Bonanza

Season 3 Episode 10

The Horse Breaker

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Nov 26, 1961 on NBC
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The Horse Breaker
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Johnny Lightly is thrown off a horse he's breaking at the Ponderosa and suffers a serious injury. He loses the use of his legs though Dr. Kay thinks the paralysis is only temporary. Johnny loses the will to live, despite the hopeful prognosis. His recovery rides on the doctor's assistant, Ann ,who Johnny's grown fond of.moreless

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  • Watch for the bronco riding!

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    The beginning scenes of Johnny riding the bronco are laugh out loud funny, as the actual riding scenes are intercut with horribly done close-up shots of Johnny (Ben Cooper) flailing his body though clearly stationary! Later, the romance that instantly developes out of nowhere between paralyzed Johnny and hostile nurse Ann is contrived and forced, and therefore seems entirely ridiculous. Even though Ben and the other Cartwrights are able to offer every bit of support in order to aid Johnny's recovery, and there are a few nice moments (especially the scene with Ben and Johnny in the middle of the night), the see-it-coming-a-mile-away ending has Johnny regaining his legs just at the crucial moment, and added to the other negatives cause this episode to be merely ...ehhh...okay.

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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

Sue Randall

Sue Randall

Ann Davis

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Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper

Johnny Lightly

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R.G. Armstrong

R.G. Armstrong

Nathan Clay

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