Episode 114 - THE JURY

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Episode 114 - THE JURY

Post by Episode Guide » Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:11 pm

Date: December 30, 1962

Summary: While on a jury, Hoss has reasonable doubt about a murder case and he refuses to convict a man based on evidence that he feels isn’t strong enough. Ben tells him, "a man is never wrong doing what he thinks is right."

Written by: Robert Vincent Wright
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Jamie Wren...Jack Betts Bud Murdock...Don Haggerty Mr. Olson...James Bell Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Junior...Bobs Watson Judge...Arthur Space Breese,...Tol Avery Taylor...Byron Foulger Townswoman...Sara Haden Deputy...Bob Harris Williams...Michael Hinn Bartender...Cosmo Sardo Townsman...Bruno Ve Sota (uncredited) Townsman...Bill Clark...(uncredited)...(uncredited; extra) Betty Endicott...(uncredited extra)

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Re: Episode 114 - THE JURY

Post by ellen » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:59 pm

I like this episode in general. It's interesting in that it changes from a "Hoss episode" to an "Adam episode."

One thing that bothers me about the episode, though: In the saloon, Olsen saw that Hoss had some of the stolen money. So everyone said it proved Hoss took a bribe from Jamie Wren. Jamie was caught right after the murder so he wouldn't have had the time to spend any of the money, so it must have been a bribe?

This made NO sense to me. First, assuming it was a bribe. How would Jamie Wren know Hoss would be on the jury and be able to get the money to him? And anyone who knew Hoss knew he wouldn't take a bribe anyway; he was too honest (and he didn't need the money anyway!).

But secondly - and to me this was obvious - if Jamie Wren didn't have the time to spend the money, and he wasn't caught with the money, and the money was in circulation, then someone else must have stolen it! How this was overlooked is beyond me!
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Re: Episode 114 - THE JURY

Post by Cartwright fan. » Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:37 pm

I agree, the whole bribe thing made no sense. And I also have to agree that this episode is good!! It happens to be one of my top episodes, as it's a good part Hoss, and a good part Adam.
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Re: Episode 114 - THE JURY

Post by Julianna » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:28 pm

I too like this episode and because Adam helps Hoss with his doubts and stumbles across the truth.

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Re: Episode 114 - THE JURY

Post by littlejoenice » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:52 am

Powerful episode, but I especially liked the scene where Adam comes in and the first thing he blurts out isn't "Hi, Pa" but rather, directed at Hoss: "What kind of a mess have you gotten yourself into this time?"
Ben, oh classic Ben, helping him with his coat sees his wrapped hand and comes back with: "What kind of a mess have you gotten yourself into?"
He admits that he "had to fatten a few faces" because of Hoss, even adding to his father that the fight was "not of his choosing."

I thought it was so nice and brotherly of Adam to help Hoss out of the mess he was in. He was taking a lot of abuse that he didn't deserve, just for standing up for the innocent.
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Re: Episode 114 - THE JURY

Post by Jim Barnsby » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:25 pm

Julianna wrote:I too like this episode and because Adam helps Hoss with his doubts and stumbles across the truth.
In The Jury there is a fine scene between Hoss and Adam in the Ponderosa living room where Hoss is worrying about his decision in the jury room. Meanwhile, Adam is tending to his injured punching hand which he had injured while engaging in some fisticuffs with the Virginia City trash talkers who had spoken ill of Hoss.

Adam and Hoss have a reserved, quiet but nonetheless deep bond that perhaps gets overlooked. I believe that Adam brings out the more serious, thoughtful side of Hoss--not that the others don't, of course, because each pairing has its own "flavor."

However, I think that Adam brings out the thoughtful, serious side of Hoss more than any other character, as opposed to when dramatic or dangerous situations bring out that aspect.

The Adam-Hoss relationship might be subtler than the other Cartwrights' interactions but I'm always impressed by any scene between Pernell and Dan; such scenes were far too infrequent, and I wish we'd had more of them.

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Re: Episode 114 - THE JURY

Post by PlatoofthePonderosa » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:58 pm

I agree completely. I like the low-key interactions in Adam-and-Hoss scenes. One on one, Adam usually takes Hoss seriously and doesn't just blow him off as a younger brother. And Hoss understands Adam well, better than Ben or Joe does, in my opinion. He intuits some of the things Adam doesn't say out loud. They're like a couple of trees that have grown side by side for years, breathing the same air and drinking from the same soil. They don't have to have dramatic discussions about things. They just know each other, respect each other, and know they've got each other's backs.
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Re: Episode 114 - THE JURY

Post by Sharry » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:20 pm

PlatoofthePonderosa wrote: They're like a couple of trees that have grown side by side for years,

My favorite line - I may have never read a more perfect description of the relationship between Adam and Hoss.

Thank you for that. :thumbup :adam :hoss
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