Bonanza

Season 2 Episode 23

The Rescue

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Feb 25, 1961 on NBC
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The boys decided that Ben is getting too old to do hard physical labor and advise him to take it easy while they go on search for cattle rustlers. Ben reluctantly agrees, but when his sons fail to return, he goes after them, unaware that they've been ambushed by cattle rustlers.moreless

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  • The boys think Ben is too old to be doing the "more physical" parts of ranching and suggest he stay home while the 3 of them head out to look for rustlers. Soon, the boys are in trouble and hoping Pa shows up in time!moreless

    9.6
    This is a great example of the close knit family relationship portryed in the Cartwrights throughout this series. Ben shows up at the breakfast table with bruises on his face, confessing that he has gotten into a scuffle early that morning, though he won't identify the other party. When their Pa goes upstairs to change his shirt, the boys discuss the fact that Pa still thinks "he's 21 years old" and "as good as the best day he ever saw." They think that Pa should cut down on the "more physical side of things", and spend his time "just supervising". Of course, none of the three wants to be the one to tell their Pa that. The scene in which the boys suggest that the three of them go in search of cattle rustlers who have been plaguing the ranch, with Ben staying home, is not only humerous, but touching, as we see Ben's downcast expression as the boys depart the ranch.



    There are also a lot of nice scenes of the closeness of the brothers to each other, as they banter back and forth, while pinned down by the rustlers. We learn that Hoss doesn't like cheese, Adam has been "improving his education" by playing billiards and Hoss can smell Hop Sing's cooking from more than a half days ride away and through a sand storm--even identiying exactly what it is that he is cooking!



    We also get a good glimpse of Ben's fatherly instincts for knowing when his boys are in trouble, as well as his determination to find and help them, regardless of the circumstances. Overall, this is a great family 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

Leif Erickson

Leif Erickson

Josh Tatum

Guest Star

Burt Douglas

Burt Douglas

Jack Tatum

Guest Star

Richard Coogan

Richard Coogan

Jake Moss

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Victor Sen Yung

Victor Sen Yung

Hop Sing

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