The Waltons/The Ferris Wheel

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The Ferris Wheel
Season 5, Episode 15
Airdate January 6, 1977
Written by Rod Peterson &
Claire Whitaker
Directed by Lawrence Dobkin
Produced by Andy White
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The Ferris Wheel is the fifteenth episode of the fifth season of The Waltons, and the one hundred fifteenth episode overall.

Starring: Richard Thomas (John-Boy Walton)

Co-Starring: Ralph Waite (John Walton), Miss Michael Learned (Olivia Walton), Ellen Corby (Esther Walton), Will Geer (The Grandfather)

Judy Norton-Taylor (Mary Ellen), Jon Walmsley (Jason), Mary Elizabeth McDonough (Erin), Eric Scott (Ben), David W. Harper (Jim-Bob), Kami Cotler (Elizabeth)

Mary Jackson (Emily Baldwin), Helen Kleeb (Mamie Baldwin)

Guest Starring: Debi Richter (Darlene Jarvis), Dave Shelley (Wilbur Dawes)

and Tom Bower (Curtis Willard)

Featuring: John Crawford (Sheriff Ep Bridges), Jeff Maxwell (Used Car Salesman)

and Joe Conley (Ike Godsey), Earl Hamner (The Narrator)


Plot Overview


This is the last episode to feature Ellen Corby before she suffered a massive stroke which affected her speech. She would miss the remainder of the fifth season and most of the sixth season.

Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments