January wrote:They didn't really have to say anything regarding Adam being missing in the episode, certainly not so soon. I'm assuming they were thinking maybe PR would return so it was best to say nothing until they were sure. There were several episodes in the first 6 seasons where the character Adam was not in it, and they didn't need to say much about it. (regarding the future as to why they never mentioned him again, I'll assume by the time they realized he wasn't returning to Bonanza, it was too late.)
What I can't understand is why they didn't start off S7 with a great episode. They were all capable of having a great ep without PR and they should have started S7 with one of those.
Yes, they missed a great opportunity there to grab the viewership's attention. It would have been a good time to pull out something more gripping like the two-part episode about the Pony Express, etc. The could do really good stuff if all of the planets lined up, and everyone involved was in the mood.