The Last Viking Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #02, Episode #10
Bonanza, a 14-season American Western television program, recounted the adventures and moral dilemmas faced by the Cartwrights, a fictional family of ranchers living in the one-thousand-square-mile Ponderosa Ranch. Lorne Green played the patriarch, Ben Cartwright. At the same time, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, and Pernell Roberts portrayed his sons, Little Joe, Hoss, and Adam.
Anthony Lawrence wrote the forty-second episode, The Last Viking, which aired in 1960. Neville Brand makes an appearance as a guest star.
In this episode, Ben’s friend, Gunnar Borgstrom, arrives at the Ponderosa to visit the Cartwrights on his way to Canada. However, Gunnar’s visit dismayed Ben as he discovered that his friend was traveling with a gang of outlaws. The situation becomes even more upsetting for Ben when the fiends take Little Joe and his sweetheart as hostages.
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The Last Viking, the tenth episode of Bonanza’s second season, featured some of the show’s recurring and guest actors in addition to the lead cast. The actors in the episode are:
- Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
- Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
- Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
- Neville Brand as Gunnar Borgstrom
- Sonya Wilde as Carrie McClane
- Al Ruscio as Vaca
- Louis Mercier as Duzzaq
- Ric Marlow as Morgan
- Herbert Lytton as Abe McClane
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Hoss was helping a cow get out of the mud when a stranger came and asked about the Ponderosa. It appears that the stranger was their long-lost family relative, one of Ben Cartwright’s late wives’ brothers, Gunnar Borgstrom.
Gunnar is heading to Dakota, Canada, with a few compadres to seek their fortune. However, they didn’t ride with him down the mountains because they weren’t as friendly as him. The family invites him to supper, where Gunnar shares his visit to various countries. Unbeknownst to the Cartwrights, Gunnar leads a gang called Comancheros, who raid white settlements and trade goods to the Comanches. A knock interrupts their supper as one of Gunnar’s compadres, Vaca, arrives to request something to keep them warm as they sleep in the mountain. Gunnar orders him to return to their camp as Adam hands them a few blankets. Gunnar thanks Ben for the food and is about to leave. However, the family insists he spends the night in their house instead of returning to the mountain. Although hesitant, Gunnar accepts their offer. Meanwhile, at the table, Adam thinks their uncle Gunnar resembles an old Viking, to which Hoss agrees. However, Ben thinks Vikings are ruthless raiders that are no better than the Comancheros.
Gunnar and Ben talk about their life before they go to sleep. Gunnar later revealed his reason for visiting the Ponderosa: to see his sister’s son.
Meanwhile, Vaca returns to the rest of the Comancheros, saying Gunnar was eating good food with his relatives while they eat dry bread in their camp. The rest of the group believes Gunnar has been a good leader, but Vaca refuses this idea. He later declares the first goose they’ll steal would be at the Ponderosa.
The following day, Hoss offers to show the Ponderosa to Gunnar before he leaves. On the other hand, Little Joe is out visiting his girlfriend, Carrie. He also helped Carrie’s uncle, Abe, build a fence. It appears that the Cartwrights supported Abe and Carrie to start anew.
Hoss and Gunnar reach a lake in the Ponderosa. Hoss asks Gunnar to tell him more about his mother, considering he’s her brother. Gunnar reveals they didn’t get along well since they have opposite personalities. Hoss asks Gunnar to stay with them, but Gunnar tells him that he loves moving around.
Gunnar bids his farewell to the Cartwrights. Unfortunately, he had to leave before meeting Little Joe.
Gunnar returns to the camp where the Comancheros are preparing to move out. Vaca ordered the group to buckle up, making the rest of the Comancheros believe that Gunnar was getting soft, considering he had met his relatives. Vaca asks Gunnar to loot the Ponderosa to prove his strength and authority. Gunnar refuses, saying it’ll be dangerous since there are too many men at the ranch. Another rancher discloses that there’s another ranch in the foothills that they can raid. Upon hearing this, Gunnar declares that they’ll loot that area instead.
Little Joe and Carrie are heading back to the ranch when the Comancheros arrive, shooting everywhere. Carrie finds her uncle Abe and Mr. Crager shot, so she mindlessly rushes toward the area. The Comancheros see the couple, and Vaca takes an interest in Carrie. Joe stops Vaca, but he punches him to the ground. Vaca asks for Joe’s name, and upon hearing that he’s a Cartwright, he tells Gunnar that they’ll take Joe as a hostage.
Back at the camp, Vaca insists that Gunnar is Joe’s relative. Joe refuses to believe. Vaca reveals Gunnar’s real name, and Joe recognizes it as Hoss’s uncle’s name. Still, Joe refuses to believe, saying he’s a filthy murderer, far from the person described to him when they were kids.
Vaca tells some of the Comancheros that there’s a pain in Gunnar’s eyes, insisting he’s dying. He later asks Duzzaq to find him a snake, despite knowing Gunnar hates such.
Meanwhile, Abe McClaine arrives weakly at the Ponderosa. The Cartwrights found him barely alive, so they quickly carry him inside.
Duzzaq returns to camp with a rattlesnake in a bag, much to Gunnar’s surprise. The Comancheros make a bet on which direction the rattlesnake will head. Vaca pulls the bag from Duzzaq’s hand, dropping the snake. It headed towards Joe, ready to strike, but Gunnar shot it dead. Vaca ordered Duzzaq to get a snake to make the Comancheros believe Gunnar was no longer fitting to be a leader. After a fistfight, Gunnar kept his authority, and no one dared to go against him. As the Comancheros prepare to sleep, Gunnar discretely kicks the knife toward Joe, subtly helping them escape.
Hoss and Adam return to the Ponderosa, reporting the damaged and looted area, and Crager’s death, with no sign of seeing Joe and Carrie. Abe wakes up, describing the gang leader who robbed the place. They realize it was Gunnar, but Hoss couldn’t believe it after their time at the lake. Hoss later initiates to search for Little Joe. They agree to split up for a moment, then meet on top of a ridge so they can save Little Joe together.
Little Joe and Carrie untied themselves using the knife Gunnar kicked earlier. However, Vaca saw them leave, following them with a gun he picked from the ground. Joe stumbled as they ran to escape, hurting his ankle. He tells Carrie to keep running, and although she doesn’t want to, she immediately complies. Joe stands up and starts walking weakly but falls again after Vaca shoots him by surprise. Startled, Carrie cried loud enough for the rest of the Comancheros to hear. Carrie continues running until she encounters Hoss. She tells him that Joe’s dead.
Hoss and Carrie head back and find Gunnar. Carried tried to tell him the truth, but Hoss brushed her off, thinking Gunnar killed Little Joe. He attacked Gunnar out of rage, and they engaged in a fight. Hoss was about to shoot Vaca when Joe approached them with a shot on his chest. Joe tells Hoss that Gunnar helped them escape, much to his surprise.
Vaca shouts from a distance, threatening to kill Hoss, Joe, and Carrie. Gunnar, with his remaining strength, shoots Vaca. However, Vaca retaliated immediately, and Hoss shots him dead.
Gunnar asks for Hoss’ forgiveness before he dies in his arms.
Hoss returns to the lake, reminiscing the moment he shared there with his uncle Gunnar.
Full Script and Dialogue of The Last Viking
[Music] um [Music] [Applause] hey hey you with the cap why's the ponderosa you're on it yeah what's your name bhagra my name is horse cartwright my my paw owns his land you're benjamin cartwrights boy that's right can i help you how could you help me i ain't stuck in the mud you're a mountain man ain't you now you get that funny hat sonny i don't think it's funny mister you're gonna pick that hat up uh you going to make me pick up that hut you get out off that horse hell big mouth what you going to do to make me [Laughter] oh [Laughter] hey the cow has to get you out now my nephew nephew i am your uncle gonna long time since you've seen me sonny yeah hi uncle gunner [Music] [Applause] [Music] hey paul come see who's coming sis what'd you say hello benjamin how long since the last time i see you 20 years hey you got a touch of snow around your ears like me what a wonderful surprise what are you doing around this part of the world oh i go lots of places you know that benjamin ah who are you i'm adam michael gunnar you don't remember me do you ah little lad not anymore we got a another brother now aren't we gonna little joe but he's all visiting some friends a female friend where you headed oh who knows dakota canada a few compadres followed this old's feet to the north to seek their fortune uh compadres huh yeah men like myself men with no ties no roots we may camp in the mountains how come they didn't write down where the uncle do not because they ain't so sociable it's me that is why i ride all these miles used to see my relatives uh and maybe my sister's husband invite me for surfer huh oh god please forgive me and all the excitement of course of course you'll have supper with us come on in ah good maybe i'll take it back too huh i think maybe i don't smell too good at [Applause] [Music] something i ain't different from you yeah you you eat a lot that's for sure i make a pig have better table manners than me but i spent my life in brazos de diaz in the arms of god under the stars like an animal you show been lots of places ain't you since i last seen your father i've been in 26 countries across five oceans 26 countries and five ocean you hear that adam i sure did that was an indian lance you were carrying wasn't it that big sticker yeah i got that from a comanche chief he didn't have no more use for it maybe because he was dead yeah you uh you fight to comanches uncles i fight anybody you ought to know that by now my nephew uh gunna you uh you say you uh you fought the comanches you ever trade with them well when we don't fight mike compadres and i we trade why you asked i was i was just wondering if you ever ran across a bunch of uh renegade buffalo hunters kamacheros yeah yeah i i have heard of them pretty wild bunch i hear now they read the white settlements and then they trade off their goods to the comanches it's not so maybe maybe that's why they call them command cheryls i uh i never see none of them i thought maybe i found you under this roof also what you doing here vodka i think it's very cold on the mountain sleeping and my serapi is very thin i thought maybe uh oh we have some extra blankets you could use he don't need none it's all right i'll get him oh you must be a very rich man to own such a magnifico hacienda you get back to camp vaca prato and you also when you're coming back to camp huh i go then i am ready vodka maybe you like it so much here with your relatives you're going to stay huh oh gracias i'm going to sleep good tonight i very much enjoy meeting you rancheros maybe epi man or vodka will meet you again sometime huh adios adios um i'm sorry dot one come here oh that's all right i gotta keep a strong hand on that one well the food was good benjamin i go now why so soon hey wait a minute hey paul how come you can't stay in that extra bedroom ain't no using him going back out on that mountain of course he can you sleep the night here oh no no i don't i don't think so no of course you will come on up there we'd be glad to have you well uh wherever i sleep right there in that extra bedroom you make yourself at home there we are all right ah good i uh i don't sleep in a fine house for a long time if i snore you pound on the door yeah we'll pound hard goodnight well that's quite an uncle we've got horse he sure is sure hate to have him get riled up at me you know he reminds me of an old viking yeah i'll bet you uncle gooner would like being called a viking the vikings were ruthless raiders and killers not much better than the kamacheros come on we got a lot of work to do tomorrow let's get to bed [Applause] [Music] well benjamin last time i see you was at the funeral yes yes that's right she was a good woman my sister yes she was a good woman a wonderful wife he had much fun anger at maven when we were young and all i had in my mind was dreams of glory and gold it is good to dream and you are young benjamin oh you can dream when you're older too yeah but now when the fur is flying and the iron is hot there there's no time to dream fur was always flying with you gunner i remember you as a boy always had to have a a new part of devil's brew every day not used as a boy all the time all the time i lead a good strong life a man's life reap the rewards and pay the piper if any calls touch gunner borgstrom you have a you were lonely lonely lonely for what companionship a woman i never never lacked for the company of heaven but you uh you never got married material i was not cut out for fathering and farm and benjamin i had to move move with the turn and tide of things not sit on my backside like a yucatan turtle well i i never exactly considered myself a yucatan turtle oh you ain't benjamin you ain't you got a a good ranch here find boys it's it's use the almighty didn't cut us all in the shape of plowmen you you can't plant a roving man's feet in the earth maybe that's because a roving man doesn't want to stand still long enough to take a look at himself i ain't a young man now benjamin and i got no regrets for the sins i commit in this world i see what i want and i take it and i'm not going out on my back of begging forgiveness from nobody now why did you come here i come to see my sister's boy my blood maybe maybe i don't get no other chance i am tired now benjamin i i go to sleep now you know [Music] good night benjamin you have a dream benjamin well well sometimes i always have the same dream it's night black and velvet it is and there's a farm august vin braun and it's on a great ship i am and i'm flying with that wind over a small sea a chase in the wisp of a small boat it always seems to to hold its lead far ahead of me and so dark it is so dark i can't make it out [Music] somehow i know i know [Music] i know i got to catch it [Music] vodka my friend did you find elso see i found him visiting with his relatives stuffing his face with good food while we sit up here and eat dry bread when do we move gonna say we would find fat picking here promises promises that's all he does anymore promises it has been a month since we have made a good raid i trust guna he's been a good leader to us ah he's an old woman warming himself by the fire is that the kind of leader you want i do not care who leads hers just so we are read and get rich we will read to suck i promise you and we will get rich too and the first fat goose we were black will be the ponderosa you sleep good last night i sleep good i sleep good that mattresses chuck plum full of real goose feathers you know goose feathers i got off them goose fellas i sleep on the floor i ain't so used to goose feathers as you i reckon we are getting a little soft around here at that hey how about me showing you around the ponderosa before you leave we ain't had much of a chance to get to know each other well it ain't every day that a man just finds an uncle sure sonny i guess i got the time maybe uh i don't come back again so soon yeah yes sir i i sure would like you to meet little joe before you leave too he's over to mclean's helping him build a fence he ought to be back anytime aren't you even going to stop working long enough to have a drink of water gary just looking at you is more refreshing anything you've got in that bucket but i can use some of that too your flattery little joe is succeeded only by your ability to build a fence since you walked only out here won't you stay awhile let me show you what i've done oh i know what you've done uncle abe has been singing your praises all morning he thinks you're just about the finest thing there ever was and uh how about you what do you think well i told you i was glad you came over to help out didn't i mm-hmm is that the only reason you're glad you know it isn't it's just that i want you to know i think it's wonderful the way you and your paw and adam and horse have helped uncle abe and me since we've been here well it's pretty easy to help a man like your uncle especially when he's got a beautiful niece to say thanks for him i think you're a flutter little joe just like your paw thank you man we try to please can't you ever be serious now you know how proud we are your uncle he's done a lot more with this place than we ever thought possible because your cartwrights have helped him little joe he was so discouraged when he came here the drought and the wind and crop failures we had such big dreams well i think his biggest dream was raising you after your folks died he's done a real fine job hasn't been easy for him sometimes i feel i've been a burden hey better not let him hear you say that he's proud as a peacock of you i'd say with good cause i feel guilty about you working around here so much i wouldn't mind becoming the permanent fence fixer around here there it is uncle gunner ain't that the prettiest little pond you ever saw yeah this is a good place a quiet place pretty as a pond i never see [Music] uncle gunner there's something i've been wanted to ask you you know as just a little feller when my mother died i don't remember much about her paws tried to tell me everything he could but when i i thought maybe you being her brother you could you could add something to it well he didn't get along so good i i was a wild one and she didn't like that so much but she had a soft heart that girl paul says she sure was pretty great big blue eyes and blonde hair ah blonde as a snows of dollar now but it ain't good to talk about the dead center you you can't bring nobody back once they're gone no i reckon you can't i guess that's why i wanna know as much about you as i can before you have to leave you want to know about me you wouldn't like what i had to tell maybe i wouldn't then again maybe i would i think you wouldn't uncle gonna what you gonna do in canada canada yeah that's where you're going in it oh yeah yeah yeah yeah i think i go there why don't you stay here with us because i ain't no yucatan turtle that's why you know what i got to move with the tide and turn of things so i i don't have to take a good look at myself yeah this is this is a good place honey it's quiet here you guys have a good ride sure did paul i took him out for the lake yeah that's a pretty good mud bottle you got up there benjamin hey what you doing there i'll make a new batch of soap we make our own not a hog lard and light water it's a little bit strong but it sure will get you clean well what'd you think of the ponderosa well i think if you work hard you can have what you want to gonna you have what you want yeah i got what i want uh horse and i gotta get at that hay and i think i'll ride over to mclean's and uh remind little joe that he has work around here too oh he'll be back pretty soon well i got to go now boys you got the fine rancher benjamin and find boys well goodnight was wonderful seeing you again wonderful good doc benjamin goodbye uncle goodnight good luck adam bye uncle gunner i wish you could have met little joe well them compadres they valmouse without me if i don't show up and i got to hear other saddles creaking besides my own goodbye [Music] i don't remember giving no orders to move out you didn't give it i did you think you're a man enough to be the podron of these command cheryls vodka sure i ain't got no relatives what does that mean when a man got ties he gets soft in the belly i ain't got no ties no these hombres they eat your dust all the way from chaos because they believe what you tell them they begin to wonder now if what you tell them is the truth when i get ready to strike i will tell you the common share is beginning to think maybe you're getting a yellow streak the bear makes a big ground but how sharp are your claws he's also a man of strength and power or is he a tired old viejo should lie down and die i ain't dead yet prove it a big plunder is down there the ponderosa the ponderosa would not be easy to loot there are too many men there it would be dangerous i spit on them what is danger to the come and share us i tell you we're going to write the ponderosa i give the orders here why did you bring us to this valley yeah why so we could sit still in the middle of all this wealth while you'll go visiting your parientis there are other ranches in this valley we seen one in the foothills we could take with our hands tied so you are tired of eating yeah your blood is hot and you vape for the bird of your padron well i give you that word we read that ranch into foothills i hope you're real hungry little joe because i baked an apple pie ah an apple pie don't you like it fly it is my favorite dish [Music] mama knows amigos [Music] [Applause] wait carrie wait [Applause] [Music] this your sweetheart my little mosquito huh if you ain't maybe i can be your sweetheart huh what's your name muchacha what's the deal i want to put on your tombstone i don't want you to lie in the grave which is unmarked now the name's cartwright joe cartwright be sure to put it in big letters everybody can read it say you got no ties huh or maybe we take one of your relatives for hostage eh i mean you say you don't care about him right he ain't no relative of mine he say his name joe cartwright get up sonny i don't know no you're carthright tie them up we take them back to camp underlay prato [Music] there's nothing to be scared of they're gonna let us go pretty soon no they won't they'll kill us like they killed uncle abe and mr krager carrie don't start thinking that way if they were going to kill us they would have done it back there [Music] i'm so tired joe i wish i could sleep you like some cafeto i'm sorry if you're not very comfortable just save your breath you're gonna need it when i have this country comes looking for us when are you looking for you do something special your papa's a very rich man huh impotante yeah importante yeah enough to have the sheriff and 200 mountain men down on your back i do not think your papa do that much got too many relatives to worry about what relatives him he's your papa's brother-in-law you're a liar i tell you the truth muchach and old bear is your uncle he's visiting with your papa or you were visiting with your sweetheart you sure you don't want some coffee either get the men to lighten the wagons we move out tomorrow i don't want any junk slowing us down also why don't you tell them who you are huh he said you were my uncle maybe i am what difference would it make ask him ask him if he ain't gonna box through gonna borgstrom lost his uncle [Laughter] wait no you ain't no uncle of mine you couldn't be you're a filthy murder and skunk [Music] you got a big mouth like your brother huss i just can't believe it he's been talking about you ever since we were kids i don't need any of his talk no that's right you don't the only thing you need is a box big enough to bury you [Music] in [Music] i have been with the lasso a long time i see something in his eyes that ain't been there before like what like pain where there is no wound no blood may be sick see with a sickness which drains a man of his fire he's dying my comparison he's dying of conscience and remorse soon he will crawl into his hall and shut off the world behind him then why will not just wait and see because it is dangerous to those around him and because i want to see him squirm before he dies squirm in his belly in his heart to suck to find me a cool labor a snake with an angry face and death in his mouth hello so does not like snake you know that i know that very well i'm going to have some fun maybe we watch the big bear dance tonight [Music] are you alive just barely well let's get them inside them [Laughter] i bring you his majesty the king of the chemist bush the characters do suck i bet you fight all this he goes north when he comes out of that bag and i bet you hey i bet you five dollars he goes south [Laughter] where'd you get that chicken snake hey don't let him out of that bagel we'll all be dead chickens is no chicken snake he's 100 rattlers and he can spit and strike like the devil [Music] exactly [Music] do [Music] well this got right don't mean anything to you huh look at him my compadre is sweating like a stuck peach i ain't taking no more artists from this old woman these orders are to protect this barrientes not us from now on i give the orders here look like i shoot the wrong snake this snake can strike like the devil too [Music] drop that gun hombre uh now if there are any more snakes among the come on charles gunner wants to know about them no all right then go to sleep we move out at dawn [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] two [Music] now [Applause] [Music] well you should have seen that place old man trigger was dead everything was ransacked looted busted out is there any sign of john kerry only signs it where he was working pop or if it was indians they sure didn't leave no sign it couldn't have been indians they needed wagons to haul away as much stuff as they did what difference does it make who it was they've got joe and carrie haven't they uh uh it's all right hey it's ben cartwright take it easy now everything's all right but abe who was it the leader was on a big black horse old man with a beard big mexican ape abe was he carrying an indian lance [Music] but it just can't be oh it's like gonna said he was born like an animal under the stars boy just don't make sense the other day i'm gonna try to understand it you just can't look that deep into a man's soul to see what he's really like [Music] let's go get a little jaw [Music] adam i get one of the man to look after mr mclean [Music] looks like we lost a trail this rocks are hard nothing to make a track on it well i think we'll split up oh i don't know that's such a good idea must be a lot of them it's the only way we'll find them far besides that'll be a lot quieter all right on one condition if none of us tries to get joe out of there by himself and they must have camped somewhere around here for the night all right whoever finds that camp we don't do anything about it we we meet on top of that ridge about an hour from now and then we decide what to do agreed [Music] my [Music] um [Music] from [Music] [Applause] [Music] right i heard my ankle keep running i can't leave it i said keep running [Music] foreign uh [Music] [Applause] [Music] everything's gonna be all right now where's joe gary where is he he's get us dead what are you talking about i saw it he shot him [Music] i ain't gonna leave you here and i ain't turning back now you come on you're here come on i used to lay in bed at night when i was a little boy wondering where my uncle gunner was wondering what he was doing i told you you but not like what i had to tell you killed little joe an uncle or no uncle i'm gonna kill you oh no house no you stay out of this hmm uh foss look us hey i thought they done killed you boy no not this time where's your uncle house yeah no he saved our lives and he helped us get away i tried to tell your horse amigos i'm going to kill you amigos don't move i know the old man pretty well when i kill you he will die too don't move oh man don't move you'll move i will kill them take your choice back damn or me ugh [Music] i just didn't understand don't you go getting stuck in the mud sonny sometimes it's not so easy to get house i'm not asking forgiveness from nobody you here but i done i done because i fought wanted forgive me son bye [Music] chef tells me the chair has pulled out bosses after him uncle gonna like this place he said it was peaceful quiet said it was a good place i guess that's what he was always looking for peace and quiet a little boat that was always just out of his reach one little boat oh bodhi was always dreaming about [Music] paul you said that it wasn't possible for a man to see inside another man deep enough to know what he was really like [Music] i think i did just before he died come on he he wouldn't want us to mourn over him no no i reckon he won the dead he just wasn't that sort of man was he 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Behind the Scenes of The Last Viking
This episode’s title in German is “Die Wikinger,” which means “The Vikings.”
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