The Return (Part 1)
The Waltons Season 6

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Richard Thomas briefly returns to the role of John-Boy Walton in this first episode of a two-part story (originally telecast as a single two-hour installment). Upon hearing of the dire financial conditions in Jefferson County, John-Boy comes home with plans of reopening the old Guthrie coal mine. Elsewhere, John Walton (Ralph Waite) weighs the possibility of giving up the family business and going to work at a defense plant; and Erin (Mary Elizabeth McDonough) hesitates to inform her family that she has taken a second job under "questionable" circumstances.


Richard Thomas
as John-Boy Walton
Judy Norton-Taylor
as Mary Ellen Walton
Michael Learned
as Olivia Walton
Lynn Hamilton
as Verdie Foster
Ralph Waite
as John Walton
Will Geer
as Zeb `Grandpa' Walton
Sheila Allen
as Fanny Tatum
Peter Fox
as Rev. Hank Buchanan
John Crawford
as Sheriff Ep Bridges
Helen Kleeb
as Mamie Baldwin
Mary Jackson
as Emily Baldwin
Nancy Priddy
as Nurse Nora
Walter Brooke
as Mr. Johnson
Britt Leach
as Easy Jackson
Rick Beckner
as J.R. Doworth
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