Continuity mistake: Much fuss is made throughout this episode about Blue being left in charge of the High Chaparral "for the first time." But it isn't the first time. He was left in charge once before, in the previous season, and no one made a big deal of it in that episode at all.Jean G
Plot hole: At the end, despite an earlier emphasis on the necessity of wearing one's hat in the desert, John rides out of town without his. Victoria, who wore John's hat when they crossed the desert, isn't wearing it either. And of course, the "lost" hat reappears on John's head in the next episode. (00:39:20)Jean G
Continuity mistake: The plate Buck and Mano wash is a 20th Century pie tin made of non-reflective aluminum, something unlikely to be found in 1870s Arizona. After they dry it off, it changes into polished steel that's shiny enough to reflect their faces. It also changes shape.Jean G
Revealing mistake: Due to budget cuts in the 3rd season, an L.A. soundstage replica of the ranch house replaced the outdoor set, which was in Old Tuscon. The replacement was often painfully obvious. In this episode, a stock exterior shot of the real house, with its outside walls undecorated, contrasts with the mock-up, which has mounted cattle horns all over it.Jean G
Plot hole: Somewhere in old Tucson, there must have been a merchant with dozens of identical hats to sell. Here, as in other episodes, Blue's hat is lost somewhere in the desert when he's captured by the Apaches. By the next episode, though, he has it (or one just like it) back again. Lost horses, sometimes even after being killed, had a similar habit of reappearing alive and well in the following week's episode. (00:44:40)Jean G
Plot hole: When Manolito and Victoria jump from the wagon, her hat flies off and falls to the ground. The bandits ride on by, chasing the wagon, after which Mano and Victoria get up and start walking. She later laments losing her hat when they leaped, which makes no sense. Since the bandits and therefore the urgency had passed, there was no reason not to retrieve her hat before they left the area.Jean G
Continuity mistake: Victoria is cleaning a lamp and has removed the globe and placed it on the table. After Buck and Mano enter, her blue cleaning rag jumps from hanging on the lamp to being in her hands and back several times between takes. And the lamp globe mysteriously replaces itself by the end of the scene, even though she hasn't touched it again. (00:44:00 - 00:46:30)Jean G
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