Bonanza

Season 2 Episode 14

The Ape

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Dec 17, 1960 on NBC
7.9
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Hoss tries to help Arnie, a childlike hulking man with a dangerous temper and great strength. Things seem to be going well until Arnie falls for a saloon girl Shari. Hoss regretfully realizes that he he's facing an uphill battle to help Arnie have the kind of life he's always wanted.moreless

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  • Good entry that plays into the series' strengths.

    7.9
    Hoss does his best to help a behemouth outcast shake his anger and lead a productive life.



    Gene Coon wrote a nice script for this one, admittedly a take-off on "Of Mice and Men" and even the movie version of "Frankenstein" but a good episode nonethleless. The titanic fight between Hoss and Arnie is exciting, though it could be shortened by a minute or two and be better. There is not a lot of time devoted to Leonard Nimoy's character at all, he's slimely but its hard to see his motivations. The saloon girl falls in this category as well, her game of using people and constantly flip-flopping her attitude doesn't make the most sense.



    Still, the good things of "Bonanza" dominate this episode, Hoss and his devotion to his friend, Ben and Hoss struggling to find a plan to bring Arnie in after he goes on a murderous rage, a tragic backstory for Arnie. Its a bit obvious but a lot of care is invested in establishing a similarity and bond between the big men Hoss and Arnie (the "Ape").



    Installments like this are not too dated and tell good stories that still work for the viewer in a modern context.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

Karen Sharpe

Karen Sharpe

Shari-Belle

Guest Star

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

Freddy

Guest Star

Cal Bolder

Cal Bolder

Arnie Guthrie

Guest Star

Ray Teal

Ray Teal

Sheriff Roy Coffee

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