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Episode || 143

Air date || November 17, 1963

valign=top Written by || Peter Packer

Directed by || Joseph H. Lewis

Bonanza
Season 5, Episode 9
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SummaryEdit

Little Joe struggles with his conscience, trying to believe that his friend, Seth Pruitt, did the right thing after Seth admits to the mercy-killing of his fiancée's father when the man was in agony from a broken back and begging for death.

PlotEdit

At a mine cave-in, Joe's friend Seth Pruitt stands over the body of his future father-in-law, a man he admits to having killed. The older man man was in severe agony and begging to be put out of his misery. Seth swears Joe to secrecy, leaving Joe to struggle with determining if it was morally right to kill the man, and if it's right to keep the secret.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights

OtherEdit

NotesEdit

Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Die Erlösung", meaning "The Salvation".
  • This was one of Michael Landon's favourite episodes.

QuotesEdit

Adam: "Joe, it's never too late for the truth."

Adam (to Joe): ". . . I think you're trying to convince yourself that two wrongs make a right, and they don't."

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VideosEdit

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