Bonanza

The Beginning

Season 4, Ep 9, Aired 11/25/62
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  • Episode Description
  • Joe befriends Billy Horne, a young white man who was raised by the Shoshones since childhood. Meanwhile, shady operator Milton Tanner produces some ancient deeds and claims a third of the Ponderosa belongs to him. While Ben works with his lawyer, Billy doesn't like what's being done to his new friends and takes matters into his own hands.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Clark (I)

    Ranch Hand (uncredited)

  • Betty Endicott

    Saloon Girl (uncredited)

  • Lorne Greene

    Ben Cartwright

  • Michael Landon

    Joseph "Little Joe" Francis Cartwright

  • Preston Wood

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Roy: You know he ain't took a loud breath ever since you brought him in here.

    • Joe: (to Billy) No, of course it's not better. It's just the way it is, that's all. You have to take what you learn from the Indian. Take what you learn from the white man and then decide which is good and which is bad.

    • Billy: No. If cannot defend what own, not deserve it.

    • Ben: Mr. Tanner, neither you nor anybody else is gonna make a mud hole out of the Ponderosa.

    • Billy: That your land? Ben: Yeah...and that's the way it's gonna stay.

    Notes (6)

    • Scenes were filmed on location at California's Iverson Ranch.

    • German episode title: "Der wei├če Indianer", meaning "The White Indian".

    • The southern boundary of the Ponderosa is Buck Horn Creek.

    • Hoss and Adam are away during the course of this episode. They're off getting some cattle.

    • Ned Lewis is a lawyer.

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