Barry Sullivan - Mark Burdette
Karl Swenson - Carl Harris
Leo Gordon - Early Thorne
Bek Nelson - Glory deLacey
Harry Bartell - Chief Winnemucca
Ron Soble - Tukwa
- Winne is pissed and rightly so! And SmarmyMark might be completely 100% guilty but Joe's right, there's no evidence linking him to the murders. That's why he has a nasty henchman with weird name. So he can do all the dirty work.
- Joe proposes going into VC alone and Ben agrees. WHAAAAAT! Last episode Ben had a conniption fit and told every able-bodied man on the ranch to come after him if he didn't return when Joe went off by himself and now Ben does't mind them splitting up? And why can't Hoss or Adam go to town alone? I think they're more capable than a 19 year old.
- I'll tell you why it has to be Joe. If you haven't figured it out yet, he is the punching bag for the bad guys, the damsell in distress. So Joe rides into town and then, in all his wisdom, decides to confront Thorne, because you know, he's the cocky idiot of the Cartwrights. Thorne in turn, beats the ever living tar out of him in front of the whole town. Mark Joe down for one loss. And then Thorne has to rub it in by spreading rumours that the Cartwrights are siding with the Paiutes in this fiasco that's developed. And SmarmyMark intervenes because, well, he's a creep and all and he exploits people for money but hey, he draws the line at killing. So he defends Joe and keeps him from being hanged. Joe in turn automatically adopts the man as a friend. Joe, I swear you're too naive to ever have survived the wild West in real life. HE'S NOT YOUR FRIEND! YOU ARE SO STUPID! Also take note, Joe's not so banged up that he won't flirt with the closest woman who just happens to be Glory. She tends to his wounds while SmarmyMark explains how Tukwa was killed because he was seen by Carl Harris in the party that killed the miners.
- After sending Joe on his merry way to stumble back to the Ponderosa, SmarmyMark decides to take a page out of Thorne's book of abuse and smacks Glory because she was nice to Joe. I think Glory's done with you buddy. You can't smack people around and expect them to let you buy them drinks. Apology not accepted. Glory's a pretty smart girl. She figured out what SmarmyMark was up all by her lonesome. Maybe she and Adam should compare notes and then they could solve this Scooby mystery.
- Finally Joe arrives back home. The rest of the Carwright clan are sitting down to dinner and immediately jump to when they see Joe's black eye. They're like a pack of mother hens. STOP FREAKING OUT! It's a black eye, not head wound. The team, sans Joe, decide to talk to Carl Harris about what he actually saw.
- Uh oh. Glory's gone to the mining camp to speak to Carl Harris about what he saw. Somehow I get the feeling that Glory's the only saloon girl in town because Mrs. Harris knows who she is! Methinks the wife is secretly psychic, one of those pioneer superheroes. Glory is marked for death, that's for sure, mainly because Thorne and SmarmyMark know she went to talk to Harris and are coming after her. But we're finally guranteed a confrontation because both parties are heading straight for the same man.
- I knew it I knew it! They just grabbed Glory! And those kids did nothing but just stand there.
- And Thorn, what did I say about slapping people? It's gonna get you killed. And SmarmyMark is a giant hypocrit (read: HIPPO) as it's apparently alright for him to hit Glory but if Thorn does it, no, no, not acceptable.
- Oh how convenient! The Cartwrights have the worst timing ever. Joe just confirmed my suspicions that Glory's the only saloon girl in town. Harris' wife said Thorn had taken the girl who works in the saloon and Joe automatically says "You mean Glory?" Yes Joe, we understand you have limited experiences with women, such as the ones who occasionally stumble onto the Ponderosa and those who hang out in front of saloon's, it doesn't mean they're the only women in the world.
- We find out Hoss can follow horse tracks apparently over packed earth and that Devil's Gate is the hottest driest strip of desert in the Nevada territory. Dun Dun Dun! If you really wanted to fool people you'd would have called it something fluffy like RandomPioneer'sName's Folly or Rascal Flatts.
- Thorne says he's going to drop Glory off in a shack by Devil's Gate but oops! Turns out Thorne was lying but is that really surprising? We first meet Thorne wielding a meat cleaver. Thorne says he was going to leave Glory to die of thirst. Well of course he was. I would have been really worried if he'd said he was going to give her a puppy and all his money. I mean, that's just sick behaviour.
- And let the gunfight commence! It's here that we learn Joe and Adam are crappy shots. Poor Hoss gets brained. Oh styrofoam, how fake you look when disguised as rocks.
- That's right Adam, right when the man who saved her life dies in front of her, just go ahead a put the moves on her, put your arm around. Geez. At least wait until the man's cold in the ground.
Death on Sun Mountain Summary:
I thought this episode was interesting with various locations and actors. Essentially it's about conflict between many groups over a certain portion of land but it's more complex than linear. The Paiute have lived in the area forever and now have no food source thanks to the miners. But the miners are being gouged by a merchant who is supplying their food at inflated prices because he's looking for a profit. And then there are the ranchers who already have a steady food supply without having to kill wild animals for it and if the miners knew about them, would be making a steady profit from beef sales.
Adam vs Thorne = Adam
Joe vs Thorne = Thorne
Hoss vs Thorne = Thorne
"Bonanza" mentions: 5
Adam: 3W 1L
Hoss: 1W 1L
Little: Joe 0
Slapcount Total - 4
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