Bonanza

The Decision

Season 4, Ep 12, Aired 12/16/62
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  • Episode Description
  • Hoss is seriously injured on a cattle drive and Ben takes him to a nearby town in search of a doctor. Unfortunately, the only physician is in jail, waiting to be hung for murder. Ben talks the judge into letting the doctor take a look at Hoss, and helps to prove the innocence of the medicine man.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dan Blocker

    Eric "Hoss" Cartwright

  • Lorne Greene

    Ben Cartwright

  • Pernell Roberts

    Adam Cartwright

  • Michael Landon

    Joseph "Little Joe" Francis Cartwright

  • David Dortort

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Hoss: If he says I need an operation, I reckon I need an operation, Pa. Kinda get the idea that he knows more than we do. Besides, I'm getting sort of tired layin' here on my, on my backside.

    Notes (3)

    • German episode title: "Der einzige Arzt", meaning "The Only Doctor".

    • John Hoyt would go on to play the doctor in the Star Trek episode The Cage. DeForest Kelly would go onto play the doctor of the Enterprise for the rest of the series run.

    • Featured Cartwright: Ben

    Trivia (1)

    • On November 18th, 2006 TVLand aired this episode as part of a weekend marathon celebrating Star Trek, because it guest stars actor DeForest Kelly - better known as Star Trek's Dr Leonard McCoy. As it happens, Kelly also plays a doctor in this Bonanza episode.

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