The Waltons

Season 4 Episode 2

The Genius

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 18, 1975 on CBS

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  • The Geek

    At first glance, this may look like any other 'Waltons welcome a stranger' episode, but in truth it's something of a first for the show. Young Lyle's Spocklike manner may be a little ridiculous, but this is the first time we've seen anybody question the Waltons' inner beliefs.

    Helped by a very good guest actor, Lyle is the perfect academic nerd, thus proving that all brainboxes are socially awkward in the same way as 'The System' showed us that all sportsmen are inherently dim. Lyle's lack of social skills allows the writers to have fun with his lines, and the way he basically calls the Waltons stupid for believing in God is something I never expected to see. Slightly frustratingly, he eventually decides he needs to be more like his hosts, and he completes a remarkable and almost instant transformation in his final scene.

    I did like the church bazaar. John-boy, or should I say, Richard Thomas, makes a great fairground showman. That flat cap really does suit him. Erin's play is about as good as you would expect, but I did love the improvised costumes, with Jim Bob wearing his pilot's hat and Lyle wearing Blue's blanket.

    The children are growing up fast. Jim Bob is already taller than Ben, and has a deeper voice, yet according to 'The Runaway', he is still only eleven years old. Hmmm...

    Pick of the bunch: John-boy Walton (Richard Thomas)

    Alternate title: The Outsider

    Score: 8.5

  • When the Dean at Boatwright University sees that JonBoy isn't doing so well in one of his subjects,he sends a genius home with him, but the family starts to become angry when the genius starts dissing God and hitting on Mary Ellen.

    It was funny to see Grandma Esther's facial expressions when the genius called her and the family stupid for being Christian, and then to see Grandpa Zeb's aproach to calm her down. But the over-all funniest thing has to be the genius try to be the hottie McHottie to MaryEllen who at the time looked like an alien. But then the family starts to see that there's more to the genius than what they thought before, and so they try to help him see the light, and in the end, you can obviously see that he's heading in a new direction! CLAP CLAP~Oldshowsfinatic