Armando Isfas as Carlos Ruis
Victoria teaching in the schoolhouse
Michael Ansara as Alberto Ruis
2.54 For the Love of
Victoria reopens Tucson's only school
and befriends a troubled Mexican boy, but is kidnapped by the boy's father.
Written by James L. Henderson Directed
by William F. Claxton
Original Broadcast: April 4, 1969
Story Line: Alberto
Ruis, wanted in a slaying, abandons his son Carlos to flee a posse. Carlos
remembers his father's promise to return, agrees to live with a local family and
attend Victoria's school. He reacts quickly to her affection and to learning
despite being taunted by the class bully. As Blue and Victoria are returning
Carlos to his host family they are intercepted by Alberto who plans to kidnap
Victoria for ransom and return to Mexico with Carlos.
as Alberto Ruis
as Carlos Ruis
A strong vehicle for Victoria and
also for Blue, showing them making decisions together that they know will not be
to John’s liking. Blue gets to act as the adult enforcer in the school scenes,
which is a switch from him being the kid in most of the settings he is in. He
backs up Victoria with restraint and maturity. Contains one of the best
affectionate scenes between John and Victoria when John willingly gives in to
her wishes at the school house. Blue is also very straight forward in siding
with Victoria against his father, not whiny or argumentative. Good sibling
interaction between Victoria and Mano. Buck is pretty much a background player
limited to some opening scenes. Armando Islas, who also plays the role of Chodi
in "Ten Little Indians", does an excellent job, especially in his
scenes with his outlaw father, portrayed very well by Michael Ansara. Odd that they used child actor, Pamelyn Ferdin
again in a different role so soon after she played Jennie Simmons in "No
Bugles, No Drums".
Outlaw Alberto Ruiz, accompanied by his young son, Carlos, is fleeing
the law when his horse gives out. Carlos persuades his father to take his
horse instead, realizing the law is only after his father, not him, and
Ruiz agrees. He tells his son that they will meet again in Tucson. Carlos,
now alone and on foot, is walking through the desert when he is discovered
by Victoria, who is driving the Chaparral buckboard. She asks Carlos where
he is from, but Carlos only tells her that his parents are dead, and
nothing more. Despite the fact that the boy is surly and uncommunicative,
Victoria takes pity on him and decides to take the “orphan” back to
Victoria offers Carlos water
finds him wandering in the desert.
The Cannon household tries
what to do with Carlos next.
Once back at the ranch, Carlos makes
it evident he doesn’t wish to stay there. He fights Blue and
Mano when they try to give him a bath, and then violates their
hospitality by stealing Mano’s horse. Mano succeeds in capturing
the little horse thief and bringing him back to Chaparral, but
John is adamant that Carlos needs to be turned over to the
orphanage. Victoria argues that the boy only needs to be taught
right from wrong, which logically leads her to the decision that
he needs to go to school in Tucson.
Mano and Blue
introduce Carlos to
his new foster family.
|Carlos, remembering that this is where his father is, eagerly
agrees to go to Tucson with Victoria, Mano and Blue. Once they get there
they find a family for Carlos to stay with in Tucson but they are alarmed to find that the school has been closed because
the new teacher is not expected to arrive for another month.
Fernando Rodriguez welcomes
Carlos to his large family.
convinced that Carlos will just get into trouble again without a regimented
routine, so she decides to stay in Tucson to teach the classes herself
until the new teacher arrives.
|Victoria goes ahead with her plan and it appears to work
beautifully. Carlos, now feeling needed by his new “brothers and
sisters,” makes new friends. He finds through education that there
is more to life than his father’s outlaw existence. He is
content with his new life and has no wish to leave it. His
devotion to Victoria and what she has sacrificed for him has
also changed him. The only dark cloud seems to be the school
bully -- Ted -- who constantly taunts Carlos about his outlaw
father and how they’re going to hang him.
Carlos studies the
into the night.
Still, Carlos is able
to stay on the right path until he is finally confronted by his father. He
tells his father to go to Mexico without him, but Ruiz, angered by his
son’s changed loyalties, decides to take his revenge and his son. While
Victoria, Blue and Carlos are headed home in the buckboard, Ruiz ambushes
them and takes Victoria hostage, giving Blue instructions to go
back to Chaparral for ransom money.
Ruiz intercepts Victoria's buckboard, disarming Blue and
sending him back to the ranch for ransom money for Victoria.
Carlos tries to intervene against his
father to save Blue and Victoria.
|Carlos begs his father to let Senora
but he refuses. Blue, not wanting to leave Victoria, tries to surprise Ruiz and
fails. Ruiz decides to kill Blue, but in the struggle that takes
place, Carlos lays his hand on a rifle and threatens to shoot his father
if he won’t release Blue and Victoria. Ruiz, realizing his son has
betrayed him, disowns the boy and rides off for Mexico without him.
|Carlos weeps over his father’s abandonment but Victoria comforts him,
telling him that someday his father will come back to him and be proud of
the man that Carlos will become. Victoria leaves Tucson once the new
teacher arrives, but promises Carlos that she will come back to visit him
and his new family. The once unhappy and troubled boy now has a mother, a
father, younger brothers and sisters, and a future in a land where he has
learned that all men are created equal.
Victoria tries to comfort Carlos after his
father abandons and disowns him.
(Synopsis by Brenda
Much of this
material, including the Story Line descriptions, comes from The High
Chaparral Press Kit released in 1971.
Highlights were written by Charlotte Lehan. The Episode Synopses were
written by members of the HC Discussion Group and are attributed at the
end of each one.
portrayals of these characters
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