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The Smiler

Episode 1

Date Aired: September 24, 1961
Plot: A drunk is killed in a saloon brawl with Hoss, and though the man's brother insists there are no hard feelings, he is actually a silver-tongued devil bent on revenge.
Written by: Lewis Reed
Directed by: Thomas Carr
Guest Stars: Clarence Bolling - Herschel Bernardi, Mrs. McClure - Catherine McLeod


Episode 2

Date Aired: October 1, 1961
Plot: A friend of Ben's (Mr. Milbank) arrives at the Ponderosa at a bad time...when the Cartwright boys are fighting in the mud. Mr. Milbank, who is injured by a flying log during the fight, gives an assignment to each of the three boys. Can they fulfill the assignments, or has Springtime gotten to them all?
Written by: John Furia
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Jedediah Milbank - John Carradine

The Honor of Cochise

Episode 3

Date Aired: October 8, 1961
Plot: The Cartwrights and a bigoted army captain are pinned down by Cochise and his braves, who claim the officer poisoned 30 of their people.
Written by: Elliott Arnold
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Cochise - Jeff Morrow, Captain Moss Johnson - DeForest Kelley

The Lonely House

Episode 4

Date Aired: October 15, 1961
Plot: Little Joe pays a visit to the widow Lee Bolden, and brings her a bank draft for her husband's investments with Ben. Actually, the investments were losing propositions. Ben just wanted to help out his friend. During his visit, a wounded man stumbles into the house, and Joe recognizes him as Trock, who had just robbed the local bank. Lee Bolden was a nurse to her husband physician, and removes the bullet from Trock. Joe soon learns that Lee is in love with Trock, and that is the only thing standing between him and an early grave.
Written by: Frank Chase
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Trock - Paul Richards, Lee Bolden - Faith Domergue

The Burma Rarity

Episode 5

Date Aired: October 22, 1961
Plot: In this comic episode involving a precious emerald and the sweet widow, Clemantine Hawkins who is attracted to Ben, turns the tables on a pair of land swindlers.
Written by: N.B. Stone, Jr.
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Clemantine Hawkins - Beatrice Kay

Broken Ballad

Episode 6

Date Aired: October 29, 1961
Plot: Adam tries to help a reformed gunman who wants only to live peacefully near Virginia City. Good story without a tidy ending. Pernell's first chance to sing on the series.
Written by: John T. Kelly
Directed by: Robert Butler
Guest Stars: Ed Payson - Robert Culp, Billy Buckley - Ray Daley, Sally Cass - Abigail Shelton

The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch

Episode 7

Date Aired: November 5, 1961
Plot: Hoss and Joe become involved when "Bullethead" Burke vows revenge on an old man he claims cheated him in an investment deal.
Written by: Robert Vincent Wright
Directed by: Robert Altman
Guest Stars: Jennifer Flinch - Sue Ane Langdon, Jake the Weasel - Arnold Stang, Gideon Flinch - Ian Wolfe, Bullethead Burke - Harry Swoger

The Friendship

Episode 8

Date Aired: November 12, 1961
Plot: Joe befriends and takes responsibility for an ex-convict named Danny. Danny loves horses and is not used to people's ways on the outside of jail. Will his rough jailhouse upbringing mar any hopes of friendship?
Written by: Frank Chase
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Danny Kidd - Dean Jones, Ann Carter - Janet Lake

The Countess

Episode 9

Date Aired: November 19, 1961
Plot: A woman Ben once loved, Lady Chadwick, returns and attempts to trick him into marrying her by ruining his business. Ben says almost losing the Ponderosa will make him and his sons appreciate it more.
Written by: William R. Cox
Directed by: Robert Sparr
Guest Stars: Linda Chadwick - Margaret Hayes, Montague - John Alderson

The Horse Breaker

Episode 10

Date Aired: November 26, 1961
Plot: A professional wrangler working for the Cartwrights is paralyzed when thrown by a particularly mean bronco. The woman nursing him was once engaged to the late son of a neighboring rancher out to get Ben.
Written by: Frank Chase
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Johnny Lightly - Ben Cooper, Ann Davis - Sue Randall

Day of the Dragon

Episode 11

Date Aired: December 3, 1961
Plot: Joe wins a card game and an unexpected prize...a young lady. She goes to the Ponderosa and serves them, not wanting to be set free. Meanwhile, an army is looking for her and the Cartwrights.
Written by: John T. Dugan
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Su Ling - Lisa Lu, General Wu Chung - Richard Loo, Kam Lee - Philip Ahn

The Frenchman

Episode 12

Date Aired: December 10, 1961
Plot: An irritating man who boasts of being the reincarnation of French poet Francois Villion shows up causing trouble for the Cartwrights.
Written by: Norman Lessing
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Francois Villon - Andre Philippe, Eloise - Erika Peters

The Tin Badge

Episode 13

Date Aired: December 17, 1971
Plot: Joe accepts the job of temporary sheriff in the town of Rubicon, unaware he is being used to facilitate a scheme involving murder.
Written by: Don Ingalls
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Ab Brock - Vic Morrow, Sylvia Ann - Karen Steele


Episode 14

Date Aired: December 24, 1961
Plot: In this Christmas story, inspired by Johanna Spyri's "Heidi", Hoss and Joe come across a blind girl whose family has been killed in a wagon wreck, learning later that her grandfather is a bitter hermit who spent 21 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Written by: Anthony Lawrence
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Gabrielle Wickham - Diane Mountford, Zachariah Wickham - John Abbott

Land Grab

Episode 15

Date Aired: December 31, 1961
Plot: The Ponderosa is overrun with settlers bearing phony property deeds, and one of Ben's oldest friends is responsible.
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: David Orrick McDearmon
Guest Stars: Colonel Bragg - John McGiver

The Tall Stranger

Episode 16

Date Aired: January 7, 1962
Plot: Hoss plans to marry Margie, a pretty blonde, but Margie becomes fascinated with a tall, traveling stranger named Mark Connors. Margie marries Mark but soon finds it was far from a match made in heaven.
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Margie Owens - Kathie Browne, Marc Connors - Sean McClory

The Lady from Baltimore

Episode 17

Date Aired: January 14, 1962
Plot: An overbearing friend of the family tries to force her daughter into marrying Joe, though she does not love him. The situation grows more complex when Adam stumbles onto the scheme.
Written by: Elliott Arnold
Directed by: John Peyser
Guest Stars: Deborah Banning - Mercedes McCambridge, Melinda Banning - Audrey Dalton

The Ride

Episode 18

Date Aired: January 21, 1962
Plot: Adam races against the clock to prove a man who was once his friend is guilty of robbery and murder and Adam is convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt he is guilty.
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Bill Enders - Jan Merlin, Mary Enders - Grace Gaynor, Toby Barker - Chubby Johnson

The Storm

Episode 19

Date Aired: January 28, 1962
Plot: Joe plans to marry Laura White, daughter of a man Ben once sailed with, but she is fatally ill. Ben consoles him with words spoken years before, by the father of Adam's mother.
Written by: Denne Bart Petitclerc
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Captain Matthew White - Frank Overton, Laura White - Brooke Hayward

The Auld Sod

Episode 20

Date Aired: February 4, 1962
Plot: The Cartwrights pretend the Ponderosa belongs to the town lush, when his aging mother from Ireland arrives.
Written by: Charles Lang
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Danny Lynch - James Dunn, Nellie Lynch - Cheerio Meredith

Gift of Water

Episode 21

Date Aired: February 11, 1962
Plot: The Cartwrights dig a well, build a rig and a windmill for a drought-stricken farm family.
Written by: Borden Chase
Directed by: Jesse Hibbs
Guest Stars: Jason Ganther - Royal Dano, Mrs. Ganther - Majel Barrett, Lindy Ganther - Pam Smith

The Jackknife

Episode 22

Date Aired: February 18, 1962
Plot: Adam gives a second chance to a family man he suspects is one of the rustlers who has been hitting the Ponderosa herds.
Written by: Frank Chase
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Ann Grant - Bethel Leslie, Matthew Grant - John Archer, Jody Grant - Donald Losby

The Guilty

Episode 23

Date Aired: February 25, 1962
Plot: When Ben fails to prevent the death of a friend's son, Adam and Joe, concerned by their father's depression, attempt to prove there was nothing he could have done.
Written by: Clifford Irving
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Lem Partridge - Lyle Bettger, Jack Groat - Charles Maxwell, Caroline Partridge - Anne Benton

The Wooing of Abigail Jones

Episode 24

Date Aired: March 4, 1962
Plot: In order to keep peace on the ranch, Hoss and Joe try to help ranch hand, Hank Meyers woo the the plain-looking schoolteacher, Abigail Jones. When their first plan backfires, they convince Adam (who doesn't want to get involved) to help and this makes things worse because Abigail believes it is Adam who is wooing her and Hank Meyers believes Adam wants to steal her away.
Written by: Norman Lessing
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Hank Meyers - Vaughn Monroe, Abigail Jones - Eileen Ryan

The Lawmaker

Episode 25

Date Aired: March 11, 1962
Plot: Ben supports the appointment of Asa Moran as Virginia City's temporary sheriff, but Moran goes overboard with his authority, jailing Adam in the process and pistol-whipping a Ponderosa hand.
Written by: Dick Nelson
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Asa Moran - Arthur Franz

Look to the Stars

Episode 26

Date Aired: March 18, 1962
Plot: A young genius, Albert Michaelson, vies for a scholarship. Adam assists Albert in the boy's experiments. Albert only needs the school teacher's approval to be granted a scholarship-which will be very difficult to get considering Albert was expelled from school.
Written by: Robert M. Fresco
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Albert Michelson - Douglas Lambert, George Norton - William Schallert, Samuel Michelson - Joe De Santis, Mrs. Michelson - Penny Santon

The Gamble

Episode 27

Date Aired: April 1, 1962
Plot: In the town of Alkali, the Cartwrights are jailed on false charges of robbery and murder, but Joe escapes and returns with an army of Ponderosa hands.
Written by: Frank Cleaver, Michael Landon
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Sheriff Gains - Charles McGraw

The Crucible

Episode 28

Date Aired: April 8, 1962
Plot: Adam is left to die in the desert after two thieves take $5,000 and his horse from him. Near death, he stumbles into an old prospector named Kane who offers to lend him a mule and supplies in exchange for three day's work at his mine. Kane, however, turns out to be a demented madman. He holds Adam prisoner and tortures him to prove his theory that anyone could be driven to kill, even a man as rational as Adam. This is Pernell Robert's favorite episode along with "The Wooing Of Abigail Jones".
Written by: John T. Dugan
Directed by: Paul Nickell
Guest Stars: Peter Kane - Lee Marvin

Inger, My Love

Episode 29

Date Aired: April 15, 1962
Plot: Ben indulges in a nostalgic reverie about Hoss's deceased mother. Having worked his way west to Galesburg, IL., Ben is befriended by a girl named Inger, the fiancee of the tavern owner who gave him a job.
Written by: David Dortort
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Inger Borgstrom - Inga Swenson, Gunnar Borgstrom - Jeremy Slate

Blessed Are They

Episode 30

Date Aired: April 22, 1962
Plot: When two feuding families argue over the custody of two orphaned children, a reluctant Ben is called upon to straighten out the situation before real trouble erupts.
Written by: Borden Chase
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Inger Borgstrom - Inga Swenson, Gunnar Borgstrom - Jeremy Slate

The Dowry

Episode 31

Date Aired: April 29, 1962
Plot: The Cartwrights get mixed up in the romance of a phony heiress and an equally phony land baron.
Written by: Robert Vincent Wright
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Michele Dubois - Luciana Paluzzi, Don Ricardo Fernandez - Lee Bergere, Alexander Dubois - Steven Geray

The Long Night

Episode 32

Date Aired: May 6, 1962
Plot: Ben, Joe and Adam travel to Bowleg to pay the yearly taxes on the Ponderosa. After the transaction is completed, Ben and Joe ride over the summit to join the cattle drive. Adam is on his way to Genoa and is carrying a $10,000 bank draft his father has given him. A prison guard rides into town and announces two hombres have broke out and escaped who are holdup men and killers. Elmer Trace and his partner Poindexter were assisted by a guard in escaping prison and they betray him on the trail. Trace takes his clothes, horse and firearms, leaving Poindexter with only a rifle and rides off. Meanwhile, the Sheriff of Bowleg organizes a posse immediately.
Written by: George Stackalee
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Elmer Trace - James Coburn, Billy McCord - Jack Chaplain, Sheriff Hill - Frank Ferguson, Townsend - William Bramley, Henry Neighbors - Whit Bissell, Skidmore - Paul Dubov, Poindexter - Bing Russell

The Mountain Girl

Episode 33

Date Aired: May 13, 1962
Plot: Joe promises a dying sheepman he will make sure the old man's granddaughter gets her rightful inheritance from a wealthy San Francisco family. This episode was filmed immediately after "Inger, My Love", which explains why Blocker's arm is still in a sling.
Written by: John Furia
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Trudy Harker - Nina Shipman, Paul - Warren Oates

The Miracle Maker

Episode 34

Date Aired: May 20, 1962
Plot: Hoss blames himself when a young woman is crippled in a wagon accident, and hopes a faith healer can help her walk again.
Written by: Frank Cleaver
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Garth - Ed Nelson, Susan Blanchard - Patricia Breslin