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Episode 326 - THE WISH

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:29 pm
by Episode Guide
Date: March 9, 1969

Summary: Hoss goes on a vacation and rides into a town called Chiso. He meets a little black boy named John, who has stolen some candles from the store. Hoss asks why and he says he wishes on the candles and one of his wishes is that his father be white. Hoss tries to help John's ex-slave father make a go of their farm, but some of the town’s people won't let it happen.

Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by:Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Ossie Davis (Sam Davis), George Spell (John O. Davis)

Slideshow courtesy of Tracy and Bonanza Boomers Gallery

Re: Episode 326 - THE WISH

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:52 pm
by Dagburnit
A perfectly outstanding episode....... :woohoo
one of the best of the 10 year series so far.
I am just not sure though how Hoss planned on taking a two month vacation all by himself without even a fresh set of clothes. :thumbup :hoss :shrug

Re: Episode 326 - THE WISH

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:47 am
by daisy60
Wonderful episode! It shows how horribly free blacks were treated-unable to find work and being bullied because of their skin color. John wished that his father was white so they could live freely. In the end, after being beat up, reality sets in and he himself has stopped wishing.

Re: Episode 326 - THE WISH

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:51 pm
by Dagburnit
The story was right at the height of the Civil Rights movement around 1969. The nuances in the story reflect that. A very powerful story. A classic episode which should probably be viewed in schools.........and even by adults in this world of paranoia about those who are different (i.e. Muslim, etc.).

Re: Episode 326 - THE WISH

Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:38 am
by ellie
Yesterday I was talking to an African American man who told me about the things that he is STILL experiencing today!

Re: Episode 326 - THE WISH

Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:06 pm
by Fanofoldtvshows
A great episode and great writing by ML. He improved a lot since his first script The Gamble.

Re: Episode 326 - THE WISH

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:05 pm
by snapdragon
Boy, I tell you, this episode is by far my favorite ML-written/directed episode. It definitely made a lasting impression on me. Everything about it impressed me so. It's the kind of the episode I wish I could personally shake ML's hand on, it was that good.

Here's some interesting background info on it:
This was Michael Landon's favorite episode.

Trivia: Ossie Davis making his only appearance, fine actor and performer. He was also a guest on the 1991 Michael Landon tribute: "Laughter and Love". Roy Jenson and Jerry Summers return, in the roles of the two town bigots.

Stunt Trivia: The climactic barn fight in this episode was expertly choreographed by Michael Landon. Even though he didn't believe in violence, his fights would showcase the great physical strength in the characters he'd write in a script. When he'd stage the fights in the shows he wrote and directed, it was as realistic as they could get.

His expertise as a good athlete only made this more of a reality in the fights he and other actors would be involved in during filming. Ossie Davis, Roy Jenson and Jerry Summers did exactly as Michael instructed them, as this was how he envisioned it in his mind. The great physical strength and acting of all three men was as realistic as it ever got. One of the greatest fights ever filmed for the series. In the barn fight, Lee Duncan doubles Ossie Davis in three bit parts as the fight starts with Jerry Summers.
And this:
Michael Landon presented great pride of authoring "The Wish," which guested black actor Ossie Davis and aired on March 9, 1969. In the story, Dan Blocker (Hoss) assists a neighboring black family but unwittingly becomes the fumbling and insensitive "liberal," in part the target of Landon's script.

Michael recalled, "Mainly, I wanted to get across the idea to whites just why black people are angry and frustrated and I wanted to help cool some of the backlash. One black writer saw the show and said to me. 'You've gotten so close to what it's like to be black, I could hardly believe it was written by a white man.' For me that was my Emmy."
The "fumbling and insensitive liberal" made me laugh because it's still very true today. The condescending, patriarchal attitude liberals have toward minorities is so offensive and arrogant that they don't even realize how their 'progressive' social policies actually hold minorities back.

ML definitely deserved an Emmy for this. Outstanding episode. :very happy

Re: Episode 326 - THE WISH

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:59 pm
by Dagburnit
I agree. Unfortunately I finished watching the series online and I guess I'm left with revisiting episodes in order to get back into the forum again...

Re: Episode 326 - THE WISH

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:51 pm
by snapdragon
Hi dagburnit, I was wondering where you had disappeared to. I enjoy reading your posts and unique POV. :Tracy

I cant't believe it's been over a year since I discovered BZ and I still haven't gotten through all 14 seasons. Thanks to the so-called 'lost episodes' I've been skipping around seasons instead of watching in chronological order as I'd wanted to do. And of course real life gets in the way of BZ bingeing.

Season 10 has surprised me. There are more episodes I've really enjoyed than I thought I would. I wish this forum had a thread in each section so that we could discuss each BZ season in general.

Re: Episode 326 - THE WISH

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:46 pm
by Dagburnit
I guess it could make sense to go back and rewatch particularly quality episodes.....and then jump back into the forums. Right now I've been into old Perry Mason episodes and Father Dowling Mysteries. Quite a change from. Bonanza...!!