Gunsmoke: Season 20, Episode 23

Manolo (17 Mar. 1975)

TV Episode  -   -  Western
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Viewers got a double dip of watching "S.W.A.T." costars Robert Urich and Mark Shera on the same night on different networks, as this episode teams them as brothers. They are the sons of a ... See full summary »

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Alejo Etchahoun
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Manolo Etchahoun
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Joachim Etchahoun
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Engrace (as Alma Leonor Beltran)
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Kattalin Larralde
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Vitorio (as Claudio Martinez)
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Artola Larralde
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Viewers got a double dip of watching "S.W.A.T." costars Robert Urich and Mark Shera on the same night on different networks, as this episode teams them as brothers. They are the sons of a Basque sheep herder who's part of a community near Dodge. According to the script, a Basque boy's manhood ritual is to defeat his father in a fist fight. The older son (Urich) had beaten a schoolyard rival to death in a fight while a boy in the old country, and wants nothing to do with the ritual. The younger son (Shera) has no such qualms, and wins the fight with his father in a surprise (inadvertently ramming the old man's head into a huge cast-iron water jug). This leads to the ostracizing of Manolo (Urich), made worse when he doesn't spot a wolf attacking the herd and loses sheep and a dog in the process. Manolo goes to work sweeping up at the Long Branch, while his younger brother follows and tries to persuade him that he can fight this. In syndication, this is the last episode shown ("The ... Written by Peter Harris

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Some family rituals should be kept off TV- this was one of them
12 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After some good shows, this episode featured an uninteresting family that showed their love in a disturbing way. One family of a group of Basque sheep farmers is the concerning figures in this plot. Alego has two sons- Manolo played by Robert Urich and Joachim played by Mark Shera. A ritual in the family is that to be considered an adult the son must beat the father in a fight. The older brother refuses to fight because of a death that happened years ago after a school yard fight, the younger son fought his father during a party and won. So the father is praising the younger son and has disdain for the older son.

It gets worse when Manolo breaks a window in town and the family must pay for repairs. Then later that day, Manolo was watching the herd and acted too late to avoid the death of sheep and a dog from an attacking wolf.

Manolo runs off and gets a job at the Long Branch. The younger brother, Joachim comes to get Manolo and a fight breaks out. But at the end of this fight someone does not end up dead. Perhaps the fears of fighting his father may end- but will he be accept back to the group. That will be the situation that must be faced.

For what ever reason this episode seemed slow. Even though other ethnic people have different rituals- at times this does not make for a entertaining show. This show was more disturbing than entertaining.


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