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 Post subject: Bonanza Episode Guide: The Adam Years: Season 2
PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:27 am 
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BONANZA: The Adam Years: Season Two.

Episode 1: Showdown: (September 10, 1960)


The basic story line for this episode is that the Cartwrights do what they were born to do and help out a person in trouble. Unfortunately for them the person they are helping isn't a nice guy, he comes from a gang of bank robbers who want to take advantage of the Cartwrights.

The whole family are featured.


A young bronc buster, Sam Kirby, gets hired on by Adam after proving his worth down in the breaking coral. Unfortunately, for the Cartwrights, Sam is a member of a group of bank robbers. Joe becomes suspicious of Sam's intentions, but his brothers laugh off his worries putting it down to ego. Sam managed to break the horse Joe had his sights on, and this is seen as Joe's reason to dislike Sam.

At a party the Catwrights hold, Sam gets into a fight with Joe over a girl. When Sam rides off after being embarrassed, the family make Joe see the error of his ways and so he rides off to apologise to Sam. This causes Joe to become kidnapped by the gang of robbers.

Sam returns to the Ponderosa to collect his things and leave, but before he can, there is a big scene in the main room with Ben, Hoss and Adam trying to get him to change his ways (not knowing he is part of the kidnapping of Joe)

Adam goes to talk to Sam, and for his troubles gets hit over the head, then Sam leaves. However, the influence of the Cartwright family adjusts Sam's thinking and he eventually helps Joe escape and bring in the rest of the gang.

Notable Adam Moments:

If you like the red shirt, this is the episode for you!

The opening scenes with Adam bronc busting, then sitting on the fence with Hoss cheering on the proceedings.

Adam and Hoss sit at the table outside the main house and make fun of Joe's far-away look. Some nice brotherly banter.

At one point Adam is sat on the arm of his chair in the main room, with one leg up on the seat and his arm resting on his leg. It's almost an upright-sitting lean! Not only that, but later he stands and keeps his foot on the chair.

Adam wearing chaps - need I say more.

For those who like Adam angst, there is a scene where he gets knocked out, then helped back into the house by Ben.

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