Episode 425 - THE SOUND OF SADNESS

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Episode 425 - THE SOUND OF SADNESS

Post by Episode Guide » Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:33 am

Date: December 5, 1972

Summary: A friend of Griff’s tries to adopt two orphan boys and runs into trouble.

Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Jack Albertson (Jonathon May), Dan Ferrone (Mr. Holcombe), Penelope Gillette (Mrs. Farmer), Harry Holcombe (Dr. Martin), Carol Locatell (Mrs. Holcombe s Carol Lawson), Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster), Marty McCall(Tim), Timothy Marshall (Tim), Irene Tedrow (Mrs. Caines)

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Re: Episode 425 - THE SOUNDS OF SADNESS

Post by snapdragon » Sat May 07, 2016 3:37 pm

In a strange way I'm enjoying Season 14 of BZ even though by this time 'Bonanza' was no longer really Bonanza-like, meaning that the Cartwrights were hardly its focus. Adam was long gone, and now that Hoss is dead this show has lost its heart.

I like the Griff character, never really cared for Jaime, and loved that Candy returned. But the actors must've seen the writing on the wall, and appeared to be going through the motions at this point.

Beside all that, I'm enjoying many of the episodes this season because it clearly marks the beginnings of "Little House on the Prairie", the ML-run show that I grew up on and loved.

This particular episode is a perfect example of LHOTP style: the sentimental character study, the high camera angles used, and the music. I liked it a lot.

Another ML trademark that I appreciate all the more nowadays is the emotional honesty he injects into his characters. It's so different from today, where characters are either too good to be true or the anti-hero, everything is either black-and-white with not much room for nuance. Landon was the opposite of that, which to me shows just how well he understood human nature.

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Re: Episode 425 - THE SOUNDS OF SADNESS

Post by CowgirlAtHeart » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:31 pm

snapdragon wrote:This particular episode is a perfect example of LHOTP style: the sentimental character study, the high camera angles used, and the music. I liked it a lot.
ML later re-used this script for a LHOTP episode, in fact. The two episodes are so similar I felt I was watching the same one twice.
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Re: Episode 425 - THE SOUNDS OF SADNESS

Post by daisy60 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:26 pm

Michael always wrote with his whole heart. Most of his episodes showed a lot of human emotions and this is one of them. It brought me to tears when the boys ran away rather than being separated. They found a man to love and take care of them but it wasn't allowed because of his age. The people wanting the older boy decided to take them both. Wonderful ending that brought me to tears again!

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Re: Episode 425 - THE SOUND OF SADNESS

Post by rolsson » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:51 pm

Although you hardly got to see any of the main characters I feel that this episode is worth its weight in gold. I truly wanted the old man to end up with the two boys even though it wouldn't work out. I was crying so much at the end. makes you think of all the lonely people in the world. That tea went up in price very fast I think that shop keeper was a crook.

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Re: Episode 425 - THE SOUND OF SADNESS

Post by rogell » Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:40 pm

This is s good episode but it's really not a Bonanza episode. It's really tough to have a true bonanza episode without Dan Blocker and for Me, Pernell Roberts. I appreciated the story line and the directing and writing of ML. It would have definitely been an episode I would have watched as a kid just as I did LHOTP. A true family type episode with good acting and sentiment.
I wonder if the episode called The sound of sadness or The sound of Loneliness. My cable info says it is called The Sound of Loneliness. I'll go with this website and true Bonanza fans

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Re: Episode 425 - THE SOUND OF SADNESS

Post by dougsgirl » Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:08 am

I just watched this episode the other night for the very first time.
To me it was the best episode of all after Pernell left. I loved that Jonathan loved those boys and was willing to take care of them with no strings attached. I don't like that they gave the boys to that couple, I wish they would have let Jonathan keep them. It's no different then if he was their grandfather. It tore me up at the very end seeing Jonathan cry.

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Re: Episode 425 - THE SOUND OF SADNESS

Post by Adamant » Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:53 am

One thing I noticed about the later episodes, the show became like Gunsmoke in that the episodes were often about people/characters/situations other than the "stars". I suppose, as with any long-running show, plots dealing with the main characters become redundant and so they expand and have the stars pop into the episodes every so often and show their faces.

The other day, I watched the episode with Mike Farrell again and the C's, basically Ben, had little to do as it was about the doctor. And the Sound of Loneliness/ Sadness, is the same; Ben and Joe are on the periphery as it's not about them.
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