Bonanza

Season 2 Episode 21

Vengeance

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Feb 11, 1961 on NBC
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Hoss kills drunken neighbor Willie Twilight while trying to disarm the man and is devastated with guilt. Willie's brother Red is determined to get even and shoots Hoss in the back. While Hoss lies in bed unconscious and clinging to life, a vengeful Joe vows to his big brother that he will kill Red Twilight.moreless

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  • The brother of a man Hoss accidentally killed tries to kill him, gravely wounding him when he shoots him in the back. Joe wants to seek vengence by killing the brother, with both Ben and Adam trying to stop him.moreless

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    This is really one of my all-time favorite Bonanza episodes. You really get a feel for the family dynamics in this one and the closeness of Ben to all of his sons and the brothers to each other. The acting of both Michael Landon and Pernell Roberts was excellent. At the moment in the barn, when Joe can\'t go through with killing the bad guy, Adam clearly wants to reach out to him, but holds back. Roberts portays this with subtle expression and body language beautifully. The moment when Joe goes to Hoss\' bedside in the middle of the night, to promise his unconscious brother that he will kill the man who did this to him, is another wonderful example of what a wonderful actor Landon was, even at such a young age. He was such a natural! Of course, I also love the scene when Ben is sitting alone at the dining table and has his hands clasped in prayer, then silently mouths, \"Amen\". That is another example of a moment that demontrates the ideals and values that the series always was based on.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

Adam Williams

Adam Williams

Red Twilight

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Beverly Tyler

Beverly Tyler

Mary

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Olan Soule

Olan Soule

Hotel Clerk

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Roy Engel

Roy Engel

Dr. Martin

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Bob Miles

Bob Miles

Cow hand (uncredited)

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