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The First Born

Episode 1

Date Aired: September 23, 1962
Plot: Clay Stafford signs on to work for the Cartwrights and shortly afterwards shoots and kills a man who accuses him of cheating at poker. The miners warn Clay to leave town, but it appears he killed in self-defense. Surprisingly, he tells Little Joe that he is his half-brother, and Marie was his mother. Ben listens to his story and takes his word for it, but Adam and Hoss think he should wire the judge in New Orleans to confirm Clay's real identity. Meanwhile, Clay and Joe develop a close relationship, but the vengeful miners still want Clay out of Virginia City and their first warning, is when Joe is beaten up by them. Ultimately, Clay decides life on the ranch is not for him.
Written by: Judy George
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Clay Stafford - Barry Coe

The Quest

Episode 2

Date Aired: September 30, 1962
Plot: Determined to prove he can succeed at something without the help of his Pa, Hoss, and Adam, Joe sets out on his quest and wins a timber contract for Ponderosa timber, and later discovers that having a family to rely on can definitely be an asset.
Written by: John Joseph
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Dave Donovan - Jim Beck, Will Poavey - Grant Richards, Jake Webber - Frank Gerstle

The Artist

Episode 3

Date Aired: October 7, 1962
Plot: Ben helps Matthew Raine, a famous painter who has gone blind and now wallows in self-pity, discover a new purpose in life. However, Raine's employee Gavin has other ideas.
Written by: Frank Chase
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Matthew Raine - Dan O' Herlihy, Ann Loring - Virginia Grey

A Hot Day for a Hanging

Episode 4

Date Aired: October 14, 1962
Plot: Hoss is jailed for robbing the bank in Dutchman Flats, a town on the brink of economic collapse, even the sheriff knows he is innocent, but a lynch mob gathers and Hoss' fate is not good.
Written by: Preston Wood
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Sheriff Tom Steadman - Denver Pyle, Mary Ann - Olive Sturgess

The Deserter

Episode 5

Date Aired: October 21, 1962
Plot: An Indian-hating officer, Colonel Edward J. Dunwoody, comes to the Ponderosa looking for army deserter Bill Winters, who is a good friend of the Cartwrights. Bill happens to be his son and is married to an Indian. It seemed Bill deserted when he was ordered to massacre the Shoshone, by poisoning their food and water, genocide. The Shoshone find out and abduct Bill's father.
Written by: Norman Lessing
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Colonel Edward J. Dunwoody - Claude Akins, Bill Winters - Robert Sampson, Maria Winters - Gale Garnett

The Way Station

Episode 6

Date Aired: October 28, 1962
Plot: With a storm brewing, Adam takes refuge at a way station, run by cantankerous Jesse and his young grandaughter Marty, who yearns to see what exists away from the way station. The station is also visited by Luke Martin, a killer who is running from a posse. He makes Marty an empty promise to take her with him and see the world together, but Adam steps in and suggests Luke let her alone. Everybody but Marty is relieved to see him go, but he quickly returns and holds everyone hostage to protect himself from the posse.
Written by: Frank Cleaver
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Luke Martin - Robert Vaughn, Marty - Dawn Wells

The War Comes to Washoe

Episode 7

Date Aired: November 4, 1962
Plot: The Civil War once again divides the citizens of Nevada, as well as Adam and Joe Cartwright. One of season four's highlights, the plot involving British spy Bill Stewart, based on historical fact.
Written by: Alvin Sapinsley
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Judge David Terry - Harry Townes, Morvath Terry - Joyce Taylor

Knight Errant

Episode 8

Date Aired: November 18, 1962
Plot: Hoss volunteers to pickup an injured neighbor's mail-order bride, but by the time they return, she has fallen in love with Hoss and a price is put on Hoss' head.
Written by: Joseph Hoffman
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Lottie Hawkins - Judi Meredith, Walter Prescott - John Doucette

The Beginning

Episode 9

Date Aired: November 25, 1962
Plot: Billy Horne is a white man who was captured by the Shoshone when he was six. He comes into Ben & Joe's campsite one night uninvited. They capture him and take him to town. Roy Coffee wants to put him in jail for safekeeping, but Ben says he'll take him to the Ponderosa. They buy Horne clothes and become friends to him. A guy named Milton Tanner says the deed to the Ponderosa is weak and tries to take a third of it. Billy goes to Tanner's ranch and warns him that he will kill him if he tries to take the land. Tanner turns his dog loose on Billy. Billy kills the dog and then Tanner, who is going for a gun. Billy pleads guilty, but breaks out. Eventually he goes back with Joe and tells what really happened.
Written by: Preston Wood
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Billy Horn - Carl Reindel

The Deadly Ones

Episode 10

Date Aired: December 2, 1962
Plot: The Ponderosa becomes a war zone when it is invaded by a detachment of Mexican mercenaries under General Diaz. The general is furious when one of his men, Forsythe, disobeys his orders to get a hostage peacefully, and instead shoots Little Joe in the back. Diaz forces Ben to lead his men over the back roads of the Ponderosa, so they can ambush a gold train led by Emperor Maximilian's men.
Written by: Denne Bart Petitclerc
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: General Diaz - Will Kuluva, Forsythe - Leo Gordon, Johnny Sims - Lee Farr, Molly Reed - Jena Engstrom

Gallagher's Sons

Episode 11

Date Aired: December 9, 1962
Plot: Hoss helps Charlie and Will (Charlotte and Willomina), two young girls who just lost their father. They go on a journey to find their only nearby relative, Aunt Cloe. Charlie takes with her a stolen sack of money that her father gave her and tries her best to lose Hoss. Four bandits show up looking for the loot Charlie has. In the end, Hoss finds out about the stolen money and talks the girls into giving it back. He puts them in dresses and sends them off to Boston on a stage, telling them they did the right thing and will probably get the money back as a reward for helping capture the bandits!
Written by: Dick Nelson
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Blake - Robert Strauss, Charlie Gallagher - Larrian Gillespie, Will Gallagher - Eileen Chesis

The Decision

Episode 12

Date Aired: December 16, 1962
Plot: Hoss is seriously injured internally and Ben seeks help from the only doctor within 50 miles, who happens to be in prison for murder. Ben talks to the judge, and with some convincing, talks him into letting the doctor look at Hoss. Danny, who works for the Doctor, tells Ben what he saw about the murder. Ben discovers what really happened and proves to the judge that the doctor really is innocent. The judge stops the hanging and Hoss survives.
Written by: Frank Chase
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Dr. Michael Johns - DeForest Kelley, Judge Franklin Grant - John Hoyt, Karen Johns - Lisabeth Hush

The Good Samaritan

Episode 13

Date Aired: December 23, 1962
Plot: Hoss decides to help out Wade Tyree and introduces him to Abigail and her daughter, Bonnie. Hoss hopes this will stop Wade's constant drinking. Wade soon marries Abigail, but when things don't go his way, he goes back to drinking. Hoss helps out by helping the new family plant crops. When no rain comes, Hoss introduces them to irrigation, and Abigail faints while watering the crops. Wade realizes he has been a terrible husband and father, but gets a second chance when Abigail finds out she is going to have another child. Abigail and Bonnie both forgive Wade and a new family is born!
Written by: Robert Bloomfield
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Abigail Hinton - Jeanne Cooper, Wade Tyree - Don Collier

The Jury

Episode 14

Date Aired: December 30, 1962
Plot: When Hoss is responsible for causing a hung jury, Ben tells him, "a man is never wrong doing what he thinks is right", and Adam attempts to validate his brother's reasonable doubt.
Written by: Robert Vincent Wright
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Jamie Wren - Jack Betts, Bud Murdock - Don Haggerty

The Colonel

Episode 15

Date Aired: January 6, 1963
Plot: Frank Medford, a figure from Ben's "wild, misspent youth", shows up in Virginia City, and though down on his luck, creates troubles for the Cartwrights by claiming to be a successful businessman.
Written by: Preston Wood
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Colonel Frank Medford - John Larkin, Emily Colfax - Helen Westcott

Song in the Dark

Episode 16

Date Aired: January 13, 1963
Plot: Adam's guitar-strumming friend, ranch hand Danny Morgan, is arrested on suspicion of murdering and robbing the Widow Baker. Someone had reported hearing Danny singing outside her place at the time of the murder. More, importantly, Morgan has bad scratches on his arm, and the widow was found with human skin under her fingernails. Adam is thoroughly convinced that Danny couldn't have done it; the two became friends after Danny saved Adam's life a few years ago.
Written by: Judy George
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Reverend William Johnson - Edward Andrews, Danny Morgan - Gregory Walcott, Mary Johnson - Virginia Christine

Elegy for a Hangman

Episode 17

Date Aired: January 20, 1963
Plot: A stranger, Bob Jolly, arrives in Virginia City to accuse a drunken Judge Harry Whitaker of sending his innocent father, Carl, to the gallows. Adam defends the judge's honor because of his long friendship with the Cartwrights. After Adam talks with Jolly, he begins to believe his story. Upon further investigation, Adam discovers that Senator Cal Prince and Hobie Klinderman as well as the judge might have had a lot to gain from Carl Jolly's murder. In an attempt to learn what really happened, Adam organizes an informal meeting in the saloon.
Written by: E.M. Parsons
Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse
Guest Stars: Bob Jolly - Keir Dullea, Judge Harry Whitaker - Otto Kruger

Half a Rogue

Episode 18

Date Aired: January 27, 1963
Plot: In this entertaining episode, laced with humor, Hoss first meets mountain man Jim Leyton. Bing Russell makes his first appearance as Deputy Clem Foster.
Written by: Arnold Belgard
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Jim Leyton - Slim Pickens

The Last Haircut

Episode 19

Date Aired: February 3, 1963
Plot: A vain outlaw murders a man in front of witnesses, including Joe, but a clever lawyer is able to get him acquitted. Though enraged, Joe has to convince the dead man's son it is wrong to take the law into their own hands.
Written by: Charles Lang
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Duke Miller - Perry Lopez

Marie, My Love

Episode 20

Date Aired: February 10, 1963
Plot: When Cochise falls on Joe, Ben cannot help but remember that is how Marie Cartwright was killed. He thinks back to meeting her in New Orleans in a rather confusing story not quite in synch with details discussed in "The First Born".
Written by: Anthony Lawrence
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Marie De Val-Marigny - Felicia Farr, Marius Angeville - Eduard Franz, Edward Darcy - George Dolenz, Madam Marigny - Lili Valenty, Andre - Richard Angarola

The Hayburner

Episode 21

Date Aired: February 17, 1963
Plot: For a change, it is Adam rather than Joe who becomes mixed up in one of Hoss' funny exploits. Together they purchase a thoroughbred horse, and end up competing against their little brother in the big Virginia City race. This is Pernell Robert's favorite comedy episode.
Written by: Alex Sharp
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Enos Milford - William Demarest, Cora Milford - Ellen Corby

The Actress

Episode 22

Date Aired: February 24, 1963
Plot: Joe becomes romantically involved with a woman who considers herself a serious dramatic actress. Unfortunately, she is the only one who does.
Written by: Norman Lessing
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Julia Grant - Patricia Crowley, Edwin Booth - John Rodney

A Stranger Passed This Way

Episode 23

Date Aired: March 3, 1963
Plot: Hoss develops amnesia after being bushwhacked and hit over the head by two outlaws and moves in with a Dutch couple. The woman regards him as a substitute for her dead son, and unless he recovers his memory, the other Cartwrights fear he will leave them forever.
Written by: William Stuart
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Julia Grant - Patricia Crowley, Edwin Booth - John Rodney

The Way of Aaron

Episode 24

Date Aired: March 10, 1963
Plot: Adam takes a shine to Rebecca Kaufman, the daughter of a Jewish peddler, and bandits are convinced the Kaufman wagon is worth robbing.
Written by: Raphael Blau
Directed by: Murray Golden
Guest Stars: Aaron Kaufman - Ludwig Donath, Rebecca Kaufman - Aneta Corsaut

A Woman Lost

Episode 25

Date Aired: March 17, 1963
Plot: Ben's attempt to rehabilitate an alcoholic singer he knew in better days are complicated by her involvment with a former prize fighter.
Written by: Frank Chase
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Rita "Dolly" Marlowe - Ruta Lee

Any Friend of Walter's

Episode 26

Date Aired: March 24, 1963
Plot: Classic comedy in which Hoss first meets prospector Obie and his lazy but allegedly brilliant mongrel dog, Walter.
Written by: Lois Hire
Directed by: John Florea
Guest Stars: Obie - Arthur Hunnicutt, Walter the dog, Bessie Sue Hightower - Katie Barrett

Mirror of a Man

Episode 27

Date Aired: March 31, 1963
Plot: The peaceful world of a Ponderosa hand is disturbed by the arrival of his no-good father and twin brother, who is a wanted man.
Written by: A.I. Bezzerides
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Jud Lally / Homer Barnes / Rube Barnes - Ron Hayes, Luke Barnes - Ford Rainey

My Brother's Keeper

Episode 28

Date Aired: April 7, 1963
Plot: While hunting for a wolf, Joe is attacked by the wolf. Adam also hunting for the wolf, hears Joe struggling with the wolf comes to Joe's aid. He fires his rifle but the bullet hits Joe. Adam hurries over knocks the wolf off Joe, shoots, and then kills the wolf. The damage has already been done with the wolf bite and Adam's bullet in Joe. Adam has to rush his little brother back to the Ponderosa. Will he make it back to save Little Joe's life, since the wolf's bite is fatal?
Written by: Seeleg Lester
Directed by: Murray Golden
Guest Stars: Shelia Reardon - Carolyn Kearney, Emmett Reardon - Brendan Dillon

Five into the Wind

Episode 29

Date Aired: April 21, 1963
Plot: After their stagecoach crashes, a group of rag-tag passengers and Joe must get out of the desert alive. One of the passengers may or may not be a murderer and Joe is accused.
Written by: Meyer Dolinksy
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Lory Hayden - Kathleen Crowley, Roberto de Sorto - Mario Alcalde, Mr. Henshaw - Dabbs Greer, Howard Benson - Kelly Thordsen, Nora Whiteley - Betsy-Jones Moreland

Saga of Whizzer McGee

Episode 30

Date Aired: April 28, 1963
Plot: Hoss becomes concerned for the welfare of an insecure, belligerent fellow who is as small as Hoss is large. Interesting blend of comedy and pathos that ends unpredictably.
Written by: Robert Lyon Welch
Directed by: Don McDougall
Guest Stars: Whizzer McGee - George Brenlin, Melissa - Jeanne Bal

Thunder Man

Episode 31

Date Aired: May 5, 1963
Plot: Little Joe's 19-year old girlfriend is killed by a good samaritan, an explosives expert who had stopped to render aid to the woman's uncle after he suffers a stroke. Unable to talk, the only clue he can offer the investigating Cartwrights is a scrawled title of the song the assailant was whistling - "New Orleans Woman."
Written by: Lewis Reed
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: William Poole - Simon Oakland, Mrs. Gibson - Evelyn Scott

Rich Man, Poor Man

Episode 32

Date Aired: May 12, 1963
Plot: Claude Miller, the laughingstock of Virginia City, gets even with everyone who made fun of him when he strikes it rich.
Written by: Richard P. McDonagh
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Claude Miller - John Fiedler, Daisy - Florence Sundstrom

The Boss

Episode 33

Date Aired: May 19, 1963
Plot: Ben regrets that he helped Tom Slayden start a freight hauling business when Slayden sets out to ruin all the competition, and Joe is shot in the process.
Written by: Leo Gordon
Directed by: Arthur H. Nadel
Guest Stars: Tom Slayden - Carroll O' Connor, Karen Slayden - Judee Morton

Little Man... Ten Feet Tall

Episode 34

Date Aired: May 26, 1963
Plot: When a Italian immigrant comes to the Ponderosa, he decides he wants to give up the guitar to become a cowboy.
Written by: Eric Norden
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Nick Biancci - Ross Martin, Mario Biancci - Michael Davis