The Waltons

Season 2 Episode 9

The Fawn

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 08, 1973 on CBS
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  • The Rent Boy

    8.0
    Not my favourite storyline, but I can see why some might like it.

    It's a definite tale of two halves this week. By far the better half deals with John-boy taking a job as a rent collector for renowned miserly landlord, Graham Foster. Needless to say, none of the tenants wants to pay and the landlord won't yield an inch. John-boy does eventually get his wages but he learns an important life lesson along the way.

    The other half concerns Erin, a boy named Harold and a fawn. To be fair, it's a decent performance from Mary Beth, but the story is strange to say the least. First up, Harold is downright weird. He barely speaks, he skulks creepily around the schoolyard and he follows Erin around like a stalker. What on earth does she see in him?

    When Harold ignores her, Erin latches onto a fawn she sees in the woods and decides to make it a pet. It's like The Calf (1x03), only less plausible. I mean, there is absolutely no way a wild deer would let anybody get that close to it. Deer are the most timid creatures ever and it would have run a mile before she even saw it. Also, after going all soppy over that calf last season, nobody bar Erin is remotely interested in it. The one good moment comes when it nibbles Grandma's washing and brings down the line. Hehe.

    Interestingly, this episode was written by John McGreevey, the father of Michael McGreevey, who appeared as Hoby Shank in the previous episode. It also marks the only screen appearance EVER of Jimmy Davila, who played Harold. Just sayin'.
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