Hoss brings young Skeeter Dexter to live at the Ponderosa after his brutal stepfather leaves the area. Skeeter, a boy with a natural affinity for animals, has had no luck with his home life... See full summary »

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Hoss brings young Skeeter Dexter to live at the Ponderosa after his brutal stepfather leaves the area. Skeeter, a boy with a natural affinity for animals, has had no luck with his home life: his mother is bitter and destitute and has blamed him ever since his father abandoned her. Written by rbecker28

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Too many holes in the story.
12 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Really cannot say much more that what the other reviewer put into words since I agree that the show has so much potential that was unused or could not be used. What is left is a script that had so many holes that the story felt inadequate.

It begins with a red headed adolescent boy named Skeeter seems to have a way with animals making him an near 'Animal Whisperer'. But the boy's family life is in shambles. His mother is hinted through the story as being a prostitute and his step-father is a drunken coot that wants to beat the tar out of the kid.

After the boy gets hurt, the step-father has had enough and leaves town. And the mother has taken a liking to the local vet. In the meantime, Skeeter is staying with Hoss at the Ponderosa and takes a shine to a mare that is to have a colt. And since the script is so loose on facts, that is about all to the episode. The story ends with the colt being brought back to life and son, mother and animal doctor going to town to eat breakfast.

Know that it has already been said - but this story has so much untapped potential. What we are left with is a story that made little sense. Could have been so much better.


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