Jessica is a no-nonsense pragmatic woman who believes in tough love. She is played by Constance Wu. Constance wu is a Golden Globe nominee for When Jessica was a child, she had a sister named Connie Chu. She was raised by a mother, much like herself. Grandma Chu , was mostly uninvolved, but when she ever did interact with Jessica, she was telling her something negative and putting thoughts of extreme fear into her head. In the episode Boy II Man , a flashback showed that Jessica was obedient to her mother for the majority of her childhood, and that on one rare occasion, Jessica simply just wanted to pick out her own shoes.
Grandma Chu showed Jessica a dead woman in a coffin and said that she picked out her shoes too. In the episode Success Perm , Jessica and Connie both revealed how their childhoods were spent, trying to impress their mother with their success, only for her to be indifferent and aloof to what they did.
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In the episode " Hi, My Name Is After a week, she learned how this was a guy's name and then changed it to "Jessica", named after the Allman Brothers song of the same name. Jessica first met Louis Huang at a seafood restaurant, as mentioned in the episode Love and Loopholes and shown in a flashback in the episode Hi, My Name Is Jessica had eaten something that had given her bad food poisoning and she rushed to the bathroom to dispose of it.
While waiting in line, she saw Louis, who was in the line next to her, having the same dilemma on his hands. This is where they first met and first fell in love.
In the episode Shaquille O'Neal Motors , a flashback revealed that when they got married, Jessica was too cheap to buy the car and so she had Louis carry her off from the wedding. After getting married, they had three children, Eddie , Emery , and Evan. After living in Chinatown, D. In the episode Fajita Man , after passing the real estate license exam Jessica gets a job as a realtor mainly cause she got fed up with Louis making too little to even no money off the restaurant.
In the episode Citizen Jessica , she reveals that she is a Republican-leaning independent. Out of all the members of the Huang family, Jessica is the most culture shocked of all of them and the most oblivious to the ways of the American lifestyle. She doesn't understand the differences between the two cultures and will sometimes do some things in America that would seem odd in the American culture.
She really tries to fit in with the rest of society and tolerate the new things that seem odd to her, but deep down, these new things are driving her crazy and it just makes it difficult for her to put up with. Overall, she prefers Chinese culture as opposed to American culture and she wants her family to know that their way of life is better than this.
She somewhat has a catchphrase of "I'm just Jessica is very superstitious of certain things according to Chinese culture such as the number 4 although she claims Grandma is the superstitious one as seen in Very Superstitious. Louis describes Jessica's personality as "aggressive yet elegant" which Jessica takes as a compliment.
Jessica has a tendency to overcomplicate things and get stressed out. She can also get snippy quick. Her son, Evan Huang , exhibited bossiness at a friend's party which made Jessica realize he got it from her. She is also seen walking up to a mother's car and yelling at her for her disobeying the rules of the road. Jessica is very opinionated and argumentative. Jessica is opposed to creative career fields such as art, painting and theater and instead praises academically vigorous fields such as law and medicine, often pressuring her sons and her sister not to follow their passions of acting or painting respectively.
In Sisters Without Subtext it is revealed Jessica used to do painting such as avocados and zebras, but she painted like a child and blamed it on her not being good enough when really she was being lazy, as both Louis and Jessica agree her art wasn't the best. Jessica is an obsessed fan of Stephen King but intensely dislikes any cinematic adaptations of King's novels in real life King dislikes many of the adaptations too. However, Jessica can't accurately interpret King's novels because she stated that Jack Torrance from The Shining is a hero.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlists in the military and writes as a war correspondent for the U. Army 's newspaper Stars and Stripes. In season 8, he is formally reintroduced to the story once his parents learn he is missing in action. For weeks, John-Boy's location and condition is unknown to his family.
Unbeknownst to them, his plane, the "Katey Anne", was shot down and crashed into the sea near Britain while he was out looking for war stories. He and the pilot were forced to tread water for hours at a time to stay afloat, but after growing exhausted, his comrade succumbed to his injuries and drowned, while John-Boy, who had suffered extreme head trauma, lost consciousness as he was rescued from the sea.
Due to the severity of his injuries, he slipped into a lengthy coma and was flown back to America to undergo medical care, leaving his parents to wait on his recovery. When he at last emerged from his coma, he was stricken with slight amnesia from the traumatic injury he suffered to his head, and no longer could participate in the war.
After World War II ended, he tried to return to New York at the promise of an opportunity waiting for him to tell his story, like many other veterans, but lack of demand for wartime books due to an over-saturated market of war stories knocked his story from publishers' consideration. He then turned his attention to reporting news instead and gained a steady means of living once more, but would one day have to break the news of the John F.
Kennedy assassination. It was in this profession that he finally found the love of his life in the form of Janet, and they eventually married. Family patriarch John, called Daddy by his children, pilot, Andrew Duggan ; series and sequels, Ralph Waite is a hard-working, industrious man who runs a small family sawmill on his property on Walton's Mountain. He is usually good-natured, wise, and fearless, ready to stand up to a challenge and tell things straight.
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These personality traits sometimes cause him to be brash, even towards his children and wife on occasion, and when greatly stressed, he is prone to overwork to the point of "workaholism. World War I veteran John will do anything to protect his family; he also wishes to see all of his children graduate from college, which he was unable to do. Despite his Baptist upbringing he, like his father Zeb, is distrustful of organized religion, though he is by no means an atheist. He holds life sacred and honors God as the creator of it.
He does not approve of hunting animals for sport, but will hunt to provide food for his family. Despite his rejection of the Baptist church we later learn he never underwent baptism during his lifetime , his wife calls him "the most God-fearing man I know. We are told in the pilot movie that he dies in the year the year in which Earl Hamner's father died. Olivia, also known as Liv, Livie, or Mama, pilot, Patricia Neal ; series, Michael Learned is John Walton's soft-spoken, patient, loving wife, who complements his tough-skinned, opinionated nature. She is the sister of Frances Daly of Edgemont.
She has seven living children: John Walton Jr.
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Olivia also suffered a miscarriage in season two. She is usually gentle but firm and unafraid to speak up or administer discipline when needed. She especially hates being in debt.
Like her mother-in-law Esther Walton, she is a devout Southern Baptist, although her husband doesn't share her commitment to the organized religion of the church. Her Baptist faith extends to the home, and she punishes the children by telling them to read a chapter from the Bible.
She is willing to open her home to friends or strangers in need, but, during early seasons, is uncomfortable with her family associating with the Baldwin sisters because she strongly disapproves of their unknowing production of homemade liquor moonshine , which they refer to as "Papa's Recipe".
She is especially disturbed to learn that John-Boy borrows an antique typewriter from them and that Mary Ellen unknowingly sells it to the traveling junk dealer, as she won't have her family indebted to the Baldwins. Olivia, along with the rest of the Walton's Mountain community, more warmly embraces the Baldwin sisters during later seasons. She is also a natural artist.
After John's brother Ben was killed in World War I, she resolved to never see another family member off to war and declined to be present when Mary Ellen's husband Curt shipped out for active. When her own sons got involved in the war as a result of the Pearl Harbor attack, she changed her mind.
Her background and family are not referenced to the same degree as John's. It is known that she displayed budding artistic talent in high school and considered going to college on a scholarship but instead chose to marry John Walton when she was 16 and settle down as a homemaker. She is content that she made the right choice. She survives polio in a two-hour special at the end of the first season, and develops tuberculosis later in the series. In her memoir, Neal suggested that she would have accepted the role, had it been offered to her.
It can be logically assumed that since the medals are in Zeb's possession, rather than Olivia's parents, that this is the name of the third child, and that since they are military in nature, like Ben the elder, he never made it home from the great war. As hardworking as son John, Grandpa is much more easygoing in general and has a mischievous yet wise and vibrant personality. An example of this was in one episode, when one of his grandchildren tried smoking and he caught them, and got them to stop the same way his father taught him: he had the boys smoke cigarettes, one after another, until they were sick.
Grandma, John Sr. He especially cherishes his wife and vice versa , although he can often be found alone relaxing with the Baldwin sisters, happily sipping their "Recipe" moonshine. He also tends to distrust his wife's Baptist church,   although he has a deep love and respect for God. He served in the Spanish—American War although he dramatized his involvement by telling tall tales to his grandchild despite Esther's indignation at the very idea and is an amateur botanist like Will Geer himself.
He has the habit of making ornate prayers at the dinner table and sometimes ends them with "a women " in respect to "a men ", and dislikes the use of the phrase, "The Civil War", preferring "The War Between the States ". Esther often complained about his rotund figure and tried to get him to diet, worrying about his heart.
This was exemplified in the episode "The Birthday"; as he was about to turn 73, he suffered a major heart attack and was bedridden for weeks on end.
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He often joked that he would live to , but in the end, he suffered a second and final heart attack four years later, missing his goal by about a quarter of a century. Geer's death from respiratory failure during the post-season-six hiatus is reflected in the opening episode of the seventh season. During the remainder of the series, and at least three of the reunion specials, he is frequently remembered by other characters; a photo of Geer hanging in the Walton living room is often visible to viewers, and sometimes even moves, which Esther takes as a sign of his spirit interacting with the photo and letting the rest of the family know he is still with them.
Grandma Ellen Corby , practical but feisty and quick-tempered, makes a strong effort to stick to the straight and narrow and get things done.
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Like her husband, Grandma has plenty of wisdom to share with family and friends, peppered with the occasional "Good Lord! In her youth, she was nicknamed "Sissy" and had the dream of becoming a seamstress, and Zeb often wonders if she found happiness in lieu of her dreams not amounting to much over time. In , Ellen Corby's real life stroke was incorporated into the storyline and forced her to leave the show for a long period of recovery.
Unfortunately, the effects of her stroke impaired her ability to speak cohesively and severely limited her dialogue thereafter, making it difficult for her character to communicate without having to convey her feelings through the voices of other characters indicating what she wants to say or do for her, or for her to physically write out her feelings. Corby's absence from the latter half of season five, and having her role drastically reduced from then on, was explained as Grandma frequently visiting relations in nearby Buckingham County.
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Corby was able to return for the sixth season's finale; she returned to being a regular cast member during season seven, though Corby's health forced her to drop to recurring status from season eight onward, only appearing in a few episodes per season; she appeared in five of the six reunion specials. An older John-Boy would go on to mention that "both of my grandparents are no longer alive", suggesting that Esther died in the later future, but no earlier than the same year her son John was said to have died.
Her third child was never mentioned by name nor seen in the series. Jason has a good relationship with all his siblings, but is especially close to his older brother John-Boy. Though the two brothers have very different personalities and interests, they get along very well.
The two became very close when John-Boy began college and their bond grew even stronger as the years went by. Age 15 in season one, he is a somewhat-introverted but good-natured musician who enjoys composing music for harmonica, guitar, and piano, some of which graced the show.