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Episode 1

Date Aired: September 10, 1960
Plot: A young bank robber hires on at the Ponderosa in order to keep his gang informed of the law's efforts to discover their whereabouts.
Written by: Dean Riesner
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Sam Kirby - Ben Cooper, Pardo - Jack Lambert

The Mission

Episode 2

Date Aired: September 17, 1960
Plot: Filmed almost entirely outdoors, this is more like a feature than a series. Captain Pender is looking for a scout to lead him and his company of men across the desert, along with a currency shipment they are carrying to another army fort. Charlie Trent, a former scout and now a drunk, still blames himself for his troops being led to massacre. Hoss sees that this is Charlie's opportunity to redeem himself and win back his honor. Meantime, Captain Pender is having trouble with Cutter, another scout who is a devious and cunning bear of a man, who agreed to lead him across the desert, but Pender lets him go and with Hoss' suggestion, Captain Pender agress to have Charlie be their scout.
Written by: Robert E. Thompson
Directed by: James Neilson
Guest Stars: Charlie Trent - Henry Hull, Captain Pender - John Dehner

Badge Without Honor

Episode 3

Date Aired: September 24, 1960
Plot: Adam's life is saved by an enigmatic U. S. Marshal who has come to Virginia City to arrest a friend of the Cartwrights.
Written by: John Twist
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Guest Stars: Gerald Eskith - Dan Duryea, Jason Blaine - Fred Beir

The Mill

Episode 4

Date Aired: October 1, 1960
Plot: The Cartwrights construct a grist mill to provide income for a crippled rancher who blames Ben for his predicament. Ben has to contend with the man's depraved caretaker, and finds himself attracted to his wife. "Sons can't be everything," Ben tells her.
Written by: Halsted Welles
Directed by: John Rich
Guest Stars: Ezekial - Claude Akins, Tom Edwards - Harry Townes, Joyce Edwards - Dianne Foster

The Hopefuls

Episode 5

Date Aired: October 8, 1960
Plot: Adam guides a wagon train of Quakers and falls for the leader's daughter, Regina. The force Adam must employ to protect them, conflicts with their passive philosophy of life.
Written by: E. Jack Neuman
Directed by: James Neilson
Guest Stars: Jacob Darien - Larry Gates, Regina Darien - Patricia Donahue, Sam Bord - Dennis Patrick

Denver McKee

Episode 6

Date Aired: October 15, 1960
Plot: While celebrating the return of his daughter Connie, former lawman McKee is asked to assist in the capture of an outlaw gang. While Joe is courting Connie, no one realizes that McKee is involved with the outlaws.
Written by: Fred Freiberger
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Guest Stars: Denver McKee - Franchot Tone, Connie McKee - Natalie Trundy

Day of Reckoning

Episode 7

Date Aired: October 22, 1960
Plot: Prejudice erupts on both sides when Ben gives an Indian named Matsou and his wife, some of his land, after saving Ben's life from a renegade Indian who almost killed him on the Ponderosa. An intense and magnetic performance by Ricardo Montalban.
Written by: R. Harner Norris
Directed by: Richard H. Bartlett
Guest Stars: Matsou - Ricardo Montalban, Itoya - Madlyn Rhue

The Abduction

Episode 8

Date Aired: October 29, 1960
Plot: Hoss and Joe take their sweethearts to a colorful and strange carnival for the day. Joe's recent girlfriend Jennifer Beale is abducted by the sinister owner, Philip Reed and his accomplice Gerner. Her father is Joshua Beale, the richest man in the Comstock. Gerner convinces Reed to hold her for a $1 million dollar ransom, and her father will gladly pay them to ensure her safe return. Reed's girlfriend Della Thompson is jealous of Jennifer and has second thoughts about the abduction. Hoss and Joe take notice of Jennifer's disappearance and travel deep into the bowels of the carnival, meeting fierce resistance from the carnival people at every avenue. They come up without a trace of finding her.
Written by: Herman Groves
Directed by: Charles F. Haas
Guest Stars: Philip Reed - Gerald Mohr, Della Thompson - Barbara Lawrence, Jennifer Beale - Jackie Russell

Breed of Violence

Episode 9

Date Aired: November 5, 1960
Plot: Joe's friend Dolly Kincaid is the daughter of the sheriff and she's always getting caught up with the wrong crowd. When she gets close to Vince Dagen, Joe gets worried and tries to intervene.
Written by: David Lang
Directed by: John Florea
Guest Stars: Vince Dagen - John Ericson, Dolly Kincaid - Myrna Fahey

The Last Viking

Episode 10

Date Aired: November 12, 1960
Plot: Gunnar Borgstrom is the leader of a vicious band called the Commancheros. They burn houses, kill people and steal anything of value. When the Commancheros get to Nevada, Gunnar decides to visit his relatives, the Cartwrights. Meanwhile the gang capture Little Joe and his girlfriend. When Gunnar returns to the gang, he has no idea who Joe is because he'd never met his nephew before.
Written by: Anthony Lawrence
Directed by: John Florea
Guest Stars: Gunnar Borgstrom - Neville Brand

The Trail Gang

Episode 11

Date Aired: November 26, 1960
Plot: On a cattle drive back to Nevada from Texas, Ben hires a young man who is both an outlaw and the son of the sheriff whose town the Ponderosa cowhands are entering.
Written by: Carey Wilber
Directed by: John Rich
Guest Stars: Hallelujah Hicks - Edgar Buchanan, Johnny Logan - Dick Davalos

The Savage

Episode 12

Date Aired: December 3, 1960
Plot: Adam's life is saved by a woman known to the Indians as White Buffalo Woman, but who is actually the daughter of Norwegian immigrants.
Written by: Joe Stone
Directed by: James Neilson
Guest Stars: Ruth - Anna-Lisa, Chato - Hal Jon Norman

Silent Thunder

Episode 13

Date Aired: December 10, 1960
Plot: Captivated by the pretty, deaf-mute daughter of a reclusive mountain man, Little Joe teaches the young woman sign language. Thrilled with her newfound ability to communicate, Annie mistakes her gratitude to Little Joe for love, much to the chagrin of Albie, who is determined to have her for his own.
Written by: John Furia
Directed by: Robert Altman
Guest Stars: Ann Croft - Stella Stevens, Albi - Albert Salmi, Sam Croft - Kenneth MacKenna

The Ape

Episode 14

Date Aired: December 17, 1960
Plot: Hoss becomes friends with dull-witted Arnie Gurnie, who is a brute of a man with the mentality of a child. His temper scares everybody, including the Cartwrights.
Written by: Gene L. Coon
Directed by: James P. Yarbrough
Guest Stars: Shari - Karen Sharpe, Arnie Gurnie - Cal Bolder

The Blood Line

Episode 15

Date Aired: December 31, 1960
Plot: Ben feels responsible for the son of a man he was forced to kill, but the young man is determined to get even. A professional gunman offers to do the job for him.
Written by: William Raynor
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Dianne Jordan - Jan Sterling, Todd Grayson - David Macklin

The Courtship

Episode 16

Date Aired: January 7, 1961
Plot: Hoss plans to marry the widow of one of Ben's friends, not knowing she is a compulsive gambler and refusing to believe it when the other Cartwrights confront him with the truth.
Written by: Richard Neil Morgan
Directed by: James P. Yarbrough
Guest Stars: Helen Layton - Julie Adams

The Spitfire

Episode 17

Date Aired: January 14, 1961
Plot: Joe becomes the target of a tough and vengeful Kentucky family, after he kills one of them who almost sets the Ponderosa on fire and the Cartwrights take in the dead man's daughter.
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: William Dario Faralla
Guest Stars: Ma Hoad - Katharine Warren, Willow - Anita Sands, Dodie Hoad - Jack Elam

The Bride

Episode 18

Date Aired: January 21, 1961
Plot: The Cartwright boys are surprised to find that a woman, claiming to have recently married their father, shows up on their doorstep. When Ben gets home, he is just as surprised as they are. Has the lady been swindled by a con-man, or is she something of a con-woman herself?
Written by: Richard Newman
Directed by: Alvin Ganzer
Guest Stars: Sheriff Mike Latimer - John McIntire, Jennifer Lane - Suzanne Lloyd, Frank Milton - Adam West

Bank Run

Episode 19

Date Aired: January 28, 1961
Plot: When they "rob" the bank in Virginia City to save depositors from being cleaned out by its president, Hoss and Joe wind up wanted by the law.
Written by: N.B. Stone, Jr.
Directed by: Robert Altman
Guest Stars: Mr. Finch - Dan Tobin, Mr. Johnson - Wynn Pearce

The Fugitive

Episode 20

Date Aired: February 4, 1961
Plot: Adam goes to Mexico to find out how the son of a family friend was killed, only to learn the man is still alive.
Written by: Richard Landau
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Maria - Ziva Rodann, Carl Reagan - James Best

Vengeance

Episode 21

Date Aired: February 11, 1961
Plot: Hoss accidentally kills a drunk he was trying to disarm. The man's brother bushwhacks Hoss, who has lost the will to live. Joe makes a promise to Hoss that he will kill Red Twilight, the vengeful brother who bushwhacked Hoss, no matter what happens, and will not let Adam stand in his way.
Written by: Marion Parsonnet
Directed by: Dick Moder
Guest Stars: Red Twilight - Adam Williams, Mary - Beverly Tyler, Willie Twilight - Keith Richards

The Tax Collector

Episode 22

Date Aired: February 18, 1961
Plot: The kindness Hoss extends to shiftless Jock Henry is not exactly repaid when Henry becomes an assistant assessor and raises the Ponderosa's annual tax bill from $375 to $1700.
Written by: Arnold Belgard
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Jock Henry - Eddie Firestone, Ellen Henry - Kathie Browne

The Rescue

Episode 23

Date Aired: February 25, 1961
Plot: The Cartwright boys are concerned that Ben might be getting on in years, yet it is he who saves them from cattle rustlers.
Written by: Steve McNeil
Directed by: William Dario Faralla
Guest Stars: Josh Tatum - Leif Erickson

The Dark Gate

Episode 24

Date Aired: March 4, 1961
Plot: Adam is confused by the sudden behavior of his good friend, Ross Marquette. He beats up his wife, Delphine, after accusing her of having an affair with Adam. He also joins a group of rustlers and killers and helps rob a gold shipment. Adam thinks Ross is suffering from insanity, in this highlight of season two.
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: Robert Gordon
Guest Stars: Ross Marquette - James Coburn, Delphine Marquette - Ce Ce Whitney

The Duke

Episode 25

Date Aired: March 11, 1961
Plot: Hoss takes on The Duke Of London, an arrogant, abusive bare-knuckle fighter, though his brawn is no match for the Duke's agile skills.
Written by: Mathilde Ferro
Directed by: Robert Altman
Guest Stars: Duke - Maxwell Reed, Marge - Randy Stuart

Cutthroat Junction

Episode 26

Date Aired: March 18, 1961
Plot: When freight company detective Jed Trask is fired after a decade of service, he joins the thieves preventing supplies from reaching Virginia City.
Written by: Nat Tanchuck
Directed by: Dick Moder
Guest Stars: Jed Trask - Robert Lansing, Belle Trask - Shirley Ballard

The Gift

Episode 27

Date Aired: April 1, 1961
Plot: While crossing the desert to Yuma, Arizona with a white stallion intended as a birthday present for Ben, Joe runs into a pack of merciless comancheros. His companion, a former comanchero, Emiliano, who raised the horse, must get he and Joe through safely.
Written by: Thomas Thompson
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Emiliano - Martin Landau, Sam Wolfe - Jim Davis

The Rival

Episode 28

Date Aired: April 15, 1961
Plot: Jim Applegate, Hoss' rival for the affections of Cameo Johnson, is a member of a vigilante group who lynched an innocent man and his wife.
Written by: Anthony Lawrence
Directed by: Robert Altman
Guest Stars: Cameo Johnson - Peggy Ann Garner, Jim Applegate - Charles Aidman

The Infernal Machine

Episode 29

Date Aired: April 22, 1961
Plot: Hoss believes in his friend's primitive version of the automobile in this lighthearted, yet sad episode. When the "car" uses up the last of its fuel, Hoss remarks, "Dadburn it, I still say it woulda worked".
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Daniel Pettibone - Eddie Ryder, Robin Pettibone - June Kenney, Big Red - Nora Hayden, Peter Long - George Kennedy

The Thunderhead Swindle

Episode 30

Date Aired: April 29, 1961
Plot: With Virginia City on the verge of economic ruin, out of work miners put their hopes in word of a strike at a mine everbody believed was played out. Ben suspects the new owners have been stealing silver from an adjoining mine also thought dry, and resolves to prove it.
Written by: Gene L. Coon
Directed by: Dick Moder
Guest Stars: Jack Cunningham - Parley Baer, James Bronson - Judson Pratt

The Secret

Episode 31

Date Aired: May 6, 1961
Plot: Joe is the victim of an elaborate frame-up, accused of murdering a pregnant girl. When Ben is asked if Joe is telling the truth, he replies, "If I were to start doubting my son at this point, everything I've lived and worked for would be lost".
Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: Robert Altman
Guest Stars: Jerome Bell - Stephen Joyce, Betty Mae - Patricia Michon

The Dream Riders

Episode 32

Date Aired: May 20, 1961
Plot: To finance his dream of constructing an airship capable of crossing the Atlantic, Ben's old friend plans to rob the Virginia City bank while diverting the citizens' attention with a hot air balloon.
Written by: James Van Wagoner
Directed by: Robert Altman
Guest Stars: Major John Cayley - Sidney Blackmer, Bill Kingsley - Burt Douglas, Sergeant Hines - Stuart Nisbet, Diana Cayley - Diana Millay

Elizabeth, My Love

Episode 33

Date Aired: 0May 27, 1961
Plot: At the bedside of a seriously ill Adam, Ben thinks back to his days as a first mate in the merchant marines and his marriage to Adam's mother, Elizabeth Stoddard.
Written by: Anthony Lawrence
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Elizabeth Stoddard - Geraldine Brooks, Captain Stoddard - Torin Thatcher

Sam Hill

Episode 34

Date Aired: June 3, 1961
Plot: Blacksmith Sam Hill fights to keep the land on which his mother is buried, after his drunken father signs the deed over to Colonel Tyson and his private army. Poetic episode written by John T. Kelley and directed by Robert Altman.
Written by: David Dortort
Directed by: Robert Altman
Guest Stars: Sam Hill - Claude Akins, John Henry Hill - Edgar Buchanan