Bonanza

Season 6 Episode 1

Invention of a Gunfighter

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Sep 20, 1964 on NBC
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Invention of a Gunfighter
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Johnny Chapman asks Little Joe to teach him how to handle a gun for self-defense after Johnny is humiliated in front of his girlfriend by a bully, and Joe agrees. Joe comes to regret it after Johnny uses his new skill to kill the bully in a gunfight, then embark on a career as a notorious bounty hunter.

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  • Becoming that which we abhor.

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    Johnny Chapman, a longtime friend of Little Joe's, is humiliated in front of his girlfriend in a saloon by a gunfighter named Al Mooney. Obviously inept with a gun, he seeks to remedy that by getting Joe to teach him how to shoot. In the process, Joe also tries to teach Johnny how NOT to shoot, that is, to avoid violence whenever possible. But, like a flight student who isn't interested in how to land, Johnny only pretends to listen to that part, and after achieving proficiency and attaining self-confidence, he picks a fight with Mooney, and kills him, forgetting the lessons Joe tried to teach him about avoiding gunplay whenever possible. Already feeling cocky, Johnny learns that Mooney had a bounty on him. After accepting the reward money, he then embarks on a career as a notorious bounty hunter, who specializes in killing his "prey". Upon returning to Virginia City, he appears as the reincarnation of his first victim, Al Mooney. He dresses like him, adopts his mannerisms, and, worst of all, acts like him, including the way he treats his girlfriend. A guilt-ridden Joe sees that he has created a monster, and sees it as his duty to destroy this monster, any way he can. As he tells Johnny, he taught him a skill, but, in spite of his best efforts, failed to teach him the responsibility that comes with this potentially deadly skill. Skills of this nature are like deadly nitro in the hands of those who lack the maturity or morals to know what to do and what not to do with them.moreless
Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker

Eric "Hoss" Cartwright

Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

Ben Cartwright

Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts

Adam Cartwright

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Joseph "Little Joe" Francis Cartwright

Guy Stockwell

Guy Stockwell

Johnny Chapman

Guest Star

Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen

Olive

Guest Star

Ron Foster

Ron Foster

Al Mooney

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Martha Manor

Martha Manor

Blonde Saloon Girl (uncredited)

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Bern Hoffman

Bern Hoffman

Bartender

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Ray Teal

Ray Teal

Sheriff Roy Coffee

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