Wonder Woman

Season 1 Episode 12

The Bushwackers

Aired Unknown Jan 29, 1977 on CBS
out of 10
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43 votes

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Episode Summary

Wonder Woman goes to Texas where she is confronted by a dangerous ring of pistol-packing rustlers.

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  • Bushwackers was filmed outside in January 1977

    Bushwackers was filmed outside in January 1977... Dale Evans the wife of Roy Rogers was fan of comic book Wonder Woman since 1941.. .Roy Rogers did not say anything to Lynda Carter or to the director or producer to chance costume from golden age Wonder Woman costume to pants and long sleeves..55 degrees is the good enough reason Lynda Carter had gotten cold nothing else.
  • Young Commandos

    Wonder Woman flies to Texas to catch some Rustlers for Roy Rogers, who makes her put on a blouse and pants. The Deputy is behind the thefts, and captures Wonder Woman by pulling off her magic belt and tossing her into a ghost town's jail. Fortunately Roy has a group of orphans from the war and they save Wonder Woman from the jail.
  • Cowgirl WW!

    The Bushwhackers

    Utterly bizarre, Wonder Woman the western! You figure that they had Roy Rogers and all these western sets and thought, "Hey, this'll be cheap". Watching the General abuse his position to basically help out an old friend and then trying to justify it to himself and Steve is pretty laughable. First of the alternate Wonder Woman outfits, Cowgirl WW. Reputedly Roy Rogers was uncomfortable with WW running around all the kids in just a 'bathing suit' so they gave her some chaps and otherwise covered her up. WW on a horse still an awesome sight though, was that really Lynda?. Always thought it was bizarre that people objected to Katy Perry in her cleavage revealing outfit on Seasame Street when they let WW run around dressed like an ultra-patriotic dominatrix. Although worth it for her later appearance as the skimpy Elmo t-shirt clad librarian who "Must have developed over the summa" on the Saturday Night Live sketch "Todays show is brought to you by the number 38 and the letters double-D"

    Henry Darrow as the villain, my favourite actor from The High Chaparal (MUCH better than Bonanza) who will later recur as a villain in the later seasons. Wonder Woman depowered incredibly easily, very unusual to have corrupt cops in a series largely aimed at children in the 1970s. The orphan stuff is actually ok, they're not too annoying and Rogers character strikes you as just the sort of patriarchal guy who would do something like this. They're racially mixed, still a rarity in the 40/70s and you can actually buy the idea that the natural born son is jealous of the adoptees (very Wuthering Heights). Still seems a little lame given Wonder Woman's superpowers that she could have such a lot of trouble with just a gang of rustlers. But it's nice to have villains who aren't Nazis as every third person in 1940s America seems to be a German spy to judge by this series. Contrary to myth this wasn't Roy Rogers final role, he later appears in a couple of eps of The Fall Guy in the early 80s. 6/10

  • Proof you need the ACTUAL Wonder Woman costume

    This is easily the worst episode of the greatest series ever made in my opinion. WONDER WOMAN was well written, well acted, well designed, and adapted extremely well from the comic book. Then you watch this episode and it is like they did not care beyond having Roy Rogers on the show. I never was a big fan of westerns, and this definitely does not work for WONDER WOMAN as well. What should have been an uplifting moment when the little boy finally speaks again to Wonder Woman is lackluster. This episode also proves that live action comic adaptations should never stray from the comic costumes too far. While the X-MEN outfits worked better in the film than the brightly colored costumes in the comic books, Wonder Woman's outfit is synonomous with the character and should not be taken away. The white pants and red shirt just do not work. In closing, I would still watch this episode if it were on the telly, but I would not automatically go to it on my DVDs. It is still easily a much better episode than any reality program or many of today's top offerings.moreless
  • Sometimes you have to ask yourself what the point was.

    I can't imagine a poorer entry into the series than this one (although costumed gorillas do come to mind). This is my pet peeve with guest stars overtaking the style of the series. This episode was written for Roy Rogers and not the regulars and it shows. Was this a spinoff attempt? I'm not sure but I do know a disaster when I see it coming. This is yet another example of why you need writing to make a series work. All the special effects and hot stars are not going to overcome a bad script. Avoid at all costs!moreless
Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner

Major Steve Trevor/Colonel Steve Trevor, Jr.

Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter

Princess Diana/(Yeoman) Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

Beatrice Colen

Beatrice Colen

Private Etta Candy

Richard Eastham

Richard Eastham

General Philip Blankenship

Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers

J.P. Hadley

Guest Star

Henry Darrow

Henry Darrow

Walter Lampkin

Guest Star

Lance Kerwin

Lance Kerwin

Jeff Hadley

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In all shots of the exterior of the Diamond H ranch house, the Texas flag is shown upside down.

    • It seems strange that Lampkin, knowing that Wonder Woman's golden belt is the source of her power, would toss it away after he captures her.

    • In this episode, we learn that Diana speaks French.

    • In this episode, Wonder Woman, not Diana Prince, is a house guest of the rancher J.P. Hadley, played by Roy Rogers. Other than when she has been imprisoned in some way, this is one of the few times that Wonder Woman has stayed overnight anywhere. Rogers thought Lynda Carter's star-spangled leotard was too provocative and inappropriate for a Western-themed episode. For this reason, Wonder Woman donned a conservative outfit of a red long sleeve shirt and white long pants while she stayed at Hadley's ranch.

    • In the final fight scenes, why would someone install light fixtures so low that a 5'6" person would be able to hit their heads on them?

    • When Wonder Woman bends the bars of her cell, she bends two next to each other. But, in the wide shot, there is one straight bar between the two bent ones. Also, apparently her strength can also change the composition of steel. The "steel" bars shake as she passes through.

    • While Steve is in the car chase, you can clearly see the the back fender of the truck that the camera is on.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Sen: Freddie, it's your turn.
      Freddie: No, it's not. It's Linc's turn.
      Linc: It ain't my turn!
      Freddie: Lincoln, there is no such word as "ain't" in the English language.
      Linc: Oh yeah! Well that's okay, because all I speak is American... and this American says it ain't my turn to say grace!

  • NOTES (1)


    • J.P. Hadley: Emmett was our local Dead End Kid.
      The Dead End Kids (also known as Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids, and the Bowery Boys) were a group of young men always on the edge of real trouble with the law. Probably the best example was in Angels with Dirty Faces.