The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 8

The Braggart

9
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 1973 on CBS
8.5
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Hobart Shank, a teen-age orphan, returns to the Walton home while John attempts to get him a contract as a professional baseball pitcher.

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  • Pride Comes Before a Fall

    9.5
    An original story and a highly engaging guest actor make this a really enjoyable hour.

    Not for the first time, the Waltons open their doors to a traveller, this time to a young hobo named Hoby (seriously, who makes up these names?) It turns out Hoby is an orphan who stayed with the Waltons four years ago. He's a very likeable character, and his reason for being there - so he can get John to vouch for him when he signs for a baseball team - is certainly different.

    Hoby doesn't half look like Ben! I'm not sure how old he is meant to be, but the other characters all seem to think he has grown beyond recognition since they last saw him so I'm guessing he is rather younger than the actor playing him.

    The baseball story was very good. I enjoyed the trial and I loved the way all the girls were fawning over him - much to John-boy's disgust. I'm still none the wiser as to the rules of baseball. The bloke playing the batsman was laughable though; he delivered his lines as if he were in a porn flick. Can't imagine he got too much work after this.

    It was kind of inevitable something would happen to scupper Hoby's dreams, but I still felt bad when he bust his arm. All told, he seemed to get over it remarkably quickly. I'd have been distraught!moreless
Michael McGreevey

Michael McGreevey

Hobart Shank

Guest Star

Richard X. Slattery

Richard X. Slattery

Clyde Harroway

Guest Star

Brian Culhane

Brian Culhane

Calvin Fred

Guest Star

Cindy Eilbacher

Cindy Eilbacher

Martha Rose Coverdale

Recurring Role

Tammi Bula

Tammi Bula

Marcia Woolery

Recurring Role

John Crawford

John Crawford

Sheriff Ep Bridges

Recurring Role

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    • Opening Narration: There were times on Walton's Mountain so filled with peace and contentment that I might sit in my room writing and never once be reminded that I was part of a large and boisterous family. It was on such a day that Jim Bob took time out to watch the grass grow and Hobie Shank came back into our lives. I wasn't to know much peace or contentment after Hobie's arrival.

    • Closing Narration: It's late now in Virginia. That ball field which once echoed to the sounds of our games is quiet except for the call of crickets and the ghosts of the children we were. For my brothers and sisters and I are all grown now, and our children play other games in places far from Walton's Mountain. Still, there's something about the fall of night that turns our thoughts homeward.

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