Episode First Shown:
Hoss is trading beef for wild horses with Indian Chief Red
Eagle when he notices the tribe’s best horse catcher, Erin O’Donnell.
I've at last had
time to watch this very fine episode all the way through so I have some thought
to share with all of you.
I found this to be a very satisfying episode - Hoss in love, a very believable character in Erin, issues of racism and injustice and some fast paced adventure as well as some nice parts with horses.
Hoss and Erin's quiet attraction is very well presented. From the time that he meets her with the Indians, then as they use first names and his compassionate caring for her shoulder wound on the trail home. Hoss/Dan's kind face is very memorable. There is a very nice line from
Early on we learn of Ben's neighbour Murray who harbours hatred for Indians. A good point is that is not just straightforward racism but mainly influenced by the massacre of some of his relatives by Indians.
The episode also has its lighter moments - as when the
There are some nice touches with
Canary for his range of very good, silent expressions as he watches
As the Hoss/Erin relationship develops there is also a sense of fate and foreboding of a prophecy mentioned early on that
The episode reaches its climax when
fans!) Murray and his gang attack the Indians, Hoss and Erin who rides out to draw off the fire and is, inevitably, shot.
The last scene, where she dies with Hoss holding her hand, is very moving, especially the suppressed pain and grief that shows on Hoss's face.
I thoroughly agree with
A couple of comments about Mary Pickett who I thought gave a very fine performance which conveyed Erin's strength (mental and physical), her wisdom, her understanding of racial conflict and differing kinds of freedom, her boldness and compassionate nature. Pickett was in her 30s which matches the character's age I would think. How refreshing to have a "real", mature woman portrayed so well.
I was very interested to read that Pickett was a regular in "All My Children" and so worked with David Canary again.
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