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Something Hurt, Something Wild

Episode 1

Date Aired: September 11, 1966
Plot: The Cartwrights' friendship with a neighboring rancher is threatened by his mentally unstable daughter.
Written by: William R. Cox
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Laurie Ferguson - Lynn Loring, Jed Ferguson - Lyle Bettger

Horse of a Different Hue

Episode 2

Date Aired: September 18, 1966
Plot: So the Cartwrights will not be killed, one of Ben's oldest friends must make sure Joe does not win a horse race.
Written by: William R. Cox
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Colonel Fairchild - Charles Ruggles, Patty Lou Fairchild - Julie Parrish

A Time to Step Down

Episode 3

Date Aired: September 25, 1966
Plot: After the Cartwrights put wrangler Dan Tolliver out to pasture, the embittered old man plans to take part in robbing the Ponderosa.
Written by: Frank Chase
Directed by: Paul Henreid
Guest Stars: Dan Tolliver - Ed Begley, Sr., Beth Riley - Audrey Totter

The Pursued (1)

Episode 4

Date Aired: October 2, 1966
Plot: A Mormon with two wives is badgered by the town's people and then things get much worse.
Written by: Thomas Thompson
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Heber Clauson - Eric Fleming, Susannah Clauson - Dina Merrill, Elizabeth Ann - Lois Nettleton, Carbo - Vincent Beck

The Pursued (2)

Episode 5

Date Aired: October 9, 1966
Plot: As the persecuted party awaits Ben and Hoss' return, Herber is shot and killed. Joe retaliates and shoots Herber's assassin.
Written by: Thomas Thompson
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Heber Clauson - Eric Fleming, Susannah Clauson - Dina Merrill, Elizabeth Ann - Lois Nettleton, Carbo - Vincent Beck

To Bloom for Thee

Episode 6

Date Aired: October 16, 1966
Plot: Hoss is engaged to Carol Attley, a troubled woman with a past darker than he imagines.
Written by: June Randolph
Directed by: Sutton Roley
Guest Stars: Carol Attley - Geraldine Brooks, Demers - Don Haggerty

Credit for a Kill

Episode 7

Date Aired: October 23, 1966
Plot: Though his friend is badly in need of the reward money, Joe insists it belongs to him, to protect his friend from the dead outlaws' brothers.
Written by: Frederick Louis Fox
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Sheriff Fenton - Don Collier, Lorna Medford - Luana Patten, Morgan Tanner - Dean Harens, Martha Tanner - Regina Gleason

Four Sisters from Boston

Episode 8

Date Aired: October 30, 1966
Plot: The Cartwrights come to the rescue of four inexperienced homesteaders, when devious cattle ranchers try to run them off their property.
Written by: John M. Chester
Directed by: Alan Crosland Jr.
Guest Stars: Sarah Lowell - Vera Miles, Gabrielle - Lyn Edgington, Lorraine - Madeline Mack, Heather - Melinda Plowman

Old Charlie

Episode 9

Date Aired: November 6, 1966
Plot: A young cowpoke is killed during a fight with Hoss, but the old blowhard who runs the Virginia City stables, takes the credit, placing him in danger from the dead man's brothers.
Written by: Robert Duncan
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Charlie - John McIntire, Annie - Jeanette Nolan, George and Billy Barker - Tim McIntire

Ballad of the Ponderosa

Episode 10

Date Aired: November 13, 1966
Plot: A young troubadour, who blames Ben for the death of his father, returns to Virginia City. In one scene, Ben says the young man is welcome to use Adam's guitar.
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Colter Preston - Randy Boone, Lisa Stanley - Ann Doran

The Oath

Episode 11

Date Aired: November 20, 1966
Plot: While in another town, on business, Ben runs into a saloon employee who is a big figure, and after he kills an old miner, who has burned down his house, Ben takes him into the sheriff. He is sentenced and hung. Before his departure, Charlie Monahan, has made his half-breed son, Charlie Two, swear an oath to kill Ben. Little Joe is made aware of this and must track him down to prevent him from carrying out his oath against Ben. Charlie Two is unaware that Joe is Ben's son, as they meet on the trail.
Written by: Sidney Ellis
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Charlie Two - Tony Bill, Big Charlie Monahan - Douglas Kennedy

A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town

Episode 12

Date Aired: November 27, 1966
Plot: When the woman he was planning to marry is strangled, Joe forces the only suspect to come forward, in a very tense-filled episode.
Written by: Herman Hoffman
Directed by: Herman Hoffman
Guest Stars: Willie Mae Rikeman - Louise Latham, Jud Rikeman - Mark Slade, Jed Rikeman - Robert Doyle

The Bridegroom

Episode 13

Date Aired: December 4, 1966
Plot: Joe plays matchmaker in this story of a rancher attempting to marry off his supposedly unremarkable daughter.
Written by: Walter Black
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Maggie Dowling - Joanne Linville, Tuck Dowling - Jeff Corey, Jared Wilson - Ron Hayes

Tommy

Episode 14

Date Aired: December 18, 1966
Plot: The Cartwrights protect a woman and her deaf-mute little son from the boy's outlaw stepfather.
Written by: Mort Thaw
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Allie Miller - Janet de Gore, Jess Miller - Michael Witney, Tommy - Teddy Quinn

A Christmas Story

Episode 15

Date Aired: December 25, 1966
Plot: Warbling Andy Walker returns to Virginia City a big success, along with his shifty Uncle Thaddeus.
Written by: Thomas Thompson
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Guest Stars: Andy Walker - Wayne Newton, Thaddeus Cade - Jack Oakie

Ponderosa Explosion

Episode 16

Date Aired: January 1, 1967
Plot: Two Virginia City old-timers fool Hoss and Joe into raising rabbits, and the Ponderosa is overrun with paws and whiskers.
Written by: Alex Sharp
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Barlow - Dub Taylor, Clyde - Chubby Johnson

Justice

Episode 17

Date Aired: January 8, 1967
Plot: When the woman he was planning to marry is strangled, Joe forces the only suspect to come forward.
Written by: Richard Wendley
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Horace - Beau Bridges, Sally Bristol - Shirley Bonne, Mrs. Cutler - Lurene Tuttle

A Bride for Buford

Episode 18

Date Aired: January 15, 1967
Plot: Dolly Bantree has a crooked manager "Blackie", who blackmails Dolly to fleece newly rich miner Buford out of his newfound wealth. Hoss suspects something and gets all duded up to pose as a rich mark to test Dolly.
Written by: Robert V. Barron
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Dolly Bantree - Lola Albright, Buford Buckalew - Jack Elam

Black Friday

Episode 19

Date Aired: January 22, 1967
Plot: In the town of Chiso, Joe encounters a former Ponderosa cowhand who is now a gunfighter and expecting to be killed on Friday the 13th. John Saxon makes the first of his three appearances in the series, in this episode as Steven Friday.
Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Steven Friday - John Saxon, Josh "Judge" Wyllit - Ford Rainey

The Unseen Wound

Episode 20

Date Aired: January 29, 1967
Plot: Ben discovers that his friend, Sheriff Paul Rowan, is suffering from stress brought on by his wartime experiences.
Written by: Frank Chase
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Guest Stars: Sheriff Paul Rowan - Leslie Neilsen, Catherine Rowan - Nancy Malone

Journey to Terror

Episode 21

Date Aired: February 5, 1967
Plot: Joe visits his married friends in Arizona Territory, only to discover the husband has become a criminal and is secretly part of a notorious gang.
Written by: Joel Murcott
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Wade Hollister - John Ericson, Tom Blackwell - Jason Evers, Ellie Sue Blackwell - Elizabeth Rogers, Rita - Lory Patrick

Amigo

Episode 22

Date Aired: February 12, 1967
Plot: A wounded comanchero sides with the Cartwrights when the rest of the gang, led by Captain Fenner, shows up to burn and rob the Ponderosa.
Written by: Jack Turley
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Amigo - Henry Darrow, Captain John Fenner - Gregory Walcott

A Woman in the House

Episode 23

Date Aired: February 19, 1967
Plot: Mary Wharton, an old friend of the family, comes to live on the Ponderosa with her shiftless husband. When Ben learns Mary is the victim of domestic abuse, he sends Russ packing.
Written by: Joel Murcott
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Guest Stars: Russ Wharton - Paul Richards, Mary Farnum Wharton - Diane Baker

Judgment at Red Creek

Episode 24

Date Aired: February 26, 1967
Plot: Hoss and Joe have their doubts as to who really robbed a way station, suspecting the two men they captured are innocent.
Written by: Robert Sabaroff
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Sheriff Will Rimbau - John Ireland, Morgan - John Rayner, Hill - Martin West

Joe Cartwright, Detective

Episode 25

Date Aired: March 5, 1967
Plot: Joe becomes fascinated by detective literature and drags Hoss into the picture when he suspects the bank is going to be robbed.
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Perkins - Mort Mills, Simms - Ken Lynch, Barnes - Ed Prentiss, Charlie - Herb Vigran

Dark Enough to See the Stars

Episode 26

Date Aired: March 12, 1967
Plot: Young Billy Wilcox wanders onto the Ponderosa, sick, hungry, and alone. Ben finds him, and after he regains his strength, offers Billy a job. Jennifer Yardley, who with her father is visiting the Cartwrights, is interested in Billy. Billy is more concerned about a lawman that has come to town because he has a past that could be problematic: he killed a man in self-defense and ran.
Written by: Kelly Covin
Directed by: Don Daves
Guest Stars: Billy Wilcox / Aaron Mendoza - Richard Evans, Jennifer Yardley - Linda Foster

The Deed and the Dilemma

Episode 27

Date Aired: March 26, 1967
Plot: Ben assists Georgio Rossi in his battle for water on adjoining property.
Written by: William F. Leicester
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Georgio Rossi - Jack Kruschen, Regina Rossi - Brioni Farrell

The Prince

Episode 28

Date Aired: April 2, 1967
Plot: The Cartwrights play host to Russian royals, who are the target of jewel thieves.
Written by: Melvin Levy
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Prince Vlady & Peters - Lloyd Bochner, Count Alexis - Warren Stevens, Countess Elena - Claire Griswold

A Man Without Land

Episode 29

Date Aired: April 9, 1967
Plot: The foreman of a neighboring ranch frames Joe for murder as part of a scheme to get his employer's property.
Written by: Steve McNeil
Directed by: Don Daves
Guest Stars: Ed Phillips - Jeremy Slate, Matt Jeffers - Royal Dano, Millie Perkins - Joan Marshall

Napoleon's Children

Episode 30

Date Aired: April 16, 1967
Plot: A gang of juvenile delinquents, led by an intelligent runt, who calls himself Napoleon, terrorizes Virginia City and the Ponderosa as well.
Written by: Robert Guy Borrows
Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Donny - Michael Burns, Ted / Napoleon - Robert Biheller

The Wormwood Cup

Episode 31

Date Aired: April 23, 1967
Plot: A woman - convinced Little Joe intentionally killed her brother - offers $1,000 to the man who kills the youngest Cartwright in what she deems a "fair fight." Joe, meanwhile, must overcome his guilt over killing another man in self defense while trying to avoid the dead man's bitterly grieving father.
Written by: Joy Dexter
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Amos Crenshaw - Frank Overton, Linda Roberts - Judi Meredith

Clarissa

Episode 32

Date Aired: April 30, 1967
Plot: The Cartwrights' cousin, Clarissa visits. Her assertive, snobbish ways result in nothing but trouble for Ben and his sons.
Written by: Chester Krumholz
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Clarissa - Nina Foch

Maestro Hoss

Episode 33

Date Aired: May 7, 1967
Plot: Hoss is conned into buying a violin from a gypsy fortune teller, and everyone on the Ponderosa--except for Hop Sing--suffers the consequences.
Written by: U. S. Anderson
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Madam Marova - Zsa Zsa Gabor

The Greedy Ones

Episode 34

Date Aired: May 14, 1967
Plot: The Ponderosa is in danger of being overrun by gold hunters.
Written by: James Amesbury
Directed by: Don Daves
Guest Stars: Shasta - Robert Middleton, Gus Schultz - George Chandler