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Bonanza

Season 2 Episode 27

The Gift

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Apr 01, 1961 on NBC
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Joe is returning from Yuma with a birthday gift for Ben from the boys: a beautiful white stallion. Traveling with Emiliano, the Mexican man who raised the horse, they encounter an Indian uprising and are cut off in the wilderness. Emilaino recommends they turn to the Comancheros for water and safety. Ben, Adam and Hoss set out to find Little Joe.moreless

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  • Little Joe is caught in the desert between renegade indians and evil comancheros as he tries to bring a white stallion home, as a gift to Ben from he and his brothers. Meanwhile, Ben, Hoss and Adam try to find him before it's too late.moreless

    9.8
    This episode is a great example of why Bonanza is the greatest television show ever made. As Ben, Adam and Hoss try desparately to find Little Joe, who is caught somewhere in the desert, during an indian uprising, he and a Mexican companion, try to bargain with comancheros for water to stay alive.



    The scene in which Ben finds Joe, tied up by Sam Wolf, who obviously plans to let him die of thirst and exposure, is a classic "Pa/Joe moment". Sam Wolf has Joe writhing in the sun, as he takes his canteen to a nearby stream to fill it. As he is kneeling down, a shadow falls across Wolf--It's Pa--and he is not happy! The look on Pa's face, as Wolf lies and says he is "finishing off a horse thief" is chilling!



    This episode really shows the closeness of the Cartwright family, which is, perhaps, what gave the show it's greatest appeal to such a wide variety of viewers.moreless
  • One of the best Bonanza Episodes

    10
    The indians are between Ben and Joe. You know this has to be a good one. There are some scenes in this episode which are just priceless! The last scene with Ben and Joe is a tearjerker and shouldn't be missed and the scenes with Joe and Emiliano is very good acting, I think. They've definitely gotten better with the acting since the first season, you must admit. The first episode is a good plot...but the acting is so cheesy! I think it's most likely because they were trying to get the charaters established and over did it a little bit. But "The Gift" is very, very good. The best scene I'd have to say is the scene where Adam and Hoss tell Ben what Joe is doing and why. It really shows the tight-knitted family that the Cartwrights are. I think that's the greatest theme about this episode.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

Jim Davis

Jim Davis

Sam Wolfe

Guest Star

Martin Landau

Martin Landau

Emeliano

Guest Star

Jack Hogan

Jack Hogan

Cash

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Bob Miles

Bob Miles

Chet/Bandit

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