Bonanza (1959–1973)

Night of Reckoning (15 Oct. 1967)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Western

Night of Reckoning (1967) Poster

Donnie Buckler has been shot getting away from a holdup. He buries a portion and then is found by Little Joe. They go to the Ponderosa and fetch the doc but by the time he arrives the ... See full summary »


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12 March 2021 | bkoganbing
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A really exciting episode of Bonanza commences when Ron Hayes who used to work for the Ponderosa hides some robbery money at a Ponderosa line shack and then Michael Landon finds him badly wounded.

Landon takes Hayes to the Ponderosa and the doctor and the sheriff is sent for. But before at least the sheriff arrives, Hoss, Little Joe, Candy, the doctor Grandon Rhodes and their temporary cook Eve McVeagh are all taken hostage by the outlaw gang Hayes rode with.

They're led by Richard Jaeckel, one mean customer if there ever as one. His men aren't too long in the brains department. But Jaeckel s a shrewd article.

Jaeckel also brings in Joan Freeman from a neighboring ranch whom Hayes used to keep company with to force him to talk. One of them also kills a deputy sheriff.

McVeagh turns out to be the unknown and underestimated factor here.

Good crackerjack story with lots of tension and a great ensemble assembled.

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