Jamie joins an elite club and endures the initiation rites. However, when a classmate dies from cardiac arrhythmia during the initiation (touching a piece of ice to his chest, after getting... See full summary »

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Ted Hoag (as Ronny Howard)
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Jamie joins an elite club and endures the initiation rites. However, when a classmate dies from cardiac arrhythmia during the initiation (touching a piece of ice to his chest, after getting him to believe it was a hot branding iron), the club's president Ted Hoag is blamed. A posse forms to track down Ted and hold him responsible for the hazing. Blood almost sheds, but then Jamie reveals he and the other boys were just as responsible for their friend's death. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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26 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Who will stand by me
12 November 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A lot of juvenile actors get parts in this Bonanza episode which focuses on Mitch Vogel the Cartwright adopted juvenile son. It seems as though a lot of the kids have formed a secret club which Vogel joined. But at the "initiation" ceremony one of them dies because he has a congenital heart defect that none of them knew about.

Instead of coming forward they let the body be discovered and blame fall on some drifter who came by the late boy's horse.

The issue here is Ron Howard who is an orphan kid working at the stable. He has reason as we see to be concerned as he is an outsider and the rest have families who will stand by them. No one more so than Vogel who now has the Cartwright name.

In the end the kids show more character than some of the grownups. Ron Howard plays a similar role to one he would do in a few years in The Spikes Gang.

All in all a nice Bonanza episode.


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