March 18, 1961
The Cartwrights help Jed Trask, a troubleshooter for the Sierra Freight &
Stage Lines, stop a group of bandits that are cutting off Virginia City's supplies. When the company fires
Trask, he takes revenge by starting his own gang and hijacking the freight.
The scene where he takes the brush out of Belle's hand and kisses her.
Ben: "Now what gives you the authority to come in here and threaten us
with a gun?"
Jed: "Mister, there are 26 men who questioned my authority. Now they're
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Jed (to Belle): "There are only two things in my life - my work
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Thorn: "Big Mike set us up. Covered for us. Now you expect
us to turn on him?"
Jed: "You'd turn on your own mother if there was enough money in it for
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Belle (about Jed): "Ben, you gotta try to understand. The
Sierra was his life. When they fired him, it was as if they tore out his heart."
This is probably my least favorite of the three Bonanza episodes in
which he appeared. He looked better in this one than he did in the other two, but I don't like it when he
is the bad guy.
It was hard watching him slap Belle. I was trying to remember if he ever
hit a woman in anything else he did, but nothing comes to mind.
I liked his cowboy hat in this one.
Shirley Ballard, the actress who played Belle, couldn't cry worth a lick.
He was 32 when he did this episode and he looks incredibly delicious.
He is really tan and trim, and there are some very nice shots of his hands.
The series has not been officially released on DVD by the studio, but from what
I have been able to ascertain the first two seasons are in the public domain. Numerous episodes from those two
seasons have cropped up in both DVD and VHS formats. I haven't been able to find "Cutthroat Junction" on DVD, but there
are simply too many versions out there for me to state unequivocally that it hasn't been released. However, I did see
a VHS copy for sale on Amazon. That version was released by Republic Pictures in 1997, but I don't have a copy
of it myself so I have no idea as to the quality. If anybody has further information about this, please let me know.