Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Joe Cartwright, Detective 

After Joe gets hooked on detective novels, he becomes suspicious of two strangers in town, and enlists Hoss's help to convince the deputy, and Ben, that they really are robbers, before it's too late.

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After Joe gets hooked on detective novels, he becomes suspicious of two strangers in town, and enlists Hoss's help to convince the deputy, and Ben, that they really are robbers, before it's too late.

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5 March 1967 (USA)  »

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Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: What's the use. Trying to broaden your mind and all you're thinking about is broadening your middle.
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Look, Little Joe... you broaden what you want to broaden, I'll broaden what I want to broaden, all right?
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U 2 can be a detective
21 December 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Bonanza episode is another of the comic ones that occasionally was done, usually two or three per year. However in this case it's Michael Landon who's gotten into the habit of reading these detective novels and starting to think he can be a detective. Living out in the west and knowing what the real west was like and how hard he and his family worked to build and maintain the Ponderosa it wouldn't be likely that he'd read Ned Buntline type work. But silly detective stories might get his attention.

Watching this I can't help thinking that this was before Arthur Conan Doyle started writing Sherlock Holmes. Now THAT would have been a great role model detective. Let alone what the 20th century would bring with Dashiel Hammett, Raymond Chandler, etc. Too bad Landon wasn't reading those works which hadn't been written yet.

This story was slightly off kilter because it's usually Hoss that has these flights of fancy and it's Little Joe that sort of tags along trying to reign him in. It doesn't quite work as well in reverse.

Two strangers played by Ken Lynch and Mort Mills come to town and Landon gets the idea they're bank robbers. The rest of the episode is his obsession with the idea.

To see how it works out, watch the story.


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