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Bonanza Episode Guide

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Season 1, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/12/1959
A Rose for Lotta
The Cartwrights have to protect their land from ruthless mine owners who want the Ponderosa for its timber. They enlist the aid of actress Lotta Crabtree to carry out their plans but she soon finds out that she gets more than she bargained for.

Season 1, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/19/1959
The Sun Mountain Herd
Antelopes are being slaughtered which violates the Cartwright's agreement with the Paiutes. To stop the Antelope killings , Ben offers to sell beef to the miners at reasonable prices. When innocent miners are killed bringing their beef in from the Ponderosa, the deaths are wrongly blamed on the Paiutes, threatening to set off an Indian war.

Season 1, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/26/1959
The Newcomers
John Pennington and his crew want to mine the Ponderosa land by hydraulic means. Ben is totally against this method and evicts them in short order. Hoss is given the task of telling Pennington's men to leave, but soon has a moral dilemma on his hands when he meets Pennington's beautiful sister, Emily. He soon discovers a heartbreaking secret...she's terminally ill; but their relationship soon leads to plenty of trouble for the Cartwrights.

Season 1, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/3/1959
The Paiute War
How do you defer responsibility for sexually assaulting someone? If you're an underhanded trader named Mike Wilson, you simply place the blame on Adam Cartwright, that's how. Mr. Wilson decides to have fun by assaulting two Paiute maidens and tells the Indian chief that Adam did the dastardly deed. Appalled, the Paiutes take the eldest Cartwright hostage, and before he has a chance to defend his innocence, an all-out war breaks out between the Native American tribe and the California militia.

Season 1, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/10/1959
Enter Mark Twain
Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) arrives in Virginia City and takes up a job as a reporter at the Territorial Enterprise. In order to sell newspapers, Clemens creates a fantastic story about a monster roaming the Ponderosa. The story angers the Cartwrights and they set out to get an extraction from Clemens. However, both the Cartwrights and Sam soon discover that they will have to work as a team in order to stop a crooked politician and a corrupt businessman.

Season 1, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/17/1959
The Julia Bulette Story
Joe falls for Julia Bulette much to the chagrin of his father and Jean Millain. Millain believes that Julia is his and his alone, making the Cartwrights even more worried about Joe. However, things come to a head when a fever breaks out in Virginia City.

Season 1, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/24/1959
The Saga of Annie O'Toole
Annie O'Toole and her father head out to the Washoe Diggings after her boyfriend, Swede Lundberg, returns with the deeds to two mines. Annie takes one of the deeds in return for the grub stake she gave Swede. Upon her arrival in Nevada, her father dies and she meets up with the Cartwrights. Against Adam's advice (and with his help), Annie decides to open up a restaurant to supply meals to the hungry miners. Things seem to be going well until Swede shows up with another man who claims that Annie's mine is his.

Season 1, Episode 8 – Aired: 10/31/1959
The Philip Diedesheimer Story
Adam and Hoss meet Philip Diedesheimer, a Dutch immigrant who is trying to convince the silver mine owners in Virginia City that his square set mine system works. The owner of one mine is determined to see that Deidesheimer's idea is not accepted. However, when a friend of Adam gets killed in a mine collapse, the Cartwright boys set about making sure that Deidesheimer is given the chance he deserves.

Season 1, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/7/1959
Mr. Henry Comstock
The Cartwrights meet a miner, who has been swindled by Henry T.P. Comstock. They then tell the story of how they meet Comstock, how silver was discovered and how Virginia City got its name.

Season 1, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/14/1959
The Magnificent Adah
Famous actress, Adah Isaacs Menken, pays a visit to Virginia City. She is an old friend of Ben's and the two begin to renew their friendship much to the chagrin of Adam, Hoss and Joe. Ben's sons believe that Adah has plans to become the next Mrs. Ben Cartwright and so they set out to stop her. However, Menken's boyfriend, John Regan, a professional fighter, has plans of his own for the beautiful actress.

Season 1, Episode 11 – Aired: 11/21/1959
The Truckee Strip
Luther Bishop and Ben Cartwright have had an ongoing land dispute for a number of years, over a small tract called the Truckee Strip. One of Bishop's employee's has a grudge against the Cartwrights and wants to stir up the feud again, while also harboring designs on Bishop's pretty daughter, Amy. Joe meets and falls in love with Amy, in spite of the family differences and the two want to marry. Just when it looks like the feud will end with the union of the two young people, Bishop's man attacks Amy and Joe must come to the rescue.

Season 1, Episode 12 – Aired: 11/28/1959
The Hanging Posse
The episode starts out with three men on the run stopping at a cabin, where a woman is home alone. While two of the men who didn't want any trouble are watering horses, the third man attempts to rape the woman in the house. He ends up shooting and killing her and the three men run. A posse is organized in town, led by an old tracker who incites the men for a hanging. He leads the posse out with no intention of bringing the men back alive, but Adam and Joe ride along to make sure they do.

Season 1, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/5/1959
While in the bank arranging for a letter of credit, Ben and Hoss encounter the bank robbing Morgan gang. Both Ben and one of Morgan's men get shot. When Billy Morgan dies, his brothers promise to avenge his death by going after Ben. In town, all of Ben's friends are too afraid to help. Hoss and the drunk district attorney Pryor are the only ones willing to defend the town against the Morgans.

Season 1, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/12/1959
The Sisters
Adam is seeing a young woman, Sue-Ellen Terry. He seems to be serious about her until after a sudden turn of events, he finds himself defending a murder charge.

Season 1, Episode 15 – Aired: 12/19/1959
The Last Hunt
Hoss and Joe are out on a hunting trip when they come across a pregnant Indian woman. Hoss and Joe look after the woman and end up delivering her baby. They decide to take her back to the ranch house but they soon find out that someone is following them.

Season 1, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/2/1960
El Toro Grande
Ben sends Hoss and Little Joe down to Mexico to purchase the bull known as El Toro Grande. While down there, Joe gets involved with the beautiful daughter of El Toro's owner and Hoss finds out that the son of one of the ranch hands has formed a very deep attachment to the bull.

Season 1, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/9/1960
The Outcast
A young woman's life is ruined by her relation to criminals. Only the Cartwrights treat her differently, but she turns to Clay Renton, an ex-con, and Ben must help her out of a bad situation.

Season 1, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/16/1960
A House Divided
Frederick Kyle arrives in Virginia City on a mission for the Confederacy. Kyle is also looking for Joe Cartwright. After they meet, Joe starts warming to the idea of helping Kyle out, much to the disappointment of his family. Joe's decision to side with Kyle affects Adam the most and soon the two are at odds. Ben soon realizes that it is up to him to bring his family back together again.

Season 1, Episode 19 – Aired: 1/23/1960
The Gunmen
Joe and Hoss arrive in the town of Keowa Flats, Texas. They are immediately mistaken for two gunslinging brothers - the Slades. Joe and Hoss soon find themselves involved in a feud. They soon realize that they are the only ones who are in a position to stop the fighting before it gets any worse.

Season 1, Episode 20 – Aired: 1/30/1960
The Fear Merchants
The Cartwrights are in Virginia City to celebrate the birthday of Jimmy Chang. They soon find out, much to their distaste, that there are a number of people who don't like the Chinese. However, when Jimmy is accused of murdering the daughter of his employer, the Cartwrights have to battle a racist lawyer up for mayoral election in order to prove Jimmy innocent.

Season 1, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/6/1960
The Spanish Grant
When the Cartwrights find out that some of the Ponderosa may be forfeited under the Spanish Land Grant, they decide to take legal action in order to stop it. Adam, however, takes another plan of action, which involves getting to know the beautiful heiress who is claiming the land under the grant.

Season 1, Episode 22 – Aired: 2/13/1960
Blood on the Land
A sheepherder and his men try to drive their sheep across the Ponderosa. Ben and Adam disagree about how to stop them. Ben wants the Cartwrights to handle their own matters, Adam wants to let the law handle the situation. After Adam is taken hostage, Ben starts to see things Adam's way.

Season 1, Episode 23 – Aired: 2/20/1960
Desert Justice
U.S. Marshal Emmett Dowd arrives at the Ponderosa to take back ranch hand Dave Walker to face trial in Los Angeles. Concerned by the way Dowd treats Walker and believing the man to be innocent, Adam and Hoss decide to go along to make sure that Walker reaches Los Angeles alive.

Season 1, Episode 24 – Aired: 2/27/1960
The Stranger
Ben's past catches up with him, when an inspector from New Orleans arrives in Virginia City. It seems Ben is wanted in New Orleans for murder and must go back to face trial. This puts an end to Ben's run to become governor. Joe decides that it's up to him to set the inspector straight and to make sure that his father doesn't go back to New Orleans.

Season 1, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/5/1960
Escape to Ponderosa
Adam is bushwhacked by three men, who turn out to have deserted from the army. When Ben pursues them, he is hindered by a Captain Bolton, who is also after the three men.

Season 1, Episode 26 – Aired: 3/19/1960
The Avenger
Ben and Adam are in the Virginia City jail waiting to be hanged. Last minute bids by Joe and Hoss to get them out are hindered by another rancher who wants to see Ben dead. A stranger arrives in town looking for his father's murderer, but is he a help or a hinderance in Joe and Hoss's quest to set their father and brother free?

Season 1, Episode 27 – Aired: 3/26/1960
The Last Trophy
Lord and Lady Dunsford arrive at the Ponderosa to visit their old friend Ben. Adam finds himself the object of Lady Dunsford's attentions when she deems him to be a braver man than her husband. Adam then takes the couple on a hunting trip, where Lord Dunsford freezes while attempting to shoot a cougar. The hunting party is then captured by a band of renegades and Lady Dunsford begins to wonder if her husband will ever be the man he used to be.

Season 1, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/2/1960
San Francisco
In this episode Ben, Hoss, Joe, and Hop-Sing go to San Francisco to sell their cattle, get shanghai'd, and break up the racket with the help of some of Hop-Sing's many cousins.

Season 1, Episode 29 – Aired: 4/9/1960
Bitter Water
The Cartwrights find themselves involved in a fight over water rights, when the son of one of their neighbours is influenced by the father of his fiancee. Lem Keith wants to destroy the Ponderosa and will stop at nothing including infecting Ponderosa cattle with his own diseased cattle. This leads the Cartwrights to take measures that they never thought they would use.

Season 1, Episode 30 – Aired: 4/16/1960
Feet of Clay
The Cartwrights take young Billy Allen to the Ponderosa, following the death of his mother. The sheriff needs someone to care for Billy until his uncle comes to take custody. Bitter and with a major league bad attitude, Hoss seems to be the only one that is able to penetrate the boy's hostility. When Billy finally starts to open up and trust Hoss, his father Vance breaks out of prison and comes for the boy. Hoss has come to love Billy as a son and does what is necessary to protect him.

Season 1, Episode 31 – Aired: 4/23/1960
Dark Star
Joe is about to shoot what he thinks is a wolf and discovers it is a woman. The woman turns out to be a gypsy, who her people think is possessed by the devil. Joe falls in love and she is taken in by the Cartwrights, after her family shuns her. Joe is determined to find out what is really going on behind the strange happenings that are blamed on the woman.

Season 1, Episode 32 – Aired: 4/30/1960
Death at Dawn
The town is being run by bad guys and the Cartwrights decide it has to stop. When a local merchant is gunned down for refusing to pay protection, Farmer Perkins is tried and sentenced to hang. Ben is taken hostage by Perkins' employer, with threats to hang Ben if Farmer is not released.

Season 2, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/10/1960
The show opens with the Virginia City bank being robbed. One of the robbers - Sam Kirby - gets hired on at the Ponderosa to keep the others abreast of the search activity while they wait for things to die down. All the Cartwrights but Joe think Sam is okay. Joe has his suspicions about Kirby and decides to find out the truth on his own.

Season 2, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/17/1960
The Mission
Hoss befriends an old drunk named Charlie Trent, who at one time had been the best scout the Army had. He led John C. Fremont and his Expedition across the Great Salt Flats. When the Army's current scout, Lewt Cutter, refuses to obey Captain Pender's orders, he is fired and replaced by Charlie, whom the Captain knew from his earlier days. Charlie, along with Hoss, must guide the troops and a shipment of gold across the desert. This is Charlie's chance to redeem himself, but Cutter and his men are waiting in the desert to bushwack the troops and steal the gold.

Season 2, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/24/1960
Badge Without Honor
Adam is rescued from an ambush by Gerald Eskith, a lawman who is on a mission to Virginia City. Eskith is looking for a man who happens to be married to a close friend of the Cartwrights. By the time Adam realises what Eskith's real agenda is, he discovers it may be too late to save someone's life.

Season 2, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/1/1960
The Mill
Ben's neighbor, Joyce Edwards comes to the Ponderosa to ask Ben to help her husband. Ben agrees to help out his old friend, Tom, who was disabled in a hunting accident years ago. Ben and Joyce hope that building a mill will help Tom break free of his depression and the grip that a man, Ezekiel has on his life. Ezekiel, however, has his own plans and he doesn't welcome the interference from Ben and his sons.

Season 2, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/8/1960
The Hopefuls
Whilst in Virginia City on ranch business, Adam mets up with Sam Board. As they are leaving town, they come across a wagon train and they both decide to help the settlers out. Adam finds himself finds himself falling for the daughter of the group's leader. However, when Board carries out a drastic plan of his own, Adam soon finds out that love doesn't overcome personal morals and beliefs.

Season 2, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/15/1960
Denver McKee
While celebrating the return of his daughter Connie, former lawman McKee is asked to assist in the capture of an outlaw gang. While Joe is courting Connie, no one realizes that McKee is involved with the outlaws.

Season 2, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/22/1960
Day of Reckoning
After being injured in a fight, Ben is nursed back to health by Matsou and his wife Hatoya. In return, Ben give the two Indians land to settle and farm. However Matsou's brother and a neighbor are set on making sure that Matsou and his wife don't succeed in their new life.

Season 2, Episode 8 – Aired: 10/29/1960
The Abduction
When Joe brings the daughter of a local tycoon to the carnival, she goes missing. Will they find her before it's too late?

Season 2, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/5/1960
Breed of Violence
Joe's friend Dolly Kincaid is the daughter of the sheriff and she's always getting caught up with the wrong crowd. When she gets close to Vince Dagen, Joe gets worried and tries to intervene.

Season 2, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/12/1960
The Last Viking
Gunnar Borgstrom is the leader of a vicious band called the Commancheros. They burn houses, kill people and steal anything of value. When the Commancheros get to Nevada, Gunnar decides to visit his relatives, the Cartwrights. Meanwhile the gang capture Little Joe and his girlfriend. When Gunnar returns to the gang, he has no idea who Joe is because he'd never met his nephew before.

Season 2, Episode 11 – Aired: 11/26/1960
The Trail Gang
Ben and Hoss hire a new trail gang to take cattle back to Nevada. They also hire a young drifter named Sam Jackson. Brazis, the leader of the trail gang recognizes Jackson but keeps it a secret. When they arrived in the town of Waycross, they find that the sheriff has a not so welcoming attitude towards trail gangs. Ben and Hoss soon find out that keeping watch on the trail gang is a lot harder than they thought it would be.

Season 2, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/3/1960
The Savage
While on his way to visit a man about windmills, Adam is wounded by Indians and left for dead. He is found by Ruth, who has lived most of her life in the mountains. After a rocky beginning, Adam and Ruth find themselves falling in love with each other. The Indians, who know Ruth as White Buffalo Woman, believe that she can heal their tribe of a disease and they begin a search for her in order to bring her back to their tribe.

Season 2, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/10/1960
Silent Thunder
Captivated by the pretty, deaf-mute daughter of a reclusive mountain man, Little Joe teaches the young woman sign language. Thrilled with her newfound ability to communicate, Annie mistakes her gratitude to Little Joe for love, much to the chagrin of Albie, who is determined to have her for his own.

Season 2, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/17/1960
The Ape
Hoss decides to help Arnie, a man who has never learned to control his great strength. Things seem to be working out until Arnie falls for a saloon girl. Hoss realizes that he is facing an uphill battle to help Arnie lead the kind of life that he has always wanted.

Season 2, Episode 15 – Aired: 12/31/1960
The Blood Line
The son of Luke Grayson is out for revenge when he discovers that Ben Cartwright killed his father, even though it was in self defence. Despite this, Ben and Hoss are determined to help the young man find a new life for himself.

Season 2, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/7/1961
The Courtship
Ben sends Hoss and Joe to Sacremento to check on the widow of an old friend of Ben's. Hoss finds himself falling in love with the widow - Helen Layton and decides to bring her back to the Ponderosa. He intends to marry her, unaware of her true nature. When Adam returns, he informs both Ben and Joe about what really happened with her late husband. The three Cartwrights must decide how to break the news to Hoss without breaking his heart.

Season 2, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/14/1961
The Spitfire
While riding out on the range, Joe comes across a man starting a fire on the Ponderosa. Joe tries to stop the man but ends up shooting him in self-defence. Feeling guilty, Joe takes it upon himself to look after the man's daughter, Willow. Willow isn't happy about this situation and does all she can to show it. When the rest of the Hoad clan arrive intent on killing Joe in revenge, Ben finds himself in a position of keeping Joe alive and the Hoads at bay.

Season 2, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/21/1961
The Bride
The Cartwright boys are surprised to find that a woman, claiming to have recently married their father, shows up on their doorstep. When Ben gets home, he is just as surprised as they are. Has the lady been swindled by a con-man, or is she something of a con-woman herself?

Season 2, Episode 19 – Aired: 1/28/1961
Bank Run
Joe and Hoss get in some trouble when they "rob" the bank.

Season 2, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/4/1961
The Fugitive
Will Reagan, a former Ponderosa foreman, asks Ben and Adam to read him a letter that he presumes is from son, Carl. The letter, unfortunately is to inform Will of his son's death. Since Will is too old to travel to Mexico to collect his son's body, Ben sends Adam instead. Believing it to be a simple task, Adam arrives only to find that there is a lot more going on.

Season 2, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/11/1961
When Hoss accidentally kills Willie Twilight, he is devastated and is full of guilt. The rest of the Cartwrights do what they can to make Hoss feel better but to no avail. Meanwhile, Willie's brother, Red arrives in town intent on taking out revenge on the man who killed his brother.

Season 2, Episode 22 – Aired: 2/18/1961
Tax Collector
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Season 2, Episode 23 – Aired: 2/25/1961
The Rescue
The boys decided that Ben is getting too old and advise him to take it easy while they go on search for cattle rustlers. Ben reluctantly agrees but when his sons fail to return, he goes after them unaware that they have been ambushed by the cattle rustlers.

Season 2, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/4/1961
The Dark Gate
A friend of Adam's, Ross Marquette starts displaying some erratic behaviour. When Adam finds out that Ross has beaten his wife, he takes her back to the Ponderosa for her own safety. Adam then starts to investigate why Ross is behaving the way he is. Meanwhile the rest of the Cartwrights have to deal with cattle rustlers. Then Ben discovers a disturbing connection between the rustlers and Marquette, and Adam realizes that he is the only one who can help Ross before it's too late.

Season 2, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/11/1961
The Duke
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Season 2, Episode 26 – Aired: 3/18/1961
Cutthroat Junction
Virginia City is about to become a ghost town when the lifeline to the outside world - the stage line - is threatened to be cut off.

Season 2, Episode 27 – Aired: 4/1/1961
The Gift
Little Joe, along with Mexican, Emiliano, are bringing a beautiful white stallion home from Yuma, as a surprise birthday gift to Ben from all three sons. As they make the trip, however, there is an indian uprising and they are cut off from the fort where Joe was to meet his family. Ben, Adam and Hoss learn of the indian troubles as they wait for Joe, when a man, shot with an arrow, comes riding into the fort. He reports that he believes that the indians have not let a white man alive between the fort and Yuma. Naturally, Ben and the boys set out to find Little Joe before it's too late!

Season 2, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/15/1961
The Rival
On his way home after visiting Cameo, the girl he is courting, Hoss discovers a family that has been lynched for allegedly stealing cattle. Hoss sees Jim Applegate, a rival for Cameo's affections, riding away from the area and debates whether or not to tell the sheriff. When Jim flees the authorities, Hoss tries to bring him back to ensure a fair trial, but a lynch mob led by a relative of the victims have their own ideas about how to deal with Jim.

Season 2, Episode 29 – Aired: 4/22/1961
The Infernal Machine
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Season 2, Episode 30 – Aired: 4/29/1961
The Thunderhead Swindle
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Season 2, Episode 31 – Aired: 5/6/1961
The Secret
Joe is accused of murdering a girl. Her father and brothers want to hang Joe. The Cartwrights race to prove his innocence.

Season 2, Episode 32 – Aired: 5/20/1961
The Dream Riders
When an old friend of Ben's comes to town testing out hot air baloons, no one knows what he is really up to. Things get even more complicated and confusing when the Major's daughter arrives.
Season 2, Episode 33 – Aired: 5/27/1961
Elizabeth, My Love
Ben recalls his days at sea and how he met his first wife, Elizabeth, when Adam falls gravely ill.

Season 2, Episode 34 – Aired: 6/3/1961
Sam Hill
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Season 3, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/24/1961
The Smiler
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Season 3, Episode 2 – Aired: 10/1/1961
A friend of Ben's (Mr. Milbank) arrives at the Ponderosa at a bad time...when the Cartwright boys are fighting in the mud. Mr. Milbank, who is injured by a flying log during the fight, gives an assignment to each of the three boys. Can they fulfill the assignments, or has Springtime gotten to them all?

Season 3, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/8/1961
The Honor of Cochise
While the Cartwrights are making camp for the night, a calvary captain suddenly appears being chased by indians. The captain rushes into the camp and the Cartwrights soon realize that they are surrounded and that they have no water. They soon find out from the captain that the leader of the indians is Cochise and after Adam is injured in an attempt to get water, Ben decides that he must barter with Cochise in order to save his son's life.

Season 3, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/15/1961
The Lonely House
A wounded bank robber holes up in a widow's house, keeping an eye on both her and Little Joe.

Season 3, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/22/1961
The Burma Rarity
Widow Hawkins tricks a couple of con men who first try to swindle her by selling her an emerald known as "The Burma Rarity."

Season 3, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/29/1961
Broken Ballad
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Season 3, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/5/1961
The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch
Bullethead Burke is looking for a man he says cheated him out of 5,000 dollars. The man's niece tricks Little Joe and Hoss into helping her uncle out. A pickpocket escapes from jail and complicates matters even more.

Season 3, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/12/1961
The Friendship
Joe befriends and takes responsibility for an ex-convict named Danny. Danny loves horses and is not used to people's ways on the outside of jail. Will his rough jailhouse upbringing mar any hopes of friendship?

Season 3, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/19/1961
The Countess
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Season 3, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/26/1961
The Horse Breaker
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Season 3, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/3/1961
Day of the Dragon
Joe wins a card game and an unexpected prize...a young lady. She goes to the Ponderosa and serves them, not wanting to be set free. Meanwhile, an army is looking for her and the Cartwrights.

Season 3, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/10/1961
The Frenchman
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Season 3, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/17/1961
The Tin Badge
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Season 3, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/24/1961
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Season 3, Episode 15 – Aired: 12/31/1961
Land Grab
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Season 3, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/7/1962
The Tall Stranger
Hoss plans to marry Margie, a pretty blonde. Margie becomes fascinated with a tall, traveling stranger named Mark Connors. She marries Mark but soon finds it was far from a match made in heaven.

Season 3, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/14/1962
The Lady from Baltimore
The Cartwrights receive a visit from Deborah Banning and her daughter, Melinda. Deborah is intent on having Melinda marry one of Ben's sons. She goes to extreme lengths to convince Ben that Melinda is the perfect wife for one of them and after a short period decides that it should be Joe. However, Melinda has other ideas and things become even more complicated when Deborah's husband Horace turns up unexpectedly.

Season 3, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/21/1962
The Ride
Adam witnesses the murder of the station manager, by two men who hold up the station, while waiting for a stagecoach. The two men who commit the crime are wearing burlap bags over their heads, but Adam is sure that he recognizes one of them. The man has an alibi, as two women claim to have seen him in Virginia City the morning of the robbery, at a time everyone believes is too soon after the murder for it to have been possible to travel from the station to town. Adam does not believe the alibi and sets out to prove the man guilty.

Season 3, Episode 19 – Aired: 1/28/1962
The Storm
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Season 3, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/4/1962
The Auld Sod
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Season 3, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/11/1962
Gift of Water
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Season 3, Episode 22 – Aired: 2/18/1962
The Jackknife
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Season 3, Episode 23 – Aired: 2/25/1962
The Guilty
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Season 3, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/4/1962
The Wooing of Abigail Jones
In order to keep peace on the ranch, Hoss and Joe try to help ranch hand, Hank Meyers woo the the plain-looking schoolteacher, Abigail Jones. When their first plan backfires, they convince Adam (who doesn't want to get involved) to help and this makes things worse because Abigail believes it is Adam who is wooing her and Hank Meyers believes Adam wants to steal her away.

Season 3, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/11/1962
The Lawmaker
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Season 3, Episode 26 – Aired: 3/18/1962
Look to the Stars
A young genius, Albert Michaelson, vies for a scholarship. Adam assists Albert in the boy's experiments. Albert only needs the school teacher's approval to be granted a scholarship-which will be very difficult to get considering Albert was expelled from school.

Season 3, Episode 27 – Aired: 4/1/1962
The Gamble
Little Joe races the clock to prove the innocence of his framed father and brothers, soon to be executed for a murder they did not commit.

Season 3, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/8/1962
The Crucible
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Season 3, Episode 29 – Aired: 4/15/1962
Inger, My Love
Ben indulges in a nostalgic reverie about Hoss's deceased mother. Having worked his way west to Galesburg, IL., Ben is befriended by a girl named Inger, the fiancee of the tavern owner who gave him a job.

Season 3, Episode 30 – Aired: 4/22/1962
Blessed Are They
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Season 3, Episode 31 – Aired: 4/29/1962
The Dowry
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Season 3, Episode 32 – Aired: 5/6/1962
The Long Night
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Season 3, Episode 33 – Aired: 5/13/1962
The Mountain Girl
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Season 3, Episode 34 – Aired: 5/20/1962
The Miracle Maker
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Season 4, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/23/1962
The First Born
When a man comes to town claiming to be Marie's son, Joe is not sure what to think. Could this be his brother, or is it all just a big lie?

Season 4, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/30/1962
The Quest
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Season 4, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/7/1962
The Artist
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Season 4, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/14/1962
A Hot Day for a Hanging
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Season 4, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/21/1962
The Deserter
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Season 4, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/29/1962
The Way Station
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Season 4, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/4/1962
The War Comes to Washoe
Joe and Adam's differences in politics lead to unrest in the house. When Joe is picked to go to a convention on the statehood of Nevada, will his relationship with a admitted Confederate's daughter weigh his decision?

Season 4, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/18/1962
Knight Errant
Hoss picks up a mail order bride for a friend, but problems arise when the bride decides she has fallen in love with Hoss and has no interest in her husband to be.

Season 4, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/25/1962
The Beginning
Joe befriends a young man, Billy Horne, a white man captured and raised by the Shoshones. Meanwhile, Milton Tanner goes after a third of the Ponderosa. Seeing that his new friends are in trouble, Billy takes matters into his own hands.

Season 4, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/2/1962
The Deadly Ones
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/9/1962
Gallagher's Sons
Hoss helps out two young girls, whose father has just died, by taking them on a journey to their Aunt's place. Unbeknownst to Hoss, one of the girls carries a stolen bag of money and he soon finds out that there are others who are interested in both the money and the girls.

Season 4, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/16/1962
The Decision
Hoss is seriously injured on a cattle drive and Ben takes him to a nearby town in search of a doctor. To his dismay, Ben finds out that the only doctor available is in jail, waiting to be hung for murder.

6.6 Fair
8 Votes
Season 4, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/23/1962
The Good Samaritan
Hoss introduces Wade Tyree to Abigail and her daughter, Bonnie, in the hopes that it will stop Wade's constant drinking. After Wade and Abigail get married, things start going bad and much to Hoss' chagrin, goes back to his old ways. It's up to Hoss to bring the broken family back together.

Season 4, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/30/1962
The Jury
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/6/1963
The Colonel
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/13/1963
Song in the Dark
Adam tries to clear a simple-minded troubadour of charges when a widow is murdered in town.

Season 4, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/20/1963
Elegy for a Hangman
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/27/1963
Half a Rogue
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 19 – Aired: 2/3/1963
The Last Haircut
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/10/1963
Marie, My Love
When Joe sustains a life-threatening injury much like the one that killed his mother, Ben reminisces about meeting his third wife, Marie.

Season 4, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/17/1963
The Hayburner
When Hoss and Adam purchase a thoroughbred horse, they didn't bargain that Hoss would put the horse up as security during a poker game...and lose. After losing the poker game, they hope to get Joe involved to have money to pay off the horse. What they don't know is Joe has a plan of his own.

Season 4, Episode 22 – Aired: 2/24/1963
The Actress
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 23 – Aired: 3/3/1963
A Stranger Passed This Way
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/10/1963
The Way of Aaron
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/17/1963
A Woman Lost
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 26 – Aired: 3/24/1963
Any Friend of Walter's
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 27 – Aired: 3/31/1963
Mirror of a Man
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/7/1963
My Brother's Keeper
Adam and Joe are hunting for a wolf that has been killing Ponderosa calves. As they are about to give up the hunt and go home, they hear the wolf nearby and Joe goes to investigate alone. When Adam follows, he sees the wolf, but doesn't realize Joe is also nearby. He shoots at the animal, but hits Joe as he emerges from some rocks. The wolf then pounces on the wounded young man. Adam knocks the wolf off Joe, shoots and kills it. Adam has to rush his little brother back to the Ponderosa. Will he make it back to save Little Joe's life?

Season 4, Episode 29 – Aired: 4/21/1963
Five into the Wind
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 30 – Aired: 4/28/1963
Saga of Whizzer McGee
Coming soon

Season 4, Episode 31 – Aired: 5/5/1963
Thunder Man
Little Joe's 19-year old girlfriend is killed by a good samaritan, an explosives expert who had stopped to render aid to the woman's uncle after he suffers a stroke. Unable to talk, the only clue he can offer the investigating Cartwrights is a scrawled title of the song the assailant was whistling — "New Orleans Woman."

Season 4, Episode 32 – Aired: 5/12/1963
Rich Man, Poor Man
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 33 – Aired: 5/19/1963
The Boss
No summary available.

Season 4, Episode 34 – Aired: 5/26/1963
Little Man...Ten Feet Tall
An Italian immigrant and his son come to the Ponderosa. After spending some time with Hoss, the son decides he wants to give up the classical guitar to become a cowboy much to his father's chagrin.

Season 5, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/22/1963
She Walks in Beauty
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/29/1963
A Passion for Justice
Renowned English novelist Charles Dickens comes to Virginia City. In short order, he is accused of a crime he didn't commit. The problem then becomes how to convince the stubborn author to defend himself.

Season 5, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/6/1963
Rain from Heaven
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/13/1963
Twilight Town
Joe gets bushwhacked while on a trip near a strange town. The people seem nice enough, but what do they really want?

Season 5, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/20/1963
The Toy Soldier
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/27/1963
A Question of Strength
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/3/1963
Calamity over the Comstock
Joe has a run-in with Calamity Jane, and takes her home with him after promising her dying father to take care of her. At first the Cartwrights (besides Joe) think "Cal" is a boy, but they soon find out differently. Cal begins to fall in love with Joe, but Joe finds her attentions unwanted...especially when Cal's boyfriend, Doc Holliday, has it in for Joe.

Season 5, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/10/1963
Journey Remembered
Ben finds an old journal that he kept while in a wagon train travelling from St. Joseph, Missouri to Ash Hollow. As he is reading it Ben remembers the journey he undertook with his wife Inger and a young Adam. During the trip Hoss is born and they have trouble with some Indians.

Season 5, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/17/1963
The Quality of Mercy
Joe struggles to understand whether his friend was right in killing a dying man who pleaded to put out of his misery.

Season 5, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/8/1963
The Waiting Game
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/15/1963
The Legacy
Adam, Hoss and Joe mistakenly believe their father was murdered. They split into three different directions to confront the supposed killers. In his heart, Ben knows his sons will not act outside the law; but he is not 100% sure that Joe will behave correctly.

Season 5, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/22/1963
Hoss and the Leprechauns
Hoss goes leprechaun hunting, hoping to find gold.

Season 5, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/29/1963
The Prime of Life
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/5/1964
The Lila Conrad Story
Joe finds a saloon girl named Lila Conrad in the back of a wagon. Trouble is, she seems to be wanted...for murder. The Judge, Joe and Adam are travelling with, wants nothing to do with her...or does he? Joe wants to get her back to Virginia City for a fair trial, but it seems that other people have different plans.

Season 5, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/12/1964
Ponderosa Matador
Adam, Hoss, and Joe vie for the attention of a pretty young lady named Dolores. Hoss talks Joe into entering a bull fight, but it doesn't work out quite as planned.

Season 5, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/19/1964
My Son, My Son
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/26/1964
Alias Joe Cartwright
A man who looks similar to Joe uses Joe's name and gets Joe in the position of facing the firing squad.

Season 5, Episode 18 – Aired: 2/2/1964
The Gentleman from New Orleans
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 19 – Aired: 2/9/1964
The Cheating Game
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/16/1964
Bullet for a Bride
The Cartwrights play hosts to the Caldwell family, after the daughter, Tessa is blinded in a shooting accident. Joe feels that the only way to make amends (as he was the one who was responsible) is to propose to Tessa. She accepts but Ben soon finds out that the girl is hiding a secret.

Season 5, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/23/1964
King of the Mountain
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 22 – Aired: 3/1/1964
Love Me Not
While talking with an Indian, Ben is given an unexpected present...a woman. She is a young white woman named Joan who has lived with the Indians since she was a little girl. Through a humorous learning experience, Ben tries to teach Joan how to behave like a white woman. In the process, Ben finds himself in an awkward situation.

Season 5, Episode 23 – Aired: 3/8/1964
The Pure Truth
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/15/1964
No Less a Man
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/22/1964
Return to Honor
Ben must travel to pay his respects after he learns of the death of his nephew Will. When he visits the grave, he finds his nephew barely alive with a bullet wound. He takes him to a doctor and Will insists that he leave, but Ben refuses. Will explains that the men after him must believe that he is dead. Ben decides his best bet is to take Will home. He and Will are followed by the same men who are interested in some valuables Will is carrying.

Season 5, Episode 26 – Aired: 3/29/1964
The Saga of Muley Jones
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 27 – Aired: 4/5/1964
The Roper
Will Cartwright is home alone when Army soldiers arrive at the Ponderosa with a prisoner named Hewitt. Not long after, Hewitt's men arrive and ambush the soldiers. When Will realizes the men are waiting for Ben to return so they can get the money from the safe, Will must come up with a plan.

Season 5, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/12/1964
A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay
A headstrong Chinese girl (Marlo Thomas) visiting the Cartwrights incites labor unrest among local workers.

Season 5, Episode 29 – Aired: 4/19/1964
The Companeros
Mateo Ibara and his wife Carla visit the Ponderosa. Ibara asks Will to return to Mexico with him. Ibara and Will fought together for Juarez´s cause and Ibara saved Will´s life. For this reason, Will feels obligated to Ibara, but Ben is suspicious of the man´s motives.

Season 5, Episode 30 – Aired: 4/26/1964
Enter Thomas Bowers
After a triumphant tour in Europe, a famous Negro singer encounters racial prejudice in Virginia City when he arrives for a concert.

Season 5, Episode 31 – Aired: 5/3/1964
The Dark Past
No summary available.

Season 5, Episode 32 – Aired: 5/10/1964
The Pressure Game
Laura Dayton´s Aunt Lil comes to visit and quickly decides it´s time she help the hesitant Adam propose to her favorite niece. Her plan is to make Adam jealous by using his cousin Will but it doesn´t go exactly as planned.

Season 5, Episode 33 – Aired: 5/17/1964
Adam and Laura are finally engaged. Adam is secretly building a house and planning for the future. Laura realizes that it´s Will she is in love with. Adam is then confined to a wheelchair after falling from a ladder and out of guilt, Laura and Will deny their feelings.

Season 5, Episode 34 – Aired: 5/24/1964
Walter and the Outlaws
Hoss agrees to dog-sit Obie's dog, Walter, while he is away. What Hoss doesn't anticipate is a confrontation with outlaws that turns a simple task into a comic chain of events.

Season 6, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/20/1964
Invention of a Gunfighter
Joe teaches Johnny Chapman how to use a gun for defense. What Joe doesn't see is the deadly consequences that it has in the long run when Johnny becomes a gunfighter.

Season 6, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/27/1964
The Hostage
Outlaws capture Ben and hide him in an abandoned mine, holding him for a ransom. The boys must come up with a plan to save him before it's too late.

Season 6, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/4/1964
The Wild One
Lafe Jessup doesn't really want to be married, and now he's about to be a father! The horse wrangler finds a fight with Hoss at his reluctance to perform his duties.

Season 6, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/11/1964
Thanks for Everything, Friend
After inadvertantly falling into the river, Adam is rescued by Tom Wilson. Wilson has feelings for Sue Miller, which bring him into trouble after her father is killed.

Season 6, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/18/1964
Logan's Treasure
Sam Logan is released from jail after serving his twenty year sentence for stealing $100,000 worth of gold dust. He is followed by a bounty hunter who believes Sam will lead him to where the gold is buried.

Season 6, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/25/1964
The Scapegoat
Hoss hires Waldo as a ranch hand after keeping Waldo from killing himself. Hoss soon learns that Waldo is lousy at his job and only causes problems for everyone else due to his clumsiness. Although Hoss is willing to defend him, he soon finds out a secret about Waldo.

Season 6, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/1/1964
A Dime's Worth of Glory
An author is inspired to write about the heroic Cartwrights after watching first-hand as they fight off an attempted robbery of a stage. As Ben and Adam see no use for the glory of such a novel, they turn the writer down forcing him to turn to the sherriff who quickly accepts.

Season 6, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/8/1964
Square Deal Sam
A conman heads into town and takes advantage of the Cartwrights with a fake land deal. The conman ends up staying in Virginia city to run an orphanage.

Season 6, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/15/1964
Between Heaven and Earth
When Joe and his friend Mitch go after a puma, Joe climbs a big peak and throws his gun up higher, intending to crawl up after it. But as he looks down, things begin to spin. He realises he can't go any higher, and he retreats down the hill. Needing to prove himself, Joe spars against Mitch.

Season 6, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/22/1964
Old Sheba
As payment for a performance in a circus, Joe and Hoss are given an elephant. They want to keep it but encounter opposition from Adam and Ben.

Season 6, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/6/1964
A Man to Admire
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/13/1964
The Underdog
Little Joe convinces Ben to hire Harry Starr, a half-Indian who is accused by other ranchers of being a chronic horse thief. Joe sets out to prove the others wrong, but is the youngest Cartwright's trust misplaced?

Season 6, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/20/1964
A Knight to Remember
Two robberies take place on stagecoaches that Adam is traveling on, and both times a knight in shining armor scares the robbers away. Adam is accused of robbery, and his story about the knight is none too helpful.

Season 6, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/27/1964
The Saga of Squaw Charlie
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/3/1965
The Flapjack Contest
Hoss unknowingly enters a flapjack contest and Joe puts Hoss on a diet which Hoss doesn't care for. Joe's betting on the flapjack contest could get him into some trouble and will he ever succeed in getting the window pane his Pa wants?

Season 6, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/10/1965
The Far, Far Better Thing
The book smart daughter of an old friend of Ben's, visits the Cartwrights along with her father only to learn that life is more than stories on paper. Joe competes with his friend Tuck in order to gain her affection. Though their aim is to keep her from danger, they find themselves held captive by a group of renegade American Indians lend by an old friend of Joe's.

7.7 Good
14 Votes
Season 6, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/17/1965
Woman of Fire
A western retelling of "The Taming of the Shrew". Adam, against his will, is called upon to teach a beautiful but hot tempered maiden how to become sweet, mild tempered and gentle; so that she can become suitable for marriage.

Season 6, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/24/1965
The Ballerina
A dancer and her father are taken in as guests in the Cartwright household after Hoss injures the latter who plays the fiddle for his daughter while she dances. His injury now makes it impossible for either to perform.

Season 6, Episode 19 – Aired: 1/31/1965
The Flannel-Mouth Gun
After watching cattle disappear, the cattleman's association hires a detective in order to determine who is behind the recent thefts. Adam houses fears that small ranch owners will be wrongly accused.

Season 6, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/7/1965
The Ponderosa Birdman
Professor Klump and Amanda pull Hoss into their flying machine scheme. The "Hoss-mobile" doesn't seem to be destined for a great take-off.

Season 6, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/14/1965
The Search
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 22 – Aired: 2/21/1965
The Deadliest Game
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 23 – Aired: 2/28/1965
Once a Doctor
A traveling medicine man, running from his past as a doctor, encounters and befriends Hoss. The doctor must come to terms with what happened on an operating table when an angered widow hunts him down and mistakenly shoots Hoss instead, forcing the man to practice medicine once more.

Season 6, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/7/1965
Right Is the Fourth R
When Barbara, the Virginia City school teacher is injured, Adam fills in for her. He teaches the history of the Nevada territory but learns an uncomfortable secret in the process.

Season 6, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/21/1965
Hound Dog
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 26 – Aired: 3/28/1965
The Trap
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 27 – Aired: 4/4/1965
Dead and Gone
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/11/1965
A Good Night's Rest
First Ben's sons are making lots of noise, so he goes into town to sleep in the hotel. Then, various noises and things interrupt Ben's sleep. Will he ever get his desired good night's rest?

Season 6, Episode 29 – Aired: 4/18/1965
To Own the World
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 30 – Aired: 4/25/1965
Lothario Larkin
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 31 – Aired: 5/2/1965
The Return
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 32 – Aired: 5/9/1965
The Cartwrights hire a man that has a reputation for being cursed.

Season 6, Episode 33 – Aired: 5/16/1965
The Spotlight
No summary available.

Season 6, Episode 34 – Aired: 5/23/1965
Patchwork Man
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/12/1965
The Debt
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/19/1965
The Dilemma
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/26/1965
The Brass Box
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/3/1965
The Other Son
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/10/1965
The Lonely Runner
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/17/1965
Devil on Her Shoulder
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/24/1965
Found Child
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 8 – Aired: 10/31/1965
The Meredith Smith
As Jake Smith is dying he asks Ben to look for his heir - Meredith Smith. Six months later and the day before Jake's estate can be given to the rightful heir, Ben is dismayed that he has not been able to find Meredith Smith. Just when he thinks the heir won't turn up, Ben is shocked to find not one but six Meredith Smiths arriving in Virginia City. Ben must now find out who the real Meredith Smith is before he can give out the inheritance.

Season 7, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/7/1965
Mighty is the Word
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/14/1965
The Strange One
When Joe and Hoss find Marie while out hunting, they have no idea where she has come from. Her constant visions make Ben question the authenticity of her claims that she is the reason that children died on her wagon train west.

Season 7, Episode 11 – Aired: 11/21/1965
The Reluctant Rebel
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/5/1965
Five Sundowns to Sunup
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/12/1965
A Natural Wizard
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/19/1965
All Ye His Saints
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/2/1966
A Dublin Lad
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/9/1966
To Kill a Buffalo
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/16/1966
Ride the Wind (1)
The Pony Express sets up office in Virginia and Joe is one of the first to join up. Ben also decides to invest in the fledgling enterprise. However, troubles soon plague the Pony Express with the Paiutes and a newspaper reporter, both trying to get their own agendas across.

Season 7, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/23/1966
Ride the Wind (2)
Conclusion to the previous-week's episode, where the Cartwrights provide needed assistance to the Pony Express.

Season 7, Episode 19 – Aired: 1/30/1966
Destiny's Child
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/6/1966
Peace Officer
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/13/1966
The Code
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 22 – Aired: 2/20/1966
Three Brides for Hoss
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 23 – Aired: 2/27/1966
The Emperor Norton
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/6/1966
Her Brother's Keeper
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/20/1966
The Trouble with Jamie
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 26 – Aired: 3/27/1966
Shining in Spain
Joe falls for a girl named Wendy Dant. She is filled with stories of her father and his many adventures. Trouble is, Wendy doesn't know when he'll get into town or where he is at the moment.

Season 7, Episode 27 – Aired: 4/3/1966
The Genius
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/10/1966
The Unwritten Commandment
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 29 – Aired: 4/17/1966
Big Shadows on the Land
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 30 – Aired: 4/24/1966
The Fighters
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 31 – Aired: 5/1/1966
Home from the Sea
The Cartwrights welcome a shipmate of Adam's, Gilly Maples. What they don't know are his intentions of robbing them of a shipment of gold.

Season 7, Episode 32 – Aired: 5/8/1966
The Last Mission
No summary available.

Season 7, Episode 33 – Aired: 5/15/1966
A Dollar's Worth of Trouble
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/11/1966
Something Hurt, Something Wild
Joe is accused of attacking an old friend and has no idea what to think. He begins to wonder why she would accuse him.

Season 8, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/18/1966
Horse of a Different Hue
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/25/1966
A Time to Step Down
When an older cowhand is relieved of his stressful duties for easier jobs, he gets angry and joins a gang as revenge.

Season 8, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/2/1966
The Pursued (1)
A Mormon with two wives is badgered by the town's people and then things get much worse.

Season 8, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/9/1966
The Pursued (2)
Conclusion to the previous week's episode, where the Cartwrights get involved with a Mormon and his two wives, whom have been persecuted by the town's corrupt Reverend and the town's people.

Season 8, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/16/1966
To Bloom for Thee
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/23/1966
Credit for a Kill
Joe decides to take credit for a killing when he finds out that the brother of the man is out for revenge. Joe knows that his friend really needs the reward money, but couldn't fend for himself since an accident has left his arm disabled.

Season 8, Episode 8 – Aired: 10/30/1966
Four Sisters from Boston
The four Lowell sisters come to claim an estate left by a late relative. Everything seems to be going wrong with accident after accident happening way too often. Will the girls get swindled?

Season 8, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/6/1966
Old Charlie
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/13/1966
Ballad of the Ponderosa
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 11 – Aired: 11/20/1966
The Oath
When Charlie's father is hung he vows to kill the man he thinks is responsible...Ben. Charlie meets up with Joe Cartwright on his way to Virginia City to keep his oath. After Charlie saves Joe's life, Joe gets wind of what Charlie plans to do and tries to dissuade him. Will Charlie keep his oath to his deceased father?

Season 8, Episode 12 – Aired: 11/27/1966
A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town
Hoss comes to a small town looking for a robbery suspect with the initials J.R. Problem is, there seems to be two brothers with the same initials and they aren't talking. Their mother won't even give Hoss the time of day. Will Hoss be able to figure out who did it when no one seems to want to comply?

Season 8, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/4/1966
The Bridegroom
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/18/1966
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 15 – Aired: 12/25/1966
A Christmas Story
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/1/1967
Ponderosa Explosion
Joe and Hoss decide to invest in a risky business venture. Things get crazy at the Ponderosa as bunnies begin to multiply.

Season 8, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/8/1967

Season 8, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/15/1967
A Bride for Buford
Dolly Bantree has a crooked manager "Blackie", who blackmails Dolly to fleece newly rich miner Buford out of his newfound wealth. Hoss suspects something and gets all duded up to pose as a rich mark to test Dolly.

Season 8, Episode 19 – Aired: 1/22/1967
Black Friday
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 20 – Aired: 1/29/1967
The Unseen Wound
A veteran sheriff driven to insanity by years of senseless killings turns his gun on the people of his town.

Season 8, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/5/1967
Journey to Terror
During a difficult drought, a friend of Joe's has decided to join an outlaw gang without telling his wife. The man's wife believes he's been out looking for work all this time and doesn't learn the truth until the gang comes knocking on her door.

Season 8, Episode 22 – Aired: 2/12/1967
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 23 – Aired: 2/19/1967
A Woman in the House
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 24 – Aired: 2/26/1967
Judgment at Red Creek
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/5/1967
Joe Cartwright, Detective
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 26 – Aired: 3/12/1967
Dark Enough to See the Stars
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 27 – Aired: 3/26/1967
The Deed and the Dilemma
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/2/1967
The Prince
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 29 – Aired: 4/9/1967
A Man Without Land
No summary available.

Season 8, Episode 30 – Aired: 4/16/1967
Napoleon's Children
A man who calls himself "Napoleon" leads a group of youth to steal horses and money in order to terrorize the town of Virginia City. During a showdown, Joe is able to prove Napoleon for the coward he is while the young gang members disperse and run away.

Season 8, Episode 31 – Aired: 4/23/1967
The Wormwood Cup
A woman - convinced Little Joe intentionally killed her brother - offers $1,000 to the man who kills the youngest Cartwright in what she deems a "fair fight." Joe, meanwhile, must overcome his guilt over killing another man in self defense while trying to avoid the dead man's bitterly grieving father.

Season 8, Episode 32 – Aired: 4/30/1967
The Cartwrights' cousin, Clarissa visits. Her assertive, snobbish ways result in nothing but trouble for Ben and his sons.

Season 8, Episode 33 – Aired: 5/7/1967
Maestro Hoss
A fortune teller reveals to Hoss he is a natural for the violin. When Hoss takes up the violin and the rest of the Cartwrights find out, the comic moments multiply.

Season 8, Episode 34 – Aired: 5/14/1967
The Greedy Ones
No summary available.

Season 9, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/17/1967
Second Chance
When Joe and Hoss are gone from home trying to warn nearby settlers about renegade Indians, Joe is shot with an arrow. Hoss desperately tries to find assistance, and finds help with an unlikely group of people.

Season 9, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/24/1967
Sense of Duty
Ben, Hoss and Joe help the Virginia City militia escort a renegade Indian, who believes he is the Almighty, through hostile Indian territory to prison.

Season 9, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/1/1967
The Conquistadores
A band of Mexican kidnaps Joe for a $25,000 ransom. A group of cowboys plan to rescue Joe, kill him and claim the gold for themselves.

Season 9, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/8/1967
Judgment at Olympus
Candy stands accused of murder in the town of Olympus. The victim's father is determined to give Candy a fair trial, but then Joe is locked up on suspicion of murder as well. It's up to Hoss to figure out what's going on in Olympus in enough time to save both Joe and Candy.

Season 9, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/15/1967
Night of Reckoning
An outlaw named Dibbs takes Hoss, Joe, and Candy prisoners at the Ponderosa. He wants the $60,000 that the foreman, Donny Buckler, has hidden, and he is determined to get it.

Season 9, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/22/1967
False Witness
While at the bank in Sand Dust, Joe and the bank's secretary - Valerie Townsend, witness an armed robbery. During the subsequent gunfight, the main culprit - Billy Slater kills the banker, but is quickly brought to justice. Joe, Hoss and Candy agree to be witnesses but must avoid being killed in the meantime.

Season 9, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/29/1967
The Gentle Ones
Many people believe Mark Cole to be nothing but a coward, but he proves them wrong when he rescues a horse from his brother, who is treating it cruelly.

Season 9, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/5/1967
Desperate Passage
The Cartwrights find two survivors in a town after an Indian attack. Will they all be able to make it through the dangerous territory alive?

Season 9, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/12/1967
The Sure Thing
Trudy Loughlin desperately loves her new 'wild' stallion, but her father and his devious plans may keep her from owning him.

Season 9, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/19/1967
Showdown at Tahoe
A career robber (who claims to be a lumber man) and his gang plan to use Ben's new freight paddleboat to haul a $1 million currency shipment to San Francisco.

Season 9, Episode 11 – Aired: 11/26/1967
Six Black Horses
One of Ben's old friends wants to invest a sum of money in Nevada, but Ben discovers a terrible catch - the money is stolen.

Season 9, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/3/1967
Check Rein
An injured rancher, who has enlisted the aid of the Cartwrights to buy back one of his horses after his farm is foreclosed, must avoid getting killed by his ruthless uncle, who will stop at nothing to gain full control of the ranch.

Season 9, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/17/1967
Justice Deferred
An anguished Hoss discovers that his testimony helped hang an innocent man accused of murder. As he struggles to bring the real killer to justice, Hoss must also combat the cowardice of another witness and the jury foreman, an influential banker.

Season 9, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/24/1967
The Gold Detector
When Hoss decides to buy a seemingly worthless gold mine, he sets out to prove there is indeed gold to be found. He uses a new invention, a 'gold detector' to do so, but becomes quite the joke for everyone in Virginia City.

Season 9, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/7/1968
The Trackers
A man, recently released from prison for bank robbery, is accused of robbing the same Virginia City bank and gunning down a teller. The Cartwrights try to protect the accused man from a posse that intends to lynch him before his trial.

Season 9, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/14/1968
A Girl Named George
Can a photograph lie? The Cartwrights and Candy have to determine this when lawyer Cato Troxell uses a photograph as an alibi to prove that he didn't kill a Virginia City judge.

Season 9, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/21/1968
The Thirteenth Man
The area ranchers are losing many cattle to rustlers, so they hire Marcus Alley to help discover the thieves' identities. However, his methods raise eyebrows as accused rustlers begin winding up dead instead of in custody.

Season 9, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/28/1968
The Burning Sky
A cruel, sadistic, alcoholic and racist rancher named Aaron Gore stalks the wife of Ben's friend, whom he has hired as a horse trainer. The woman is a glowingly beautiful Sioux who befriends Mr. Gore's son, whom he regularly beats up. Mr. Gore uses some incredibly vicious means to ensure she regrets ever having anything to do with his son.

Season 9, Episode 19 – Aired: 2/4/1968
The Price of Salt
When a young woman inherits her late father's salt mine, a greedy rancher wants to buy all the salt for himself. Ben, standing for the smaller ranchers who cannot afford to pay the heiress' prices, bids against the wealthy rancher to get a fair price for all.

Season 9, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/18/1968
Blood Tie
A band of outlaws enact a scheme to rob the Ponderosa, by tricking Hoss and Joe away from the ranch and leaving a wounded Ben alone at home.

Season 9, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/25/1968
The Crime of Johnny Mule
Hoss stands alone in refusing to convict Johnny Mule, a "slow" ranch hand who is accused of robbing and murdering his boss. So when Johnny Mule – fearing he'll be lynched, regardless of the verdict – escapes from jail during jury deliberations, it's Hoss who takes the heat.

Season 9, Episode 22 – Aired: 3/3/1968
The Late Ben Cartwright
After an attempt on his life, Ben lays low, allowing even his close friends to believe him to be gone, in an effort to thwart the plans of a scheming politician.

Season 9, Episode 23 – Aired: 3/10/1968
Star Crossed
Candy falls in love with a beautiful young woman, unaware that the man claiming to be her cousin is a bounty hunter who is not only harassing her but has framed her for murder and robbery.

Season 9, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/17/1968
Trouble Town
While at Riverbend during a cattle drive, Candy runs into an old friend. Lilah's in trouble, and Candy decides to stay and help. It doesn't take long for the Cartwright clan to get in on the fun.

Season 9, Episode 25 – Aired: 4/7/1968
Commitment at Angelus
When Candy is injured on the trail, he and Joe ride into Angelus to find a doctor. Joe enlists the help of his friend Steve to help while Candy is unable to work. When Steve is killed in an accident, Joe takes it upon himself to follow up on what Steve was working on - a strike at the local mine. Things get progressively worse as the miners threaten to blow the entire operation up if their demands are not met.

Season 9, Episode 26 – Aired: 4/14/1968
A Dream to Dream
An alcoholic rancher, drinking away his bitterness, makes life unbearable for his wife and children. Hoss helps reform his friend while bringing happiness and stability to his family.

Season 9, Episode 27 – Aired: 4/28/1968
In Defense of Honor
Davey – a orphaned Yute that Ben helped raise and has worked as a ranch hand on the Ponderosa – falls in love with one of his own. A fellow Yute's jealousy over the blossoming relationship, and later his murder jeopardize a treaty between the white man (which Ben has helped negotiate) and the Yutes.

Season 9, Episode 28 – Aired: 5/5/1968
To Die in Darkness
While the others are away, Ben and Candy are lured by an old friend of Ben's to go somewhere. The "friend" traps them in a deep pit. He comes back to give them food, but how long will he be feeling "generous"?

Season 9, Episode 29 – Aired: 5/12/1968
The Bottle Fighter
When Hoss is accused of murder, his only hope for acquittal comes from an acoholic has-been of a lawyer.

Season 9, Episode 30 – Aired: 5/19/1968
The Arrival of Eddie
Eddie McKay, the son of a robber and murderer who Hoss killed several years ago in a shootout, returns to Virginia City to make a good start. Hoss wants to help reform Eddie and help him get over his bitter feelings for the Cartwrights, but it's an uphill battle. Not helping matters – a rancher who wants Eddie to help him steal from the Ponderosa.

Season 9, Episode 31 – Aired: 5/26/1968
The Stronghold
Joe and Candy are scammed out of their rightful money by the Farrell brothers in Arizona. The two team up with a widow in the Farrell family to get their money back.

Season 9, Episode 32 – Aired: 6/2/1968
Pride of a Man
Joe hesitantly takes a job he's never had before - that of a substitute teacher. However, his new-found authority is challenged by two of the older students.

Season 9, Episode 33 – Aired: 7/7/1968
A Severe Case of Matrimony
A gypsy girl wants the Cartwrights to sponser her career as an opera singer. There's just one thing--the young woman has no talent!

Season 9, Episode 34 – Aired: 7/28/1968
Stage Door Johnnies
Hoss and Joe desperately want visiting entertainer, Mademoiselle Denise, to notice them, but she seems not to notice anything other than her dog Andre.

Season 10, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/15/1968
Different Pines, Same Wind
The 10th season opens as Joe helps a widowed mountain woman, a recluse who is suffering from an infection that has become serious, in a battle to save her land from an unscrupulous timber baron.

Season 10, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/22/1968
Hoss is again arrested and falsely accused of murder. When a lynch mob tries to hang him, Child Barnett, a cowboy, saves him and helps him escape. The two form a needful friendship as they run from Hoss' accusers and would-be murderers.

Season 10, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/29/1968
Salute to Yesterday
Candy gets a blast from the past when he runs into old friends from his days in the Army. Add gunfights, old flames, true love, and the Cartwrights to the mix, and it spins an exciting tale!

Season 10, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/6/1968
The Real People of Muddy Creek
Ben and Joe ask for help from the people of Muddy Creek after they are left in charge of a prisoner, but no one wants to help because they fear the prisoner's gang.

Season 10, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/13/1968
The Passing of a King
Jeremy Roman wants to get his father legally ruled mentally incompetent. The Cartwrights have a business interest with him, but Jeremy is determined to have his way - no matter what.

Season 10, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/20/1968
The Last Vote
Hoss and Joe's bickering lead them into taking opposite sides in the Virginia City mayoral race. Their zealous actions cause Virginia City's citizens to divide into two factions that causes nothing but arguments, fights and havoc in town.

Season 10, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/27/1968
Catch as Catch Can
The residents of Tin Bucket claim the Cartwrights and Candy are dealing in stolen cattle hides. With most of the town accusing Joe, Hoss and Candy of various crimes, it is Ben who faces the most serious trouble when he determines who is actually responsible for the hide thefts.

Season 10, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/3/1968
Little Girl Lost
A bratty 10-year-old girl named Samantha, whose mother is Ben's cousin and is a third cousin of Hoss and Joe, comes to the Ponderosa. While she proves to be a handful, Ben (who tracks down the girl's mother) really has his hands full when her grandfather comes to the Ponderosa demanding custody.

Season 10, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/10/1968
The Survivors
A woman who was kidnapped by the Paiutes years ago is returned. However, she finds her life in turmoil when her husband learns that she has an Indian baby.

Season 10, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/17/1968
The Sound of Drums
Georgio Rossi is at a loss as to why he isn't allowed to have Indians living on his own land.

Season 10, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/1/1968
Queen High
Joe and Candy take on more than they can chew when they decide to start running a mill and keeping company with a Ms. Kate Kelly.

Season 10, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/8/1968
Yonder Man
One of Ben's old friends from his time in the Army comes and asks for help with a special mission.

Season 10, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/15/1968
Mark of Guilt
Hop Sing tells Hoss and Candy of a Chinese secret that may prove that Joe didn't commit the murder he is accused of.

Season 10, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/22/1968
A World Full of Cannibals
Ben agrees to hide a government witness in a land fraud case at the Ponderosa as part of the witness protection program. However, the witness - who along with eight men committed various crimes in connection with the case - is in constant danger, as his co-defendants ruthlessly track him down in an attempt to seal his silence.

Season 10, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/5/1969
Sweet Annie Laurie
Hoss offers to help Annie Laurie, a beautiful young woman who is running away from her abusive husband. Annie's husband is a career criminal who is determined to keep his wife under his control and make her travel with him throughout the southwest, any which way he can.

Season 10, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/12/1969
My Friend, My Enemy
Candy stands accused of murder, and the only one who has testimony that can prove his innocence is an Indian wanted for horse theft.

Season 10, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/19/1969
Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds
When Candy helps an English woman named Mrs. Wharton get her valuables back, he finds that he has more on his hands than just the robbers who took the valuables.

Season 10, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/26/1969
A neighbor of the Cartwrights threatens Hoss' fiancé, Erin – a beautiful young woman who has been raised by Indians since her childhood – when Ben allows the Paiutes to camp on Ponderosa land.

Season 10, Episode 19 – Aired: 2/2/1969
Company of Forgotten Men
A retired Army sergeant, bitter that he never received his pension from the government, kidnaps one-time friend Candy. Russell forces Candy to go along with a daring plan to blow up the U.S. mint in Carson City and hold the gold and silver for ransom.

Season 10, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/9/1969
The Clarion
An old friend of Ben's owns the newspaper The Clarion but she is facing resistence in her town, and might lose her business. Ben, being the gentleman that he is, simply can't help but intervene.

Season 10, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/23/1969
The Lady and the Mountain Lion
When a magician comes to town with twin daughters, a case of mistaken identity causes a lot of confusion as Hoss and Joe court the daughters.

Season 10, Episode 22 – Aired: 3/2/1969
Five Candles
Time is running out for Ben and an accused murderer along with all the witnesses for the trial when the courthouse collapses trapping them with no way out. With air running out and not much time left, things begin to happen that could change the lives of the people trapped below the rubble.

Season 10, Episode 23 – Aired: 3/9/1969
The Wish
Hoss has two entire months of vacation time. He finds himself on the farm of a black family. While helping them get their property into better shape, Hoss learns that the nearby town is not so friendly to his new friends.

Season 10, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/16/1969
The Deserter
Candy comes across a man who is running from the Army - charged with desertion, and the two team up with Joe to stop the trading of illegal arms to the Indians.

Season 10, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/23/1969
Joe's ex-fiancee comes to town. Trouble is, she fails to mention that she is married. When Joe gives Emily the cold shoulder for not telling him about her marriage, her lies put him in grave danger.

Season 10, Episode 26 – Aired: 3/30/1969
The Running Man
When Candy receives an urgent letter from an old flame, requesting his help in the town of Butlerville, he and Joe ride out to see what they can do to help. Ben suggests that they look up his friend Cal Butler while they're in town, but Candy and Joe soon learn Cal has more to do with the problem than a possible solution.

Season 10, Episode 27 – Aired: 4/6/1969
The Unwanted
Lorrie Mansfield runs away with Rick Miller, a hand on the Ponderosa. Lorrie's father, who also happens to be a Marshal, isn't happy with his daughter's choice of a man.

Season 10, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/20/1969
Speak No Evil
When Margaret Clayborn returns to Virginia City after seemingly abandoning her husband and son many years before, her intentions are called into question.

Season 10, Episode 29 – Aired: 4/27/1969
The Fence
While Ben and Hoss visit an old friend to negotiate the purchase of a mine, former Confederate soldiers arrive wanting to exact revenge on the Cartwrights' friend for starving POWs during the Civil War.

Season 10, Episode 30 – Aired: 5/11/1969
A Ride in the Sun
A pair of con artists swindle Ben out of nearly $30,000 after convincing the Cartwright patriarch to enter into a deal to buy his cattle. The brother and sister shoot Ben, rob the Virginia City Bank and go on the run with Little Joe hot on their trail.

Season 11, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/14/1969
Another Windmill to Go
An idealistic man, Don Q. Hought, comes to town on a mission to expose the powers that be for what they are. The events that unfold lead to some comic situations.

Season 11, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/21/1969
The Witness
When a witness steps up to the recent stagecoach robbery, the Cartwrights decide to protect her. What they don't know about is her little problem...lying.

Season 11, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/28/1969
The Silence at Stillwater
A case of mistaken identity. A little boy is positive that Candy is the man wanted in Stillwater for crimes including murder and arson.

Season 11, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/5/1969
A Lawman's Lot Is Not a Happy One
When he is called to testify in an out-of-town lumber shark case, Roy recruits Hoss to temporarily serve as sheriff. Hoss quickly finds his hands full dealing with a reluctant groom, who plans a robbery to make himself less appealing to his assertive fiancé; and a persistent salesman wanting to sell stock for a resort in the Virginia City area. Will Virginia City ever be the same?

Season 11, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/12/1969
Anatomy of a Lynching
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Season 11, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/19/1969
To Stop a War
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Season 11, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/26/1969
The Medal
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Season 11, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/2/1969
The Stalker
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Season 11, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/16/1969
Joe and Candy defend Meena Calhoun and her crusty father, Luke, from horse rustlers. In the process, Joe helps Meena become assertive and stick up for herself.

Season 11, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/23/1969
A Darker Shadow
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Season 11, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/7/1969
Dead Wrong
While in Sunville on business for the Ponderosa, the town's storyteller, Salty – who has a talent for grossly exaggerating his tales – identifies Hoss and Candy as outlaws Big Jack (Hoss) and Sid (Candy). After a frustrating endeavor of convincing Salty of their real identities, Candy and Hoss get him to help stage "Big Jack's" death in a gunfight, unaware that the real Big Jack and Sid are in Sunville and plan to take advantage of the townsfolks' distraction to rob the bank.

Season 11, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/14/1969
Old Friends
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Season 11, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/21/1969
Abner Willoughby's Return
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Season 11, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/4/1970
It's a Small World
A prejudiced Virginia City banker spurns Ben's recommendation of a recent widower (with an infant daughter to raise) for a bank teller's job because he's a midget. The midget, a former circus performer, then decides to steal money from the bank to support his daughter.

Season 11, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/11/1970
Danger Road
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Season 11, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/18/1970
The Big Jackpot
Candy gets rich after he is left money by an old friend. When he begins working his new job, he finds out he is swindling people.

Season 11, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/25/1970
The Trouble with Amy
Ben comes to the aid of Amy Wilder, an eccentric animal lover whose mental competency is questioned when a neighbor declares an interest in her land for mining. The neighbor asks the court for a hearing to have Amy declared senile so he can obtain her land, setting off Ben's race against time to track down Amy's relatives to defend her mental state.

Season 11, Episode 18 – Aired: 2/1/1970
The Lady and the Mark
When a cowhand of the Cartwrights hits it big in the goldmines, everyone seems to want a piece of him. When he falls in love with a girl, she wants most of his money for her father.

Season 11, Episode 19 – Aired: 2/8/1970
Is There Any Man Here
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Season 11, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/15/1970
The Law and Billy Burgess
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Season 11, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/22/1970
Long Way to Ogden
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Season 11, Episode 22 – Aired: 3/1/1970
Return Engagement
En route to San Francisco, actress Lotta Crabtree arrives in Virginia City for a special performance. Hoss is smitten by the beautiful actress, which makes her leading man jealous. When he is killed during a performance, Lotta and then Hoss are suspected of the death. It is up to Ben to set things straight.

Season 11, Episode 23 – Aired: 3/8/1970
The Gold Mine
Joe becomes friends with Ramon, who is mixed up with two drifters intent on getting rich any way they can, including robbing the Cartwrights. When Ramon finds gold, the drifters decide that it would be easier to their hands on Ramon's gold instead.

Season 11, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/22/1970
Decision at Los Robles
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Season 11, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/29/1970
Caution, Easter Bunny Crossing
A Quaker woman talks a reluctant Hoss into dressing as the Easter Bunny for the orphanage's children. While hippety-hopping and waiting for Easter to be on its way, Hoss – while dressed in the Easter Bunny costume – contends with a group of inept outlaws, who commit a comedy of errors in their attempts to rob stagecoaches.

Season 11, Episode 26 – Aired: 4/5/1970
The Horse Traders
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Season 11, Episode 27 – Aired: 4/12/1970
What Are Pardners For?
Hoss meets two men and forms a rapport with them. They tell Hoss that they plan to rob the bank in the town they are going to. Hoss tries to stop them but he fails and hedecides to go into the town to warn the sheriff but is too late. The sheriff then arrests Hoss.

Season 11, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/19/1970
A Matter of Circumstance
Joe stays back at the Ponderosa to tend to its operation as Ben, Hoss, Candy and Hop Sing leave for a cattle drive. As they leave a severe thunderstorm approaches. Joe goes to the barn to calm a horse that was spooked by the thunder and lightning. Just when it seems like the horse has settled down, the horse goes wild, knocking down Joe, crushing his left arm and breaking his leg. Joe goes in and out of consciousness and – after struggling against driving rain and winds to get into the house – treats his wounds. However, the arm is infected and Joe, fearing gangrene has set in, debates whether to amputate the wound.

Season 12, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/13/1970
The Night Virginia City Died
A series of destructive fires strike Virginia City, and always late at night. Is it the work of a ruthless arsonist, or someone very close to Deputy Clem?

Season 12, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/20/1970
A Matter of Faith
Dusty takes in orphaned Jamie Hunter, the son of a recently-deceased rainmaker. Jamie is determined to carry on his father's tradition by using drought-stricken Virginia City to prove his talents.

Season 12, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/27/1970
The Weary Willies
The Weary Willies are hippie-like former Civil War veterans who are now drifters and live off the land. Despite protests from fellow ranchers and the people of Virginia City, Ben allows the traveling band to stay at the Ponderosa. The real trouble begins when a teen-aged girl is raped and the Willies are blamed.

Season 12, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/4/1970
The Wagon
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Season 12, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/11/1970
The Power of Life and Death
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Season 12, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/18/1970
Gideon, the Good
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Season 12, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/25/1970
The Trouble with Trouble
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Season 12, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/1/1970
Thornton's Account
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Season 12, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/8/1970
The Love Child
When a mother realizes she is dying, she comes back to her parents hoping they will take care of her child after she is gone. She won't tell them she is dying because she wants them to take her son because they love him. The problem is, the child was born out of wedlock and her father doesn't want anything to do with her child.

Season 12, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/15/1970
El Jefe
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Season 12, Episode 11 – Aired: 11/22/1970
The Luck of Pepper Shannon
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Season 12, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/13/1970
The Impostors
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Season 12, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/20/1970
Honest John
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Season 12, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/27/1970
For a Young Lady
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Season 12, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/3/1971
A Single Pilgrim
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Season 12, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/10/1971
The Gold-Plated Rifle
An insecure Jamie is unsure of his place in the family, having trouble adjusting at his new school and keeps getting harassed by a bully. When he takes Ben's prized gold-plated rifle and breaks it. He runs away and its up to Ben to go looking for him.

Season 12, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/17/1971
Top Hand
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Season 12, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/31/1971
A Deck of Aces
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Season 12, Episode 19 – Aired: 2/7/1971
The Desperado
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Season 12, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/14/1971
The Reluctant American
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Season 12, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/21/1971
Shadow of a Hero
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Season 12, Episode 22 – Aired: 2/28/1971
The Silent Killer
When the flu strikes the ranch hard, a doctor's wife's new techniques to combat the flu has everyone on edge. When Ben falls ill, Ms. Woodtree's ideas on treatment slowly help him become stronger, and help people realize the old way is not necessarily the best way.

Season 12, Episode 23 – Aired: 3/7/1971
Terror at 2:00
A racist and his henchmen steal a Gatling gun, with plans to massacre everyone – including the Cartwrights – involved in a peace treaty signing between the U.S. Army and the Paitues in Virginia City. The man's hope is that the tragedy will spark another war and eventually lead to the genocide of all Native Americans.

Season 12, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/14/1971
The Stillness Within
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Season 12, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/21/1971
A Time to Die
When a friend of Ben's comes to the Ponderosa and is bitten by a animal that might be rabid. April must now come to terms with the fact that she could die a horrible death.

Season 12, Episode 26 – Aired: 3/28/1971
Winter Kill
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Season 12, Episode 27 – Aired: 4/4/1971
Kingdom of Fear
Ben, Hoss and Joe, along with Candy and a fellow rancher, are jailed on false trespassing charges by a greedy mining tycoon. The despot runs a gold mine (i.e., a thinly-veiled prison camp) and acquires slave labor by pressing phony criminal charges against the unfortunate inmates.

Season 12, Episode 28 – Aired: 4/11/1971
An Earthquake Called Callahan
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Season 13, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/19/1971
The Grand Swing
Jamie deliberately disobeys Ben's order not to drive the supply wagons. During his recklessness, the wagon goes out of control on a sharp curve and is wrecked. Nobody is hurt but a badly injured horse has to be put to sleep. Fearing punishment, Jamie decides to run away, until Ben decides to take him on a tour of the Ponderosa, namely to see how others handle their mistakes in positive and negative ways.

Season 13, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/26/1971
Fallen Woman
An alcoholic woman lashes out at Hoss after his testimony sends her husband to prison. She gets back at him by forcing Hoss to take custody of her young son, Petey. Hoss must decide whether to ask the court to adopt him, or help the mother deal with her alcoholism.

Season 13, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/3/1971
Joe is shot and wounded while he is on a cattle drive in the Nevada desert. Two ranchers find him delirious from thirst and the heat, and take Joe to their home to recover. While the ranchers summon a doctor, Joe struggles for life, mumbling incoherently and having surrealistic nightmares about a teepee and a wagon wheel. Ben and Hoss try to decipher Joe's ramblings to piece together what happened.

Season 13, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/10/1971
Rock-a-Bye, Hoss
Hoss becomes a judge in a contest - he has to pick the perfect/prettiest baby. The parents of the babies nearly all try to influence Hoss and so he has a hard time deciding on which baby should win.

Season 13, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/17/1971
The Prisoners
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Season 13, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/24/1971
Cassie's father is running a scam with a race horse. He gets Cassie and her mother involved, though they don't want to help him. Hoss is duped, but with the women's help, he outfoxes the fox in the end.

Season 13, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/31/1971
Don't Cry, My Son
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Season 13, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/14/1971
Face of Fear
Neta, a teen-age girl who is a friend of Jamie's, witnesses an assault and robbery. The victim - Mr. Trumbull, a man who is about to inherit a fortune, dies. The culprit, a drifter named Griff Bannon, gets a glimpse of Neta and, after fleeing the scene, plots to assume his victim's identity and stalk the witness. Her father, meanwhile, is no help, since he raises her by "traditional values" and forbids her to socialize with the Cartwrights. Meanwhile, the imposter - now working for the Cartwrights – begins to track Neta's every move and plans to seal her silence, unless she can summon the courage to tell Jamie and the others about the crime she witnessed and identify the baddie.

Season 13, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/21/1971
Blind Hunch
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Season 13, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/28/1971
The Iron Butterfly
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Season 13, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/5/1971
The Rattlesnake Brigade
Jamie and three teenagers - a girl and two boys - are kidnapped by Doyle, a hardened criminal with nothing to lose, and his gang of outlaws. The desperate outlaws use the youths as bargaining tools to make their escape from a trip to prison.

Season 13, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/12/1971
Easy Come, Easy Go
Meena is back and she's still looking for an eligible bachelor. When they come to stay with the Cartwrights, unseen problems arise.

Season 13, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/19/1971
A Home for Jamie
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Season 13, Episode 14 – Aired: 12/26/1971
An Indian chief must reclaim his warbonnet to die with respect. When the man who took it from him refuses to give it back, Joe gets caught in the middle.

Season 13, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/2/1972
The Lonely Man
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Season 13, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/9/1972
Second Sight
When a woman comes to the Ponderosa with visions, she refuses to help after Jamie turns up missing.

Season 13, Episode 17 – Aired: 1/16/1972
The Saddle Stiff
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Season 13, Episode 18 – Aired: 1/30/1972
Ben helps shepherd a young family, the Kosovos (Nick, his wife, Anna and his son, Sandor), who have recently immigrated from Serbia. Nick soon finds he can't handle the pressure needed to become successful in America and, one evening while Ben is visiting, his mind snaps. He goes on a rampage, trapping Ben (who becomes injured) and a terrified Anna and Sandor inside their home. Ben must do all he can to keep Nick at bay and try to reason with the mentally ill rancher.

Season 13, Episode 19 – Aired: 2/6/1972
The Customs of the Country
Joe and Hoss visit a small Mexican town named Agua Santos. This town seems to have some rather peculiar laws and the two Cartwright boys soon find themselves in pretty deep trouble for breaking "laws" that barely would pass without notice in the USA.

Season 13, Episode 20 – Aired: 2/13/1972
A band of ex-Confederate soldiers demand $25,000 from Ben but Hoss resists their demands and tries to fight them. Their leader, Shanklin, shoots Hoss in the abdomen. When the doctor is unable to complete the surgery, a nearly inconsolable Ben tries to persuade Shanklin (a confident, competent doctor) to save his son's life. Meanwhile, Jamie – who had witnessed the shooting and nearly got shot himself – searches high and low for Joe, who is involved with a beautiful starlet and intently focused on a poker match.

Season 13, Episode 21 – Aired: 2/20/1972
Search in Limbo
Sid Langley is a real estate broker who is not well liked in Nevada, thanks to his shady ways of doing business. An irritable Ben is barely polite with Langley when closing a land transaction. However, things soon get worse than that headache and blurred vision Ben suffers from when he learns that Langley has been critically wounded by an unknown assailant. Ben, who somehow can't remember the past 24 hours, fears he may have been the gunman and tries to reconstruct the activities of the past day to prove his innocence.

Season 13, Episode 22 – Aired: 3/5/1972
He Was Only Seven
A 7-year-old boy is killed after he walks into a bank during a robbery by the ruthless Springer gang. Joe and Jamie help the boy's angrily grieving grandfather track down Springer.

Season 13, Episode 23 – Aired: 3/12/1972
The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother
A comic tale of mistaken identity, as Hoss (and eventually Ben and Joe) are held in connection with a series of road gang robberies by the bumbling Younger Brothers.

Season 13, Episode 24 – Aired: 3/19/1972
A Place to Hide
The Cartwrights are once again brought in the middle of the Civil War. This time, the wife of former Civil War Col. Cody Ransom brings her young daughter to the Ponderosa, trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. However, Ben soon learns that Col. Ransom may be trying to search for his family. However, Union Maj. Donahue has been pursing Ransom and his men for many years after the war ended, and has refused to accept anybody's terms of surrender – especially since Donahue considers capturing Ransom a personal matter.

Season 13, Episode 25 – Aired: 3/26/1972
A Visit to Upright
Ben's ability to close a lucrative livestock contract with a conspicuous widow hinges on the sale of a dilapidated saloon in Upright that Hoss and Joe had impulsively purchased. However, the boys put off the sale when the town drunk (who acts as "saloon keeper") insist the crumbling Trails End Saloon may house a fortune. Things get even more complicated when a woman, claiming to be the daughter of the deceased former owner, envisions turning the Trails End into a booming saloon, hotel and restaurant.

Season 13, Episode 26 – Aired: 4/2/1972
One Ace Too Many
While the Cartwrights are away in Carson City, ruthless land baron Bradley Meredith (Lorne Greene in a dual role) poses as Ben in a scheme to get control of the pretending "Ben" is seriously ill and selling his holdings to friends.

Season 14, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/12/1972
Forever (1)
Joe meets and falls in love with Alice Harper. They marry and seem destined to live happily ever after but there are some things that even true love can't stop from happening.

Season 14, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/12/1972
Forever (2)
Joe learns of the tragic and savagely brutal circumstances of Alice's death and is determined to bring her killers to justice.

Season 14, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/19/1972
Heritage of Anger
Ex-con John Dundee, a friend of the Cartwights, is being released from prison. Ben tries to help John re-adjust to society, but John wants revenge on those who sent him to prison – namely, his ex-business partners, Anders, Bartlett and Sangster. Worse, the bad guys, who are friends with a corrupt lawman, are hatching a plan to send John back to prison...this time, for murder.

Season 14, Episode 4 – Aired: 9/26/1972
The Initiation
Jamie's friend, Ted Hoag, is unfairly blamed for the death of another young fellow during a club initiation. In the end, it's a lesson in responsibility for the boys of Virginia City School.

Season 14, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/3/1972
While at the Nevada State Prison to inspect conditions, Ben is taken hostage in a riot. The riot is an attempt by frustrated inmates to expose horrific conditions at the prison. While Joe and Candy plan to resolve the situation, Ben begins a friendship with Griff King (who isn't exactly receptive), and helps communicate the inmates' demands to the warden and state prison board.

Season 14, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/10/1972
New Man
Griff King arrives at the Ponderosa and is hired as a ranch hand. Ben, Joe and the others exercise patience as they try to help an arrogant, resentful Griff adjust to society and live an honest life.

Season 14, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/24/1972
Ambush at Rio Lobo
Ben and a pregnant woman named Teresa are held hostage by desperate outlaws, who plot to rob a stagecoach and force the two to go along with the scheme.

Season 14, Episode 8 – Aired: 10/31/1972
The 26th Grave
Mark Twain comes to town to investigate the mysterious deaths of miners and asks the Cartwrights for help.

Season 14, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/14/1972
The moving tale of Joe and his beloved black stallion, which Ben purchases for his son as a birthday gift.

Season 14, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/28/1972
The Hidden Enemy
Dr. Will Agar is Virginia City's new town doctor. He brings new skills and expertise to treat the area's residents' health maladies. Only thing is, Dr. Agar is seriously addicted to morphine, and it results in serious trouble for everyone.

Season 14, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/5/1972
The Sound of Sadness
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Season 14, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/19/1972
The Bucket Dog
Jamie obtains an Irish setter pup and a special bond forms between dog and man. The dog's owner learns the puppy is at the Ponderosa and arrives to claim he can put it to sleep (since it was a runt and, according to the master, an inferior example of the breed). The dog is soon in a trial for its life.

Season 14, Episode 13 – Aired: 12/26/1972
First Love
Jamie becomes friends with the wife of an unpopular schoolmaster, who often browbeats her.

Season 14, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/2/1973
The Witness
Candy is framed for murder. While Griff goes after the only witness, Ben must place his faith in a young lawyer's ability to defend Candy against a prosecutor with a spotless record.

Season 14, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/9/1973
The Marriage of Theodora Duffy
A serious game of "let's pretend" begins when Griff and government agent Theodora Duffy pose as husband and wife to capture a gang of war criminals.

Season 14, Episode 16 – Aired: 1/16/1973
The Hunter
Joe is making a delivery for Ben when he meets Bill Tanner, a psychotic killer that is posing as a soldier he has killed. Joe, whose delivery wagon is stolen and sans supplies, food or water, tries to evade the well-stocked madman. Tanner (who calls Joe his "prey") takes sadistic pleasure in his role as a predator.
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