Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

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Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

Post by Episode Guide » Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:04 am

Date: May 10, 1964

Summary: ‘The Pressure Game” is the sequel to “The Cheating Game”. (Part 3 in the 4 part Adam/Laura Arc.) Laura’s aunt Lil visits her niece Laura and little Peggy. Soon Lil learns that Laura yearns for Adam’s proposal and she decides to accelerate things a little by trying to make Adam jealous.

Written by: Don Tait
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Guest Stars: Guy Williams as William Cartwright, Kathie Browne as Laura Dayton, Joan Blondell as Lillian Manfred, Katie Sweet as Peggy Dayton

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Re: Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

Post by snapdragon » Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:34 am

I really liked this episode. In fact I enjoyed all the Adam/Laura episodes.

Bonanza does a lot of things well but one aspect of TV shows that I value most is excellent casting. Whoever did the casting for this show knew what s/he was doing! I haven't seen one ep yet where I felt an actor was miscast or out of place.

btw is it okay if I drop my episode-inspired gifs in these threads? I love making gifs and thought it would be appropriate to put them here.

This gif is the part where the Bonner brothers are making fun of Adam in the saloon for being cuckold by Will/Laura. Angry Adam is sexy. :grin
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Re: Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

Post by Adamant » Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:51 am

snapdragon wrote:
btw is it okay if I drop my episode-inspired gifs in these threads? I love making gifs and thought it would be approrpriate to put them here.
Have you yet volunteered to do an Adam POD? You can use all your GIFs there and more people will see them and enjoy them.

As far as this episode, I can't believe that Adam is so blind to almost all the manipulations--except the walk in the moonlight. I want to smack him on the back of the head. I mean even Will caught on to what Aunt Lil had in mind and I just can't believe that Adam is so blind that he can't recognize the machinations to rope and brand him. And when Aunt Lil answers the door and tells Adam that Laura's retired for the night and then she pops out from behind the door? Why isn't Adam angry about being lied to and about Laura hitting him with the guilt trip of hurting Peggy by disappointing her? Grow a pair, Adam!

And I also find it amusing that when at the end, Adam asks Laura to marry him, it's as awkward as when he told White Buffalo Woman he loved her. It just seems so clumsy and insincere.
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Re: Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

Post by January » Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:09 pm

I love all the Laura eps too, 4 of my favorites. There's nothing not to love. :grin You have DDG Adam in a role that we get to see him as boyfriend. :faint wishing I could be the girlfriend. :grin

Then we get to see a lot of guy Williams. January is in heaven. :lol

And adding your gif here is fine, but as Adamant said, you can also volunteer to do an Adam POD and have fun for a whole week. :yes
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Re: Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

Post by Sharry » Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:18 pm

Adamant wrote:And I also find it amusing that when at the end, Adam asks Laura to marry him, it's as awkward as when he told White Buffalo Woman he loved her. It just seems so clumsy and insincere.
Wow, I agree. I'm not sure I really know what Adam's match would have looked like, but 'White Buffalo Woman' wouldn't have been my pick either. I know love doesn't necessarily make a lot of sense whether in fiction or in reality, but I just didn't buy that one. :lol

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Re: Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

Post by PJudith » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:09 pm

I think maybe Adam DID know what Aunt Lil was up to. He was just being a gentleman and wouldn't tell her to MYOB. :grin

It wasn't just Aunt Lil. Adam was getting pressure from all sides. In the opening scene the ladies in town asked Adam and Laura if the would be making an "announcement" soon.

When he got home and the family was discussing serious business Hoss said something like "marry her so you can stay home where you belong."

I believe Adam said in an exasperated voice, "That's the third time today."

Before the dinner party engineered by Aunt Lil, Ben asks Adam what his attentions are and basically suggests thathe should not keep seeing Laura if he isn't serious.

Adam uncharacteristically caves in to the pressure. Maybe he thought it was the honorable thing to do since it was pointed out how he had monopolized her time. He did say he wanted a home of his own and I think he really cared for Peggy.

And he doesn't tell Laura that he loves her in EITHER of his proposals. Kind of a red flag there Laura :yes

His behavior sort of reminds me of the engagement interview of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. When asked by the interviewer, "In love?", Diana answers, "Of course" and Prince Charles says, "Whatever in love means." Code for, "Camilla darling if you're watching this, don't worry."

Still, it's a favorite episode of mine. Adam and Laura look great in it and it's fun to pretend that he has finally met "the one." Guy Williams is also pretty easy on the eyes.

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Re: Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

Post by Martam » Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:21 am

Imo, Laura had more chemistry with Will Carwright. Adam had more chemistry with the actress in The Lady from Baltimore.

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Re: Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

Post by PJudith » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:20 pm

Laura seemed to have chemistry with Adam until the show told her not to! :grin

What I mean is that she seemed to have "her heart set on" Adam as her Aunt Lil said. Aunt Lil paid her niece a visit because she was worried. Laura wrote to her about Adam and she obviously sounded like she wanted to marry him (at least in her letters).

I thought that Adam and Laura looked good together. But the show pulled the rug out from under them and did a last minute switcheroo. No! Forget Adam. Laura, now you WILL fall in love with Will and ride off into the sunset 'cause Adam is staying on the show and he'll remain a bachelor.

Seemed like messy writing all the way around, too abrupt and the trio of Adam, Laura and Will ended up looking like a bunch of lovestruck, impulsive and confused teen-agers.
Just my take on it.
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Re: Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

Post by Julianna » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:44 pm

PJudith wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:20 pm
Laura seemed to have chemistry with Adam until the show told her not to! :grin
I agree. At the dance and Adam kissed her, I thought their was chemistry

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Re: Episode 166 - THE PRESSURE GAME

Post by ellen » Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:35 pm

I think part of the "Laura" problem was the episodes were all written by different writers. (Even Laura's house changed.) For a 4-episode arc, you would think they would make an effort to write her character more consistently.

The writers / directors:
The Waiting Game - Ed Adamson / Richard Sarafian
The Cheating Game - William Stuart / Joseph Sargent
The Pressure Game - Don Tait / Tay Garnett
Triangle - Frank Cleaver / Tay Garnett
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