Hoss mentors a lonely, mentally challenged man who, with superhuman size and strength, becomes extremely dangerous when angered. These efforts are undermined by a saloon girl who only wants this giant man-child to manipulate him.




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Episode cast overview:
Sheribelle, the Saloon Girl
Cal Bolder ...
Arnie 'The Ape' Guthrie
Dave, the Bartender
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Pepe (as Rodolfo Hoyos)


Arnie is a lonely man with big muscles, a little brain and an ugly face. He is friendly by nature, but when somebody jeers at him and calls him an ape, he becomes mad. Then he is very dangerous. Most people avoid Arnie, but Hoss recognizes something of his own nature in Arnie and wants to help him. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson@bredband.net}

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17 December 1960 (USA)  »

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TV Guide's synopsis of the episode refers to Cal Bolder's character name as Arnie Gunn rather than Arnie Guthrie. It is unclear whether TV Guide was incorrect, or if different prints contain the different character names, and if so why and when a name change was made. See more »


When the posse is gathering up outside the Sheriff's to go after Arnie, Hoss asks Ben for a headstart to speak with Arnie. He tells them he thinks Arnie is at Granite Point. After Hoss leaves, the Sheriff questions Ben about Hoss's intentions - once Ben convinces the Sheriff that Hoss is not trying to help Arnie get away, the Sheriff asks Ben to show them where Granite Point is. This is a mistake as Ben hadn't told the Sheriff yet that Hoss was going to Granite Point. See more »


Sheribelle, the Saloon Girl: You don't suppose he's human?
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: I'm not going to try and find out.
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This episode should've been called "Of Mice and Men"
17 February 2011 | by (In a Chair in my room) – See all my reviews

There are about 5 or 6 episodes of bonanza that i've seen that I favor the most, And this one is near the top, right beside the mission and the bloodline. When i first saw this episode about 3 years ago, the first title that came to mind was "Of Mice and men" A novel I had read in high school in 11th grade. If you haven't read the novel, go do it, it's great.

If you have read the novel, here's how to match the bonanza characters with the novel; Hoss is George, Arnie is Lennie, Cheri bell is Curley's wife, The squatter Little Joe mentions about half an hour in is the girl that Lennie grabbed the dress of, and thats about it.

In this episode, Hoss befriends Arnie, a Big man with a short temper and an IQ in the 60s or 50s. Hoss can understand Arnie's problems, because he is big himself.

One thing really quick - This was one of the first television appearances of Leonard Nimoy, the man who was known to viewers as Spock on the original Star Trek movies.

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