Bonanza

Season 14 Episode 3

The Initiation

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Sep 26, 1972 on NBC
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The Initiation
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Jamie's part of a boy's club that has a severe initiation process. When one boy dies during the induction procedures, member Ted Hoag is blamed by the people of Virginia City, though all the boys agree to shoulder the responsibility.

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David Canary

David Canary

Candy Canaday

Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

Ben Cartwright

Mitch Vogel

Mitch Vogel

Jamie Hunter-Cartwright

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Joseph "Little Joe" Francis Cartwright

Ed Bakey

Ed Bakey

 

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Biff Elliot

Biff Elliot

Harley Lewis

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William Bramley

William Bramley

Lumis

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Bing Russell

Bing Russell

Deputy Clem Foster

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Victor Sen Yung

Victor Sen Yung

Hop Sing

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Featured Cartwright: Jamie

    • Ben makes at least two references to Hoss' death, most notably toward the end of the show, when the grieving parents of Sonny want to have Ted Hoag (Howard) killed. Ben tells them he doesn't want to see any more bloodshed, particularly since he had "just buried one of my sons."

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  • NOTES (5)

    • German episode title: "Geheimbund eiserne Reiter", meaning "Secret Society Iron Riders".

    • Sheriff Roy Coffee is referred to in this episode but does not appear (having left the series at the end of the 1971-1972 season).

    • Like many latter day Bonanza episodes (namely, those featuring Jamie), this episode featured a host of teen-age guest stars and a focus shown on the Virginia City school.

    • Alfred Barker Jr. was credited as Al Barker Jr. Ron Howard was credited as Ronny Howard.

    • Ron Howard guest-stars. The actor and soon-to-be-(big time) director was in between his childhood role of Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and his other signature role of Richie Cunningham on Happy Days (though the cult classic American Graffiti) was released about a year after this episode aired.

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