The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Beginning 

Another new minister begins at Walton's Mountain. The church is in disarray, but he gets the community involved. The Walton family finds out Toni is a Jew and are unsure of how to react. Toni questions her own faith.

Director:

Lawrence Dobkin

Writers:

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

Episode credited cast:
Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton
Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Mary Beth McDonough ... Erin Walton (credit only)
Eric Scott ... Ben Walton
David W. Harper ... Jim-Bob Walton
Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton
Joe Conley ... Ike Godsey
Ronnie Claire Edwards ... Corabeth Godsey
Peggy Rea ... Rose Burton
Leslie Winston ... Cindy Brunson Walton
Mary Jackson ... Emily Baldwin
Helen Kleeb ... Mamie Baldwin
Earl Hamner Jr. ... The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Harrison Lisa Harrison ... Antoinette 'Toni' Hazleton
Kip Niven ... Rev. Tom Marshall
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Storyline

Another new minister begins at Walton's Mountain. The church is in disarray, but he gets the community involved. The Walton family finds out Toni is a Jew and are unsure of how to react. Toni questions her own faith.

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] The pattern of our lives was broken by the war and the old ways of the past became less a part of us when we returned home. So long as our mother and grandmother were there to shepherd us, the church was central to our lives. But without them on the scene, some of the family found it easy to backslide, and as interest in the church slipped away, it didn't seem possible that events would join to bring them back again.
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Good Episode!
5 June 2008 | by classicmoviemanSee all my reviews

"The Beginning" opens with the new Reverend finding his way into the old Walton's Mountain church and ringing the church bell, waking and alerting all the people of Walton's Mountain to attention. He informs them that he is the new Reverend and that they will be fixing up the church. As the church is slowly repaired, Jason invites Toni (played by his then bride-to-be-someday Lisa Harrison) to eat and divulges a secret about her to the family that not only greatly embarrasses Toni but causes her to reevaluate her life and values. "The Beginning" ends in true Walton fashion, a happy ending that does not turn out sappy like sitcoms.


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