An elderly man walks up to the house with a suitcase in his
Zadok takes apples out of his bag that he says 'taste better than they look'. He looks at the telephone saying he has seen them before but never used one. Zadok tells Jim Bob that a lawyer may call him on the telephone, wanting his land and apples. He walks off down the road to Ike's store, wondering if it has changed much since 1918.
With Zadok supposedly sleeping in the barn, John is awakened when he hears a fiddle being played up on the Mountain. Jim Bob, Erin, and Elizabeth also hear the music, a tune John has not heard since he was a child as young as John Curtis. In the morning, John and Elizabeth eat one of Zadok's apples. He says it is a cross between a wild apple tree and two tame apple trees. In fact, Zadok says one tree grows twelve different types of apples. The family is not sure they believe him.
Jason observes Toni arrive in Colonel Usselbury's car. She
is not happy to see him again. When the colonel appears he asks Jason if he has
anything better to do. Zadok tells Corabeth some 'crude' stories that Ike
remarks is just because he is a hillbilly. John is looking for his cousin, who
has just left. A lounger outside the store says he saw Zadok help a stranger
look for the city of
Mary Ellen observes something strange on the stove. When she walks to her bedroom she finds that Zadok has given catnip tea and riddleweed root to her son who is ailing. Mary Ellen thinks he has poisoned her baby. But when she tells her father what happened she must mention that the doctor thinks the concoction actually helped. That night, the family hears more music coming from the forest. Upon investigating they find Zadok playing his fiddle along a stream. Zadok says he is saying good-bye to an old friend.
The next day, Toni arrives at the house to return Jason's composition. She tells Jason that if she is crabby it is nothing personal, that she is getting over something. When giving Jason his composition she makes a few comments about the piece. Jason sits down with her at the piano, agreeing with her improvements. When Toni says she is not good with words, Jason begins singing, 'Antoinette', the title of his composition. She can't believe he wrote the song for her. After they sing the song, Jason kisses Toni.
John finds Arthur Harrington, a high-priced
John invites the gentlemen to their picnic. Ike and Corabeth
can't believe the Zadok is giving an endowment to the school. When they ask
what he is giving Boatwright,
"Cousin Zadok had the picnic that had been pledged to him 21 years before. And having found our family suitable custodians for the fiddle, he left it with us when he departed on Monday morning. My father wanted to give him a ride back to Big Spruce Knob, but he set out on foot. He said, It's such a pretty day, I think I'll walk!"
John: I don't expect it matters Honey. He just seems to enjoy traipsin' around.
John: And Calahootin'.
John: Goodnight Honey. Goodnight everybody!
Toni is taking two classes from the Armed Forces Institute.
The Walton children are first cousins twice removed from Zadok Walton.
Zeb is younger than Zadok. They grew up together. Zadok knew Easter.
Zadok lives in
Zadok gives a 108-year-old violin that was originally Rome Waltonís violin to John, who gives it to the musician in the family, Jason.
Zadok says his name originally came from the Bible, The First Book of the Kings, verse eight, 'But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men, which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.'
visiting relatives in
Jim Bob is painting Grandma's room while Rose is away.
Zadok says he hasn't seen the mercantile store since 1918, which would make it twenty-six years ago. Zadok and Zeb last got together in 1923, twenty-one years ago. Therefore, 1934 is the year. Zadok also mentioned he has not slept on Walton's Mountain hay for seventy-five years, making it the year 1869.
One of Zadok's favorite sayings is 'Good news will keep and bad news will hunt you down.'
Jason's composition 'Anttoinette' contains these words:
Ever since the day I first met you, honey.
Nothing I do is quite the same.
And I'd love to have the pleasure of your company,
'cause you're just as pretty as your name.
You're the kind of woman who's not easy to forget.
Won't you say you'll stay.
Won't you say you'll stay.
Won't you say you'll stay.
The words to the song Old Rosin the Beau can be found at: http://www.westville.org/Newsletters/Four/ATunesHistory.html.
Zadok sings to John Curtis a variation to the song The Darby Ram, whose verses can be found at: http://www.smsu.edu/folksong/maxhunter/0271/index.html
Cousin Zadok mentions that Zeb's mother was named Edzula (not sure of the spelling), and that Rome Walton was "John's Great Grand-Daddy".
The stranger says he has a 'patch of scratch gravel farm across from Methodist Creek' that is behind Big Spruce Knob in Boone County, about forty-four miles away as the crow flies. He announces his name is Zadok Walton, Zeb's cousin, and is here to meet Zeb for a picnic they planned in the spring of 1923.
Information about the Albemarle Pippin apple is found at: http://www.vintagevirginiaapples.com/apples/pippin.htm
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards), Cindy Walton (Leslie Winston), Zadok Walton (Woodrow Chambliss), Toni Hazleton (Lisa Harrison), Dean Beck (Ivor Francis), Arthur Harrington (Harry Busch), Colonel Usselbury (Ross Elliott), Professor Bohannon (John Furlong), The Lounger (Llynn Storer), John Curtis (Michael and Marshall Reed).