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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29 January 1967 (USA)  »

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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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Leslie Nielsen plays the Sheriff with Post Traumatic Syndrome.
13 October 2006 | by (sf ca usa) – See all my reviews

Leslie is Holed Up in the Warehouse with a rifle and deadly wicked aim. The scenarios is remarkably Modern...even for 1969, when the episode first aired. The Sheriff thinks he's Back in the War, and needs to defend his men from assault. He snipes at the townspeople who see no other solution than Burning Him Out. Ben is the Sheriff's best friend and it's his job to negotiate a peaceful solution. Ben discusses sending the Sheriff to "a Hospital" with the Doctor....."Frankly Doc, I think he might be better off with a bullet through his head. I've seen those places......(describes the squalid cells)....and an unmarked grave." But Doc tells Ben there's a New hospital in D.C. that deals with problems like these.....this in fact was true. The new hospital was the first to deal with psychological issues of Post War casualties.

Fortunately there's a son who can reach the Sheriff's heart...if Ben can get them to talk to each other before it's too late. The townspeople believe setting the Warehouse on fire is the only way to deal with a Sheriff who's already shot five people. The little boy just wants Ben to promise, "not to shoot my daddy".

I met Leslie Nielsen when I was the kid's age and he stood up to my Dad......something I hadn't seen before. Leslie's performance is brilliantly profound, mixing psychotic pathos with comedic self-awareness. My cousin locked himself in the bathroom and Leslie had to talk him out of there...because he had to Go.

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