Episode 48 - THE COURTSHIP

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Re: Episode 48 - THE COURTSHIP

Postby TNTrue » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:01 pm

Gillie wrote:But I could never understand Hoss' combination of refusing to believe that Helen was a gambling addict and/or his declarations that even if it was true, it wouldn't make any difference to him.


I thought that was classic Hoss logic, actually. :laughing He's leading with his emotions there, and that's not conducive to rational thought.

patina wrote:I so want to slap Ben upside the head when he tears up the IOU and tells both Adam and Joe to not say anything to Hoss. Really, Ben? He's willing to risk the Ponderosa because his son is in love with a compulsive gambler?


Ditto on the whumping Ben upside the head thing. I think it's good for parents to step back and let kids deal with the consequences for their own actions, but the idea is to let them make mistakes with costs you can absorb! There are limits, and that's way beyond them.

PJudith wrote:In a similar vein I always wonder about the paper money they often used. Back then most dollars were coins.


The US Government wasn't printing paper money, but banks did. As viewers, we probably couldn't tell the difference between a government issued $10 bill from back then, and one issued by a local bank. Although I don't know if they were much in use in Nevada. There were plenty in San Francisco, but they were usually a local thing -- you and the person you were dealing with both had to trust the bank in question. Travelers would want to have gold on hand, but since Ben does a lot of business in Virginia City, and is paying off a Virginia City businessman, bank notes are a reasonable explanation... this time.

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Re: Episode 48 - THE COURTSHIP

Postby Adamant » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:46 am

TNTrue wrote:
The US Government wasn't printing paper money, but banks did. As viewers, we probably couldn't tell the difference between a government issued $10 bill from back then, and one issued by a local bank. Although I don't know if they were much in use in Nevada. There were plenty in San Francisco, but they were usually a local thing -- you and the person you were dealing with both had to trust the bank in question. Travelers would want to have gold on hand, but since Ben does a lot of business in Virginia City, and is paying off a Virginia City businessman, bank notes are a reasonable explanation... this time.


It wasn't until after the Civil War that the government standardized money so it would all look the same and be backed by the National Treasury; the govt. set up mints about the country for printing. But before this, as you said, banks printed their own money and apparently so could big ranchers as many times, especially in "The Countess", Ponderosa script is referenced as to how the men were paid, Ben's wealth giving it credence. Apparently Ben and the boys printed up "money" in the basement. (Or root cellar! :grin )
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Re: Episode 48 - THE COURTSHIP

Postby Adamant » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:55 am

Aa far as Helen Layton, as soon as she sees Adam, Helen seems to know her secret is -- or will soon be -- revealed (Same old flatterer.) That's why she does damage control with Hoss right after they arrive at the Ponderosa and Ben wants to talk to Hoss. I know it appears that Helen MUST have known things would come crashing down about her ears but she is a compulsive gambler and all she wants is the next fix and that's all she thinks of. Her past behavior of using men is shown in how she uses Hoss and if she can just get him to marry her...well, Helen must feel her gambling would be bankrolled for life!

But I like this episode, especially when Hoss knocks Adam down and then Adam clings to the bar to get up -- not that Joe fares any better!
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Re: Episode 48 - THE COURTSHIP

Postby Julianna » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:09 pm

As far as the show goes with money, they tend to use more coins etc. the first year and much of the second. They seem to get more careless as the seasons roll by their accuracy diminishes.
I like this episode even though the "gentle giant" isn't so gentle with his brothers.


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