Yeah, and I felt sorry for Vera especially since SHE was the one who wound up covering for Alice (and Flo, then Flo's successors) when Alice and/Flo,etc. would dash off to do. ..whatever then Alice would guilt Mel for actually expecting her to put in a full day of work to help the four of them earn their livelihoods.
And, ironically, it seemed his sibs actually GREW as people once John Boy was no longer their hovering over their every move and expecting them to worship him for writing about them.
Oh, while we're on the subject of The Waltons, another entitled sib that bugged me (especially in the early years since she DID improve towards the end) was Mary Ellen. There was one episode in which all the sibs were expected to help harvest an orchard to get paid monies they needed and some record producer guy approached her about. .. folk music and she just took off with him over her family's objections to try to find older and more traditional mountaineers who could sing these otherwise undocumented folk songs. After he found the right singers, he dropped her back off with the family. Here's the kicker, instead of everyone being furious that she took off with this stranger (and therefore potentially put herself at SERIOUS risk for crimes against her person if not being killed/kidnapped by this adult man who was a total stranger to boot), AND left the other sibs holding the bag to do her share of the work. When John, Sr. doled out the monies he'd gotten for the harvest from the orchard owner, he divvied it up among the six but not Mary Ellen. .. and the other sibs felt BAD for Mary Ellen and insisted that she get all of their funds despite the fact that THEY had worked the whole time and she'd taken off and put herself at serious risk, etc. ALL because Mary Ellen felt blue that this record producer guy didn't somehow think she was worth becoming his permanent assistant . And believe it or not, John actually got guilted into giving her ALL the harvest monies AND sending her to visit an never before/since mentioned offscreen aunt living in Washington, D.C. so she could get cheered up via sightseeing! Really? In what galaxy could this have happened?!That ranked right up there with the Ingalls parents shrugging off Mary pretending to lose her new glasses until she got over being bothered by Nellie calling her 'Four-Eyes'!