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 Post subject: Bonanza Episode Guide: The Adam Years: Season 4
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:54 pm 
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BONANZA: The Adam Years: Season Four.

Episode 1: The First Born (September 23, 1962)


This is basically a Joe episode, but Adam appears in a few scenes.
Clay Stafford signs on as a cowhand, but seems to know quite a bit about the Cartwrights - especially Joe.

The whole family appear.


After signing on for a Ponderosa round up, Clay Stafford later announces his true relationship to the Cartwrights - more especially to Joe. It turns out Clay is Joe's half brother through Marie. This information is not welcome by all, especially after Clay gets into a gunfight over a card game and shoots someone.

After Ben discusses that Marie told him her first son had died, and questions him about their shared background, Clay tells his side of the story and that those things were untrue. Ben eventually welcomes him to the Ponderosa.

Joe and Clay do some brotherly bonding over a jar of pulque, ending up with Joe getting drunk and having a hangover. This leads to the best Adam scene of the episode - see notable moments below.

Later Joe gets beaten up in town because of Clay, this causes Clay to eventually make the decision to leave.

Notable Adam Moments:

We see Adam on Sport helping round up cattle, and then joining Ben and Hoss for a food break.

Adam waits outside on the porch with Hoss while their father talks to Clay - Adam picks at his teeth.

Sitting in 'his' blue chair, shirt un-tucked, Adam talks to Ben about whether Clay is truly Joe's half brother, and that he and Hoss feel they should look into it deeper to make sure Clay is who he says he is.

The best scene is the morning after Joe and Clay have spent all night drinking. Adam and Hoss take great delight in teasing Joe about the fact that he has a hangover. Most notably, after Adam and Hoss describe that they would have gotten into a lot of trouble from Pa if they'd allowed Joe to get into the condition he was in, Joe denies he is in any sort of 'condition'. At this announcement, Adam stands up from the plank seat he and Joe are sitting on, leaving Joe to therefore overbalance and land on the floor - much to the great amusement of both Hoss and Adam, who 'apologises'.

Adam and Hoss go back to the ranch and discuss the telegraph Ben has received, telling them that Clay was in a card game two years previously and killed a man.

Adam helps Ben and Hoss carry a beaten up Joe into the house.

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