Episode 172 - THANKS FOR EVERYTHING FRIEND

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Post by Julianna » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:17 pm

Doolittle wrote:Ben offering the ladies at the Bar-be-que some fresh "homemade" bread. What other kind of bread would they have on a ranch in the 1800s? You could tell that this was an ad lib, something we might comment on today but surely didn't make sense at the time!
Bakeries are not a 20th century invention! I am sure if not for Hop Sing, the Cartwrights would be visiting a VC bakery each week! :hopsing1 Although I don’t understand why they didn’t have more baked goods from some of those single VC womenfolk! :lol

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Post by daisy60 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:07 pm

I once went on-line to see what items were available in stores [mercantile] in the 1800's and they had a lot of prepackaged foods, such as vegetables and fruits, baked beans, meats and some baked goods. Of course you not only needed to be close town but you needed money to buy them. Money was very tight for many people.

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Post by Sharry » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:01 pm

You have sharp eyes there, Manulanee. I guess it was asking too much of the toupee to stay on while PR was in the river. :grin

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Post by ellen » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:36 am

I think it's pretty amazing that PR did this stunt in the first place. Maybe the water wasn't deep, but it must have been cold (I'm sure he was wearing a wetsuit underneath, though), and they could have easily used a stunt man.
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Re: Episode 172 - THANKS FOR EVERYTHING FRIEND

Post by Jim Barnsby » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:31 am

The first four episodes of Bonanza season 6 were solo missions for each Cartwright family member. Thanks for Everything, Friend is Adam's adventure.

It's been stated elsewhere online that Rory Calhoun's Tom Wilson character was a nod to the title character in the "modern western" movie, Hud (1963), which starred Paul Newman--see it now if you haven't already. Tom Wilson was a lot lot more subtle than Newman's Hud Bannon character. Of course, 1964 television standards and practices wouldn't permit Tom Wilson to grace our screens and act just as Hud did on the silver screen. However, both Hud Bannon and Tom Wilson share the concept of the "charming" villain, and it is evident in Thanks for Everything, Friend.

It seemed to me that Tom Wilson got more and more unsavory each time he spoke. It was like his evil was unfolding during the course of the episode, yet he remained charming to the last.

As for Adam, I liked his incisive deduction of Tom's motives for friendship and his definition of it. Plus, there was Adam's philosophy of how a person should be useful to society instead of trying to just get what you can from it. You don't find moral instruction in TV like that anymore.

One thing did irritate me, though: when Roy Coffee told Adam that he'd have to lead the posse because Roy had to wait to meet the governor(!) Sure, let the murderer run free just so 'ol Roy can rub elbows with the governor...Sheesh!

My Rating: 7/10

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