Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Gold Mine 

Joe helps a young Mexican boy who has suffered from years of abuse by two sadistic slave owners who now want the lad's gold claim and will do anything to get it.



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Episode credited cast:
Ben Cartwright
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Candy Canaday
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony De Costa ...
Charles Thompson ...
Gold Assayer (as Charles P. Thompson)


Three men come to the Ponderosa. One of them is a young Mexican and Joe tries to bond with him. The other two try to rob them but are caught and chased away. Later they get into are argument with the Mexican and tell him to go away which he does but not after leaving behind something he found, gold. The Mexican returns to the Ponderosa and they take him in and he tells them how ended up with such vile men. The men go to the ranch and take the Mexican and tries to get him to tell them where he found the gold. Joe and the others try to find him. Written by

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8 March 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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16 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

This was one weird episode of Bonanza with a pair of two of the biggest low lives ever shown on this series. Bruce Dern and Ross Hagen a pair of trailer park denizens as they would be today visit the Ponderosa for a handout. They've got this Mexican kid with them and the relationship is master and slave. Seems as though they bought him from his parents and treat him brutally.

Now I'm not sure what a pair of saddle bums would be spending the money for a Mexican boy for. It's not like they have a ranch or farm and need a hand. Just what do you need this kid for on the trail. I leave it to your vivid homoerotic imaginations.

The episode also has one fatal flaw. Hagen and Dern hold power over young Tony DaCosta by saying that he's here illegally. Now today that might be true, but this was the west post Civil War and borders were crossed with ease because there were no strict immigration laws. That came in the 20th century.

Besides it is also a nasty homophobic message being given in this particular story. One of the worst Bonanza episodes I've seen.

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