The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 8

The Braggart

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

Episode Fan Reviews (1)

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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 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!
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