Ponderosa

Season 1 Episode 3

Joaquin

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 16, 2001 on Ion Television
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While selling some cattle to a fellow rancher, Adam and Little Joe witness an amazing sight, a Mexican walks up to the rancher and shoots him at point blank range . . . the rancher gets up and brushes himself off. It seems as if they were testing out a bullet proof vest. Later, in town. We find Hauss staring at a Wanted Poster for a bandit named Joaquin with a very high price on his head. The same bandit who was at the ranch comes behind him, razzes Hauss about if they'll catch the bandit or not and walks away. It is now breakfast-time the next day, Carlos comes riding up with someone strapped to his horse. It was the same man that Joe and Adam saw at the ranch, and Hauss saw in town, after being patched up by Shelby (Nicki Wendt), he identifies himself as Joaquin. He also explains that he is wanted for murder in towns several hundred miles apart . . . and they were committed on the same day. As he recovers, he gives Adam a birthday wish that Ben couldn't, the oppurtunity to handle a gun, but Ben doesn't exactly appreciate it, and shortly afterwards tells him to return to Mexico. As Joaquin rides off he says "I AM in Mexico."moreless

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      • This episode should have been a standout in the season. In the scene where Adam is gifted a gun by Joaquin, it was actually re-written to show that Adam, at age 21, already knew how to handle a gun and demonstrated his prowess to Joaquin by effortlessly picking off the cans on the fence in rapid succession. The series producer, Beth Sullivan, opted to go with the original version which shows a very naive Adam struggling to use the weapon. This became one of the most criticized episodes among true Bonanza fans as many believe that Adam was always the essence of strength.

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