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SEASON 1
The Kid
Gunfighter
Home of the Brave
Speak No Evil
Bad Blood
Black Ulysses
Ten-Cent Hero
False Colors
A Good Day to Die
End of Innocence
Blind Love
The Keepsake
Fall From Grace
Hard Time
Lady For a Night
Unfinished Business
Decoy
Daddy's Girl
Bulldog
Matched Pair
Man Behind the Badge
Then There Was One
Gathering Clouds Part 1
Gathering Clouds Part 2

SEASON 1 WRAP-UP

AN INTERVIEW WITH ... ED SPIELMAN

SEASON 2
Born to Hang
Ghosts

   
The Rider Review - Bad Blood
By Johnny Betts

Reader: Is this the Rider Review again?
Johnny: Yep, welcome back!
Reader: Sigh. Looks like I took another wrong turn on the information superhighway.
Johnny: Nah, you're at the right place. Stick around, read the review, you'll like it.
Reader: Hmm, I did manage to get in a good nap while reading your last review so maybe I'll go ahead and read this one as well.
Johnny: Um, thanks.

Hello and welcome to the first Rider Review of 2001! Can you feel the excitement? I know I can!

I hope everyone had a good Christmas, and I hope 2001 is treating everyone well so far. 2001 promises to be an exciting year for The Young Riders fans mainly because I still have a ton of episodes left to review. Where are all my gifts from the readers though? Christmas came and went and I didn't get a single gift from you readers. THIS IS THE THANKS I GET???? Oh well, I must push on.

Since this is a new year, and it is indeed the time when people start making New Year's resolutions, I've decided to market my Rider Review as a weight-loss program. You're wondering what I'm talking about? Here's what my advertisement might say:

"Has another year come and gone and you still don't have that figure you've always longed for? Did Christmas dinner add a few unwanted pounds to those hips? Is your favorite pair of jeans getting just a little bit tighter? Well Johnny Betts has the answer for you. Read my Rider Review and you'll laugh your butt right off!"

Thank you, thank you. I'm sorry, I've had several people tell me they've laughed their butt off while reading my reviews, so I couldn't resist my joke, lame as it may be.

Let me hand out a couple of reader awards and we'll be on our way. Sid, Jeanette, and Ann get co-Rider Review Feedbackers of the week honors for their commentary and suggestions (not to mention unabashed praise) for the "Speak No Evil" review. I like to receive feedback and I like to honor those people who spend a good amount of time sending it to me. Now on to the big one:

The Rider Review Mark of the Week goes to...

Aimee! She's gonna give me an mp3 of The Young Riders theme song that appeared on one of those TV theme song CDs. I had no idea that the theme song appeared on one of those CDs. She sent me a 20-second clip and it sounds a little different than the original theme song mainly because of some added instrumentation. It's pretty cool, and I'm looking forward to listening to the full version. And she's a Kid fan, folks! Let this serve as an example that you, too, can be Rider Review Mark of the Week if you send me something cool.

Speaking of the theme song, my wife decided to have a little fun and wrote some lyrics to go along with the music. If you're as observant as I am, you know at the end of some of the episodes the theme song is titled "Into Our Own". The lyrics go well with the music, so feel free to sing along whenever you're jamming to the greatest theme song in the history of television. I'll have to write some Johnny Betts-esque lyrics for an upcoming review, but for now here are my wife's excellent lyrics:

"Into Our Own"

Guns are near in our holsters
We're ready to ride
And the job that we do
Just might well take our lives

But we don't let that stop us
It's all that we've known
It's a hard life that's made us
Come into our own

A rider comes
Silhouette in the sun
One more day won

The next rider's gone
Cloud of dust left behind
Never know what all trouble
That he's gonna find

But he don't let that stop him
It's all that he's known
It's a hard life there's no doubt
But it's his own

He's come into his own
He's come into his own

Pretty cool, huh? Let me know what you think and I'll pass along your praise to my little woman. If you know John Debney then please feel free to pass the lyrics along to him. I'm pretty sure he'll pay us big bucks for the lyrics. I will then be able to retire and dedicate all of my time to the Rider Review, which will in return make all you fine readers happy thus improving the quality of your lives. Everybody goes home happy. Hold on just a second... OK, I just purchased an HDTV on-line so please don't let me down.

All right, on to business. I'm gonna do a little multi-tasking while reviewing this episode so I hope nobody minds. I've still got lots of Christmas candy to finish off, so I'll start plowing through that during this review. I would share, but this is the Internet, don't be silly.

Bad Blood. In this episode we are introduced to Lou's father. He's a bad guy, and they're related, so thus you have DUHN DUHN DUHN Bad Blood! The "DUHN DUHN DUHN" bit is the music you'd often here during a suspenseful part of some old mystery movie. I thought I'd point that out just in case any of you were confused, and I'd be willing to bet that at least a few of you were. COUGHrhiannonHACK

The first thing we see at the beginning of the episode is some townsfolk walking around while cool music is playing in the background. Are they walking with a purpose? No, not really, it's your average, every day, garden variety walking. Now if you'll excuse me (while I whip this out? *woman screams* *Cleavon Little pulls out a letter*), I'm gonna walk on over to my candy stash and get my Reese's Snowman. Now who can tell me where my above reference (the one in parentheses) comes from? Come on, you can do it!

The Truth Revealed We see Lou trying on a dress. Her hair doesn't look that great but I guess there's not much she can do about it since she's posing as a boy. Kid seems to like Lou in a dress and he says this is one secret he doesn't mind keeping. Are we to infer that he doesn't usually like keeping secrets? Is this an example of foreshadowing? WILL THERE BE A HUGE SECRET TO COME ALONG THAT KID MUST KEEP BUT HE CAN'T BECAUSE IT'S NOT THE KIND OF SECRET THAT HE DOESN'T MIND KEEPING???? The answer to all three questions is no. What you have just witnessed is a textbook example of overanalyzing something somebody said. Now you'll recognize "overanalyzation" if it should ever again cross your path. No need to thank me, it's all part of my public service.

We see Lou's dad at the orphanage and he wants his children. The nun doesn't trust the guy and doesn't want to give them up but he flashes his gun at her and she complies with his wishes. We see right away that he's a bad guy. Ooooh, bad blood!

Lou asks Kid if her brother (Jeremiah) and sister (Teresa) would recognize her, after all, it's been 5 years since she's seen them. Kid says, "Probably not Lou, I was with you 10 minutes ago and I don't." I recognized her perfectly. When I first saw her I said, "Oh look, it's Lou in a dress." Oh well, Kid was trying to be nice. At any rate, the following sequence was left out of the final scene:

Lou: Does this dress make me look fat?
Kid: Oh yeah.

Then they showed a close-up of Jack Binion's smiling face while a voice-over talked about taking chances. I think the writers made a good choice by cutting that out. It was totally out of place and there was no reason for the show to go commercial.

Now the next part is a little shocking but I guess it falls in line with everything else that's gone on in the past few episodes. Kid tells Lou to save the dress for when she gets home. Lou responds by telling Kid, "You look better in pants." You know what this means don't you? KID HAS WORN A DRESS! Lou had to have seen Kid in a dress before she could declare he did indeed look BETTER in pants; that's the only explanation, folks. You just can't argue with that logic.

The Hardcore Rider We see Ike riding into the station. He falls down and Cody hurries to help him. Poor Ike, something bad is always happening to the guy. Does one of the characters need to get horse-kicked? Call Ike! Does one of the characters need to fall down and bump his head? Call Ike! We might have to start referring to Ike as the "hardcore rider" because he was always taking some kind of fall.

The next scene is our first "Classic Scene" contender of the night. Teaspoon is trading for some horses. The Indian wants $200 for them, but Teaspoon only wants to pay $180. The Indian is insistent. Teaspoon finally breaks down and starts to pay him. As he counts out the money he stops at $180. The Indian keeps his hand out and Teaspoon finally says oh yeah, sorry, $190. Welp, the ol' Indian was a little too wise for those tricks and kept his hand out. Teaspoon acted like it was ridiculous and told Buck to come on, they were done, he wasn't paying. But guess what? He ended up paying the $200. We'll refer to this scene as "the scene where Teaspoon pays $200 for some horses even though he thinks that's too much." It's a very funny scene and my review of it doesn't do it justice. It does remind me of a little incident I had when I was a child though.

True story. When I was but a young lad of 14, my mother asked me to go cut our neighbor's yard. Our neighbor was an elderly lady who lived alone. She was 100 years old if she was a day. We called her "Goiter Neck" because she had a huge goiter on her neck. The thing was nasty. I didn't want to cut her grass because I didn't want to have to look at this huge growth protruding from her wrinkled neck. I knew once I saw the thing there'd be no way I'd feel like eating supper that night. But I toughed it out and ventured over there to cut her yard.

When I was finished she seemed to think that some lemonade and homemade cookies would be ample pay for a hard day's work. I don't think so! Do you think I'm really going to stomach some cookies and lemonade with her goiter staring me in the face? I know it sounds mean, but all I could think was, "What if some goiter remnants got in the cookies?" I gagged just thinking about it. So I told her "Some cold hard cash would be ample pay for a hard day's work." She reluctantly pulled some money out of her purse and had the nerve to place two $1 bills in my outstretched little hand. I knew good and well the kind of games these little old women would play so I kept my hand out. The rest of the conversation went a little something like this:

Goiter Neck: You wouldn't take money from a poor old woman would you sonny?
Johnny: If you're so poor how could you afford that big Lincoln Continental?
Goiter Neck: Uh, well, I have no money left after buying the car. Plus I have to pay my social security bills.
Johnny: Nice try, but social security pays YOU! Pay up, Goi... I mean granny.

Dunno who she thought she was fooling but I ended up with a $20 bill in my pocket. It amazes me how some people can be so selfish at times. Why did she have to put up an argument over paying me? Goodness, some people just can't do anything for the sake of being nice.

Great, I was looking forward to this Almond Nestle Crunch bar but thinking about that huge goiter has made me lose my appetite. The thing was the size of my fist.

So anyway we find out that some bushwhackers robbed and shot Ike. Ike then fell off his horse and hit his head. The old WWF tag team the Bushwhackers robbed and shot Ike? I knew they were always bad guys but this is ridiculous! If you didn't watch wrestling in the 80s then ignore that last reference. The doctor said an inch either way and Ike would've been dead. Ike, always at death's door.

Whoa! I just realized that this Reese's Snowman contains almost 70% of my daily fat intake! Too many of these and I'LL be at death's door.

Lou shows up at the orphanage looking for her brother and sister. She's quickly informed they're gone. When asked if that was really their father, Lou replies, "My father's dead." Does anybody else find it just a little too coincidental that Lou and her father decided to go back for the kids at almost the EXACT same time?

We see Emma showing Jimmy how to feed Ike. Aww, isn't that sweet? Jimmy tells Ike, "If you're doggin' it and not so terrible hurt, I'll kill you." Ike then turns to the camera, gives a big wink and smile and then turns back and closes his eyes. What in the world?

Cody Naps The riders are all seated at the table ready to eat. Emma is spooning Cody's food onto his plate. She and Sam are eyeing each other though and she loses track of what she's doing, therefore giving Cody an extra big helping of supper. Cody has a funny line when he tells Sam, "You oughtta come by here more often, Marshal."

Lou announces she's gonna go look for her brother and sister.

Meanwhile, Ike starts to regain consciousness, leading Jimmy to claim that he knew he was faking it. The following scene was cut from the final draft:

Jimmy: Well Ike, I told you if you were doggin' it I'd kill you.
Travis: Huh? That's not in the script.
Jimmy: Script this!

And with that Jimmy shot Ike in the head. The writers decided they'd wait until the third season to kill off Ike, so that scene was deleted. Where else are you gonna get interesting tidbits of info like this? No other place than the Rider Review.

Ike is trying to "tell" the others what happened. They interpret him as saying "funny hat." Sam SOMEHOW hits the nail on the head and figures out that Ike meant "sea captain's hat." Don't ask me how folks, the Johnny Betts Sign Language Dictionary didn't even have an explanation for this one!

Sam eventually realizes Ike is talking about Red Peters who works for a gunrunner by the name of DUHN DUHN DUHN Boggs! The riders decide to confront ol' Red Peters about robbing the Pony Express. Cody approaches him first and acts like he knows who he is. When Red's friends pull their guns on Cody the rest of the riders come in for the save. It's a good scene. It's also interesting to note Red Peters is apparently played by Richard Dreyfuss.

Red is placed in jail. The deputy is asking Red for details relating to Boggs and the following exchange takes place:

Red: I don't remember.
Deputy: Hickok.
Hickok: (puts his gun to Red's face) Remember.

I'll have to nominate this entire exchange as the night's first "Sam-worthy Quip." I would say Jimmy's "Remember" was the contender but you need the other lines in there to make it complete.

Jimmy's intimidation did the trick because they convinced Red to tell them where Boggs' hideout was. The riders set up camp for the night. Kid asks Lou if she knows Boggs but she won't answer. They all go to sleep and when Kid wakes up he notices Lou gone. She went to Eagle's Canyon to look for Boggs. Kid surmises Boggs is her father. And with that we see the return of Fro Locks Holmes! Word has it that talks of the spin-off really heated up after this episode.

Lou makes it to Boggs' camp. She tries to hit one of the guards with a rock but is stopped by another guy. She's locked up in a room.

Boggs tells Jeremiah if he can load the gun in under a minute then he can have it. He's not able to do it correctly though. Jeremiah asks if he'll still get to keep the rifle if he can learn to load it quickly and Boggs says, "Don't ever beg for what you can get on your own." Huh? First of all, Jeremiah ASKED, he didn't BEG! Second of all, how would Jeremiah get a gun on his own when his father barely let him out of his sight?

The riders make it to the canyon with the help of Red Peters. They find Lou's horse, but of course Lou is nowhere to be found. We see that Buck has his bow and arrows with him. Awwwww yeeeee-uuuuuuuh! Buck's about to get Indian on some bad guys!

Red Peters is informing the riders as to how the camp is laid out. He's talking about a secret exit when he starts telling a story about escaping and killing some militia but the riders aren't amused.

There aren't many "Sam-worthy Quips" in this episode, so I'll make the following exchange the second "Sam-worthy Quip" contender of the night:

Buck: What if Lou didn't make it?
Jimmy: We ain't gonna find out standin' here.

Good point, very good point.

Palm of His Hand Red helped the riders find Boggs' camp so he figures they'll let him go now. Nope, the riders aren't gonna take that chance so they tie him up. Cody tells Red that they'll be right back. Cody disappears behind a rock and then a few seconds later he pops his head up and says "Maybe." It was funny.

We find out Lou's sister's name is Teresa, and do you know who played her? None other than KRISTINA BETTS! Good ol' cousin Kristina, I haven't talked to her in I don't know how long. She had a pretty illustrious film career. I'd say her second best role (other than The Young Riders role, of course) was that of "Girl Victim" in the wildly popular TV Movie "Wheels of Terror." Let me tell you, she did indeed look victimized! I need to give her a call one of these days and see how she's doing. Anyway, Lou talks Teresa into getting a rifle for her. Lou is able to knock out a guard before finally being shot at and detained by Boggs.

Boggs doesn't believe Lou when she says "Louise McCloud" is the person who sent her there. He claims Louise McCloud is dead. Nope, Zed's dead, baby, Zed's dead.

We see Kid climbing around on a mountain and then he slips. It alerts one of the guards but Kid is able to knock him out. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Cody are trying to figure out how to get into the compound.

Jimmy: Should be easy.
Cody: Like walking on water.

We see Kid repelling down the cliff while Buck is firing flaming arrows at the tents.

*phone rings* Hang on, let me get this real quick...

"Rock bottom ... this is who? ... Ty Miller??? Hey, how are you doing? ... Yes, as a matter of fact I am writing my much-anticipated review of "Bad Blood" as we speak ... Yep, not only do I remember the part where you were on the mountain, but I JUST reviewed it ... Really? So your agent showed that clip and the clip from "Speak No Evil" to the producers of "Vertical Limit" hoping you'd get Chris O'Donnell's part? ... You're right, that would've been cool, sorry that didn't work out dude ... do what? ... Oh, yeah, I've mentioned the Fro Locks Holmes spin-off that didn't work out ... No, I'm pretty sure the next Star Wars movie won't have any Ewoks, but I'm sure something will come along ... How did you get my number anyway? ... I see, well, take care and thanks for calling!"

Wow, what an unexpected surprise that was! I know I'm rough on Kid sometimes but I've gotta thank him for calling in like that. I have to agree with him, he's always reminded me a little of Chris O'Donnell and I can honestly say he could be playing the roles Chris O'Donnell plays. I also feel Clare Wren could be doing the same thing as Shannon Tweed. I've only seen one Shannon Tweed movie. It was called "The Last Hour," and I had to watch it because my wife is a Michael Pare (from "Eddie and the Cruisers" fame) fan. But Shannon Tweed reminded me a lot of Clare in that movie. Shannon's acting wasn't exactly Shakespearean so I'm sure Clare could handle those same type of roles.

And Brett Cullen would've been perfect for the part of Sheriff July Johnson in "Lonesome Dove." Are there any readers that haven't seen "Lonesome Dove"? If you haven't, then you don't know what you're missing! "Lonesome Dove," quite simply, is awesome. Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones are excellent and Diane Lane is looking mighty fine. Check it out sometime.

OK, where were we? Ah yes, Jimmy and Cody storm the camp. Jimmy shoves a horse out of the way in the process. I thought it was funny.

In what will become the second "Classic Scene" contender for the episode, Jimmy and Cody go inside a tent where all the men are sleeping (or passed out drunk). Cody sees some cards on the table and looks at them. "Pair of deuces, can anybody beat that?" He looks at the other cards and calmly replies, "Nope, I win." Then he takes the money, flashes his goofy (yet funny) smile, and puts the money in his boot. This is a very funny scene. We'll call it "the scene where Cody plays cards with a bunch of passed out bad guys." I had to rewind it and watch the scene three different times, it's just that funny.

Cody suggests to Jimmy they put on some enemy clothing and hands Jimmy one of the bad guy's hats. Jimmy doesn't like the hat at all, and Cody says they (the bad guys) won't mind if they (Cody and Jimmy) borrow some of their (the bad guys) clothes.

After changing clothes, Cody and Jimmy use Mexican accents for the following exchange:

Jimmy: You think we'll fool anyone?
Cody: You never looked better.
Jimmy: Thank you.

We see a flashback of Lou's mother not wanting Lou to tell her brother and sister the truth about their father. This is important because you'll note that never in the history of the Young Riders did Lou say, "My mama didn't raise no liar."

The Poncho While Cody is spreading some gunpowder around, Boggs is holding Lou hostage with his gun and Buck is firing his arrows at the camp. One of the arrows causes a big explosion. It's pretty cool. Unfortunately, this Snickers Nutcracker just caused a bit of an explosion in my stomach and that, my friends, was most definitely NOT cool.

Jimmy shoots some dude and keeps walking. It was just one fluid motion, very smooth and very cool.

Boggs asks a disguised Jimmy what's going on. Jimmy looks up and says, "Indian war party, up there!" and then points upward. Boggs actually falls for it. That scene always makes me laugh. Jimmy then sets off a bucket of gunpowder causing another big explosion.

We see Jeremiah crying about Lou leaving them. Kid comes in and kills a guard and saves Lou. They get to her brother and sister. Jeremiah doesn't want to go with Lou though. He wants to stay with his father saying, "He came for us and you didn't." Um, yes she did! I think she can be forgiven for being just a few hours later than Boggs. After all, SHE had to buy a dress, Boggs didn't. Then again, I still think that was all a bit too coincidental.

Kid shoots another bad guy and he and Jimmy start to move a piece of furniture away from a door. Boggs comes in and puts his gun to Jimmy. Thinking that Lou is still a guy, Boggs says he had two girls and a boy. Lou says he still does and Boggs responds with, "Louise." I like the surprised look we see on Jimmy's face. Boggs says Lou can keep Teresa but he wants Jeremiah. Lou doesn't like that idea. Boggs tries to shoot Lou but Jimmy pushes Boggs away and Kid shoots him (Boggs that is). As Boggs is dying he says to Lou, "I came for you, too." In the original script, Boggs and Lou began singing "Butterfly Kisses" before he died.

Boggs: BUTTERFLY KISSES AFTER BEDTIME PRAYER ... STICKIN' LITTLE WHITE FLOWERS ALL UP IN HER HAIR ...

Lou: WALK BESIDE THE PONY DADDY, IT'S MY FIRST RIDE ... I KNOW THE CAKE LOOKS FUNNY, DADDY, BUT I SURE TRIED.

Boggs: OH, WITH ALL THAT I'VE DONE WRONG ... I MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING RIGHT ... TO DESERVE A HUG EVERY MORNING ... AND BUTTERFLY KISSES AT NIGHT.

Lou then gave Boggs a kiss and he died. It would've been quite touching but the scene was eventually deleted because the writers wanted to stay away from being labeled a musical. So they just stuck with Boggs dying and Kid saying he had no choice but to shoot him. Emma then showed up out of nowhere and said, "Did you want one?" to which Jimmy gave a Tim Allen-esque "Huh?" growl.

As the riders are saying their good-byes and dropping Jeremiah and Teresa off at the orphanage, Lou promises to come back. Jeremiah, proving he is wise beyond his years, says "Yeah, sure." Lou then claims this time it's different. COUGHliarHACK Lou has a steady job now, blah, blah, blah. We all know that Lou never came back for the kids.

Lou blatantly lies AGAIN and tells her siblings Boggs wasn't their father, their father died a long time ago. Good job, lying to little kids. Out of nowhere Buck showed up and asked Lou, "Is lying to little kids a new hobby of yours?" Quick, which episode am I referencing with that quote? It's not a direct quote from the episode, but it is an altered version of a quote from the episode.

Aimee was the first one to point this out to me, but check out Jimmy in the background. He seems to be playing a game of paper, rock, scissors by himself! It's pretty funny. Is he really playing paper, rock, scissors? I simply can't figure out another explanation.

Oh yeah, check out Jeremiah's hair, he looks like a mini-Kid.

The riders take off while the theme song plays. They come to a stop and the following conversation takes place:

Jimmy: A girl. (laughs)
Lou: Something wrong with that?
Jimmy: Only thing wrong with it is I didn't see it sooner. I'm telling you Lou, it's a relief because the way you and Kid have been looking at each other all this time... I even caught myself looking at you like that a couple of times.
Lou: Like what?
Jimmy: You know.
Lou: No, Jimmy, I don't know.
Jimmy: All I'm gonna say is you're the best looking boy I've ever seen.
Lou: Why Jimmy! (they all laugh)
Cody: I wouldn't let it go to your head, Lou. I've seen him looking at his horse the same way.

Jimmy doesn't crack a smile at Cody's joke. The look on Jimmy's face is pretty funny. What's not funny is Hickok saying, "I even caught myself looking at you like that a couple of times." Um, if Jimmy had looked at Lou like that when he thought Lou was a guy, why on earth would he admit to it?? Or did he subconsciously think that Lou might be a girl? I'll go with that theory, but still, I just don't see Jimmy being attracted to Lou. I at least don't see him being attracted to the "little Chinese boy"-looking Lou from the first season. Come on Jimmy, you can do so much better! At any rate, they promise not to reveal Lou's secret, and the episode ends. "At any rate," what does that mean? I get the idea surrounding the saying, but I don't understand why... "OH WHO CARES JOHNNY???? IT'S JUST A STUPID SAYING! WILL YOU PLEASE LET IT GO AND JUST GET ON TO THE REST OF THE REVIEW!!!!" All right, fine, goodness. You readers are so impatient. We're moving along to the post-show awards and I'm moving on to my final Reese's Tree. After that I'll most likely be moving on to the bathroom.

Man, there wasn't much competition for the post-show awards in this episode. In fact, I don't feel like giving any pomp and circumstance to them. I'm not building them up this time around. If the "Sam-worthy Quip" wants high praise from Johnny Betts then there needs to be a better selection to choose from! So here are your winners:

Classic Scene: The scene where Cody plays cards with a bunch of passed out bad guys.

This was a very funny scene. Any scene that I rewind and watch three times deserves to win the "Classic Scene" award.

Sam-worthy Quip:

Red: I don't remember.
Deputy: Hickok.
Hickok: (puts his gun to Red's face) Remember.

I'm sorry it was so anticlimactic but not many quotes stood out in this episode. However, I do recall a situation in which I used this quote. I was doing a school project in the kitchen and was looking for some supplies. My mom was in there cooking supper so I asked her where the scotch tape was:

Johnny: Where did you put that scotch tape?
Mrs. Betts: I don't remember.
Johnny: (puts BB gun to mom's face) Remember.
Mr. Betts: (tackles Johnny) What in the world are you doing, son? Why have you recently started using weird quotes and doing all these strange things? What on earth are you watching on TV?

My parents never seemed to understand how cool it was to act out my favorite scenes from my favorite television show. I'm not a rap fan but Will Smith was right, parents just don't understand.

So what did I think of the episode? It was pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of "Lou episodes," but it had enough action to keep me interested, and the "Classic Scene" winner is very funny. I wouldn't show it to first-time viewers though. I'm looking forward to my "Ten-Cent Hero" review, that's one of my favorite episodes.

Oh well, I suppose I'll wrap up this review. Don't forget to jam along to the theme song whenever you can. I'm looking forward to getting the mp3 and transferring it to CD. It's a song I can really turn up, roll the windows down, and just cruise! Let's try it...

*sirens* Great, thanks a lot Young Riders!

Me: Hello officer, what can I do you for?
Cop: Do you know how fast you were going?
Me: Mmm, not really, my speedometer doesn't go past 120.
Cop: You think you're cute, huh?
Me: Not so much me, moreso my female fans.
Cop: Any reason you're in such a hurry?
Me: Not really, just jamming to The Young Riders theme song.
Cop: Hey, I remember that show! Isn't that the one with Josh Brolin and Stephen Baldwin?
Me: Yep. It also starred Ty Miller.
Cop: Who? Hey, wait a minute, aren't you Johnny Betts???
Me: The one and only.
Cop: If you could sign an autograph for me I might just let this slide.
Me: No problem.

Yes folks, fame does have its privileges. No trivia questions this week, but you do have an assignment: Watch Lonesome Dove if you haven't already seen it. On that note I'll end in the immortal words of Augustus McRae, "I'm glad I ain't scairt to be lazy."

As always, this is just my opinion, you could be wrong.
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