Bonanza

The Legacy

Season 5, Ep 11, Aired 12/15/63
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  • Episode Description
  • Adam, Hoss and Joe mistakenly believe their father was murdered. They split into three different directions to confront the supposed killers. In his heart, Ben knows his sons will not act outside the law; but he is not 100% sure that Joe will behave correctly.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dan Blocker

    Eric "Hoss" Cartwright

  • Lorne Greene

    Ben Cartwright

  • Pernell Roberts

    Adam Cartwright

  • Michael Landon

    Joseph "Little Joe" Francis Cartwright

  • Anthony Wilson

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Ben: Three wives. Three sons. All of them so different.

    • Adam: I'm not interested in your character references.

    • Roy: Now you just hold on. That's alright is you want to go looking for him but if you find them remember that's a case for the law. You remember that.

    • Joe: No, I didn't kill him. Nobody deserved killing like he did, but I couldn't do it. Had the rifle pointed at him and my finger on the trigger and I just couldn't do it—maybe it was because it was your rifle. He confessed to his father. Sheriff Coffee is going to go pick him up tomorrow.

    • Ben: You tend to see in your children only what you hope to see. I don't think Adam could do anything without giving it some real deep thought. Any more than Hoss could do anything without giving it some real deep feeling.

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    Notes (2)

    • German episode title: "Das Vermächtnis", meaning "The Legacy".

    • This episode was reedited to form the frame of the 1994 NBC special Back to Bonanza. Ben is shown getting shot and tended to by the coachman. Then as he tells the driver about each of his sons, we see clips from other episodes featuring that specific son.

    Trivia (1)

    • Saloon of choice: The Wild Horse

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