Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Springtime 

When their spring-fever antics injure miserly businessman, Jedediah Milbank, requiring recuperation at the Ponderosa, Ben orders each of his sons to carry out one of Mr. Milbank's seemingly... See full summary »

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When their spring-fever antics injure miserly businessman, Jedediah Milbank, requiring recuperation at the Ponderosa, Ben orders each of his sons to carry out one of Mr. Milbank's seemingly simple tasks, unaware that they may prove impossible for the kind-hearted Cartwright boys to complete. Written by shepherd1138

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1 October 1961 (USA)  »

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An enjoyable classic episode from the long running series.
7 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's springtime on the Ponderosa and the Cartwight boys are itching to let loose. It just so happens that a friend of Ben's, Jedediah Milbanks (John Carradine) a banker from California, has some business in the area and is coming by the ranch for a visit. Upon his arrival Milbanks is injured when the Cartwright boys get into a mud fight in a small pond. Needless to say Ben is not happy with his sons when he finds out that Milbanks has an injured leg. But we learn that the injury is really not bad but Milbanks has a plan where he will not have to handle his business and will let the Cartwright boys do his dirty work.

It just so happens Milbanks has three chores. One is given to each to complete since they were the one that caused the injury. Joe is to go remove a squatter from some property Milbanks owns. Hoss is to buy a piece of property from a young couple. And Adam is to evict a family from a house when the family falls on hard times and cannot pay the mortgage. But when the Cartwright boys see the situation that they have been assigned it will not work out like exactly as wanted by Milbanks.

This is one of those Bonanza episodes that made the series so enduring. Each situation is played out just like we would expect a Cartwright to handle. And each story is interesting in itself. John Carradine is excellent as the tight-wad banker and gives one of his better performances. This episode provides all the good things we think when we remember the series.


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