The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 8

The Braggart

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 1973 on CBS

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  • Pride Comes Before a Fall

    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 supposed to be rather younger than the actor playing him, who was twenty-five at the time.

    The baseball story is very good. I enjoyed the try-out and I loved the way all the girls were fawning over Hoby, much to John-boy's disgust. I'm still none the wiser as to the rules of baseball. The one weak link is the bloke playing the batsman: he delivers his lines as if he were in one of those porn flicks I've heard people talk about. 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!

    Pick of the bunch: Hoby Shank (Michael McGreevey)

    Alternate title: The Idol

    Score: 9.3