Bonanza

Season 2 Episode 17

The Spitfire

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Jan 14, 1961 on NBC
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Joe tries to stop a homesteader he finds starting a fire on the Ponderosa and ends up shooting in self-defense. Feeling responsible for the dead man's daughter, Joe brings the petulant daughter Willow back to the Ponderosa. Willow's mother Maude Hoad, a determined woman from the Kentucky hills, descends with her hulking son, intent on exacting revenge on the Cartwrights.moreless

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  • An interesting story that highlights conflicts between western pioneers and Kentucky migrants. A standard conclusion.

    6.1
    Little Joe stops a deranged homesteader from setting fire to the land around the Ponderosa and sets off a conflict.



    For all those fans of TV making, there is a blatant cut around the four minute mark from an outdoor scene to a soundstage, right after Joe tries to reason with the dead homesteader's daughter. Fairly seamless in its execution. Aside from that, the main thrust of this installment centers around the daughter's resentment towards the rich Cartwrights (as usual, Joe takes her home to the ranch) and the culture conflict with her family. A too long ten minutes of air time is spent "cleaning her up". Of course, a nasty Kentucky clan led by a crabby grandmother invades, looking to avenge what happened to their kin.



    Maybe the most interesting facet about this episode is the emphasis that the Ozark hill people have little in common with the settlers of the west - something that is kind of interesting to think about. Not a lot of detail is invested in it, however. Still, there is a lot of fun watching Joe deal with the girl as Ben engages in a patriarch vs. matriarch game of wits with the interlopers.



    A happy conclusion results, a little of a let-down but at the same time, a sort of affirmation of peoples' common values.moreless
  • Little Joe happens upon a homesteader, and kills him in self-defense, when Joe tries to put out his land-clearing fire, on tinder-dry land that is occupied by many other homesteaders, near Ponderosa land. The Cartwrights have to deal with the man's eye-fomoreless

    8.0
    Very good believabale episode !! All four Cartwrights are well represented, with Hoss playing only a minor role. Katherine Warren, as "Maud Hoad" plays a powerful role as a travel-worn matriarch of a Kentucky family that has seen more than their share of prejudice on their travels West. Mary Trent's "Taming of the Shrew" scene, with the orphaned daughter of the man Joe shot, "Willow Hoad" is both humorous and piviotal to the climatic conclusion where Maud must decide how to serve "justice" on the Cartwrights. Anita Sands, plays the "beauty" in this episode, and is convincing in her "change of heart" that ultimately is the largest contributing factor in Maud's climactic decision. Very intense, as tensions erupt, subside, then explode to an even higher level, leading to the episode climax.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

Anita Sands

Anita Sands

Willow Hoad

Guest Star

Jack Mather

Jack Mather

Bart Hastings

Guest Star

Mary Treen

Mary Treen

Mrs. Shaunessy

Guest Star

Bill Clark (I)

Bill Clark (I)

Deputy (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Bob Miles

Bob Miles

Hasting's Cow Hand (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Ray Teal

Ray Teal

Sheriff Roy Coffee

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