The Ape Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #02, Episode #14
Bonanza follows the Wild West adventures of the Cartwright family as they face various problems involving themselves and the surrounding community. The forty-sixth episode, The Ape, written by Gene L. Coon, aired on December 17, 1960.
Arnie Guthrie (Cal Bolder), a hulking, childlike character, can’t control his temper and, worse, is unaware of his strength. After clumsily attempting to seduce saloon girl Shari (Karen Sharpe), Arnie receives criticism from Adam and Joe Cartwright. However, he ends up beating both men!
Hoss Cartwright (who has also been “misunderstood” because of his bulk) tries to befriend Arnie. However, his attempt to help Arnie channel his strength and hostility into something productive ends with tragic results.
Leonard Nimoy plays Freddie, a dapper bartender, and other actors like Rodolfo Hoyos and Charles Tannen join the cast members for this episode.
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The Ape, the fourteenth episode of Bonanza’s second season, featured some of the program’s recurring and supporting actors. The actors that made an appearance in this episode include the following:
- Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
- Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
- Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
- Karen Sharpe as Sheribelle – the Saloon Girl
- Cal Bolder as Arnie ‘The Ape’ Guthrie
- Ray Teal as Sheriff Roy Coffee
- Leonard Nimoy as Freddy
- Charles Tannen as Dave – the Bartender
- Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. as Pepe (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
- Sam Bagley as Townsman (uncredited)
- John Barton as Townsman (uncredited)
- Danny Borzage as Townsman (uncredited)
- Jaye Durkus as Townsman (uncredited)
- Betty Endicott as Saloon Girl (uncredited)
- Martha Manor as Saloon Girl (uncredited)
- Rex Moore as Townsman (uncredited)
- Chick Sheridan as Townsman (uncredited)
Full Story Line for The Ape
Joe and Adam enter the saloon while Hoss visits Dave Stone. Sherry, a saloon worker, approaches the Cartwrights to get her cut for the day. Joe immediately asks her for a drink. She agrees, so Joe requests Dave, the bartender, to serve them beers. Joe provides her a dollar for the beer. However, Sherry wants to play blackjack to have enough money to buy champagne. She asks Joe to catch him if he wants to have his dollar back. As the two play a game of chase, Sherry bumps into a man who refuses to let her go despite her struggle. When he finally releases her, Sherry calls him a “big ape,” cruelly saying he’s the ugliest man she has ever seen.
The man approaches Joe and asks him if he has something to say to him. Joe declines and returns to his seat. Although reluctant, Sherry has to ask the man to buy her a drink as part of her business. Despite her advances, he does not look interested in her company. Impatient, Sherry dismisses him as stupid, then returns to her seat with the Cartwrights. Enraged, the man approaches them, asking why Sherry said those words. Joe and Adam tried to apologize for Sherry. However, the furious man snaps and punches Joe. Adam, Joe, and the man start fighting. Hoss, heading to the saloon, finds Adam thrown out. He enters the town bar, proving he’s the only man capable of going hand-in-hand with such a big man. After an hour and fifteen minutes of fighting, the two decide to call it quits because they were fighting for no reason. Hoss finds it funny how the man is as strong and smelly as him.
In the saloon, Sherry assists the man named Arnie to get cleaned up. While doing so, Sherry continues to flirt with Arnie. Hoss introduces Adam and Little Joe to Arnie. Adam tells his brothers they’ll, given they have already squandered too much time. However, Hoss chooses to stay, stating he needs to talk to Arnie about something. As Adam and Joe leave, Arnie tells Hoss that his brothers don’t like him. Hoss assures him that they’ll like each other once they get acquainted.
Arnie takes Hoss to his shack and expresses his desire to see Sherry again. However, Hoss tells him that it’s Sherry’s job to be nice to people, so he shouldn’t expect much from her. Arnie is grateful to have Hoss as a friend, especially since other people get scared of him and can be mean. When Arnie expresses his desire for a farm, Hoss asks if he wants to work at the Ponderosa, fueling Arnie’s excitement. Arnie asks Hoss if Sherry will like him once he makes money, but Hoss expresses otherwise.
Adam and Joe state their concern over allowing Arnie to work for them. Adam feels it’s dangerous to have Arnie around and could have killed somebody in the bar fight. When his brothers leave, Hoss tells Ben that he understands Arnie and only needs a friend to learn how to behave with others. Ben thinks it would be much better if Arnie, like Hoss, learned those same lessons alone. However, Hoss claims he didn’t understand them alone since he had the Cartwrights with him while Arnie had no one. Ben asks Hoss if he can help Arnie control his temper. Hoss agrees to take responsibility for him, so Ben approves of letting Arnie work at the Ponderosa.
Later, Hoss visits Virginia City to tell Arnie about the news. He finds Arnie at the saloon with Sherry, who is flirting with him. Hoss understands that Sherry and her good friend are just playing with Arnie. Hoss tells Arnie that his father agreed to have him work at the Ponderosa. Sherry is happy for Arnie, implying he can buy her more things. Hoss reminds him that he’s working to buy himself a pig farm. However, Sherry and her friend/boss, Freddy, start making fun of Arnie and his dream farm. Hoss rushes Arnie out of the bar as Sherry gets everyone to laugh at him.
Outside, Hoss shows him his new horse, and Arnie is delighted at his present.
Arnie had just finished eating when one of the Ponderosa ranch hands laughed and commented about Arnie being the biggest bean-eater in the country. Enraged, Arnie locks the man in a tight grip until Hoss breaks up the fight and calms Arnie down. Hoss reminds him to stay out of trouble; otherwise, he’ll have to kick him off the ranch. Just then, Joe tells Hoss that Jake Staple, the squatter he threw off Ponderosa a while back, was robbed dead after somebody broke his neck.
Arnie and Hoss were drinking at the saloon when Arnie mentioned buying a gift for Sherry. Hoss tells Arnie that Sherry being friendly to him doesn’t mean she’s into him. He explains that it’s Sherry’s job to be nice to everyone since she’s a saloon girl. However, Arnie insists on buying Sherry a present.
As Arnie goes out to buy Sherry a gift, Sherry comes down the steps at the town bar and asks about Arnie. Hoss informs her that he is out spending his week’s wages for her. Sherry starts flirting with Hoss, then reveals that Arnie is merely a client good for laughs. Sherry shows her displeasure towards Hoss for befriending the big man.
Later, Hoss runs into Arnie, who shows him the gift he has chosen for Sherry: a cheap string of beads. Hoss states that Sherry isn’t in the saloon ’til late at night and asks Arnie to go to the Tahoe Rim with him.
Arnie finds the Tahoe rim beautiful. Hoss tells Arnie that there’s a place across the lake that would make a great farm. He also reveals that he owns it, implying that Arnie can afford to buy it in a couple of years once he saves enough money. However, Arnie brings up Sherry again. Hoss tells Arnie that people like them can live on their own. He also says he does not want Arnie to return to Virginia City to meet Sherry again. However, Arnie takes this badly, thinking Hoss wants Sherry all for himself. Hoss tells him that Sherry doesn’t care about him and was using him for laughs all along. Arnie punches Hoss, causing him to fall unconscious after hitting his head on a rock.
Hoss wakes up to find himself alone by the lake, with no trace of Arnie anywhere. Meanwhile, Arnie returns to Virginia City and finds Sherry in her room, apologizing for being late. However, Sherry tells him to get out, as she is tired of seeing him. Still, Arnie says he brought her the string beads as a gift. She takes the necklace and breaks it, causing the beads to fall all over the floor. Sherry expresses her disgust towards Arnie, stating that he’s only good for laughs. Arnie, angered, refuses to believe her words, ending up snapping her neck. Freddy walks in to discover Sherry lying on the ground, lifeless. Arnie storms out of the room as Freddy begins to yell for help.
The next day, a posse gathers, with Freddy exaggerating the story by saying Arnie threatened to kill him. Hoss arrives in town, only for Freddy to blame him. Although hesitant, Hoss informs Ben of where they can find Arnie. However, he wants them to give him a head start so he can explain the situation to Arnie.
Sheriff Coffee asks Ben where Hoss went. Ben tells the sheriff that Hoss is attempting to reach Arnie first to ensure no one else gets harmed.
Hoss finds Arnie at the Granite Point, right where he expected him. Arnie admits killing and robbing the squatter, including murdering Sherry after learning the truth. Arnie tells Hoss that he doesn’t want to hurt anybody. However, people always do something mean to him, provoking him to inflict harm on them.
Arnie is sad and regretful, seeing that the farm he had always desired has now gone out of his reach. With much regret, Hoss aims his gun on Arnie, assuring his safety as they return to Virginia City to deal with justice. Hoss returns the gun to his holster and turns around, thinking Arnie will return with him to town. However, Arnie knocks him down and flees. Before he leaves, Arnie tells the unconscious Hoss that he can’t bring him to town since the posse will surely kill both of them.
The posse finds Arnie hiding behind a rock. Arnie picks up a big log and is about to toss it at the mob when a hail of bullets flies toward him, causing him to fall to death.
Hoss tells Ben that Arnie never wanted to hurt anyone, including him. He volunteers to take Arnie’s body to the farm he had always wished to have.
Full Script and Dialogue of The Ape
[Music] so freddy i'm homesick did you buy me a drink me buy you a drink your job's hustling drinks from the customers but i've been trying i can't get anybody to buy me anything maybe if you'd stop grinding their beer all the time about being homesick it'd make out better it's a long walk back to memphis tennessee [Music] you throw me out in the street wouldn't you [Music] your cut on them drinks is what we're gonna have to eat on tonight [Music] i haven't been able to start a game all day [Music] right [Music] sorry those boys just coming in the cartwrights they own a big range get busy [Music] the young one is just a baby so sell them milk long as you get your cut [Music] howdy boys and welcome my name's sarah bell you can call me sure uh pleased to meet you i'm adam cartwright's my brother joe that's my pleasure man wouldn't you like to have a drink with us why thank you i believe i might just do that hey dave let me have four beers i'll be alone in a minute uh my turn to pay isn't it no i've got it let's play blackjack and win enough to buy champagne is the only thing you ever drink champagne you'll have to catch me to get you a dollar back [Laughter] i'm sorry i i didn't know you were there now i'm trying to apologize like a lady at least you can do it will you let go of my arm oh ouch take your hands off of me you're hurting my arm you let go of me thank god me you big eve you're the ugliest man i've ever seen [Music] you got something to say to me [Music] well not me whiskey well i got money don't suppose he's human i'm not fixing to find out you don't have to well he's a customer and customers are my business yeah sure you better not i don't think it's a good idea well maybe he'll buy me some champagne hey big man buy me a drink well i like big men even if they are uglier in sin [Laughter] i don't especially like them stupid [Music] why'd you call me that look uh the lady didn't mean anything by that why'd you say that to me i'd like to apologize for the lady oh i'm talking to you if if you don't accept an honest apology why don't you go back to the barn [Music] hmm uh uh [Music] one hour and 15 minutes and ain't even moved the last 10. i'm still getting tired how about you what are we fighting about you know oh [Laughter] now you know you're dang there as strong as i am and you smell nearly as bad too i don't suppose they've done something with their heads do you my goodness two great big boys like you fighting over a little thing like me gracious but a body think you'd have better sense not that isn't slapping of course you understand but my goodness where did you get those shoulders boy honey i swear i i know some mules would like to be able to kick as hard as you can hit boys please you're making me all butterflies inside all that trouble over little me uh name share a bill you can call me sheriff sure bell now ain't that a purty name i ain't that a pretty name hoss yeah that's it's a real pretty name uh host we gotta get moving paw's probably waiting supper for us harney these are my brothers this is adam and little joe hi ernie purdy ain't they well they're not they're not really as bad as they they seem you fellas going me and auntie's got some talking we got to do well uh horse haven't we uh lost enough time on this already go now they don't like me well you you learn to like one another once you get acquainted i bet that didn't hurt you a bit did it hurt me no ma'am i've never seen anyone with such big muscles well i sure hope hoss knows what he's doing ah you know he's always picking up straight critters bringing him home patching him up i'm not remember that grizzly cubby found off on the tahoe rim yeah well i was just a cub this time he's got himself a full-grown bear [Applause] this is it hoss arnie this is where you live oh it's got a good roof on it yeah well i got you home in one piece in here hoss you honey wasn't she the prettiest the prettiest girl you ever did see i ain't never seen nothing like her that's that's her job being nice folks honey i wouldn't give her too much credit oh no hoss she can't help being nice uh i can tell i'd like to see her some more arnie you don't you don't think for one minute well what i'm what i'm trying to say is all right girls like sherry billy they ain't interested in the man unless he's got money well i got some money a fella feller give it to me what feller some feller i don't know who he was i forget oh look here let's let's get you out of here and get you into a room in the house somewhere i don't want that i don't like houses that much honey you can't just live here this is a good place there ain't nobody else around haas you're my friend ain't jehos sure i am honey you ever have a friend before sure i am well i was raised with my brothers honey brothers is different i never had a friend before of course you have already no i didn't you know why people get scared of me people just take one look and they don't like me well i like you i took more than one look at you maybe you're uh a little more like me your brothers they just took one look i can tell i always been able to tell well i don't blame nobody well i ain't exactly a palomino myself looks don't mean everything honey i guess i ain't too smart too people don't leave me alone well i get mad sometimes i ought to be used to it but i get mad what i need money house it's going to take a lot of money what's going to take a lot of money my farm i used to live on a farm uh you ever live on a farmhouse yeah i guess i sort of live on the farm now ain't nothing like a farm i used to get up real early in the morning and go out and slop the pigs a whole bunch of little old baby pigs they ain't hardly got no hair tall just to squealing and eating away and that old south standing over and making sure every one of her little babies gets enough to eat how come pigs is better than people you really liked it back there didn't you honey there ain't nothing like a farm when i get my farm ain't gonna be nobody mean on it i'm gonna have cows and pigs and maybe even some sheep and they all gonna get along good together and just them animals and me and well maybe maybe somebody else how how'd you like to come out and go to work on my place the ponderosa well while your brothers say they ain't got nothing to do with it it's up to me me and my paw i could make some money haas you think sherry bella would like me if i was making some money i wouldn't count on too much ernie but a cherry mail she's a she's a funny girl that's the way i feel and i know adam will back me up all the way that's right i do i'm sorry horse now wait a minute there ain't nothing wrong with arnie he's just a great big strong man he ain't too smart that's true but that don't mean he can't do a job i just assume have a wild animal working for me he's strong as a bull and just as dangerous you can't trust him that ain't true adam he don't mean no harm you don't mean no harm i just won't be able to use my jaw for a week well that'll be a relief all you do with it is joe anyway come on the sun's up we got work to do just remember horse we didn't do anything to make him that mad if you hadn't come along when you did he might have killed somebody what about it house is that the way it was well it wasn't all that bad paul sounds as though it were why do you want to get mixed up with somebody like that i guess i just understand him i sort of put myself in his shoes when when you're as big as his arnie and me boy there's some things he's got to learn for some things that i learned but don't you think he'd be better off learning those things by himself the way you did paul i didn't learn them by myself i had you a little joe and adam to back me up arne ain't got nobody paul you mean he needs a friend he's got a friend paul a man like arnie just can't afford to go around losing his temper like ordinary folks he's got to learn to put up with a little teasing sometimes even from a girls he needs me paul to help him learn those things can you teach him to control his temper i won't stand for any troublemaking oh paul harney ain't gonna start no trouble he's pretty good at ending it well all right we can always use a good hand of the ponderosa thanks paul as soon as i finish work on going to virginia and get him [Music] [Applause] [Music] um [Music] let's have a little drink all right here we go hello lost you come back sherry bell this here's my friend you've got lots of friends on it sit down hoss we're having a good time yeah i can see you this here's freddy he's a friend of mine too any friend of arnie's yeah sure take all you want hoss i paid for the whole bottle i was just saying arnie is the strongest man i ever saw yeah i'm awful strong only i guess horse is about as strong honey i got good news for you yeah me and my paul want you to come to the ponderosa and go to work for us sherry belt you hear that i got a job that's wonderful now you can buy me some presents sure i can i never thought of that i can buy you presents and and pretty little things arnie aren't you forgetting something what am i for forgetting hoss well you're you're fine he was gonna save your money and buy yourself a farm remember oh no i wouldn't forget that hoss i'm gonna have a farm you're going to be a farmer arnie uh-huh i'm going to have a big farm going to raise pigs a pig farm did you hear that freddy that's what you ought to have sherry bell a farm you're too nice a girl to work in a place like this that's exactly the way i feel about it well i i've always wanted a little cottage somewhere out in the country with roses oh yes with lots of pretty roses and maybe some pretty little moo cows every girl ought to have some moo cows i'll shut up both of you oh what's the matter hoss honey you're a long ways from being ready to raise moo cows well a feller's got to start somewhere they ain't nothing wrong with roses and and stuff has caught right you're just an old grouch i think it's wonderful that arnie wants me to have all those pretty things and if arnie wants moo cows i think he should have mooc cows fine i know where there's ten thousand of them right now need to be taken care of come on ernie you got to get up early on the ponderosa oh not right now right now if you still want the job oh okay don't you worry none cherry bell i'll come back and i'll bring you something purty sure maybe just a little moo cow [Music] there's your pony honey he's all yours mound up this is my horse for as long as you want him it's the prettiest thing i i come here i just had the clothes i was wearing now i got a friend you got a job and people are good to me and now you give me a horse i don't know what to say you ain't got to say nothing go on mount up let's go [Music] [Applause] [Music] uh hey peppy how do you say a ponyo [Applause] let's go to work [Applause] [Music] [Applause] you're doing real good arnie sure a big fella maybe bigger than using your horse well he ain't no smaller that's for sure and he eats twice as much i sure hate to have him get mad at me don't have to worry about that as long as you feed him good we got plenty of fricolas in your house well i i had an awful lot um uh did it eat too much hoss you always take what you want that's what it's here for i don't think you did much good eating before well i i used to get awful hungry i ain't never had a job before honey you uh you told me once that a man gave you some money i don't want to talk about that [Laughter] i say you'll never tire because you're the biggest bean eater in the country [Music] honey what do you say to you they was laughing at me they was talking about me we didn't laugh at him in your house well we're only having a little joke i told you you don't joke easy honey we're your friends don't you understand that i'm real sorry hoss i just got mad i won't do it no more honest toss honey i told you you could work yours as long as you didn't cause no trouble now that goes for fighting anybody you're gonna kick me off the ranch by golly i'll too oh i got it coming i'm sure gonna miss my horse oh shut up you ain't going no place but you said you was gonna i said i ought to and i'll but i ain't gonna go and get you a cup of coffee what are you doing out here boston he had to tell you house in a minute honey somebody are you in trouble with him now you can handle ernie ain't nothing wrong is there yeah remember that squatter you threw off the ranch a couple of weeks ago yeah i ain't like if we get jake staple next arnie there he's the biggest man i ever tangled with well he's not so big now he's dead dead yeah sheriff wrote in late this afternoon told polly found his body up on the carson he'd been robbed sheriff barney i told you i'd talk to you in a minute now go and sit down how was he killed somebody broke his neck snapped it like a matchstick wow that takes something doing yeah it wouldn't what i gotta say is i never mean to hurt nobody i just get i just get mad i don't know why i just get mad [Music] it's a scorcher out there let's have another house there's something i got to do before sherry bell gets here well i gotta buy her present well horny you ain't gonna buy her nothing but hoss i promised her she likes me hoss sherry bell's a a saloon girl it's her job being nasty fellers but dang it that don't mean she really likes you i never know the girl before not never they didn't even want to talk to me i just gotta buy her something i just got it all right ernie you you got your week's wages don't spend it all [Music] dave [Music] where's team grizzly he's out spending his week's wages on a present for me why don't you leave him alone he ain't never done unto you ah why don't you buy me a little old drink you know uh it wouldn't be too much trouble for a girl to get to like you no no i reckon not no more so than getting to like arnie ah that big ape you think he's such an ape why do you bother with oh he's a customer besides they pay me to be nice to customers and he's good for laughs and around here a girl needs all the life she can get let me tell you well don't push him too far he ain't got much of a sense of humor now don't you worry arnie bores me and once the novelty wears off he's just a joke if that's the way you feel about it then you won't mind not seeing him anymore mind i'd be tickled to death and if you don't want your big dumb friend coming in here then just keep him away from me [Music] then boss look at here that ain't it purdy that cost me pertinent all my money the cherry bells are going to love him buddy honey i don't think you're gonna be able to give me to her right now why not hoss whoa well she ain't in there now bartender told me she wasn't gonna be back to later but i ain't never bought no presents for nobody before cherry bells have got to see these i want to give them to her now honey i i don't told you the bartender said she wasn't going to be back in there late tonight but that's a long time hoss oh it'll pass for you know it anyhow while you're waiting i want you to come take a ride with me there's something i want to show you what is it well i can't tell you i got to show you well where are we going up to the tahoe realm it's sort of a favorite place of mine uh then kind of come back and give sherry bell a present uh a promise he still won't [Music] so [Music] look at that honey brilliant [Music] i wish i was a trio growing here so i couldn't never move away there's a little place all the way across the lake over there about 150 acres i make it seems almost ashamed to waste it on cattle sure would make a fine farm good meta water fine standard timber wouldn't take too much for man to buy it neither well who owns this house well i do right now but arnie you could own it in a couple of years if you'd worked real hard and save your money oh it's prettier than i even ever did dream it could a little be over there some roses well i don't know one flower from another but sherry bell likes roses arnie come here shut up honey i i spent a great deal of time up here this is grizzly country oh big grizzly he likes it up here where the air is clean he can live and hunt like a grizzlies supposed to he likes it by himself because he don't need nobody else but you get down lower you you get into the wolf country the wolf travels in a pack he'll track down a herd of deer and cut out the weak ones and tear them down the sick ones the old airs you can't run no more people are sort of like that aren't they there's them that like the wolf they run in packs and then there's others that like the grizzly they they like to get up in the country where the air is clean they can make their own way because they don't need nobody else honey me and you we're bears we ain't wolves i i don't understand you hoss arnie i don't want you to go back into virginia city tonight or no other time but i got to i i i got to give sherry bell my present honey you can have that land over there you can have it tomorrow but that girl don't go with it you can move on your farm now if you promise me you'll never see that girl again you honor that's what it is now honey wait a minute you want it yourself you call yourself a friend of mine arne don't you understand she don't care nothing about you she's been laughing at you all along you're a liar ernie i swear it she's been making fun of you artie she admitted it to me you're trying to make me please something that ain't true i'm going into virginia city and get it right now barney wait a minute [Music] you said you was my friend but you ain't [Music] boss don't you understand hoss i never had a girl before [Music] arnie [Music] hey wait a minute where you going my feet are killing me i've got to change my shoes it has been a long night i'm kind of tired myself that'll only be a few minutes take your time suppose i bring a little night cap sure why don't you do that you all right what are you doing here well uh i didn't mean to be late a horse wanted to show me something will you get out of here i guess i shouldn't have come back here i should have stayed outside can't you understand english i don't want to see you in here out there or anywhere look i bring you these hair beads [Music] you dumb fool [Applause] you stupid fool do you think i care what you bring me you're just something to laugh at you're just good for laughs that way you get out of here before you stop being funny no you better not mean that [Music] you stupid clown you're a stupid ugly smelly clown now [Music] sorry sherry hell somebody help help but be careful he's big enough to tear a man in two i believe i'd as soon see him brought back that is alive yeah i just shoved that door open i saw ernie standing there like a like an ape or something shower bell laying on the floor like a broken doll ernie took one look at me let out a roar yeah he was gonna kill me you boys know i'm no hero or anything he's about twice as big as i am but i tried to stop him anyways and there's the man who's responsible for all of this horse cartwright if it hadn't been for horse cartridge sharabil will be alive right now that's just about enough of that maybe the cartridge did make a mistake by giving that man a job but it was an honest mistake where's arnie you know where he is tell us he killed a girl last night and you're riding after him he worked for us we have a responsibility it's all my fault paul no it wasn't your fault you tried to help him us do you know where he is all right i ain't for sure i i know where he might be i'll tell you where it is paul but you got to promise to give me a head start why because i gotta see him i gotta try to explain before they get to him look at him they'll tear him apart house you can't let him go uh he he has to be punished if you try to get in between him and the posse they'll tear you apart too yes sir i i know what's gonna happen but he's my friend paul i don't know what i'm gonna do but i can't just leave him out there to die all along where is he he's at granite's point on the realm but he's done i think he is all right you go to him be careful thank you paul we're about ready ben that's haas caught right riding down the street i want to know where he's going will you shut up ben where is hospital well what do you want to know roy you ain't letting him get to jump on us so he can warn that arnold yeah i know he's only better than any of us he's just trying to keep anyone else from getting killed i happen that murder and maniac to get away well you know that isn't so yeah if it was i wouldn't have let him ride off like that then i should have known that you and little joe was just as anxious as we are to get that woman killer to a rope were anxious to see justice done it's the same thing i'll tell you what i'm gonna do i'm gonna shoot that wild man on site and if any of you have any guts you'll do the same thing now if you want to go on this posse you're gonna do what i say get back there you about ready to lead us out this granite point i'll get you there all right man up boys but don't i need to take any chances [Music] you was right horse she was laughing at me it hit me with the beads i brought her i know uh i heard her real bad didn't i heart barney you killed her i i guess i know that did i loved her hoss why didn't you know that you killed jake stapleton didn't you well i didn't mean to i'll come in he's camping he just took one look at me and he flung hot coffee in my face it hurt awful horse i got mad i guess i just hit him too hard and you took his money wasn't gonna do him no good and i was hungry don't you see us i didn't mean to hurt nobody that feller he burnt me in and i got mad and cherry bell she was laughing honey it's all right [Music] it's all over now [Music] they're coming after me huh they got to ernie i always knew they'd be coming someday i'm i'm terrible sorry arnie boss yeah honey i'm glad you brought me up here this is a good place i almost had it didn't i hoss a little old farm a little bunch of squealing pigs slopping out their trough old mama nosing them around [Music] i'll come awful close honey turn around what's up four house we're gonna go down and meet him i want to stay here arnie get your heart i ain't going arnie we we're going to ride down here together just you and me now i ain't going to let them hurt you you try to stop them they'll hurt you too no they won't i'll talk to them they ain't gonna hurt nobody you're right hoss you wasn't lying to me you're the only person that ever knew you wouldn't lie to me i'll go with you you're doing the right thing i couldn't let you do a thing like that hoss that it killed you sure [Applause] hey wait a minute i thought i saw something up there barney i don't know i've had points only about a quarter mile up now [Music] [Music] wow [Applause] [Music] ah [Music] i tried to help him poor i know he didn't want me to get hurt he never wanted to hurt anything i'm gonna take arnie to as far hmm [Music] so [Music] you
Behind the Scenes of The Ape
The “TV Guide” uses Cal Bolder’s character name, “Arnie Gunn,” in their episode synopsis rather than “Arnie Guthrie.” No one knows whether the “TV Guide” information was incorrect or there were different characters’ names printed, including why and when the name change happened (if it did occur).
This episode marks Leonard Nimoy (Freddy) and Karen Sharpe’s (Sheribelle/Sherry, the saloon girl) only acting appearance in the series.
This episode marks Cal Bolder’s (Arnie “The Ape” Guthrie) first out of two acting appearances in the series. He appeared next as Charlie Powers in one of Bonanza’s 1966 episodes, The Fighters.
The episode was one of the two episodes James P. Yarbrough directed for the series. James died in 1962, two years after this episode, The Ape, aired.
A fold is visible in the sky behind Arnie on the scene where Hoss visits Arnie’s shack.
A posses forms outside the sheriff’s office to pursue Arnie after Sherry’s death. Hoss arrives, revealing Arnie’s potential location (Granite Point) to Ben, asking for a head start so he can speak with Arnie beforehand. Following Hoss’s departure, the sheriff confronts Ben about Hoss’s whereabouts and intention. After convincing the Sheriff that Hoss is not helping Arnie to escape, the sheriff orders that Ben show them Granite Point. However, this is a mistake since Ben hasn’t yet disclosed Arnie’s location to the sheriff.
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