Episode 251 - PONDEROSA EXPLOSION

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Episode 251 - PONDEROSA EXPLOSION

Post by Episode Guide » Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:24 am

Date: January 1, 1967

Summary: Joe and Hoss go into the rabbit breeding business, but things soon get out of hand when neither of them can bear the thought of skinning the little creatures.

Written by: Alex Sharp
Directed by: William F Claxton
Guest Stars: Dub Taylor and Chick Chandler as Barlow and Clyde.

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Re: Episode 251 - PONDEROSA EXPLOSION

Post by Dagburnit » Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:05 pm

Alas, a very, very silly episode........but on the other hand we can see that the producers wanted writers to alternate among heavy drama, pure comedy, romance, and morals. I guess this episode was on the far edge of pure comedy Here are three men managing a huge business operation, and for several months their main focus is raising rabbits to make some money. Considering they are multimillionaires, it's really weird. Then to repay the $150 Ben decides to deduct from their "wages" for THREE months, which would amount to $75 for each son, meaning that they earned a straight salary of only $25 a month, which as I recall from Bonanza and The Virginian, the salary of an ordinary ranch hand of $1 a day.

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Re: Episode 251 - PONDEROSA EXPLOSION

Post by ellie » Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:45 pm

You are correct that Ponderosa Explosion is a very silly episode. The Ponderosa raises cattle that are sent to market, but they can't kill the cute little bunnies. :shrug
However, it's still hilarious to see Joe stuck in that cage. This episode is for laughs only ... and it succeeds very well. :ha

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Re: Episode 251 - PONDEROSA EXPLOSION

Post by ellen » Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:46 pm

I love how they get attached to the little bunnies!

And Hoss's line to Joe - "How many have you slain?" always cracks me up! (Along with him calling Joe "a fiend".)
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Re: Episode 251 - PONDEROSA EXPLOSION

Post by Dagburnit » Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:33 pm

Good point. Don't they ever get a bit attached to other animals, or only rabbits?!

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Post by Fanofoldtvshows » Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:57 pm

Although, I preferthe 1st six seasons, This episode is among my favorites.I never get tired of watching this episode.

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Re: Episode 251 - PONDEROSA EXPLOSION

Post by ellie » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:02 pm

Dagburnit wrote:Good point. Don't they ever get a bit attached to other animals, or only rabbits?!
Dogs and puppies :dog though Walter is the only one we ever see in more than one episode.

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Re: Episode 251 - PONDEROSA EXPLOSION

Post by daisy60 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:15 am

Hoss and Joe at their very best comedy! This is definitely another of my many favorites. I love when Hoss puts Joe in the cage! You're not skinning my rabbits!

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Re: Episode 251 - PONDEROSA EXPLOSION

Post by snapdragon » Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:13 pm

A fun, silly episode. I'll paraphrase Ben Cartwright: "I don't understand how two otherwise reasonable, intelligent young men could be so stupid."

Little Joe caged by Hoss :lol

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Dagburnit wrote:Here are three men managing a huge business operation, and for several months their main focus is raising rabbits to make some money. Considering they are multimillionaires, it's really weird.
You hit upon one of those Bonanza inconsistencies that's been needling me: Joe and Hoss' constant harebrained (see what I did there? :winking ) money-making schemes, after watching them in previous episodes dropping hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in cash without batting an eyelash. This family is hardly cash-starved.

Which brings me to another annoyance: Ben acting like $150 is a lot of money to pay for a horse but in "Horse of a Different Hue" he is easily coerced into paying $5,000 (and then another $5,000 on top of that!) into a bet. Men and their manly bets! :no

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Re: Episode 251 - PONDEROSA EXPLOSION

Post by daisy60 » Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:19 pm

This is a really fun episode. I love when Hop Sing serves 3 of their rabbits for dinner and later tries to sneak in the barn, cleaver in hand, to grab some more. Ben's poor horse is afraid of rabbits!

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