Episode 22 - BLOOD ON THE LAND

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Re: Episode 22 - BLOOD ON THE LAND

Post by littlejoenice » Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:43 pm

I rather enjoyed this episode, particularly Everett Sloane's performance. I think Ben was right to throw Drummond off his land. As January said in the first post, Drummond was a low-down, dirty creep, and maybe ben didn't know that initially. What he was most worried about was the sheep crossing his land. There are some-- if not many-- instances where sheep and cattle cannot be mixed on the same grazing ground. Why, the sheep would demolish it before the cows even have a chance!

Ben knew that, and by throwing the likes of Jeb Drummond and all those with him off his land, he was not only protecting it from damage, he was also protecting his cattle from starvation, or at least, that's my point of view. Adam, of course, stood up to his father in this episode, as he did in a few of the earlier ones, and that only served to anger Ben more. But Ben proved that even though he loved the land, he wouldn't put it above his sons, even going so far as to offer Drummond half of the Ponderosa in order for Adam not to be hurt. I think that was my favorite scene out of the whole episode.
Adam told his father not to do it, that it wasn't worth it, but just the look in his father's eyes showed that Adam's life was worth it.
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Re: Episode 22 - BLOOD ON THE LAND

Post by Julianna » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:37 pm

Well stated, littlejoenice. I agree.
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Re: Episode 22 - BLOOD ON THE LAND

Post by Tahoe Lee » Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:04 pm

Adam not only stood up to Ben but he told him he was just as bad as Drummond.

Ben (not so politely) told him to repeat that when he yelled..."I'm what??"

Whoa Adam. That was pretty gutsy even by today's standards.
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Re: Episode 22 - BLOOD ON THE LAND

Post by Sharry » Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:49 pm

Tahoe Lee wrote:Adam not only stood up to Ben but he told him he was just as bad as Drummond.

Ben (not so politely) told him to repeat that when he yelled..."I'm what??"

Whoa Adam. That was pretty gutsy even by today's standards.
That's one of the things I adore about Adam. He's one gutsy guy. :thumbup
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Re: Episode 22 - BLOOD ON THE LAND

Post by Sharry » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:34 pm

I watched this episode today. Adam did stand up to Ben, but what actually struck me the most this time around was how quickly Ben sought to change his thinking once Adam's safety was truly at stake. Everything became crystal clear once the trade off was Adam vs 50,000 acres of land. (Or any amount of acreage for that matter.) :adam :ben :thumbup

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Re: Episode 22 - BLOOD ON THE LAND

Post by littlejoenice » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:52 pm

I might watch this episode today. I forgot how good it was.
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Re: Episode 22 - BLOOD ON THE LAND

Post by rogell » Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:03 pm

When I watch this episode I have to remember the time period when it was shot and also that the show and writers were still developing the characters i.e., Ben Cartwright and his stubbornness. I do agree that Ben was in his rights to not allow Jeb to not cross his land especially if it was going to destroy grazing land for his cattle. Good episode for Adam lovers. Not so good for those who love Pa though.

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Re: Episode 22 - BLOOD ON THE LAND

Post by rogell » Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:07 pm

rogell wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:03 pm
When I watch this episode I have to remember the time period when it was shot and also that the show and writers were still developing the characters i.e., Ben Cartwright and his stubbornness. I do agree that Ben was in his rights to not allow Jeb to not cross his land especially if it was going to destroy grazing land for his cattle. I like to see that Bonanza evolved from a typical western to one that included a softer family side later on. I believe thats the reason for its longevity. Good episode for Adam lovers. Not so good for those who love Pa though.

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