Bonanza

Season 1 Episode 6

The Julia Bulette Story

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Oct 17, 1959 on NBC
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The Julia Bulette Story
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Joe falls in love with an older woman, attractive Julia Bulette who owns a saloon in Virginia City. Joe's Pa and his brother's aren't pleased, and neither is Jean Millain who believes that Julia is his and his alone.

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  • Joe falls for Julia Bullette, the owner an upscale saloon. Ben doesn't approve of the relationship, but Joe refuses to break it off. When an epidemic strikes the town, the true colors of all the towns people are revealed.moreless

    9.6
    This episode has some great moments of the early days of the series. There are a number of classic "brother" moments, as well as scenes that set the tone for the relationship between Ben and his youngest son, Joe. This episode also was one of the primary early episodes that established Little Joe's personality traits for being hot-headed and volatile where his emotions were concerned.



    One of the great scenes of this story, and one of my personal favorites, is one in which the villain, Jon Millain, challeges Joe as he is leaving Julia's room at the saloon. Adam and Hoss show up in time to take Millain's gun and force him to settle his dispute "like a gentleman", meaning with his fists, rather than a firearm. Adam and Hoss stand by, while Millain rather soundly whips Joe, making no move to interfere. Adam then throws the unconscious Joe over his shoulder, while Hoss pays their beer tab and gives Millain back his gun and coat.



    I also really liked the history that was woven into this episode. While the timeline might not have been entirely accurate, Julia Bullette was an actual person and they did have the basic facts about her demise correctly depicted. Which is what leads to this story being a tearjerker.



    This is a very entertaining episode. Michael Landon's acting is really excellent, particularly considering how young and relatively inexperienced he was. He really demonstrated his natural talent, as he had little if any formal education in acting and had only been an actor forthree years or so, since he had come to California on an athletic scholarship, right after high school. He was only 22 when he bagan the role of Joe Cartwright.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

Jane Greer

Jane Greer

Julia Bulette

Guest Star

Alexander Scourby

Alexander Scourby

Jean Millain

Guest Star

Rush Williams

Rush Williams

Pete

Guest Star

Roy Engel

Roy Engel

Dr. Martin

Recurring Role

Victor Sen Yung

Victor Sen Yung

Hop Sing

Recurring Role

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