Bonanza episode
“The Abduction”
Season 2, Episode 8
#40 in Series
Air date October 29, 1960
Guest starring:
Written by Herman Groves
Directed by Charles Haas
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Day of Reckoning
Next Episode:
Breed of Violence
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Summary[edit | edit source]

Joe and Hoss take their dates to a bizarre traveling carnival and Joe's girlfriend Jennifer disappears. She's abducted by the evil owner, Phillip Reed, and held for one million dollars ransom. Reed's girlfriend Della is jealous of the attractive hostage and spills the beans to Joe. He and Hoss tear the circus apart to find her, meeting resistance from the carny folk.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Hoss and Joe take their sweethearts to a colorful and strange carnival for the day. Joe's recent girlfriend Jennifer Beale is abducted by the sinister owner, Philip Reed and his accomplice Gerner. Her father is Joshua Beale, the richest man in the Comstock. Gerner convinces Reed to hold her for a $1 million dollar ransom, and her father will gladly pay them to ensure her safe return. Reed's girlfriend Della Thompson is jealous of Jennifer and has second thoughts about the abduction. Hoss and Joe take notice of Jennifer's disappearance and travel deep into the bowels of the carnival, meeting fierce resistance from the carnival people at every avenue. They come up without a trace of finding her.

Della tells Joe her suspicions about the abduction of Jennifer and before she can say anymore, Gerner discreetly shoots her in her back and she dies from the wound. Reed calls the Sheriff on the scene and together they organize a manhunt to capture Joe for the murder of Della. Roudin the Mystic disagrees with Reed's motives and offers to help Hoss and Joe, but must enlist the help of the mammoth Hercules, who has sworn to kill Joe for murdering Della. Together, they turn the tables on Reed and Gerner and Jennifer is safely found in Reed's quarters. Roudin takes charge of the carnival and Hoss and Joe wish him the best of luck.

Cast and Characters[edit | edit source]

The Cartwrights

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • German episode title: "Die Entführung der Jennifer Beale", meaning "The Abduction Of Jennifer Beale".

Goofs[edit | edit source]

  • In the scene in which Little Joe is in the Bearded Lady's tent, she puts her arms around him. When the camera is aimed at her, her hands are behind Joe's back. When the camera is aimed at Joe, her hands are on his chest.

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Video:Bonanza Season 2 Episode 8- The Abduction

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