Episode 288 - THE PRICE OF SALT

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Episode 288 - THE PRICE OF SALT

Post by Episode Guide » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:01 am

Date: February 4, 1968

Summary: Greedy Ada Halle has all the salt needed by cattlemen for their dying herds.

Written by: B. W. Sandefur
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Kim Hunter (Ada Halle); James Best (Vern Shaler); John Doucette (Cash Talbot); Myron Healey (Williams); Robert Patten (Padre); David Pritchard (Ned); Ken Drake (Jackson); John Jay Douglas (Conrad); Hal Burton (uncredited - stunts for David Pritchard).

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Re: Episode 288 - THE PRICE OF SALT

Post by Tracy » Sat Jul 18, 2015 10:25 pm

This episode explores what happens when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate with the needs of a rancher's cattle. Supply and demand are not something you'd usually associate with a Bonanza episode, and this one deals with it very well, IMO. I think Lorne's facial expressions in this one are exceptional to the subtleties of the episode.

For the most part, James Best played a bad guy in westerns, so it is nice to see him on the right side of the law for a change.

The ending, however, bugs the heck out of me. Ada Halle, along with the greed of Cash Talbot, caused the death of Talbot and her own fiance, Sheriff Shaler - not to mention getting another rancher shot and causing the death of many, many cattle. She's "not from these parts" and doesn't understand how things are? Really? So, greed, selfishness, and unscrupulous dealings don't exist in the world Ada came from - she was a teacher and worked at a bank. Also, she had little consideration for her fiance's friends and his standing in the community - he was the sheriff! Anyway, after all of this AND almost getting Ben shot, Ben simply pats her as she grieves over her dead fiance and then forgives her? I can see paying her for the salt in the end but that's it!

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Re: Episode 288 - THE PRICE OF SALT

Post by daisy60 » Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:37 am

This shows well how selfish and greedy people can become. Ada seemed to love being rich and powerful. It was surprising that her boyfriend, the sheriff, at first went along with her get rich scheme. The ending was a bit odd but I guess that was what the script called for.

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Re: Episode 288 - THE PRICE OF SALT

Post by snapdragon » Sat Aug 22, 2015 10:28 pm

I agree with you, Tracy. It really bothered me how Ben STILL defended Ada, even though she knew perfectly well what she was doing. She only learned her lesson when Vern wised up and called off their engagement...and then he dies as a direct result of her and Talbot's greed!

Question for cattle experts: why exactly were the cattle dying off due to lack of salt? I thought there was salt in the ground where they feed. And how would the ranchers feed the salt to the cattle?

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Re: Episode 288 - THE PRICE OF SALT

Post by ellen » Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:01 pm

snapdragon wrote: Question for cattle experts: why exactly were the cattle dying off due to lack of salt? I thought there was salt in the ground where they feed. And how would the ranchers feed the salt to the cattle?
I'm not an expert, but here's a wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineral_lick

The "lick" is usually a chunk or block of salt that the animal can just walk up to and lick. Here are some images:
https://www.google.com/search?q=salt+li ... +salt+lick
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Re: Episode 288 - THE PRICE OF SALT

Post by manulanee » Sun Aug 23, 2015 12:24 pm

No creature can live without salt. In some regions there is enough salt for them to find and in some regions salt is very rare, so you have to add it to the hay or give them a mineral chunk. Animals that are hunting normally don't need additional salt because there is enough in their victims' blood or innards. So in the end it is mostly the vegetarian animals that need additional salt licks.
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Re: Episode 288 - THE PRICE OF SALT

Post by Sharry » Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:25 pm

Yes, salt licks are necessary for cattle - they need it supplemented.

Childhood confession - I used to sneak in with my uncle's cattle and try their salt lick when I was little. Yep - I did. I had seen the cattle licking it, and I wondered what they were doing, so I tasted it. I can testify that it IS salty.

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Re: Episode 288 - THE PRICE OF SALT

Post by Dagburnit » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:25 pm

When a rancher dies like Talbert, do the hands go back with salt on their own to divide up his share?

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