Episode 108 - KNIGHT ERRANT

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Episode 108 - KNIGHT ERRANT

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Date: November 18, 1962

Summary: Hoss volunteers to escort a mail order bride to her intended. During their trip, she falls in love with Hoss and the jilted groom puts a price on Hoss’ head.

Written by: Joseph Hoffman
Directed by:William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Lottie Hawkins...Judi Meredith Walter Prescott...John Doucette Dick Thompson...Phil Chambers Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Townsman...Tyler McVey Dr. Martin...Roy Engel Frank...George Robotham Whitey...Gil Perkins Francesca...Tina Menard...(uncredited) Bartender...Cosmo Sardo...(uncredited) Bob Miles...(uncredited extra) Brunette Townsgirl...Betty Endicott Bill Clark...(uncredited)

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Re: Episode 108 - KNIGHT ERRANT

Post by January » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:29 pm

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This episode isn't talked about much, but I have to say that I like it. I recently watched this one and have different thoughts this time as I originally did. One thing made me think. Right in the beginning when Walter Prescott said that Lottie would be waiting for him and what was he gonna do now? :ohmy

Hoss volunteers to take the 4 day up and 4 day back trip to bring Lottie to Walter. OK, this brought me back to all those times when I've asked favors of friends and family and to pick me up here or there. I can't imagine doing someone that kind of favor. To be on the road for 8 days? Huh? And Ben is so generous saying he could do without Hoss for that long. Wonder what Joe and Adam thought when they found out. :lol OK, well enough about that. I thought that offer was ridiculous, but that's just me. :grin

But speaking of ridiculous, Lottie was expecting Walter to pick her up and she looks disheveled. That to me made no sense. Did you pick up on that too? I mean first impressions and all. She was a mess.

Now, a lot of other stuff happened in this episode and I don't want to rant on about my thoughts, but I'll start with this and wait to hear from you all.

Did Hoss promote Walter Prescott to Lottie in the way he should have? Could Hoss have done better?
Was Walter Prescott right when he thought Hoss took his bride to be away from him?
Do you think Hoss could have noticed how Lottie was feeling towards him and could he have prevented it somehow?
And what do you think about Hoss going to see Lottie in her room in the Virginia City Hotel (for all to see)? :laughing

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Re: Episode 108 - KNIGHT ERRANT

Post by ellen » Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:14 am

I think Hoss was his normal sweet self to Lottie, but obviously she was so hungry for any attention or affection that she fell in love with him. This doesn't really surprise me. She DID go a bit over the edge of reason, but Hoss could have been firm with her. One of the Cartwrights major faults was they never want to hurt or disappoint a woman; they put women on a pedestal.

That said, Walter's reaction was totally insane! It wasn't as if Lottie was his actual wife who he had loved and cherished. Seems to me it was his pride that was hurt. But it IS a western, I guess.
But speaking of ridiculous, Lottie was expecting Walter to pick her up and she looks disheveled. That to me made no sense. Did you pick up on that too? I mean first impressions and all. She was a mess.
I never thought of that! But, like you said, it took Hoss 4 days to get there. She wouldn't know when he would show up. She could have been in the bathtub - wouldn't THAT have been funny!
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Re: Episode 108 - KNIGHT ERRANT

Post by January » Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:23 am

ellen wrote: She wouldn't know when he would show up. She could have been in the bathtub - wouldn't THAT have been funny!
Walter said that he had to get up there right away or Lottie would think he wasn't coming, so that's why I think she should have been expecting him.

Other thoughts too:

If Lottie was expecting him and planning on leaving to go living with Prescott, what was going to happen to those goats? She loved them so much. She was going out in the rain (until Hoss did it for her) to get those goats inside so they wouldn't 'catch their death of cold'. :laughing She wasn't planning on being there anyway?

And another thought? Since she had to be picked up, why was she able to go back alone at the end of the ep and if she wasn't going home, then what happened to her beloved goats? :laughing
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Re: Episode 108 - KNIGHT ERRANT

Post by littlejoenice » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:02 am

Maybe the goats just up and left, roaming the hills. Goats are, in my opinion, natural survivors. They'll do anything-- rather eat anything-- in order to stay alive.

As for this particular episode, Hoss' attitude is just typical of him. He'd done nothing intentionally to make Lottie love him, it just sort of came about. After all, Lottie was living on her own for quite a long time. Hoss was probably the first man she'd seen in a long time. If she had seen Walter first, it was most likely that the same thing would have occurred. He did the best he could to tell her about Walter, but as we all know, he was the one Cartwright who wasn't the most articulate with words.

But Walter surprised me by putting a bounty on Hoss. I mean, he and Walter were best friends, and I may be wrong, but best friends don't go around putting bounties on each other! Lottie was wonderful, willing to marry him anyway, in order to save Hoss' life. But in the end, Walter didn't even want her. That to me, made little sense. He spent the whole episode complaining how Hoss stole her away from him, and then when she's willing to marry the guy, he decides that he doesn't want her.

Thinking about this now brings one comment to my head: Someone make up your mind! :laughing

There was one particular comedic scene and that was where Hoss was telling his brothers about how involved Lottie was with King Arthur and the such. Then Adam immediately springs into a teasing speech about "Sir Hoss". :laughing
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Re: Episode 108 - KNIGHT ERRANT

Post by January » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:30 am

littlejoenice wrote: But in the end, Walter didn't even want her. That to me, made little sense. He spent the whole episode complaining how Hoss stole her away from him, and then when she's willing to marry the guy, he decides that he doesn't want her.
He decided he didn't want her when he realized she only came back to the ranch to save Hoss' life.
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Post by Julianna » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:12 pm

A decent episode but as several people pointed out it has story holes. You would think since she had agreed to marry Walter and was expecting him she would have made arrangements to sell any livestock before his arrival. She was a mess and you would think she would have had her hair in braids or pulled back neatly. I also find it hard to believe she fell in love with Hoss in 4 days. :scared3 How long had she been communicating with Walter ? I know this was a common thing back then .... mail order brides, but are we so removed from it we don’t really understand. I thought Lottie was a lot prettier than many of Hoss’ love interests. Interesting how he had no interest in her at all. He was nice to her but no hint of any longings. Yeah I know she was his friend’s bride to be but sometimes you can’t control your feelings when it comes to love. Then what bugged me was Hoss was always saying books were another world and rarely showed interest in reading and stories, yet he acted more like Adam would talking about Camelot with Lottie. Does anyone else find that strange for the nature boy who prefers the ranch to literature and such? Why didn’t they just send a telegram about Walter and he would be delayed to nearest town and have someone deliver that to her? Or Walter should have sent with Hoss a letter explaining why Hoss was there and not him and why. :cool1 I do like the scene with Hoss and his family waiting for the ceremony. :wink :hoss I do think this was suppose to be a love triangle situation for Hoss without him being in love. Not a happy ending for all though. :sad
I thought the music score for this episode was very sweet.
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Re: Episode 108 - KNIGHT ERRANT

Post by Krys » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:57 am

I always think this is a sad and bitter story...at the same time it has some good family moments which is always the moral background for any Bonanza ep.

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Post by CowgirlAtHeart » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:20 am

Wow! People are bringing up a lot of intriguing points I hadn't thought of...like what happened to those goats? :laughing

It does seem like a huge favor for Hoss to do, traveling four days each way to pick up Walter's bride (and a huge favor from all the Cartwrights, who would have to do without Hoss for over a week). Hoss and Walter must really have been good friends. But if they were such good friends, why does Walter have such a savage turnaround when he discovers that Lottie (whom he's never met before, so he can't have fallen in love with her) is in love with Hoss. And why doesn't he believe Hoss when he says that he wasn't trying to steal Lottie? Walter just doesn't make sense to me. :shrug

Lottie is sweet, although she seems to be up in the clouds, kind of like Audrey Hepburn's character in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." How she was taking care of herself out in the middle of nowhere, I can't imagine! :laughing Her falling in love with Hoss (or at least having a huge crush on him, which she mistakes for "being in love") makes total sense to me; she's been by herself a long time, and when Hoss comes along he's just so kind to her. It doesn't occur to her that there's going to be all kinds of trouble when she gets to the man whose mail order bride she's supposed to be and he finds out that she's in love with Hoss!

Poor Hoss is caught in the middle of a sticky situation (as usual) and nobody believes him (as usual). And he can't bear to tell Lottie the truth, that he doesn't love her, because he doesn't want to hurt her. I'm proud of him when he finally decides to tell her...it's hard, but it's what she needs to hear. :yes
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Re: Episode 108 - KNIGHT ERRANT

Post by Julianna » Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:05 am

CowgirlAtHeart wrote:Wow! People are bringing up a lot of intriguing points I hadn't thought of...like what happened to those goats? :laughing

It does seem like a huge favor for Hoss to do, traveling four days each way to pick up Walter's bride (and a huge favor from all the Cartwrights, who would have to do without Hoss for over a week). Hoss and Walter must really have been good friends. But if they were such good friends, why does Walter have such a savage turnaround when he discovers that Lottie (whom he's never met before, so he can't have fallen in love with her) is in love with Hoss. And why doesn't he believe Hoss when he says that he wasn't trying to steal Lottie? Walter just doesn't make sense to me. :shrug
I could never understand Hoss’ behavior toward Adam in She Walks in Beauty. He just wants to beat Adam to a pulp and doesn’t even let him explain. He was jealous and mad. He did know Reagan but they never showed Hoss kissing her. So how close could they be? How much in love if they hadn’t even kissed which back then would be intimate. :shrug Some of the things they do in Bonanza just are inconsistent and don’t make sense. Not really behaving like the gentle giant but more like hot headed and impulsive Joe.
In Knight Errant , Walter wasn’t very understanding or patient at all. I thought it was strange to have a wedding the minute she arrives. I would think it would be the next day! That didn’t make sense to me :whistling
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