Diamond Jim Brady

Season 4, Ep 11, Aired 1/21/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Van comes home from Denver with an butt injury. After much joking by the family, Van retreats to his room with his donut ring. Reba and Cheyenne go to the doctor with Van to take X-rays. The doctor tells Van that his injury is fine but he has a rare spine disease that most sports players develop but it also permanently restricts them from playing. Van freaks out because football is all he has ever known. He is relieved though when Denver gives him the buy out check for a hundred grand. Not knowing what to do career wise he starts spending the money recklessly by buying everyone in the family nice presents. Reba confronts him about why the sudden change of heart. Van tells her that he misses feeling like the hero he was playing pro football. Reba wants to put a stop to it but Van buys her the best present of all and suddenly Reba forgets what she why she came to counsel Van.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mitch Holleman

    Jake Hart

  • Melissa Peterman

    Barbra Jean Booker Hart

  • Steve Howey

    Van Montgomery

  • Christopher Rich

    Dr. Brock Hart

  • Reba McEntire

    Reba Hart

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Van comes home from denver with a but injury and the family makes fun of it.

    By bhopportner, May 12, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Van: Then we drove by the park, and kids were playing football, and I felt like telling them give up football, your dreams will just be shredded up like a bunny in a woodchipper!

    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Van boháčem (Van, the Rich Man)

    • The scene in the season 5 and 6 theme song where Kyra plays a guitar is from this episode.

    • The "back up quaterback" that Van mentions has the same first name as the actor who plays Van, Steve Howey.

    • Taping for this episode was on November 16th 2004.

    Trivia (1)

    • This is not the first time Van has been called Diamond Jim Brady. In Season 2's Valentine's Day, Brock calls him Diamond Jim.

    Allusions (2)

    • Diamond Jim Brady, the title of this episode, is the name of a character on the TV movie The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw in which Reba starred on in 1991.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the American financier named James Buchanan Brady. He lived between 1856 to 1917. He gained the nickname because he collected diamonds and other jewels. He also was famous for his appetite and elaborate meals.

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