Season 1 Episode 6

The Julia Bulette Story

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Oct 17, 1959 on NBC

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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.

    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.