Episode 239 - THE PURSUED Part 1

Bonanza Season 8 Episodes
Post Reply
User avatar
Episode Guide
Bonanza Episodes
Posts: 430
Joined: Tue Jan 16, 1973 5:00 am
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: Hoss

Episode 239 - THE PURSUED Part 1

Post by Episode Guide » Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:58 pm

Date: October 2, 1966

Summary:Ben, Hoss and Joe go to Beehive to buy horses from Heber Clawson and end up having to help him, as he is being persecuted for being a Mormon and having two wives.

Written by: Thomas Thompson
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Eric Fleming as Heber Clawson, Dina Merrill as Susana and Lois Nettleton as Elizabeth

pursued 1.gif
pursued 1.gif (8.18 MiB) Viewed 1901 times

Slideshow courtesy of Tracy

Dagburnit
Ranch Hand
Ranch Hand
Posts: 563
Joined: Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:52 pm
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: All

The Pursued 1+2

Post by Dagburnit » Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:32 pm

That early Season 8 double episode was one of the best I have seen in the first 7+ seasons. No question about it. It was additionally tragic because it almost portended the death of Eric Fleming (Heber Clawson) the actor a few months later in Peru. There's alot to discuss about this story, but I will comment that parts did drag a little too long, especially the chase of the wagon by the townsmen that led to Heber being killed and then the death of Elizabeth. Did anyone note that Joe told Heber that there were alot of good doctors in Virginia City, when in fact there was only one?

We can see that the prejudiced people were led by the wacky preacher (who didn't like the term preacher, preferring "parson") who was obviously and clearly a Methodist circuit preacher. I think the story didn't nuance the issue of the prejudice enough or even offer an "out" for the preacher and his followers in relation to the polygamous Mormons. Plus in every conflict there are two sides to the story. It wasn't clear to me why Heber didn't follow Brigham Young out of Nevada to Utah because I assumed non-compliance would lead to excommunication from the Mormon church. It also missed a few tidbits about the internal wars and prejudices after Joseph Smith's murder in Navoo, and the assorted breakaways, of which Young's group was only one.

With regard to massacring people, there were acts of violence by both Mormons and their enemies, which didn't come through in the episode (i.e. the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 committed by Mormons) and massacres of Mormons in the 1830s, especially in Missouri. So the case referred to by Heber is a bit unclear.

User avatar
patina
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Posts: 16528
Joined: Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:21 pm
Badges: 310
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: Adam
Location: Louisiana

Forum Moderator Librarian Bonanza's 60th Anniversary Friends Gathering 2019
September Song 2019 BINGO Spare Summer 2019 Pernell Roberts Birthday 2019 FFW 2019 Discussion
FFW 2019 Puzzlers FFW 2019 GAMES BINGO After Party BINGO Spare Round-Up Game
BINGO Search Round-Up Game BINGO Gutterball Round-Up Game BINGO Clue Round-Up Game Reader's Choice Level 1

View all badges

Re: Episode 239 - THE PURSUED Part 1

Post by patina » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:14 pm

Before YouTube and DVDs, the only way to see Bonanza eps was on TV. When The Family Channel showed the Lost Episodes, these 2 eps weren't aired by order of Pat Robertson. It wasn't until Hallmark acquired the Lost Episodes syndication package that I saw these 2 eps.

I adored Eric Fleming and was saddened to learn of his death while he was filming a movie.
Wicked Wit of the West
Boomers Librarian

Dagburnit
Ranch Hand
Ranch Hand
Posts: 563
Joined: Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:52 pm
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: All

Re: Episode 239 - THE PURSUED Part 1

Post by Dagburnit » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:19 pm

What did Pat Robertson have to do with it? I don't understand. He's not a Mormon or a Methodist. What difference would it make to him, and how would he have the power to affect what was shown? Apparently Eric Fleming died in that accident in Peru a mere few months after filming the episode. It was broadcast in October 1966, meaning it was made in the summer, and Fleming died in December 1966.

User avatar
daisy60
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 17867
Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:29 am
Badges: 142
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: Joe/Michael
Location: Florida

Bonanza's 60th Anniversary BINGO Line Summer 2019 Game Night 12 ~ 2019 Level 3 Game Night 12 ~ 2019 Level 2
Game Night 12 ~ 2019 Level 1 BINGO After Party Zazzle Buyer BINGO Spare Round-Up Game
BINGO Search Round-Up Game Saint Patrick's Day 2019 BINGO Search Valentine's Day Oscar Chat 2019
BINGO Gutterball Valentine's Valentine's Day 2019 15,000 Posts Out Of The Blue

View all badges

Re: Episode 239 - THE PURSUED Part 1

Post by daisy60 » Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:14 am

I love the episode and I watch now on the Season 8 release. It had been a long time since I've seen it. Pat Robinson was a former minister who owned the Family Channel and banned what he didn't approve. The crazy preacher led people to chase after the Mormon family because of his own greed and his affection for Elizabeth, one of Heber's wives. It shows how damaging prejudice an be. The ending is very sad, when Elizabeth dies giving birth.

Dagburnit
Ranch Hand
Ranch Hand
Posts: 563
Joined: Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:52 pm
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: All

Re: Episode 239 - THE PURSUED Part 1

Post by Dagburnit » Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:45 am

It's too bad there couldn't have been a happy ending. Looks like Ben lost the first group of horses that he bought from Heber.

User avatar
ellen
Forum Moderator
Forum Moderator
Posts: 7024
Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2008 6:05 pm
Badges: 122
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: Adam
Location: Proud to be a Lady Vol!

Forum Moderator Zazzle Buyer Springtime 2019 Oscar Chat 2019
Out Of The Blue Step Up 2019 Christmas 2018 Thanksgiving 2018
Sadie Hawkins Day 2018 Without A Trace 8 Surprise Level 3 Behind The Scenes
Coffee with the Cartwrights Surprise Level 2 Surprise Level 1 Break The Record eff 2018

View all badges

Re: Episode 239 - THE PURSUED Part 1

Post by ellen » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:17 am

Dagburnit wrote:What did Pat Robertson have to do with it? I don't understand. He's not a Mormon or a Methodist. What difference would it make to him, and how would he have the power to affect what was shown?
For years, the network "The Family Channel" was the only station in the US airing the "Lost Episodes", which is the package with this episode. Pat Robertson was the owner of that network, and he chose not to air it.
:ellen Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens. Then everybody disagrees. - Will Rogers

JamesBYoung
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:30 pm
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: Little Joe

Re: Episode 239 - THE PURSUED Part 1

Post by JamesBYoung » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:46 am

As a young husband and father in university, my family and I watched THE PURSUED when it appeared on national TV. Going to uni in northern Utah meant that we were not the only young families that watched it. Discussion was mild among the Mormons. They believed that Heber Clawson and his wives probably would not have lived away from other co-religionists.

Watching the episodes for the first time since its debut just the other night, I was touched by the sad story (which was believable), and realized that our young since the 1990s have moved so far away culturally from their mythical western roots as Americans founded in mid-nineteenth century TV, that they may be bored by the story.
These users thanked the author JamesBYoung for the post:
daisy60

User avatar
daisy60
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 17867
Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:29 am
Badges: 142
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: Joe/Michael
Location: Florida

Bonanza's 60th Anniversary BINGO Line Summer 2019 Game Night 12 ~ 2019 Level 3 Game Night 12 ~ 2019 Level 2
Game Night 12 ~ 2019 Level 1 BINGO After Party Zazzle Buyer BINGO Spare Round-Up Game
BINGO Search Round-Up Game Saint Patrick's Day 2019 BINGO Search Valentine's Day Oscar Chat 2019
BINGO Gutterball Valentine's Valentine's Day 2019 15,000 Posts Out Of The Blue

View all badges

Re: Episode 239 - THE PURSUED Part 1

Post by daisy60 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:09 am

Unfortunately, this is probably very close to the truth in the mid 1800's, although some of it was a bit dramatized for TV. The Mormon religion is one of many religions misunderstood. My people don't seem to need a reason to hate others. The ending was very sad. :sob

Post Reply

Return to “Season 8”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest