Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Mirror of a Man 

One of Ben's ranch hands on the Ponderosa finds his past catching up with him when his twin brother murders a man.


Lewis Allen


A.I. Bezzerides


Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Ron Hayes ... Jud Lolly / Rube-Homer Barnes
Nancy Rennick Nancy Rennick ... Amelia Lolly
Ford Rainey ... Luke Barnes
Bing Russell ... Deputy Clem Foster
Tristram Coffin ... Ralph Austin (as Tris Coffin)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Janey Breckenridge
Joseph Breen Joseph Breen ... Sol Breckenridge
Eugene Mazzola ... Toby Breckenridge (as Eugene Martin)


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Homer Barnes is one of a family of criminals and murderers. He has tried to leave his past behind by taking a new name, getting married, and going to work at the Ponderosa. His twin brother, Rube, kills a man and steals his horse. Homer finds himself accused of the crime. As a result, Homer finds that he must face his past. In so doing, he, and Ben, must help Homer's father to make a hard choice. Written by Charles Delacroix

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better than expected
4 May 2019 | by talonjensenSee all my reviews

This show started out a little slow for me, it didn't seem too interesting. But, for me, it definitely got better as it went along.

A notorious family of outlaws, father, Luke Barnes (Ford Rainey) and four sons. Two of the sons are already dead leaving two sons, twins, one, Jud (formerly Homer) who has changed his name, is married to Amelia (Nancy Rennick), who has no idea of his past, and now is a "top hand" for the Cartwrights and one, Rube, who has no guilt when stealing or killing. Both of the sons are played by Ron Hayes. The father seems to love both of them, but with a preference for Rube, most likely because Rube has stayed with him. They have been searching for Homer/Jud and have finally found him.

Rube kills Sol Breckenridge (Joseph Breen) while stealing a horse from his corral, so there is a posse looking for him. Jud tracks them down and confronts them, Rube takes Jud's place in order to steal some more so father and son have some money to live on while Jud is held at gunpoint by his father. Rube wouldn't cooperate with the Deputy Clem Foster (Bing Russell) so is being held in jail while Ben, still thinking he is Jud, talks the deputy into releasing him so he can help Little Joe go pick up an expensive horse. At one point Ben is also being held at gunpoint and tells the father that all a man has for his reputation is the children he leaves behind.

SPOILER: In the end, Luke, the father, has to choose between his sons. he shoots Rube just before Rube is going to shoot Jud. Then he rhetorically asks, "Why would I kill Rube". Ben answers him and says because you want to be remembered well.

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31 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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