Bonanza (1959–1973)
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My Brother's Keeper 

During a wolf hunt, Adam accidentally shoots Little Joe, and must find help if Joe is to survive.





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Episode cast overview:
Sheila Reardon
Brendan Dillon ...
Emmett Reardon
Dr. Hickman
Jason Johnson ...


After Adam accidentally shoots Little Joe during a wolf hunt, he gets help from Mr and Miss Reardon, an Irishman and his daughter passing by. Once back at the Ponderosa, Adam finds one obstacle after another to gaining the medical attention Joe needs. The doctor is late coming, the medicine isn't at the pharmacy, and three lawless men try to extort money for the medicine. Adam must grapple with his own feelings as well as he struggles to find a way to save Little Joe. Written by Charles Delacroix

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7 April 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based on the expression: "I am not my brother's keeper." See more »

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Good acting with two good stories
19 October 2012 | by (Southeastern United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this episode. One thing that you can learn from it is that there are consequences to your actions, whether deserved or not. While cornering a wolf that's been attacking their cattle, Adam accidentally shoots Little Joe. That sets off a chain of events that causes distress not only to the Cartwrights, but also to others in the area, due to the sound of the rifle shots' (apparently) causing a stampede. Ken Lynch gives an outstanding performance, IMHO, as he usually does with the characters he portrays. He was a natural!

This episode has some good acting from ALL the characters, even Little Joe in his bed- ridden, coma-like role is very believable. The side story about the man and daughter, whom Adam runs into while bringing injured Little Joe back home, is interesting to learn. The importance of Family is stressed; it helps us to see that close family ties - which, I might add, are woefully lacking these days for many - not only molds our personality, but can motivate us to choose our course in life, even if it goes against our own desires. Unselfishly putting other people's interest ahead of ours is really the epitome of love, isn't it?

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