Bonanza: Season 7, Episode 27

The Genius (3 Apr. 1966)

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Against Ben's better judgment, Hoss hires drunken Will Smith as a ranch hand on the Ponderosa, hoping to straighten him out. It doesn't work out; he is soon fired for drinking on the job. ... See full summary »

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Lonny Chapman ...
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Troy Melton ...
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Against Ben's better judgment, Hoss hires drunken Will Smith as a ranch hand on the Ponderosa, hoping to straighten him out. It doesn't work out; he is soon fired for drinking on the job. Then Hoss discovers that Smith is actually a famous poet, William Warlock Evans. He determines to help turn Evans around to his former self. Written by rbecker28

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The Drunkard
26 September 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This episode features Lonny Chapman putting in a good performance as a burnt-out "genius" poet with a triple-barrelled name -- one of the most gifted of America's young poets according to Ben -- thought to be dead, who turns up in Virginia City reciting poetry hour after hour in the saloon for drinkin' money, and he downs one quadruple whiskey after the other to little or no visible effect. It turns out he's running away from himself, afraid to live up to his own reputation. His wife, who still loves him, has tracked him from city to city, just arrived from San Francisco. Hoss, who has taken the drunken sot under his wing, and Ben, try to fix what ails him by settin' him to some chores on the Ponderosa. How will it turn out for the jaded couple finally reunited?


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