning out Zuleka’s attic Jim Bob comes home with an according, determined to learn how to play it while Grandma teaches Elizabeth how to cook

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x16
Airdate: Thursday January 18th, 1979

Director: Harry Harris
Writer: Kathleen Hite

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Guest Stars
Marshall Reed (2)Marshall Reed (2)
As John Curtis Willard
Michael Reed (3)Michael Reed (3)
As John Curtis Willard
Barbara TarbuckBarbara Tarbuck
As Sales Lady
Booth ColmanBooth Colman
As Dr. Caldwell
Ellis RabbEllis Rabb
As Window Washer
Neva PattersonNeva Patterson
As Aunt Kate
Episode Notes
This is the last episode of the season that Michael Learned (Olivia Walton) appears in. She appeared as Olivia in several episodes in the 8th season, but as a guest star.

Episode Quotes
Elizabeth: (to Grandma) The Baldwin ladies recipie! You use this in your sponge cake?

(Opening Naration)
The Narrator: My parents were used to being together, my father's work kept him close to home when we were a young family so there were always times in the day to share a smile or a touch or a special look between them. Now those times were nearly gone. Work took my father away from home more often and for longer periods of time. The separations were hard on them both.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEarl Hamner, Jr.
Executive ProducerEarl Hamner, Jr.
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