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The Last Viking 

Gunnar is a long-lost relative of the Cartwright family. When Gunnar arrives at the Ponderosa, the family takes him in for the evening. Gunnar is the brother to one of Ben Cartwright's late... See full summary »

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Gunnar is a long-lost relative of the Cartwright family. When Gunnar arrives at the Ponderosa, the family takes him in for the evening. Gunnar is the brother to one of Ben Cartwright's late wives. Unbeknownst to the Cartwright family, Gunnar is also the leader of a band of criminals called The Comancheros. Little Joe is visiting his girlfriend away from the ranch. When Little Joe and his girlfriend are kidnapped by The Comancheros, the Cartwrights and Gunnar are forced into a difficult situation. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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12 November 1960 (USA)  »

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[last lines]
Ben Cartwright: Come on. He wouldn't want us to mourn over him.
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: No. No, I reckon he wouldn't at that. He just wasn't that sort of man, was he.
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Hoss's Uncle
23 June 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This particular episode of Bonanza answers the question for at least one of the Cartwright kids. That is, are there any uncles and aunts for some or any of them and where are they? The Last Viking refers to Dan Blocker's Uncle Gunnar played by Neville Brand who comes for a visit after an over 20 year absence. He's been gone so long that he doesn't know that Ben's married a third time and has Michael Landon around as the result.

Since Joe has no childhood memories of him, he can see him more clearly and he doesn't like it. He's got good reason not to like Uncle Gunnar as it turns out because Neville Brand runs with a gang of outlaws who hear what a rich brother-in-law he has and would like to rob the Ponderosa.

Neville Brand gives a memorable performance as the overage man who just won't settle down. He's tired though and maybe would like to. His character is seen in a later flashback episode about how Lorne Greene teamed up with Hoss's mother who is played in that episode by Inga Swenson, a two parter. The Gunnar character is played by Jeremy Slate in that and he's quite the lout as the younger version of Brand.

A background episode of Bonanza and a good one.


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