Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Looking back across a span of forty years, the sharp edges of the Great Depression have worn away. In memory, the period seems a happy time. Yet, when we lived them, they were trying years and I remember a time when our family's pride and our integrity were challenged in a manner that was new and shattering to all of us.
Mary Ellen Walton: [referring to a magazine ad] Well, if there's really a Depression, who could afford to buy things like these? Look, a 1934 Nash Sedan. $760.00! Who can ever save up that much money?
'Grandma' Esther Walton: Jim Bob! Jason! You're playing cards in this house?
Jason Walton: Well, it's not a gambling game Grandma.
John 'John Boy' Walton Jr.: Well, I don't see anything too evil about Go Fish, Grandma.
'Grandma' Esther Walton: Go Fish today and Poker tomorrah! The evils of gambling can put down roots in shallow ground!