Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Desperado 

It's a case of reverse racism, as a white-hating black outlaw couple kidnap Hoss and scheme to kill him.



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Episode cast overview:
... Ben Cartwright
... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
... Buck Walter (as Lou Gossett)
... Sheriff Solomon Budd
... Liza Walter
... Thad (as Mike Mikler)
George Dunn ... Andy
Sandy Rosenthal ... Davy Bent


It's a case of reverse racism, as a white-hating black outlaw couple kidnap Hoss, hold him hostage in the mountains and scheme to kill him. The couple are on the run from the law after killing a white burglar (who killed their son), and they surmise that the law looks the other way when whites kill blacks but persecute with a vengeance when blacks are the killers. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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7 February 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Thad: [to Andy, interrupting his conversation with Little Joe] I told you to saddle my horse.
Andy: I did. He's in the stall.
Thad: Well, get 'im.
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Now, wait a minute, mister. I'm talking to the man.
Andy: I'll be right back, Joe.
[goes into the barn]
Thad: You see, he knows me. I mean , I whistle, and he runs. Now, that should tell you somethin'
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Yeah... but you wouldn't want to hear it.
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Racism and family
30 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Lou Gossett Jr. and Marlene Clark play a black couple who hatch a scheme to kidnap a rich white guy and hold him for ransom. A little payback for the white people who ran off the newly emancipated slaves off their place and killed their child. Gossett killed one of them and that's why they're on the run. Gossett and Clark also steal the show from the regulars.

The rich white guy they capture is Hoss Cartwright and Ben and Little Joe are on their trail just looking to get back a family member. There's also a posse less concerned with that and more concerned with the reward for Gossett.

This Bonanza story is an uncompromising look at racism and family in the old west. The scenes with Dan Blocker and Lou Gossett are well done.

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