Episode 136 - A PASSION FOR JUSTICE

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Episode 136 - A PASSION FOR JUSTICE

Post by Episode Guide » Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:27 pm

Date: September 29, 1963

Summary: The famous novelist Charles Dickens visits Virginia City and provokes trouble for himself and the town.

Written by: Peter Packer
Directed by: Murray Golden
Guest Stars: Victor Sen Yung as Hop Sing, Ray Teal as Sheriff Roy Coffee, Clegg Hoyt as Townsman, Victor Maddern as Dan Stoker, Jonathan Harris as Charles Dickens, Frank Albertson as Sam Walker, Charles Irving as Roger

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Re: Episode 136 - A PASSION FOR JUSTICE

Post by emilysean » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:09 pm

Truly random thought but during the episode Dickens keeps saying he is not sure what to do with the character Nell. Anyone ever wonder if that had a hidden meaning? What did the writers want to do with (Per)nell? That would have been the time they were talking exit strategy for him.

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Post by daisy60 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:42 am

The episode is ok but not a favorite. What I do like reading about Jonathon Harris's view on "those naughty Cartwright boys" While Jonathon was telling the story, every time the cameras were on them, Hoss and Joe were sitting nicely, listening, but as soon as the camera wasn't on they were making faces at Jonathon, trying to get him to laugh and mess up his story! Those naughty boys!

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Post by Julianna » Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:50 pm

emilysean wrote:Truly random thought but during the episode Dickens keeps saying he is not sure what to do with the character Nell. Anyone ever wonder if that had a hidden meaning? What did the writers want to do with (Per)nell? That would have been the time they were talking exit strategy for him.
I don't think so since the writer is Peter Packer. He wrote several good episodes but Irwin Allen got him to write many episodes of Lost in Space including the infamous Vegetable Rebellion. Jonathan Harris tells the story that Packer told him he couldn't think of another idea for LIS. Speaking of Pernell, he steals the scenes he is in. Probably why Harris doesn't sing his praises. :yes

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Re: Episode 136 - A PASSION FOR JUSTICE

Post by ellen » Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:55 pm

Honestly, I don't understand why Dickens wouldn't give his alibi. There was enough circumstantial evidence for a jury to convict him, and it's just foolish not to present an alibi. Did he think being famous would protect him?
:ellen Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens. Then everybody disagrees. - Will Rogers

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Re: Episode 136 - A PASSION FOR JUSTICE

Post by windward » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:14 am

Julianna wrote:
emilysean wrote:Truly random thought but during the episode Dickens keeps saying he is not sure what to do with the character Nell. Anyone ever wonder if that had a hidden meaning? What did the writers want to do with (Per)nell? That would have been the time they were talking exit strategy for him.
I don't think so since the writer is Peter Packer. He wrote several good episodes but Irwin Allen got him to write many episodes of Lost in Space including the infamous Vegetable Rebellion. Jonathan Harris tells the story that Packer told him he couldn't think of another idea for LIS. Speaking of Pernell, he steals the scenes he is in. Probably why Harris doesn't sing his praises. :yes
I think this is just an allusion to the story that the character Nell was so popular with American readers that allegedly Dickens fans in New York rushed to the piers when a ship from Britain arrived that had the most recent instalment on board. They couldn't even wait until the ship had landed but shouted to the sailors whether they knew what had become of Nell. :laughing

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Re: Episode 136 - A PASSION FOR JUSTICE

Post by PJudith » Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:58 pm

One of my favorite episodes. I enjoyed Jonathan Harris as Charles Dickens. He was so correct in being angry about people appropriating his work. I liked his explanation to Hoss.

But one of those little trivia things in this episode bothers me. Joe was reading the article which criticized "Mr. Dickens" during breakfast. That event only happened the evening before. So the Ponderosa has "newspaper delivery" at dawn? :grin Hard to believe that the paperboy rides twenty miles out to the Ponderosa to deliver the paper at six. A.M.!!
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