Episode 123 - A STRANGER PASSED THIS WAY

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Re: Episode 123 - A STRANGER PASSED THIS WAY

Post by Gillie » Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:58 pm

Mrs. Vandavoort was extremely annoying to me. I think the thing about her that bothered me the most was her eagerness and happiness at the end of the show when she thought that she was going to make a clean get-away with Hoss in tow. :mad

I also didn't like when Hoss almost decked Ben when the photograph of his mother broke. Yes, it did serve to jog Hoss' memory...still, I found it more than a little bit jarring.
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Re: Episode 123 - A STRANGER PASSED THIS WAY

Post by manulanee » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:03 am

Julianna wrote:Mrs. Vandavoort did say several names to help Hoss remember who he was. One of the names was Eric, his real name. Y'all don't be too hard on Mrs. Vandavoort, losing a child is very difficult.(especially one you have known and loved for many years) And her son was an only child too.
Sometimes, the writing for Bonanza could be cruel to women.
IMO she never lived through her grief of losing a child. The way she is acting makes me imagine she just put her grief away, she never let him go. Perhaps she clinged to the idea, it might have been just a dream and he would return the next morning. In a way she was very selfish because she was sick I think, trying to replace one son with another or trying to find someone she could care for as a mother.
Those of us who already lost a child, know that this just is not possible, because each child is a person of his or her own; and even if you have 10 sons, you will always miss the one who is gone. You can't replace the child, but you can enjoy the others living.
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Post by Julianna » Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:13 am

[ In a way she was very selfish because she was sick I think, trying to replace one son with another or trying to find someone she could care for as a mother.
Those of us who already lost a child, know that this just is not possible, because each child is a person of his or her own; and even if you have 10 sons, you will always miss the one who is gone. You can't replace the child, but you can enjoy the others living.[/quote]


:hoss of course it is not possible and she does let it go... Everyone grieves differently because we love differently. I know exactly how it is. The pain of loss is always there, just not as strong with time. What I find interesting is when Hoss' memory returns he doesn't remember who the Vanerhoots are. Why would that be? I agree she was sick. It would have been a good idea for her to adopt an orphan to give her love to. But this story was about Hoss and not the vanderhoots
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Re: Episode 123 - A STRANGER PASSED THIS WAY

Post by CowgirlAtHeart » Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:35 am

Julianna wrote: What I find interesting is when Hoss' memory returns he doesn't remember who the Vanerhoots are. Why would that be?
I've seen that in a lot of amnesia stories. The person gets amnesia and can't remember their previous life; then, when they finally get their memories back, they can't remember anything that happened while they had amnesia. I'm not sure if that's how it works in real life or not.
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Post by Janet the Wicked » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:05 pm

That Vandervort woman freaks me out. She must be nuts to think she has a perfect to adopt Hoss as her own. She looks crazed at times. I felt so bad for Ben who is hopeless to do anything, but thank goodness in the end, Hoss came back to us.
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Re: Episode 123 - A STRANGER PASSED THIS WAY

Post by daisy60 » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:34 pm

Janet the Wicked wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:05 pm
That Vandervort woman freaks me out. She must be nuts to think she has a perfect to adopt Hoss as her own. She looks crazed at times. I felt so bad for Ben who is hopeless to do anything, but thank goodness in the end, Hoss came back to us.



She was scary looking! I remember watching this when I was still a child and it scared me, thinking Hoss was going to leave with that crazy lady. :hide
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Re: Episode 123 - A STRANGER PASSED THIS WAY

Post by Janet the Wicked » Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:07 pm

daisy60 wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:34 pm
Janet the Wicked wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:05 pm
That Vandervort woman freaks me out. She must be nuts to think she has a perfect to adopt Hoss as her own. She looks crazed at times. I felt so bad for Ben who is hopeless to do anything, but thank goodness in the end, Hoss came back to us.



She was scary looking! I remember watching this when I was still a child and it scared me, thinking Hoss was going to leave with that crazy lady. :hide
Yeah, I can see how she would scare children. She be great around Halloween.
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Re: Episode 123 - A STRANGER PASSED THIS WAY

Post by Tracy » Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:51 am

Julianna wrote:
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:14 pm
Mrs. Vandavoort did say several names to help Hoss remember who he was. One of the names was Eric, his real name. Y'all don't be too hard on Mrs. Vandavoort, losing a child is very difficult.(especially one you have known and loved for many years) And her son was an only child too.
Sometimes, the writing for Bonanza could be cruel to women.
I agree that Mrs. Vandavoort suffered an unimaginable loss when her son died. She never moved forward, beyond the loss.

I don't see the writing as being cruel to women - while her mental state does frighten the viewer, her eventual goodbye to Hoss is moving. She is losing another "son", and is finally coming to terms with the initial loss. I felt sorry for her, and for her husband, who tended her mental state all of those years.

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Post by daisy60 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:22 am

Losing a child is an unimaginable horror. It's very hard to move on. You tend to see your own son in every young man you see. It was scary for me to watch as a child but I can understand how she wished to make Hoss her son. :grin

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Re: Episode 123 - A STRANGER PASSED THIS WAY

Post by dougsgirl » Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:17 am

I just watched this last night. I was reading some previous comments and some of you were saying almost identical to what I was going to say. I know she experienced a terrible tragedy, but seriously, did she really think it was ok to take someone else's son 2000 miles away from his family. I know Hoss wasn't a little boy, but he didn't know these people from "Adam". She really did appear a little "touched" and I did feel sorry for her.

As for Hoss almost hitting Pa, he was going back to where it all started when he was telling that guy to pick up the picture that he had broken.

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