Daniel Boone: Season 3, Episode 22

The Young Ones (23 Feb. 1967)

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Daniel comes across three children whose parents have just been killed by Indians and decides to take them to Boonesborough. The eldests theft of their only horse is just the first of the problems the children cause for Daniel.

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Robert Anderson ...
Sam Ogilvie (as Bob Anderson)
Frankie Kabott ...
Little Tom
Robert Foulk ...
Otis
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Jed
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Addie Ogilvie
Claire Wilcox ...
Martha
Chuck Roberson ...
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Alice Dudley ...
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Daniel comes across three children whose parents have just been killed by Indians and decides to take them to Boonesborough. The eldests theft of their only horse is just the first of the problems the children cause for Daniel.

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Pa Told Me To Never Tell A Lie
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Daniel comes across three orphans (one of them a young Kurt Russell) whose parents were killed by Indians.

Jed (Russell) takes off with Daniel's horse to look for a cousin in Tennessee, leaving Daniel with a small boy and girl.

So he takes the children to a nearby wagon train and then the bizarre behavior truly begins.

The children think if Daniel dumps them off on the wagon train so he can look for Jed, he won't come back, so the only way they can stay with Jed is to stay with Boone, so the girl non-chalantly calls him Pa, arousing suspicions among the wagon traineers that this is a father trying to abandon his kids.

They then don't believe Daniel when he says he isn't the kids' father, they believe the kids. When Daniel tells the girl that if brother Jed doesn't get help, he'll die. The wagon train people conclude, IF there is a Jed.

They'll believe the girl saying Boone is their father, but don't want to believe when she says there is a Jed? Boone calls them out on this, none of this making any sense.

Boone finally convinces the guy to go look for Jed. They find him, and when Jed gets the impression the guy thinks Boone is his father, all it takes. He runs with it as well.

So now Boone is a dead-beat dad. The kids are reunited, Boone fully intends to take the kids away from the uninterested wagon train, but NO! They have to make sure he doesn't try to abandon the kids again, so they string him up and start whipping him! Truly the funniest bit is when Jed grabs a gun and runs forward, now feeling guilty for what he is subjecting Daniel to and tells them to stop.

"Boy, do you know what you are doing?" says the man with the whip! Are you kidding me? Just another episode of man=against-society logic, which is nothing of the kind. Daniel was labeled a bad father for abusing his kids, whipping them in this era, and the wagon train men's thinking was to whip him? A real odd setup all the way around. If we follow this, nothing is gained from trying to help orphaned children. Best to leave them in the wilderness to the elements.


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