Season 3 Episode 30

Blessed Are They

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Apr 22, 1962 on NBC

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  • Blessed Are They is an episode of "Bonanza" chornicling the strife between two rival families around Easter. Ben is appointed magistrate and a new priest comes to town for Easter, inviting both to mass before disappearing mysteriously, alluding to Jesus.

    This is a very special episode to me. It really is the whole reason I watch this series. One of the first episodes I had seen, this one does not involve physical violence as it does emotional strife.

    This is the kind of film that makes this TV show so much better than the majority of today's. Secular Hollywood can take lessons from this show. The most moving scene in the episode occurs at the end, where the feud is resolved. The priest, satisfied, places the Bible on the altar and the camera cuts to the scene of action. On the next cut, Ben asks to thank the priest, to find him disappeared and a new man enters, claiming to be the "new" priest whom they believed they were holding mass with.

    The special effect, achieved with only one cut, symbolizes that this man who resolved the feud was a divine presence, and the expressions on the faces reveal it all. Simple cuts bring a sense of mystery every time, even though you know it is obviously just a cut.