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 Post subject: Bonanza Episode Guide: The Adam Years: Season 6
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BONANZA: The Adam Years: Season Six.

Episode 1: Invention Of A Gunfighter (September 20, 1964)


This episode deals with Joe teaching Johnny Chapman to use a gun, and the consequences of that action.

Basically a Joe episode, with some Ben. Hoss and Adam appear as background mainly in the form of Joe's minders.


Joe sees his boyhood friend, Johnny Chapman, humiliated by a gunfighter. When Johnny turns up at the Ponderosa and asks Joe to help him learn to shoot, Joe eventually agrees. Johnny then uses his new found skill to call out the gunfighter and kills him. This leaves Joe feeling guilty because he was the one who taught Johnny to shoot. Joe goes to town to find out if Johnny really needed to shoot the man, his brothers go along to keep an eye on him. After Johnny becomes a bounty hunter, using his new found skill to kill several men, Joe confronts him. There is a shoot out, and Johnny is left shot but alive.

Notable Adam Moments:

Adam barely says more than three sentences throughout the whole episode, but he does appear in several scenes.

We see Adam sat in the red leather chair by the fire watching Joe poke at it, he makes comment on why it was better that Johnny stood down when called out.

Later, after Johnny rides up to the house, Adam takes his horse saying he has chores in the barn to take care of.

He is next seen sat at the dining table eating breakfast, and then joins the others as Ben talks to Joe - hooking his thumbs in his pockets. When Hoss suggests they go and look after Joe, Adam agrees and consoles Ben that they will do so.

Adam is next seen in town leaning on a post, while keeping an eye on little brother. Together he and Hoss redirect trouble in the shape of Johnny.

Later, they turn up with Johnny to 'collect' Joe and take him home. Some door-jam leaning.

When they arrive at the bottom of the stairs Adam coughs a reply to Joe's dislike that they came to get him.

Adam is seen coming out of the house to unload the wagon when Ben returns home.

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