Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

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Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

Post by Episode Guide » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:48 pm

Date: September 13, 1970

Summary: An arsonist threatens to destroy Virginia City as Clem and his fiance make wedding plans.

NOTE: This episode was the first to be filmed at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, Calif., after 11 years of being filmed on the Paramount lot. Both the Virginia City and Ponderosa sets were very different from their familiar Paramount versions.

Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: William Wiard
Guest Stars: Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee), Angel Thompkins (Janie Lund), Mona Bruns (Mrs. Carter)

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Re: Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

Post by Tracy » Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:03 pm

This is an intense episode. It forever changed the streets of Virginia City for the "residents" and the fans, alike.

We finally see a love interest for Clem, and look what happens!

Interesting:
Hoss refers to Hop Sing as a "pot jockey" in this episode. And Bing Russell and Ray Teal are listed as "special guest stars" in the opening credits.

Virginia City has at least 1,200 citizens (they had 1,200 signatures on a petition to remove Roy and Clem).

The music playing at the end - when Ben goes to see Clem - is very, very "star Trek-like."

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Re: Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

Post by Calamity » Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:45 pm

This is one that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sadly, Hoss is down with a hurt foot but it is amusing to watch the interaction between him and Hop Sing. As ML was tired of falling in love every week, Clem got the honors. As Tracy already pointed out, it was long overdue.

The actually burned the old set :fire making for some very realistic television during an era of cardboard monsters and plastic rocks. The burning was a way to disguise the move from Paramount Studios to Warner Brothers Studios.

I like seeing both Roy and Clem working together - something not often seen. :roy
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Re: Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

Post by daisy60 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:03 pm

It was great to see a love interest for Clem, even though she certainly had some problems. Flashbacks show what had happened in her life to cause her love of fire. Poor Joe must have been exhausted running from one end of town to the other to help fight the fires.

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Re: Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

Post by ellen » Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:51 am

Calamity wrote: I like seeing both Roy and Clem working together - something not often seen. :roy
They were together in only 3 episodes:
Season 5 - Rain From Heaven
Season 12 - The Luck Of Pepper Shannon
Season 12 - The Night Virginia City Died

I did not like the weirdness of the flashbacks, or maybe it was the actress. I liked seeing Clem in a featured role, though.
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Re: Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

Post by ellie » Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:37 pm

ellen wrote:I did not like the weirdness of the flashbacks, or maybe it was the actress.
The flashbacks told us why fire made the character feel safe and/or happy.
ellen wrote:I liked seeing Clem in a featured role, though.
Too bad Clem also suffered from the "Cartwright curse." :laughing

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Re: Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

Post by Tracy » Mon May 01, 2017 6:12 am

This is the first time, I believe, that Bing Russell (Clem) and Ray Teal (Roy Coffee) were listed in the opening credits of the episode as "guest stars."

It is also Lou Frizzell's second appearance on Bonanza (having first appeared in season 11's The Horse Traders) of nine as Dusty Rhodes. I do wish they'd kept his character permanently. I enjoyed him as Dusty.

And we meet yet another actor playing Doctor Martin (Paul Kent).

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Re: Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

Post by ellen » Mon May 01, 2017 11:41 am

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Ray Teal also had guest billing in "No Less A Man" from Season 5. I'm not sure if he or Bing Russell got guest billing on any other episodes.

Ray Teal and Bing Russell only appeared in 3 episodes together:
Season 5 - Rain From Heaven
Season 12 - The Luck Of Pepper Shannon
Season 12 - The Night Virginia City Died
Tracy wrote: It is also Lou Frizzell's second appearance on Bonanza (having first appeared in season 11's The Horse Traders) of nine as Dusty Rhodes. I do wish they'd kept his character permanently. I enjoyed him as Dusty.
I really liked Dusty too - I'm glad they brought him back for the introduction of Jamie.
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Re: Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

Post by CowgirlAtHeart » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:21 pm

In my opinion, this is one of the creepiest Bonanza episodes. Evil Bonanza characters are one thing; insane Bonanza characters are another. Those scenes with Janie looking at the flames and smiling are just terrifying! The fact that the viewer knows who the arsonist is nearly the whole time, while the Cartwrights don't, makes it so much scarier.
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Re: Episode 362 - THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED

Post by Tracy » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:06 pm

Poor, poor Clem. He finally gets more screen time and . . . Poor Clem.

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