The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Move 

Ben returns home. He plans on leaving the Waltons' mill and becoming an engineer. Olivia has a relapse in her health and has to again leave Walton's Mountain.


Harvey S. Laidman (as Harvey Laidman)


Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner), Kathleen Hite


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Episode credited cast:
Ralph Waite ... John Walton, Sr.
Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton
Mary Beth McDonough ... Erin Walton
Eric Scott ... Ben Walton
David W. Harper ... Jim-Bob Walton
Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton
Joe Conley ... Ike Godsey
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Corabeth Godsey
Earl Hamner Jr. ... The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Peggy Rea ... Rose Burton
Leslie Winston ... Cindy Brunson Walton
Mary Jackson ... Emily Baldwin
Helen Kleeb ... Mamie Baldwin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis Arquette ... Jefferson Davis 'J.D.' Pickett


Ben comes home and decides to go study to be an engineer. So it means he would have to leave the mill and John was hoping that Ben would be the one whom he would pass it to. And when he learns that Olivia is getting worse and that she needs to be taken to a different hospital in another city, he considers selling the mill. Written by

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Drama | Family | Romance





Release Date:

15 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is Ralph Waite's final appearance as John on the series. However, he would later reprise his role in all six reunion television films from 1982 to 1997. See more »


Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] It was a time when our family world seemed to be in constant motion. The movement of people to and from the mountain contrasted sharply with the serenity we had known there for so many years. Perhaps because we were so close to it we didn't recognise the certain signs that an old era was ending, and a new day we couldn't even envision was in its dawning.
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