Season 4

Starring: Richard Thomas. Co-Starring: Ralph Waite (1,3-8,10-241), Miss Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Will Geer as The Grandfather. Executive Producers: Lee Rich and Earl Hamner. Created by Earl Hamner. Produced by Robert L. Jacks (1-7,9,10,12), Andy White (8,11,13-24).

Judy Norton (Mary Ellen), Jon Walmsley (Jason), Mary Elizabeth McDonough (Erin), Eric Scott (Ben), David W. Harper (Jim-Bob), Kami Cotler (Elizabeth), Earl Hamner (The Narrator).

Neil T. Maffeo (Executive Production Manager/Associate Producer 1-13), Neil T. Maffeo (In Charge of Production 14-24), Earl Hamner (Executive Story Consultant), Andy White (Story Editor 1-7,9,10,12), Paul West (Story Editor 8,11,12-24), Jerry Goldsmith (The Waltons' Theme), Emil Oster A.S.C. (Director of Photography), Ed Graves (Art Director), Peter Romero (Art Director 14-24), Michael McCroskey (Editor 1,6,7,9,13,17,18), Gene Fowler A.C.E. (Editor 1-3,8,9), Marjorie Fowler A.C.E. (Editor 2,3,5,11,12,21), Bill Mosher A.C.E. (Editor 4,10,14,16,17,20,23), Anthony Wollner A.C.E. (Editor 15,19), Dick Wormell A.C.E. (Editor 22,24), Gene Fowler A.C.E. (Editorial Supervision 4-7,10-24), Walter Alzmann (Unit Production Manager/Assistant Director 1,2,4,7,11,12,15,17,18,20,22,24), Ralph Ferrin (Unit Production Manager/Assistant Director 3,5,6,8-10,13,14,16,19,21,23), James/Jim Cane (Set Decorator), Joanne C. MacDougall (Set Decorator 14,18), Bob Moore (Costumer 1-3,9,10), Linda Henrikson (Costumer 4,7,11,12,19,21,23), Patricia Norris (Costumes 5,6,14-16,18), Patrick Norris (Costumer 8,13,17,20,22,24), William Flannery (Production Sound Mixer), Pam Polifroni (Casting Director 1-4,6,9,10), Polifroni/Sabba (Casting 5,7,8,11-24), Victor Guarnier (Sound Effects Editor), Ken Runyon (Music Editor), Earl W. Huntoon Jr. (Property Master 1-13), Gregg Bilson (Property Master 14-16), Fred Westcott (Property Master 17,19-24), Phil Ankrom (Property Master 18), William Reynolds (Makeup Artist), Edith Lindon (Hair Stylist), Julie Waxman (Production Coordinator 1-16,18), Claylene Jones (Production Coordinator 14-17,19-24), Richard Chaffee (Script Supervisor), Val O'Malley (Camera Operator 14-24), Al Rohm (Construction Coordinator 14-24), Robert Petzoldt Jr. (Electrical Gaffer), Armando Contreras2 (Key Grip), Doris Hamner (Technical Consultant), Antique Automobiles by Movie World Buena Park CA., Panavision® (3-8,10-24), Color by Movielab, Sandy Dvore (Main Titles), Filmed at The Burbank Studios Burbank California.

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1 Though still credited, Ralph Waite does not appear in episodes 2 or 9 (John is away working in Norfolk. In real life, Waite was still negotiating his contract when the first two episodes were filmed).
2 Spelled as "Conteras" on episodes 1 through 3, and 9.

Mid way through this year's run of episodes, there was the first major change of personnel behind the camera as producer Robert L. Jacks left The Waltons to head up State Fair, a proposed country-themed TV series based on the novel by Phil Strong, which, in the end, never got further than the pilot (although Jacks did subsequently have more success with Eight Is Enough, a Brady Bunch-esque family comedy). Moving up to fill the producer's role was Andy White, who had Story Edited the first half of the season.

On the character front, Jason has now graduated from school and is studying music at the Kleinberg Conservatory of Music while also playing with Bobby Bigelow, both live and on the radio. John-Boy, meanwhile, is still at Boatwright but has also taken a part-time job as a journalist on The Jefferson County Times.

There's a big growth and maturity spurt this season for David Harper as Jim-Bob with the result that he and Elizabeth no longer seem to be the partners against the grown-up world that they are in earlier seasons. Jim-Bob gets a chance to try out his new manly responsibilities in the exciting The Search (a sort of The Waltons meets Deliverance) as Olivia, Jim-Bob and Elizabeth pit themselves against the elements and aggressive backwoods folk after they find themselves stranded miles from anywhere.

In The Nurse, Mary Ellen takes her first steps to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse and applies for nursing college. Meanwhile, back, high on the mountain, she gets a taste of one of the harsher aspects of her chosen career as she comes face to face with death for the first time.

The main plot thread of The Loss is merely run-of-the-mill, but the subplot about Elizabeth's pet cat is a real tear-jerker – handkerchiefs at the ready when you watch this one!

The Genius amuses as John-Boy brings home a "boy genius" from Boatwright to stay with the Waltons for a few days in order to learn some social etiquette. The new house guest doesn't mean any harm, but sitting at the Waltons' supper table and pronouncing: "Superstitious beliefs and religions are a hindrance to scientific thought – intelligent people avoid them," in front of Olivia and Grandma is just asking for trouble...

Despite the general satisfactory feel of the season, a few plot strands here and there remain less persuasive. John-Boy becoming embroiled in the world of boxing (The Fighter) is about as likely as Grandma becoming embroiled in a black mass. Likewise, Erin's sackcloth-and-ashes routine in the otherwise solid The Burn Out is also very unconvincing, even more so given that Mary Elizabeth McDonough is, perhaps, not the strongest of the actors playing the Walton offspring.

For me, The Prophecy is one of the best episodes in the entire Waltons canon. John's high-school reunion is coming up and he feels he hasn't achieved much in life compared with his former classmates: one of whom is a politician in the Roosevelt administration; another, a big real-estate dealer; a third, rich through selling insurance. But these classmates also have their problems: one has a wife with health concerns, another has unruly kids, and so on. So John – with his healthy family, simple-but-sustaining business, and close friends – has had the real success in life. The reunion guests realize that the prophecy made years ago that John was "the boy most likely to succeed" did indeed come true, and together they sing Till We Meet Again into the night...

This season won Michael Learned the Emmy for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series, and Ellen Corby won for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

The Sermon

Episode # 4.01 (73)  {S4,D1,sA}
Written by Kathleen Hite
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast on September 11, 1975, CBS   (UK: September 5, 1976, BBC1)

Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie). Guest Stars: Mariclare Costello (Miss Hunter), John Ritter (Rev. Fordwick). Co-Starring: Basil Hoffman (Professor Ranney), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose).

With the Reverend Fordwick off on his honeymoon, John-Boy takes his place in the church.

New logo
Reverend Matthew Fordwick

The Genius

Episode # 4.02 (74)  {S4,D1,sA}
Written by Robert Weverka
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast September 18, 1975, CBS   (UK: October 24, 1976, BBC1)

Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Miss Emily), Helen Kleeb (Miss Mamie). Guest Stars: Dennis Kort (Lyle) and George D. Wallace (Dean Beck). Alexis Jacks (Little Girl), Kim O'Brien (Secretary), Tim Haldeman (Student).

A boy genius at Boatwright is smarter with numbers than with people when he visits the Waltons. Erin is starring in a play about Joan of Arc.

Lyle gets his revenge on Mary Ellen
Erin as Joan of Arc

The Fighter

Episode # 4.03 (75)  {S4,D1,sA}
Written by Andy White
Directed by Ivan Dixon
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast September 25, 197, CBS   (UK: September 19, 1976, BBC1)

Special Guest Star: Cleavon Little1 (James Trevis Clark). Lynn Hamilton (Mrs. Foster), Zachary A. Charles (Ben Rafferty), Dave Shelley (Sam Mumford), Erin Blunt (Jody Foster), James Gammon (Zack), Russ Grieve (Ring Announcer), Martin St. Judge (Church Elder), Brett Hadley (Radio Announcer), Jim Nickerson (Iron Mike), Gary McLargy (Comet Kid), Charles Picerni (Sparring Partner), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey)2.

1 Cleavon Little had played Hawthorne Dooley in The Homecoming.
2 Uncredited on titles.

Olivia and Grandma don't like having a boxer as a hired hand, until they learn he's also a minister.

James Trevis Clark with Jim-Bob
Clark in the ring attended by John-Boy and John

The Prophecy

Episode # 4.04 (76)  {S4,D1,sB}
Written by Marion Hargrove
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast October 2, 1975, CBS   (UK: September 12, 1976, BBC1)

Guest Starring: Lynn Carlin (Eula Mae), Sandra Deel (Rachel), James Gammon (Zack Roswell), James Ray (G. Cleveland Cathcart), Deanna Lund (Mrs. Graddy), William Phipps (John Martin Renshaw). Featuring: Beaumont Bruestle (Dr. Porter), Nicole Henzel (Ernestine), Jeff Cotler1 (B. C. Graddy Jr.), Brian Part (Melvin Graddy) and Noble Willingham (B. C. Graddy).

1 Jeff Cotler is the brother of Kami Cotler (who plays Elizabeth).

John's 25th high-school reunion finds him wrestling with feelings of personal failure: he feels he isn't as successful as his classmates.

John remembers his school days
One-time schoolmates of John: Eula Mae and Grover

The Boondoggle

Episode # 4.05 (77)  {S4,D1,sB}
Written by Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker
Directed by Ralph Waite
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast October 9, 1975, CBS   (UK: September 26, 1976, BBC1)

With: Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Richard McKenzie (Porter Sims). Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), David Clarke (Abel Bingly), Kevin Lee (Buck), Derek Triplett (Benny).

Porter Sims, a writer, comes to the area to work on a book on the history of Virginia. He uncovers a shocking fact – did the Baldwin ladies' father really harbor Yankee soldiers during the Civil War?

Porter Sims
An upset Miss Mamie

The Breakdown

Episode # 4.06 (78)  {S4,D1,sB}
Written by John McGreevey
Directed by Ivan Dixon
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast October 16, 1975, CBS   (UK: October 10, 1976, BBC1)

Guest Starring: Ivor Francis (Professor Hoadley), Jay Robinson (Professor Thaxton), Doney Oatman (Betsy). Harry Moses (Ralph), Dave Cass (The Deputy) and Mayf Nutter (Bobby Bigelow).

Jason's musical ambitions hit a sour note when he has more obligations than hours in the day. John-Boy's job in the college library leads to him being pressured into pursuing a new career.

Jason with a black eye
Professor Hoadley and John-Boy

The Wing-Walker

Episode # 4.07 (79)  {S4,D2,sA}
Written by Andy White
Directed by Harvey S. Laidman
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast October 23, 1975, CBS   (UK: October 17, 1976, BBC1)

Guest Starring: Lee Purcell (Bobby Strom), Tom Bower1 (Rex Barker). Featuring: Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), John Mitchum (The Announcer).

1 Tom Bower would later become a regular on the show as Dr Curt Willard, who would go on to marry Mary Ellen.

John-Boy is dazzled by a lovely wing-walker and her airborne show, but what in her past makes her terrified of men?

Wing-walker Bobby Strom
Pilot Rex Barker

The Competition

Episode # 4.08 (80)  {S4,D2,sA}
Teleplay by Nancy Greenwald and Paul West, story by Nancy Greenwald
Directed by Alf Kjellin
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast October 30, 1975, CBS   (UK: October 31, 1976, BBC1)

Guest Starring: Michael O'Keefe (Chad1). Featuring: Elizabeth Gill (Joleen), Rance Howard (Dr. McIvers), Gary Dontzig (Dan), Trish Soodik (Annie), Dee Anne (The Social Worker) and Joe Conley (Ike Godsey).

1 Chad Marshall would re-enter Erin's life in The Elopement in Season 5.

Mary Ellen and Erin vie for the affections of a likable forestry student. Olivia feels the urge to add to the family.

Mirror, mirror on the wall: Erin
Grandpa and baby Jennifer

The Emergence

Episode # 4.09 (81)  {S4,D2,sA}
Written by Hindi Brooks
Directed by Alf Kjellin
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast November 6, 1975, CBS   (UK: November 7, 1976, BBC1)

Guest Stars: Tammi Bula (Marcia Woolery), Bob Marsic (Samuel), Don Hanmer (Mr. Gordon), Sam Gilman (Mr. Miller). Deborah Newman (Gloria), Joel Kimmel (Randolph), Cindy Eilbacher (Martha Rose), Jackie Earle Haley (Tom), Penelope Sudrow (Annie), Mavis Neal Palmer (Mrs. Meriwether), Jan Burrell (Mrs. Miller), Damon Douglas (Eubank), Marsha Kramer (Peggy), Ric Militi (Ira), John Walsh (Employment Manager) and Morgan Paull (Frank Taylor).

Marcia, John-Boy's former love, returns to Walton's Mountain with her fiancé, an arrogant, blustering big mouth. Whilst acting as a temporary teacher, Olivia runs foul of the education authorities over her methods.

John-Boy's old flame, Marcia Woolery
Olivia in the schoolroom with Elizabeth

The Loss

Episode # 4.10 (82)  {S4,D2,sB}
Written by Joan Scott
Directed by Alf Kjellin
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast November 13, 1975, CBS   (UK: November 14, 1976, BBC1)

Guest Starring: Deborah White (Young Olivia1) and Bruce Davison (Bob Hill)2. Vernon Weddle (Dr. Culler).

1 Young Olivia previously appeared in The Shivaree in Season 3.
2 Appears only in footage from The Shivaree.

Olivia's newly widowed niece finds comfort in her grief from an unexpected source. Elizabeth discovers her elderly cat is pregnant.

Olivias Walton and Hill
Elizabeth with Calico

The Abdication

Episode # 4.11 (83)  {S4,D2,sB}
Teleplay by Matt Robinson and Paul West, story by Matt Robinson
Directed by Harvey S. Laidman
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast November 20, 1975, CBS   (UK: November 21, 1976, BBC1)

Guest Starring: George Dzundza (A. J. Covington1), Stephen Collins (Todd Clarke), Brian Avery (Gordon Farrell), Ellin Gorky (Sylvia Marsh) and James Karen (Martin Walters). Featuring: Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Walker Edmiston (The Announcer) and Joe Conley (Ike Godsey).

1 A. J. Covington had previously appeared in The Literary Man in Season 1, played on that occasion by David Huddleston.

The Waltons don't know which is more exciting – King Edward's abdication or a movie crew filming on their mountain. Soon it's clear that Mary Ellen has fallen for Todd Clarke, a member of the crew.

Stephen Collins as Todd Clarke
The Walton kids watch the filming

The Estrangement

Episode # 4.12 (84)  {S4,D2,sB}
Written by Michael Russnow and Tony Kayden
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast December 4, 1975, CBS   (UK: November 28, 1976, BBC1)

Guest Starring: Richard Hatch (Wade1), Lindsay V. Jones (Vera1). Burton Gilliam (Paulson), John Bellah (Corky), Tom Bush (The Worker), Paul Linke (Pete), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey) and John Crawford (Sheriff Bridges).

1 Wade and Vera Walton previously appeared in the Season 3 episode The Conflict.

A Walton kin runs away from a husband who is less interested in her than in running moonshine. Ben's latest business venture is selling Walton's Mountain seedlings.

Vera Walton
Wade Walton

The Nurse

Episode # 4.13 (85)  {S4,D3,sA}
Written by Kathleen Hite
Directed by Alf Kjellin
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast December 11, 1975, CBS   (UK: December 5, 1976, BBC1)

Guest Starring: Barbara Eda-Young (Nora Taylor), Charlotte Moore (Nurse Jenny Stevens). Jon Lormer (Lait Basham), Ann D'Andrea (Nurse Collins), Tamar Cooper (Essie Basham), Elizabeth Rogers (Nurse Smith). Featuring: Stephanie Silver (Joyce), Shannon Terhune (Violet Basham), Kim Durso (Sue Basham) and Joe Conley (Ike Godsey).

Mary Ellen finds she doesn't have all the subjects she needs to enter nursing school. Meanwhile, back up in the mountains, she gains her first experience of the grimmer side of being a nurse.

Mary Ellen takes her first steps to becoming a nurse
Mary Ellen's first patient: Essie Basham

The Intruders

Episode # 4.14 (86)  {S4,D3,sA}
Written by Seth Freeman
Directed by Richard Bennett
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast December 18, 1975, CBS   (UK: December 12, 1976, BBC1)

Starring: Bill Lucking (Cobbs), Cal Haynes (Ferris), Tom Howard (Parsons), Don Freeman (Workman), Paul Harper1 (Grier), James E. Brodhead (Store Manager), Hal Riddle (Willis), Karen Purcil (Courtney). Featuring: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Wilford Brimley (Horace).

1 Paul Harper is David W. Harper's father.

After he is jilted by his girlfriend Courtney for being too wrapped up in family life, Ben decides to leave home... and goes to work for a rival sawmill.

Ben Walton
Ben's girlfriend, Courtney

The Search

Episode # 4.15 (87)  {S4,D3,sA}
Teleplay by Paul West, story by Ellen Corby
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast January 1, 1976, CBS   (UK: October 3, 1976, BBC1)

Featuring: Helen Craig (Mountain Woman), Robert Sorrells (Older Son), Red Currie (Younger Son), Bill Smillie (First Flagman), Edmund E. Villa (Second Flagman), Wilford Brimley (Horace) and Joe Conley (Ike Godsey).

The family searches frantically when Olivia, Jim-Bob and Elizabeth are lost in the forest.

Olivia, Elizabeth and Jim-Bob
Not out of the woods yet: Olivia and Elizabeth

The Secret

Episode # 4.16 (88)  {S4,D3,sB}
Written by Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker
Directed by Harvey S. Laidman
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast January 8, 1976, CBS   (UK: December 19, 1976, BBC1)

Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Adrienne Marden (Mrs. Breckenridge), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer) and starring: Eddie Reider1 (The Yo-Yo King).

1 aka Eddie Ryder.

When Jim-Bob suspects he's adopted, he starts asking questions but only receives evasive answers. So he investigates his birth records and makes a startling discovery.

Jim-Bob
Flossie Brimmer

The Fox

Episode # 4.17 (89)  {S4,D3,sB}
Written by Max Hodge
Directed by Richard Thomas
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast January 15, 1976, CBS   (UK: December 26, 1976, BBC1)

Guest Starring: Frank Ferguson (Allen McCreary), George Chandler (Bob Allerton), Arline Anderson (Elaine Allerton). Featuring: Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Merie Earle (Maude Gormley).

Grandpa loves spinning yarns about his days with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. So why won't he attend their reunion?

Zeb
Elizabeth, Jim-Bob and Ben

The Burn Out

Episode # 4.18 (90) – double length  {S4,D4,sA}
Written by John McGreevey
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast January 22, 1976, CBS   (UK: January 4 & 11, 1977, BBC1, in two-part version)

Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Co-starring: Mariclare Costello (Rosemary Fordwick), John Ritter (Rev. Fordwick), Paul Jenkins (Professor Parks), Pearl Shear (Zuleika Dunbar)1, Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), Victor Izay (Dr. Vance), Dee Carroll (Mady), Loutz H. Gage (The Man from Wilkes Barre) and Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker).

1 This is the first appearance of Zuleika Dunbar.

When a raging fire leaves them homeless, the Waltons must split up and stay with various neighbors.

The Walton house goes up in flames
Elizabeth and her doll

The Big Brother

Episode # 4.19 (91)  {S4,D4,sA}
Written by John McGreevey
Directed by Ralph Waite
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast January 29, 1976, CBS   (UK: February 15, 1977, BBC1)

Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Vicki Schreck (Muffin Maloney). Featuring: John Crawford (Sheriff Bridges), Bert Conway (Nifty Mulligan), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey).

Muffin Maloney, a girl runaway, has tragic stories which touch everybody she runs across... except Grandpa, who can spot a con artist when he sees one.

Confidence trickster Muffin Maloney
The Baldwin ladies

The Test

Episode # 4.20 (92)  {S4,D4,sB}
Written by Kathleen Hite
Directed by Harvey S. Laidman
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast February 5, 1976, CBS   (UK: January 18, 1977, BBC1)

Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Starring: Abby Dalton (Stella Lewis). Featuring: Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), John Wheeler (Leonard Gormley), James O'Connell (Ed Knightly), David Clarke (Abel Bingley), Nancy Gallant (The Waitress).

Feeling the money pinch, Olivia goes to work full-time as a dressmaker. Meanwhile, Maude Gormley's spirit breaks when her son moves her to an old folks' home.

Livy tries on a new dress
Maude Gormley

The Quilting

Episode # 4.21 (93)  {S4,D4,sB}
Written by Rod Peterson and Claire Whitaker
Directed by Lawrence Dobkin
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast February 12, 1976, CBS   (UK: February 22, 1977, BBC1)

Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey), Robert Donner (Yancy Tucker), Merie Earle (Maude Gormley), Nora Marlowe (Mrs. Brimmer), David Doremus (G. W. Haines), Art Gilmore (The Radio Host).

Grandma fumes when she plans a traditional quilting party to announce Mary Ellen's coming of age, and Mary Ellen refuses to attend. At the same time, Grandpa has a different sort of party organized for the menfolk.

Mary Ellen
Zeb eyes up a jar of the recipe

The House

Episode # 4.22 (94)  {S4,D5,sA}
Written by Kirby Timmons
Directed by Harvey S. Laidman
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast February 19, 1976, CBS   (UK: January 25, 1977, BBC1)

Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin). Guest Starring: Walter Brooke (Mr. Johnson), Jay Robinson (Professor Thaxton). Featuring: Rusty Keller (Hollis), Sherry Hursey (Felicia), Bill Sorrells (Mr. Wheeler), Jane Lambert (The Secretary).

Grandpa wants to tear down an old house to sell the lumber. But for Grandma it holds cherished memories and she wants to save it.

Esther Walton
Zeb and Esther

The Fledgling

Episode # 4.23 (95)  {S4,D5,sA}
Written by Earl Hamner
Directed by Harry Harris
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast February 26, 1976, CBS   (UK: February 1, 1977, BBC1)

Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin), Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Godsey). Guest Starring: Walter Brooke (Mr. Johnson), Dennis Redfield (Mike Paxton). Lucille Benson (Tillie Shanks), Virginia Gregg (Mrs. Butterworth), Eddie Firestone (Rudyard Davis). Featuring: Billie Bird (Mrs. Cox), Norman Andrews (Man #1), F. William Parker (Man #2), Beth Peters (Woman in Line), Michael McDonough (Boyd), Ted Jordan (The Carpenter), Mayf Nutter (Juke Box Music) and Paul Jenkins (Professor Parks).

John-Boy is offered an old printing press and hatches the idea to start his own newspaper. But first he has to find a job and earn $550 to pay for it...

John and John-Boy
John-Boy takes a job as a ticket clerk

The Collision

Episode # 4.24 (96)  {S4,D5,sA}
Written by John McGreevey
Directed by Richard Thomas
Music by Alexander Courage
Broadcast March 4, 1976, CBS   (UK: February 8, 1977, BBC1)

Guest Starring: Kathleen Quinlan (Selena Linville1), Eduard Franz (Col. Linville1). Doreen Lang (Meg Phillips), Karen Teitelman (Ariel "Effie" Robins) and Virginia Capers (Vesper Oakes). Joe Conley (Ike Godsey)2.

1 Selena Linville and her grandfather previously appeared in Season 3's The Thoroughbred (though her grandfather was played by Frank Janson on that occasion).
2 Uncredited on titles.

John-Boy meets an old flame who is keen for him to sign up for the Spanish Civil War.

John-Boy in his bedroom
Off to fight in the Spanish Civil War: Kathleen Quinlan as Selena
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01 The Sermon

02 The Genius

03 The Fighter

04 The Prophecy

05 The Boondoggle

06 The Breakdown

07 The Wing-Walker

08 The Competition

09 The Emergence

10 The Loss

11 The Abdication

12 The Estrangement

13 The Nurse

14 The Intruders

15 The Search

16 The Secret

17 The Fox

18 The Burn Out (double length)

19 The Big Brother

20 The Test

21 The Quilting

22 The House

23 The Fledgling

24 The Collision