Bonanza: Season 12, Episode 19

The Desperado (7 Feb. 1971)

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It's a case of reverse racism, as a white-hating black outlaw couple kidnap Hoss and scheme to kill him.



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Episode cast overview:
Buck Walter (as Lou Gossett)
Ramon Bieri ...
Sheriff Solomon Budd
Marlene Clark ...
Liza Walter
Michael T. Mikler ...
Thad (as Mike Mikler)
George Dunn ...
Sandy Rosenthal ...
Davy Bent


It's a case of reverse racism, as a white-hating black outlaw couple kidnap Hoss, hold him hostage in the mountains and scheme to kill him. The couple are on the run from the law after killing a white burglar (who killed their son), and they surmise that the law looks the other way when whites kill blacks but persecute with a vengeance when blacks are the killers. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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7 February 1971 (USA)  »

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Thad: [to Andy, interrupting his conversation with Little Joe] I told you to saddle my horse.
Andy: I did. He's in the stall.
Thad: Well, get 'im.
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Now, wait a minute, mister. I'm talking to the man.
Andy: I'll be right back, Joe.
[goes into the barn]
Thad: You see, he knows me. I mean , I whistle, and he runs. Now, that should tell you somethin'
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Yeah... but you wouldn't want to hear it.
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