Lynn Loring, previously of the "Fair Exchange" sitcom series, aged just 22 in this 1966 episode, gives a lip-smacking, bug-eyed (oh sorry, that was her natural state) performance as a sexual decoy par excellence, a conniving B*tch raised in the image of a man-hating grandmother. In this screenplay presenting the modern treatment of "mental illness", written by two men, the common liberal view is shown expanding to encompass emotionally warped people who are, in all but one aspect, functioning individuals. "Laurie" is deemed not to know what she is doing. The poor, sensitive lass -- Ben Cartright (Lorne Greene) has it figured -- victimizes Joe (Michael Landon) and plays up to her father (Lyle Bettger) to the point that the friendly families are at each other's throats. She lures an employee for fun, just to see him him squirm, then dismisses him. She gets Hoss (Dan Blocker) wounded in an unnecessary gunfight. She plugs a hand from the Ponderosa dead center, point blank, with his own revolver. And she is on the point of blowing away her father with a shotgun when saintly Joe intervenes. He explains the error of her ways and in one minute flat Laurie goes from a screaming banshee to calmly regretting her ways and pleading with Joe for help. But he's clever enough to avoid this bottomless pit and sweetly passes the burden of this back to her father.
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