Episode 1 - The Outrage
(Two hour episode) (20 November 1980)
Writers: Rod Peterson & Claire Whittaker.
Director: Philip Leacock.
Music: Alexander Courage
"By the Spring of 1945 there were no young men
Foster works with John in preparing a load of lumber for delivery. Verdie
brings Harley his forgotten lunch while Rose hands John a thermos of hot coffee
as the pair drive off. Rose tells Verdie that Serena and Jeffrey are now living
with their father who has recently remarried. Drew Cutler walks up to
During the delivery, the truck’s engine overheats forcing John to change the fan belt. Harley enters the Elite Café in order to refill the thermos. Inside a deputy sheriff watches over a German P.O.W. work gang as the prisoners eat at the lunch counter. John enters to hear Harley being refused service. John criticizes the police officer and restaurant owner for serving German prisoners but not a W.W.I veteran with a son currently in the war. Upon hearing Harley’s name the Deputy believes he knows of the man, and writes down John’s license plate number as the men drive off.
Mary Ellen and Erin find Cindy trying to milk Chance. Thinking she is too delicate for such farming chores the sisters divide up her duties. Cindy does not understand why she can’t learn to help out.
Ben and his outfit listen to a speech given by FDR. Afterwards, the Chief tells his men to be ready to ship out for a combat zone at a moment’s notice. He commands Walton and Norman to return to their barracks job.
In the morning, Mary Ellen, Erin, and Elizabeth write letters to their brothers and tell Rose not to allow Cindy to perform any difficult chores. Ike is opening the store when Corabeth has a vision of becoming a real estate agent after seeing a post-war boon newspaper article. Ike thinks it is a disastrous idea after the results of her past projects of a dancing school, beauty parlor, hat store, and tea parlor. Ike wonders why women can’t be more like his mother who made their home a wonderful place in which to grow up. At the mill, Ep tells John he is looking for Harley because he has been accused of killing a man and escaping from prison eight years ago.
Corabeth informs her husband that she has decided to resign from her duties at the store in order to become more like his mother.
Drew stops by on his bicycle to hear Cindy complain how everybody treats her like she can’t do anything but curl her hair. Drew also wonders if Elizabeth and he are still going steady, after rarely seeing her since her new horse came into her life.
At the Foster’s, the Sheriff tells Verdie he must search their house after she informs Ep that Harley is not home. When Ep leaves empty-handed Verdie tells Josh to run to the Waltons to warn his Daddy. Sheriff Bridges informs John that he has an arrest warrant against Harley. John tells Ep he needs twenty-four hours to prove Harley is innocent. Ep drives off as Harley and Josh watch him from their perch in the tree house.
takes Harley to an old logging camp in order to keep him away from the law.
Back home, John learns that the lawyer lives in
and John visit the attorney who locates Harley’s file containing transcripts of
the trial, appeal, and Navy commendation. Although retired,
Nathan Moore tells John that he needs to hire a lawyer who wants to find ‘simple justice’ and is not afraid to defend a black man.
Ep visits John telling him that the marshals will arrive tomorrow to return Harley to prison. The Sheriff tells John about ‘duty’ and how it has affected his life. John says he will not give up on his friend.
Ike and Corabeth lie in bed with Corabeth reading and Ike reminiscing about the old days - going into the store on a cold day, making up a good fire in the stove, and Corabeth putting a shine on the apples. Ike finds that Corabeth’s book cover Loves Last Heartbeat is really covering up the book How to Make Your Fortune in Real Estate. He realizes his wife would prefer not to be an old-fashion housewife.
says goodbye to Harley while the police and John wait outside the jail. Harley
is then handcuffed and taken away. That night, as John pours over the evidence,
he glances at a picture of FDR. With an idea in mind John drives over to
Verdie’s. He tells her that he is driving to
Ike surprises Corabeth with her own real estate sign and desk inside the store. Although he likes his starched shirts, he would rather work along side his wife. As they hug, Ike says, ‘Partners again, and a little bit more.’
John visits Commander Collins at FDR’s headquarters hoping to convince him that a review of an American citizen falsely imprisoned is just as important as the war. John finally convinces the officer.
the morning, Drew stops by to say he is sorry about Molly. He tells
abruptly arrives to tell the family that it was just announced that FDR has
died. Ben and the other men see their chief break down as he remembers his
memories of the president. Ben suggests they lower the flag to half-staff.
Afterwards, they salute the somber flag. The family talks about the dreadful
news and plan to watch the funeral train pass through
"The train bearing the body of Franklin Delanor
Roosevelt moved slowly from
John Walton: Goodnight, Mr President.
The episode occurs during the closing months of World War II.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945.
Drew is working at the soda fountain in order to make money to buy a car.
Harley received a Navy commendation after saving the lives of two men
The Ladies Home Companion tells Corabeth that healthy hair need one hundred brush strokes every night.
Drew’s old dog was named Doc.
Ike and Corabeth Godsey (Joe Conley and Ronnie Claire Edwards), Cindy Walton (Leslie Winston), John Curtis (Michael and Marshall Reed), Virginia Walton (Claire and Elizabeth Schoene), Rose Burton (Peggy Rea), John-Boy Walton (Robert Wightman), Drew Cutler (Tony Becker), Harley Foster, alias Leroy Harley (Hal Williams), Verdie Foster (Lynn Hamilton), Josh Foster (Jason Moses), Nathan Moore (John McLian), Ep Bridges (John Crawford), Toni Hazelton (Lisa Harrison), Norman (Jordan Suffin), The Deputy (Charles Thomas Murphy), The Aide (Hank Brandt), The Chief (Dick Sargent), The Radio Announcer (Hank Stohl), The Patrolman (David Clover).