Episode 426 - THE BUCKET DOG

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Episode 426 - THE BUCKET DOG

Post by Episode Guide » Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:34 am

Date: December 19, 1972

Summary: Jamie becomes attached to the runt of a litter the owner is set on doing away with.

Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Don Knight (Tim Riley), William Sylvester (Horace Kingston), Ivan Bonar (Minister), Carl Pitti (George Spencer), John Zaremba (Judge Wilcox)


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Re: Episode 426 - THE BUCKET DOG

Post by CowgirlAtHeart » Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:35 am

I loved this episode. Jamie's love for the dog was great, and there were a lot of fantastic moments throughout, both funny moments (such as when the dog follows Jamie in to church) and dramatic moments (especially during the dog trial.) I also enjoyed Jamie's interactions with Ben, Joe, Candy, and Hop Sing. Don Knight's character was likeable, too.
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Post by daisy60 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:31 am

This is one of my favorite 'Jamie' episodes. I really wanted an Irish Setter after watching this. April was adorable.

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Re: Episode 426 - THE BUCKET DOG

Post by Tracy » Tue May 02, 2017 6:50 pm

Interesting note: There is a wanted posted that appears in this episode. On the poster is the name Bronco Layne from the TV western series, Bronco. This same poster appeared in Bonanza season 12's The Trouble With Trouble, but in that episode, it includes a picture of actor Ty Hardin as Bronco. Makes me think someone on the Bonanza set was a Bronco fan!

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Post by ellie » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:53 am

I am a tea drinker. My first beverage of the day (after the mandatory water for some meds) is tea. My last beverage of the night is decaf tea. So tscene was one I really liked. The caption below it is what Tracy included with the pic when she uploaded it.

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Hop Sing rises early, ready to start his day in the kitchen. Jamie's dog, April, rushes to the kitchen, barking. Hop Sing begins to yell, and the commotion awakens Ben, Joe, and Jamie. They hurry to the kitchen in their night shirts, only to find Hop Sing muttering about the dog. Hop Sing announces, "Coffee not ready." Then he pours himself a cup from the pot, and adds, "Tea ready."
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Re: Episode 426 - THE BUCKET DOG

Post by daisy60 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:01 pm

I love that scene! April sure did cause some trouble with her barking at everyone, like Joe coming home at night and Hop Sing! She was still a beautiful dog. :dog4

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Re: Episode 426 - THE BUCKET DOG

Post by rolsson » Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:21 am

I've just watched this episode for the first time and I think it's the most pointless episode ever. I've read all the touching comments above and I'm a Jamie fan too but the episode is a whole lot of nonsense. This is the 14th season guys you should have brought your" A" game. This really had more of a LHOTP feel then Bonanza. I'm surprised it made it past the "hay guys what about this idea for an episode" phase.

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Re: Episode 426 - THE BUCKET DOG

Post by Adamant » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:16 am

First, that is funny about the "Bronco" wanted poster. I wanted him!

As for the subject matter, I feel it has more of a Disney vibe or is like all those movies I saw as a kid about a boy and his dog like Lassie or Dog of Flanders or Greyfriar's Bobby. And of course, the movie Big Red.
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Re: Episode 426 - THE BUCKET DOG

Post by Tracy » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:01 pm

Adamant wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:16 am
As for the subject matter, I feel it has more of a Disney vibe or is like all those movies I saw as a kid about a boy and his dog like Lassie or Dog of Flanders or Greyfriar's Bobby. And of course, the movie Big Red.
I agree. This episode seemed to be aimed at a different audience or just out of the realm of "western".

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