R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Season 3, Episode 8

My Imaginary Friend (24 Nov. 2012)

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Shawn has a problem - his best friend and his brother can't stand each other. But the real problem is the friend is imaginary and just refuses to leave. Guest starring Ryan Lee.



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Shawn has a problem - his best friend and his brother can't stand each other. But the real problem is the friend is imaginary and just refuses to leave. Guest starring Ryan Lee.

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Ironically, the only episode based on a short story from R.L. Stine compilation in "The Haunting Hour"; the other nine based on his short stories were all taken from "The Nightmare Hour". (However, one of these, "The Most Evil Sorcerer", had a sequel in "The Haunting Hour", "The Dragon's Bargain", though it was never adapted for the show because the first short story was only adapted loosely with no way to tie in the sequel). See more »


David: This is Travis' idea, isn't it? I don't know why you hang out with that guy, anyway.
Shawn: He's my best friend!
David: ...He's your imaginary friend.
Travis: [laughing] He says that like it's a bad thing!
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More sad than scary

This was definitely my favorite episode of The Haunting Hour (followed by Scarecrow and Intruders). It's probably one of the saddest ones I've ever seen, and is very deep for a children's show, not to mention good acting, creepy scenery and eerie soundtrack.

Shawn is a kind of nerdy boy who recently moved into the neighborhood with his father and older brother, David. Shawn is having a hard time, he has no friends - well, actually he does - he has Travis. What's not to love about Travis? Travis is cool, reckless, thrilling, imaginary...

Yup, Travis is Shawn's imaginary friend, a sentient creation built entirely in his mind.

Now, that on it's own is perfectly fine, hell, I know adults who have imaginary friends and are leading normal lives. But in this case, Shawn's imaginary friend is convincing him to do bad, dangerous stuff for fun, becoming less of a friend and more of a monster. n the end though, Travis heads for David - and David might be Shawn's brother for a specific reason.

This episode was incredibly depressing, Shawn cries as his most loyal imaginary friend, David, dies in front of him. I wasn't expecting that to happen on a kid's show, and it was filmed really well and both actors did an excellent job. But the episode has a few plot holes. How come David calls out casually to Shawn's dad if the dad can't even see him, and why does David the imaginary brother have his own bedroom? How old is Shawn? He has a crush on a high school girl but he looks to be maybe in grade six.

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