Season 10

Different Pines, Same Wind

Episode 1

Date Aired: September 15, 1968
Plot: The 10th season opens as Joe helps a widowed mountain woman, a recluse who is suffering from an infection that has become serious, in a battle to save her land from an unscrupulous timber baron.
Written by: Suzanne Clauser
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Carrie Picket - Irene Tedrow


Episode 2

Date Aired: September 22, 1968
Plot: While Hoss is in a remote town on business, he is arrested for murder and robbery. The town's richest man has just been killed, and the townspeople are less concerned with justice, rather the old man's money. They are convinced that if they threaten Hoss, he'll break down and tell them where he hid the fortune. A few of the town's top citizens, including the mayor, form a lynch mob, but only hang Hoss "part of the way". But when cowboy Child Barnett sees the lynch mob coming, he breaks Hoss out of jail, and the two men form a friendship on the run.
Written by: Jack B. Sowards
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Child Barnett - Yaphet Kotto

Salute to Yesterday

Episode 3

Date Aired: September 29, 1968
Plot: When on a cattle drive on Ponderosa land, the Cartwrights and Candy find a dying cavalry officer on the trail. With his last breath, he asks them to go help his commanding officer, Captain Harris. Riding atop a slope, they see Captain Harris and his soldiers fighting off Mexican bandits who are trying to steal the four kegs of gold hidden in the Army ambulance. The Cartwrights and Candy cut right between the soldiers and the Mexican bandits, in a spectacular chase through a little valley and wind up at a high and rocky outcrop, taking cover and assisting the soldiers.
Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Captain Harris - Pat Conway, Ann Harris - Sandra Smith

The Real People of Muddy Creek

Episode 4

Date Aired: October 6, 1968
Plot: Ben is in charge of a vicious prisoner and gets virtually no help from the cowardly citizens of the town where he is holding him from the law.
Written by: Alf Harris
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Luke Harper - Joe Don Baker

The Passing of a King

Episode 5

Date Aired: October 13, 1968
Plot: The son of a rancher to whom the Cartwrights are selling a prize bull is trying to get his father ruled mentally incompetant, and will let no one stand in his way.
Written by: B.W. Sandefur
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Jeremy Roman - Jeremy Slate, Claude Roman - Denver Pyle, Mary Roman - Diana Muldar

The Last Vote

Episode 6

Date Aired: October 20, 1968
Plot: Hoss and Joe's bickering leads them into taking opposite sides in the Virginia City mayoral race. Their zealous actions leads into dividing Virginia City's citizens into 2 factions that causes nothing but arguments, fights and havoc in town.
Written by: Robert Vincent Wright
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Guest Stars: Titus Simpson - Tom Bosley, Phineas Burke - Wally Cox, Judge Clampton - Robert Emhardt

Catch as Catch Can

Episode 7

Date Aired: October 27, 1968
Plot: The residents of Tin Bucket claim the Cartwrights and Candy are dealing in stolen cattle hides. With most of the town accusing Joe, Hoss and Candy of various crimes, it is Ben who faces the most serious trouble when he determines who is actually responsible for the hide thefts.
Written by: David Lang
Directed by: Robert L. Friend
Guest Stars: Amos Parker - Paul Richards, Sheriff - Slim Pickens

Little Girl Lost

Episode 8

Date Aired: November 3, 1968
Plot: A bratty 10-year-old girl named Samantha, whose mother is Ben's cousin and is a third cousin of Hoss and Little Joe, comes to the Ponderosa. While she proves to be a handful, Ben (who tracks down the girl's mother) really has his hands full when her grandfather comes to the Ponderosa demanding custody.
Written by: Michael Fessier
Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: Samantha Dorcas - Linda Sue Risk, Martha Cartwright Dorcas - Antoinette Bower

The Survivors

Episode 9

Date Aired: November 10, 1968
Plot: A white woman abducted years before by the Paiutes is reunited with her husband, who is less than pleased to learn she has given birth to an Indian baby.
Written by: S.H. Barnett
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Alicia Purcell - Mariette Hartley, Wayne Purcell - John Carter

The Sound of Drums

Episode 10

Date Aired: November 17, 1968
Plot: In the third and final installment of the Rossi family, Georgio Rossi doesn't understand why he cannot allow Indians who have left the reservation to live on his land.
Written by: William F. Leicester
Directed by: Robert L. Friend
Guest Stars: Georgio Rossi - Jack Kruschen, Regina Rossi - Brioni Farrell, Maria Rossi - Penny Santon, Lorenzo Rossi - Michael Stefani

Queen High

Episode 11

Date Aired: December 1, 1968
Plot: Joe and Candy win a stamping mill in a poker game, but the fact of them not knowing how to run it, is the least of their worries.
Written by: Michael Fessier
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Katie Kelly - Celeste Yarnall, Miles Renfro - Paul Lambert, Ludwig - Sandor Szabo

Yonder Man

Episode 12

Date Aired: December 8, 1968
Plot: An army scout Ben once knew comes to the Ponderosa and asks Ben to stake a cattle ranch in Mira Flores, Mexico.
Written by: Milton S. Gelman
Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Beaudry - John Vernon, Noreen - Melissa Murphy, Matar - Rodolfo Acosta

Mark of Guilt

Episode 13

Date Aired: December 15, 1968
Plot: Hop Sing tells Hoss and Candy they can use the ancient Chinese art of fingerprinting to prove Joe is innocent of murder.
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Hop Sing - Victor Sen Yung

A World Full of Cannibals

Episode 14

Date Aired: December 22, 1968
Plot: Ben agrees to hide a government witness in a land fraud case at the Ponderosa as part of the witness protection program. However, the witness - who along with eight men committed various crimes in connection with the case - is in constant danger, as his co-defendants ruthlessly track him down in an attempt to seal his silence.
Written by: Preston Wood
Directed by: Gunnar Hellstrom
Guest Stars: Charles Ball - James Patterson, Harriet Ball - Linda Marsh

Sweet Annie Laurie

Episode 15

Date Aired: January 5, 1969
Plot: Hoss offers to help Annie Laurie, a beautiful young woman who is running away from her abusive husband, a career criminal who is determined to keep his wife under his control and travel with her throughout the southwest, any which way he can.
Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: Laurie Adams - Joan Van Ark, Paul Rogers - Lawrence Dane

My Friend, My Enemy

Episode 16

Date Aired: January 12, 1969
Plot: Only the testimony of an Indian wanted for horse theft can clear Candy of murder.
Written by: Jack B. Sowards
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Jacova - John Saxon

Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds

Episode 17

Date Aired: January 19, 1969
Plot: Candy sets out to help a feisty and elderly British woman recover the jewels stolen from her in a stage holdup.
Written by: Preston Wood
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Mary Elizabeth H. Wharton - Mildred Natwick


Episode 18

Date Aired: January 26, 1969
Plot: A neighbor of the Cartwrights threatens Hoss' fiancé, Erin a beautiful young woman who has been raised by Indians since her childhood when Ben allows the Paiutes to camp on Ponderosa land.
Written by: Sandy Summerhayes
Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: Erin O' Donnell - Mary Fickett

Company of Forgotten Men

Episode 19

Date Aired: February 2, 1969
Plot: A retired Army sergeant, bitter that he never received his pension from the government, kidnaps one-time friend Candy and forces him to go along with a daring plan to blow up the U.S. mint in Carson City and hold the gold and silver for ransom.
Written by: Kay Lenard
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Sergeant Mike Russell - James Gregory, Jeb - Charles Maxwell

The Clarion

Episode 20

Date Aired: February 9, 1969
Plot: Ben's friend is struggling to keep her newspaper going in the face of harrassment by the town boss of Gunlock, so without telling her, Ben buys the business.
Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Ruth Manning - Phyllis Thaxter, Judge Seth Tabor - Simon Oakland

The Lady and the Mountain Lion

Episode 21

Date Aired: February 23, 1969
Plot: A shady magician, with his twin daughters, comes to Virginia City and there is a lot of confusion with the daughters of the magician, twin confusion!
Written by: Larry Markes
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Guest Stars: Malcolm the Magnificent - Richard Haydn, Janet and Janice - Alyce and Rhae Andrece

Five Candles

Episode 22

Date Aired: March 2, 1969
Plot: The floor of the Virginia City courthouse collapses, trapping Ben in the basement with three other people, one of whom may or may not be guilty of murder.
Written by: Ken Trevey
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Bristol Toby - Don Knight, Jonathan Pike - Scott Thomas, Callie - Tiffany Bolling

The Wish

Episode 23

Date Aired: March 9, 1969
Plot: Hoss spends his two-month vacation helping a black family get their farm in shape, and dealing with racism in the neighboring town.
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Sam Davis - Ossie Davis, John O. Davis - George Spell

The Deserter

Episode 24

Date Aired: March 16, 1969
Plot: Candy comes upon a soldier who is running from charges of desertion, and with Joe's help they foil a plan to sell rapid-fire rifles to the Indians.
Written by: B.W. Sandefur
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Sam Bellis - Ben Johnson, Arnholt - Ford Rainey


Episode 25

Date Aired: March 23, 1969
Plot: Joe is shocked to see his ex-fiancee, Emily Anderson, in Virginia City. He had met her in Monterey five years earlier, and they had planned to get married. But her strict father thought Joe was too wild, and he burned all of Joe's letters before Emily saw them. Emily and Joe are still in love with each other, but Emily conveniently forgets to tell Joe that she is now Emily McPhail, the wife of Deputy Marshal Wade McPhail. Wade is on assignment with Marshal Calhoun to help guard a $90,000 currency shipment. Emily tells Wade they have to leave Virginia City immediately, since Joe's presence might interfere with their marriage, but he refuses to leave. He finds Joe and Emily embracing and engages with Joe in a savage fight, almost killing him at gunpoint. That is the first Joe hears of Emily's marriage. That is by no means the end of her lies, which eventually get Joe shot and nearly framed for murder.
Written by: Preston Wood
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Emily Anderson-McPhail - Beth Brickell, Wade McPhail - Ron Hayes

The Running Man

Episode 26

Date Aired: March 30, 1969
Plot: Joe and Candy travel to Butlerville and learn that one of Ben's closest friends is burning out new settlers, whom he regards as squatters. Candy's old ex-flame is married to Jess Parker, who always saw Candy as a rival in the past, but things have changed with both men and Jess' wife Barbara. Cal Butler is the real problem: he will stop at nothing to keep Parker from testifying alive.
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Calvin Butler - Will Geer, Stead Butler - Robert Pine, Jess Parker - Larry Casey, Barbara Parker - Jennifer Douglas

The Unwanted

Episode 27

Date Aired: April 6, 1969
Plot: Feeling unloved, a Marshal's daughter runs off with a Ponderosa hand her father thinks may be related to the man that shot him.
Written by: Thomas Thompson
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Guest Stars: Lorrie Mansfield - Bonnie Bedelia

Speak No Evil

Episode 28

Date Aired: April 20, 1969
Plot: Coley Clayborn, who has always thought his mother abandoned him and his father, thinks she is only after the gold mine he inherited when she recently returned to Virginia City.
Written by: B.W. Sandefur
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Margaret Clayborn - Patricia Smith, Caleb Melton - Dana Elcar

The Fence

Episode 29

Date Aired: April 27, 1969
Plot: While Ben and Hoss visit an old friend to negotiate the purchase of a mine, former Confederate soldiers arrive wanting to exact revenge on the Cartwrights' friend for starving POWs during the Civil War.
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Sam Masters / Thomas Andrews - John Anderson

A Ride in the Sun

Episode 30

Date Aired: May 11, 1969
Plot: A pair of con artists swindle Ben out of nearly $30,000 after convincing the Cartwright patriarch to enter into a deal to buy his cattle. The brother and sister shoot Ben, rob the Virginia City Bank and go on the run with Little Joe hot on their trail.
Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: John Spain - Anthony Zerbe, Tobias Horn - Robert Hogan, April Horn - Marj Dusay