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. 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.