The Cartwright's thousand-square-mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War. Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben's; none of the mothers is still alive. Adventures are typical western ones, with lots of personal relationships/problems thrown in as well.
1A Rose for Lotta
12 Sep 1959Description ▼
The widower Ben Cartwright is running a huge cattle ranch in Nevada called the Ponderosa. He has been married thrice, and has an adult son with each of the three wives. Adam is the oldest of them, Hoss the biggest, and Little Joe the youngest and cutest. In nearby Virginia City three mine owners are in great need of more wood to be able to build tunnels to new bonanzas. Ben Cartwright has much wood on his ranch, but refuses to cut it down. The mine owners get the idea to hire a famous actress, Lotta Crabtree, who could lure Little Joe to Virginia City, where they can hold him as a hostage. If Ben Cartwright still refuses to sell any wood to them, they will kill his son.
2Death on Sun Mountain
19 Sep 1959Description ▼
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 their food--and selling the meat to Virginia City's swarms of gold miners. |
26 Sep 1959Description ▼
The Cartwrights discover an old enemy killing steers on The Ponderosa. Their camp has a sickly woman who needs to get to the high desert country. When an innocent man is killed, Ben decides to boot them all back to California but he gets resistance from the others in the camp and some local miners who now believe Ben is hiding gold.
4The Paiute War
03 Oct 1959Description ▼
A trader and his two brothers beat up two American Indians and take their wives. When the Indian men ask the Shoshone leader to rescue their wives from the traders, Adam intervenes to prevent a war against the Indians. Adam rescues the assaulted women, but the Shoshone still go on a killing rampage, leaving the trader for dead. The guilty trader decides to incite the people of Virgina City into believing it is the peaceful Paiute Indians who instigated the killings, gathering a mob to confront the Paiutes. An attempt for Adam Cartwright to parley with the Paiute chief turns sour when the trader disobeys orders and fires the first shot. Adam is captured by the Paiutes. Ben must race against time to find the Shoshone leader before the Calvary reach the Paiutes - and the Paiutes kill Adam.
5Enter Mark Twain
10 Oct 1959Description ▼
The Cartwrights help Virginia City reporter Samuel Langhorne Clemens investigate suspected shady goings-on between a railroad company and a local judge. |
6The Julia Bulette Story
17 Oct 1959Description ▼
Little Joe falls in love with an older woman, the owner of the town's saloon/brothel, much to the chagrin of his family, moralizing town leaders, and a rival for her affection. |
7The Saga of Annie O'Toole
24 Oct 1959Description ▼
Feisty Annie O'Toole comes west with her old Da to mine silver and winds up feeding the silver miners, shanghaiing Adam Cartwright to be her partner in her tent-kitchen, "The Square Meal", and her attorney in Miner's Court when an old enemy challenges her right to her claim.
8The Phillip Diedesheimer Story
31 Oct 1959Description ▼
Adam and Hoss put their lives and the Cartwright reputation on the line to help German engineer, Philip Diedesheimer, convince greedy silver mine owners and shareholders to use his innovative honeycomb support system to improve mine shaft safety and save miners' lives.
9Mr. Henry Comstock
07 Nov 1959
10The Magnificent Adah
14 Nov 1959
11The Truckee Strip
21 Nov 1959Description ▼
Caught in the middle of a longtime family feud over a disputed piece of land, star-crossed lovers Joe Cartwright and Amy Bishop try to convince their stubborn fathers to resolve their differences as tension escalates into violence. |
12The Hanging Posse
28 Nov 1959Description ▼
Little Joe and Adam join a posse bent on catching the murderers of Vannie Johnson. The longer they take to catch them, the more whipped into a lynching party they become, much to the liking of the grieving widower. |
05 Dec 1959Description ▼
When one of the Morgan brothers is shot and killed by Ben during a bank holdup, they vow revenge. The friends he thought he had in town decide to hide away while a wounded Ben lays up waiting for them to ride into town. |
12 Dec 1959Description ▼
Adam has a duel with someone who insulted a saloon girl he likes. Ben is concerned that his son is getting involved with a girl who's past hasn't been very rosy. When she is shot and killed in his arms, he is arrested for her murder while the real killer he shot at gets away.
15The Last Hunt
29 Dec 1959Description ▼
Hoss and Little Joe soon discover that the Shoshone Indian brave who tries to rob their hunting camp is actually a soon-due, pregnant Shoshone woman who refuses to tell them why she left her tribe and appears to be making her way towards Virginia City.
09 Jan 1960Description ▼
The Cartwrights come to the aid of Leta Malvet when she is ostracized by the community after her father and brother are hanged by a lynch mob for killing two men while trying to rob the stagecoach that they thought carried the Ponderosa's payroll. But Adam is sure that the gang will try again when they find out that the Malvets came up empty-handed and suspects that it's no coincidence when Leta's beau, bad boy Clay Renton, comes back to town.
18A House Divided
16 Jan 1960Description ▼
Ben tries to uncover the reason gold and silver exporter, Frederick Kyle, has befriended Little Joe before the shadowy businessman's hidden Civil War agenda tears Virginia City, and the Cartwright family, apart. |
23 Jan 1960Description ▼
On a cattle buying trip to Texas, Hoss and Little Joe are mistaken for a pair of hired killers recruited by a feuding family in their bid to wipe out a rival clan. Their efforts to convince the town otherwise are hindered by the fact that the Cartwrights are dead ringer for the gunfighters in question - Big Jack and Shorty Jim Slade.
20The Fear Merchants
30 Jan 1960Description ▼
An unscrupulous prosecuting attorney hopes to become Virginia City's mayor on a nativist platform. His first step is to run all Chinese immigrants out of town and he falsely accuses a young Chinese man of murdering a girl who died after being accidentally shot by her father.
21The Spanish Grant
06 Feb 1960Description ▼
The Cartwrights try to disprove the validity of a Spanish land grant to stop the De La Cuesta family from seizing part of the Ponderosa and all of the Carson Valley settlers' homestead lands. |
22Blood on the Land
13 Feb 1960Description ▼
When a cold blooded, murdering sheep herder and his men try to cross the Ponderosa with their large herd of sheep, Ben Cartwright orders them off his property. The owner of the sheep then plots to kidnap one of the Cartwrights and force Ben to sign over 50,000 acres of his land to him.
20 Feb 1960Description ▼
When a brutal U.S. Marshal arrests one of the Ponderosa's workers for murder to transport him to Los Angeles for trial, and a doubtful Hoss and Adam come along in the stagecoach, along with a Dr. and his beautiful daughter, to make sure the Marshal doesn't kill him before they get there. The question also arises later of whether the ranch worker is really guilty and dangerous after all.
27 Feb 1960Description ▼
Inspector Leduque comes from New Orleans to Virginia City to take Ben Cartwright back for a 20 year murder. When Ben declares publicly that he is withdrawing from the Governor's race, the townsfolk are upset not just about this but Little Joe has also been accused of gunning down Leduque's deputy in cold blood.
25Escape to Ponderosa
05 Mar 1960Description ▼
Three deserters escaped from an Army stockade to the Ponderosa. When a Captain comes looking for them, Ben realizes what they've had to deal with and promises to let his good friend in charge of that fort know the real truth. |
19 Mar 1960Description ▼
Ben and Adam are locked in jail, about to hung for a crime they didn't commit. Joe and Hoss must find out why the witnesses to the alleged crime have perjured themselves before the execution takes place. They receive help from an unexpected source, a drifter called Lassiter who is searching for the men who committed a lynching in Kansas years ago.
27The Last Trophy
26 Mar 1960Description ▼
When an English couple comes to the Ponderosa on vacation, the beautiful wife slowly makes it clear that is no longer proud of her great hunter husband, because he has become less of the action man she married and more of a peaceful man, but that could all change when they are kidnapped for ransom along with Adam Cartwright.
02 Apr 1960Description ▼
The Cartwrights, with Hop Sing, finish a cattle drive in San Francisco. Ben warns the other men of the dangers of the big city. Nevertheless, some of the men are careless and naive. Two of the hired hands disappear, and Ben suspects that the men were shanghaied. With invaluable assistance from several of Hop Sing's cousins, the Cartwrights locate the missing men and break up the racket.
09 Apr 1960Description ▼
A neighboring rancher, Andy, is good friends with Ben, but his son (Todd) wants to sell their land for mining operations which will spoil the water rights agreement that Andy and Ben made years ago. |
30Feet of Clay
16 Apr 1960Description ▼
A woman dies. Her husband is in prison, and the sheriff needs someone to look after the boy until the boy's uncle can come to claim him. The Cartwrights begin to take care of the boy at the Ponderosa. When the boy arrives at the ranch, he does not know that his father is in prison. The boy learns the truth about his dad, and news reaches the Ponderosa that the convict has escaped from prison. The Cartwrights deal with the possibility that the boy's father may be coming their way.
23 Apr 1960Description ▼
Little Joe comes upon a gypsy girl. Frightened, she runs and falls becoming unconscious. When she wakes, they discover that she believes she is bewitched and so do her people who banished her. Her birth under a dark star has fostered this belief. Little Joe, smitten, must rescue her from this belief, her people and someone posing as a wolf.
32Death at Dawn
30 Apr 1960Description ▼
It's a sad day in Virginia City when Farmer Perkins shoots a store clerk down in cold blood right in front of his wife, then is allowed to walk after his trial. But if the Cartwright's have anything to do with it, he'll be rearrested, tried, and hung.
10 Sep 1960Description ▼
An outlaw gang robs Virginia City's bank and makes off with almost all of its money. The youngest member of the gang manages to get a job on the Ponderosa as a bronc buster with the intention of informing the bank robbers of any posses that may threaten their hideout. While Ben, Adam and Hoss welcome the newcomer, Little Joe becomes suspicious of his activities.
17 Sep 1960Description ▼
Charlie Trent used to be an Army scout. Now he's the town drunk. Hoss helps him regain his self-esteem when he has him volunteer to lead a gold-bearing troop through the desert where there's very little water. |
01 Oct 1960Description ▼
The Cartwrights' neighbor Tom Edwards has lived as a paraplegic, ever since an accident involving Ben Cartwright and a gun. His ranch is going to waste. His wife Joyce is a longtime friend of Ben, and Ben decides to help the Edwards couple by making Tom a business proposition: the Cartwrights will build a grain mill on Edwards' land. In return, Ben only wants his investment money back, plus fifteen percent. Tom and his hired hand Ezekiel are suspicious of Ben, but Tom agrees to the deal. The Cartwright men build the mill, but tension begins to rise when Ezekiel makes comments which rekindle Tom's suspicion.
08 Oct 1960Description ▼
A wagon train of Quakers from Ohio are passing through town heading to Slaytersville. Adam tags along as he is smitten with the leader's daughter. Little does he know that the man he just befriended in town has eyes on the gold they're carrying to their promised land.
15 Oct 1960Description ▼
Ranchers are being killed, cattle stolen, and retired U.S. Deputy Marshall Denver McKee leads various posses after the suspects but never seems to be able to find them. In the meantime, McKee seems to have plenty of money to take care of his gorgeous daughter back home from schooling in the East.
7Day of Reckoning
22 Oct 1960Description ▼
When an Indian saves Ben Cartwright's life from a near fatal knife attack by another Indian, Ben later gives the Indian and his pregnant wife a strip of fertile farming land. Unfortunately the land is next to and very racist farmer and things turn deadly.
29 Oct 1960Description ▼
Jennifer Beale is abducted in the hopes her rich father, Joshua, the richest silver baron on the Comstock, will pay a $1M ransom. The plan unravels when the beautiful Della is killed and Hercules, who loves her, finds out who did it. |
9Breed of Violence
05 Nov 1960Description ▼
Dolly Kincaid so feed up with her extremely dominant, controlling, sheriff father, that she runs away with her boyfriend. She later finds out he is the leader of some murderous bank robbers and when they kidnap Hoss and Joe, she still sticks with him.
11The Trail Gang
26 Nov 1960Description ▼
About to set out on a cattle drive, Ben hires a young drifter named Sam Jackson as one of his drovers. What he doesn't know is that Jackson is really outlaw Johnny Logan, who signed on to the drive because he knew it was going to pass near the town of Waycross, and Logan is determined to kill the Waycross sheriff--who is his father.
03 Dec 1960Description ▼
Adam rides up on some Indians wanting to harm a white woman they believed was a mountain spirit. He kills them but not before they wound him. The woman nurses him back to health but the rest of the tribe is still out there looking for her. |
10 Dec 1960Description ▼
Angry with the way a beautiful deaf girl is treated by her father, a sheepherder living in a remote mountain cabin, Little Joe takes it upon himself to teach her sign language so they can communicate better. His plan backfires when the young woman falls in love with him and the girl's brutish neighbor resents her lavishing attention on the youngest Cartwright.
17 Dec 1960Description ▼
Arnie is a lonely man with big muscles, a little brain and an ugly face. He is friendly by nature, but when somebody jeers at him and calls him an ape, he becomes mad. Then he is very dangerous. Most people avoid Arnie, but Hoss recognizes something of his own nature in Arnie and wants to help him.
15The Blood Line
31 Dec 1960Description ▼
When 16-year-old Todd Grayson arrives from Boston to Virginia City, he is told that his father has been killed by Ben Cartwright. Ben shot Luke Grayson in self-defense, but Todd won't listen to this. The boy has only one thing in his head: to avenge his father by killing Ben Cartwright.
07 Jan 1961Description ▼
Hoss and Little Joe travel to Sacramento to help the widow of an old friend of the Cartwrights. Hoss discovers that the widow is a beautiful young woman and immediately falls in love with her. He brings her back to the Ponderosa where Adam and Little Joe soon discover that the woman is in love with Hoss's money, not him, which she needs to fund her gambling addiction. When Hoss refuses to believe his brothers, Adam is forced to provide demonstrable proof in Virginia City casino.
14 Jan 1961Description ▼
After Joe kills a man in self defense who tried to set fire to the Ponderosa to clear himself some land, he has to take his lively, feisty, wild, daughter home and she, and her relatives, are now determined to kill Joe. |
21 Jan 1961Description ▼
The Cartwright boys are shocked by the unexpected arrival of a beautiful young woman who claims to be Mrs. Ben Cartwright. But when Ben comes home to the Ponderosa that night, the new bride declares that he is not the man she married and the Cartwrights soon find themselves involved in what could become a fatal case of mistaken identity.
28 Jan 1961Description ▼
Hoss and Joe rob a bank for altruistic reasons in and are pursued by the law. |
04 Feb 1961Description ▼
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11 Feb 1961Description ▼
Hoss accidentally kills Willie the town drunk. His remorse may not be enough to stop Willie's hate-filled brother who only wants revenge even though the towns people know it wasn't Hoss' fault. |
22The Tax Collector
18 Feb 1961Description ▼
Jock Henry is a very likeable fellow. Ask anyone. When he's given the job of collecting taxes, his peculiar methods of figuring out what people owe causes everyone to reconsider. |
25 Feb 1961Description ▼
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24The Dark Gate
04 Mar 1961Description ▼
Ross Marquette's behavior over the past few months can't be easily explained -- beating his wife, rustling cattle, robbing a stage, killing a man. Adam is determined to find out why his friend is acting so strangely before it's too late. |
11 Mar 1961Description ▼
The Cartwrights challenge an arrogant and cruel British prizefighter, the Duke, and his alcoholic manager to a bout with John Heenan (the Benicia Boy), after the Cartwrights' meek friend J.D. gets pulverized by the Duke in a bar-fight. J.D. is adored by saloon girl Marge, but he has been too shy to return her affections. While the Cartwrights wait to see if Heenan will actually take the bout and come from San Francisco, the Duke pursues Marge and assaults her when she rebuffs him. When the manager comes to Marge's rescue, he too is beaten up by the Duke (who, it turns out, is the manager's brother). Infuriated by all this, Hoss Cartwright himself challenges the Duke, and knocks him out in the fourth round of a bare-knuckle fight refereed by Sheriff Roy Coffee. The Duke and his brother-manager reconcile in the humility of defeat, then learn that the Benicia Boy will accept the proposed bout, but only the Duke comes to San Francisco. The Duke apologizes to all he has offended while in ...
01 Apr 1961Description ▼
Little Joe is off to buy a gift for his pa's birthday. He's unaware that where he is heading the local Indians are on the war path and they've got him in their gun sights. |
15 Apr 1961Description ▼
Hoss is riding back from his sweetheart Cameo's house when he comes up on a group of men that have just killed a young couple. Hoss recognizes one of the men as his friend Jim Applegate. Hoss is torn between his friend and the law. |
29The Infernal Machine
22 Apr 1961Description ▼
Hoss helps out a shy inventor who needs financial backing to build a horseless carriage. Things do not go well until a slick promoter sells shares into the new automobile. But things turn sour when the promoter skips town. |
30The Thunderhead Swindle
29 Apr 1961Description ▼
The mines in the Comstock Lode seem tapped out. With the sharp rise in unemployment, the promise of silver found in the thunderhead could mean boom or bust to everyone in Virginia City. Can the Cartwrights make sure that it's kept? |
06 May 1961Description ▼
Joe is accused of murdering a girl. Her father and brothers want to hang Joe and The Cartwrights race to prove his innocence. |
32The Dream Riders
20 May 1961Description ▼
Ben's old friend Major John Cayley plans to rob the Virginia City bank to finance his dream of constructing an airship capable of crossing the Atlantic. His scheme involves e diverting the attention of Virginia City's citizenry, including Ben's son Hoss, with a hot air balloon.
33Elizabeth, My Love
27 May 1961Description ▼
At the bedside of a seriously ill Adam, Ben thinks back to his days as a first mate on a sailing ship and his marriage to Adam's mother, Elizabeth Stoddard. |
03 Jun 1961Description ▼
The Cartwrights join to help mystical blacksmith Sam Hill save the land his drunk, sea-dog father signed away to an old enemy, discover the circumstances behind his mother's death, and solve the mystery of why a tropical tree flourishes in spite of cold Nevada winters.
24 Sep 1961Description ▼
The brother of a man Hoss killed in self-defense says he understands but secretly plans revenge. |
01 Oct 1961Description ▼
When their spring-fever antics injure miserly businessman, Jedediah Milbank, requiring recuperation at the Ponderosa, Ben orders each of his sons to carry out one of Mr. Milbank's seemingly simple tasks, unaware that they may prove impossible for the kind-hearted Cartwright boys to complete.
3The Honor of Cochise
08 Oct 1961Description ▼
The Cartwrights must try to get help for Adam, seriously wounded by an Apache bullet, and find out why Cochise and his warriors have threatened to kill them all if they don't hand over an army captain taking refuge in their trail camp. |
4The Lonely House
15 Oct 1961Description ▼
Joe Cartwright and the young widow of a family friend are held hostage on her isolated ranch outside Platte City by the same gang that robbed Little Joe in the town bank earlier that day. |
5The Burma Rarity
21 Oct 1961Description ▼
Everyone seems to think he should marry widow Hawkins - except Ben! When he is asked to assist some land buyers to Virginia City, he must put up with all the talk. Then he finds out that the buyers want to sell a rare gem known as the Burma Rarity to finance the land deal. Now Ben must work quickly to find the buyers who left town with widow Hawkins $25K she paid for the gem.
29 Oct 1961Description ▼
Ed Payson, a reformed gunfighter, has returned to Virginia City to tend some property he owns. When he's welcomed with resistance by some of the townspeople, Adam decides to help him, even though everyone thinks he may have killed Dave, the grocer's son.
7The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch
05 Nov 1961Description ▼
Jennifer Flinch and her uncle Gideon come to Virginia City on the stage to see a client named Bullet Head Burke. They need to explain why his $5K investment has all been spent. Through a case of mistaken identity, now Bullet Head must figure out who is the real Gideon Flinch.
12 Nov 1961Description ▼
The Cartwrights convince the prison warden to free 23-year-old chain-gang convict, Danny Kid, imprisoned since he was an orphan of thirteen, and take him on as a ranch-hand to repay him for saving Little Joe from being dragged to death by a spooked horse.
19 Nov 1961Description ▼
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 twenty years before in New Orleans.
10The Horse Breaker
26 Nov 1961Description ▼
The Cartwrights hope that time and therapy will get bronc breaker, Johnny Lightly, back in the saddle after a bad fall. But Johnny soon faces thinly veiled hostility from the young nurse sent to help him, threats from a rancher who blames Ben Cartwright for his family's calamities, and a growing fear that he may never walk again.
11Day of the Dragon
03 Dec 1961Description ▼
His search for the two men who kidnapped his bride-to-be, Su Ling, will soon take angry Chinese warlord, General Tsung, from San Francisco to the Ponderosa where Little Joe has been challenged to explain how he won the girl in a poker game.
10 Dec 1961Description ▼
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 and is destined to suffer his namesake's fate of being sentenced to death on the gallows for murder.
13The Tin Badge
17 Dec 1961Description ▼
Tired of being considered the baby of the family by his older brothers, Little Joe accepts a temporary job of a small town sheriff. But he soon suspects he's been set up and wants answers. Meanwhile, others are plotting a crime that could end in murder.
24 Dec 1961Description ▼
The Cartwrights find a loving home for Gabrielle, a blind eleven 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.
31 Dec 1961Description ▼
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. |
16The Tall Stranger
07 Jan 1962Description ▼
A handsome, charismatic con man sweeps Margie Owens off her feet with promises of excitement and adventure, jeopardizing Hoss Cartwright's hopes to wed the pretty rancher's daughter. |
17The Lady from Baltimore
14 Jan 1962Description ▼
Bitterly disappointed in her husband's financial failures, genteel matriarch Deborah Banning travels to visit her friends on the Ponderosa, hoping to turn her family's fortunes around by marrying her only daughter off to a Cartwright son. |
21 Jan 1962Description ▼
Because he didn't see the gunman's face, witness Adam Cartwright can't convince his family and the sheriff of his certainty that good friend, Bill Enders, was one of the hooded men responsible for robbing a way station and killing the attendant.
20The Auld Sod
04 Feb 1962Description ▼
Town drunk Danny Lynch's letters written to his dear Irish mother tell her of his life as a wealthy Nevada rancher, and when the old lady comes to America to pay her son a surprise visit, Danny convinces the Cartwrights to let him pretend that he is the owner of the Ponderosa and they are the hired hands.
21Gift of Water
11 Feb 1962Description ▼
A drought has ravaged the flat lands and Hoss stops to water at the Ganther farm where Jason Ganther is attempting to dig a well and get to water which he believes is just a few further feet down. Hoss decides to help him and they begin drilling for water. Meanwhile ranchers in the high country have started up a vigilante group to keep families from leaving the flat lands and settling in the high country where water is plentiful. Disgusted by the vigilantes the entire Cartwright family soon begins helping the Ganthers. Tensions mount between the two groups as the Cartwrights race against time to find the water before violence erupts.
18 Feb 1962Description ▼
Searching for missing Ponderosa cattle, Adam Cartwright stops to aid injured rancher, Matt Grant, takes him home and stays to help his wife and son while he recovers. But Adam doesn't know that Matt is part of a gang of rustlers responsible for the missing cattle, and now that Adam can identify him, they want him dead before their next job.
25 Feb 1962Description ▼
Tuscon gunman, Jack Groat, swore to kill Sheriff Lem Partridge for putting him in prison after a bullet from Groat's gun during a drunken street brawl accidentally killed Sheriff Partridge's wife. Now, 10 years later and fresh out of prison, Groat has tracked retired Lem Partridge to Virginia City and is soon holding Lem's son, Jimmy, and good friend Ben Cartwright hostage. But things go bad and Ben must soon explain to Lem... and try to convince himself... that there was nothing he could have done that day to stop Groat from shooting Jimmy in the back.
24The Wooing of Abigail Jones
04 Mar 1962Description ▼
The Cartwright boys help cowhand Hank romance reluctant teacher Abigail. |
11 Mar 1962Description ▼
The Cartwrights may have to take the law into their own hands when Virginia City's temporary sheriff, rancher Asa Moran, uses his new badge as a license to kill. |
26Look to the Stars
18 Mar 1962Description ▼
The Cartwrights encourage young genius, Albert Michelson, to pursue his scientific experiments while trying to discover why schoolmaster, George Norton, expelled Albert from school and seems determined to stand in the way of his appointment to the prestigious Annapolis Naval Academy.
01 Apr 1962Description ▼
When the Cartwrights are framed for bank robbery and murder by the corrupt Sheriff Gains (Charles McGraw)and his deputies, Stan (Ben Johnson) and Clem (Robert Foulk), Little Joe Cartwright (Michael Landon) breaks jail and organizes a fighting force to save his father and brothers from being hanged.
08 Apr 1962Description ▼
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. As Ben, Hoss and Little Joe try to retrace the missing Adam's footsteps, Adam must rely on his own wits to defeat Kane.
29Inger, My Love
15 Apr 1962Description ▼
While a late-night storm brews over the Ponderosa, Ben Cartwright waits for Hoss to come home for his birthday celebration, trying not to worry about his second son riding through the darkness by reminiscing about meeting, marrying and coming west with his second wife, Hoss's mother, Inger.
30Blessed Are They
22 Apr 1962Description ▼
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. |
29 Apr 1962Description ▼
A stagecoach carrying Alexander Dubois, his daughter Michele and her fiancé Don Ricardo Fernandez is held up. Her dowry is stolen and Monsieur Dubois is injured trying to get it back. Little Joe brings them all to the Ponderosa where Dubois can recuperate from his wound. Adam and Hoss track the bandits and recover the dowry but the bandits get away and more attempts to steal it are made. The Cartwrights begin to grow suspicious of Don Fernandez and the way he seems to take all of this in stride.
32The Long Night
06 May 1962Description ▼
Adam has a day and a half to deliver a large bankdraft. He is ambushed by an escaped convict. When he is mistaken for one of the escapees by the posse, Adam is hardpressed to prove his identity. All they want to do is hang him. |
33The Mountain Girl
13 May 1962Description ▼
Joe is entrusted to see that Grandpa Coomb's deathbed wish is carried out. That his granddaughter is returned to the people she never knew -- the high society Harkers. Joe must teach her to be like them before they arrive as all she's known is the life of a sheepherder living in the mountains.
34The Miracle Maker
20 May 1962Description ▼
Susan's father is killed in a terrible accident she feels responsible for. Her inability to walk is something that Hoss hopes he can help with if the new faith healer in town proves he is more than just a charlatan. |
1The First Born
23 Sep 1962Description ▼
Clay Stafford just arrived in Virginia City but already seems to know who Joe and the Cartwrights are. When he gets a job on their ranch as a cowhand, his past is revealed and hopes it will not affect his new relationship with them, especially Joe.
30 Sep 1962Description ▼
Wanting to prove his independence and (at the same time) break out of the shadows of his Pa and older brothers, Little Joe sets out to win a lucrative timber contract for the Ponderosa. |
07 Oct 1962Description ▼
Matthew Raine, once a world class artist, has lost his sight due to disease. When befriended by Ben Cartwright, he realizes he has been feeling sorry for himself all this time and with his friend Ann's help, finds a way to turn his darkness into light.
4A Hot Day for a Hanging
14 Oct 1962Description ▼
Hoss is on his way to deliver a large sum of money for his father Ben, $12,000 to be exact, when he's arrested by the new sheriff of Dutchman's Flat, where the teller had been killed and the bank robbed of exactly $12,000. Hoss can prove his innocence with a telegraph message but the sheriff won't send it because he's trying to prove his worth to the townspeople.
21 Oct 1962Description ▼
An Army Colonel comes to the Ponderosa looking for a man who was under his command, who deserted whom he believes lives in the vicinity of the Ponderosa. He wants to bring him to Washington for court martial. He shows them a picture and they claim not to know him but it's their neighbor, Bill Winters. Just as the Colonel was leaving he is shot by an arrow. While the Colonel rests, Ben goes to Bill who admits it's true. Ten years ago, the Colonel was tasked with keeping the Indians in line and he decided to do that by raiding them. Bill chose not to follow him and aided some of them to escape but he still raided the Indians and many were killed. He learns that there'll be another attempt on the Colonel so he goes to the Ponderosa and kills the Indian who was sent to kill him. When the Colonel sees Bill, he pulls his gun on him but Ben tells him that he saved his life. He then reveals that Bill is his son. When the Indians learn of Bill's connection to the Colonel, they take him for ...
6The Way Station
28 Oct 1962Description ▼
Caught by a dust-storm, Adam stops at a stagecoach way station for the night. There he finds an aging stationmaster and his beautiful granddaughter. She yearns to escape from the limitations of her life with her beloved but overprotective grandfather at the remote way station. Luke, a gambler on the run from a posse for murder, seeks shelter from the storm. A stagecoach arrives, with a driver and two passengers who also seek shelter for the night. Luke soon takes them all prisoner, but after a night of tension and trouble, Adam is able to overpower him and deliver him to the posse. Adam finds an unexpected assist from Luke as he helps the stationmaster and his granddaughter find their way to a new life.
7The War Comes to Washoe
11 Nov 1962Description ▼
Civil war politics and Little Joe's romance with the daughter of an important Confederate sympathizer bring disagreement and hard feelings with him and Adam, and things don't get any better when there is shady goings on suspected between the girls father and higher up Confederate turncoats right before the crucial vote whether or not Nevada should join the Union, where Joe is a delegate.
18 Nov 1962Description ▼
Hoss Cartwright's good deed results in hard feelings when the mail order bride he has volunteered to escort to a neighboring rancher falls in love with him before she reaches her intended groom. |
25 Nov 1962Description ▼
The Cartwrights find Billy Horn, a young man who was taken captive and raised by the Shoshone. He comes to live with them and befriends them, as they try to re-accustom him to the white man's ways. However, a threat emerges with Milton Tanner, a wealthy landowner who is making a claim for one-third of the Ponderosa. Billy believes that Tanner should be fought head on, as the Indians had taught him, rather than in court, and the Cartwrights are unable to convince him otherwise. Billy decides to confront Tanner himself.
10The Deadly Ones
02 Dec 1962Description ▼
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. |
09 Dec 1962Description ▼
Will and Charlie bury their father with the help of Hoss. He decides to help them get to their aunt but he finds out soon enough that he's taken on more than he bargained for when he finds out how their pa was killed. |
16 Dec 1962Description ▼
Hoss suffers a life-threatening injury while riding with his father and brothers. They rush him to a nearby town looking for help. However, the town doctor is in jail, about to be hanged for murder. Ben manages to arrange for the doctor to treat Hoss. Ben then learns that there's more to the doctor than at first appears to be the case. After further investigation, Ben finds that the doctor is innocent. However, he also discovers that the sentencing judge has special reasons for wanting the doctor dead. Ben must somehow convince the judge to do the right thing if the doctor is to be spared from hanging.
13The Good Samaritan
23 Dec 1962Description ▼
A jilted friend of Hoss can't seem to shake the bottle. When a woman and her daughter arrive on the stage the party that was supposed to greet them has left town. Hoss tries to play matchmaker but his friend seems determined to sabotage the whole thing.
30 Dec 1962Description ▼
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. |
06 Jan 1963Description ▼
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. |
16Song in the Dark
13 Jan 1963Description ▼
Incriminating scratches on cowhand Danny Morgan's arm and his penchant for riding alone through the night strumming his guitar makes him the prime suspect when a woman is found strangled the morning after witnesses heard Danny's voice singing in the dark outside her cabin.
17Elegy for a Hangman
20 Jan 1963Description ▼
Bob Jolley is an angry young man who confronts Judge "Hanging Harry" Whitaker about unjustly sentencing his father to death. An attempt on the life of the chief witness leads Adam to wonder if Bob might be right. Powerful interests, including a senator and a railroad, seem to have wanted Bob's father dead. Adam learns that a gunman has apparently been hired to silence Bob. Adam, with the support of his brothers and his father, must defend Bob and bring the truth to light.
19The Last Haircut
03 Feb 1963Description ▼
Three rough men enter a barber shop, where one of them finds a pretext to kill a man. Little Joe is on the scene, and befriends the murdered man's son, Paco. The murderer is arrested and brought to trial. However, despite eye-witness testimony, a slick lawyer convinces the jury to return a verdict of Not Guilty. Little Joe is enraged at the failure of the justice system. He joins Paco in seeking vengeance against the freed murderer. Ben helps Joe decide how best to respond to injustice, and how best to help Paco find a new life without his father.
20Marie, My Love
10 Feb 1963Description ▼
Little Joe suffers a riding injury that prompts Ben to remember Joe's long deceased mother. His remembrance carries him back to the time he met her in New Orleans. Ben says that a close friend, who had saved Ben's life, made a dying request of Ben, that he go to New Orleans, meet with his estranged wife, and give her a message. Ben fulfills his promise to his friend, and uncovers the deception underlying the estrangement. He confronts those in New Orleans responsible for the deception; and in so doing, finds himself falling in love with his friend's widow.
17 Feb 1963Description ▼
Unlucky Hoss loses his valuable Kentucky thoroughbred racehorse in a poker game then schemes with brother Adam to buy it back before the end-of-the-month entry deadline for the Virginia City Sweepstakes race. |
24 Feb 1963Description ▼
Little Joe meets a beautiful woman who tells her of her dreams of becoming an actress. She is a widow with a young son, and Little Joe is drawn by both sympathy and attraction to help her. He arranges a job for her as a singer in high-class saloon. Her first performance is a success, but the attention of male customers piques Joe's jealousy, and a brawl ensues. Despite this and other setbacks, Joe falls in love with her. However, he finds that he must find a way to deal with his feelings when confronted by her success on the stage.
23A Stranger Passed This Way
03 Mar 1963Description ▼
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. But when Ben comes looking for his missing son, the Vandervorts lie about seeing him and refuse to tell Hoss who he really is, planning to take him to Michigan with them and away from his real family, and the Ponderosa, for good.
24The Way of Aaron
10 Mar 1963Description ▼
Aaron, a peddler, makes a sales call at the Ponderosa. He is accompanied by his lovely daughter, Rebecca. Adam and Rebecca are immediately attracted to one another, and Adam contrives to meet with Rebecca again on the peddler's return visit. After they leave, he talks with Ben about arranging a party at the Ponderosa to help Rebecca meet others in the area. Ben agrees, and Adam rides off to carry the invitation to Rebecca in person. Meanwhile, Aaron and his daughter have stopped on the trail for the night in order to prepare for the Sabbath. Adam is impressed when he learns that Aaron is a devout practitioner of his Jewish faith. Unfortunately, two outlaws have been stalking the peddler. He and his daughter are in grave danger unless Adam can help them.
25A Woman Lost
17 Mar 1963Description ▼
While in San Francisco on business, Ben meets Rita, a friend from the past. He's surprised to find that she is now an alcoholic saloon girl. He convinces her to come stay at the Ponderosa for a month, no strings attached. While there, she meets Mace, an ex-prizefighter who falls in love with her. Rita accepts a payoff to get Mace to accept an invitation to fight when he doesn't want to fight. Ben must confront both Rita and Mace in order to help them both.
26Any Friend of Walter's
24 Mar 1963Description ▼
Three outlaws lay siege to an aged prospector's shack, hoping to steal the old man's gold. Hoss happens along and, attacked by the outlaws, takes shelter in the shack. There he meets the prospector - and Walter. Walter, Hoss learns, is the prospector's dog - seemingly almost as old as the prospector, and endowed with special talents for convincing the old prospector that Walter is as animated and talkative as the prospector himself. Faced with what seems to be ongoing and very silent slumber from Walter, Hoss is mystified. Meanwhile, two of the three outlaws repeatedly renew an ongoing brawl between themselves. The third outlaw, their leader, tries to get them to patch up their differences and keep their minds on the gold. As often as they stop quarreling though, the two manage to find a pretext to forget about the gold and start tussling with one another once again. Hoss is left with the challenge of finding a way, along with the old prospector and with Walter, to vanquish the three ...
28My Brother's Keeper
07 Apr 1963Description ▼
After Adam accidentally shoots Little Joe during a wolf hunt, he gets help from Mr and Miss Reardon, an Irishman and his daughter passing by. Once back at the Ponderosa, Adam finds one obstacle after another to gaining the medical attention Joe needs. The doctor is late coming, the medicine isn't at the pharmacy, and three lawless men try to extort money for the medicine. Adam must grapple with his own feelings as well as he struggles to find a way to save Little Joe.
29Five into the Wind
21 Apr 1963Description ▼
A stagecoach accident in the mountains during a severe windstorm leaves the passengers with no choice but to make their way across country as best they can. One is found stabbed to death with Little Joe's knife, and the suspicion for his murder falls on Joe. Little Joe and the other passengers must explore a complex mystery involving love, deception, money, and more murder, in order to reveal what is hidden among them.
30The Saga of Whizzer McGee
28 Apr 1963Description ▼
Hoss meets Whizzer McGee, a man easily provoked by others mocking his short height. Hoss encourages Whizzer to believe in himself, and helps him get a job. However, Whizzer falls in love with a saloon girl who tells him she wants a man with money. Consequently, Whizzer accepts a big loan from a man who just wants to use Whizzer's room that abuts on bank. Soon Whizzer finds an opportunity to steal bank money from bank robbers, resulting in tragedy despite Hoss's efforts to help him.
05 May 1963Description ▼
While Ann Wilson and her Uncle Fred are en route to her boyfriend Joe's birthday party, Fred suffers a sudden stroke and is rendered unconscious. A man claiming to be a Good Samaritan stops to help, only to rape and kill Ann. Joe is devastated and vows to track down the killer. While Fred is eventually moved to the Ponderosa to recover (and for his protection against anyone who might want to silence him), Joe undermines Deputy Clem Foster's investigation. Meanwhile, the killer - a munitions expert named William Poole - gets a job on the Ponderosa, since his expertise with a new substance called nitroglycerin can help clear old tree stumps off the ranch. Poole, who is staying with a widowed neighbor named Mrs. Gibson, tries to get at Uncle Fred, but Joe, who has been keeping a bedside vigil, stops him at every turn. Eventually, Joe sees Uncle Fred's hand move and begins questioning him. Fred is only able to scrawl a barely legible message before he goes numb, and suffers a subsequent (...
32Rich Man, Poor Man
12 May 1963Description ▼
When Claude Miller is fired from his latest job, his girl and Little Joe scheme to help him regain his self respect by buying his worthless land. When he involves his brother Hoss to buy some mining claims too, the prior owners blow it up and discover silver - as big as the Comstock lode! But new riches brings out those wanting to get rich too.
19 May 1963Description ▼
"Boss" Tom Slayden has monopolized the freight business and has been intimidating anyone who opposes him. One of Slayden's men shoots Little Joe in the shoulder when he finds Joe hauling a wagon-load of supplies. Ben signs a warrant for Slayden's arrest. When Slayden is arrested, and he shuts down the freight business. Viriginia City's businesses quickly close, and a jury acquits Slayden to save the town's businesses. The Cartwrights, some of the townsfolk, and even Slayden's daughter, Karen, oppose the "Boss."
34Little Man... Ten Feet Tall
26 May 1963Description ▼
Nick Biancci and his son come to town seeking their fortune in a new country after leaving Italy. Nick has renounced any kind of fighting, after fleeing violence in his native Napoli. He works at odd jobs, saving money to help his son pursue his talent as a classical guitarist. Ben hires Nick as a cook at the Ponderosa. Unfortunately, two men learn that Nick has savings, and try to beat him into revealing where the money is. When they threaten his son as well, Nick must make a tough decision in order to protect his son and his son's future.
1She Walks in Beauty
22 Sep 1963Description ▼
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. |
2A Passion for Justice
29 Sep 1963Description ▼
At Ben's invitation, Charles Dickens comes to Virginia City to give a reading from "Oliver Twist" while on a reading / lecture tour in America. While there, he stays at the Ponderosa. He becomes enraged by the townsfolk's casual attitude toward distribution of copies of his stories published without protection of copyright laws. After confronting the local newspaper publisher, the newspaper's office is destroyed. Already having lost the esteem of the townsfolk, Dickens now finds that the townsfolk blame him for the violence.
3Rain from Heaven
06 Oct 1963Description ▼
The territory is suffering from a drought. Tulsa Weems, a rainmaker from the Tennessee hill country, comes to help. Tulsa brings his impoverished family and sick daughter with him. Ben refuses to pay for something he doesn't believe will work, but offers to help Tulsa and his family. Tulsa refuses, saying "hill people don't take charity." Ben finds that Tulsa's daughter has typhoid fever, and the doctor is away. The Cartwrights must find a way to help a family that doesn't want "charity." Tulsa in turn resolves to bring rain to end the drought, and finds in his faith a way forward in his time of trial.
13 Oct 1963Description ▼
Little Joe is knocked unconscious and his horse is stolen by an outlaw. He wanders through the desert until he comes to a ghost town. He collapses in the street. When he comes to, finds himself being nursed back to health by a beautiful girl in Martinville, a quiet place full of friendly if mysterious townsfolk. After his recovery, Joe is surprised to be offered the position of Sheriff by the town's leaders. They tell him they need him to save them from a band of marauding outlaws. A woman attired in black warns Joe of the town's previous shameful betrayal of her husband, the town's previous sheriff. Still, Joe organizes resistance against the outlaws. In the end, Joe is forced to face the outlaws as the townsfolk grow increasingly diffident; and he is forced to come face to face with the final dark mystery of Martinville.
5The Toy Soldier
20 Oct 1963Description ▼
Adam follows a lost herd of Ponderosa cattle to a town where McDermott is the boss. McDermott hates and oppresses the Piute Indians in the area. Adam meets James Callahan, a talented but alcoholic who is artist married to a beautiful Piute Indian woman. McDermott has been buying Callahan's paintings in exchange for meager provisions for the impoverished Piute. Adam encourages Callahan, his wife, and a sympathetic saloonkeeper, to develop a plan to let President Lincoln know of the plight of the Piute. McDermott learns of the plan and a confrontation is inevitable.
6A Question of Strength
27 Oct 1963Description ▼
On business for Ben, Hoss takes the stagecoach to Denver. He joins two nuns in the same coach. Bandits attack the stage, which overturns, killing the driver and leaving the passengers at the mercy of the bandits. They rob Hoss and the nuns, who must trek their way on foot to the next way station. There they are surprised to find one of the robbers, badly wounded. Hoss finds that both of the nuns show a special kind of strength with the robber in their power.
7Calamity Over the Comstock
03 Nov 1963Description ▼
Trouble with a capital "T" that rhymes with "C" comes to Virginia City when Little Joe brings young Calamity Jane home to the Ponderosa after rescuing her from a deadly prairie raid. |
10 Nov 1963Description ▼
While Hoss is waiting for a mare to be born Ben begins reading from an old journal which tells of the journey he and Inger, Hoss' mother, made by wagon train out West. Ben is the leader of the small wagon train which will link up with a larger train in Ash Hollow. There are many obstacles on the way to contend with including a drunken wagon master, Indians, and the fact that Inger is with child. All of these things slow down their pace and it is essential to make good time to avoid impending winter snows.
9The Quality of Mercy
17 Nov 1963Description ▼
Little Joe struggles with his conscience, trying to believe that his friend, Seth Pruitt, did the right thing after Seth admits to the mercy-killing of his fiancée's father when the man was in agony from a broken back and begging for death.
10The Waiting Game
08 Dec 1963Description ▼
When Frank Dayton is thrown from his horse and killed, his wife Laura tells their daughter, Peggy, that he went on a long trip, preferring to let the little girl hold onto the hope that her daddy would come home again someday. But Laura's plan to shelter Peggy from her father's death is soon challenged when Adam Cartwright comes to call and the pretty widow finds herself falling in love.
15 Dec 1963Description ▼
Three men newly released from Huntsville prison make their way across the Ponderosa. When Ben and Little Joe see someone is poaching their cattle, Ben goes after them. When he comes upon those responsible, he is ambushed and left for dead. When only his horse returns to the ranch, the sons set off to find Ben's missing rifle at best or at the worst his killers.
12Hoss and the Leprechauns
22 Dec 1963Description ▼
Hoss scares a bear that has treed a green-clad little man, subsequently finds a buried strongbox filled with bags of gold dust and, when both the treasure and its owner disappear, unsuccessfully tries to convince his skeptical family that he'd discovered a leprechaun's hoard. But the whole town goes searching for the mythical men after a newly arrived Irish professor confirms the presence of multiple leprechauns...and their gold!
13The Prime of Life
29 Dec 1963Description ▼
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. |
14The Lila Conrad Story
05 Jan 1964Description ▼
Adam and Little Joe try to find a fair trial for a saloon girl accused of theft and murder, hiding her from a corrupt sheriff's lynch mob after she stows away in the back of their supply wagon, all while escorting a self-righteous, hard-nosed judge to Virginia City.
12 Jan 1964Description ▼
While Adam relies on his charm and guitar to impress a visiting senorita, Hoss and Little Joe scheme to win her heart in a more south-of-the-border way...a bull fight! |
17Alias Joe Cartwright
26 Jan 1964Description ▼
A stubborn, career army sergeant appears to be his only hope when Little Joe is arrested after being robbed and knocked unconscious by a look-a-like escaped army prisoner and is unable to convince the fort commander that he isn't the man who has been sentenced to face the firing squad.
18The Gentleman from New Orleans
02 Feb 1964Description ▼
Gullible Hoss meets a flamboyant, sword-brandishing drunk claiming to be none other than the notorious pirate Jean LaFitte. Believing LaFitte is who he says he is and remembering that history considered him a patriot for his aid at the Battle of New Orleans, Hoss chooses to treat LaFitte like a hero and invites him to the Ponderosa. While skeptical Ben contacts old friends in New Orleans to try to verify his identity, LaFitte is accused of murder and Hoss must try to find not only the real killer but the answer to the question: who is Jean LaFitte?
19The Cheating Game
09 Feb 1964Description ▼
Angry with Adam Cartwright for constantly criticizing her decisions and refusing to take the next step in their romance, Laura Dayton becomes easy prey for a handsome grifter. |
20Bullet for a Bride
16 Feb 1964Description ▼
Joe blames himself after a ricocheting bullet from his pistol blinds a young woman and decides that the only way he can atone for the accident is to make her his wife. |
21King of the Mountain
23 Feb 1964Description ▼
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. |
22Love Me Not
01 Mar 1964Description ▼
Ben's Pygmalion-like efforts to 'civilize' a young, white woman, raised by a neighboring Paiute Indian tribe, have an unintended result when, instead of choosing a husband from among the eligible young men he has rounded up for her, she falls in love with him.
23The Pure Truth
08 Mar 1964Description ▼
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. |
24No Less a Man
15 Mar 1964Description ▼
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.
25Return to Honor
22 Mar 1964Description ▼
Ben gets word that his nephew Will has been murdered in nearby Pine City. As it turns out, Will has been shot and wounded while on the run from a counterfeiting gang that wants back the engraving plates Will has "appropriated" from them. |
26The Saga of Muley Jones
29 Mar 1964Description ▼
Hoss gets into a fight with a young drifter. When the sheriff breaks up the fight, the stranger introduces himself as Muley Jones, a distant cousin, and bear-hugs Hoss in friendship. The handsome, childish Muley loves to sing and does it at every opportunity. Unfortunately, his singing voice is so booming that it shatters glass with impunity and rattles ANYTHING more solid. Meanwhile, the sheriff is looking for a couple of moonshiners (Jesse White, Strother Martin) who are selling their own liquor to various drinking establishments. Though Muley is just about as dumb as he looks, he provides help to the sheriff in a fashion ... well, just listen to it.
05 Apr 1964Description ▼
An Army Lieutenant comes to the ranch with a wounded prisoner. When Will gets the town doctor, the prisoner's gang shows up and takes them all prisoner. With the promise of a lot of gold, Will tries to delay their departure in the hopes he can save everyone's life including his relatives, Ben Cartwright and his sons.
28A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay
12 Apr 1964Description ▼
A mix-up in his request for mail-order Chinese fireworks brings Hoss instead a feisty mail-order bride whose militant ideas ignite a workers' rebellion and threaten the completion of a Virginia City railroad project. |
19 Apr 1964Description ▼
Mateo Ybarra travels to the Ponderosa in the hopes he can enlist the aid of his old friend, Will Cartwright. Little do either know that there are those who are after him to take him back to Mexico for trial and others who don't want to wait that long.
30Enter Thomas Bowers
26 Apr 1964Description ▼
A famous Italian opera singer is invited to sing at the local Virginia City opera house. One snag: he may resemble on paper a runaway slave they were just notified about; and some of the townspeople want him arrested or worse. |
31The Dark Past
03 May 1964Description ▼
Dev Farnum's horse goes lame. He's near the Ponderosa and stops for some help. He gets another horse from the Cartwrights but hasn't enough money to pay them. He offers to work for it but when he develops a lot of blisters, they find out he's not just a preacher's son. He's also a bounty hunter.
32The Pressure Game
10 May 1964Description ▼
Virginia City gossip and meddling Aunt Lil combine with unexpected attention from another Cartwright to complicate Laura Dayton's already fragile romance with Adam, especially when his preoccupation with Ponderosa business appears to be hiding an unwillingness to marry her.
17 May 1964Description ▼
Laura's and Adam's wedding plans begin to derail when another man's kiss puts doubt in Laura's heart and a bad fall from the roof of the house he is secretly building for their new life together lands Adam in a wheelchair. |
34Walter and the Outlaws
24 May 1964Description ▼
Hoping the clever canine will lead them to his master's gold, a trio of hapless outlaws plan to dog-nap Walter, Otis the prospector's best friend, after the old man goes on a brief vacation and temporarily leaves the pup with Hoss at the Ponderosa.
1Invention of a Gunfighter
20 Sep 1964Description ▼
Humiliated by a professional gunslinger in front of a bar crowd that included his girlfriend, timid Johnny Chapman asks Little Joe to teach him how to handle a gun. But, Johnny changes as he gains skill and confidence and Joe soon doesn't recognize his friend in the hard, ruthless man he's become.
27 Sep 1964Description ▼
Ben is taken hostage by a gang of four outlaws, who are hoping for a $100,000 ransom from the Cartwrights for his safe return. As his sons formulate a plan to rescue their father, Ben devises one of his own after he senses dissension amongst his captors.
3The Wild One
04 Oct 1964Description ▼
Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker), seeking a wild stallion for breeding, becomes involved with a gruff, brawling mountain man, Leif Jessup (Aldo Ray)and the Quaker wife,Prudence (Kathryn Hays) that Jessup had deserted years before.
4Thanks for Everything, Friend
11 Oct 1964Description ▼
Tom Wilson saves Adam from drowning. This begins a friendship he starts to regret when Tom steals a girl from her longtime boyfriend, is found with her father's open strongbox and standing over his dead body. |
18 Oct 1964Description ▼
After a 20 year stint in prison, Sam Logan is invited to stay at the Ponderosa because Ben believes his friend that he doesn't know where the bank's gold is. With 3 people on the trail of the money, Sam has to decide if his loyalties are with them or his good friend Ben Cartwright.
25 Oct 1964Description ▼
Hoss rides up on Waldo Watson bungling yet another suicide attempt. He invites him home and the Cartwrights are wondering if they regret that as three men are trailing him and they mean to do him harm. |
7A Dime's Worth of Glory
01 Nov 1964Description ▼
Ben and Adam capture a known outlaw that tried to hold up the stage they were passengers on. A reporter who was also a passenger wants to make them both famous, even if he has to amplify the story. But when they take him to jail at the next town, they are met by an aloof sheriff who doesn't mind regaining his past glory with the help of a little creative writing.
8Square Deal Sam
08 Nov 1964Description ▼
The Washburns just arrived in town and are looking for work. When Hoss hears about the difficulties they've been through, he invites them to stay at the Ponderosa. After they sell everyone at the ranch a share in a copper mine, the Cartwrights find out the Washburns are not exactly what they appear to be. But this is just the beginning of the yarns Samuel is willing to spin.
9Between Heaven and Earth
15 Nov 1964Description ▼
Little Joe and his friend Mitch chase a sheep-killing puma into a canyon and Joe climbs a steep slope to get a better look at the terrain. When he slips, dropping his rifle into a rock crevice, Joe is suddenly paralyzed with fear. Mitch calls to him and Joe manages to climb down, but without his rifle. Ashamed, Joe tells no one of his experience and when his attempts to retrieve his rifle fail in panic, Joe's pent-up frustration causes him to behave recklessly. Ben knows something is wrong and confronts his youngest son. Will Joe reveal his secret and let his father give him the help he desperately needs?
22 Nov 1964Description ▼
After Hoss injures traveling circus wrestler, Bearcat Sampson, during an exhibition match, he and manager, Little Joe, agree that Hoss will take the Bearcat's place in the ring while he recovers; but the circus owner squanders Hoss' winnings and the Cartwrights end up with an unconventional paycheck...Old Sheba, the circus elephant.
11A Man to Admire
06 Dec 1964Description ▼
Knocked unconscious and framed for the murder of scheming rancher, Flint Durfee, Hoss Cartwright refuses his father's expensive lawyer and trusts his defense to new friend Whit Parker, a troubled trial attorney who is drowning his past in alcohol.
13 Dec 1964Description ▼
Harry Starr, a half breed Commanche, is hired by the Cartwrights to work on the Ponderosa. When confronted with the prejudice of other hands he turns the other cheek. Meanwhile someone is stealing horses in the valley...is he involved? |
13A Knight to Remember
20 Dec 1964Description ▼
Arrested for robbing the stagecoach he was riding, Adam can't convince the sheriff that the real bandits were run off by a knight in shining armor who called himself...King Arthur! |
15The Flapjack Contest
03 Jan 1965Description ▼
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 against champion Big Ed Simpson. But Hoss isn't sure that winning the five hundred dollar first prize is worth suffering through his little brother's training program, especially when it includes meals consisting of only carrots, apples and water...and no beer!
16The Far, Far Better Thing
10 Jan 1965Description ▼
Little Joe and his friend Tuck vie for the affections of pretty Lucy Melviney, a sheltered, naive young woman who soon puts all of their lives in danger when she chooses to believe that real life should mirror what she reads in the pages of her classic romantic novels.
17Woman of Fire
17 Jan 1965Description ▼
Shakespeare-inspired Adam tries to tame a shrewish senorita while she waits at the Ponderosa for her never-met husband-to-be. |
24 Jan 1965Description ▼
A crippled former ballet dancer falls in love while teaching classical dance to the daughter of a traveling violinist, wants to help her audition for the San Francisco ballet but meets resistance from her father who wants her to keep performing with him.
19The Flannel-Mouth Gun
31 Jan 1965Description ▼
Worrying that a hired gun may just cause more trouble for the ranchers, Adam Cartwright votes no when the Cattleman's Association asks ruthless range detective, Sherman Clegg, to stop a region-wide rustling problem; but when tragedy follows and Clegg is accused of murder, Adam appears to be the only one to take the side of the very man he originally opposed.
20The Ponderosa Birdman
07 Feb 1965Description ▼
Hoss goes above and beyond to help an eccentric, aging inventor and his overly-protective granddaughter realize their dream of manned flight. |
14 Feb 1965Description ▼
Adam's search for troublesome look-a-like Tom Burns lands him in the Placerville jail for two murders committed by Burns. |
22The Deadliest Game
21 Feb 1965Description ▼
While his troupe visits the Ponderosa, lonely, aging aerialist Guido Borelli hides his true feelings for his beautiful, young partner, Petina, but is quick to comfort her after a fistfight with her hot-tempered boyfriend, Carlo, lands Little Joe in jail for attempted murder.
23Once a Doctor
28 Feb 1965Description ▼
Suffering from an infected foot, Hoss finds unexpected relief from Professor Poppy, an itinerant patent medicine peddler who secretly carries a medical bag. But Hoss soon finds that the professor may really be Doctor P.A. Mundy who is being trailed by a vengeful Englishman claiming that Mundy murdered his wife.
24Right Is the Fourth R
07 Mar 1965Description ▼
Substitute teacher Adam Cartwright is unprepared for the violent resistance he meets when his research into the territory's history gets him too close to uncovering a long-buried Virginia City secret. |
21 Mar 1965Description ▼
The Cartwrights and their cousin Muley Jones tangle with feisty Tracy Ledbetter when she claims Cousin Muley stole her precious pack of baying bird dogs. |
28 Mar 1965Description ▼
Burk knew his wife was sweet on Little Joe so he devises a plan to get rid of him. When his plan backfires, his twin brother, a lawman, returns to marry the widow and get rid of Little Joe for good. |
27Dead and Gone
04 Apr 1965Description ▼
Adam stops Howard Mead from robbing Johann Brunner and his sister Hilda. However, Howard's talent for singing and guitar playing, along with his hard-luck stories, persuade Adam to give him another chance, and Hilda agrees to drop the charges. This may be a mistake, as Howard's talents cannot hide his dark side even as Hilda falls for him.
28A Good Night's Rest
11 Apr 1965Description ▼
When Hoss' snoring, Adam's guitar playing and Little Joe's courting shenanigans keep a dog-tired Ben Cartwright awake, he rides wearily away from the Ponderosa to try to find a quiet room at the Virginia City hotel; but the wild, frontier town's chaotic night life soon makes him think he would have been better off back at the ranch.
29To Own the World
18 Apr 1965Description ▼
A rich tycoon who is known for destroying anything that stands in the way of getting what he wants, vows to have the Ponderosa, no matter what the cost. |
25 Apr 1965
02 May 1965Description ▼
When Trace Cordell comes back to Virginia City after serving his time for bank robbery, Ben Cartwright is among those at the stage to welcome his former neighbor home. But, except for Ben, no one is happy when the ex-con wants to take up where he left off, running his family's ranch outside of town; especially not banker Paul Dorn, the man who was put in a wheelchair by Cordell's bullet five years earlier.
09 May 1965Description ▼
A ranch hand who saves Hoss's life is offers a job on the Ponderosa, despite a rumor that he's a jinx. |
16 May 1965Description ▼
The ladies on the Entertainment Committee want something a bit different for the town's anniversary celebration. They want a play or maybe Shakespeare. It's voted that Ben has the connections to find just the act the ladies had all ordered.
23 May 1965Description ▼
Hoss meets 'Patch' while doing some menial labor in a deserted town. He invites him to work at the Ponderosa. Hoss soon learns the truth about his past and decides to help him if he'll let him. |
12 Sep 1965
19 Sep 1965
3The Brass Box
26 Sep 1965
4The Other Son
03 Oct 1965Description ▼
Clint Watson and his two sons are hired by Ben Cartwright to deliver nitroglycerin to California. The journey entails hardship, recrimination and tragedy. |
5The Lonely Runner
10 Oct 1965
6Devil on Her Shoulder
17 Oct 1965
24 Oct 1965
8The Meredith Smith
31 Oct 1965Description ▼
After falling off a wagon, a dying friend asks Ben to make sure his large estate is given to a relative since he didn't have a will. After posting an ad in a newspaper, several people come forward to claim it. |
9Mighty Is the Word
07 Nov 1965
10The Strange One
14 Nov 1965
11The Reluctant Rebel
21 Nov 1965
12Five Sundowns to Sunup
05 Dec 1965
13A Natural Wizard
12 Dec 1965
14All Ye His Saints
19 Dec 1965
15The Dublin Lad
02 Jan 1966
16To Kill a Buffalo
09 Jan 1966
17Ride the Wind: Part 1
16 Jan 1966
18Ride the Wind: Part 2
23 Jan 1966
30 Jan 1966Description ▼
Ben tries to find jobs for two strangers who helped him when his wagon was bogged down in the mud. Trouble ensues when one of the strangers dies, leaving the other one who is mentally disabled, alone. |
06 Feb 1966
13 Feb 1966
22Three Brides for Hoss
20 Feb 1966
23The Emperor Norton
27 Feb 1966
24Her Brother's Keeper
06 Mar 1966
25The Trouble with Jamie
20 Mar 1966
26Shining in Spain
27 Mar 1966
03 Apr 1966
28The Unwritten Commandment
10 Apr 1966
29Big Shadow on the Land
17 Apr 1966
24 Apr 1966
31Home from the Sea
01 May 1966
32The Last Mission
08 May 1966
33A Dollar's Worth of Trouble
15 May 1966
1Something Hurt, Something Wild
11 Sep 1966
2Horse of a Different Hue
18 Sep 1966Description ▼
Charlie Ruggles is an old friend of the Cartwright clan and a member of a gang of con artists out to swindle the Cartwrights in a crooked horse race. |
3A Time to Step Down
25 Sep 1966Description ▼
Angered that his longtime friend, Ben Cartwright, would ask him to retire into easier work after 50 years of wrangling, aging ranch-hand Dan Tolliver falls in with two disgruntled drifters who plan to rob the Ponderosa payroll. |
4The Pursued: Part 1
02 Oct 1966
5The Pursued: Part 2
09 Oct 1966
6To Bloom for Thee
16 Oct 1966
7Credit for a Kill
23 Oct 1966Description ▼
When it's unclear which of their two bullets, fired simultaneously, brought down a wanted horse thief, Little Joe allows his friend, rancher Morgan Tanner, to take the credit and claim the much needed reward money. But when the outlaw's brothers come to town for his body and revenge, Joe must make a difficult decision that will save his friend, but may destroy their friendship.
8Four Sisters from Boston
30 Oct 1966Description ▼
Four sisters come from Boston to try to prevent a property left to them by their uncle from being auctioned due to back taxes. They arrive the day of the sale but are short the full amount due. When Ben steps in and pays off all that is due, one of the sisters wonders what's Ben's motive. But are her suspicions aimed in the wrong direction?
06 Nov 1966Description ▼
Charlie is well liked by everyone. He's always full of stories and plans for making money. One day a man, with a reward on his head. tries to rob his livery stable and is accidentally killed by his own knife. When the man's family comes to town looking for revenge, Hoss has to try to let everyone know who was actually in that knife fight before Old Charlie gives up his life for the reward.
10Ballad of the Ponderosa
13 Nov 1966
20 Nov 1966Description ▼
Mean Big Charlie Monahan makes his son promise to kill Ben Cartwright after Ben's testimony sends Big Charlie to the gallows for the murder of an old prospector. |
04 Dec 1966
18 Dec 1966
01 Jan 1967Description ▼
Brothers Hoss and Little Joe are sweet-talked by a pair of con men into "investing" in a pair of "exotic" animals who are indeed prolific--they're common rabbits. |
08 Jan 1967
18A Bride for Buford
15 Jan 1967
22 Jan 1967Description ▼
Little Joe puts his life on the line to help sick friend-turned-gunfighter, Steve Friday, who is holed up in a second story hotel room and waiting a challenge from a gunman, hired by the father of one of Friday's victims to avenge his son's death on the anniversary of the killing... Friday the 13th.
20The Unseen Wound
29 Jan 1967Description ▼
Ben visits his old friend Paul Rowen, the sheriff of Concho. His wife Katherine says he has been complaining of headaches for six months now. When he starts shooting innocent people he swore to protect, the whole town has to decide how best to keep from killing their good friend.
21Journey to Terror
05 Feb 1967Description ▼
Initially suspected as being part of the bank-robbing Hollister gang while on his way to visit Tom and Ellie Blackwell's drought-stricken ranch, Little Joe is soon held hostage and his friends terrorized by the real desperadoes on the run to Mexico with a wounded man.
12 Feb 1967Description ▼
While riding posse after a band of vicious marauders led by a renegade ex-cavalry officer, Ben Cartwright captures a wounded comanchero and tries to protect him from the angry ranchers who want to lynch him, his own gang who wants the money he was carrying for them and an angry Little Joe who lost a friend when his ranch was raided.
23A Woman in the House
19 Feb 1967
24Judgement at Red Creek
26 Feb 1967Description ▼
A marshal's brother is shot by two men who held up the stage depot. Little Joe joins the posse who follows the trail left by those men. They come upon two men who say they didn't do it but since his brother may die, the marshal seems to have other ideas.
25Joe Cartwright, Detective
05 Mar 1967
26Dark Enough to See the Stars
12 Mar 1967
27The Deed and the Dilemma
26 Mar 1967
02 Apr 1967Description ▼
Russian siblings Count Alexis and Countess Elena visit the Ponderosa where a fugitive Russian prince once a beau to Elena now leads an outlaw gang intent on the theft of Elena's jewels. |
29A Man Without Land
09 Apr 1967Description ▼
Matt Jeffers is about to lose his land. Back taxes, no water and owes his foreman wages. When his foreman finds water on the land he hatches a scheme to buy the land and stick Little Joe with all the blame. |
16 Apr 1967
31The Wormwood Cup
23 Apr 1967Description ▼
A pretty woman arrives by stage and places this Notice up: I will pay $1000 to the man who kills Joe Cartwright in a fair fight. When he finds out the story behind it, Joe tries to convince her she is wrong. Failing that, someone has already picked up the gauntlet to see Joe Cartwright dead.
30 Apr 1967
07 May 1967
34The Greedy Ones
14 May 1967Description ▼
The Cartwrights fear they may have to fend off a gold-rush when word spreads that an old prospector struck it rich on Ponderosa land. |
17 Sep 1967Description ▼
Joe and Hoss are out when they are attacked by Indians, Joe hit with an arrow. With Joe needing medical attention, they come across a small wagon train of misfits, heading East. Their only doctor, dying and wanting to see his grandchildren before he dies, helps Little Joe.
2Sense of Duty
24 Sep 1967Description ▼
Ben militia troop is reactivated when the Paiute Indian Wabuska is captured and needs to be transported to the nearest fort. The Indians consider him to be a god which makes him very important to their people. When several of the soldiers are killed, the tribal chief sees for himself what they have been dying for.
01 Oct 1967
4Judgment at Olympus
08 Oct 1967Description ▼
Candy is arrested for an outstanding warrant in Olympus for killing A.Z. Wheelock's son. As Hoss investigates, he finds someone else who may have a motive for putting his son out of the way. |
5Night of Reckoning
15 Oct 1967Description ▼
Donnie Buckler has been shot getting away from a holdup. He buries a portion and then is found by Little Joe. They go to the Ponderosa and fetch the doc but by the time he arrives the Cartwrights have been seized by the rest of the gang. When Donnie doesn't give up the loot's location, the boss decides to use some different leverage - an old girlfriend he hadn't seen in about a year.
22 Oct 1967Description ▼
Joe, Hoss and Candy drive a herd to Sand Dust. When they go into town to collect their wages, the buyer is robbed and killed with four witnesses to both crimes. When they are put up in the hotel under protective custody, the Slater gang makes several attempts to finish them all off so they can't testify against the one brother they managed to capture.
7The Gentle Ones
29 Oct 1967Description ▼
When their parents died, Mark's older brother raised him at times like he was breaking a horse. Part because he was just a kid himself and others because he didn't know any better. But Mark never doubted his brother's love but he has to show a new girl in town or die trying.
05 Nov 1967
9The Sure Thing
12 Nov 1967Description ▼
Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) buys a teen-age girl's stallion from her father, Burt Loughlin (Tom Tully), with the intention of letting the girl, Trudy Loughlin (Kim Darby),ride the horse in a high-stakes race, but his plans are upset when the father falls in with Harper (William Bryant), a crooked gambler.
10Showdown at Tahoe
19 Nov 1967
11Six Black Horses
26 Nov 1967
03 Dec 1967Description ▼
The Cartwrights become unwitting pawns in a battle between wealthy rancher Gabriel Bingham and his penniless nephew Jayce Fredericks over the ownership of the valuable black horse Jayce needs to restart his herd and reclaim his ranch. |
17 Dec 1967Description ▼
Not long after bad-tempered Frank Scott is hanged for murdering a young woman in a dark Virginia City alley, witness for the prosecution, Hoss Cartwright, sees a man in a Carson City saloon who looks just like Frank, hears him whistling the same strange tune the killer whistled that fateful night, and begins to fear that his testimony has sent the wrong man to the gallows.
14The Gold Detector
24 Dec 1967Description ▼
Wally Cox is the inventor of a "Willy Wonka like" machine, which he sells to Hoss claiming it has the ability to detect gold. However, all it can really detect is the lie behind the 'gold detection' theory. |
07 Jan 1968Description ▼
The Virginia City bank is robbed and a clerk killed. Cully Maco, just released from prison, is the only suspect. When the posse catches up to him, he claims he didn't know about the latest incident anymore than he knew who sent him away to prison for 5 years. So who did kill and steal $161,000?
16A Girl Named George
14 Jan 1968Description ▼
Attorney Cato Troxell's is defending his brother against a murder charge. When he's found guilty, Cato threatens the judge in front of witnesses. When the judge is killed in his own barn, Cato is naturally brought up on charges. But several days before, a photographer was hired to take a group photo of the Ponderosa and some hands from several surrounding ranches. But how did Cato get in the picture? Everyone swears he wasn't there!
17The Thirteenth Man
21 Jan 1968Description ▼
The Cattlemen's Association hire a range detective to put an end to the cattle rustling affecting all in their area. What they soon learn is that he has a shady past which includes killings with never any witnesses. |
18The Burning Sky
28 Jan 1968Description ▼
The Cartwrights hire a new bronc buster who brings along a new bride -- an Indian woman who a few locals just don't feel comfortable around. One neighbor in particular takes a dislike to her and she uncovers a secret he has been ashamed to reveal.
19The Price of Salt
04 Feb 1968Description ▼
The salt bed is now exhausted and the only supply left is in a warehouse and controlled by its new owner. Since everyone needs the salt and they need it now or their cattle will die, the biggest buyer tries to set the price. When a price is reached, they are all up in arms. But the monetary price is nothing to what is finally paid.
18 Feb 1968Description ▼
Ben Cartwright finds himself in a fight for his life when he acts too late on his suspicion that there is more than meets the eye to an amiable, young drifter that Little Joe brought home to the Ponderosa. |
21The Crime of Johnny Mule
25 Feb 1968
22The Late Ben Cartwright
03 Mar 1968Description ▼
When an assassin's bullet strikes him down on the Ponderosa, Ben Cartwright decides to stay "dead" until he can find out who's behind the failed attempt...and why. |
10 Mar 1968
17 Mar 1968Description ▼
Candy finally leaves the Ponderosa and the Cartwright family to marry his longtime fiancé, Lila, in River Bend. His life changes radically, however, when he arrives in the town and finds himself arrested and thrown in jail for something he didn't do. Getting word of his plight, the Cartwrights travel to River Bend, only to discover that the town is controlled by a murderous, corrupt sheriff and his equally crooked deputy.
25Commitment at Angelus
07 Apr 1968Description ▼
While in the nearby town of Angeles to treat Candy's injured hand, Little Joe offers horse wrangling work to an out-of-work miner friend, Steve Regan. But, when a rearing horse accidentally kills Steve, Little Joe and Candy stay to help the grieving widow and instead find themselves embroiled in a dangerous mine strike, resented by the angry Angeles miners, and discovering that there may be real cause to doubt the mine's safety...and their own.
26A Dream to Dream
14 Apr 1968
27In Defense of Honor
28 Apr 1968Description ▼
Longtime hand who was 'adopted' into the Cartwright family as a child decides to return to the Indian tribe to which he was born. Indian haters stir up trouble for Davey, which puts the entire treaty in jeopardy before it's even signed. Ute trial and knife fight used to decide the truth.
28To Die in Darkness
05 May 1968Description ▼
Candy and Ben are imprisoned in a mine for a month by a man set on revenge. Years before, the man was wrongly incarcerated by the testimony of Ben Cartwright. |
29The Bottle Fighter
12 May 1968
30The Arrival of Eddie
19 May 1968Description ▼
After Eddie returns to town and learns Hoss accidentally shot his father, it's up to Hoss to gain Eddie's forgiveness and make amends-and at the same time foil a blackmail plot. |
26 May 1968
32Pride of a Man
02 Jun 1968
33A Severe Case of Matrimony
07 Jul 1968
34Stage Door Johnnies
28 Jul 1968
1Different Pines, Same Wind
15 Sep 1968
22 Sep 1968Description ▼
While visiting a remote town to await the arrival of Ben, Little Joe and Candy, Hoss is wrongly arrested for the murder and robbery of a hermit miner. When a lynch mob starts to gather, cowboy Child Barnett breaks Hoss out of jail. Both are chased by a posse whose interest is not justice, but the retrieval of the money that the miner was thought to have stashed away.
3Salute to Yesterday
29 Sep 1968
4The Real People of Muddy Creek
06 Oct 1968Description ▼
Only a few brave souls remain in Muddy Creek to help Ben and Little Joe defend a town jail and its occupant from the Harper outlaw gang. |
5The Passing of a King
13 Oct 1968Description ▼
Ben sells a prize bull to an old friend, whose unscrupulous son has taken charge of the ranch from his father. The son double-crosses Ben over the agreed price of the bull, only offering to pay well below the selling price. Upset over the deal, Ben stays in town to seek proper compensation.
6The Last Vote
20 Oct 1968Description ▼
Hoss and Little Joe turn two old friends against each other and the town upside down when they become competing campaign managers in Virginia City's mayoral race. |
7Catch as Catch Can
27 Oct 1968Description ▼
While in small town Tin Bucket to sell Ponderosa cowhides, Candy is accused of cheating in a card game and the Cartwrights are dogged by a mysterious rumor that claims they have fallen on hard times and are desperate for money. |
8Little Girl Lost
03 Nov 1968
10 Nov 1968Description ▼
A white woman, abducted by the Paiutes and thought to be dead, is brought back to Virginia City and reunited with her husband. When it is found she has an Indian baby to a Paiute chief, she is outcast by the towns people and her husband alike. Only the Cartwrights remain her friends.
10The Sound of Drums
17 Nov 1968Description ▼
Brand new U.S. citizen and vintner, Georgio Rossi, riles his neighbors and risks government wrath when he allows an Indian family to break treaty and camp on his land; meanwhile, Candy woos pretty Regina Rossi, stirring up some trouble of his own when she and her mother try to take over the smitten ranch hand's life...and Hop Sing's kitchen!
24 Nov 1968
01 Dec 1968Description ▼
Ben's friend Beaudry visits the Ponderosa, meets Noreen, a beautiful girl at the Virginia saloon, gets into a roust, ends up in jail but Ben gets the instigators to own up and pay for the damages, so he is free. He asks Ben Cartwright for help starting a cattle ranch, without revealing his rustling and political crimes. Deputy Stryker comes to Virginia City from Montana with a warrant looking for Beaudry.
13Mark of Guilt
15 Dec 1968Description ▼
A town bully humiliates Hop Sing by cutting off his ponytail. Joe goes into town to deal with the bully. Later the bully ends up dead and Joe is charged with the murder. Hop Sing clears Joe of the murder charges by using an ancient Chinese method for identifying a person's finger prints.
14A World Full of Cannibals
22 Dec 1968Description ▼
At an old friend's request, Ben agrees to shelter a witness in a government case. He's a witness to several felonies and they've tried to kill him several times already. When he asks to see his wife, he puts them all in danger since she is being watched.
15Sweet Annie Laurie
05 Jan 1969Description ▼
A beautiful young woman running from a sinister gunman brings danger to the Ponderosa when she hides in Hoss' wagon while he's in Virginia City getting supplies. |
16My Friend, My Enemy
12 Jan 1969Description ▼
To prove Candy's innocence when he is accused of murder, Little Joe and Hoss must track down the only eye-witness to the incident... the Paiute Indian who was trying to steal Candy's horse. |
26 Jan 1969Description ▼
Hoss is rescued from a band of hungry Paiutes rustling Ponderosa cattle after a hard winter by Erin O'Donnell, an Irish woman who was raised by the Sioux and revered by the tribes as a medicine woman and mystic. |
19Company of Forgotten Men
02 Feb 1969Description ▼
Candy is kidnapped by retired Army Sergeant Mike Russell and his band of fellow former soldiers when he uncovers their plan to blast their way into the Carson City Mint to steal the pension they believe they deserve, but never received, from their long years of Army service
09 Feb 1969Description ▼
Ben Cartwright's effort to help friend Ruth Manning defend her ownership of nearby Gunlock's town newspaper, the Clarion, earns him the wrath of a corrupt, powerful judge who wants the Clarion for himself and will do anything to get it. |
21The Lady and the Mountain Lion
23 Feb 1969
02 Mar 1969
09 Mar 1969
16 Mar 1969Description ▼
A seasoned Army Sergeant escapes from the stockade accused of cowardice in the face of the enemy. A man helps him escape, is killed and he is shot. Candy stumbles on him and his squaw wife he believes him and decides to help but an Army search party isn't far behind.
23 Mar 1969Description ▼
Little Joe catches a glimpse in town of an old love, not knowing she's now a married woman--and willing to lie Joe into a hangman's noose if he doesn't give her what she wants. |
26The Running Man
30 Mar 1969Description ▼
Candy and Little Joe grapple with a land baron who rules the town of Butlerville. Calvin Butler and his men have been burning out homesteaders - now murder has been added to their list of crimes. |
06 Apr 1969
28Speak No Evil
20 Apr 1969
27 Apr 1969Description ▼
Ben and Hoss are brought under siege with their friend, Sam Masters, and his daughter, Ellen, in an isolated miner's cabin by a former Union Army officer and his men who claim that Sam is really Confederate prisoner of war camp Commander Thomas Andrews who is guilty of Civil War crimes and on the run.
30A Ride in the Sun
11 May 1969
1Another Windmill to Go
14 Sep 1969Description ▼
An eccentric Englishman arrives at the Ponderosa, his mode of transportation a land-rowing boat. His aim, as the Cartwrights learn, is to expose and challenge Nevada's silly, obscure laws. |
21 Sep 1969Description ▼
A young woman named Jenny Winters claims to have witnessed a stagecoach robbery which involves one man being killed. After she identifies the culprits as the Logan gang, Ben allows Jenny to stay in protective custody at the Ponderosa. However, the Cartwrights soon learn Jenny is not a very trustworthy person.
3The Silence at Stillwater
28 Sep 1969Description ▼
Candy is accused of a string of serious crimes, including murder, robbery and arson in Stillwater, and when the Cartwrights come to his defense, the sheriff refuses to cooperate. Even worse: A young boy claims he positively saw the Ponderosa foreman commit those crimes. The Cartwrights work with the boy to jog his memory before an innocent Candy is convicted and sentenced to hang.
4A Lawman's Lot Is Not a Happy One
05 Oct 1969Description ▼
When Sheriff Roy Coffee and Ben are subpoenaed to testify in a land sharking trial in San Francisco, Hoss is appointed the acting sheriff of Virginia City. Hoss soon finds plenty of trouble on his hands, namely dealing reluctant bridegroom Hiram Peabody, who wants to get arrested so as to avoid an impending marriage to an undesirable woman (whom has been his pen pal and has never met in person). He also must deal with a smooth-talking salesman who plans to sell shares in a planned resort in Virginia City.
5Anatomy of a Lynching
12 Oct 1969Description ▼
Will Griner is acquitted of a murder after two key witnesses disappeared before the trial. When a bloodthirsty lynch mob comes after him, thinking him to have silenced the witnesses, Griner goes to the Cartwrights for help. |
6To Stop a War
19 Oct 1969Description ▼
Joe's old friend, Dan Logan, is hired as a range detective to stop a cattle rustling outbreak. While the usual problems arise, Logan's job is jeopardized when a ruthless rancher shoots a suspected rustler in the back and then pins the blame on Logan.
26 Oct 1969Description ▼
Ben offers moral support to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Matthew Rush when comes down on his luck. But that's the least of Matthew's problems, for he must also contend with the embittered Nagle clan, who has been transplanted from Georgia after they lost their house and land to Yankees. When the Nagles' daughter, Susan, falls in love with Matthew, she risks much more than just estrangement from her family and, in the process, the Cartwrights become involved.
02 Nov 1969Description ▼
After Candy shoots and kills armed robber James Campbell in self defense, he learns that he left behind his widow, Lisa, and young son ... and a farm to operate. A remorseful Candy decides to help the young woman out, not knowing that Lisa plans to hire a hit man to kill the Ponderosa's foreman in revenge. However, Lisa learns that Candy had all the qualities that her husband never had and changes her mind, but then they must work together to stop the hit man from completing his mission.
09 Nov 1969Description ▼
Joe and Candy compete for the attention of pretty Miss Meena Calhoun, who has come to Virginia City with her irascible gold panning father, Luke. While pursuing the young lass, they run into the Potts brothers, a trio of gold claim jumpers who are convinced that Joe and Candy have more than love on their minds.
10A Darker Shadow
23 Nov 1969Description ▼
Joe's friend Wade Turner, a storekeeper who is engaged and has been offered a promotion at work, tries to deal with a devastating brain tumor that leaves him with a paralyzing sensitivity to bright light and will soon render him blind. Turner lets his pride get in the way and decides to put off both his marriage and a surgery that could save his sight, but his attitude could be far more costly when a co-worker tries to rob him in a remote area.
07 Dec 1969Description ▼
During a long ride back to the Ponderosa, thirsty Hoss and Candy stop at the Sunville saloon where Salty Hubbard, known for his tall tales and practical jokes, tells his cronies that Hoss is the notorious bank robber, Big Jack. The town folk initially scoff at Salty's claim but a series of unfortunate events gives the prevarication a ring of truth and there is talk of a hanging. When a contrite Salty admits to Hoss that he lied to impress his friends, Candy thinks of a way to save both Salty's pride and Hoss' life but, as with most best laid plans, this one goes awry when the real Big Jack comes to town.
14 Dec 1969Description ▼
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. |
13Abner Willoughby's Return
21 Dec 1969Description ▼
While returning home from a horse-buying trip, Joe is met by old seafaring friend Abner Willoughby, who has returned to Nevada to find a stash of gold he hid 17 years earlier in Glory Hole. |
14It's a Small World
04 Jan 1970Description ▼
Circus midget George Marshall vows to keep a promise made to his wife on her deathbed: Find a job outside the circus so our daughter can have a stable life. However, George is unable to find work and turns to Ben for some help. Ben recommends to the town's banker, Mr. Flynt, that George would make an excellent teller, but Flynt is prejudiced against little people and refuses to hire him. As a result of his inability to find work, George goes broke and - needing some money - robs the bank. Flynt immediately has him arrested and wants him to hang. Then, the banker's daughter, Annie, falls down a mine shaft and nobody is able to rescue her. Flynt has no choice but to call on George to save his daughter's life. Only then does Flynt see that midgets have their place in the world and he agrees to hire him (and drop all the charges).
11 Jan 1970Description ▼
Ben needs to transport three large timber beams but the local freight company won't do it. When a new independent freight hauler is approached for the job, Ben recognizes "Gunny" Riley, a former soldier in the Mexican war, but on the opposite side. Ben finally puts his differences aside and helps Gunny win a lucrative government contract.
16The Big Jackpot
18 Jan 1970Description ▼
Candy quits his job at the Ponderosa after inheriting a fortune from an old Indian friend. He takes a job as vice president of a land promotion firm, unaware that the president is defrauding customers by selling barren desert land in lieu of the fertile farmland he promised them. Candy soon finds out and recruits the Cartwrights to expose the fraud.
17The Trouble with Amy
25 Jan 1970Description ▼
Ben comes to the aid of Amy Wilder, an eccentric old woman and animal hoarder, when a scheming neighbor wants her declared incompetent so he can purchase her home and property. |
18The Lady and the Mark
01 Feb 1970Description ▼
Former Ponderosa ranch hand Chris Keller seeks refuge at his old workplace after con artists stalk him for his $67,000 fortune. While at the Ponderosa, he meets a beautiful young woman who has plans of her own for the money. |
19Is There Any Man Here?
08 Feb 1970Description ▼
The daughter of Ben's friend Harry Carlisle, Jennifer, develops a huge crush for the Cartwright patriarch. Ben notes that Jennifer is the same age as oldest son (and long-since departed Adam), but that doesn't matter. It soon does matter when Jennifer's ex-fiancé, a wealthy banker from San Francisco, shows up demanding to take her back ... or else it will be the end of the Ponderosa!
20The Law and Billy Burgess
15 Feb 1970Description ▼
A new school is opened in Virginia City, and one of the students is an angry teen-aged boy named Billy Burgess. After a difficult day at school, Billy angrily wishes that his teacher would die. Sure enough, the teacher is found murdered and Billy is fingered as the suspect. Ben, who has been working to counsel the teen and get at the root of his anger, knows the lad is innocent comes to his aid - even if Billy insists that he killed his teacher.
21Long Way to Ogden
22 Feb 1970Description ▼
A ruthless meat packer named Emit Whitney schemes to monopolize the local cattle industry by buying the rail line that is used to transport the cattle to market, then force the cattle farmers to sell at deeply reduced prices. Ben, championing the smaller farmers and knowing that Whitney could drive many of the Cartwrights' friends out of business, devises a plan to drive Whitney out - even if it means he will lose the Ponderosa if his plan fails.
01 Mar 1970Description ▼
Eleven years after her last stop in Virginia City caused trouble for a young Joe Cartwright, actress Lotta Crabtree returns for another engagement in the Nevada town. This time, it's Hoss who finds himself in the thick of a murder case when he is accused of killing Lotta's co-star during a performance.
23The Gold Mine
08 Mar 1970Description ▼
Joe helps a young Mexican boy who has suffered from years of abuse by two sadistic slave owners who now want the lad's gold claim and will do anything to get it. |
24Decision at Los Robles
15 Mar 1970Description ▼
While in Los Robles, Mexico, Ben is critically wounded by the town's cruel boss, John Walker. Ben manages to shoot and kill Walker, but now his son - the splitting image of his father - is hellbent on revenge. While Joe tends to his father's care, he tries in vain to embolden the town's residents, who for years have been intimidated into submission by Walker and their cronies. Eventually, Joe's efforts pay off and the Los Robles residents mount a stand against Walker's gang.
25Caution, Easter Bunny Crossing
29 Mar 1970Description ▼
In the series' only Easter-themed episode, a Quaker woman convinces Hoss to pose as the Easter bunny for the orphanage. While wearing a rabbit costume, Hoss must try to foil the efforts of a bumbling gang that is plotting to loot the Wells Fargo coach.
26The Horse Traders
05 Apr 1970Description ▼
Meena Calhoun has gotten engaged to bumbling outlaw Virgil Potts, who is now trying to make an honest living in the livery business. Virgil soon finds himself in a heated rivalry with Joe and Hoss, who have opened up a stable of their own. |
27What Are Pardners For?
12 Apr 1970Description ▼
Hoss meets a couple of drifters who are looking to make some fast money and reveal that they intend to rob the bank of the town they are close to. Hoss tries to talk them out of it but when he fails, he tries to warn the Sheriff. But the bank was robbed and he arrests Hoss, thinking that he's either part of the gang or knows where they are, so he can recover the town's money. Hoss is to be prosecuted and everyone in town is ready to lynch him because they want their money back. Hoss breaks out of jail and finds the men he met and asks them to return the money but they claim they never robbed the bank. So Hoss returns to stand trial.
28A Matter of Circumstance
19 Apr 1970Description ▼
Alone at the Ponderosa while everyone else is away on a cattle drive, Joe suffers a compound fracture in his left arm when he kicked by a horse spooked by a severe thunderstorm. Joe fights to stay conscious and treat his wounds. When he becomes delirious, he fears that gangrene has infected his arm, leaving Joe with a difficult decision: Amputate, or not amputate?
1The Night Virginia City Died
13 Sep 1970Description ▼
A series of destructive fires has Virginia City residents on edge and anxious to catch the arsonist. But Deputy Clem's new love interest seems to know a lot more about the fires than what she's letting on. |
2A Matter of Faith
20 Sep 1970Description ▼
Jamie Hunter, the orphaned 13-year-old son of a rainmaker, arrives in Virginia City to carry on his father's work, as part of a tour of the southwestern United States. And just in time - the area has been stricken by a massive drought that shows no signs of letting up. Jamie and his friend, Dusty, try selling their wares to anxious ranchers and farmers, but when the rainmaking equipment doesn't immediately help, the farmers grow angry and want to lynch the lad. Ben, however, learns that Jamie is orphaned and alone, and - needing someone to stick up for him - decides to allow Jamie to build a rain tower on the Ponderosa. The townspeople become angry that Ben has sided with whom they believe is a scam artist and that night, storm the camp. In the process, one of the farmers burns the rainmaking book that had belonged to Jamie's father. Ben consoles a deeply grieving Jamie (the book was his last physical link to his father) and warns the farmers off ... just as it begins to rain! An ...
3The Weary Willies
27 Sep 1970Description ▼
The Cartwrights lend their support to The Weary Willies, a group of Civil War veterans who are struggling to re-enter society. |
05 Oct 1970Description ▼
A murder suspect escapes a prison wagon. Sheriff Price Buchanan, who covets an appointment to Deputy U.S. Marshal, finds an injured Hoss. Buchanan, knowing his career is at risk if he fails his appointed duty, arrests Hoss and plans to substitute him in as his prisoner. Hoss befriends a fellow prisoner named Madge Tucker, whom knows Hoss was falsely arrested. Together, the two scheme to escape the wagon and Buchanan's clutches.
5The Power of Life and Death
11 Oct 1970Description ▼
The Cartwrights are part of a posse that is after Davis, who shot and killed an Army colonel. When Ben and Joe capture Davis in the desert, they are attacked by a rouge Indian tribe, and Ben is seriously wounded. While Joe crosses the desert on foot to seek medical attention (for his Pa) and the posse (to take Davis into custody), Ben and Davis must set their differences aside to survive their hostile surroundings.
6Gideon the Good
18 Oct 1970Description ▼
Gideon Yates, a corrupt lawman whose wife had shot her soon-to-be ex-husband in cold blood, tries to silence the murder's only witness - Little Joe Cartwright. |
7The Trouble with Trouble
25 Oct 1970Description ▼
Hoss unwittingly volunteers to be named sheriff of an aptly named town named Trouble. While dealing with problems that one might expect to associate with the town, he must find a way to capture the nefarious Clanton gang. |
01 Nov 1970Description ▼
After Ben is seriously injured in a horse-riding accident far from home, Joe seeks help from valley settlers who are terrified of a corrupt rancher and his foremen. While Ben suffers from recurring nightmares of Joe being unable to help, Joe tries to persuade Thornton to do the right thing.
9The Love Child
08 Nov 1970Description ▼
Old-school Zach Randolph refuses to make amends with his gravely ill daughter, Etta, because her son had been born out of wedlock. Joe risks his family's friendship with the Randolphs to set the stubborn old man straight. |
15 Nov 1970Description ▼
The Cartwrights come to the aid of Mexican farmers in the Prince River vicinity, after they were run off the land by a corrupt tycoon wanting to strip mine the area. |
11The Luck of Pepper Shannon
22 Nov 1970Description ▼
A reformed outlaw named Pepper Shannon comes to the Ponderosa seeking a job. Ben agrees to hire him, but has to keep both Pepper and an impressionable Jamie away from each other - a task that's easier said than done. |
29 Nov 1970Description ▼
Joe and Hoss pose as stagecoach robbers in an effort to track down their stolen money. However, their plans are forced to change after the wife of one of the robbers shows up. |
20 Dec 1970Description ▼
Honest John, a drifter is looking for a nest and hopes to settle on the Ponderosa through his rapport with the newly adopted Jamie. But John's breakthrough with the boy must be weighed against the seamier side of his character. |
14For a Young Lady
03 Jan 1971Description ▼
Jamie's friend Carrie Sturgis, herself an orphan, is the subject of a heated custody battle between her scheming aunt and uncle, Gifford and Vella Owens, and her gravely ill grandfather. The point of contention: The grandfather owns a gold mine ripe to be harvested, and Carrie is believed to be the heir. The Cartwrights become involved when Jamie rescues Carrie and the Owens couple want anyone named Cartwright arrested.
15A Single Pilgrim
10 Jan 1971Description ▼
Hoss is seriously wounded while accompanying the Brennan clan, Virginia natives who are settling out West, across Nevada Territory. The Brennans debate whether to seek much-needed medical attention for Hoss or let him die. |
16The Gold-Plated Rifle
17 Jan 1971Description ▼
Ben enrolls Jamie at the Virginia City School to get an education. Due to his previous lack of studies, 13-year-old Jamie is assigned to sit with the school's younger students, which makes him the butt of ridicule by a bully named Frank. Things become worse when Jamie fails miserably at a school spelling bee. Tired of constantly being beaten up and shown no respect, Jamie takes Ben's gold-plated rifle (which is against the rules) and shows it off to Frank. However, Frank attempts to steal the rifle and Jamie tries to run away, but in the process, the gun is dropped in a nearby lake and damaged. Jamie makes it home and tries to replace the rifle in its cabinet in such a way that nobody would notice it. Ben and Hoss don't see anything amiss, but Joe immediately spots the damage and suggests that Jamie must have taken the rifle. Ben's questioning results in a denial, so Joe tries to prod Jamie's conscience. After another tough day at school, Jamie snaps at Ben and says he damaged the ...
24 Jan 1971Description ▼
During a cattle drive, Ben finds himself involved in a power struggle between the trail boss the Cartwrights appointed and a fellow rancher's foreman, who schemes to take over the job. |
18A Deck of Aces
31 Jan 1971Description ▼
Ben's dead-on lookalike, the scheming Bradley Meredith, causes serious problems when he poses as the Cartwright patriarch and sells area ranchers' land to the railroad. Ben, who refused to deal with the railroad, must find a way to expose Meredith and convince the farmers that he wasn't responsible.
07 Feb 1971Description ▼
It's a case of reverse racism, as a white-hating black outlaw couple kidnap Hoss, hold him hostage in the mountains and scheme to kill him. The couple are on the run from the law after killing a white burglar (who killed their son), and they surmise that the law looks the other way when whites kill blacks but persecute with a vengeance when blacks are the killers.
20The Reluctant American
14 Feb 1971Description ▼
Leslie and Gillian Harwood arrive from England to Nevada to take over the daily management a poorly performing ranch owned by their holding firm. At first, the Harwoods mistake the Ponderosa as the poor performer and make themselves at home, much to the sheer horror of the Cartwrights when they return home. Eventually, the Cartwrights realize there is a misunderstanding and agree to help the Harwoods restore their ranch to sound financial health. one they have purchased. They begin to "move in," unaware that the Cartwrights are simply away on a cattle drive. When the Cartwrights return home, the confusion
21Shadow of a Hero
21 Feb 1971Description ▼
Gen. Ira Cloninger, an old friend of the Cartwrights, is toasted at a ceremony as a hero and asked to run for governor. Cloninger accepts and Ben enthusiastically backs the candidate ... unaware that Cloninger has a very sinister hidden agenda involving the massacre of all Native Americans from Nevada Territory.
22The Silent Killer
28 Feb 1971Description ▼
When an influenza outbreak strikes the Ponderosa, the treatment methods and philosophy of two women from different generations clash. A nurse named Harriet Clinton believes in old-fashioned methods, while the other nurse, Evangeline Woodtree, has studied up on more recent methods. Not helping matters: Doc Martin backs Harriet, in large part because be believes Evangeline's husband is a fraud.
23Terror at 2:00
07 Mar 1971Description ▼
News of a peace treaty signing between the Paiutes and people of Nevada give cause for a big celebration. Virginia City is filled with a circus-like atmosphere, but nobody is aware of a deadly threat that a white supremacist has planned. Mr. Ganns - a white supremacist who killed his own son after marrying a Paiute - arrives in Virginia City with two henchmen, all of them posing as reporters from St. Louis and hoping to cover the treaty signing. Inside boxes marked "camera equipment" are actually parts from a stolen Gatling gun, which they plan to use to kill everyone. Ganns - whose hatred of the redman had been building for years, resulting in his son's estrangement and eventual murder - suggests that, by massacring everyone at the peace treaty signing, each side will blame the other and eventually, a raging war would start with the Paiute tribe (then other tribes) eventually being killed off. Eventually, Hoss is taken hostage by Ganns's men, and when Joe and Clem go to investigate, ...
24The Stillness Within
14 Mar 1971Description ▼
Little Joe is blinded by an explosion and wallows in self-pity as he struggles to come to grips with his condition, which may be temporary or permanent. Ben hires a teacher from the Institute for the Blind to help Joe deal with his predicament.
25A Time to Die
21 Mar 1971Description ▼
Ben's friend, April Christopher, is bitten by a rabid wolf during her visit. With no treatment available, the Cartwrights and April's family struggle to watch her condition deteriorate. |
28 Mar 1971Description ▼
During a harsh winter that kills off the stock of many ranchers, Ben offers to test a new breed's endurance by herding a cow from the stock on Sawtooth Mountain. A rival rancher attempts to undermine Ben's plans by having his foreman shoot the cow, then claim it had succumbed to the cold.
27Kingdom of Fear
04 Apr 1971Description ▼
A delusional mining tycoon has the Cartwrights and Candy arrested on false trespassing charges and sentences them to slave labor at a gold mine. |
28An Earthquake Called Callahan
11 Apr 1971Description ▼
A traveling professional wrestler named Tom Callahan is the only person who can prove Dusty Rhoades' innocence when the Ponderosa foreman is falsely jailed. But when Callahan stubbornly refuses to come to Virginia City to provide the alibi, Joe decides to pursue him and do everything he can to bring him back.
1The Grand Swing
19 Sep 1971Description ▼
Against Ben's orders, Jamie drives a supply wagon on a route he's not supposed to; he loses control and wrecks the wagon. Jamie escapes uninjured but one of the horses is so badly hurt it has to be shot. To teach Jamie a lesson in responsibility, Ben decides to take his adopted son on an extended tour of the Ponderosa, to see how various residents and employees deal with their mistakes. The lesson makes an impression on Jamie, who is then asked to carve his name in the a tree, signifying he is the latest Cartwright to take "The Grand Swing" (Hoss and Little Joe also made the trip). |
26 Sep 1971Description ▼
Jill Conway is an alcoholic mother whose husband was sent to prison (for robbery) on Hoss' testimony. In a pent-up rage, Jill demands that Hoss look after her son, Petey. Hoss, however, wants Jill to see this as an opportunity to reform herself and is determined to use tough love to help her realize it. |
03 Oct 1971Description ▼
Two ranchers find a seriously wounded Little Joe in the Nevada desert. As he struggles for life, Joe mumbles incoherently about his surrealistic nightmares about a teepee and a wagon wheel. Ben and Hoss are left to decipher what Joe is talking about and determine what happened. |
10 Oct 1971Description ▼
A "beautiful baby" contest that Hoss is judging quickly turns into a circus, thanks to the fortune-hunting parents who are determined to win at all costs. |
17 Oct 1971Description ▼
Little Joe helps an old-time sheriff escort cunning outlaw Hank Simmons to jail. The crafty Simmons kills the sheriff and injures Joe, but Joe turns out to always be one step ahead of Simmons. |
24 Oct 1971Description ▼
The Cartwrights assist Jamie's friend, Cassie O'Casey, and Cassie's mother in dealing with their father and husband, Kevin, who is running a race horse scam. Hoss uses a "fixed" horse race of his own to outwit Kevin. |
7Don't Cry, My Son
31 Oct 1971Description ▼
Virginia City's new doctor, Mark Sloan, is dealt a double-blow when his wife leaves him, blaming him for their baby being stillborn. In the heat of the moment, Sloan kidnaps the baby of another woman. |
21 Nov 1971Description ▼
Civil War veteran Will Hewitt returns to Virginia City, blinded and determined to solve the mystery behind the death of his brother. |
10The Iron Butterfly
28 Nov 1971Description ▼
Vengeful Sen. Carson pins the blame on Hoss when his son is killed by his ex-girlfriend. The Cartwrights do all they can to stop Carson from destroying the Ponderosa. |
11The Rattlesnake Brigade
05 Dec 1971Description ▼
A wagon is transporting some criminals to prison. They stop at Virginia City to get another prisoner. The prisoners then take Jaime and a woman hostage and demand that they be released. When the woman collapses, they release them. They then keep Jaime and take three other children. When the leader learns of Jaime's connection to Ben, he tells him that he'll be in contact. Ben decides to go after them and asks for the children's fathers to join him. The husband of the woman also insists on joining them, it's obvious he has vengeance on his mind when he is told his wife won't make it. While Ben has Hoss and Joe track them down, he and the others go to the Ponderosa to wait. And sure enough the leader shows up at the Ponderosa and demands money. Ben agrees but when the husband tries to kill them, he says he will keep one of the children to make sure he gets away.
12Easy Come, Easy Go
12 Dec 1971Description ▼
In the third episode featuring the Calhouns, Luke is bankrupted after a stock investment gone bad, so he and his daughter, Meena, move to the Ponderosa until he can get back on his feet. Without Ben's permission, Luke turns the Ponderosa into a casino, with lap dances and gambling all over the place.
13A Home for Jamie
19 Dec 1971Description ▼
Ben begins the process to adopt Jamie as his son, but the process is complicated when Jamie's maternal grandfather, Paris Callahan, comes forward wanting custody. Ben must bear the heartbreaking news to Callahan that Jamie has bonded with the Cartwright family.
26 Dec 1971Description ▼
Joe is caught in the middle of a bitter dispute between an aging Native American chief and the man who stole the Indian's warbonnet years ago as a saloon decoration. |
15The Lonely Man
02 Jan 1972Description ▼
In a rare episode with Hop Sing in the spotlight, the Cartwright's servant is panning for gold during a vacation when he falls in love with a white woman. The relationship blossoms into an engagement, but the marriage never takes place. Ben bears the heartbreaking news that a judge confirms: Territorial law forbids interracial marriage.
09 Jan 1972Description ▼
Hoss turns to a clairvoyant named Judith Coleman to help in a search for Jamie, who has gotten lost in the high country. However, Judith is reluctant to help out, fearing that her psychic abilities will ruin her engagement to a minister who opposes her gift as witchcraft.
17The Saddle Stiff
16 Jan 1972Description ▼
Cactus Murphy, an embittered ranch whom Ben fired, suggests that the Cartwright patriarch is getting a little old to "put in a real week's work." Ben's response: Take a job under the assumed name Ben Brown and show Murphy that he is still more than capable of sweating out the job of a rancher.
30 Jan 1972Description ▼
Ben's friendship with the Kosovos, a young immigrant family from Serbia, puts him in danger when family patriarch Nick suffers a psychotic snap, goes on a rampage and barricades them in their home. Ben does all he can to reason with Nick, whose wife and son have become deathly afraid of him in the process - especially since the consequences could be deadly if Ben says the wrong thing.
19The Customs of the Country
06 Feb 1972Description ▼
In a satirical look at unusual, silly laws and customs, Joe and Hoss try to explain to their skeptical father why their delivery run to Agua Santos, Mexico took so long. An unimpressed Ben listens as his sons explain their story, which all started when Joe forgot to take his hat off in church and was exasperated when Hoss ran into trouble trying to bail his younger brother out of jail.
21Search in Limbo
20 Feb 1972Description ▼
The Cartwrights attempt to reconstruct a 24-hour period of Ben's life after he fears he may have been the unknown gunman who shot down Sid Langley, a corrupt real estate broker who has become hated in Virginia City. The reason? Ben had suffered a concussion from an unknown source just before his meeting with Langley and happened to be his last appointment before Langley's body was found. Oh, and Ben strongly disapproved of Langley's unethical business practices.
22He Was Only Seven
05 Mar 1972Description ▼
Jamie's 7-year-old friend, Jonah Morgan, is badly wounded when he and Jamie walk into the Virginia City Bank during a robbery by the evil Springer gang. The boy later dies of his injuries. Joe and Jamie accompany Jonah's grief-hardened, paraplegic grandfather on the hunt for Springer and his cronies.
23The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother
12 Mar 1972Description ▼
It's a case of comic mistaken identity when Hoss - on a delivery run for the Ponderosa - is mistaken as a member of the bumbling Younger Brothers gang. Ben and Joe are eventually able to convince the authorities to let Hoss go, but not after a series of misunderstandings wherein they too are involved with the Youngers' gang. |
24A Place to Hide
19 Mar 1972
25A Visit to Upright
26 Mar 1972Description ▼
Ben's ability to close a lucrative cattle purchase with a picky livestock heiress hinges on Hoss and Joe's ability to sell a dilapidated saloon they were duped into buying. However, the Cartwright brothers are convinced that the shanty of a saloon contains a valuable painting. |
26One Ace Too Many
02 Apr 1972Description ▼
In his second attempt to cash in on Ben's good name, crooked lookalike Bradley Meredith learns that the Cartwrights are in Carson City and, posing as Ben, pretends that he is seriously ill and begins to liquidate the Ponderosa's assets. The Cartwrights come just in time to foil Meredith's plans.
12 Sep 1972Description ▼
Little Joe finds true love in newcomer Alice Harper. Following a courtship, the two are engaged. Unlike most of the Cartwrights' previous girlfriends, Alice makes it to the altar. Joe and Alice are starting their new life together, and she soon becomes pregnant. Alas, their life together is doomed. Alice's indolent brother owes money to a ruthless professional gambler named Sloan and has not repaid him. One day while Joe is gone, Sloan and his gang - with John at gunpoint - visit Alice to collect the money. When she refuses to cooperate, Sloan's hired muscle, Mr. Hanley, brutally beats Alice to death. Then, to cover up the murder, they burn the house down. Joe, along with Ben and Jamie, return to find - to his horror - his entire world crashing down in flames. Joe decides he needs "a little time away" to grieve over his wife's death, but then stumbles across a couple who have the music box he gave Alice as a present (and was subsequently taken by Sloan). Joe recruits Candy to help him...
2Heritage of Anger
19 Sep 1972Description ▼
Ben helps ex-convict John Dundee re-adjust to society. However, Dundee's boorish attitude complicates matters, and it may have to do with his former business partners framing him for a crime he didn't commit. |
26 Sep 1972Description ▼
Jamie joins an elite club and endures the initiation rites. However, when a classmate dies from cardiac arrhythmia during the initiation (touching a piece of ice to his chest, after getting him to believe it was a hot branding iron), the club's president Ted Hoag is blamed. A posse forms to track down Ted and hold him responsible for the hazing. Blood almost sheds, but then Jamie reveals he and the other boys were just as responsible for their friend's death.
03 Oct 1972Description ▼
Ben becomes horrified while inspecting living conditions at the Nevada State Prison. So are the frustrated inmates, who take Ben hostage and make a series of demands to improve conditions. One of the inmates - Griff King - decides to act as a go-between to communicate the prisoners' demands with the state prison board. In the end, Griff is paroled to Ben's custody.
17 Oct 1972Description ▼
In this sequel episode to "Riot," Ben helps parolee Griff King adjust to life outside of prison, giving him a job as a ranch hand. At first, Griff resists the Cartwrights' attempts to rehabilitate him, but he soon grows to appreciate their help and tries to change.
6Ambush at Rio Lobo
24 Oct 1972Description ▼
Ben and a pregnant woman are held hostage by a gang of robbers, who are plotting a stagecoach robbery and are determined to prevent interference by anyone with the name Cartwright. |
7The Twenty-Sixth Grave
31 Oct 1972Description ▼
Samuel Clemens makes his return to Virginia City, this time offering tall tales over an unsolved murder that was tied to a claim jumping. |
14 Nov 1972Description ▼
Joe is given a beautiful, black stallion for his birthday present, but winds up sacrificing it when he rides to the rescue of a young boy who was accidentally shot by his outlaw father. |
9The Hidden Enemy
28 Nov 1972Description ▼
Dr. Will Agar is Virginia City's new town doctor. He's exceptionally gifted and can bring many new procedures to Nevada Territory. However, Dr. Agar is addicted to morphine, which results in trouble ... and in the end, tragedy. |
10The Sound of Sadness
05 Dec 1972Description ▼
Griff's friend, widowed farmer Jonathan May, wants to adopt two young orphans, one of whom is unable to talk. When Jonathan is told he cannot adopt the boys, Griff decides to set the adoption agency folks straight on what a loving father is.
11The Bucket Dog
19 Dec 1972Description ▼
Jamie forms a bond with an Irish setter he names April. However, April was a runt and - according to its rightful owner - should be put to sleep because it is a disgrace to the breed. When April competes in a field trial, the dog's owner soon learns that it's not the size of the dog that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog.
26 Dec 1972Description ▼
Jamie becomes friends with Kelly Edwards, who is abused by her husband, Dan. The catch: the husband happens to be the new teacher at the Virginia City School, and he quickly becomes unpopular because he belittles the students. Soon, Jamie helps Kelly come out of her shell, which sets none to well with Dan, who orders an end to the friendship.
02 Jan 1973Description ▼
A man posing as Candy robs one of Ben's elderly business associates; during the robbery, the woman suffers a fatal heart attack. Candy is quickly arrested and brought to trial. While Griff scrambles to track down the witness - a young woman with a checkered past of her own - who can prove that Candy is innocent, Ben has serious reservations about Candy's rookie defense attorney.
14The Marriage of Theodora Duffy
09 Jan 1973Description ▼
Unknown to the Cartwrights, Griff is asked to be a government witness in helping to bring a gang of war criminals to justice. Griff is asked to pose as the husband of beautiful Theodora Duffy, whom the Cartwrights think Griff had abandoned years ago.
16 Jan 1973Description ▼
During a delivery run, Joe meets Cpl. Bill Tanner, who turns out to be a war-deranged madman who enjoys stalking down his helpless victims before killing them. After stealing Joe's wagon and his supplies, the psychotic Tanner explains that Joe just became his latest "prey," and that he intends to stalk him down and brutally murder him. With no help in sight, Joe must rely on his wits and intuition to defeat Tanner.
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