Bonanza: Season 8, Episode 20

The Unseen Wound (29 Jan. 1967)

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Ben visits his old friend Paul Rowen, the sheriff of Concho. His wife Katherine says he has been complaining of headaches for six months now. When he starts shooting innocent people he ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Sheriff Paul Rowan
Nancy Malone ...
Katherine Rowan
Jack Lambert ...
Maj. Tom Landers
Bill Fletcher ...
Douglas Henderson ...
Dr. Evans
Frankie Kabott ...
Timmy Rowan
Percy Helton ...


Ben visits his old friend Paul Rowen, the sheriff of Concho. His wife Katherine says he has been complaining of headaches for six months now. When he starts shooting innocent people he swore to protect, the whole town has to decide how best to keep from killing their good friend. Written by DrDOS

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In his conversation with Ben, Dr. Evans mentions a new style of mental hospital in Washington, DC created by Dorothea Dix (1802-1887), who was in charge of Union Army nurses during the Civil War before resuming the task of reforming the treatment of the mentally ill. See more »

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A long hour to get to the climax- but overall a nice story.
4 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ben takes a trip to a town named Concho to visit his old friend and war buddy Sheriff Paul Roman (Leslie Nielsen). Paul has been a very productive lawman for the town and has a beautiful wife, Katherine, and a small boy, Timmy. Paul has the respect of the town but has been complaining to his wife about recent headaches and nightmares. People have been noticing that Paul has been acting, at times, strange but with his performance as the town sheriff- not too many people worried.

But things take a bad turn when Sheriff Roman projects himself back in the war and becomes psychotic thinking people are out to kill him. He barricades himself in a warehouse and begins shooting everyone that comes close. The townsfolk are restless and believe the only way to solve the mentally ill Sheriff is to kill him.

Ben, on the other hand, wants more time before the citizens rush the warehouse and force an ending to the killing. It is a touch and go situation as Ben tries to get help for his friend's illness but time is running out.

It appeared that the writers has a nice story but very little dialog. So there is a lot of useless fluff scenes between the barricade and the final assault. Would have been better with another side plot that would have stretch the story but that was not the case. The best thing about the episode was the fine acting by Leslie Nielsen as he played his character to near perfection. Plus it was nice to see Jack Lambert in one of the lead characters.

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