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The Waltons: The Hot Rod

After being discharged from the Air Core, Jim Bob and his friend Jody come back to Walton's Mountain and start rebelling against the life they lived while in the Army. However, after Jody got in an accident, the boys realize that the lives they were living were dangerous and ultimately open up a garage to fix the vehicles of their neighbors. Meanwhile, the Baldwin sisters get an unwelcome visit from a Government employee, telling them to dismantle their recipe machine.

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x12
Airdate: Thursday February 19th, 1981

Director: Bob Sweeney
Writer: Scott Hamner

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Guest Stars
Helen KleebHelen Kleeb
As Mamie Baldwin
Jason MosesJason Moses
As Josh Foster
John CarterJohn Carter
As Deputy Walt Hendrix
Lynn Hamilton (1)Lynn Hamilton (1)
As Verdie Foster
Mary JacksonMary Jackson
As Emily Baldwin
Charles R. PenlandCharles R. Penland
As Jody Foster
Herb ArmstrongHerb Armstrong
As Cafe Owner
Tom Williams (1)Tom Williams (1)
As Mr. Winthrop


Upon their discharge from the Army, Jim Bob and Jodie begin to rebel against the strict life they lived in the military. While they are out driving one night, Jim Bob narrowly misses hitting a deputy sheriff’s car and is given a warning to begin driving more safely. However, instead of calming down, Jim Bob and Jody continue on their reckless ways, resulting in Jody getting hurt in a car accident. Ultimately, this causes Jim Bob to come to his senses about what he was doing and he decides to open up a garage, with Jody as his partner...

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorEarl Hamner, Jr.
Executive ProducerEarl Hamner, Jr.
Warning: The Waltons season 9 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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