The Spitfire Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #02, Episode #17
Bonanza, a 14-season Western television series, told the story of the Cartwrights, a fictional family led by the patriarch, Ben Cartwright. Ward Hawkins wrote the forty-ninth episode, The Spitfire, which aired on January 14, 1961.
Jeb Hoad’s wild and feisty daughter, Willow (Anita Sands), intends to exact revenge on Joe Cartwright after being forced to shoot and kill trespasser Jeb Hoad in self-defense. After appeasing the girl, Joe returns with her to the Ponderosa. Feeling responsible for her, Joe attempts to help Willow become a “proper” lady with the assistance of the ranch’s female staff.
Meanwhile, Jeb’s mother, a whip-wielding Kentucky mountaineer named Maude Hoad (Katherine Warren), vows vengeance against the Cartwrights—with the help of her son (Jack Elam).
Read The Spitfire‘s plot, including some behind-the-scenes trivia, or watch the full episode below.
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The Spitfire, the seventeenth episode of Bonanza’s second season, featured some of the show’s recurring and one-time guest cast in addition to the lead actors. See the list below for this episode’s cast members:
- Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
- Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
- Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
- Katherine Warren as Maud Hoad (as Katharine Warren)
- Anita Sands as Willow Hoad
- Jack Elam as Dodie Hoad
- Steven Terrell as Bud Harvey (as Steve Terrell)
- Ray Teal as Sheriff Roy Coffee
- Mary Treen as Mrs. Shaughnessy
- Jack Mather as Bart Hastings
- Don C. Harvey as Jeb Hoad (as Don Harvey)
- Claude Hall as Bud Hoad
- Theodore Lehmann as John Hoad (as Ted Lehmann)
- Bill Clark as Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
- Bob Miles as Hastings Hand (uncredited)
- Chick Sheridan as Hastings Hand (uncredited)
Full Story Line for The Spitfire
Jeb Hoad, a homesteader, starts a fire on the Ponderosa to clear himself a piece of land while his daughter, Willow, assists him by bringing dried tree limbs. When Little Joe tries to stop the fire, Jeb shoots him despite Joe’s warning. Jeb brings out a long rifle, ready to shoot Joe. However, the quicker Little Joe fires back in self-defense, killing Jeb.
Feeling responsible for the dead man’s daughter, Joe brings the feisty Willow back to the Ponderosa. Ben asks Hoss to have the body decently laid out while Adam report to the sheriff and gives Willow shoes, a dress, and some skirt to use.
Meanwhile, Willow’s mother, Maude Hoad, a determined woman traveling from the Kentucky hills, descends with her hulking son, Dodie, and a couple more relatives. They encounter Bart Hastings and his men, so they ask about Virginia City and her son, Jeb Hoad. Bart reveals that Jeb and his daughter camped on his ranch without permission and killed one of his steers for beef. Maude insists on camping on Bart’s land, but he refuses. One of Bart’s men draws his gun when Dodie shoots him dead. Maude whips Dodie for firing without notice. However, Maude refuses to take responsibility, stating it is an act of self-defense.
Little Joe comes back and forth in Willow’s room, bringing several buckets of water to get Willow cleaned. Hoss brings a contraption to help Mrs. Shaughnessy groom Willow. Inside the room, Shaughnessy soaks Willow as she sits on top of the wooden contraption. When they finish, Little Joe brushes Willow’s hair while Hoss puts on a shoe on her feet.
After a while, Willow’s cleaned and dolled up. They set up a mirror in the room, and Willow looks pleased with her look. Little Joe excitedly shows Ben how Willow looked. However, much to his surprise, Willow has fled with Ben’s horse.
The sheriff arrives to tell Ben about the Hoads, who intend to exact revenge on the Cartwrights. Upon hearing that the Hoads set camp at the Ponderosa, Ben and Hoss saddle their horses to face them.
Once the Cartwrights and the sheriff arrive at the Hoads’ camp, they see Maude with her whip and her men aiming their rifles at them. The sheriff asks for Dodie to stand trial for the death of Slim Carter, whom he shot at the Lazy K ranch. However, Maude insists once again that it was self-defense. The sheriff tells Maude that it’s up to the jury to decide. Maude argues that when Dodie’s wife died after some wild bunch shot her, the lawman only drove them off. Ben introduces himself. Maude tells him they want to kill the person responsible for Jeb’s death. Ben tells Maude that it was an act of self-defense, and the sheriff backs him up, insisting he takes Dodie. Seeing Maude wouldn’t surrender Dodie, Ben tells the sheriff they leave for the meantime to think about what to do next. Once they’re far enough, Ben tells the sheriff he’ll reason with Maude alone.
Ben tells Maude they should set aside grief and hate and try living as neighbors. He offers her private land, a head of beef, and ten horses. However, considering Ben’s generous offer, Maude thinks it’s a lie. Ben argues that it’s a trade to stop the killing between their families. Still, Dodie has to stand trial. Undecided, Maude tells Ben that her answer would be Dodie’s arrival at sundown the next day while ending their conversation with a warning.
As Willow flees out of the house, Little Joe rushes after to bid his farewell and tell Willow that she can keep everything they’ve given her. Joe understood that Willow heard her family was nearby, so he let her go. Moreover, Joe thinks it’s best to tell the Hoads about what truly happened, just as he promised Willow.
When Willow arrives at the Hoads’ camp, she tells Maude about the pretty things she received from the Cartwrights, including details about their house. Willow also tells Maude that the Cartwrights invite her to visit them anytime. However, Maude reminds her that the Cartwrights killed Jeb, expressing her determination to avenge her son.
Little Joe visits the Hoads’ camp. However, Maude was busy talking to Willow. Dodie talks to Joe, but after seeing the rifles aimed at him, Joe refuses to talk. Dodie brings up shooting Adam, forcing Joe to tell him what happened between him and Jeb. At some point, Dodie is about to shoot his gun, so Joe retaliates, killing Dodie in the process. Maude threatens to kill Joe, thinking everything is just a trick.
When Joe leaves, Maude orders the other Hoads to go after Joe and Ben. However, they threw their guns, expressing their disgust for killing. They explained how Dodie attempted to murder Joe, so he only shot in self-defense. Maude whips them until Willow stops her, saying Jeb also tried to shoot Joe twice.
After burying her sons’ bodies, Maude and the rest of the Hoads set to face the Cartwrights.
Maude tells the Cartwrights that she believes what Willow, John, and Paul said about her sons, accepting Joe’s act of self-defense. She subtly asks to see the fixings Willow mentioned, earning an invitation from Ben to visit their place anytime.
Full Script and Dialogue of The Spitfire
[Music] what are you going to do put out my fireboard get it started ain't neither green it's you sash your paw once more i'll take a strap to you you get over the wagon get them wet sacks i don't want no fire around their wagon look at it go now wind's just right dipping them trees in no time how far it burns on up through the canyon up that ridge i spec 500 000 acres make a nice piece of land a lot of trees are burned can't eat trees well the stock can eat grass and rice will burn too grass will grow back in thicker and richer than ever fire purifies the land always like to burn over my land four star somebody's coming here as good as you can who are you and what time are you doing with that fire i'm jeb hodd it's my daughter willa i'm clearing myself piece of land i might settle down here if i like the look of it bear are you crazy fool you're gonna burn the whole range give me that sack some more of these sacks and help me get that car alone you get yourself killed shoot him shoot him good now look you you try reloading that cannon i put a hole right through you you killed my paw i'm sorry i gotta get this fire put out [Music] [Music] uh [Applause] [Music] still like to cut my heart out wouldn't you i still know what i'm gonna do with you can you just listen to reason just give me a chance let me try to explain your father didn't know what he was doing there's a lot of people living up in these hills people with homes people with families these woods were as dry as tinder once the wind got behind that fire he wouldn't have burned a thousand acres he'll burn 20 000 maybe more all right all right i i know it's not a reason to kill a man for i didn't want it to happen i didn't want it to come to that look you have to listen to me i i warned him not to shoot didn't i didn't i warn him not to try it again it's not too good a time to explain i guess i can't leave you out here alone i'll take you back to the house see if i can't help you come on let's go i'll kill you i'll kill you then i'll kill you come on come on come on [Music] [Applause] [Music] just wait on my kin folks get here they are coming they'll get you they'll kill your family they'll burn your place down too grandma hold can do it shall make you wish you never was born wait and see tarnation yellowman let me over here i'll tell you i'll tell you sure you're born what happens name what have you got here her name's willow i killed her father you what clearing the timber of a box creek canyon they're gonna burn it off pull it off that's right oh fire in the canyon would turn it into a chimney but half the ponderosa i told him to put it out he wouldn't do it i tried to put the fire out myself he warned me if i went near it he'd kill me i didn't think he meant it but he did i had to kill him to stay alive you can't keep me here my kin folks are coming they'll kill you all grab a whole fate in the hogs what about her after i killed her father she came at me i had to tie her up there's nothing else i could do us have the body decently laid out adam i better go and report this to the sheriff see if he can get out of here if possible ask mr shaughnessy to drop up here we'll need some help on adam you better have a bring some things for the girl shoes and dress maybe a skirt you better put the girl in the east bedroom i'll kill y'all you can't keep me here my kin folks are coming to kill you all grab hold of fate in the hogs [Applause] [Music] you boys want to see some first class stock look you honor [Applause] whoa what do you make of it dodie only see one gun mind what i told you here i heard you get up [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] whoa [Music] howdy stranger afternoon ma'am we be the holds traveling west out of kentucky we want no trouble with man of east i'm bart hastings is the lazy k these are my men like you i don't want any trouble you're welcome to travel across my land now that's real nice of you know of a place called virginia city not well i'll fair be it about a week's travel with your rig ever seen the likes of us before why do you ask son of mine jeb holding his young and likely passed through here some time ago you'd know him for our can if and you've seen him pass through here about a week 10 days ago you didn't take to him i did not don't take to folks like us he camped here without asking killed one of my stairs for beef didn't ask about that either weens ain't like much hang tight together got to her get killed nobody does a hurt to a whole certainly pays for it i didn't hurt him what's more i gave him the beef he and the youngster looked half-starved then i ordered him off my land that why you ain't asking me and mine to light here and rest ourselves kind of that steer that's right we travel a fur peace today near 20 mile winds of war thin stock needs feed needs water you can't stay here and that's an order you got to move on [Music] i wasn't i wasn't gonna shoot i was just i was up [Applause] he's dead he's dead we killed another one [Music] come on bring him out of there before that horse tramples him he's dead ever no dirty to miss come on bring him out of there give him a hand you won't get away with this nothing to get away from it was murder that man drawed his gun don't do to draw on a hold too many of us have been killed you know it was murder i saw you beat the man for it it wasn't murder i want him about or what dodie cause his shot thought i told him to i warned him when we got here call it murder or not he'll hang for it i'll see to that best think on that real hard you ain't never seen killing till you kill one arse [Music] is she that dirty yeah yeah we're gonna have to soak her a good long while to get her clean bro well are you gonna manage that horse has got this contraption rigged up he thinks it's gonna work sure hope it does yeah hope it does [Applause] hey i think it's all just about doing [Music] you take this out of here good mirrors are hard to come by [Music] hey honestly maybe we better just put it off for a while you know maybe i could talk to her calm her down a little bit we've waited long enough now there's no use in putting it off any longer all right now look you promise me you're not gonna hurt her if she starts to fight a little bit too much we'll just let her go i promised and i'll keep my promise and and don't forget you might be afraid of water oh nonsense it's just another excuse to fight she'd fight if you fed her cherry pie now if i had my say i'd take that snapping bite out of her with a razor strap [Music] well shauna see take it from me it doesn't do any good to fight with her we use a little patience and a little kindness we we can don't worry little joe i'll do it your way now i'm here take this [Music] [Applause] [Music] there she is she's a good one too stout i jumped up and down what is it well it'll work fine if i need it now you two get out of here go on yeah [Music] oh i don't think it's going to work don't you fret yourself sean says run more critters through that cheap dip and have the rangers alive you can't go in there maybe she did drown did you hear nothing [ __ ] shaughnessy shaughnessy all right answer me [Applause] we're having a real nice soap [Music] oh i can't do this i'm all thumbs you're the one that says it takes gentleness and patience well stay there and be gentle and patient be careful she doesn't bite a finger off you [Music] here it is charles i moved that buckle over by the means you don't fit real fine now try it and see me we might need someone strong [Music] yes sir easy girl real easy though don't you kick me [Music] easy now that's the way it won't hurt [Music] hey you know something joe she is a pretty little gal pretty as a spotted pony [Music] oh what's the matter now she bit me that's what's the matter it can't hurt that bad she took the hide off me trick to hide right off me well you pulled a hair or something never was any good hair no hair does all the platinum of the tails means around here me all right better be careful don't you bite me i'll i'll swatch you one hey horse will you hurry up with that thing come on hurry she's hard to hold i'm coming here what are you going to do with it where she can see herself a minute i let her go uh over by the window house for the light's the best yes him you know watch her okay you you watch her now i'm gonna let her go easy go easy that's it hey hey hey joe you know something you know something i think he's right yeah she's a gal ain't she and he gotta rather look pretty nut i knew she'd quiet down the minute she saw herself all females are vain [Music] can i show them mister hey you sure can he's gonna be real surprised too he didn't know he had such a good looking gal in the house [Music] hey bob hey pie i got a surprise for you all right i'll check the barn joe yeah [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] oh that's good and i i you stay like that i want pot to see it just like it okay [Music] [Applause] hey pop what [Music] believe what so help me pawn i'm going to bring her back and tame her if it's the last thing i do hey don't you tell her she could take pulsars my horse [Music] [Music] wow [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] so [Music] [Music] so oh boy oh boy the dead burn a book of poetry hard to believe ain't it i never figured a book of poetry is good for anything yeah that book of poetry turned the bullet and saved my life hmm hey there's some pages here it ain't torah mind if i read it who is it it's a sheriff paul's down there talking to you i wonder how you found out i was bushwhacked so fast i don't know i'm gonna find out well ben this is the first i heard that adam had been shot but until what i was going to talk to you about i think i know who shot him who adam's never had any enemies around here he has now you all have you got a whole dirn nest of them what do you mean well that girl adam said you had here her kinfolk the hoads they come to town just like she said they would now you you don't mean that it was one of her family that shot at him well then like you say adam didn't have any enemies that would do a thing like that but the hoax did find out there was a cart right killed a girl's father no question about that that talks all over town so somebody must have pointed at him out when he went through virginia city you still got that girl here yeah yeah she's she's still here roy she's out with a little joe somewhere but she's still here you mean she's roaming around loose what adam said you just about had to keep her locked up in a cage well she's staying down now roy she's uh wearing a dress and washing and eating at the table with us even learning how to embroider but we still have to keep her locked up at night yeah the gun's locked up anything with an edge on it like a like a knife or an axe or something even so she sounds a lot tamer in the rest of her family that's what i wanted to tell you man the hoeds killed one of bart hastings best men in the lazy k when they come through there killed him or murdered him well it all depends on who you're listening to bart claims it without not murder and the holds they said was just plain self-defense anyway there's got to be a trial i'm on my way over now to pick up dodie hold the one that done the shooting thought you and should come along it's on your property what the hoads camp near here just over the ridge we'll come along i'll settle up a horse's paw i'll be right out they'll come don't you fret yourself about that they killed my boy jeb because he wanted to settle on a piece of land he'll come to drive winds off too have we got to kill him graham got to kill the one that killed my boy jeb least wise got to show them we can kill man for man so next way we can stay alive i wish it wasn't so has to be bud folks like them been handing us every foot of the way from saint joe fighting us denying us the simple means of living killing us it wasn't for us showing them we could kill quicker quicker than they could we'd be in our grazer for this that's true graham they do helmets i never could figure out just why queens ain't like them that's why they don't take the folks are different they hate them fear them just feel they got to be rid of them well i don't see that we're like they are no we ain't our folks settled in kentucky and tennessee more than a hundred year ago but we ain't like them we got two hands two feet we got red blood in our bodies we gotta love in our hearts for our youngins and our odins and we pray to god almighty but we ain't like them we'll be fighting them all the rest of our lives i expect our lives may not be long they can kill us off near any time they take a notion can't give in to them that's the worst can't let them fence us out or deny us our rights to the land or kill us without punishment winds will be better dated many times over if we've done that well i'd rather be alive and marry the willow like we as promised i'd rather have a piece of land than a place to raise youngs i'm a fear they're never going to let you and will marry they're a gathering of guinness right now you know that i reckon they'll come on hard and i reckon they won't stop till we're all dead i know we won't if it comforts you they'll bury twice as many of theirs as they will of ours i promise you that you don't comfort not none at all i hear writers [Applause] high enough [Music] ma'am i'm the law not here you ain't here i'm the law don't be a fool mrs hoard i come out for the one you call dodie what do you want with him stand trial for the killing of slim cotter the lazy k ranch then drawed his gun dodie killed him before he could kill one ass that ain't nothing to stand trial about it's up to the jury to decide whether he's guilty or not my job is just to take him in as the law requires where was the law when they killed dodie's wife dodie's wife i know nothing about a woman being killed i'm telling you near a month ago out in the prairie some wild bunch came and shot up our wagon for no reason dodie's wife didn't draw a gun but they killed her dodie ain't been real right in the head ever since did you report that kill into the law i told a law man he done nothing just drove us on there's a law for humans in the law for williams but it ain't the same law now look ma'am it is the same at least we surround here it is who might you be ben cartwright i own this land then you must know who i am i reckon you're gonna know why i'm here yeah i know your granddaughter willa told us all about you i want her but more than that i want the man that killed jeb hold what about that too mama sorry about what happened little joe said it was unavoidable i mean to see he hangs for it little joe is my son and jeb hold was mine the law determined that little joe acted in self-defense there's a law for euns and the law for wins and it's not the same law well i say it is the same law for both of us and don't you defy it now i come out here to take in dodie hold and i'm going to take him you try it and they'll likely bury all of us is that right maybe we uh maybe we better think on this huh yeah maybe so come on boys [Music] roy yeah [Music] you know she like what she said every word of it we try to pull our way in there they'll be dead to bury most of theirs and most of us but i gotta go in she's defying the law well she's not defined as she's afraid of it what's the difference whether she's afraid of it or not the law is alone i've sworn to pull it well maybe you didn't swear it when you took office but you're bound to uphold human lives before the law then you've got to be realistic them holds her like a pit full of rattlesnakes and twice as dangerous you heard her say she wanted to hang little joe didn't you well she meant every word of that she was upset she had every right to be i know how i feel if one of my sons had just been killed oh roy you got to let me go back and reason with her all right ben paul what you gonna do i'm gonna hold out my hand to it [Music] i gotta beat on him ma just say when [Music] stand there what tricks are you playing no tricks i'm a man with sons tired of killing i've come to talk to a woman with sons who must hate killing will you hear me i'll hear you we can fight each other and kill each other over a man already dead and that'll pile grief on grief and settle nothing oh we can call the dead man buried we can set aside grief and hate we can live as neighbors will you look at what i've come to show you i'll look i'm going 20 miles from here a rich valley with sweet water and good grass sheltered land i'll give you 50 head of beef and 10 horses two broken to the plow your neighbors i'll be one of them we'll help you build before the snow flies it has the look of a lie a trap yeah that it does but the truth that look exactly the same no man gives away so much i'm not giving i'm trading exchange you won't make me kill some of yours to protect mine and i won't make you kill some of mine to protect yours what about my boy doody sheriff said he wanted him yeah he'll have to stand trial a fair trial i promise you show me your face i ain't seen nothing but a lion cheating men for a long long time i'm about decided all the goodens are dead [Music] what did you see i'll study on it dodie will come in at sundown tomorrow or not that'll be your answer some down tomorrow if this be a trap a trick to blind me or some way to kill dodie i'll come after you ben cartwright and i won't rest till you're in your grave or i'm in mine and i'm mean to have my granddaughter back with me you remember that [Applause] [Music] [Applause] hmm you can't keep me now my ken's here i can go if i want i got no rats i don't want to keep you here well i just came out say goodbye that's all [Music] this pony and your clothes all the clothes you got back in your room are yours to keep [Music] make sure you come back and get them come back and visit us real soon too not [Music] [Applause] here [Music] [Applause] [Music] so [Music] what happened she run off again yeah she left you uh really thought you could tame her huh i wasn't that she heard us talking heard her family was nearby and she wanted to be with him so i let her go well that's probably the best thing don't you think i suppose [Music] what you'll miss her huh yeah i guess i will it's kind of cute when we got her face washed you know cause i kind of got used to having her around something else on your mind yeah yeah i promised willow i'd tell her ken how i come to kill her father i still have that to do i think i'll let ponder sheriff take care of that oh i'm the one that killed him i'm the one that should tell them oh look joe you can't take a chance like that i wouldn't go near that place without some help i wouldn't mean anything if i went in there with an army could mean you'd stay alive adam i don't think the hodes are driver killers besides we don't even know it was one of them that bushwhacked you and i promised willow i'd tell him face to face i killed her father adam i think it's the least i can do no now joe you can't no now listen to me joe come back [Music] it's willis just come back you let me handle this boy well i see you got away from them girl they didn't even try and stop me they just let me go like it's not because i knew i'd come after them if they didn't you all right they didn't hurt you none did they oh they didn't hurt me none they gave me these clothes though and a lot of pretty things graham it was nice there the house was big real splendid like and they got a looking glass most tall as me i'd like to see something like that not frost none of that stuff the shirt you got on a hussy shirt get [ __ ] of it here well i think it's real pretty willow you look so different i ain't different but not inside i ain't graham they was good to me well they even asked me to come back and visit anytime at all don't forget these the ones that killed your paw and don't you fret girl we're gonna kill the one that done it [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] now who do you reckon this might be ain't ever seen before dodie little fella kind of pretty heard it was a pretty little fella that killed jeb hey but you don't know this one's him yeah i do gotta feel in my bones remember what ma told you all right here now she's back talking to willard feels like it's up to me to figure out what to do what's that gonna be you all just wait here and watch you'll see gonna have me some fun killing a pretty little fella to kill my brother looking for somebody stranger yeah looking for a family named hode reckon you found them there a woman here named grandma hoed she's busy i'm dodie hod you can talk to me i think i'd rather talk to her kane you got something to say say it to me hell i don't think i will next to me like you want trouble and i don't i know you've come this far i wouldn't be nably i'll let you go away without you spoke your piece will it hell i'll be back when i can talk to the right person oh don't be in a hurry neighbor maybe i can help you you come here looking for the man that shot your brother ain't that right well you found him i shot him no you like to shoot me huh you shot my brother jeb and she got a shooting coming to you your brother jeb tried to shoot me in the back he missed and i want him not to try it again he did and i had to kill him there was nothing else i could have done yeah i figured it was you i felt it in my bones i want to get on my horse and i'm going to ride out of here and like i said i don't want any trouble don't try it you raise that gun i'm gonna have to kill you [Music] it was a trick it was a trick after all a trick so you could sneak in and kill dodie you a fast gun a killer i didn't come here to kill him but he was bound to kill me i warned him but he had to try it all right now i'm warning all of you i'm going out of here now i don't want anybody to make a move i'll come after you never fear you can't go far enough away you'll die for this and your pap he'll die for the turkey played me what kind of man are you that man killed your brother and yonder he goes riding free what are you standing there staring for your water in your veins have you rope for spines take your rifles now and go do you hear i want him dating his father dave go now go on out here here what do you mean by that we're done with killing done with killing dodie was bound to murder that boy ma he would have shot him in the back if need be the boy could have done no less than what he'd done and live you cogs sniveling that man killed your brother dodie he killed your brother jeb he murdered them don't that mean nothing to you neither murder graham he's right paul tried to shoot him in the back he tried twice it's like john's telling you we killed enough i want that boy dead i want him dead now i never would have known you that's how much you changed willa the only thing is i i keep thinking you changed toward me i've been living for the day that we we catch up to you and we can be married like was promised now i'm afraid there never was another man for me bird and there never will be not as long as we live i told graham hogan i didn't think we'd ever live long enough to get married i guess i got no reason to change that now we done all we could you and me and john and paul we talked ourselves clear time maybe she heard us maybe not but if she says we gotta fight them we got to we got to do what she says you know that make yourselves ready we're going now we're gonna see the man that killed my [Music] sons [Music] uh [Music] [Music] reckon you know dodie won't be giving himself up sundown tomorrow yes i know boy there killed him i know jeb killed dodie the same way he's real fast with a gun my son doesn't enjoy killing he had no choice two of my sons killed the same way by the same man willa saw the first killing john and paul ii they say it was done the same way it ain't easy seeing two sons killed willow says her paw was going to shoot you in the back john and paul say dodie tried to do the same thing i believe they never lied to me i believe you've done what any man would have done you had to kill me reckon i can't hold no anger again well it says yulin's got all kinds of fixings in your house mind if not step in the sea [Music] my house is your house you're welcome at all times [Music] do [Music] [Applause] [Music] you
Behind the Scenes of The Spitfire
The episode’s title in German is “Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung,” which translates as “The Taming Of The Shrew.”
This episode appears to be the first out of two, directed by William D. Faralla, also known as William Dario Faralla.
Jack Elam (Dodie Hoad) makes his first out of three appearances in the series through this episode.
Katherine Warren (Maud Hoad) makes her only appearance in the series, credited as Katharine Warren, through this episode.
Anita Sands (Willow Hoad) makes her only appearance in the series through this episode.
The “Kentucky Rifles” used by the Hoads are US Army M1873 Trapdoor Springfield breech-loading rifles. Although altered to look like muzzle-loading frontier rifles, the weapons retain the breech-loading mechanisms.
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