'The Waltons' Top Mistakes Eagle-Eyed Fans Might Have Missed
If you were paying attention to TV shows back in the 70s, we're sure you probably remember keeping up with "The Waltons," a rural Virginia family living through the Great Depression and World War II. No one can deny that it was a great show, so it's surprising to see how many mistakes can be spotted in its episodes!
Moving branches - "The Fox" (S4-E17)
On "The Fox" episode, Ben decides to hunt animals to sell their skin for profit. He sets up a trap to catch a fox that had been lurking around the property. When Ben finally captures it, Elizabeth becomes very upset about Ben killing the fox, and his mother talks to him about animals' right to live a full life. He ends up letting the animal go.
When Ben rushes over the box where the fox had been trapped, the y-branch and the straight branch are laying on top of it. But the moment Ben kneels next to the box, the y-branch is now standing upright, and the straight branch is lying beside it until Ben's siblings run over it. (00:29:40)
The mystery fold - "The Illusion" (S7-E8)
In this episode, Esther, Verdie's daughter, comes back home with her baby Harriet after graduating with honors from college in New York, where she struggled to get a job. She tries to find a job in her home town at JD's plant. Despite a not so positive first reunion with JD, Esther ends up getting the role of Personnel Director.
In the scene where Verdie and Olivia are at Godsey's and Verdie asks Ike to move Jody's name to the right place in the honor board, it is possible to see her grocery bag top folded toward her in the close-up shot. Still, in the wide shots, the bag is now folded in the other direction. (00:45:15)
A not so accurate sixth sense - "The Journal" (S8-E7)
In "The Journal" episode, Olivia and John are still looking for their son John-Boy who is missing in action. A newspaper finds John-Boy's manuscript about his war experience and wants to publish it but needs his parents' permission. Olivia refuses to sign anything on behalf of her son and insists on waiting until he comes back home.
In the episode, Olivia asks John to remember about the night when they conceived their eldest son, John-Boy. Olivia then says that that same night, she knew she was pregnant with a boy. But in another episode, when Cindy asks when Olivia knew she would have John-Boy, she says "About two years, but everybody is different..." (00:23:10)
Omnipresent legs - "An Easter Story" (S1-E25)
In "An Easter Story" episode, Olivia is affected by polio and is bed-ridden. The doctor applies the usual treatment consisting of attaching splints to her legs, but John-Boy looks for an alternative to prevent her from lifelong paralysis. He travels to the University of Virginia and talks to a doctor who suggests a revolutionary treatment that may help his mother.
The Baldwin sisters give Olivia a wooden wheelchair. When Zeb brings the chair into the bedroom, the camera shows his legs behind the chair. Later on, when Mary Ellen and GW dance for Olivia, the camera shows the wheelchair again, and Zeb's legs are still behind it, even though he's not in the room. (01:09:10 - 01:14:20)
A moving machine - "The Reunion" (S1-E14)
On "The Reunion" episode, the Baldwin sisters are organizing a family reunion to commemorate the visit of their cousin Homer Lee. They hire John-Boy to help them run errands and deliver supplies for the party. John-Boy uses that money to buy a second-hand washing machine to help his mother Olivia in the house.
After Emily Baldwin makes a lemonade toast at the reunion, the scene cuts to the Waltons' home, where John-Boy is asking everybody to close their eyes when the camera does a close-up on Olivia, it is possible to see the washing machine between her and Elizabeth. Still, the machine is only moved from the porch to the inside three shots later. (00:47:00)
Recycled license plates - "The Conflict" (S3-E1)
In "The Conflict" episode, Grandpa's sister in law asks the Waltons for help in keeping the government from destroying their house to build a road. The family agrees to help her. John-Boy joins them but is torn between his loyalty to his family and his ideals about not using guns.
T98254 is Boone Walton's truck license plate. But in the shot where Blake and the US Marshals get together for the final standoff, Blake's license plate is also T98254. When John-Boy then runs up to Blake's truck, his license plate is now changed to T79825, which is also the same on another truck at the beginning of the episode. (01:27:55)
Wrong contract - "The Carousel" (S9-E11)
In "The Carousel" episode, Cindy discovers she was adopted after her father dies in a car accident. She finds the adoption papers among his belongings and tries to find her biological mother. She keeps having the same dream where she is in a carousel as a little girl.
In the scene where Cindy and Ben find her adoption documents and Cindy begins to read it, there's a close up that shows it is really a studio contract where expressions like "Use of Double," "Location Expenses," and "Damage to Wardrobe" are used. If you pause it, you can actually read whole sentences. (00:08:55)
Changing color - "The Courtship" (S1-E19)
In "The Courtship" episode, the adult Waltons try to play matchmakers to their cousin Cody Nelson, a 64-year-old bachelor who has spent his life dedicated to his work, by matching him with Cordelia Hunnicutt. At the same time, Grandpa is focused on getting a specific Catfish that he has been chasing for 30 years.
In the scene where Grandpa and cousin Cody are fishing in the pond, Grandpa is wearing a white long sleeve thermal under his shirt. When the two men fall in the water after Reckless starts barking at the fish, Grandpa is now wearing long red sleeves under his shirt, possibly a wet suit. (00:18:20)
Premature seating - "The Actress" (S1-E16)
The famous actress Alvira Drummond gets stranded on the Waltons Mountain by her chauffeur. John-Boy convinces his parents to invite her for dinner as Ike fixes her car. She ends up staying in their house after a sprained ankle. Alvira ends up revealing to the family John-Boy's writings about their home, which they had never seen before.
In the scene where Ike buys a ticket for Alvira's show from Zeb, he is standing close to the front door. In the next shot, Ike is seen sitting and chatting with Emily Baldwin, but the third shot shows Ben showing Ike his seat next to Emily. (00:38:45)
Opening the secret door - "The Hostage" (S9-E21)
In "The Hostage" episode from season 9, one of Mary Ellen's patients dies, leaving his young teen alone in the world. When Mary Ellen finds out about a backwoods man's plans to marry the young girl, she intervenes in the situation because of her young age. The man kidnaps Elizabeth to force Mary Ellen to give him the girl.
The hidden door to the Secret Recipe Room is opened by pressing the wall's top right panel. But it shouldn't really happen that way since, in the previous episode "The Hot Rod," when the hidden door is first discovered, none of the panels open the door except the second one from the top. (00:20:05)
Instant table setting - "The Spirit" (S8-E13)
Jeffrey befriends a man who had been lurking around in the town and takes him to his family's house. At the same time, things begin to disappear from the store and people's homes as Christmas is closer. The man had been stealing those things. At the same time, Jeffrey adopts a new dog whom he names Nick, after Saint Nicholas.
In the scene where Jim-Bob is seen walking down the stairs with the new puppy in his arms, greeting cards are sitting on the shelf located above the desk, and on the table are only candles with greenery. In the next shot, the greeting cards have suddenly vanished, and there is food on the table, where the candles have also switched places. (00:47:00)
Take your seats - "The Hot Rod" (S9-E12)
On "The Hot Rod" episode, Jim-Bob comes home after his military service and immediately gets into trouble with the Sheriff by almost hitting his car. The Baldwin sisters end up losing their "Recipe" machine to government agents, but Ike teaches them how to continue doing the "Recipe" using another method.
In the scene where Jason, John- Boy, and Ben are sharing the "Recipe" with Jim-Bob as a celebration, John-Boy is sitting under the biplane fighters picture. Still, whenever the camera changes to focus on Jim-Bob, it is possible to see in the mirror reflection that it's actually Jason sitting under the picture. (00:15:05)
Which way to go - "The Heartache" (S9-E19)
In "The Heartache" episode, Rose and Stanley are planning to get married, but when Rose finds out she had a heart condition, she tries to break things off. Stanley tells her he doesn't mind going through the ordeal with her. At the same time, Cindy gets a job but decides soon after that she would rather be a stay-at-home mom.
When Rose tells the Baldwin sisters that she needs some "time to catch up," the camera cuts to another scene where Stanley and Rose are reaching The House. The windshield wipers are pointed to the right in the wide shot, but when the camera does a close-up, the wipers are now pointing to the left. (00:18:55)
Left or right - "The Move" (S9-E8)
In this episode, John is hoping that Ben takes over the Mill, but he wants to become an engineer instead. Olivia has a relapse in her health and needs to leave home again to go to Arizona to have her tuberculosis taken care of. John drives her there, leaving the children taking care of the house by themselves.
In the scene where Jason and John are getting the rolltop desk from their pickup truck, Jason is seen carrying the left side of the desk, while John is carrying the right side. In the interior shot, already inside the house, Jason is now holding the right side, and John is carrying the left one. (00:08:25)
Switching license plates - "The Search" (S4-E15)
Olivia, Jim-Bob, and Elizabeth go on a car trip to visit an old friend in Buckingham county. When their truck breaks down, they get lost. They get into several problems that are handled by Jim-Bob, who gets to put his dad and grandpa teachings to use. Grandpa, John, and John-Boy leave to find Olivia and the kids.
In the scene where John goes to borrow Vern's car to look for Olivia and the kids, the car's license plate number is "45-2678" but shortly after, when John-Boy sees the truck stopped at the side of the road, and John hits the brakes of Vern's car, the license plate is now "84-6209". (00:17:10 - 00:18:45)
The growing carrot - "The Firestorm" (S5-E5)
In this episode, John-Boy starts a controversy in town by publishing excerpts from Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in his newspaper as to tell what was happening in Germany at the time. The community is not happy about it and start boycotting his paper.
In the scene where Zeb is asking Olivia about dinner, he snaps a carrot in half and starts eating it on his way to the living room. Esther takes the carrot from him, and at that moment, Zeb is seen holding a whole carrot with just the tip off, instead of the half that he had been eating before. (00:05:00)
Confusing license plates (once again) - "The Empty Nest" (S7-E1)
In "The Empty Nest" episode, the family is still mourning over Grandpa Zeb's passing six months prior and is preparing to honor him on his upcoming birthday. Mary Ellen and Erin leave the family home into an apartment in Charlottesville so they can have more privacy. John is trying to get a large lumbers contract.
Right after John meets with all the mills, he heads home with Ben, who is seen sleeping in a close-up. Right before that close-up, the truck appears in an exterior shot with the license plate T-84905, but in other shots of the same episode, the license plate was T6-807. (00:22:35)
Shut the door - "The Obsession" (S7-E4)
Mary Ellen begins taking prescription meds to manage to stay awake longer to study for an accelerated nursing program. Olivia suggests that Mary Ellen's children, John Curtis and John, stay in her room until she finishes the exam, but Mary Ellen refuses since it's the only time she gets to be with them.
In the shot where Olivia goes to Mary Ellen's room to see if she needs help with the baby, she enters the room and shuts the door. She then picks up the baby and walks to the bed, while the door is still shut behind her. However, in the next shot, the door is now suddenly open.
A shadow problem - "The Townie" (S1-E24)
As a reward for her excelling in bible-studies, John-Boy takes Sarah to her first picture show. Looking to escape her mother's overprotective nature, Sarah considers marrying John-Boy, but he doesn't have feelings for her and is not ready to get married, so she turns to a rich boy she knew as her ticket out.
In the scene where John-Boy goes to pick up Sarah, he says good-morning, and there are shadows cast outside the house. When they get back later in the afternoon, the shadows are still being cast in the same direction, which couldn't really happen in real life. (00:02:00 - 00:08:35)
Disappearing airplane - "The Children's Carol" (S6-E11)
When Christmas arrives, Mary Ellen takes the baby to Camp Lee so they can be near Curt. Meanwhile, the Waltons take in two orphaned children for the holidays (previously brought in by the Baldwin sisters), and Jason is having trouble training to be a soldier as he is disturbed by the bayonette he is given.
Pip and Tess go for a walk with Olivia and Elizabeth over to Ike's. They are having fun but suddenly become scared when the mail airplane passes over them and hide. When they stand up, there's no sight of the airplane that had supposedly just passed over them. (01:29:35)
You really do have to be eagle-eyed to be able to spot all these small bloopers! Were you a fan of "The Waltons" family back in the day? Did you ever detect any of these or other bloopers in any of its episodes? Let us know all about it in the comments section, and don't forget to share the article!