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Thrice-widowed Ben Cartwright (Lorne Green) and his three sons make a life for themselves on the Western frontier. Each of the Cartwright boys has a different mother and possesses a personality all his own, ranging from sophisticated to hotheaded. It is this dynamic between the men that serves as the show's focal point, differentiating it from the typical life-on-the-range Western.

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Episode Guide

Season 1
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  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
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  • Season 10
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Ep 1: 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 learns that she's getting into more than she bargained for. Aired: 9/12/1959

Ep 2: Death on Sun Mountain

The Cartwrights go up against two San Francisco men who plan to get rich by killing off the antelope herds—which the indians rely on for food—and selling the meat to Virginia City's swarms of gold miners. Aired: 9/19/1959

Ep 3: 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. Aired: 9/26/1959

Ep 4: 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. Aired: 10/3/1959

Ep 5: 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. Aired: 10/10/1959

Ep 6: 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. Aired: 10/17/1959

Ep 7: 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. Soon, O'Toole finds herself struggling to protect the venture from schemers. Aired: 10/24/1959

Ep 8: 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. Aired: 10/31/1959

Ep 9: 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. Aired: 11/7/1959

Ep 10: 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. Aired: 11/14/1959

Ep 11: 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. Aired: 11/21/1959

Ep 12: The Hanging Posse

After a woman is murdered in an attempted rape, 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 suspects back alive, but Adam and Joe ride along to make sure they do. Aired: 11/28/1959

Ep 13: Vendetta

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. Aired: 12/5/1959

Ep 14: 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. Aired: 12/12/1959

Ep 15: 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. After deciding to take her back to the ranch house, they soon discover that they are being followed. Aired: 12/19/1959

Ep 16: 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. Aired: 1/2/1960

Ep 17: The Outcast

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

Ep 18: 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. Aired: 1/16/1960

Ep 19: 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, realizing they are the only ones in a position to stop the fighting before it gets any worse. Aired: 1/23/1960

Ep 20: The Fear Merchants

The Cartwrights are in Virginia City to celebrate the birthday of Jimmy Chang. The fun quickly vanishes when Jimmy is accused of murder and the Cartwrights have to battle a racist lawyer to prove their friend's innocence. Aired: 1/30/1960

Ep 21: 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. Aired: 2/6/1960

Ep 22: 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, but Adam wants to call in the law. Aired: 2/13/1960

Ep 23: 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 go along to make sure Walker reaches Los Angeles alive. Aired: 2/20/1960

Ep 24: The Stranger

Ben's past catches up with him when an inspector from New Orleans arrives in Virginia City. It seems Ben is wanted for murder and must go back to face trial. Aired: 2/27/1960

Ep 25: Escape to Ponderosa

Adam is bushwhacked by three men, who turn out to be Army deserters. When Ben pursues them, he finds himself hindered by a Captain Bolton, who is also after the three men. Aired: 3/5/1960

Ep 26: 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. Aired: 3/19/1960

Ep 27: 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. Aired: 3/26/1960

Ep 28: San Francisco

Ben, Hoss, Joe and Hop-Sing go to San Francisco to sell their cattle. They get shanghaied, but are able to break up the racket with the help of some of Hop-Sing's many cousins. Aired: 4/2/1960

Ep 29: Bitter Water

The Cartwrights find themselves resorting to the unthinkable when a neighbor wants to destroy the Ponderosa and will stop at nothing to do so. Aired: 4/9/1960

Ep 30: Feet of Clay

The Cartwrights take in young Billy Allen following the death of his mother. Hostile at first, the boy eventually befriends Hoss. When Billy's father breaks out of prison, Hoss knows he must do whatever is necessary to protect the boy. Aired: 4/16/1960

Ep 31: Dark Star

Joe is about to shoot what he thinks is a wolf but discovers it is a woman. She turns out to be a gypsy banished by her people because they believe she is possessed by the devil. Aired: 4/23/1960

Ep 32: Death at Dawn

When a local merchant is gunned down for refusing to pay off thugs who've taken over town, Farmer Perkins is charged with the crime and sentenced to hang. Ben is taken hostage by Perkins' employer, with threats to hang Ben if Perkins is not released. Aired: 4/30/1960

Ep 33: Showdown

After taking part in robbing the Virginia City bank, Sam Kirby gets hired at the Ponderosa, moonlighting as a farm hand while waiting to hear when the townsfolk have given up searching for the thieves. Aired: 9/10/1960

Ep 34: The Mission

Hoss befriends an old drunk named Charlie Trent, who at one time had been the best scout the Army had. 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. Aired: 9/17/1960

Ep 35: 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 realizes Eskith's real agenda, it may be too late to save someone's life. Aired: 9/24/1960

Ep 36: The Mill

Ben's neighbor, Joyce, comes to the Ponderosa asking Ben to help her disabled husband build a mill. She thinks the project will help her husband break free from his depression and the grip of a man named Ezekiel. Aired: 10/1/1960

Ep 37: The Hopefuls

While in Virginia City on ranch business, Adam meets up with Sam Board. As they are leaving town, they come across a wagon train and decide to help the settlers out. Adam finds himself falling for the daughter of the group's leader, but soon finds that love doesn't always overcome morals and beliefs. Aired: 10/8/1960

Ep 38: 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. Aired: 10/15/1960

Ep 39: Day of Reckoning

After being injured in a fight, Ben is nursed back to health by Indians Matsou and his wife, Hatoya. In return, Ben gives them land to settle and farm. However, Matsou's brother and a neighbor are set on making sure that he and his wife don't succeed in their new life. Aired: 10/22/1960

Ep 40: 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? Aired: 10/29/1960

Ep 41: Breed of Violence

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

Ep 42: 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. Aired: 11/12/1960

Ep 43: 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. Aired: 11/26/1960

Ep 44: The Savage

After Adam is wounded by Indians and left for dead, a reclusive mountain woman nurses him back to health. She is known to the Indians as While Buffalo Woman, and they believe she possesses magical powers. Aired: 12/3/1960

Ep 45: Silent Thunder

Captivated by the pretty, deaf-mute daughter of a reclusive mountain man, Little Joe teaches her 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. Aired: 12/10/1960

Ep 46: 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. Aired: 12/17/1960

Ep 47: The Blood Line

The son of Luke Grayson wants revenge when he discovers that Ben Cartwright killed his father, even though it was in self-defense. Despite this, Ben and Hoss are determined to help the young man find a new life for himself. Aired: 12/31/1960

Ep 48: The Courtship

Hoss finds himself falling in love with widow Helen Layton and intends to marry her, unaware of her true nature. Aired: 1/7/1961

Ep 49: The Spitfire

After Joe shoots and kills a man starting a fire on the Ponderosa in self-defense, the Cartwrights have their hands full protecting Joe from the dead man's vengeful clan. Aired: 1/14/1961

Ep 50: The Bride

A woman shows up to the Ponderosa claiming to have just married Ben. The problem is, Ben has never seen her before in his life! Aired: 1/21/1961

Ep 51: Bank Run

Joe and Hoss get in some trouble when they "rob" the bank. Aired: 1/28/1961

Ep 52: The Fugitive

Adam takes a trip to Mexico to collect the body of the son of a former Ponderosa foreman who is too old to make the trip. Believing it to be a simple task, Adam arrives only to find that there is a lot more going on. Aired: 2/4/1961

Ep 53: Vengeance

After accidentally killing Willie Twilight, a guilt-stricken Hoss is inconsolable. Meanwhile, Willie's brother, Red, arrives in town intent on exacting revenge. Aired: 2/11/1961

Ep 54: The Tax Collector

At the behest of a local bureaucrat, good-for-nothing Jock Henry becomes Virginia City's tax collector. Jock also becomes drunk with power, levying huge, unfair assessments against everybody in the vicinity. Aired: 2/18/1961

Ep 55: The Rescue

The boys decide 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 out after them. Aired: 2/25/1961

Ep 56: The Dark Gate

When a friend of Adam's begins to display erratic, violent behavior, Adam takes it upon himself to learn what is at the root of the problem. Aired: 3/4/1961

Ep 57: The Duke

After a cruel prizefighter beats up a man in a bar fight, the Cartwrights challenge him to a bout with John Heenan. Aired: 3/11/1961

Ep 58: 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. Aired: 3/18/1961

Ep 59: The Gift

Little Joe is on his way back home with a beautiful white stallion, a birthday gift to Ben, when an Indian uprising breaks out, cutting him off from the fort where he is to meet his family. Aired: 4/1/1961

Ep 60: The Rival

While visiting a girl he is courting, Hoss helps save the life of a rival suitor when the man is wanted by a lynch mob for the wrongful deaths of a family. Aired: 4/15/1961

Ep 61: The Infernal Machine

A conniving city slicker vanishes with the funds collected from townsfolk to finance the manufacture of a horseless carriage. Aired: 4/22/1961

Ep 62: The Thunderhead Swindle

Ben Cartwright's suspicions are aroused when scruffy prospectors Cunningham and Furnas arrive in town, claiming to have struck a valuable silver lode at Thunderhead Mine. Aired: 4/29/1961

Ep 63: The Secret

Joe is accused of murdering a girl. Her father and brothers want to hang Joe, but the Cartwrights are determined to prove his innocence. Aired: 5/6/1961

Ep 64: 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. Aired: 5/20/1961

Ep 65: Elizabeth, My Love

Ben recalls his days at sea and how he met his first wife, Elizabeth, when Adam falls gravely ill. Aired: 5/27/1961

Ep 66: Sam Hill

Pressured to give up the land on which his mother is buried, blacksmith Sam Hill (Claude Akins) discovers that he has been sold out by his own father, and that the new owner of the property is a self-styled dictator with a private army. Aired: 6/3/1961

Ep 67: The Smiler

The brother of a man Hoss killed in self-defense says he understands but secretly plans revenge. Aired: 9/24/1961

Ep 68: Springtime

A friend of Ben's arrives at the Ponderosa right as the Cartwright boys are fighting in 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? Aired: 10/1/1961

Ep 69: The Honor of Cochise

The Cartwrights and a calvary captain find themselves surrounded by Cochise and out of water. When Adam is injured, Ben decides he must try to barter with the Indians to save all their lives. Aired: 10/8/1961

Ep 70: The Lonely House

A wounded bank robber holes up in a widow's house, keeping an eye on both her and Little Joe. Aired: 10/15/1961

Ep 71: The Burma Rarity

Widow Hawkins tricks a couple of con men who first try to swindle her with an emerald known as "The Burma Rarity." Aired: 10/22/1961

Ep 72: Broken Ballad

The situation goes from bad to worse when Adam tries to smooth things over between a general store owner and the gunfighter who killed the man's son years earlier. Aired: 10/29/1961

Ep 73: 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. Aired: 11/5/1961

Ep 74: 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? Aired: 11/12/1961

Ep 75: The Countess

Unsettling events that could spell financial ruin for the Ponderosa mysteriously coincide with the arrival of a wealthy countess who seems determined to win the love of Ben Cartwright, the man she spurned 20 years before in New Orleans. Aired: 11/19/1961

Ep 76: The Horse Breaker

While working at the Ponderosa, wrangler Johnny Lightly suffers an accident that costs him the use of both legs. Though Dr. Kay theorizes that the injuries may not last, Johnny has given up the will to live. Aired: 11/26/1961

Ep 77: 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. Aired: 12/3/1961

Ep 78: The Frenchman

Hoss insults a feisty Frenchman who demands satisfaction with swords, unaware that the little rogue believes himself to be the reincarnation of medieval outlaw poet Francois Villon. Aired: 12/10/1961

Ep 79: The Tin Badge

To show up his teasing brothers, Joe Cartwright accepts the position of sheriff in the little town of Rubicon. Little does Joe know that the men behind his nomination, gunslinger Ab Brock and crooked Mayor Goshen, intend to use the youngest Cartwright boy as the fall guy for an elaborate robbery-murder scheme. Aired: 12/17/1961

Ep 80: Gabrielle

The Cartwrights find a loving home for Gabrielle, a blind 11-year-old girl whose parents were killed in an overturned wagon; but Gabrielle wants to live with her grandfather, a crusty mountain hermit who wants nothing to do with anyone, including his orphaned granddaughter. Aired: 12/24/1961

Ep 81: Land Grab

The Cartwrights play host to an eccentric old soldier friend of Ben's while trying to track down a mysterious swindler named Polk, who is illegally deeding parcels of the Ponderosa to settlers looking for homesteads. Aired: 12/31/1961

Ep 82: 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. Aired: 1/7/1962

Ep 83: 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. Aired: 1/14/1962

Ep 84: The Ride

Adam witnesses the murder of a station manager while waiting for a stagecoach. The two men who committed the crime were wearing burlap bags over their heads, but Adam is sure that he knows their identities. Aired: 1/21/1962

Ep 85: The Storm

While visiting the Ponderosa, Ben's old friend, sea Captain Matthew White, is forced to reveal a terrible secret after Little Joe Cartwright falls in love with and plans to wed the his daughter, Laura, once a freckle-faced playmate from Joe's childhood in New Orleans, now grown into a beautiful woman. Aired: 1/28/1962

Ep 86: The Auld Sod

To save town drunk Danny Lynch from a world of embarrassment, the Cartwrights let him pretend to be the owner of the Ponderosa when his mother visits from Ireland. Aired: 2/4/1962

Ep 87: Gift of Water

The Cartwrights stand up to vigilantes who are trying to keep families from leaving the flat lands for the high country during a terrible drought. Aired: 2/11/1962

Ep 88: The Jackknife

Searching for missing Ponderosa cattle, Adam Cartwright stops to aid injured rancher Matt Grant. What Adam doesn't know is that Grant is part of the very gang of rustlers responsible for the missing cattle. Aired: 2/18/1962

Ep 89: The Guilty

A gunman with vengeance on his mind tracks retired Sheriff Lem Partridge to Virginia City and is soon holding Lem's son, Jimmy, and good friend, Ben Cartwright, hostage. Aired: 2/25/1962

Ep 90: 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 to get involved. Aired: 3/4/1962

Ep 91: The Lawmaker

The Cartwrights may have to take the law into their own hands when Virginia City's temporary sheriff uses his new badge as a license to kill. Aired: 3/11/1962

Ep 92: 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. Aired: 3/18/1962

Ep 93: 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. Aired: 4/1/1962

Ep 94: The Crucible

After being robbed in the desert, Adam stumbles onto a seemingly chivalrous prospector named Peter Kane, who offers him a mule and supplies for three days work. However, Kane is a demented madman who is interested in psychological torture, hoping to drive a seemingly rational man like Adam to murder. Aired: 4/8/1962

Ep 95: Inger, My Love

Ben indulges in a nostalgic reverie about Hoss's deceased mother. Having worked his way west to Galesburg, Illinois, Ben is befriended by a girl named Inger, the fiancee of the tavern owner who gave him a job. Aired: 4/15/1962

Ep 96: Blessed Are They

Ben Cartwright and Virginia City's enigmatic new minister work together to decide which set of feuding grandparents, the Mahans or the Clarkes, will have custody of their recently orphaned twin grandchildren. Aired: 4/22/1962

Ep 97: The Dowry

After recovering a stolen dowery, the Cartwright boys begin to grow suspicious when more attempts are made on the loot and the fiancé takes everything in stride. Aired: 4/29/1962

Ep 98: The Long Night

When Adam is ambushed by an escaped convict who forces him to swap clothes, it isn't long before a posse is on Adam's trail. To make matters worse, the posse leader knows it is Adam, but wants to see him hang just the same. Aired: 5/6/1962

Ep 99: The Mountain Girl

Raised in the hills by her reclusive grandfather, Trudy is left in Joe's care when he dies. Honoring a promise to the girl's late grandfather, Joe is determined to transform the hoydenish Trudy into a "lady." Aired: 5/13/1962

Ep 100: The Miracle Maker

Susan Blanchard is injured in a wagon crash. Though there is nothing physically wrong with her, Susan is psychosomatically incapable of leaving her bed. Enter faith healer Garth, who promises to make Susan walk again. Aired: 5/20/1962

Ep 101: 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? Aired: 9/23/1962

Ep 102: The Quest

Wanting to prove his independence and break out of the shadows of his Pa and older brothers, Little Joe sets out to win a lucrative timber contract for the Ponderosa. Aired: 9/30/1962

Ep 103: The Artist

Wallowing in self-pity after having gone blind, Matthew Raine begins coming out of his self-imposed exile after befriending Ben's housekeeper, Ann Loring. However, there is someone who doesn't want Matthew to extricate himself from his miserable state. Aired: 10/7/1962

Ep 104: A Hot Day for a Hanging

On behalf of his father, Hoss sets out to deliver a large sum of money to the town of Dutchman Flats. Upon his arrival, however, Hoss is arrested by Sheriff Stedman on a charge of bank robbery. Aired: 10/14/1962

Ep 105: The Deserter

Sgt. Samuel Bellis is accused of desertion, murder and selling guns to the Indians. Bellis insists that he's innocent, and Candy believes him, but before he can clear Bellis' name, he must elude the Army patrol hot on the fugitive sergeant's heels. Aired: 10/21/1962

Ep 106: The Way Station

Adam finds shelter overnight at a stagecoach way station. There he meets others ranging from a beautiful girl to a dangerous outlaw on the run. Aired: 10/29/1962

Ep 107: 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? Aired: 11/4/1962

Ep 108: 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. Aired: 11/18/1962

Ep 109: 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. Aired: 11/25/1962

Ep 110: The Deadly Ones

Mexican freedom fighters loyal to Benito Juárez take over the Ponderosa, gravely wound Little Joe and force Ben to guide them to a wagon train loaded with gold being smuggled to California by Emperor Maximilian. Aired: 12/2/1962

Ep 111: 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. Aired: 12/9/1962

Ep 112: 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. Aired: 12/16/1962

Ep 113: 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, Wade goes back to his old ways. It's up to Hoss to bring the broken family back together. Aired: 12/23/1962

Ep 114: The Jury

Hoss faces scorn and accusations of bribery when he refuses to vote with his fellow jurors to convict a man for murder based solely on the testimony of the victim's brother, who witnessed the act on a dark night. Aired: 12/30/1962

Ep 115: The Colonel

One of Ben Cartwright's old war buddies, who claims to be a business tycoon developing a new territory, woos a wealthy Virginia City widow and jeopardizes a Ponderosa land deal. Aired: 1/6/1963

Ep 116: Song in the Dark

When a guitar-strumming "traveling troubadour" is hired on at the Ponderosa, it is up to Adam to prove the minstrel's guilt or innocence when he is accused of a murder, before which a witness overheard singing. Aired: 1/13/1963

Ep 117: Elegy for a Hangman

Adam helps an angry young man to confront the "hanging judge" who sentenced his father to death in a high-stakes miscarriage of justice. Aired: 1/20/1963

Ep 118: Half a Rogue

Hoss harbors kindred spirit Big Jim Layton on the Ponderosa while trying to clear the wounded mountain man's name from charges of theft and murder. Aired: 1/27/1963

Ep 119: The Last Haircut

Little Joe finds himself at the scene of a murder, and befriends the victim's vengeance-minded son. Aired: 2/3/1963

Ep 120: 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. Aired: 2/10/1963

Ep 121: The Hayburner

After Hoss and Adam purchase a thoroughbred horse, Hoss puts the animal up as security during a poker game—and loses. They hope to get Joe to pay off the horse, but Joe has a plan of his own. Aired: 2/17/1963

Ep 122: The Actress

Little Joe falls in love with a beautiful woman who aspires to be an actress. Aired: 2/24/1963

Ep 123: A Stranger Passed This Way

Bushwacked and suffering from amnesia, Hoss is found wandering down the road by the Vandervorts, an older couple who are happy to take the gentle giant into their family to replace the son they lost. Aired: 3/3/1963

Ep 124: The Way of Aaron

Adam helps a beautiful woman, and her father, a peddler of devout Jewish faith. Aired: 3/10/1963

Ep 125: A Woman Lost

An alcoholic saloon girl changes her life with the help of Ben and an ex-prizefighter who falls in love with her. Aired: 3/17/1963

Ep 126: Any Friend of Walter's

Attacked by outlaws, Hoss takes cover in a prospector's shack with the old prospector and Walter, the old man's surprisingly communicative dog. Aired: 3/24/1963

Ep 127: Mirror of a Man

One of Ben's ranch hands on the Ponderosa finds his past catching up with him when his twin brother murders a man. Aired: 3/31/1963

Ep 128: My Brother's Keeper

When Adam and Joe are out hunting a wolf that has been killing cattle, Adam accidentally shoots Joe. With time quickly running out for his brother, Adam makes haste to the Ponderosa. Aired: 4/7/1963

Ep 129: Five into the Wind

A stagecoach accident in a windstorm leaves five stranded, after which Little Joe is accused when a man is found murdered with his knife. Aired: 4/21/1963

Ep 130: The Saga of Whizzer McGee

Hoss tries to help Whizzer McGee, a man with short height, a short fuse, thin skin and big ideas. Aired: 4/28/1963

Ep 131: 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. Aired: 5/5/1963

Ep 132: Rich Man, Poor Man

A bitter man who finds himself rich over night determines to get even with his adversaries by buying out their mortgages. Aired: 5/12/1963

Ep 133: The Boss

Ben confronts a former friend who has become a local strongman after monopolizing the freight business. Aired: 5/19/1963

Ep 134: 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. Aired: 5/26/1963

Ep 135: She Walks in Beauty

Hoss falls under the spell of a beautiful shady lady from San Francisco and asks her to be his wife, believing his love can change her even after she tries to seduce his brother, Adam. Aired: 9/22/1963

Ep 136: 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. Aired: 9/29/1963

Ep 137: Rain from Heaven

A drought brings a rainmaker with a very sick daughter to Virginia City. Aired: 10/6/1963

Ep 138: Twilight Town

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

Ep 139: The Toy Soldier

Adam helps an alcoholic artist married to a lovely Piute woman find a way to help the Piute Indians oppressed by a powerful local rancher. Aired: 10/20/1963

Ep 140: A Question of Strength

A stagecoach containing Hoss and two nuns is robbed. Later, one of the badly wounded robbers finds himself in their power. Aired: 10/27/1963

Ep 141: 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. Aired: 11/3/1963

Ep 142: 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. Aired: 11/10/1963

Ep 143: The Quality of Mercy

Joe struggles to understand whether his friend was right in killing a dying man who pleaded to be put out of his misery. Aired: 11/17/1963

Ep 144: The Waiting Game

When Laura's husband, Frank, is killed, she decides not to reveal this tragic fact to her wide-eyed little daughter, Peggy, who is anxiously awaiting her daddy's return. Agreeing to help keep Laura's secret, Adam Cartwright finds himself falling in love with her. Aired: 12/8/1963

Ep 145: 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. Aired: 12/15/1963

Ep 146: Hoss and the Leprechauns

Hoss goes leprechaun hunting, hoping to find gold. Aired: 12/22/1963

Ep 147: The Prime of Life

Ben Cartwright doubts his fitness to run the Ponderosa when his impatience results in a logging camp accident that causes serious injury to himself and an old friend's death. Aired: 12/29/1963

Ep 148: 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. Joe wants to get her back to Virginia City for a fair trial, but it seems that other people have different plans. Aired: 1/5/1964

Ep 149: The 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. Aired: 1/12/1964

Ep 150: My Son, My Son

Ben's plans to wed widow Katherine Saunders are jeopardized after her son is accused of murder. Aired: 1/19/1964

Ep 151: Alias Joe Cartwright

A man who looks similar to Joe uses his name, which eventually lands Joe in front of a firing squad. Aired: 1/26/1964

Ep 152: The Gentleman from New Orleans

Hoss meets a flamboyant, sword-brandishing drunk claiming to be none other than the notorious pirate Jean LaFitte. Aired: 2/2/1964

Ep 153: The Cheating Game

Kathie Browne returns in the role of Laura Dayton, erstwhile sweetheart of Adam Cartwright. When a stranger arrives in town telling Laura that her late husband willed her a fortune, she finds herself attracted to the man, unaware he is harboring ulterior motives. Aired: 2/9/1964

Ep 154: Bullet for a Bride

After accidentally blinding a young girl, Tessa, in a shooting accident, Joe wants to make amends with the girl's family by marrying her. While she accepts, Ben soon learns that Tessa may have a secret. Aired: 2/16/1964

Ep 155: King of the Mountain

Hoss finds himself smack dab in the middle of a mountain family feud when he agrees to be the best man at ornery Big Jim Leyton's wedding. Aired: 2/23/1964

Ep 156: Love Me Not

While talking with an Indian, Ben is given an unexpected present—a woman. She is a young white woman who has lived with the Indians since she was a little girl and knows nothing of the white man's ways. Aired: 3/1/1964

Ep 157: The Pure Truth

When Hoss is set up to take the fall for a bank robbery in another town, the help of an eccentric gold prospector appears to be all that stands between him and the real bandit's bullet. Aired: 3/8/1964

Ep 158: No Less a Man

Certain that he is too old to stand against a notorious gang of bank robbers when news arrives that Virginia City will soon be next in a long string of successful raids, the terrified townsfolk demand Sheriff Coffee's resignation to make way for a younger lawman. Aired: 3/15/1964

Ep 159: Return to Honor

Ben travels to pay his respects after receiving word that his nephew is dead. At the grave, however, Ben finds his nephew, wounded but alive. Aired: 3/22/1964

Ep 160: The Saga of Muley Jones

Bruce Yarnell makes his first appearance as the Cartwrights' cousin, Muley, from Missouri. "Blessed" with a singing voice that can literally shatter glass, Muley manages to make life difficult for his rich relations. Aired: 3/29/1964

Ep 161: The Roper

Army soldiers and an outlaw gang have a shootout at the Ponderosa while Will is home alone. To make matters worse, Will realizes that the money in Ben's safe is in jeopardy. Aired: 4/5/1964

Ep 162: A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay

A headstrong Chinese girl (Marlo Thomas) visiting the Cartwrights incites labor unrest among local workers. Aired: 4/12/1964

Ep 163: 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. Aired: 4/19/1964

Ep 164: Enter Thomas Bowers

After a triumphant tour in Europe, a famous African-American singer encounters racial prejudice in Virginia City when he arrives to perform a concert. Aired: 4/26/1964

Ep 165: The Dark Past

The men of the Ponderosa cannot understand why bounty hunter Dev Farnum (Dennis Hopper) is so unfriendly and secretive. Aired: 5/3/1964

Ep 166: 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. Aired: 5/10/1964

Ep 167: Triangle

Adam and Laura are finally engaged. Adam is secretly building a house and planning for the future. However, Laura realizes that it's Will she is in love with. But when Adam is confined to a wheelchair after suffering a fall, Laura and Will deny their feelings out of guilt. Aired: 5/17/1964

Ep 168: 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. Aired: 5/24/1964

Ep 169: 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. Aired: 9/20/1964

Ep 170: 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. Aired: 9/27/1964

Ep 171: 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. Aired: 10/4/1964

Ep 172: Thanks for Everything, Friend

After falling into a river, Adam is rescued by Tom Wilson. Wilson has feelings for Sue Miller, which bring him into trouble after her father is killed. Aired: 10/11/1964

Ep 173: Logan's Treasure

Sam Logan is released from jail after serving his 20-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. Aired: 10/18/1964

Ep 174: 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 because of his clumsiness. Although Hoss is willing to defend him, he soon discovers a secret about Waldo. Aired: 10/25/1964

Ep 175: 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 sheriff. Aired: 11/1/1964

Ep 176: Square Deal Sam

A conman heads into town and takes advantage of the Cartwrights with a fake land deal. He then ends up staying in Virginia city to run an orphanage. Aired: 11/8/1964

Ep 177: Between Heaven and Earth

After becoming paralyzed in fear and losing his rifle while hunting a sheep-killing puma, Little Joe's shame and frustration cause him to behave recklessly. Aired: 11/15/1964

Ep 178: 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. Aired: 11/22/1964

Ep 179: A Man to Admire

Accused of murder, Hoss Cartwright puts his life in the hands of celebrated lawyer Whitney Parker (James Gregory). Unfortunately, Parker's glory days are behind him: more to the point, he is now the town drunk. Aired: 12/6/1964

Ep 180: The Underdog

Little Joe convinces Ben to hire half-indian Harry Starr, 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? Aired: 12/13/1964

Ep 181: 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. No one believes his story and Adam is accused of being a thief. Aired: 12/20/1964

Ep 182: The Saga of Squaw Charlie

When a little girl vanishes an old Indian man known as Charlie is accused by self-righteous townsfolk of murdering her. Aired: 12/27/1964

Ep 183: The Flapjack Contest

Intending to confront the card-shark who he believes bushwhacked and robbed him, Little Joe instead decides to get his money back by betting the shady gambler that big brother Hoss will win the Founders' Day flapjack eating contest. Aired: 1/3/1965

Ep 184: The Far, Far Better Thing

While vying for the affections of the book-smart daughter of an old friend of Ben's, Joe and Tuck find themselves held captive by a group of renegade Indians. Aired: 1/10/1965

Ep 185: Woman of Fire

In this 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. Aired: 1/17/1965

Ep 186: 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. Aired: 1/24/1965

Ep 187: 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. Aired: 1/31/1965

Ep 188: 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. Aired: 2/7/1965

Ep 189: The Search

Adam's search for troublesome look-a-like Tom Burns lands him in the Placerville jail for two murders committed by Burns. Aired: 2/14/1965

Ep 190: The Deadliest Game

When the Ponderosa is paid a visit by Guido Borelli (Cesar Romero) and his flamboyant acrobat troupe, Borelli's jealous nature leads to violence when he suspects his girlfriend is interested in another man. Aired: 2/21/1965

Ep 191: 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. Aired: 2/28/1965

Ep 192: 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, and learns an uncomfortable secret in the process. Aired: 3/7/1965

Ep 193: Hound Dog

When Muley shows up with a pack of hound dogs, Hoss decides to train them to hunt the coyotes that have been preying on the Ponderosa livestock. However, it isn't long before the dogs' real owner shows up, saying they were stolen. Aired: 3/21/1965

Ep 194: The Trap

When her husband is murdered, Hallie Shannon is convinced that her former sweetheart, Joe Cartwright, committed the deed so they could be together again. Aired: 3/28/1965

Ep 195: Dead and Gone

Singer Hoyt Axton guest stars as drifter Howard Mead, whose singing skills are matched only by his predilection for running afoul of the law. While trying to straighten Mead out, Adam Cartwright is forced to defend his new friend against a robbery charge. Aired: 4/4/1965

Ep 196: A Good Night's Rest

Ben's noisy sons are keeping him from sleeping, prompting a trip to the hotel in town. But rather than finding sanctuary, Ben is bothered by more noise and other irritations that prevent him from a good night's rest. Aired: 4/11/1965

Ep 197: To Own the World

A rich tycoon known for destroying anything that stands in his way vows to have the Ponderosa, no matter the cost. Aired: 4/18/1965

Ep 198: Lothario Larkin

Ladies' man Lothario Larkin is taken in by Hoss after Sheriff Coffee runs him out of town. Aired: 4/25/1965

Ep 199: The Return

After serving his time for robbing the bank, Trace Cordell returns to Virginia City. The townsfolk are not pleased to hear that the ex-con wants to resume running his family's ranch outside of town, especially the man he maimed five years earlier during the robbery. Aired: 5/2/1965

Ep 200: The Jonah

The Cartwrights hire a man who has a reputation for being cursed. Aired: 5/9/1965

Ep 201: The Spotlight

Viveca Lindfors guest stars as long-retired opera diva Angela Drake. Appointed entertainment committee chairman of the Virginia City anniversary celebration, Ben persuades Angela to come out of retirement for a command performance. Aired: 5/16/1965

Ep 202: Patchwork Man

Grant Williams (best known for his star turn in the classic sci-fi film 'The Incredible Shrinking Man') is cast as Albert "Patch" Saunders, a self-deprecating loner living in a ghost town. Aired: 5/23/1965

Ep 203: The Debt

Wiley and Annie Kane arrive at the Ponderosa to work off their father's debt to Ben. It seems as though the elder Kane once swindled the Cartwright patriarch. Aired: 9/12/1965

Ep 204: The Dilemma

Ben helps a convict win a parole only to have the man later become the chief suspect in a bank robbery. Aired: 9/19/1965

Ep 205: The Brass Box

Juan Ortega claims he has a land grant which gives him ownership of the entire Nevada Territory. Aired: 9/26/1965

Ep 206: The Other Son

A mule skinner and his two sons are hired by Ben to transport nitroglycerin to California. Aired: 10/3/1965

Ep 207: The Lonely Runner

Jim Acton owns a prize mare that he's determined to keep--even when a judge awards the animal to another man in settlement of a debt. Aired: 10/10/1965

Ep 208: Devil on Her Shoulder

A religious sect, which has suffered through a series of misfortunes, accuses one its members of being possessed by the devil. Aired: 10/17/1965

Ep 209: Found Child

The Cartwrights give shelter to the lone survivor of a stagecoach massacre—a young girl whose life is still in danger because the culprits think she can identify them. Aired: 10/24/1965

Ep 210: The Meredith Smith

Jake Smith dies and leaves his estate to Meredith Smith. Then several claimants to the estate show up saying they are Meredith. It's up to Ben, the executor of the estate, to determine the true heir. Aired: 10/31/1965

Ep 211: Mighty is the Word

A gunfighter gets religion and becomes a preacher only to be confronted by a vengeful man whose brother he once killed. Aired: 11/7/1965

Ep 212: The Strange One

The Ponderosa becomes a site of refuge for a woman suspected of being a witch. Aired: 11/14/1965

Ep 213: The Reluctant Rebel

When the Cartwrights catch young Billy Penn trying to steal some of their cattle they try to set the young rustler on the straight and narrow. Aired: 11/21/1965

Ep 214: Five Sundowns to Sunup

A family embarks upon a kidnapping spree in an attempt to halt an execution. Aired: 12/5/1965

Ep 215: A Natural Wizard

A young man loves animals so much that he frees them from traps set by hunters—including his own father's. Aired: 12/12/1965

Ep 216: All Ye His Saints

After his father becomes seriously ill, a young boy decides to climb a mountain and seek God's help. Aired: 12/19/1965

Ep 217: A Dublin Lad

It's '12 Angry Men' in the Old West when juror Joe becomes the lone hold-out for acquittal in a murder trial. Aired: 1/2/1966

Ep 218: To Kill a Buffalo

A badly injured Native American rejects Hoss' attempts at helping him. Aired: 1/9/1966

Ep 219: Ride the Wind: Part 1

The Pony Express sets up an office in Virginia City and Joe joins up as a rider. Aired: 1/16/1966

Ep 220: Ride the Wind: Part 2

In the second of two parts, the Cartwrights provide much needed aid to the fledgling Pony Express office in Virginia City. Aired: 1/23/1966

Ep 221: Destiny's Child

Two strangers help Ben when his wagon gets bogged down in the mud. He later tries to return the favor by helping them find employment. Aired: 1/30/1966

Ep 222: Peace Officer

When Sheriff Coffee takes a leave of absence, a ruthless lawman is hired to take his place. Aired: 2/6/1966

Ep 223: The Code

Joe finds himself goaded into a duel at which a lot of money is being bet against him. Aired: 2/13/1966

Ep 224: Three Brides for Hoss

A woman from Kentucky arrives in Virginia City and announces that she's Hoss Cartwright's mail order bride. Needless to say, Hoss is stunned at this situation. Aired: 2/20/1966

Ep 225: The Emperor Norton

A self-styled emperor arrives at the Ponderosa bringing his own private war along with him. Aired: 2/27/1966

Ep 226: Her Brother's Keeper

Ben falls for Claire Amory but her invalid brother might end up tossing a monkey wrench into the romance. Aired: 3/6/1966

Ep 227: The Trouble with Jamie

A visit by the Cartwrights' spoiled Eastern cousin disrupts life at the Ponderosa. Aired: 3/20/1966

Ep 228: Shining in Spain

Joe falls for a girl whose filled with stories of her absent father and his many adventures. Aired: 3/27/1966

Ep 229: The Genius

Hoss tries to help an alcoholic poet stay on the wagon. Aired: 4/3/1966

Ep 230: The Unwritten Commandment

Ben tries to bring an estranged father and son back together. Aired: 4/10/1966

Ep 231: Big Shadow on the Land

Immigrant winemakers decide to plant their grapes on Ponderosa land. Aired: 4/17/1966

Ep 232: The Fighters

Hoss befriends a washed-up prizefighter who's having a hard time adjusting to life outside the squared circle. Aired: 4/24/1966

Ep 233: Home From the Sea

Gilly Maples arrives at the Ponderosa claiming to be a friend of Adam's but in reality his intentions are to rob a shipment of gold. Aired: 5/1/1966

Ep 234: The Last Mission

Ben and an Army colonel undertake a peace mission to the Paiute tribe. Aired: 5/8/1966

Ep 235: A Dollar's Worth of Trouble

A fortune teller predicts that two people will soon enter and change Hoss's life: a hot blonde chick and a dangerous gunman. Aired: 5/15/1966

Ep 236: Something Hurt, Something Wild

The Cartwrights' friendship with a neighboring rancher is threatened when their mentally unstable daughter accuses Joe of attacking her. Aired: 9/11/1966

Ep 237: Horse of a Different Hue

One of Ben's oldest friends must make sure Joe loses a horse race in order to protect a family member from being killed. Aired: 9/18/1966

Ep 238: 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. Aired: 9/25/1966

Ep 239: The Pursued: Part 1

The Cartwrights help a family of persecuted Mormons escape with their lives after they are burned our of their home. Aired: 10/2/1966

Ep 240: The Pursued: Part 2

The Cartwrights help a family of persecuted Mormons escape with their lives after they are burned our of their home. Aired: 10/9/1966

Ep 241: To Bloom for Thee

Hoss is unaware that his fiancée is a troubled woman with a hidden, dark past. Aired: 10/16/1966

Ep 242: Credit for a Kill

Joe takes credit for a killing when he learns that the dead man's brother is out for revenge. Aired: 10/23/1966

Ep 243: Four Sisters from Boston

When the four Lowell sisters come to claim an estate left by a late relative, everything seems to start going wrong. Aired: 10/30/1966

Ep 244: Old Charlie

A boastful teller of tall tales falls prey to the revenge-seeking brothers of a dead outlaw. Aired: 11/6/1966

Ep 245: Ballad of the Ponderosa

A young singer returns to Virginia City where he claims that Ben Cartwright is responsible for the death of his father. Aired: 11/13/1966

Ep 246: The Oath

When his father is hung, Charlie vows to kill the man he thinks is responsible—Ben. It eventually falls on Joe to dissuade Charlie from his plan of revenge. Aired: 11/20/1966

Ep 247: 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 those initials and they aren't talking. Aired: 11/27/1966

Ep 248: The Bridegroom

Joe searches for a groom when a rancher makes plans to marry off his plain-looking daughter. Aired: 12/4/1966

Ep 249: Tommy

The father of a deaf-mute boy comes looking for him and his mother, both of whom are being protected by the Cartwrights. Aired: 12/18/1966

Ep 250: A Christmas Story

When a young singer agrees to perform at Virginia City's annual orphan's Christmas benefit, his shifty manager demands a cut of the donations. Aired: 12/25/1966

Ep 251: Ponderosa Explosion

The Ponderosa is overrun with furry critters when two unscrupulous old men convince Hoss and Joe to raise rabbits. Aired: 1/1/1967

Ep 252: Justice

Joe forces the only suspect in the murder of his fiancée to come forward. Aired: 1/8/1967

Ep 253: A Bride for Buford

When a woman shows interest in a young prospector, Hoss tries to prove that she is really only interested in the man's fortune. Aired: 1/15/1967

Ep 254: Black Friday

John Saxon makes the first of three Bonanza appearances as Steve Friday, a former Ponderosa ranchhand turned gunfighter. Putting his own life on the line, Joe Cartwright tries to save an ailing Friday from a paid assassin, hired by the powerful and revenge-driven Judge Wyllit (Ford Rainey). Aired: 1/22/1967

Ep 255: The Unseen Wound

A veteran sheriff driven to insanity by years of senseless killings turns his gun on the people of his town. Aired: 1/29/1967

Ep 256: Journey to Terror

During a difficult drought, a friend of Joe's joins an outlaw gang to make ends meet. Aired: 2/5/1967

Ep 257: Amigo

While riding posse after a band of vicious marauders, Ben Cartwright captures one of their wounded and must protect the man's life from ranchers, his own gang and an angry Little Joe who lost a friend when his ranch was raided. Aired: 2/12/1967

Ep 258: A Woman in the House

Ben discovers that an old friend of the Cartwrights, Mary Wharton, is being abused by her husband when the couple comes to live at the Ponderosa. Aired: 2/19/1967

Ep 259: Judgement at Red Creek

Joe Cartwright joins a posse led by Sheriff Rimbau to capture two robbery/murder suspects. For Rimbau it's personal: His brother was killed, and he intends to be judge, jury and executioner. Aired: 2/26/1967

Ep 260: Joe Cartwright, Detective

The reading of crime novels has Joe trying to convince Hoss that the bank is about to be robbed. Aired: 3/5/1967

Ep 261: Dark Enough to See the Stars

Billy Wilcox wanders onto the Ponderosa sick and hungry, fearing that the new lawman may know he once killed a man in self-defense and then ran away. Aired: 3/12/1967

Ep 262: The Deed and the Dilemma

Ben and George Rossi attempt to stop a man from claiming the water from an adjourning ranch. Aired: 3/26/1967

Ep 263: The Prince

While staying at the Ponderosa, members of the Russian royalty are targeted by jewel thieves. Aired: 4/2/1967

Ep 264: A Man Without Land

When Ben prevents crooked Ponderosa foreman Ed Philips from swindling rancher Matt Jeffers, Philips uses Joe and Jeffers' son as pawns in an elaborate revenge scheme. Aired: 4/9/1967

Ep 265: Napoleon's Children

A man who calls himself "Napoleon" and his youth gang terrorize Virginia City stealing horses and money. Aired: 4/16/1967

Ep 266: The Wormwood Cup

After killing a man in self-defense, Little Joe deals with the wrath of the dead man's family. Aired: 4/23/1967

Ep 267: Clarissa

Clarissa, the Cartwright's cousin from back East, visits the Ponderosa, disrupting the peace and quiet. Aired: 4/30/1967

Ep 268: Maestro Hoss

When Hoss takes up learning the violin, the rest of the Cartwrights are driven crazy by the strident sounds coming from the instrument. Aired: 5/7/1967

Ep 269: The Greedy Ones

Rumors are flying that old prospector Gus Schultz has struck it rich on the Ponderosa. As a result, Ben contends with a veritable battalion of greedy gold hunters. Aired: 5/14/1967

Ep 270: 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, finding help in an unlikely group of people. Aired: 9/17/1967

Ep 271: 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 and on to prison. Aired: 9/24/1967

Ep 272: The Conquistadors

A band of Mexicans kidnaps Joe, demanding a $25,000 ransom. And if that's not bad enough, a group of cowboys is planning to rescue Joe, kill him and claim the gold for themselves. Aired: 10/1/1967

Ep 273: 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 them both. Aired: 10/8/1967

Ep 274: Night of Reckoning

An outlaw named Dibbs takes Hoss, Joe and Candy prisoner at the Ponderosa. He wants the $60,000 that the foreman, Donny Buckler, has hidden, and he is determined to get it. Aired: 10/15/1967

Ep 275: 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. Aired: 10/22/1967

Ep 276: 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. Aired: 10/29/1967

Ep 277: Desperate Passage

The Cartwrights find two survivors in a town after an indian attack. Will they be able to make it through the dangerous territory alive? Aired: 11/5/1967

Ep 278: The Sure Thing

Trudy Loughlin loves her horse, a wild stallion. But her father has plans of his own, and they are likely to leave the girl heartbroken. Aired: 11/12/1967

Ep 279: Showdown at Tahoe

A career robber claiming to be a lumber man plans to use Ben's new freight paddleboat to haul a $1-million-dollar currency shipment to San Francisco. Aired: 11/19/1967

Ep 280: Six Black Horses

An old friend of Ben's comes to Nevada with money to invest. Ben is initially delighted, but then discovers that his friend stole the money from corrupt New York politicians. Aired: 11/26/1967

Ep 281: Check Rein

An injured rancher enlists the aid of the Cartwrights to buy back one of his horses after his farm is foreclosed. If that's not bad enough, the rancher must also avoid getting killed by his ruthless uncle, who will stop at nothing to gain full control of the ranch. Aired: 12/3/1967

Ep 282: 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. Aired: 12/17/1967

Ep 283: The Gold Detector

Hoss is sure there's gold in an old mine he wants to buy, and has the gold detector to prove it. However, things are not what they seem. Aired: 12/24/1967

Ep 284: 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. Aired: 1/7/1968

Ep 285: 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. Aired: 1/14/1968

Ep 286: 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. Aired: 1/21/1968

Ep 287: The Burning Sky

A sadistic rancher livid over his son's friendship with a Sioux woman goes to vicious extremes to keep the two apart. Aired: 1/28/1968

Ep 288: 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. Aired: 2/4/1968

Ep 289: 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. Aired: 2/18/1968

Ep 290: The Crime of Johnny Mule

Johnny Mule, a somewhat thick-headed ranch hand, stands accused of robbery and murder. Hoss is the lone dissenting voice on the jury. Mule, fearing a lynching, escapes while the jury deliberates, and Hoss takes the blame. Aired: 2/25/1968

Ep 291: 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. Aired: 3/3/1968

Ep 292: Star Crossed

Candy falls in love with Tisha Sterling, a young woman being blackmailed by a man named Passmore, a marshal from another town who pretends to be her cousin. Aired: 3/10/1968

Ep 293: Trouble Town

A Cartwright cattle drive stops in the town of River Bend. There they help Lilah Holden, an old friend of Candy's, out of a jam. Aired: 3/17/1968

Ep 294: Commitment at Angelus

After Joe's friend, Steve, is killed in an accident, he takes over organizing a strike at the mine that the deceased had begun. As tensions rise, the miners threaten to disrupt the whole enterprise if their demands are not met. Aired: 4/7/1968

Ep 295: A Dream to Dream

Bitter, alcoholic Josh Carter makes life miserable for his wife, Sarah, and their children—until Hoss helps him mend his ways. Aired: 4/14/1968

Ep 296: In Defense of Honor

When a love triangle involving a Yute ranch hand leads to murder, a treaty between the white man and the Yutes is threatened. Aired: 4/28/1968

Ep 297: To Die in Darkness

A man convicted on Ben's testimony seeks revenge, luring Ben and Candy to an abandoned mineshaft and then trapping them there. Aired: 5/5/1968

Ep 298: The Bottle Fighter

After Hoss is accused of stabbing a man to death, his hopes for acquittal rest on the skills of Barney Sturgess, a once great lawyer who has crawled inside a bottle. Aired: 5/12/1968

Ep 299: The Arrival of Eddie

Hoss finds himself in trouble when he tries to help the son of a criminal he shot and killed years earlier. Aired: 5/19/1968

Ep 300: The Stronghold

When the crooked Farrell brothers pay Joe and Candy for a herd with a worthless bank draft, the Cartwrights turn to a bitter enemy of the Farrell's to help get the money owed to them. Aired: 5/26/1968

Ep 301: Pride of a Man

When Joe becomes a substitute teacher, he has to deal with a challenging pair of hooligans. Aired: 6/2/1968

Ep 302: A Severe Case of Matrimony

Rosalita hopes to win the Cartwrights as patrons of her opera career. There's just one problem with her plan: she lacks the skill to make a career of opera! Aired: 7/7/1968

Ep 303: Stage Door Johnnies

Hoss and Little Joe vie for the attention of visiting entertainer Mademoiselle Denise, but she has no time for them. Aired: 7/28/1968

Ep 304: Different Pines, Same Wind

Joe tries to drive an old woman away from a destructive strip miner, which she mistakes as an attempt to grab up her land. Aired: 9/15/1968

Ep 305: Child

Hoss is in line for a hanging when he is accused of murdering a wealthy man. But the town is more concerned over finding the location of the man's fortune than Hoss' punishment. Aired: 9/22/1968

Ep 306: 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! Aired: 9/29/1968

Ep 307: The Real People of Muddy Creek

Ben gets virtually no help from a town filled with cowards when he is put in charge of a vicious criminal. Aired: 10/6/1968

Ep 308: The Passing of a King

The Cartwrights step in when a fight breaks out between a rancher and his headstrong son. Aired: 10/13/1968

Ep 309: The Last Vote

Hoss and Joe's bickering leads them into taking opposite sides in the Virginia City mayoral race. Their zealous actions divide Virginia City's citizens into two factions, causing nothing but arguments, fights and havoc in town. Aired: 10/20/1968

Ep 310: Catch as Catch Can

When residents of Tin Bucket claim the Cartwrights and Candy are dealing in stolen cattle hides, Ben is determined to discover who is actually responsible for the hide thefts. Aired: 10/27/1968

Ep 311: Little Girl Lost

A young brat and distant relative of the Cartwrights annoys everyone when he comes for a visit to the Ponderosa. Aired: 11/3/1968

Ep 312: The Survivors

A man is reunited with his wife after she was abducted years earlier by the Paiutes Indians—discovering that she now has a half-Indian baby. Aired: 11/10/1968

Ep 313: Sound of Drums

Georgio Rossi is at a loss as to why he is not allowed to have Indians living on his land. Aired: 11/17/1968

Ep 314: Queen High

Joe and Candy haven't a clue of what to do with a stamping mill they won in a poker game. Aired: 12/1/1968

Ep 315: Yonder Man

Ben is asked by an old friend, once an Army scout, to open a cattle ranch in Mira Flores, Mexico. Aired: 12/8/1968

Ep 316: Mark of Guilt

Hop Sing tries to prove Joe is innocent of a murder by teaching Hoss and Candy the ancient Chinese art of finger printing. Aired: 12/15/1968

Ep 317: 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. Aired: 12/22/1968

Ep 318: Sweet Annie Laurie

Hoss offers to help Annie Laurie run away from her abusive husband, a career criminal who is determined to keep his wife under his control. Aired: 1/5/1969

Ep 319: My Friend, My Enemy

Candy stands accused of murder, and the only person who can clear his name is an Indian wanted for horse theft. Aired: 1/12/1969

Ep 320: Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds

When an elderly British woman's jewels are stolen, Candy takes it upon himself to retrieve them from the thieves. Aired: 1/19/1969

Ep 321: Erin

When Ben allows the Paiutes to camp on Ponderosa land, a neighbor threatens Hoss' fiancée, Erin, a beautiful young woman who was raised by Indians. Aired: 1/26/1969

Ep 322: Company of Forgotten Men

A retired Army sergeant, bitter that he never received his pension from the government, kidnaps one-time friend Candy, forcing him to help in a plan to blow up the U.S. mint in Carson City and hold the gold and silver for ransom. Aired: 2/2/1969

Ep 323: The Clarion

Ben helps an old friend having trouble keeping her newspaper business afloat. Aired: 2/9/1969

Ep 324: The Lady and the Mountain Lion

A shady magician and his identical twin daughters create confusion in Virginia City. Aired: 2/23/1969

Ep 325: Five Candles

Ben and three others are trapped when the floor of the courthouse collapses—and one of the men may be a murderer. Aired: 3/2/1969

Ep 326: The Wish

Hoss gets a taste of racism when he helps a black family get their farm in working order. Aired: 3/9/1969

Ep 327: The Deserter

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

Ep 328: Emily

Joe is caught in a love triangle when he meets up with an old girlfriend, Emily, a woman he had planned to marry. Aired: 3/23/1969

Ep 329: 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 and find that an old friend is part of the problem. Aired: 3/30/1969

Ep 330: The Unwanted

Lorrie Mansfield runs away with ranch hand Rick Miller, much to the ire of her marshal father. Aired: 4/6/1969

Ep 331: Speak No Evil

When Coley Clayborn's estranged mother returns to Virginia City, he believes she has come back to claim his father's gold mine. Aired: 4/20/1969

Ep 332: 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. Aired: 4/27/1969

Ep 333: A Ride in the Sun

When Tobias, April Horn and a former Army scout pull off a daring robbery, injuring Ben in the process, Hoss and Joe join the search posse, bent on catching the thieves. Aired: 5/11/1969

Ep 334: Another Windmill to Go

An eccentric who calls himself Don Q. Hought arrives in Virginia City and has a series of misadventures. Aired: 9/14/1969

Ep 335: The Witness

The Cartwrights protect a witness involved with a recent stagecoach robbery. However, they are unaware that she is a compulsive liar. Aired: 9/21/1969

Ep 336: The Silence at Stillwater

In the town of Stillwater, Candy is a victim of mistaken identity and finds himself jailed. Aired: 9/28/1969

Ep 337: A Lawman's Lot is Not a Happy One

When Roy is called out of town to testify in a case, Hoss is appointed temporary sheriff and soon finds himself handling a number of bizarre problems. Aired: 10/5/1969

Ep 338: Anatomy of a Lynching

Will Griner is acquitted of a murder after two key witnesses disappear before the trial. When a bloodthirsty lynch mob comes after him, thinking that he silenced the witnesses, Griner goes to the Cartwrights for help. Aired: 10/12/1969

Ep 339: To Stop a War

Dan Logan is hired as a range detective to stop a cattle rustling outbreak, but when he is framed for murder he needs the help his old friends, the Cartwrights. Aired: 10/19/1969

Ep 340: The Medal

When Matthew Rush runs afoul the embittered Nagle clan, he and his love, Susan, the Nagle's daughter, fear for their lives and turn to the Cartwrights for help. Aired: 10/26/1969

Ep 341: The Stalker

After he shoots and kills an armed robber, Candy helps the man's widow and young son run their farm—while the widow plans her revenge. Aired: 11/2/1969

Ep 342: Meena

Joe and Candy help a timid young woman stand up to her domineering father. Aired: 11/16/1969

Ep 343: A Darker Shadow

Joe's friend, Wade Turner, is struck a devastating blow when he develops a brain tumor that afflicts him a paralyzing sensitivity to bright light and will soon render him blind. Aired: 11/23/1969

Ep 344: Dead Wrong

While in Sunville on business, Hoss and Candy are mistaken as outlaws by the town's eccentric storyteller. Meanwhile, the real outlaws use the distraction as an opportunity to rob the bank. Aired: 12/7/1969

Ep 345: Old Friends

Two men whom Ben once worked with during a gold claim arrive in Virigina City on opposite sides of the law. Naturally, Ben is caught in the middle. Aired: 12/14/1969

Ep 346: Abner Willoughby's Return

Former miner Abner Willoughby returns to Virginia City in search of money he buried somewhere in the area years ago. Aired: 12/21/1969

Ep 347: It's a Small World

When a banker discriminates against midget George Marshall by denying him a job, Marshall, desperate to support his infant daughter, decides to rob the bank. Aired: 1/4/1970

Ep 348: Danger Road

Ben is forced to confront a former gunnery officer. Aired: 1/11/1970

Ep 349: The Big Jackpot

Candy faces unexpected troubles when he's left a great deal of money by an old friend. Aired: 1/18/1970

Ep 350: 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. Aired: 1/25/1970

Ep 351: The Lady and the Mark

It seems as though everyone wants a piece of a ranch hand who makes a gold strike—including a beautiful woman who may have ulterior motives. Aired: 2/1/1970

Ep 352: Is There Any Man Here...?

A woman walks out of her wedding with the intention of marrying another man—Ben Cartwright. Aired: 2/8/1970

Ep 353: The Law and Billy Burgess

The widow of a teacher demands immediate punishment of the student she blames for her husband's death. Aired: 2/15/1970

Ep 354: Long Way to Ogden

Ben and a fellow cattleman set out to foil the scheme of a meat packer trying to make them sell their herds at rock bottom prices. Aired: 2/22/1970

Ep 355: Return Engagement

Smitten with a beautiful actress, Hoss is the prime suspect when her jealous leading man is found murdered. Aired: 3/1/1970

Ep 356: The Gold Mine

Two shady drifters target a friend of Joe's who has just struck gold. Aired: 3/8/1970

Ep 357: Decision at Los Robles

After Ben is forced to kill a corrupt town boss, the man's son vows revenge. Aired: 3/22/1970

Ep 358: Caution: Easter Bunny Crossing

Dressed as an Easter Bunny and on his way to entertain children at an orphanage, Hoss must first grapple with a gang of inept outlaws. Aired: 3/29/1970

Ep 359: The Horse Traders

When Hoss and Joe attempt to make a quick buck selling horses, the enterprise doesn't go exactly as planned. Aired: 4/5/1970

Ep 360: What are Pardners For?

Hoss tries to prevent two men he meets on the trail from committing a bank robbery. Aired: 4/12/1970

Ep 361: A Matter of Circumstance

After the other Cartwrights leave on a cattle drive, Joe stays behind to tend to the Ponderosa and gets seriously injured by a berserk horse. Aired: 4/19/1970

Ep 362: The Night Virginia City Died

Roy Coffey and Clem search for an arsonist torching ranches around Virginia City. Clem is devastated to discover that his fiancée, Janie, is a prime suspect. Aired: 9/13/1970

Ep 363: A Matter of Faith

The Cartwrights discover that their friend, Dusty Rhoades, has taken in a young boy whose father was a slain rainmaker. Aired: 9/20/1970

Ep 364: The Weary Willies

The Cartwrights discover the trouble Civil War veterans are having trying to resume their former lives. Aired: 9/27/1970

Ep 365: The Wagon

After he is arrested by a sheriff for no reason, Hoss escapes from a prison wagon along with a woman whom he believes to be innocent, too. Aired: 10/4/1970

Ep 366: The Power of Life and Death

Ben and Joe play a game of cat and mouse when they chase a man who shot a colonel through the desert. Aired: 10/11/1970

Ep 367: Gideon the Good

Joe's life is in danger after he witnesses the wife of a sheriff committing murder. Aired: 10/18/1970

Ep 368: The Trouble with Trouble

Hoss has his hands full when he volunteers to be the acting sheriff for a town named Trouble—and ends up arresting the whole town. Aired: 10/25/1970

Ep 369: Thornton's Account

Joe frantically searches for help when Ben injures his back after his new horse throws him down a steep hill. Aired: 11/1/1970

Ep 370: The Love Child

A father rejects his dying daughter and the son she had out of wedlock. Aired: 11/8/1970

Ep 371: El Jefe

When a greedy mine owner in the town of Prince River forces Mexican farmers off their land, Hoss and Joe come to the rescue. Aired: 11/15/1970

Ep 372: The Luck of Pepper Shannon

Ben gives a job at the Ponderosa to Pepper Shannon, a one-time hero and outlaw made famous in dime novels, on the condition he stays away from Jamie, an admirer of his. Aired: 11/22/1970

Ep 373: The Impostors

Hoss and Joe pretend to be part of a gang that robbed a stage coach, but their plan is in danger when the wife of one of the thieves shows up. Aired: 12/13/1970

Ep 374: Honest John

Jamie befriends an old man known as Honest John, urging him to rebuild an old wagon so he can leave the Ponderosa. Aired: 12/20/1970

Ep 375: For a Young Lady

The aunt and uncle of a young girl want to gain custody of her because they believe she holds the rights to a gold mine. Aired: 12/27/1970

Ep 376: A Single Pilgrim

When Hoss is accidentally shot, two settlers from Virginia argue over what to do with him. Aired: 1/3/1971

Ep 377: The Gold-Plated Rifle

Jamie runs off after getting in trouble for breaking a special rifle that Ben told him never to touch. Aired: 1/10/1971

Ep 378: Top Hand

A trail boss battle ensues when the Cartwrights pick Kelly, a former ranch hand on the Ponderosa, but Mr. Weatherby knows that Kelly was fired on a previous cattle drive for drinking. Aired: 1/17/1971

Ep 379: A Deck of Aces

Confusion ensues when Bradley Meredith, a Ben Cartwright look-a-like, accepts a land deal with the railroad as Ben. Aired: 1/31/1971

Ep 380: The Desperado

A fugitive black man holds Hoss hostage—and has no problems killing a white man. Aired: 2/7/1971

Ep 381: The Reluctant American

When the property of an English holding group shows little profit, the owners come from England to Nevada to see exactly why. Aired: 2/14/1971

Ep 382: Shadow of a Hero

Ben discovers that an Army general whom he supports as the next governor is all for killing Indians. Aired: 2/21/1971

Ep 383: The Silent Killer

When an influenza epidemic hits the Ponderosa, the wife of a doctor feels she knows what to do. But Doc Martin insists that the doctor is merely a fraud. Aired: 2/28/1971

Ep 384: Terror at 2:00

Three men, posing as newspaper reporters, plan on shooting down the whole town with a Gatling gun stolen from the Army. Aired: 3/7/1971

Ep 385: The Stillness Within

Having been blinded in an explosion, an inconsolable Joe encounters a woman who tries to teach him how to survive without sight. Aired: 3/14/1971

Ep 386: A Time to Die

Ben helps an old friend, April Christopher, and her daughter when April is bitten by a rabid wolf while visiting the Ponderosa. Aired: 3/21/1971

Ep 387: Winter Kill

When a prized steer belonging to the Cartwrights is killed by the foreman of a neighboring ranch, the man's scheming boss plans to take unfair advantage of the mistake. Aired: 3/28/1971

Ep 388: Kingdom of Fear

The Cartwrights and Candy are captured by a man known as "The Judge," who turns them into slaves, forcing them to work in his gold mine. Aired: 4/4/1971

Ep 389: An Earthquake Called Callahan

Joe searches for a professional fighter who can clear the name of an incarcerated Dusty Rhoades. Aired: 4/11/1971

Ep 390: The Grand Swing

Ben takes Jake on an extended tour of the Ponderosa to teach him a lesson after his recklessness destroys a wagon, killing a horse. Aired: 9/19/1971

Ep 391: Fallen Woman

After Hoss helps send a man to prison, his wife insists that Hoss should be made responsible for their son. Aired: 9/26/1971

Ep 392: Bushwhacked!

Joe is found shot in the back and delirious by a pair of cowboys roaming the prairie. Aired: 10/3/1971

Ep 393: Rock-a-Bye Hoss

Hoss is reluctantly made to judge a contest for the most beautiful baby in Virginia City. Aired: 10/10/1971

Ep 394: The Prisoners

While helping to escort an old outlaw to jail, things take a turn for the worse when the prisoner murders the lawman and puts a bullet in Joe. Aired: 10/17/1971

Ep 395: Cassie

Hoss creates a "fixed" horse race in order to help a lazy dreamer and his family. Aired: 10/24/1971

Ep 396: Don't Cry, My Son

When the infant son of a Virginia City doctor dies in childbirth, his wife leaves him and the grieving doctor abducts another baby to have for his own. Aired: 10/31/1971

Ep 397: Face of Fear

A classmate of Jamie witnesses a brutal murder, but is too terrified to recount what has happened. Aired: 11/14/1971

Ep 398: Blind Hunch

A blinded veteran of the Civil War returns to Virginia City to find the killer of his brother. Aired: 11/21/1971

Ep 399: The Iron Butterfly

When a former actress kills her former boyfriend, Hoss takes the blame and the dead man's senator father vows to have his revenge by taking down the Cartwrights. Aired: 11/28/1971

Ep 400: The Rattlesnake Brigade

When the Doyle gang escapes while being transferred to a prison in Virginia City, they take Jamie and three others hostage. Aired: 12/5/1971

Ep 401: Easy Come, Easy Go

The peace of the Ponderosa is disrupted when a gambler arrives for a stay after losing all his money in a stock scheme. Aired: 12/12/1971

Ep 402: A Home for Jamie

Jamie's grandfather comes to claim him just as Ben is arranging for his adoption. Aired: 12/19/1971

Ep 403: Warbonnet

After his horse breaks a leg, Joe is left stranded and exhausted in the desert—finding himself at the mercy of a tribe of Indians who discover him. Aired: 12/26/1971

Ep 404: The Lonely Man

Hop Sing falls in love with a young woman, but his heart is broken when a judge confirms that the law prohibits interracial marriage. Aired: 1/2/1972

Ep 405: Second Sight

When Jamie goes missing, the Cartwrights enlist the help of a reluctant clairvoyant to locate the youngster. Aired: 1/9/1972

Ep 406: The Saddle Stiff

Ben is challenged by a former employee to get himself hired elsewhere as a ranch hand, thus proving that his aging body can handle the intense physical labor of the job. Aired: 1/16/1972

Ep 407: Frenzy

The husband of Ben's friend, Anna Kosovo, suddenly becomes a raging lunatic, barricading himself and Anna inside their home, threatening to kill anyone who tries to intervene. Aired: 1/30/1972

Ep 408: The Customs of the Country

Joe and Hoss enter a new world when they arrive in Agua Santos, Mexico. Joe breaks a law by removing his hat in church and Hoss encounters more oddities when trying to gain his release. Aired: 2/6/1972

Ep 409: Shanklin

When a rogue ex-Confederate soldier critically wounds Hoss in a robbery attempt, Ben learns that the very man who shot Hoss may be the only one in town able to perform a life-saving surgery. Aired: 2/13/1972

Ep 410: Search in Limbo

Ben is accused of murdering a corrupt real estate broker, and, due to a concussion, cannot remember where he was on the day of the murder. Aired: 2/20/1972

Ep 411: He Was Only Seven

When a young boy is killed during a bank robbery in Virginia City, Ben and Jamie are determined to hunt down his murderers. Aired: 3/5/1972

Ep 412: The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother

Ben and Joe are jailed as part of the Younger clan after arriving in town to free Hoss, who also was mistaken as a Younger brother. Aired: 3/12/1972

Ep 413: A Place to Hide

Major Donahue is in pursuit of Confederate officer Cody Ransom and his men despite Ben's attempt to arrange a surrender. Aired: 3/19/1972

Ep 414: A Visit to Upright

Complications arise when the Cartwrights purchase a broken-down saloon in Upright, Nevada, which they believe contains a fortune in hidden gold. Aired: 3/26/1972

Ep 415: One Ace Too Many

Ben's evil twin, Bradley Meredith, begins to liquidate the Ponderosa assets while Ben is away on a vacation. Aired: 4/2/1972

Ep 417: Forever: Part 2

After Joe marries Alice Harper, trouble follows when a couple of men show up looking for money owed to them by Alice's brother. Aired: 9/12/1972

Ep 416: Forever: Part 1

After Joe marries Alice Harper, trouble follows when a couple of men show up looking for money owed to them by Alice's brother. Aired: 9/12/1972

Ep 418: Heritage of Anger

When Ben helps out ex-con John Dundee readjust to the world, the matter becomes complicated by broken promises of the man who framed him. Aired: 9/19/1972

Ep 419: The Initiation

A boy is accidentally killed while performing the initiation for a secret club, and one of Jamie's friends is blamed for the death. Aired: 9/26/1972

Ep 420: Riot

Ben is taken as a hostage while inspecting conditions at a Nevada State Prison. Aired: 10/3/1972

Ep 421: New Man

Ben brings parolee Griff King to the Ponderosa to work, but the newly freed man has a hard time adjusting to life outside of prison. Aired: 10/10/1972

Ep 422: Ambush at Rio Lobo

Outlaws lie in wait, ready to waylay a stagecoach carrying Ben and a young pregnant woman. Aired: 10/24/1972

Ep 423: The Twenty-Sixth Grave

When Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) comes nosing around town investigating the mysterious death of miners, he starts an uprising with accusations of claim jumping and murder. Aired: 10/31/1972

Ep 424: Stallion

Trouble follows when Ben purchases a beautiful black stallion for Joe's birthday gift. Aired: 11/14/1972

Ep 425: The Hidden Enemy

A new doctor in Virginia City is secretly fighting the demons of a morphine addiction. Aired: 11/28/1972

Ep 426: The Sound of Sadness

A lonely old man wants to adopt a pair of orphans, but he will need to get past bureaucratic red tape first. Aired: 12/5/1972

Ep 427: The Bucket Dog

Jamie falls in love with an unwanted Irish Setter, but he may not be able to save the animal's life because its rightful owner believes that the runt of the litter should always be destroyed. Aired: 12/19/1972

Ep 428: First Love

Jamie falls in love with the abused wife of an unpopular Virginia City schoolmaster. Aired: 12/26/1972

Ep 429: The Witness

When Candy is framed for robbery and manslaughter, his fate rests in the hands of a confident yet inexperienced attorney. Aired: 1/2/1973

Ep 430: The Marriage of Theodora Duffy

Griff poses as Theodora Duffy, the "wife" of a government agent in order to nab a group of war criminals. Aired: 1/9/1973

Ep 431: The Hunter

A game of cat and mouse ensues when outlaw Bill Tanner steals the goods Joe is transporting on his wagon. Aired: 1/16/1973