Bonanza

Season 1 Episode 14

The Sisters

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Dec 12, 1959 on NBC
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Adam is courting Sue-Ellen Terry, a woman of questionable reputation. She lives with a sister who's jealous of her youthful good looks. When Sue-Ellen's gunned down, the town drunk says he saw Adam do it. Adam claims his innocence, but the men of Virginia City, many of whom have enjoyed Sue-Ellen's company, fail to come to his defense.moreless

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  • Begins in a typical way, but turns into a murder "mystery". (Spoiled Red Herrings ahead!)

    7.0
    Remember...a lady who treasures her life should never fall in love with a Cartwright. We been shown this again and again, and this time, it's Adam who finds an unfortunate partner that's destined to meet an unfortunate end. It's also standard for the other Cartwrights to despise the future in-law, and we can't really find Ben, Hoss and Joe at much fault in this instance...Adam's lover is a "saloon girl", and it appears that everyone in town has already kissed the bride a few times.



    Surprisingly, the potential marriage is ended early in this episode (instead of at the end), and as Adam is framed for the murder, we're given a modest chance to ponder who the real killer might be.



    The attentive viewer should have no problem figuring out the killer's identity before we are actually told. We're given the same clues that Adam is given, and the sheriff's behavior is somewhat puzzling until we realize why. Once again, we have an old friend of the Cartwrights that refuses to help them when they need it, and Buddy Ebsen's performance is a gem. But ultimately, the final plot twist is too well telegraphed to be a surprise, and the viewer might feel a bit patronized.



    Imagine if we didn't know that someone else shot Adam's lover...what if we thought that maybe Adam might have killed her just as the drunk described? By simply leaving out the actual murder scene, the viewer would have a lot to think about while watching the episode. Oh well!



    Overall, not a bad episode...but it could have been better if it was actually plotted as the mystery that it pretended to be.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

Jean Willes

Jean Willes

Amelia Terry

Guest Star

Fay Spain

Fay Spain

Sue Ellen Terry

Guest Star

Malcolm Atterbury

Malcolm Atterbury

Ol' Dixie

Guest Star

Bill Clark (I)

Bill Clark (I)

Deputy (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Bob Miles

Bob Miles

Deputy (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Victor Sen Yung

Victor Sen Yung

Hop Sing

Recurring Role

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