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  • Is John-Boy a bit of a Marty Stu for anyone else? It seems like several episodes climaxed into him solving the problem-of-the-week. I realize the show is based on his memories of the family (and he's Earl Hamner's Author Avatar), but with that being the case, he sure does talk a lot about him taking care of a lot of people's problems. Also, Rev. Fordwick goes away for a weekend... and he picks John-Boy to do the sermon? Really??
    • It's generally implied that John-Boy might be the best-educated person in the entire area, being a voracious reader and (if memory serves) the first person from Walton's Mountain to actually go to college. I think a lot of the other characters tended to defer to him simply because he usually knew what he was talking about. Also, being the oldest of seven kids will lend itself to gaining a lot of life experience in a relatively short time.
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    • I have also wondered the same. He's also the only one who for the most part talks to any adult however he chooses and he gets reprimanded the least even when he's in the wrong or responding poorly to a situation. Binge-watching episodes nightly makes it more apparent for this troper.
  • In the episode "The Burn-Out" (about the house fire), does anyone else wonder how a house can have 'old' wiring in the 1930s when the TVA didn't even exist to electrify the region until 1937?
    • TVA does not service customers in the area near Schuyler, Virginia, the real-life counterpart to "Walton's Mountain". In the universe of The Waltons, the family homestead was within 1930s-era driving distance of Charlottesville. There might have been a small municipal utility in the area of the (fictional) town of Rockfish.
  • I think "The Shivaree" might be my least favorite episode. It just doesn't really make sense if you think about it. Okay, the part where they serenade a newly married couple is very nice, to be sure, but the business of kidnapping the groom and dumping him off in the middle of the woods at night? That's bad enough with the locals, but they did this to a guy who had never been to Walton's Mountain in his life. How in the world did they know Bob would be able to find his way back? It didn't seem like anybody was watching to make sure he got back safely. He could have wandered off a cliff in the dark, or been attacked by wildlife, or any number of things. (It's only worse when you watch "The Loss" later and see how Bob gets hit by a car in the darkness... which could easily have happened to him during the Shivaree.) And he had no idea any such thing would happen to him, whereas at least the locals who get subjected to the Shivaree tradition are probably prepared to an extent. Plus it seemed like they all thought Bob was overreacting when he was angry. Who wouldn't be angry?

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