Episode 110 - THE DEADLY ONES

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Episode 110 - THE DEADLY ONES

Post by Episode Guide » Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:04 pm

Date: December 2, 1962

Summary: Little Joe is shot by a goon working for General Diaz, a Mexican mercenary who takes over the Ponderosa as he schemes to hijack a shipment of gold on behalf of Juarez’ struggle against Emperor Maximilian.

Written by: Denne Petitclerc, N. B. Stone, Jr.
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars:General Diaz...Will Kuluva Forsythe...Leo Gordon Johnny Sims...Lee Farr Molly Reed...Jena Engstrom Pablo...Paul Fierro Miguel...Rico Alaniz Bob Miles...(uncredited) Bill Clark...(uncredited)

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Re: Episode 110 - THE DEADLY ONES

Post by littlejoenice » Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:07 pm

One of my favorite "Injured Joe" episodes. Especially the scene where Pa is comforting Joe when he got restless after the bullet was taken out. Still have to wonder, though. Ben and Joe were at home, Hop Sing was nowhere to be seen, and neither were Adam and Hoss. Where was everybody?
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Post by daisy60 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:13 pm

There were some wonderful pa/Joe moments here. Pa was very caring towards Joe and then Joe was worried about his pa and went to the barn to find him. I guess Hop Sing went to town with Adam and Hoss for a few drinks at the saloon.

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Post by Chenoa » Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:49 pm

One of my favourite "Pa takes care of injured Joe" episodes too. It shows how much Joe cares for his Pa when he tries to stop him from leaving plus I think he does not want to be without him...
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Re: Episode 110 - THE DEADLY ONES

Post by RootsAndFins » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:22 pm

littlejoenice wrote:
Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:07 pm
Still have to wonder, though. Ben and Joe were at home, Hop Sing was nowhere to be seen, and neither were Adam and Hoss. Where was everybody?
Right near the beginning one of the bad guys says the hands are away on a cattle drive "except for the kid and his Father." I think we're supposed to assume that Hoss, Adam, and Hop Sing are away on the cattle drive too based on his statement.

I really liked parts of this episode, Ben taking care of Joe, the scene in the barn where Joe seems like he's barely understanding what's going on around him and is just trying to stay upright, the general idea of Joe being injured is great as usual.

But I didn't like how this episode handled its Characters of the Week. I think way too much focus was put on them, especially in an episode where Joe was hurt so bad. There's a chunk of the episode 20 minutes long that just focuses on the CotW and their problems, with a teeny tiny bit of Ben sprinkled in. In my opinion that is way too long to just focus in the CotW, doubly so since the rest of the episode isn't exactly balanced, and I didn't even like any them very much. If one of the main characters is hurt I'd like to spend most of our time with that character or the other family members that would be directly affected by it, not spend almost half the episode plus more dealing with random CotW problems.

Maybe I'm biased because I'm a Joe gal, but I don't want the Cartwrights being pushed out of their own show for some random CotW. And it's not like I hate CotW episodes, for example "The Pure Truth" is a great episode with the great CotW Lulabelle that I loved, but she is featured alongside Hoss instead of replacing him.

A good comparison is "The Deadly Ones" and "Second Chance" I think. Joe gets hurt in both of them, and they both have a large amount of CotW, but "Second Chance" distributes CotW and Cartwright scenes much better, and gives more scenes to the Cartwrights in the first place. The CotW problems happen along side the Cartwright problems, which I much prefer.

Overall, a few good Joe scenes and good Joe and Pa moments, but frustratingly unbalanced.

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Re: Episode 110 - THE DEADLY ONES

Post by ellen » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:49 am

I really liked the General Diaz character; he had some dignity, and I think he played well with Ben.

Leo Gordon was his usual effective villain. BTW, he was married to an actress named Lynn Cartwright. She played the older Geena Davis character in "A League Of Their Own".

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