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The Horse Breaker 

The Cartwrights hope that time and therapy will get bronc breaker, Johnny Lightly, back in the saddle after a bad fall. But Johnny soon faces thinly veiled hostility from the young nurse ... See full summary »

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Ben Cartwright
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Adam Cartwright
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Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
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The Cartwrights hope that time and therapy will get bronc breaker, Johnny Lightly, back in the saddle after a bad fall. But Johnny soon faces thinly veiled hostility from the young nurse sent to help him, threats from a rancher who blames Ben Cartwright for his family's calamities, and a growing fear that he may never walk again. Written by shepherd1138

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26 November 1961 (USA)  »

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The character of 'Ann Davis', when she first meets her patient, casts an obvious glance toward the camera as she leaves the scene. See more »

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Johnny Lightly: There are two things I'm good at: horses and women. In that order.
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Workers compensation insurance was needed in this episode.
18 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Cartwrights have hired a young man, Johnny Lightly, to break in a few horses. But while doing his job, Johnny is thrown and loses all feeling in the lower part of his body. With Johnny paralyzed, he will reside with the Cartwrights while he undergoes therapy in order to regain the use of his legs.

The doctor sends over a nurse, Ann Davis (Sue Randall), that has been obviously emotionally hurt by a man. Ann is a bitter young woman that cares for no one else but herself and will never again open up to a man. But while helping Johnny to regain feeling, Ann feels herself being draw toward the good-looking horse breaker and is set to leave Virginia City before she gets hurt again.

There is also a rather silly sub-plot, that involves a rancher, Nathan Clay, that blames Ben Cartwright for killing his son even though he was killed in another town while robbing a bank. And with the Cartwright boys on a cattle drive, Nathan is finally going to get his revenge on Ben.

The story concerning the paralyzed horse breaker was actually very interesting. The relationship between him and the bitter nurse played well. The part of the story that involved getting revenge on Ben Cartwright ended in a silly manner that was just not believable. But overall this episode held the viewers interest throughout the show. Good watch.


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