Sorrell "Boss Hogg" Booke has the title role, as a mining-company executive who went from Arizona to Old Mexico to try to settle miners' grievances over unpaid wages, only to be taken hostage in his own right by the miners, who hope to use him as a bargaining chip. A mine supervisor has a particular interest in getting Zulick back to Arizona, but won't explain why. It turns out that Zulick is a lot more valuable than anyone suspected, for reasons that are hidden until nearly the last minute. Another surprise comes when the mine detective turns Heyes and Curry over to the sheriff and then refuses the reward on them in Wyoming, allowing the sheriff to set them free, because he is convinced his debt of gratitude is too great. Ironically, "Bonanza" was also floundering in the ratings in a new time slot against a Norman Lear situation comedy ("All and the Family" was "ASJ"'s nemesis; "Maude" was trouncing "Bonanza"); the two shows would end production and then leave the air less than a ...
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"Alias Smith and Jones" often played fast and loose with historical dates, particularly during this final season. References in this episode date it as being set sometime in 1885, when the preceding episode took place in 1886-87. See more
[having just lost the poker game to Kid Curry
You know, mister, your luck is just a little bit too good to be true.
Jed 'Kid' Curry
Well, poker's not a matter of luck, friend. Maybe that's your problem-you think it is.
It's not my problem. It's yours,'cause your luck just ran out.
[gets up and exits the saloon
Jed 'Kid' Curry
[to the remaining players
Anybody got any idea what he meant by that?
Yeah, I'm afraid I do. Phil's a bad loser, and I think he went to get his gun. He's a lot better with that than he is with a deck of ...