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Episode Guide

    • Forever
      Season 14 - Episode 1
      In this two-hour season premiere, Joe meets and falls in love with Alice Harper. They marry and soon learn they are expecting a child. Ruthless gambler Damien and his henchmen attempt to collect on a debt owed by Alice's deadbeat brother. When she refuses, she's murdered and then the house set ablaze. A devastated Joe wanders the countryside aimlessly for days before stumbling onto Damien's involvement. He recruits Candy and the two go in search of his wife's murderer.moreless
    • Between Heaven and Earth
      Between Heaven and Earth
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      When Joe and his friend Mitch go after a puma, Joe climbs a big peak and throws his gun up higher, intending to crawl up after it. But as he looks down, things begin to spin. He realises he can't go any higher, and he retreats down the hill. Needing to prove himself, Joe spars against Mitch.moreless
    • Springtime
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Ben's friend Jebediah Milbank is accidentally injured by the Cartwright boys' rowdy horseplay in the mud. While Milbank convalesces in their home, Ben has each of a boys attend to a piece of the recovering man's business, sending each off in a different direction.
    • The Secret
      The Secret
      Season 2 - Episode 31
      Joe is brought to court and accused of murdering Mary Parsons. Her father and brothers claim that she was going to elope with Joe on the night she was killed. No one is more surprised by this news than Joe himself. The main witness against the youngest Cartwright is an old friend, John Hardner.moreless
    • The Boss
      The Boss
      Season 4 - Episode 33
      Power-hungry freight line owner Tom Slayden has cheated, connived and bullied himself into the "boss" for Virginia City. The Cartwright family has the misfortune of crossing his path when one of Slayden's henchmen shoots Joe in the back for trespassing.
    • The Wooing of Abigail Jones
      The Wooing of Abigail Jones
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      Hoss and Joe try to help ranch hand Hank Meyers woo the the plain-looking schoolteacher, Abigail Jones. When their first plan backfires, they convince Adam (who doesn't want to get involved) to help. This makes things worse because Abigail now believes it's Adam who's wooing her and Hank thinks Adam is trying to steal her away.moreless
    • The Flapjack Contest
      The Flapjack Contest
      Season 6 - Episode 15
      Hoss is entered into a flapjack-eating contest by Joe, who needs money to replace a ruby that was stolen from him. To insure a win, Joe puts an unhappy Hoss on a starvation diet, rigging up the kitchen with alarms to keep him away from the food. In the meantime, the boys' attempts to replace a broken window with a new pane of glass proves to be an impossible task.moreless
    • Justice Deferred
      Justice Deferred
      Season 9 - Episode 13
      An anguished Hoss discovers that his testimony helped hang an innocent man accused of murder. As he struggles to bring the real killer to justice, Hoss must also combat the cowardice of another witness and the jury foreman, an influential banker.
    • The Lonely House
      The Lonely House
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Joe is doing business at the Virginia City bank when it's held up. Later, when he's at the widow Boden's home, one of the robbers, Trock, and his crew come by and take the two hostage. Unexpectedly, Trock begins to fall in love with the beautiful widow.
    • Showdown
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      The season opens with the Virginia City bank being robbed. One of the robbers, Sam Kirby, gets hired as a ranch hand at the Ponderosa to keep an eye on the search activity for his gang. The Cartwrights find the new hand friendly and trustworthy--except for Joe, who has his suspicions.moreless
    • The Ride
      The Ride
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      Adam witnesses the murder of a way station manager by two men during a hold up. Though they're wearing burlap bags over their heads, Adam is sure that he recognizes one of them. The man has an alibi, as two women claim to have seen him in Virginia City the morning of the robbery. Everyone believes there wasn't enough time for him to commit the murder and get to town. Adam does not believe the alibi and sets out to prove the man guilty.moreless
    • Invention of a Gunfighter
      Invention of a Gunfighter
      Season 6 - Episode 1

      Johnny Chapman asks Little Joe to teach him how to handle a gun for self-defense after Johnny is humiliated in front of his girlfriend by a bully, and Joe agrees. Joe comes to regret it after Johnny uses his new skill to kill the bully in a gunfight, then embark on a career as a notorious bounty hunter.

    • Trail Gang
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      An outlaw seeking revenge on the Sheriff hires on at the Ponderosa under the name Sam Jackson. The outlaw learns the Sheriff is his father.
    • Death at Dawn
      Season 1 - Episode 32
      Criminals have taken over Virginia City and are forcing citizens to pay for protection lest they suffer an "accident". A store owner who didn't pay is murdered by gang member and the sole witness, the victim's wife Beth, is offered protection at the Ponderosa. For his trouble, Ben is kidnapped by the gang leader.moreless
    • The Crime of Johnny Mule
      The Crime of Johnny Mule
      Season 9 - Episode 21
      Hoss stands alone in refusing to convict Johnny Mule, a "slow" ranch hand who is accused of robbing and murdering his boss. So when Johnny Mule – fearing he'll be lynched, regardless of the verdict – escapes from jail during jury deliberations, it's Hoss who takes the heat.
    • The Avenger
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      Ben and Adam are in the Virginia City jail waiting to be hanged for murder. The only witness is the dead man's daughter who claims she saw the Cartwrights do the killing. Attempts by Joe and Hoss to get them out are hindered by the townspeople's fear of the true murderer and his gang. A stranger arrives in town on a mission to avenge his own father's murder, takes a liking to Ben, and comes to their defense.moreless
    • The Tin Badge
      The Tin Badge
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      Wanting to prove to his older brothers he's not a kid anymore, Joe accepts the job of sheriff of the small town of Rubicon. He doesn't realize that the people offering him the position, a gunslinger and shifty mayor, are setting him up to fail. They want an inexperienced sheriff because they're hatching a scheme involving robbery and murder.moreless
    • The Hanging Posse
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      Flint Johnson's wife was killed by one of three men who came to the house when she was alone. He puts together a posse, and friends Adam and Little Joe join the group. Johnson has no intention on bringing the killer back alive, but the Cartwrights intend to make sure the murderer gets proper justice.moreless
    • The Legacy
      The Legacy
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      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.
    • The Hostage
      The Hostage
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      Outlaws capture Ben and hide him in an abandoned mine, holding him for a $100,000 ransom. Ben quickly formulates a plan of escape by turning the kidnappers against one another.
    • The Hayburner
      The Hayburner
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      When Hoss and Adam purchase a thoroughbred horse, their plan didn't include Hoss putting the horse up as security during a poker game--and losing it. They get Joe involved to pay off the horse, and he has a plan of his own.
    • Twilight Town
      Twilight Town
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      After having his horse stolen, Joe is left to die in the desert heat. He passes out in a ghost town, but when he comes to, Martinville is full of eerie, ghostly characters who want to make him sheriff. They need him to fight off an outlaw they seem unusually terrified of. Joe agrees because of his affections for a cryptic young woman in the town.moreless
    • The Gamble
      The Gamble
      Season 3 - Episode 27
      On a cattle drive, the Cartwrights stop for the night in Alkali and are jailed for robbing the town's bank and killing a teller. Joe escapes and frantically rushes to find help before Ben, Adam, and Hoss go to the gallows.
    • The Quest
      The Quest
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Joe is tired of living in the shadow of his older brothers and demands that Ben give him greater responsibilities at the Ponderosa. Pa hands him the job of supplying timber to a mining company project. At the start, Joe is confident he handle it by himself. It's not long, however, before he's glad he has a family to come to his rescue.moreless
    • The Lawmaker
      The Lawmaker
      Season 3 - Episode 25
      Sheriff Coffee tries to capture the gang holding up the Virginia City express office. In the process, he's trampled by horses stampeded by the criminals. While he recuperates, shady Asa Moran who's in cahoots with the bandits is named the acting sheriff. Adam's plans to expose Moran puts him on the crooked sheriff's hit list.moreless
    • Gift of Water
      Gift of Water
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      The area is in the grip of a deadly drought. The farmers hope to use the water near the Ponderosa, but the ranchers violently object to the idea. To ward off a war over water, the Cartwrights help dig a well and build a windmill to help the farmers.
    • The Wormwood Cup
      The Wormwood Cup
      Season 8 - Episode 31
      A woman who's convinced Joe intentionally Zach Krenshaw offers $1,000 to the man who kills the youngest Cartwright in what she deems a "fair fight." The dead man's father has also sworn vengeance against the youngest Cartwright. Joe was only acting in self-defense, but now he has to avoid men more than happy to shoot him down for the big reward.moreless
    • The Duke
      The Duke
      Season 2 - Episode 25
      An arrogant British boxer who calls himself "The Duke of London" shows up in town with his drunken brother/manager, Limey. He challenges a meek young man, J.D., into the ring by viciously beating him in a bar fight and then assaulting his girlfriend. Hoss eventually takes on "The Duke" in a match that will hopefully teach the loutish show-off a lesson.moreless
    • Vengeance
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      Hoss kills drunken neighbor Willie Twilight while trying to disarm the man and is devastated with guilt. Willie's brother Red is determined to get even and shoots Hoss in the back. While Hoss lies in bed unconscious and clinging to life, a vengeful Joe vows to his big brother that he will kill Red Twilight.moreless
    • Blood Tie
      Blood Tie
      Season 9 - Episode 20
      Joe's life is saved by clean-cut nice guy Tracy Blaine who manages to talk himself into a job at Ponderosa. What none of the Cartwrights realize is that he's part of a gang with an elaborate scheme to rob them of a $10,000 cash shipment. Part of their plan is injuring Ben and sending the boys away on a wild goose chase.moreless
    • The Friendship
      The Friendship
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      After chain-gang prisoner Danny Kidd saves Joe's life, the youngest Cartwright has him released into his custody. The young man with a love of horses has spent most of his life behind bars and has a tough time transitioning to freedom.
    • My Brother's Keeper
      My Brother's Keeper
      Season 4 - Episode 28
      When Adam and Joe are hunting a wolf that has been killing Ponderosa calves, Adam fires, but accidentally hits Joe when he emerges from behind some rocks. Adam pulls the attacking wolf off of his brother and hurries him back to the Ponderosa. The doctor checks out the suffering Joe, then sends Hoss into town to get the life-saving medicine. When he finally get back with the prescription, he is ambushed by a group of thugs who hold the medicine for ransom.moreless
    • The Crucible
      The Crucible
      Season 3 - Episode 28
      Adam retreats to the wilderness for some peace following an exhausting cattle drive. There's no relaxing as he's robbed, stripped of his clothes, and left to die by a couple of outlaws. Attempting to make the dangerous trip to Signal Rock on foot, he meets a crazy prospector, Peter Kane. In exchange for helping him work his claim, Kane promises Adam his mule. Kane does not fulfill his promise.moreless
    • Night of Reckoning
      Night of Reckoning
      Season 9 - Episode 5
      An outlaw named Dibbs takes Hoss, Joe, and Candy prisoners at the Ponderosa. He wants the $60,000 that the foreman, Donny Buckler, has hidden, and he is determined to get it.
    • Cutthroat Junction
      Cutthroat Junction
      Season 2 - Episode 26
      Stages and supply wagons rarely get to Virginia City without first being raided in a town called Cutthroat Junction. Jed Trask is hired as a troubleshooter to get rid of the criminals disrupting shipments and the Cartwrights accompany him. When Trask is abruptly fired during his mission, the disgruntled shootist switches sides and joins the thieves in hijacking supplies and mail heading for Virginia City.moreless
    • The Outcast
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      A young woman is shunned by the others in Virginia City because her father and brother were hanged as murderers; only the Cartwrights treat her well. She makes the mistake of turning to the first person to show her some kindness, a "former" outlaw named Clay Renton.
    • The Far, Far Better Thing
      The Far, Far Better Thing
      Season 6 - Episode 16
      An old friend of Ben visits the Cartwrights along with his naive daughter Lucinda who knows little of the world outside of romantic literature. Joe and his pal Tuck compete for the young woman's affection. They're plans change when they're taken prisoner by a group of Paiutes who wanted to kidnap the woman.moreless
    • Bloodline
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      Ben is forced to kill Luke Grayson and now must face his son Todd who returns from the East to seek revenge.
    • Alias Joe Cartwright
      Alias Joe Cartwright
      Season 5 - Episode 17
      Joe is mistaken for his look-alike Army deserter Angus Borden, and sentenced to face a firing squad. Sgt. O'Rourke knows Joe is innocent but intends to have the execution anyhow. Private Peters is made frantic trying to determine if Joe Cartwright is actually who he claims to be.
    • Ride the Wind, Part Two
      Ride the Wind, Part Two
      Season 7 - Episode 18
      Conclusion to the previous episode. Curtis Wade has taken over the Pony Express office and his ego gets in the way of good judgment. Egged on by a journalist from the East, Wade is determine to keep the service running despite attacks by the Paiute Indians. This could proved deadly for Express rider Little Joe.moreless
    • The Gift
      The Gift
      Season 2 - Episode 27
      Joe is returning from Yuma with a birthday gift for Ben from the boys: a beautiful white stallion. Traveling with Emiliano, the Mexican man who raised the horse, they encounter an Indian uprising and are cut off in the wilderness. Emilaino recommends they turn to the Comancheros for water and safety. Ben, Adam and Hoss set out to find Little Joe.moreless
    • A Good Night's Rest
      A Good Night's Rest
      Season 6 - Episode 28
      Unable to get any sleep because of all the noise his boys are making, Ben goes into town and checks into the Virginia City Hotel. Things are even worse there. He contends with a grouchy couple who were married by a fake preacher, a shady cowboy who shoots another man, the doctor who treats the gunshot wound, and a sleepwalker who keeps wandering into his room.moreless
    • Bank Run
      Bank Run
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      Joe learns that Virginia City's banker, Harrison, is instigating a fake panic on the bank so he can foreclose on a mining operation and make some quick money. To thwart his plan, Joe and Hoss "rob" the bank to keep the depositors from getting the shaft. Having not thought the plan all the way through, the two Cartwrights find themselves wanted men.moreless
    • Ride the Wind, Part One
      Ride the Wind, Part One
      Season 7 - Episode 17
      The Pony Express opens up an office in Virginia City. Despite being an investor, Ben objects to Joe signing up as a rider. Adding to his concerns, the Paiute Indians don't want the Pony Express riding across their land, and the manager's assistant, Curtis Wade, is itching to make a name for himself as an Indian fighter.moreless
    • The Quality of Mercy
      The Quality of Mercy
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      At a mine cave-in, Joe's friend Seth Pruitt stands over the body of his future father-in-law, a man he admits to having killed. The older man man was in severe agony and begging to be put out of his misery. Seth swears Joe to secrecy, leaving Joe to struggle with determining if it was morally right to kill the man, and if it's right to keep the secret.moreless
    • A Man to Admire
      A Man to Admire
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      Framed lawyer Whitney Parker has been hired to represent Hoss, who has been charged with a murder. Parker's best days are behind him and he's now an alcoholic. The Cartwrights are determined to keep the lawyer sober so he can save Hoss from hanging.
    • The Rescue
      The Rescue
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      The boys decided that Ben is getting too old to do hard physical labor and advise him to take it easy while they go on search for cattle rustlers. Ben reluctantly agrees, but when his sons fail to return, he goes after them, unaware that they've been ambushed by cattle rustlers.moreless
    • Song in the Dark
      Song in the Dark
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      A traveling musician, Danny Morgan, is hired by Adam as a ranch hand in gratitude for having once saved his life. Widow Baker is murdered in town and the one witness says he heard Danny singing as the woman was being killed. Adam goes about the business of clearing Danny of the murder charge.moreless
    • Vendetta
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      While in the bank, Ben and Hoss are caught in a robbery by the Morgan gang. Ben gets shot but manages to take down one of Morgan's brothers. Leader Carl Morgan vows to avenge his death and the town cowers in fear. This leaves only Ben, Hoss, a drunk and a visiting doctor to defend the town against the Morgans.moreless
    • The Waiting Game
      The Waiting Game
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      The character of Laura Dayton is introduced in this episode. Laura's husband, Frank, is killed and she decides to keep the news from their young daughter, Peggy. Adam promises not to tell the tot, and, in the meantime, finds himself falling in love with the young widow.
    • Five into the Wind
      Five into the Wind
      Season 4 - Episode 29
      Joe and his fellow stagecoach passengers are left stranded in the desert, 50 miles from the nearest town, when their driver is killed. Violent fur trader Howard Benson is their key to survival. Adding to the tension are several passenger who blame Joe for the death of the driver.
    • Triangle
      Season 5 - Episode 33
      In the continuation of last week's story, Adam is secretly building a house for him and Laura to share; in the process, he injures his back and is confined to a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Laura and Will have have fallen in love and try to deny their feelings.
    • The Rival
      The Rival
      Season 2 - Episode 28
      Returning home after visiting Cameo, the girl he's courting, Hoss discovers a family lynched for allegedly stealing cattle. Hoss sees Jim Applegate, a rival for Cameo's affections, riding away from the area; he opts not to tell the sheriff for fear of besmirching Cameo's reputation. When Jim flees the authorities, Hoss tries to bring him back to ensure a fair trial, but a lynch mob has its own ideas.moreless
    • Black Friday
      Black Friday
      Season 8 - Episode 19
      Joe risks his life to save former Ponderosa ranch hand Steve Friday. Now a gunfighter, a vengeful judge has hired a killer to get rid of Steve permanently.
    • The Oath
      The Oath
      Season 8 - Episode 11
      When Charlie Two's father is hung, he vows to kill the man he thinks is responsible: Ben Cartwright. Charlie meets up with Joe on his way to Virginia City; Joe, using an alias, rides along, hoping to dissuade him from taking revenge.
    • The Mill
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      The Cartwrights construct a grist mill to help neighbor Tom Edwards, a disabled man who bitterly blames Ben for his condition. Tom is being manipulated by hired hand Ezekiel, who's not only cheating him out of his money, but also intends to steal his wife.
    • Joe Cartwright, Detective
      Joe Cartwright, Detective
      Season 8 - Episode 25
      In this comic episode, Joe is enthralled with a mystery novel and begins to think of himself as a young detective. Using the fancy techniques of Scotland Yard, Joe attempts to prevent a bank robbery. He efforts result in Sheriff Coffee and his father ending up in jail.
    • The Decision
      The Decision
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      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.moreless
    • The Code
      The Code
      Season 7 - Episode 21
      Gunslinger Dan Taggert comes to town and challenges Joe to a duel. A man named Fitts sees a chance to make some cash and begins taking bets on who will win. The efforts of Ben and Hoss to talk Taggert out of the duel come to nothing.
    • The Pressure Game
      The Pressure Game
      Season 5 - Episode 32
      Laura Dayton´s Aunt Lil comes to visit, determined to get the hesitant Adam to propose to her favorite niece. Her scheme is to make Adam jealous by using his cousin Will as a rival for her affections. The plan goes awry when actual romantic sparks begin to fly between Laura and Will.moreless
    • The Cheating Game
      The Cheating Game
      Season 5 - Episode 19
      A smooth-talking stranger, Ward Bannister, comes to Virginia City, offering Laura help on running her ranch. Upset with Adam for his unsolicited business advice, she's primed to be played by the slippery Bannister who's real intention is to steal her ranch.
    • Blood on the Land
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      Shady sheepherder Jeb Drummond and his sons are grazing their herds on the Ponderosa. Ben tells them to get off the property, but the Drummonds have a different idea and take Adam hostage.
    • The Pure Truth
      The Pure Truth
      Season 5 - Episode 23
      Hoss goes to pick up a prisoner in nearby Rimrock. Not thinking clearly because of a strong case of "spring fever", he travels to the wrong town and is jailed as a bank robber. After escaping, he hides out in the shanty of a local character named Loulabelle; everyone refers to her as "Looney", and it's a very accurate description.moreless
    • False Witness
      False Witness
      Season 9 - Episode 6
      While at the bank in Sand Dust, Joe and the bank's secretary, Valerie Townsend, witness an armed robbery. During the subsequent gunfight, the main culprit, Billy Slater, kills the banker. He's quickly brought to justice with Joe, Hoss and Candy agreeing to be witnesses--if they can avoid being killed in the meantime.moreless
    • Silent Thunder
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      Captivated by the pretty, deaf-mute daughter of a reclusive mountain man, Little Joe teaches Ann sign language. Thrilled with her new-found ability to communicate, Annie mistakes her gratitude to Little Joe for love. This sits poorly with Albie, an oafish man obsessed with Ann who wants her for his own.
    • A Hot Day for a Hanging
      A Hot Day for a Hanging
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      On an errand for his father, Hoss delivers a huge amount of money to tiny Dutchman Flats where a bank robbery has just been committed. Sheriff Stedman, desperate to prove his worth to the townspeople, arrests Hoss even though he knows he's innocent of the crime. The unhappy locals are furious over losing their money; they form a lynch mob and march to the jail, noose in hand.moreless
    • No Less a Man
      No Less a Man
      Season 5 - Episode 24
      The dangerous Wagner outlaw gang is planning a raid on Virginia City and the townspeople are becoming nervous. They want to replace their sheriff, Roy Coffee, because they feel he's too old to handle the threat. Adam is one of the few who thinks Sheriff Coffee should keep his job.
    • Escape to the Ponderosa
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      Adam is attacked by escaped convicts. Ben joins Army Captain Bolton in the search for Adam's attackers.
    • The Dark Past
      The Dark Past
      Season 5 - Episode 31
      Unpleasant bounty hunter Dev Farnum comes by the Ponderosa with an injured horse and stays to work off the cost of a new one. The Cartwrights know Dev's father is a famous preacher and wonder what event in his past has made him so aloof and hateful. Staying at the Ponderosa is Holly Burside, the spouse of the man he's searching for.moreless
    • Check Rein
      Check Rein
      Season 9 - Episode 12
      Jayce Frederick, at risk of loosing his ranch to foreclosure, is injured on the Ponderosa. He asks the Cartwrights to attend an auction and buy back one of his prized horses. Joe and Candy don't realize the trouble they'll encounter from the man's ruthless uncle who wants the ranch, and the horse, at any cost.moreless
    • A Stranger Passed This Way
      A Stranger Passed This Way
      Season 4 - Episode 23
      After being whacked over the head by outlaws, Hoss suffers amnesia. He's nursed back to health by an elderly Dutch couple who recently lost their own son. When Hoss comes to, the couple tells him that he is their son and must stay with them. Their deception begins to collapse when Ben comes by searching for his son.moreless
    • Trouble Town
      Trouble Town
      Season 9 - Episode 24
      During a cattle drive, Candy runs into his old sweetheart, Lila Holden, and decides to stay and settle down. His plans are quickly ruined when he's arrested on phony charges. The Cartwrights arrive to do deadly battle with a corrupt, blood-thirsty sheriff and his contemptible deputy.
    • The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch
      The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      In this comedy, Bullethead Burke comes to town looking for Gideon Flinch, the mail-order swindler who took him for $5,000. The man's niece gets to Bullethead first and convinces him that Joe Cartwright is the man he's looking for.
    • Journey Remembered
      Journey Remembered
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      Ben finds an old journal that he kept while traveling in a wagon train from St. Joseph, Missouri westward to Ash Hollow. As he reads, Ben remembers the journey with his second wife, Inger, and his young son Adam. During the trip, Hoss is born.
    • The Wish
      The Wish
      Season 10 - Episode 23
      Hoss intends to spend his two month vacation on a fishing trip. He encounters ex-slave Sam Davis and his family who are trying to make a go of farming. Hoss wants to help Sam get his property into better shape, but he knows the proud man wouldn't take to interference from a white man.moreless
    • She Walks in Beauty
      She Walks in Beauty
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      Ragan Miller, a woman whose incredible beauty has brought her nothing but failed romances, arrives in Virginia City. Now jaded on love, she uses men simply as pawns to get what she wants. Both Adam and Hoss have fallen for her charms, resulting in a bloody brawl between the two brothers.moreless
    • The Storm
      The Storm
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      Joe's childhood sweetheart Laura comes for a visit with her stern seafaring father, Captain White. Laura and Joe fall in love again and want to marry, but her father will not allow it. The captain has information that he doesn't intent to share with Joe: Laura is terminally ill and he doesn't want Joe to marry her out of pity.moreless
    • To Bloom for Thee
      To Bloom for Thee
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      Carol Attley has become aloof and suspicious after a hard life. Despite this, she agrees to marry Hoss, but then violently changes her mind. He sudden change of heart is triggered by a few harmless questions from Ben about her past.
    • Blessed Are They
      Blessed Are They
      Season 3 - Episode 30
      Ben and Virginia City's new minister try to resolve a feud that has Virginia City residents choosing sides. The Clark and Mahan families are fighting over which will get custody of two twin grandchildren.
    • Thanks for Everything, Friend
      Thanks for Everything, Friend
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      Adam inadvertently falls into a river and is rescued by Tom Wilson. Adam's grateful for his life, so he looks the other way when Wilson pursues Sue Miller, the girlfriend to another man. When Sue's father is killed, Miller becomes the lead suspect until a surprising confession from the young lady. Something about it all sounds fishy so Adam investigates to find the true killer.moreless
    • The Pursued, Part II
      The Pursued, Part II
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      Conclusion to the previous episode. Mormon rancher Heber Clawson's home is torched and he's killed by the town "boss" and an intolerant mob of locals lead by a self-proclaimed preacher. The Cartwrights provide protection for Clawson's two wives and get medical attention for the injured and pregnant Elizabeth Ann.
    • To Own the World
      To Own the World
      Season 6 - Episode 29
      Charles Hackett is one of the richest men in the world. He offers to buy the Ponderosa, but Ben informs him it's not for sale at any price. Used to getting what he wants, Hackett employs whatever means necessary to get the Carwrights off of their property. In the process, he destroys his relationship with his loving wife Maria.moreless
    • Different Pines, Same Wind
      Different Pines, Same Wind
      Season 10 - Episode 1
      As season ten opens, Joe helps a reclusive, widowed mountain woman who's never filed claim on the land she calls home. A greedy timber baron is about to file, and when he does, he'll throw the stubborn old gal off her property. Joe also searches for a doctor to treat a dangerous infection that threatens her life.moreless
    • The Spitfire
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      Joe tries to stop a homesteader he finds starting a fire on the Ponderosa and ends up shooting in self-defense. Feeling responsible for the dead man's daughter, Joe brings the petulant daughter Willow back to the Ponderosa. Willow's mother Maude Hoad, a determined woman from the Kentucky hills, descends with her hulking son, intent on exacting revenge on the Cartwrights.moreless
    • The Trackers
      The Trackers
      Season 9 - Episode 15
      Cully Maco returns to Virginia City after serving five years for a bank robbery. When the same bank is hit again, he's the prime suspect. Ben, Hoss and Candy join the bank owner, Brogan, on a posse to bring Maco back for trial. When it becomes obvious Brogan plans to lynch the man before he gets his day in court, Ben becomes suspicious.moreless
    • The Trap
      The Trap
      Season 6 - Episode 26

      Hallie Shannon believes, approvingly, that Joe murdered her husband, Burk Shannon, so she and Joe can get back together again. Burk's twin brother Boothe, a lawman with a fast gun, means to see Joe hang for murder. The heat on Joe increases when Hallie is found dead.

    • The Scapegoat
      The Scapegoat
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      After saving born-loser Waldo Watson from killing himself, Hoss feels pity and hires him as a ranch hand. Not only is Waldo clumsy and a lousy worker, he's also a danger to the Cartwrights. A group of gamblers from the east show up, pistols in hand, to collect on an old debt Waldo never paid off.moreless
    • The Unseen Wound
      The Unseen Wound
      Season 8 - Episode 20
      Twelve years on the job has driven Sheriff Paul Rowan to the breaking point. Ben's friend takes refuge in a stable and threatens to shoot anyone who comes near. Rowan's wife contact Ben, hoping he can reason with her desperate husband.
    • The Burning Sky
      The Burning Sky
      Season 9 - Episode 18
      Sadistic, racist rancher Aaron Gore stalks the wife of Ben's friend Will Holt, whom he has hired as a horse trainer. Moon is a beautiful Sioux who befriends Mr. Gore's son, whom he regularly beats up. Mr. Gore uses some incredibly vicious means to ensure she regrets ever having anything to do with his son.moreless
    • Woman of Fire
      Woman of Fire
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      A western retelling of The Taming of the Shrew with Adam in the Petruchio role. Against his will, is called upon to tame Margarita, the daughter of a Mexican nobleman, and make her suitable for marriage. Since she's scared off most suitors, Adam has to teach the beautiful, hot-tempered maiden to be sweet, gentile and demur.moreless
    • Hoss and the Leprechauns
      Hoss and the Leprechauns
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      No one really believes Hoss' fantastic story about the strongbox full of gold he shows up with. He claims it was given to him by leprechauns. Wherever it came from, it's enough to send locals on a wild treasure hunt for more. In a way, Hoss' leprechauns do exist; they're a band of little people from the carnival who have staged a rebellion against their shady boss, Professor McCarthy.moreless
    • The Running Man
      The Running Man
      Season 10 - Episode 26
      Candy receives an urgent letter from an old flame requesting his help in Butlerville. He and Joe ride out ride over and discover that Ben's old friend Calvin Butler is the source of the problems. He runs the town with an iron fist and uses violence to rid the area of "squatters."moreless
    • A House Divided
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      Joe's old friend Frederick Kyle arrives in Virginia City on a fund-raising mission for the Confederacy. Figuring out the town was fairly evenly divided, he beings to stir up controversy for his financial benefit. To the disappointment of his family, Joe beings to warm to Kyle's beliefs.
    • The Silence at Stillwater
      The Silence at Stillwater
      Season 11 - Episode 3
      A case of mistaken identity land Candy in the Stillwater jail. Sheriff Austin arrests him on eyewitness testimony from a little boy who says Candy is the one committing murders and arson. Austin refuses to tell Candy that he's suspected of, and refuses to tell the Cartwrights he's being held.
    • The Ape
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      Hoss tries to help Arnie, a childlike hulking man with a dangerous temper and great strength. Things seem to be going well until Arnie falls for a saloon girl Shari. Hoss regretfully realizes that he he's facing an uphill battle to help Arnie have the kind of life he's always wanted.moreless
    • The Way Station
      The Way Station
      Season 4 - Episode 6

      Adam takes shelter from a storm in a way station run by elderly Jesse and his granddaughter Marty. Also coming in from the elements is a fugitive murderer Luke Martin. The young woman is fascinated by the killer, so Adam intervenes and orders Luke to leave her alone. Luke leaves, but soon returns and proves how dangerous he is.

    • The Greedy Ones
      The Greedy Ones
      Season 8 - Episode 34
      According to the grapevine, prospector Gus Schultz has found gold on the Ponderosa. Soon, the Cartwrights are overrun with wild-eyed fortune hunters. The most unpleasant of the crowd is covetous Shasta who will let no one stand in his way of getting the gold--which may not even be there.
    • A Girl Named George
      A Girl Named George
      Season 9 - Episode 16
      Can a photograph lie? Sleazy lawyer Cato Troxell is on trial for the murder of a Virginia City judge. As proof that he couldn't have done it, he produces a group photograph he's in that was taken at the Ponderosa at the time of the killing. The Cartwrights and Candy examine the photo and notice something wrong with Troxell's appearance in the shot.moreless
    • The Long Night
      The Long Night
      Season 3 - Episode 32
      Adam races to the town of Bowline for an urgent business transaction. On the way, he's ambushed by an escapee named Poindexter who forces him to trade clothes. Later, the posse looking for Poindexter comes across Adam and takes him in. Posse leader Trace knows he has the wrong man, but isn't concerned about seeing Adam hang in error.moreless
    • Day of the Dragon
      Day of the Dragon
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      Joe wins at a poker game and receives an unexpected prize: a young Asian woman. He doesn't realize that the Chinese slave girl was stolen from the infamous General Tsung. She goes to the Ponderosa, not wanting to be set free. That's because the general is looking for her.
    • The Search
      The Search
      Season 6 - Episode 21
      Someone who looks just like Adam Cartwright is posing as him and raising money for his personal gain. He recruits saloon girl Ann to track down his impersonator, Tom Burns, but instead meets up with the man who apparently has killed Tom.
    • To Die in Darkness
      To Die in Darkness
      Season 9 - Episode 28
      Ben and Candy are thought to be dead, having been missing for a month. Actually, they're being held captive in a mine by John Postley, a man who'd wrongly served time based on the testimony of the pair. His goal is to make them suffer in confinement as he did. After a while, Postley realizes he's once again a prisoner, this one of his own making.moreless
    • The Newcomers
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Blake McCall and his crew want to mine the Ponderosa land by hydraulic means, but Ben is against this destructive method. Hoss is given the task of making sure McCall's men to leave. Instead, he meets Emily Pennington, McCall's fiance, a beautiful woman with a heartbreaking secret; she's terminally ill.
    • Logan's Treasure
      Logan's Treasure
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      Sam Logan is released from jail after serving his twenty year sentence for stealing $100,000 worth of gold dust. He is followed by a bounty hunter who believes Sam will lead him to where the gold is buried.
    • The Guilty
      The Guilty
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      Ben Cartwright witnesses the shooting of Lem Partridge's son by ex-con Jack Groat. Groat had done time in the past for killing Lem's wife. Lem can not understand by his old friend Ben didn't intervene and stop this latest death of a loved one. Feeling let down by everyone, Partridge vows revenge for the killings.moreless
    • Showdown at Tahoe
      Showdown at Tahoe
      Season 9 - Episode 10
      A career criminal claims to be a lumber man wanting to buy some timber from the Ponderosa. In reality, he and his gang plan to hijack the Cartwrights' paddle steamboat on Lake Tahoe, make off with the Ponderosa's one million dollar payroll, and escape to San Francisco.
    • Something Hurt, Something Wild
      Something Hurt, Something Wild
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      The friendship between Jed Ferguson and the Cartwright family turns into a feud because of Jed's neurotic daughter. Joe can't figure out why Laurie staged a scene to make it look like he had assaulted her.
    • A Man Without Land
      A Man Without Land
      Season 8 - Episode 29
      Ben keeps a unscrupulous Ponderosa foreman, Ed Phillips, from cheating a fellow rancher, Matt Jeffers. Phillips plots an elaborate scheme of revenge that ends with the rancher's son murdered and Little Joe as the prime suspect.
    • The Last Haircut
      The Last Haircut
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      Joe Cartwright is in the barber shop when vain outlaw Duke Miller guns down Carlos Rodriguez for refusing to get out of the chair and let him go next. Joe feels awful about the death, so he escorts Carlos' son to his grandparents in Juarez. There they again cross paths with Miller; Joe must convince the son not to take murderous revenge.moreless
    • The Medal
      The Medal
      Season 11 - Episode 7
      Matthew Rush is living a life of poverty despite having been awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor and being war hero for the North. Ben intervenes to help when Matthew becomes the victim of Seth Nagel, a bitter Southerner who lost his house and family to the Yankees.
    • Bitter Water
      Season 1 - Episode 29
      The Cartwrights object when a neighbor's son wants to sell his family's property to his future father-in-law Len Keith. The uncaring mine operator would ruin the region's water supply with pollution. Angry that the Cartwrights are cause problems, Keith plants diseased cattle in the Ponderosa herd.
    • Denver McKee
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      While celebrating the return of his daughter Connie from a fancy school back East, former lawman Denver McKee is asked to assist in the capture of an outlaw gang. No one is aware that McKee is in cahoots with the very criminals he's expected to bring to justice. Meanwhile, Joe is busy courting Connie.moreless
    • Ponderosa Matador
      Ponderosa Matador
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      Adam, Hoss, and Joe vie for the attention of attractive young lady Dolores, the daughter of Ben's guest Señor Tenino. When they learn of her love of matadors in the bull ring, they think they'll impress her with a bullfight. In the process, much of Virginia City is a wreck thanks to their bull running amok.moreless
    • Return to Honor
      Return to Honor
      Season 5 - Episode 25
      Ben travels to nearby Pine City to pay respects after learning of the murder of his nephew Will. Ben visits the grave and finds finds his nephew alive, but suffering with a bullet wound. Will tells his uncle he's hiding out from a group of counterfeiter's whose engraving plates he swiped, and wants them to think he's dead. Ben decides his best bet is to take Will home to the Ponderosa.moreless
    • A Woman in the House
      A Woman in the House
      Season 8 - Episode 23
      Ben offers protection at the Ponderosa for longtime friend Mary Farnum from her drunken, abusive husband. Mary misunderstands Ben's kindness and falls in love with the family patriarch.
    • The Pursued, Part I
      The Pursued, Part I
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      The Cartwrights are buying horses from a Mormon rancher with two wives, Susannah and Elizabeth Ann. Despite persecution from the locals and a fanatical minister, Heber Clawson is determined to stay in Behive, Nevada. The situation becomes even trickier when the town boss gets cozy with Elizabeth Ann.
    • Sam Hill
      Sam Hill
      Season 2 - Episode 34
      Blacksmith Sam Hill is told to give up the land where his mother is buried. His useless drunken father has sold the property to a self-styled military leader with his own private army.
    • The Jury
      The Jury
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      Hoss is serving on the jury of a murder trial and is the lone holdout who thinks Jamie Wrenn is innocent. When there's talk that Hoss has received a bribe for his vote, Adam becomes involved in the situation.
    • The Stronghold
      The Stronghold
      Season 9 - Episode 31
      Joe and Candy are scammed out of a herd of cattle by the Farrell brothers, Josh and Mike, so they follow the siblings back to their Arizona hideout. Their hope of getting back their money looks brighter as the brothers quickly grow tired of each other.
    • Credit for a Kill
      Credit for a Kill
      Season 8 - Episode 7
      Both Joe and dirt-poor farmer Morgan Tanner kill a horse thief with a bounty on his head. Tanner and his family desperately need the money, yet Joe claims sole credit and the reward. There's a good reason behind Joe's seemingly greedy actions.
    • The Blood Line
      The Blood Line
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      The son of Luke Grayson arrives from the East and learns that Ben Cartwright shot and killed his father. Ben fired only in self-defense and feels badly for young young man. Todd Grayson vows revenge and recruits a professional gunman to get back at the Cartwrights.
    • The Saga of Squaw Charlie
      The Saga of Squaw Charlie
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      Charlie is an old Indian with only two friends: Ben and a young girl named Angela. Angela disappears and the townspeople who've always looked down on Charlie accuse him of killing the child.
    • The Sound of Drums
      The Sound of Drums
      Season 10 - Episode 10
      The wine-making Rossi family makes their third appearance. Refusing to acknowledge a government treaty, hard-headed patriarch Giorgio allows a group of Indians to stay on his land. This results in his kids and wife all becoming irritated with his stubbornness and moving in with the Cartwrights.
    • Justice
      Season 8 - Episode 17

      Joe is engaged to pretty bank teller Sally Bristol, whose shy co-worker, Horace Perkins, has a crush on her. One night Horace, in a drunken stupor, accidentally kills Sally, but his doting landlady, Mrs. Cutler, gives him an alibi. Joe, however, is convinced that Horace is guilty, and hounds him in an effort to get him to break down and confess.

    • Old Friends
      Old Friends
      Season 11 - Episode 12
      Ben has to choose sides when two old friends suddenly reenter his life. One is his former prospecting partner Charlie Sheppard who's an outlaw on the run. The other is Jess Waddell, a bounty hunter who'd rather shoot first and ask questions later.
    • Thunder Man
      Thunder Man
      Season 4 - Episode 31
      Little Joe's girlfriend Ann is molested and killed by an explosives expert who tries to pass himself off as a concerned visitor. Ann's uncle Fred is the only person who can identify the murderer, but, after suffering a stroke, is only able to name the song the killer was whistling. In the meantime, deaths continue to mount.moreless
    • The Roper
      The Roper
      Season 5 - Episode 27
      Will Cartwright is home alone when Army soldiers arrive at the Ponderosa with a prisoner named Hewitt. Not long after, Hewitt's men arrive and ambush the soldiers. When Will realizes the men are waiting for Ben to return so they can get the money from the safe, Will must come up with a plan.moreless
    • A World Full of Cannibals
      A World Full of Cannibals
      Season 10 - Episode 14
      Ben agrees to hide a government witness at the Ponderosa. Charles Ball was part of a group who committed a major land swindle involving fraud and violence, and he's set to testify against their ringleader, Richard Vardeman. Vardeman, however, is scouring the area searching for Ball; he wants to make sure Ball doesn't live to take the stand against him.moreless
    • Five Sundowns to Sunup
      Five Sundowns to Sunup
      Season 7 - Episode 12
      Matriarch of a family of cold-blooded killers, Ma Lassiter comes to Virginia City to get her condemned son out of jail. She promises her family will kidnap one citizen a day until her son is set free. Little Joe is one of those abducted.
    • Bullet for a Bride
      Bullet for a Bride
      Season 5 - Episode 20
      Tessa Caldwell is blinded by Joe in a hunting accident. Feeling guilty and hoping to make amends, Joe offers to marry the young woman. Her sight eventually returns, but Tessa's greedy father wants to keep her recovery a secret; he'd love his daughter to marry into the wealthy Cartwright family.
    • The Stalker
      The Stalker
      Season 11 - Episode 8
      In self-defense, Candy has to kill the husband of Lisa Campbell. Hoping he can soften her bitterness, he goes to work for Lisa as a ranch hand. Love begins to blossom between the two, but it's a little too late. Lisa had hired a gunfighter to kill Candy and the outlaw refuses to back away from his job.moreless
    • Journey to Terror
      Journey to Terror
      Season 8 - Episode 21
      During a difficult drought, a friend of Joe's, Tom Blackwell, has joined an outlaw gang without telling his wife. The man's wife believes he's been out looking for work all this time and doesn't learn the truth until the gang captures her, their son, and Joe Cartwright.
    • The Trail Gang
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Ben and Hoss hire a new trail gang to take cattle back to Nevada. The group includes a young drifter using the name Sam Jackson. In reality, he's outlaw Johnny Logan who intends to kill Sheriff Logan, his father, when they pass through Waycross. The leader of the trail gang, Brazis, recognizes Logan but keeps it to himself.moreless
    • Danger Road
      Danger Road
      Season 11 - Episode 15
      Ben offers a treacherous construction job to Gunny, owner of a small freight-hauling business. The task is to transport 30-foot beams to a remote construction site. Gunny's an ex-Army officer who was discharged for desertion and Ben is anxious to see if he can prove himself. Also interested is Gunny's competitor Cambeau, who turned down the job because of the danger involved.moreless
    • The Ponderosa Birdman
      The Ponderosa Birdman
      Season 6 - Episode 20
      Sweet old inventor Professor Phineas T. Klump, with help from from his grand-daughter Amanda, is determined to be the first man to fly. Against his better judgment, Hoss is talked into donning a pair of huge, feather-covered wings and jumping off a cliff.
    • Mark of Guilt
      Mark of Guilt
      Season 10 - Episode 13
      Hop Sing is humiliated by Virginia City bully Emo Younger who cuts off his pigtail. Joe storms into town to do something about it and finds himself charged with murder when Younger turns up dead. Hop Sing comes to the rescue with an ancient Chinese skill: fingerprint detection.
    • Judgment at Olympus
      Judgment at Olympus
      Season 9 - Episode 4
      Candy stands accused of murder in the town of Olympus. The victim's father, the town "boss", is determined to see Candy hang,a so pays off a witness and the district attorney. Then Joe is locked up on suspicion of murder as well. It's up to Hoss to figure out what's going on in that town and free Joe and Candy.moreless
    • My Friend, My Enemy
      My Friend, My Enemy
      Season 10 - Episode 16
      Candy stands accused of a murder he didn't commit. The only witness who can prove his innocence is an Indian horse thief named Jacova who's currently on the lam from the law. While the Cartwrights search for Jacova, Candy is saddled with a lawyer who doesn't care if his client lives or dies.moreless
    • Catch as Catch Can
      Catch as Catch Can
      Season 10 - Episode 7
      The residents of Tin Bucket claim the Cartwrights and Candy are dealing in stolen cattle hides. With most of the town accusing Joe, Hoss and Candy of various crimes, it is Ben who faces the most serious trouble when he determines who is actually responsible for the hide thefts.
    • The Flannel-Mouth Gun
      The Flannel-Mouth Gun
      Season 6 - Episode 19
      After watching livestock disappear, the cattleman's association hires a gunman to determine who is behind the recent thefts and make them stop. Adam fears the move will cause nothing but problems, and he's proven right when one of the cattleman's wife is killed.
    • Horse of a Different Hue
      Horse of a Different Hue
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      Ben arranges a championship horse race at the request of Colonel Fairchild. Pa Cartwright learns that Fairchild has fixed the race in an effort to be rid of a creditor. Joe is dispatched to cause problems for Fairchild in the race without causing harm to anyone.
    • Mirror of a Man
      Mirror of a Man
      Season 4 - Episode 27
      Righteous resident Jud Lally is visited by his twin brother, outlaw Rube Barnes, and forced into trading places. While posing as his brother, Rube murders a man and steals a horse, leaving Jud looking guilty of the crimes. The Cartrights try to help Jud, but are unable to tell the two apart.moreless
    • Sweet Annie Laurie
      Sweet Annie Laurie
      Season 10 - Episode 15
      Hoss offers to help Annie Laurie, a beautiful young woman who is running away from her abusive husband. Annie's married to Kelly Adams, an outlaw and fugitive wanted in several states. Kelly is determined to keep Annie under his control and force her to travel with him as he continues robbing and running from the law.moreless
    • Star Crossed
      Star Crossed
      Season 9 - Episode 23
      Candy falls in love with a beautiful, down on her luck young woman, unaware that the man claiming to be her cousin is actually an ex-lawman who's blackmailing her. He becomes involved in her romance, forcing her to break up with Candy and marry Joe since the Cartwrights have money (for future blackmailing).moreless
    • Broken Ballad
      Broken Ballad
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Ed Payson, an ex-gunfighter, tries to purchase supplies at the general store, but owner Will Cass refuses to serve him. Back in Payson's shooting days, he killed Cass' son and, naturally, holds a grudge. Adam tries to smooth out the situation between the men, but matters take an ugly turn.
    • The Mountain Girl
      The Mountain Girl
      Season 3 - Episode 33
      Backwoods country girl Trudy Harker is left in Joe's care after the death of the grandfather who raised her. Joe is determined to fulfill his promise to the old man: turning Trudy into a "lady" so she can live in the California mansion of her other grandfather.
    • The First Born
      The First Born
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      Clay Stafford comes to Virginia City and signs on as a ranch hand at the Ponderosa. In short order, he kills a man, claiming self defense, and is told to leave town by the miners who send a message by beating up Joe. Most importantly, Clay drops a major bombshell: he says he's Little Joe's older half-brother and Marie was also his mother. Ben and Joe believe the story, but the other two brothers want to investigate Clay's unusual claim.moreless
    • The Thirteenth Man
      The Thirteenth Man
      Season 9 - Episode 17
      The area ranchers are losing many cattle to rustlers, so they hire Marcus Alley to help discover the thieves' identities. However, his methods raise eyebrows as accused rustlers begin winding up dead instead of in custody.
    • A Matter of Circumstance
      A Matter of Circumstance
      Season 11 - Episode 28
      Joe stays back at the Ponderosa as Ben, Hoss, Candy and Hop Sing leave on a cattle drive. A thunderstorm spooks one of the horses which goes wild, and crushes an arm and breaks one of his legs. Joe goes in and out of consciousness as he tries to treat his own injuries. With his arm becoming infected, he debates amputating the limb to save his life.moreless
    • Judgment at Red Creek
      Judgment at Red Creek
      Season 8 - Episode 24
      Sheriff Rimbau is joined by Joe Cartwright in a posse to capture a pair of murder and robbery suspects. Rimbau has a personal stake in the matter since the criminals killed his brother. Joe becomes concerned that the sheriff is not interested in justice, but in executing the pair who may not be the guilty party.moreless
    • The Unwritten Commandment
      The Unwritten Commandment
      Season 7 - Episode 28
      The son of a stubborn farmer, Andy Walker, wants to pursue a career in music. His domineering father Willard, however, will hear none of this kind of talk. Ben intervenes in this family squabble. Wayne Newton sings several old-time songs.
    • Day of Reckoning
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      After being injured in a fight, Ben is nursed back to health by Matsou and his wife Hatoya. In return, Ben gives the two Indians land on the Ponderosa to settle and farm. Their new lives face dangerous resistance from Matsou's brother, who hates the white man, and a white neighbor who hates the Indian.moreless
    • The Jackknife
      The Jackknife
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      The Cartwrights go hunting for a gang of cattle rustlers. Adam comes across an injured man, Matthew Grant, who he assumes is one of the thieves. Knowing that Ben will shoot the criminal on sight, Adam tries to convince Grant to confess to his crimes and turn himself over to the authorities.moreless
    • The Late Ben Cartwright
      The Late Ben Cartwright
      Season 9 - Episode 22
      Ben has worked to block the gubernatorial bid of John Farady, a "yes man" for corrupt tycoon Endicott. After an attempt on his life, Ben lays low, allowing even his close friends to believe him to be dead. His plan is to expose the two during the upcoming convention, but an unexpected development messes up his plans.moreless
    • Emily
      Season 10 - Episode 25
      Joe's ex-fiancee Emily returns to town and promptly begins manipulating the lovestruck Cartwright. She fails to mention that she is now married to a deputy marshal, but what she does tell him are all lies. Soon enough, Emily has Joe being accused of murder and robbery.
    • The Big Jackpot
      The Big Jackpot
      Season 11 - Episode 16
      Candy gets rich when he's left money by an old friend. Soon, he's an executive working with a seemingly successful land promoter. Dismayed to discover that he's in business with a crook, Candy calls on the Cartwrights to help him put the racketeer out of business.
    • Inger, My Love
      Inger, My Love
      Season 3 - Episode 29
      In preparing for Hoss' birthday party, Ben recalls life with his second wife, Inger, Hoss' late mother. Having worked his way to Galesburg, IL, Ben falls in love with Inger, the fiancee of the tavern owner who gave him a job. Ben leads a wagon train westward with his new bride and 5-year-old son Adam in tow. Their new-found happiness ends soon.moreless
    • The Clarion
      The Clarion
      Season 10 - Episode 20
      Ben comes to the assistance of an old friend, widow Ruth Manning, who publishes a newspaper in a nearby town. She faces problems from the town boss, Judge Seth Tabor, who wants to put her out of business.
    • The Stranger
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      As Ben prepares to run for governor, a police inspector from New Orleans shows up with a warrant for his arrest on murder charges. Joe realizes it's a bogus claim and investigates to find the reason behind Inspector Leduque's long-running grudge against his father.
    • Five Candles
      Five Candles
      Season 10 - Episode 22
      A mine collapse underneath the courthouse traps Ben with the accused murderer, the key witness, the witness' fiancee, and the court clerk. With air running out and rescuers frantically clearing the rubble, Ben learns much about those involved in the trial.
    • Honest John
      Honest John
      Season 12 - Episode 13
      A truth-stretching vagabond who goes by the deceptive name of Honest John lands on the Ponderosa. The Cartwrights want to get rid of him, but Jamie has become chummy with the character. Honest John finds himself in a tight spot when Jamie suggests the two of them hit the road together and live the hobo life.moreless
    • Little Man...Ten Feet Tall
      Little Man...Ten Feet Tall
      Season 4 - Episode 34
      An Italian immigrant and his son come to the Ponderosa. After spending some time with Hoss, the son decides he wants to give up the classical guitar to become a cowboy much to his father's chagrin.
    • A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town
      A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town
      Season 8 - Episode 12
      After Joe gets shot in the rump by a ricocheting bullet from a horse thief, Hoss goes in search of the culprit. His only clue is the name inside the gunman's hat: J. Reichmann. Hoss travels to a small, unfriendly town and finds two brothers with the same initials and they aren't talking. neither is their mother.moreless
    • The Gold Mine
      The Gold Mine
      Season 11 - Episode 23
      Joe becomes friends with Ramon, a young Mexican who is mixed up with a pair of drifters intent on robbing the Cartwrights. When Ramon finds a rich vein of gold, the drifters decide that it would be much easier to take Ramon's gold instead.
    • The Prime of Life
      The Prime of Life
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      In trying to land a lumber contract with the railroad, Ben finds he's in competition with his arch enemy and rival, rancher Barney Fuller. Ben is so determined to prove himself that he becomes uncharacteristically reckless and almost causes the death of a ranch hand.
    • The Lady and the Mountain Lion
      The Lady and the Mountain Lion
      Season 10 - Episode 21
      Magician Malcolm the Magnificent comes to town with his twin daughters, who he uses in his act. Jan is sweetness and light while Janice is a hell-raiser. This results in Hoss and Joe becoming confused romantic rivals, unaware that they're vying for the affection of two young women.
    • Pride of a Man
      Pride of a Man
      Season 9 - Episode 32
      Joe hesitantly takes over as substitute when schoolteacher Abby Pettigrew is out of commission. His new-found authority is challenged by two of the older students, the McNabb boys. Joe eventually discovers the cause of their poor behavior; their father is dead-set against "book learnin'".
    • Patchwork Man
      Patchwork Man
      Season 6 - Episode 34
      Hoss takes a liking to a loner, Patch, and hires him to work as a ranch hand. When the Cartwrights get into a gunfight with a group of miners, Patch cowers in fear. Because of a traumatic experience in his teens, Patch is unable to cope with violence and is useless when it happens.moreless
    • Ponderosa Explosion
      Ponderosa Explosion
      Season 8 - Episode 16
      Joe and Hoss buy a couple of bunnies and scheme to make a mint selling rabbit skins. The softies, however, are unable to kill the cute little creatures, which are multiplying at a furious rate. Ben watches as his entrepreneur sons get knee-deep in rabbits.
    • Commitment at Angelus
      Commitment at Angelus
      Season 9 - Episode 25
      When Candy is injured on the trail, Joe enlists the help of his friend Steve to help while Candy is unable to work. When Steve is killed in an accident, Joe takes it upon himself to help Steve's widow. Also, Steve was leading a miner's strike at a mine where officials have hired rabble to break the back of the movement.moreless
    • The Julia Bulette Story
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Joe falls in love with an older woman, attractive Julia Bulette who owns a saloon in Virginia City. Joe's Pa and his brother's aren't pleased, and neither is Jean Millain who believes that Julia is his and his alone.
    • The Philip Diedesheimer Story
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Adam and Hoss meet Philip Diedesheimer, a Dutch immigrant who is trying to convince the silver mine owners in Virginia City that his square set mine system works. The owner of one mine is determined to see that Deidesheimer's idea is not accepted. However, when a friend of Adam gets killed in a mine collapse, the Cartwright boys set about making sure that Deidesheimer is given the chance he deserves.moreless
    • Feet of Clay
      Season 1 - Episode 30
      The Cartwrights take young Billy Allen to the Ponderosa following the death of his mother. Hoss is the only one that is able to penetrate the boy's hostility and bitterness. As the two begin to get close, Billy's father Vance breaks out of prison and comes for the boy.
    • The War Comes to Washoe
      The War Comes to Washoe
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      The politics of the Civil War bring disagreement between Joe and Adam. Joe is chosen to attend a convention on statehood for Nevada. Judge Terry, a Confederate sympathizer, hopes to become the state's governor and wants to use the Cartwrights' influence to his advantage. The question arises as to whether Joe's romance with the judge's daughter will affect his opinions.moreless
    • The Lady and the Mark
      The Lady and the Mark
      Season 11 - Episode 18
      When Chris Keller hits it big in the goldmines, every con man and salesman in the country wants a piece of him. While hiding out at the Ponderosa, he falls in love with Charity McGill who, coincidentally, needs most of his money for her father's medical bills. The Cartwrights question the sincerity of her love for Chris.moreless
    • Meena
      Season 11 - Episode 9
      Joe is kidnapped by three of the most dim-witted crooks in the west: Jesse, Virge, and Owen. He's rescued by Meena Calhoun and brought back to their mine to meet her crusty father, prospector Luke. Luke promptly tries to force a wedding between Meena and Joe. The boneheaded trio regroups and decides to steal the gold they're confident Luke has stashed away.moreless
    • The Horse Breaker
      The Horse Breaker
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      Johnny Lightly is thrown off a horse he's breaking at the Ponderosa and suffers a serious injury. He loses the use of his legs though Dr. Kay thinks the paralysis is only temporary. Johnny loses the will to live, despite the hopeful prognosis. His recovery rides on the doctor's assistant, Ann ,who Johnny's grown fond of.moreless
    • A Ride in the Sun
      A Ride in the Sun
      Season 10 - Episode 30
      A pair of sibling con artists pretend they want to buy the Cartwright's cattle. In reality, they use Ben to rob the bank and shoot him for his troubles. The wily crooks throw the law off their trail, so Joe saddles up and follows them into the desert.
    • The Hidden Enemy
      The Hidden Enemy
      Season 14 - Episode 9
      Dr. Will Agar is Virginia City's new town doctor. He brings new skills and expertise to treat the area's residents' health maladies. Dr. Agar is also a morphine addict, and it results in the death of a patient during a routine surgery.
    • The Reluctant American
      The Reluctant American
      Season 12 - Episode 20
      A British investment firm sends Leslie and Gillian Harwood from London to Virginia City to take over a ranch it owns. The Cartwrights become involved in their adventures when they mistakenly arrive at the Ponderosa, thinking it's their ranch. Before it's all over, Leslie changes from a fish out of water into a real westerner.moreless
    • Child
      Season 10 - Episode 2
      Hoss unknowingly buys a horse that belonged to a murdered millionaire. A lynch mob greedy for the dead man's money has him falsely arrested and charged with murder. He escapes through the help of Child Barnett, a black cowboy. The two form a friendship as they run from Hoss' accusers and would-be murderers.moreless
    • Is There Any Man Here...?
      Is There Any Man Here...?
      Season 11 - Episode 19
      Family friend Jennifer Carlis is set to marry powerful banker Tuttle Ames, but leaves him at the alter to rush to the Ponderosa. There, she declares that she's always been in love with Ben. Of course, Ben has never had any interest in the girl, but that doesn't prevent the humiliated Ames from seeking revenge on the Cartwrights and trying to destroy the Ponderosa.moreless
    • Long Way to Ogden
      Long Way to Ogden
      Season 11 - Episode 21
      The area cattlemen find their livelihoods threatened by a Chicago meat packer. Emmett Whitney owns the rights to all the cattle cars on the railroad and refuses to let anyone use them unless they sell their livestock to him at ridiculously low prices. Ben risks the Ponderosa to defeat Whitney at his own game.moreless
    • The Hunter
      The Hunter
      Season 14 - Episode 15
      Unhinged by the war, Bill Tanner takes sadistic pleasure in the role of predator. He escapes from a military asylum and encounters Joe Cartwright. After taking Joe's horse and supplies, he declares Cartwright his prey and gives him a four hour head start. Joe spends the rest of the day using every trick he can think of to throw the psychotic killer off his trail.moreless
    • The Fugitive
      The Fugitive
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      Will Reagan, a former Ponderosa foreman, asks Ben and Adam to read to him a letter he presumes is from his son Carol. In reality, the letter is to inform him of his boy's death. Since Will is too old to travel to Mexico to collect his son's body, Ben sends Adam. Adam arrives only to find Carl alive and well.moreless
    • To Stop a War
      To Stop a War
      Season 11 - Episode 6
      A range war is ready to break out between ranch owners and cattle rustlers. Dan Logan, an ex-sheriff, is hired to calm down the situation, but a rancher is adding fuel to the fire. He offers $300 for every rustler who's brought dead or alive to Logan.
    • Erin
      Season 10 - Episode 18
      The Cartwrights allow a Paiute group to stay on Ponderosa land while they work out a food-for-cattle exchange. Hoss falls for a young woman, Erin, who was raised by Indians since childhood, and he soon proposes. The bigoted neighboring Murray family demand that the Cartwrights throw the Indians off their land. When Ben refuses to cave to their commands, the neighbors turn to violence.moreless
    • Rain from Heaven
      Rain from Heaven
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      Virginia City is parched, but rainmaker Tulsa Weems will only practice his craft when he needs medical care for his daughter, Mary Beth. While Tulsa is cooling his heels in jail after threatening Ben with a gun, Hoss looks after the little girl; he doesn't know that Mary Beth is a carrier of typhoid fever.moreless
    • The Grand Swing
      The Grand Swing
      Season 13 - Episode 1
      Jamie deliberately disobeys Ben's order not to drive the supply wagons. During his ride, the wagon goes out of control on a sharp curve and is wrecked. Nobody is hurt but a badly injured horse has to be put to sleep. Fearing punishment, Jamie decides to run away. Ben takes him on a tour of the Ponderosa, namely to see how others handle their mistakes in positive and negative ways.moreless
    • The Honor of Cochise
      The Honor of Cochise
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      While the Cartwrights are making camp for the night, a Calvary captain suddenly appears being chased by Indians. The captain rushes into the camp and the Cartwrights realize that they are surrounded and have no water. They learn from the captain that the leader of the Indians is Cochise. After Adam is injured in an attempt to get water, Ben decides that he must barter with Cochise to save his son's life.moreless
    • Dead Wrong
      Dead Wrong
      Season 11 - Episode 11
      Salty, Sunville's biggest exaggerator and outright liar, identifies Hoss and Candy as outlaws Big Jack and Sid. For his own safety, Hoss is forced to stage his own death in a phony gunfight where Big Jack is gunned down. Thereal Big Jack hears about this and decides to rob Sunville's bank while the local are attending "his" funeral.moreless
    • A Knight to Remember
      A Knight to Remember
      Season 6 - Episode 13
      Two robberies take place on stagecoaches that Adam is traveling on, and both times a knight in shining armor scares the robbers away. The hero is actually an eccentric character who fancies himself to be King Arthur. Adam is accused of robbery, and his crazy story about the knight is none too helpful.moreless
    • The Luck of Pepper Shannon
      The Luck of Pepper Shannon
      Season 12 - Episode 11
      Pepper Shannon is a former robber and outlaw whose reputation has been exaggerated to epic size by dime novel writers. Ben hires him on one condition: he stays away from Jamie. The boy idolizes the folk hero, but gets a disappointing lesson in reality when Shannon turns out to be less than brave.moreless
    • Any Friend of Walter's
      Any Friend of Walter's
      Season 4 - Episode 26
      On a trip to visit his sweetie, Bessie Sue, Hoss stays in a run-down shanty that's home to a run-down prospector, Obie. His supposedly genius dog, Walter, proves to be a dope when three none-too-bright robbers come calling. They're there to steal the fortune in gold they think Obie has stashed away.moreless
    • The Truckee Strip
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Luther Bishop and Ben Cartwright have had an ongoing dispute over a small tract of land called the Truckee Strip. The feud is reignited by one of Bishop's employees who's in cahoots with a baron who wants the lumber. Complicating matters is the romance that has sprung up between Little Joe and Bishop's daughter Amy.moreless
    • Found Child
      Found Child
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      Young Lisa is traumatized by the murder of her parents during a stagecoach robbery. Hoss rescue the child and tries to bring her out of her speechless state. He grows fond of the child and is sad when Lisa's uncle arrives to claim the girl. The relative isn't what he seems to be, setting the scene for Hoss to rescue Lisa once again.moreless
    • It's a Small World
      It's a Small World
      Season 11 - Episode 14
      Virginia City banker John Flint scoffs at Ben's recommendation to fill a bank teller's position. George Marshall, a widower with an infant to raise, is ignored because he's a little person who used to work in the circus. Needing money, he turns to crime and decides to steal it from John Flint's bank.moreless
    • The Dream Riders
      The Dream Riders
      Season 2 - Episode 32
      Ben allows his old Army friend Major Cayley to use the Ponderosa as the site of his latest hot air balloon experiments. His goal is to develop an airship that can cross the ocean. He'll finance that flight with money stolen from the Virginia City bank, which his henchmen will rob while the public is occupied with his big balloon show.moreless
    • The Other Son
      The Other Son
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      Clint Watson, an old friend of Ben who's now an explosives expert, agrees to help transport nitroglycerin with his sons to a flood site. The story turns into a character study of a man who is unable to equally love both of his sons.
    • The Bottle Fighter
      The Bottle Fighter
      Season 9 - Episode 29
      When traveling to Salt Springs, Hoss is charged with murder based on circumstantial evidence. Thanks to a conch on the head, Hoss can't recall if he's innocent or not. The only lawyer that will take his case is an alcoholic who may or may not be sober for the trial.
    • Breed of Violence
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Joe's friend Dolly Kincaid rebels against her authoritarian father, a sheriff, and runs off with the charming Vince Dagen. She's blissfully unaware that Vince is a criminal and she's involved with a dangerous crowd. Joe fears for Dolly's safety, so he hops on his horse to catch up with the couple.moreless
    • The Lila Conrad Story
      The Lila Conrad Story
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      Joe and Adam find saloon girl Lila Conrad hiding in the back of their supply wagon. She killed a barroom customer in self defense and is hiding from the dead man's buddies who have formed a lynch mob. Traveling with them is Judge Knowlton, a rigid and merciless man who works against their efforts to protect Lila.moreless
    • The Initiation
      The Initiation
      Season 14 - Episode 3
      Jamie's part of a boy's club that has a severe initiation process. When one boy dies during the induction procedures, member Ted Hoag is blamed by the people of Virginia City, though all the boys agree to shoulder the responsibility.
    • Riot
      Season 14 - Episode 4
      While at the Nevada State Prison to inspect conditions, Ben is one of several prominent men taken hostage. The riot is an attempt by frustrated inmates to expose horrific conditions at the prison. While Joe and Candy plan to resolve the situation, Ben begins a friendship with Griff King, and helps communicate the inmates' demands to the warden and state prison board.moreless
    • What Are Pardners For?
      What Are Pardners For?
      Season 11 - Episode 27
      A couple of Easterners who've read too many pulp novels come to the Wild West to live lives like those of the characters in the books. Hoss learns they plan to rob a bank, so he races to the nearby town to warn the sheriff; he's too late and gets tossed in jail for being a conspirator. Things get worse when the two bust Hoss out of jail and force him to join their would-be gang.moreless
    • The Last Mission
      The Last Mission
      Season 7 - Episode 32
      Colonel Keith Jarell arrives to ask his old friend of Ben to help him achieve lasting peace with the Paiute Indians. In reality, the colonel wants to use a new weapon on the Indians: the deadly Gatling gun.
    • The Paiute War
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Underhanded trader Mike Wilson assaults two Paiute maidens and tells the Indian chief that Adam did the dastardly deed. Appalled, the Paiutes take the eldest Cartwright hostage, and before he has a chance to defend his innocence, an all-out war breaks out between the Native American tribe and the California militia.moreless
    • The Gunmen
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      Joe and Hoss arrive in the town of Keowa Flats, Texas in the middle of a feud between two families. To their misfortune, they look like a pair of gun-slinging brothers, the Slades, who have been hired by one family to kill the head of the other.
    • San Francisco
      Season 1 - Episode 28
      After a long cattle drive, the Cartwrights and their men looking forward to painting the town of San Francisco. Despite Ben's warning to be careful, a couple of their naive hands get themselves shanghaied and on a boat heading to China. After Ben goes to save the men, Hoss and Joe end up having to do the same for their Pa.moreless
    • A Time to Step Down
      A Time to Step Down
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      Ben has older cowhand Dan Tolliver reassigned to less physically demanding work. The bull-headed old coot is insulted and quits his job at the Ponderosa. He ends up with a couple of outlaws who have long-time grievances against the Cartwright family.
    • Six Black Horses
      Six Black Horses
      Season 9 - Episode 11
      One of Ben's old friends, Ownie Dugan, seems to have stuck it rich wants to spend some money in Nevada fighting against an ex-partner. Ben discovers a terrible catch to the cash--it's stolen.
    • The Courtship
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      Ben sends Hoss and Joe to Sacremento to check on the widow of an old friend. Hoss falls in love with the woman, Helen Layton, and decides to bring her back to the Ponderosa. He intends to marry her, unaware that she is a chronic gambler. When Adam returns, he informs both Ben and Joe about what really happened with her late husband. The Cartwrights decide how to break the news to Hoss without breaking his heart.moreless
    • Another Windmill to Go
      Another Windmill to Go
      Season 11 - Episode 1
      The season opens with the Cartwrights encountering Don Q. Hought rowing a wheeled boat across their grazing land. It turns out he's not a goofball. Hought's comes to town on a mission to expose obscure and foolish Federal laws for what they are.
    • Speak No Evil
      Speak No Evil
      Season 10 - Episode 28
      Margaret Clayborn returns to Virginia City after having abandoned her son years earlier. When 14-year-old Coley inherits his father's valuable mine, suddenly his mother and a greedy uncle are back fighting for custody of the young man. Coley detests each of the adults equally.
    • In Defense of Honor
      In Defense of Honor
      Season 9 - Episode 27
      Davey is an orphaned Ute that Ben helped raise and employs as a ranch hand on the Ponderosa. At the negotiations Ben is conducting with the Utes, Davey falls in love with the Chief Lone Spear's daughter, Bright Moon. A fellow Ute's jealousy over the blossoming relationship threatens to jeopardize the treaty.moreless
    • Decision at Los Robles
      Decision at Los Robles
      Season 11 - Episode 24
      Passing through Los Robles with Joe, Ben is shot by the cold-blooded town boss. Ben fires back in self-defense, killing the man and making himself the target of revenge by the boss' son, Jed. The spineless locals offer no help as Jed threats to blow up the town if they don't turn Ben over immediately. Joe finally gets through to the townspeople that they must stand up to Jed and take their town back.moreless
    • The Love Child
      The Love Child
      Season 12 - Episode 9
      When a mother realizes she is dying, she comes back to her parents, hoping they will take care of her child after she is gone. She doesn't mention her health because she wants them to take her son out of love for the child. Unfortunately, the child was born out of wedlock and her father doesn't want anything to do with his grandchild.moreless
    • The Passing of a King
      The Passing of a King
      Season 10 - Episode 5
      Jeremy Roman takes advantage of his wealthy father's illness and works to have him declared mentally incompetent. As he takes over the ranch, he steps on many toes, including breaking a business contract with the Cartwrights.
    • Elegy for a Hangman
      Elegy for a Hangman
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      Judge "Hanging Harry" Whitaker comes to the Ponderosa for a visit. He's trailed by Bob Jolley who tries to prod the judge into a gunfight. Bob believes his father was an innocent man, but nevertheless sentenced to hanging by the judge. Even Adam believes "Hanging Harry" has made some indefensible decisions.moreless
    • The Toy Soldier
      The Toy Soldier
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      Though he's a talented painter, James Callahan has problems. He's a drunk, and a social outcast because he's married to a Paiute woman. Adam does his best to get James out of his self-destructive funk and also has to fight off an Indian-hating ne'er-do-well named McDermott.
    • Anatomy of a Lynching
      Anatomy of a Lynching
      Season 11 - Episode 5
      The townspeople are up in arms when Will Griner is acquitted of murder. Convinced the trial was rigged, they're ready to take justice into their own hands. Sheriff Coffee, Candy and the Cartwrights protect Will during the dangerous night while Ben reexamines the case to see if the lynch mob is right.moreless
    • The Fence
      The Fence
      Season 10 - Episode 29
      The Cartwrights learn old friend Sam Masters is on the run. During the Civil War, he was in charge of a brutal prison where 500 Confederate soldiers died. A former Union soldier, Col. Jim Hudson, arrives, wanting to bring Masters back to the south to stand trial. Masters proclaims he did the best he could with no supplies, food, or medicine available.moreless
    • A Severe Case of Matrimony
      A Severe Case of Matrimony
      Season 9 - Episode 33
      Ambitious gypsy girl Rosalita desperately wants a career as an opera singer. There are two things standing in her way. Firstly, she sings horribly. Secondly, there's an issue of money. She's willing to marry a Cartwright to finance her musical desires.
    • The Lady from Baltimore
      The Lady from Baltimore
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      The Cartwrights receive a visit from Deborah Banning and her daughter Melinda. Deborah is intent on having Melinda marry one of Ben's sons and goes to extreme lengths to convince Ben of this. Eventually she decides that it should be Joe. Melinda has other ideas and things become more complicated when Deborah's husband Horace unexpectedly shows up.moreless
    • The Dark Gate
      The Dark Gate
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      Adam's old friend Ross Marquette, always a level-headed man, suddenly begins behaving erratically. He beats his wife, Delphine, after accusing her of having an affair with Adam, and he's involved with a gang of robbers and cattle thieves. Adam brings Delphine back to the Ponderosa for her own safety, wondering if Ross is suffering from insanity.moreless
    • A Dime's Worth of Glory
      A Dime's Worth of Glory
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      An author is inspired to write about the heroic Cartwrights after watching first-hand as they fight off an attempted robbery of a stage. As Ben and Adam see no use for the glory of such a novel, they turn the writer down forcing him to turn to the sherriff who quickly accepts.moreless
    • The Auld Sod
      The Auld Sod
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      Upon learning that his elderly mother has departed from Ireland to pay him a visit, ranch hand Danny Lynch goes into a panic. He's been lying to his mother for years, telling her that he ran the Ponderosa. To make him look good in his parent's eyes, the Cartwrights pretend they're merely ranch hands and that Danny is the all-powerful head of the spread.moreless
    • A Darker Shadow
      A Darker Shadow
      Season 11 - Episode 10
      Wade Turner leaves his job at the bank and exits Virginia City, leaving behind the woman he was going to marry. His departure coincides with missing money at the bank. Joe tracks his old friend down for an explanation. What he learns is tragic: Wade is dying from a brain tumor.moreless
    • Rich Man, Poor Man
      Rich Man, Poor Man
      Season 4 - Episode 32
      Town laughing stock Claude Miller gets rich quick when he strikes a lode of silver. He plans to get revenge on all the townspeople who ridiculed him by buying out their mortgages. His plan falls apart thanks to his new partner, a shady deputy.
    • The Gold-Plated Rifle
      The Gold-Plated Rifle
      Season 12 - Episode 16
      An insecure Jamie is unsure of his place in the family, having trouble adjusting at his new school. Without permission, he takes Ben's prized gold-plated rifle and accidentally breaks it. Ben punishes Jamie, who then runs away.
    • Company of Forgotten Men
      Company of Forgotten Men
      Season 10 - Episode 19
      A retired Army sergeant, bitter that the government didn't give him a pension for his 30 years of service, kidnaps one-time friend Candy. Russell forces Candy to go along with a daring plan: blow up the U.S. mint in Carson City and empty its vaults of its gold and silver.
    • Badge Without Honor
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Adam is rescued from an ambush by Gerald Eskith, a lawman who is on a mission to Virginia City. He's looking for Jackson Blaine, a friend of the Cartwrights, claiming he needs Blane to testify against the Murdoch gang. Accompanying them to San Francisco, Adam realizes Eskith's real agenda and discovers it may be too late to save Blaine's life.moreless
    • The Abduction
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Joe and Hoss take their dates to a bizarre traveling carnival and Joe's girlfriend Jennifer disappears. She's abducted by the evil owner, Phillip Reed, and held for one million dollars ransom. Reed's girlfriend Della is jealous of the attractive hostage and spills the beans to Joe. He and Hoss tear the circus apart to find her, meeting resistance from the carny folk.moreless
    • The Thunderhead Swindle
      The Thunderhead Swindle
      Season 2 - Episode 30
      A couple of prospectors arrive in Virginia City claiming to have found silver in the Thunderhead mine--a mine supposedly dry. Ben learns that the mine's former owner was murdered and becomes suspicious. He thinks the current owners may be stealing from an adjoining mine.
    • All Ye His Saints
      All Ye His Saints
      Season 7 - Episode 14
      When Evan Thorpe suffers a serious injury, ranch hand Lijah declares that "only God" can save his life. Evan's impressionable son Michael takes the words literally and heads to the mountains to search for God. The young man thinks he's met Him when he encounters mountaineer Tom Caine.
    • The Deserter
      The Deserter
      Season 10 - Episode 24
      Candy believes Sgt. Samuel Bellis is innocent of charges of desertion, murder, and selling guns to the Indians. To help clear his name, Candy has to get past an Army patrol that's searching for the sergeant. Bellis' standing is further complicated by his marriage to an Indian woman.
    • Escape to Ponderosa
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      Adam is bushwhacked by three deserters from the Army who are hiding out on the Ponderosa. When Ben pursues them, he is hindered by a Captain Bolton, the arrogant commander of a military posse who is also after the men.
    • Tax Collector
      Tax Collector
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      Useless Jock Henry is appointed Virginia City's tax collector and the power goes straight to his head. He become the town's most hated man when he starts levying unfair assessments against the locals. When Jock experiences a number of personal problems, no one is willing to help him--except Hoss.
    • My Son, My Son
      My Son, My Son
      Season 5 - Episode 16
      Long-time widower Ben Cartwright has decided to make Katherine Saunders his wife. The wedding plans are put on hold when Katherine's son Eden is charged with murder. Ben defends the young man out of loyalty to his future bride, but soon begins to second-guess having made that decision.
    • The Return
      The Return
      Season 6 - Episode 31
      Trace Cordell, ex-convict, is back in Virginia City and unwelcome, especially by banker Paul Dorn who was crippled by Cordell. Now married to Trace's former girlfriend, Paul uses his pull to get Cordell out of the picture--permanently.
    • The Dilemma
      The Dilemma
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      Ben acts as a temporary judge as a man on parole admits to having robbed the bank. He makes Ben a proposition: if he's allowed to go free, he'll reveal where he hid the money.
    • A Bride for Buford
      A Bride for Buford
      Season 8 - Episode 18
      Dolly Bantree has a crooked manager, "Blackie", who blackmails her into fleecing newly-rich miner Buford out of his fortune. To prove that Dolly only loves Buford for his money, Hoss gets all duded up as a rich "mark" to test Dolly.
    • Second Chance
      Second Chance
      Season 9 - Episode 1
      When Joe and Hoss try to warn nearby settlers about renegade Indians, they become trapped with the group that includes a dying man, a coward, and thieves. Ben joins an army patrol to rescue his boys.
    • The Burma Rarity
      The Burma Rarity
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      A pair of con men try to swindle Widow Hawkins, the boarding house keeper, by selling her a "priceless" emerald known as "The Burma Rarity." Ben stages a scam to get her money back, but his plan backfires so badly that he may end up having to marry the widow to make things right.moreless
    • Mighty is the Word
      Mighty is the Word
      Season 7 - Episode 9
      The new Virginia City preacher, Rev. Watson, is a former gun-fighter who's been on "the straight and narrow" for years. His only interest these days is starting a new church. The brother of one of his long-ago victims, however, comes to town and has not forgiven the pastor.
    • Fallen Woman
      Fallen Woman
      Season 13 - Episode 2
      An alcoholic woman lashes out at Hoss after his testimony sends her husband to prison. She gets back at him by forcing Hoss to take custody of her young son, Petey. Hoss must decide whether to ask the court to adopt him, or help the mother deal with her alcoholism.
    • Queen High
      Queen High
      Season 10 - Episode 11
      Despite knowing nothing about the business, Joe and Candy going into partnership with Kate Kelly to start an ore-stamping mill. It's not all work as the two men take turns courting Miss Kelly. Things turn unpleasant when Miles Renfro, another mine owner, makes it clear he doesn't appreciate the competition.
    • For a Young Lady
      For a Young Lady
      Season 12 - Episode 14
      Jamie's young friend Carri Sturgis lives in fear of her guardians, child-hating Uncle Gifford and Aunt Vella. He can't understand why the pair are so intent on keeping the child. The answer turns out to be unadulterated greed; Carri is the heir to her grandfather's gold mine.
    • Desperate Passage
      Desperate Passage
      Season 9 - Episode 8
      While driving horses to Utah, the Cartwrights come across the only two survivors of a town following a Paiute massacre. They carefully their way through Indian territory to bring the pair to safety. The man is an accused murderer and the woman knows he's innocent but won't say so.
    • The Artist
      The Artist
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      Painter Matthew Raine lost his sight and has been wallowing in self pity ever since. He starts to come out of his shell thanks to his new housekeeper, but an unsavory employee wants to keep Raine incapacitated.
    • The Witness
      The Witness
      Season 11 - Episode 2
      Joe and Candy offer to protect Jenny Winters when she says she can identify the Logan gang as the outlaws who robbed a stagecoach and murdered the driver. Neither the Cartwrights nor the criminals realize one important fact: Jenny is a liar and her eyewitness story is completely fabricated.
    • Little Girl Lost
      Little Girl Lost
      Season 10 - Episode 8
      A bratty 10-year-old girl named Samantha is delivered unexpectedly to the Ponderosa. Her mother, Martha, had to send Samantha to orphanages after being deserted by her husband. Martha arrives to reclaim her daughter, but the girl's hateful grandfather also shows up demanding custody.
    • The Underdog
      The Underdog
      Season 6 - Episode 12
      Little Joe convinces Ben to hire Harry Starr, a half-Indian who is accused by other ranchers of being a chronic horse thief. Joe sets out to prove the others wrong, unaware that Harry is part of a gang plotting to take advantage of the Cartwrights' trust.
    • The Saddle Stiff
      The Saddle Stiff
      Season 13 - Episode 17
      Ben's decision to let a ranch hand go for incompetence gets the old man riled up. Cactus Murphy challenges the Cartwright patriarch to do the work he usually does in a week, and without using his status to get it accomplished. Ben accepts the challenge and goes to work incognito on the Ponderosa.moreless
    • The Unwanted
      The Unwanted
      Season 10 - Episode 27
      Strict lawman Luke Mansfield is not pleased with his daughter's choice in men. To rebel against her father, Lorrie begins consorting with an ex-convict, Rick Miller, who may be the cousin of a man who once shot her father.
    • Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds
      Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds
      Season 10 - Episode 17
      A snobbish English woman, Mrs. Wharton, loses her valuables to robbers when they hold up the stage she's taking. While working to retrieve the the snooty woman's trinkets, Candy learns Mrs. Wharton is much more resourceful and wily than she lets on.
    • The Way of Aaron
      The Way of Aaron
      Season 4 - Episode 24
      Adam falls madly in love with Rebecca Kaufman and asks her hand in marriage. Her father, an Orthodox Jewish peddler, is bound by tradition and refuses to give his consent. Further problems arise when the old man's wagon is attacked by bandits on the Sabbath.
    • The Price of Salt
      The Price of Salt
      Season 9 - Episode 19
      Ada Halle inherits her late father's salt mine and falls prey to the scheming of a greedy rancher, Cash Talbot. Talbot wants to buy all the salt for himself, driving the others out of business. Ben, standing for the smaller ranchers who cannot afford to pay the heiress' prices, bids against the wealthy rancher to get a fair price for all.moreless
    • The Bride
      The Bride
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      The Cartwright boys are surprised when a woman shows up on their doorstep claiming to be their father's new wife. When Ben returns home, he's surprised, too. Realizing the woman has been duped by a con man, the sons ride over to Crater Plains to confront the criminal and reclaim the woman's money. They don't realize they're riding into an ambush.moreless
    • The Last Vote
      The Last Vote
      Season 10 - Episode 6
      Hoss and Joe's bickering lead them into taking opposite sides in the Virginia City mayoral race. Their zealous actions cause Virginia City's citizens to divide into two factions that causes nothing but arguments, fights and havoc in town.
    • Right Is the Fourth R
      Right Is the Fourth R
      Season 6 - Episode 24
      Barbara, the Virginia City school teacher, is rescued by Adam from her classroom of hellions. Adam fills in for her, determined to teach the unruly kids the history of the Nevada territory. He receives an education himself, learning some uncomfortable secrets about the territory's leaders.
    • The Fighters
      The Fighters
      Season 7 - Episode 30
      After Hoss injures an over-the-hill fighter, Hank Kelly, in a challenge match, he refuses all offers to box professionally. Joe, however, is another story. He's happy to show off his skills in the ring.
    • The Deadly Ones
      The Deadly Ones
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      General Diaz, a Mexican patriot, steals gold shipments to finance his attacks against Emperor Maximillian. Ben is taken hostage to help with the robbery of a gold wagon, and Joe is shot in the back by one of Diaz's unethical henchmen, Forsythe. Ben comes to respect the general's sincerity.
    • Marie, My Love
      Marie, My Love
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      When Joe sustains a life-threatening injury after a fall, Ben reminisces about his third wife (and Joe's mother), New Orleans belle Marie. The memories include a scandal that almost tore the young couple apart.
    • A Rose for Lotta
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      In the series opener, Ben refuses to sell the Ponderosa's timber to Alpheus Troy and his business cartel that wanting it for mine building. They enlist the aid of actress Lotta Crabtree to lure in a Cartwright son so they can kidnap him and force Ben to sell. Joe is captured when he goes to call on the attractive Lotta, but Troy doesn't realize how formidable the Cartwright family can be.moreless
    • The Mission
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Hoss befriends Charlie Trent, a man who was once the best scout in the Army. Now a drunk, he blames himself for having led troops to their massacre. Captain Pender is looking for a reliable scout to lead his men across the desert with a shipment of gold. Seeing the chance for Charlie to redeem himself, Hoss recommends Charlie for the position. The man he's replacing, Cutter, is waiting in the desert to steal the valuable shipment.moreless
    • Half a Rogue
      Half a Rogue
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      Trouble-making hillbilly Jim Leyton tries to steal Hoss' horse after breaking out of jail, then attempts to pin his murder charge on Hoss. Hoss goes about the job of proving his innocence while he has Jim paroled into his custody.
    • The Horse Traders
      The Horse Traders
      Season 11 - Episode 26
      Having stuck it rich, the slovenly Calhouns return well dressed and cleaner. Daddy Luke is feeling so good he even allows the three dirt-for-brains robbers who earlier tried to rob him to now live on his land. One of them is even engaged to his daughter, Meena. In short order, the imbeciles wear out their welcome and Luke orders them to find work. Hoss and Joe come to Virginia City as the boys open their livery stable.moreless
    • Look to the Stars
      Look to the Stars
      Season 3 - Episode 26
      A young genius, Albert Michaelson, is vying for a scholarship and only needs the school teacher's approval to receive it. The blessings of strict and stern Mr. Norton will be hard to obtain, considering he'd expelled Albert and labeled him a "problem child." Adam investigates.
    • The Law and Billy Burgess
      The Law and Billy Burgess
      Season 11 - Episode 20
      With the help of rich Matilda Curtis, Ben starts a free school for the kids of the Ponderosa's employees. When the schoolmaster is murdered, distressed student Billy Burgess gives an inflamed confession. Matilda intervenes to save Billy's life, asking that the youth be placed in her custody rather than facing trial. Ben doesn't believe the boy's confession and demands a trial to get to the truth.moreless
    • Dark Enough to See the Stars
      Dark Enough to See the Stars
      Season 8 - Episode 26
      Billy Wilcox is saved from the desert by Ben and given a job as a ranch hand. The young man falls in love with Jennifer Yardley, but abruptly breaks up with the girl one he gets a glimpse of her father, a lawman.
    • The Smiler
      The Smiler
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      While defending the honor of Widow McClure, Hoss accidentally kills Arthur, the town bully. Arthur's brother Clarence comes to Virginia City and tells Hoss all is forgiven. Behind that smile, the brother is scheming revenge. It involves coercing Mrs. McClure into changing her testimony before the court hearing.
    • The Deadliest Game
      The Deadliest Game
      Season 6 - Episode 22
      Ben's old friend Guido Borelli and his group of acrobats visit the Pondorosa. Borelli shows a disconcerting amount of jealousy whenever any man pays attention to his girl, Pitina. Carlo, a young rival for Pitina's affections, is found stabbed and Borelli tries to pin the violence on Little Joe.
    • Land Grab
      Land Grab
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      People start camping out on the Ponderosa. They're armed with fake property deeds and claim they've been sold parts of the ranch. The man behind the sham turns out to be one of Ben's oldest Army buddies, Colonel Bragg.
    • The Survivors
      The Survivors
      Season 10 - Episode 9
      A woman who was kidnapped by the Paiutes years earlier is returned and finds her life in shambles. While being held, she was forced to bear a child to one of the Indians. This causes her husband to reject her and bigoted townspeople to turn on her.
    • Destiny's Child
      Destiny's Child
      Season 7 - Episode 19
      Ben hires Sonny and Jesse when they stop and help his get his wagon unstuck from mud. Hoss becomes fast friends with Sonny, a big, strong man with a child's mind. Jesse is killed and Sonny can't wrap his mind around the news. Sheriff Coffee advises the Cartwrights that Sonny is known to become violent when overwhelmed.moreless
    • Thornton's Account
      Thornton's Account
      Season 12 - Episode 8
      While away from home, Ben suffers a fall from his horse that leaves him badly injured. Joe brings his father to a nearby town seeking assistance, but arrives in the middle of a range feud. The only person offering their help is a mysterious stranger named Thornton.
    • Yonder Man
      Yonder Man
      Season 10 - Episode 12

      One of Ben's old friends from his Army days comes to town to settle down in Virginia City. Unfortunately, Beaudry's idea of rowdy fun involves stealing Little Joe's horse, starting fights with the locals, and injuring Candy.

    • The Sound of Sadness
      The Sound of Sadness
      Season 14 - Episode 10
      An elderly widower brings a couple of orphaned boys into his home. When he attempts to legally adopt them, he runs into bureaucratic obstacles that threaten his effort to keep the pair together.
    • The Reluctant Rebel
      The Reluctant Rebel
      Season 7 - Episode 11
      Billy Penn is a young man who's sick of his rigid father and his life on a pig farm. Hoping to break free, he foolishly joins a bunch of rustler who end up stealing livestock from the Cartwrights. Hoss steers the boy back to the "straight and narrow" and tries to repair the relationship between father and son.moreless
    • Salute to Yesterday
      Salute to Yesterday
      Season 10 - Episode 3
      Candy's past comes into play as he and the Cartwrights assist an Army unit being attacked by bandits. The unit's Captain Harris is married to Candy's ex-wife and the leader of the outlaw gang is one of Candy's childhood friends, Angel Montana.
    • Hound Dog
      Hound Dog
      Season 6 - Episode 25
      Tone-deaf Cartwright cousin Muley Jones returns with a pack of barking hound dogs in tow. Hoss tries unsuccessfully to train the canines to hunt coyotes that have been killing Ponderosa livestock. The dogs' real owner, a young woman named Tracy, arrives and claims the dogs had been stolen from her.
    • The Good Samaritan
      The Good Samaritan
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      Hoss introduces Wade Tyree to widow Abigail Hilton and her daughter, Bonnie, in the hopes that it will stop Wade's constant drinking. After Wade and Abigail get married, things go bad when Wade goes back to his old ways. Hoss gets involved again to help with the crops and bring the broken family back together.moreless
    • The Lonely Runner
      The Lonely Runner
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      Poor Jim Acton is financially devastated when his prize horse is legally given to Sam Whipple. When Acton is forced to kill Whipple in self-defense, an over-zealous deputy sheriff wants to prove Acton was an angry murderer just wanting to get even.
    • Four Sisters from Boston
      Four Sisters from Boston
      Season 8 - Episode 8
      The four Lowell sisters come to Virginia City to claim a ranch left by a late uncle. What they find is a backlog of debts and a huge bill for back taxes. Ben becomes involved to keep the sisters from losing everything, and he gains their undying gratitude. All except for one sister who thinks he has an ulterior motive.moreless
    • The Power of Life and Death
      The Power of Life and Death
      Season 12 - Episode 5
      Joe and an injured Ben are trapped at a desert watering hole with the killer they were searching for. Ben's heath is rapidly deteriorating and a group of renegade Indians are approaching. Joe is forced to leave his father behind with the fugitive as he set out on foot for help.moreless
    • A Deck of Aces
      A Deck of Aces
      Season 12 - Episode 18
      Two Ben Cartwrights leave chaos in their wake. A look-alike con man, Bradley Meredith, pretends he's the Ponderosa patriarch and agrees to sell a large piece of land to the railroad. The actual Ben had earlier given an unambiguous "no" to the idea.
    • Stage Door Johnnies
      Stage Door Johnnies
      Season 9 - Episode 34
      Hoss and Joe desperately want the attention of sexy entertainer Mademoiselle Denise who's performing the Silver Dollar Saloon. Their efforts at catching her eye land them in a damage suit when her spoiled dog Andre disappears.
    • The Impostors
      The Impostors
      Season 12 - Episode 12
      Joad Bruder's son may be in jail for holding up a stage coach, but he's holding onto the money. Hoss and Joe contrive a ridiculous strategy to get the money back. They visit Joad, posing as members of his jailbird son's gang. Things go as planned, until the real gang members start to drop by.moreless
    • A Single Pilgrim
      A Single Pilgrim
      Season 12 - Episode 15
      New Settler Tom Brennan accidentally wounds Hoss, and has his wife, Dilsey, nurse his wounds. Tom's distrusting father, convinced Hoss will seek revenge, does not inform the Cartwrights of Hoss' whereabouts. Additionally, he manipulates his son's jealousy, feeding him lies about Dilsey and her patient.
    • The Sun Mountain Herd
      The Sun Mountain Herd
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Antelopes are being slaughtered by two poachers which violates the Cartwright's agreement with the Paiutes. To put a stop the antelope killings, Ben sells beef to the miners at lower prices. When innocent miners are killed bringing in beef from the Ponderosa, the deaths are wrongly blamed on the Paiutes, threatening to set off an Indian war.moreless
    • The Hopefuls
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Adam, Hoss, and new friend Sam Board act as escorts for a wagon train of Quakers who are heading to California to purchase land for their settlement. While Adam falls for the group leader's daughter, Reginia, Board plots to rob the group of its life savings.
    • The Desperado
      The Desperado
      Season 12 - Episode 19
      A black couple seek refuge in the mountains after having been accused of killing two white men. They take Hoss as a hostage, fearful that they'll be lynched. Hoss tries to convince the desperate couple that they'll be given a fair trial, though he's not totally convinced of that himself.
    • Square Deal Sam
      Square Deal Sam
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      Scam artist "Square Deal Sam" Washburn comes to town and suckers the Cartwrights with a fake land deal. The con-man changes his shady ways and ends up staying in Virginia city to run an orphanage.
    • Her Brother's Keeper
      Her Brother's Keeper
      Season 7 - Episode 24
      Ben is falling for Claire Amory, but her brother makes their future is questionable. Carl is a cruel and manipulative invalid who milks his health problems for all they're worth.
    • The Wagon
      The Wagon
      Season 12 - Episode 4
      The sadistic wagon-boss of a group of prisoners replaces an escapee with Hoss. Facing years of hard labor, Hoss teams up with another prisoner to hatch an escape plan.
    • Elizabeth, My Love
      Elizabeth, My Love
      Season 2 - Episode 33
      Ben keeps a bedside vigil as his son Adam suffers through a high fever. He hearkens back to earlier times with his first wife, and Adam's mother, Elizabeth. These were the days when Ben was a sailor serving under Elizabeth's father, Captain Abel Morgan Stoddard.
    • The Deserter
      The Deserter
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      Colonel Edward J. Dunwoody arrives in search of an Army deserter--his own son--who's a well-liked neighbor of the Cartwrights. The Shoshones are planning revenge against Dunwoody, who was the mastermind behind the massacre of an Indian village.
    • Old Charlie
      Old Charlie
      Season 8 - Episode 9
      Old Charlie, noted teller of tall tales, is saved by Hoss from an outlaw with a knife. But the way Charlie tells it, he was the one who killed the ruffian. With the dead man's brothers promising revenge, it remains to be seen if Old Charlie has the nerve to back-up his bragging.moreless
    • The Weary Willies
      The Weary Willies
      Season 12 - Episode 3
      The Weary Willies are hippie-like Civil War veterans who are now drifters living off the land. Despite protests from fellow ranchers and the people of Virginia City, Ben allows the traveling band to stay at the Ponderosa. The trouble begins when a teen-aged girl is molested and the Willies are blamed.moreless
    • Gallagher's Sons
      Gallagher's Sons
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      Hoss helps out two young girls, Will and Charlie, whose late father raised them as boys. He escorts the two girls to their only relative, Aunt Chloe, unaware that they're being trailed by a posse wanting a bag of money carried by one of the kids. It was a gift from their thieving late father.moreless
    • The Witness
      The Witness
      Season 14 - Episode 13
      Candy is framed for a murder and faces trial. While Griff goes after the only witness, who has fled town, Ben places his faith in a young lawyer's ability to defend Candy against a prosecutor with a spotless record.
    • The Gentle Ones
      The Gentle Ones
      Season 9 - Episode 7
      Some people believe horse-loving cowboy Mark Cole is nothing but a coward. With the help of the Cartwrights, he finally takes a stands against his sadistic brother who treats his horses cruelly.
    • A Woman Lost
      A Woman Lost
      Season 4 - Episode 25
      Ben wants to rehabilitate alcoholic singer Rita Marlowe, but she remains desperate for a drink. So much so that she accepts $2000 to lure former boxer Mase Sindell back into the ring. Unexpectedly, Rita begins to fall for the prizefighter.
    • The Last Hunt
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      Hoss and Joe are on a winter hunting trip when they come across a pregnant Indian woman. They deliver the baby and bring the mother and child back to the Ponderosa. Two men are searching for woman, one with the intention of killing her.
    • Once a Doctor
      Once a Doctor
      Season 6 - Episode 23

      A traveling medicine man, running from his past as a surgeon in his native England, encounters and befriends Hoss. The doctor must come to terms with what happened on an operating table back in London when a vengeful man whose wife died in surgery tracks him down. The man goes gunning for the doctor but mistakenly shoots Hoss, forcing the ex-doctor to practice medicine once more.

    • Enter Mark Twain
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Sam Clemens arrives in Virginia City as a reporter at the "Territorial Enterprise". Soon, the Ponderosa is crawling with the curious after Clemens writes an outrageous story about a "Wild Man" spotted on the ranch. The Cartwrights and Clemens quickly become allies to fight a crooked judge running for office. Clemens gets beaten for his unflattering stories of the candidate who's plotting a land grab at the Ponderosa.moreless
    • The Magnificent Adah
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Famous actress Adah Isaacs Menken visits Virginia City with her popular play. She and Ben go way back and the two begin to renew their friendship -- much to the chagrin of Adam, Hoss and Joe. Ben's sons believe that Adah has plans to become the next Mrs. Cartwright so they set out to stop her. However, Menken's boyfriend, John Regan, a professional fighter, has plans of his own for the beautiful actress.moreless
    • The Wild One
      The Wild One
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      Contentious horse wrangler Lafe Jessup is one ornery character; he'd rather brawl than be a husband. Prudence, the wife he'd deserted a while back, interrupts a fight he's having with Hoss for some important news: she's pregnant. In typical unbending fashion, he wants nothing to do with his spouse or child.moreless
    • The Meredith Smith
      The Meredith Smith
      Season 7 - Episode 8
      Dying miser Jake Smith asks Ben to deliver his estate to his next-of-kin: Meredith Smith. Six months later and Ben hasn't been able to find this person. On the day before Jake's estate must be given to the rightful heir, six Meredith Smiths arrive in Virginia City. Ben now must sort through the phonies to find the real one.moreless
    • The Debt
      The Debt
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      Wiley and Annie Kane go to work for Ben Cartwright, wanting to pay off a debt made by their no-good father. Before the old man died, Sam Kane cheated Ben out of a substantial amount of money. All is well until Annie learns that her swindling father is still alive; that's when she turns into a chip off the old block.moreless
    • Mr. Henry Comstock
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      The Cartwrights are met by an old coot with a gun who claims they're on his land; he even has a deed signed by Henry Comstock to prove it. They explain that the paper is worthless because Comstock was a con-man always on the run and perpetrating a scam. The episode flashes back to how Comstock accidentally found the huge silver deposit while trying to pull a swindle, and how Virginia City got its name.moreless
    • Face of Fear
      Face of Fear
      Season 13 - Episode 8
      Jamie's friend Neta, a teen-age girl, witnesses the robbery and murder of a man about to inherit a windfall, but it too afraid to speak of it. The killer, Bannon, assumes the dead man's identity, gets a job at the Ponderosa, and begins to stalk the girl. If only Neta could get the courage to tell Jamie about what she witnessed.moreless
    • Don't Cry, My Son
      Don't Cry, My Son
      Season 13 - Episode 7
      Traumatized by the death of her baby, Ruth Sloan walks out on her husband, an overworked doctor. These two events are more than Dr. Sloan can handle; he snaps and takes the newborn of one of his patients, thinking it his his own child.
    • Blind Hunch
      Blind Hunch
      Season 13 - Episode 9
      Will Hewitt is a man with a crime to solve. Blinded in the final battle of the Civil War, he gets Jamie's assistance in tracking down the man who killed his brother.
    • Old Sheba
      Old Sheba
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      As payment for a one night performance in a circus, Little Joe and Hoss are presented with "Old Sheba", a rather ragged elephant. They believe they can care for the creature, but encounter opposition from Ben and Adam. Ben takes the matter into his own hands and suffers comically for it.moreless
    • The Fear Merchants
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      Bigotry against the Chinese is exploited by racist Virginia City mayoral candidate Andrew Fulmer and his band of thugs. A local woman is killed and the Cartwrights' friend, young Jimmy Chang, is falsely charged with the murder. Fulmer exploits the situation in his campaign of fear and intolerance. Adam pleads with the dead girl's family to come forward with the truth.moreless
    • The Beginning
      The Beginning
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      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.moreless
    • Cassie
      Season 13 - Episode 6
      Cassie's father, Kevin O'Casey, is running another of the many scams that frustrate his long-suffering wife and daughter, Cassie. This one involves selling and reclaiming a race horse. Hoss decides to teach O'Casey a lesson in honesty, with the help of Cassie and her mother.
    • The Savage
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      While traveling, Adam is wounded by Indians and left for dead. He is found by Ruth, a white Shoshone woman who was long believed to have the power to heal. Once the tribe decided that she had no powers, they sentenced her to death. With Adam's injuries, "White Buffalo Woman", as she's known, has a chance to redeem herself in the eyes of her tribe.moreless
    • Gideon, the Good
      Gideon, the Good
      Season 12 - Episode 6
      Joe turns to one of the state's most respected lawmen, Sheriff Gideon Yates, to report a murder that he witnessed. Yates is mortified when he realizes the identity of the killer: his wife, Lydia. The enforcer of the law shirks his duty and goes about the unpleasant business of permanently silencing Joe Cartwright.moreless
    • A Dublin Lad
      A Dublin Lad
      Season 7 - Episode 15
      Joe is a lone holdout on the jury that wants to find Terence O'Toole guilty of robbery and murder. Not convinced of the man's guilt, Joe does some investigating of his own.
    • The Dowry
      The Dowry
      Season 3 - Episode 31
      Self-declared land baron Alexander Dubois recuperates at the Ponderosa after robbers supposedly stole the $100,000 dowry intended for his daughter's wedding. Ben becomes suspicious of the Dubois' and their story, while the future bride, Michelle, wraps the Cartwright boys around her finger.
    • The Frenchman
      The Frenchman
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      A pompous Frenchman shows up in Virginia City claiming he's famous poet Francois Villon reincarnated. In actuality, he's merely a scoundrel. Joe is mesmerized by the windbag's attractive sister, but the rest of the family are not so impressed. Francois challenges Hoss to a duel and steals two of the Cartwrights' horses.moreless
    • Bushwhacked!
      Season 13 - Episode 3
      Joe is shot and wounded while he is on a cattle drive in the Nevada desert. Two ranchers find him delirious from thirst and the heat, and take Joe to their home to recover. While the ranchers summon a doctor, Joe struggles for life, mumbling incoherently and having surrealistic nightmares about a teepee and a wagon wheel. Ben and Hoss try to decipher Joe's ramblings to piece together what happened.moreless
    • The Stillness Within
      The Stillness Within
      Season 12 - Episode 24
      Joe becomes withdrawn and bitter after losing his sight in an explosion. Ben brings in Ellen Dobbs from San Francisco who teaches blind individuals how to navigate the world. The divide between Joe and his family gets wider as he refuses to learn from Miss Dobbs.
    • Enter Thomas Bowers
      Enter Thomas Bowers
      Season 5 - Episode 30
      Fresh from a triumphant tour in Italy, famous Negro opera singer Thomas Bowers comes to Virginia City for a show and encounters extreme bigotry and prejudice. He's even arrested as an escaped slave. The Cartwrights come to his aid.
    • Desert Justice
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      U.S. Marshal Emmett Dowd arrives at the Ponderosa to take ranch hand Dave Walker to face trial in Los Angeles. Concerned by the way Dowd treats Walker, and believing the man to be innocent, Adam and Hoss decide to go along to make sure that Walker reaches Los Angeles alive.
    • The Countess
      The Countess
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      A former paramour of Ben Cartwright, now wealthy widow Lady Lydia Chadwick, returns to Virginia City to re-spark their romance. Ben isn't interested, so Lydia schemes to ruin him financially so he'll have no choice but to turn to her for love and money.
    • The Saga of Annie O'Toole
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Annie O'Toole and her father head out to the Washoe Diggings after her fiance, Swede Lundberg, returns with the deeds to two mines. When her father dies, Adam's helps Annie open a restaurant to supply meals to the hungry miners. Things seem to be going well until an old acquaintance shows up insisting Annie and Swede's claim is his.moreless
    • Heritage of Anger
      Heritage of Anger
      Season 14 - Episode 2
      Ex-con John Dundee is being released from prison and Ben tries to help his old friend readjust to society. John's only interest, however, is revenge on those who sent him to prison, namely, his ex-business partners Anders, Bartlett and Sangster. Worse, the bad three are friends with a corrupt lawman and are hatching a plan to send John back to prison, this time, for murder.moreless
    • The Deed and the Dilemma
      The Deed and the Dilemma
      Season 8 - Episode 27
      Giorgio Rossi and family return. To help them out, Ben grants them 80 acres of land which they turn into a lush vineyard. Problems arise when the Cartwright's unpleasant neighbor Gurney cuts off the Rossi family's water supply.
    • Ballad of the Ponderosa
      Ballad of the Ponderosa
      Season 8 - Episode 10
      Ben's testimony some fifteen years earlier sent a man to the gallows. After all this time his son, musician Colter Preston shows up in Virginia City proclaiming his father's innocence in song. He forces the law to re-open the case and goes as far as shooting himself so he can have Ben arrested for attempted murder.moreless
    • The Arrival of Eddie
      The Arrival of Eddie
      Season 9 - Episode 30
      Eddie McKay, the son of a robber/murderer who Hoss killed years ago in a shootout, returns to Virginia City. Hoss wants to make amends and hires him as a Ponderosa hand. Eddie is still nursing a grudge against the Cazrtwrights, and so is the rancher he's secretly scheming with.
    • New Man
      New Man
      Season 14 - Episode 5
      After saving Ben's life in a prison riot, Griff King is released into Ben's custody and is hired as a Ponderosa ranch hand. Ben, Joe and the others exercise patience as they try to help an arrogant, resentful Griff adjust to society and live an honest life.
    • Dead and Gone
      Dead and Gone
      Season 6 - Episode 27
      Trouble follows singing drifter Howard Mead to the Ponderosa. Adam defends his buddy Howard against accusations that he robbed a man. To further complicate matters, Howard is falling in love with Hilda Brunners, the sister of the man he's charged with robbing.
    • Abner Willoughby's Return
      Abner Willoughby's Return
      Season 11 - Episode 13
      Abner returns from 17 years at sea to dig up the gold he buried during his mining days. His problem is that the burial site is now on Widow Sprague's property. When Abner attempts to talk the widow into moving, he and most of the men of the Ponderosa become trapped on the property because of a quarantine.moreless
    • The Bucket Dog
      The Bucket Dog
      Season 14 - Episode 11
      Jamie obtains an Irish setter pup and a special bond forms between dog and man. The dog's owner learns the puppy is at the Ponderosa and arrives to claim he can put it to sleep. (The owner claims it was a runt and an inferior example of the breed). The dog is soon in a trial for its life.moreless
    • Peace Officer
      Peace Officer
      Season 7 - Episode 20
      With Sheriff Coffee away, Virginia City's mayor has hired Wes Dann as the peacekeeper. Ben soon realizes that Dann isn't terribly concerned with following the law; he's more interested in enacting his own sadistic methods of justice.
    • Return Engagement
      Return Engagement
      Season 11 - Episode 22
      En route to San Francisco, actress Lotta Crabtree arrives in Virginia City for a special performance. Hoss is smitten by the beautiful actress, which makes her leading man jealous. When he is killed during a performance, Lotta and then Hoss are suspected of the death. It is up to Ben to set things straight.moreless
    • Calamity Over the Comstock
      Calamity Over the Comstock
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      Joe meets up with Calamity Jane and promises her dying father that he'll take care of her. He brings her to the Ponderosa, keeping her gender a secret from the other Cartwrights so she can collect her inheritance. Joe and "Cal" begin to fall in love, which is bad news because she has a jealous boyfriend: Doc Holliday.moreless
    • Search in Limbo
      Search in Limbo
      Season 13 - Episode 21
      Ben closes a land transaction with Sid Langley, a man he despises because of his shady business practices. After being overcome with a terrific headache, Ben awakens and realizes he remembers nothing of the past day. During that time, Langley was shot and killed by an unknown assailant. Unsure if he was the gunman, Ben tries to reconstruct the activities of the past day to prove his innocence.moreless
    • The Rattlesnake Brigade
      The Rattlesnake Brigade
      Season 13 - Episode 11
      A prison wagon full of murderous criminals stops in Virginia City. Led by Doyle, they escape and take Jamin and three other teenagers hostage. Doyle and his cronies lock them in a remote cabin while they demand $50,000 of the townspeople for the hostages' safe return.
    • The Actress
      The Actress
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      Joe falls in love with aspiring actress Julia Grant, a young woman with more ambition than talent. He promises Julia that he'll help her with her career, so he seeks advice from the greatest actor of their time: Edwin Booth, who's performing in Virginia City.
    • The Saga of Muley Jones
      The Saga of Muley Jones
      Season 5 - Episode 26
      Muley Jones, a Cartwright cousin from Missouri, visits the Ponderosa. He proves a major disruption and headache for his relatives and unintentionally fouls up their negotiations with an Indian tribe.
    • The Conquistadores
      The Conquistadores
      Season 9 - Episode 3
      A band of Mexican conquistadores kidnaps Joe for a $25,000 ransom in gold. A group of cowboys with less-than-virtuous intentions plan to rescue Joe - then kill him and claim the gold for themselves.
    • Gabrielle
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      The Cartwrights find a blind 11-year-old girl wandering around in the snow. Gabrielle is an orphan who's searching hopelessly for her grandfather. The family locates the old man; he's an unpleasant old hermit who doesn't like people, much less relatives.
    • Death On Sun Mountain
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Ben Cartwright finds out that Mark Burdette (Barry Sullivan) and Early Thorne (Leo Gordon) have been illegally slaughtering the antelope on the Paiute Indians' property, then selling the meat to the miners at an exorbitant price. To thwart the two poachers and protect the Indians' food supply, Ben offers to sell his own meat at a much lower price.moreless
    • The Gentleman from New Orleans
      The Gentleman from New Orleans
      Season 5 - Episode 18
      A Frenchman arrives from New Orleans claiming to the famed pirate and patriot Jean Lafitte. Wandering around Virginia City making his bold claims and generally being a pest, "Lafitte" lands himself in jail. Hoss posts his bail, convinced that the man is who he claims. Serious trouble arises when a man is stabbed to death and the weapon used is "Lafitte's" knife.moreless
    • The Night Virginia City Died
      The Night Virginia City Died
      Season 12 - Episode 1
      As Season 12 opens, a series of deadly fires, all set at night, are destroying Virginia City. Sheriff Coffee and Deputy Clem face an angry public that demands they capture the arsonist immediately. On the side, Clem has begun a romance with new town resident Janie.
    • A Home for Jamie
      A Home for Jamie
      Season 13 - Episode 13
      Ben is ready to legally adopt Jamie as his son. His plans appear to be dashed with the arrival of Ferris Callahan, Jamie's grandfather from Boston, who wants to bring the young man back with him. Moving moments featuring Ben and Jamie are included from episodes A Matter of Faith and The Grand Swing.moreless
    • Easy Come, Easy Go
      Easy Come, Easy Go
      Season 13 - Episode 12
      Seedy and uncouth prospector Luke Calhoun returns to town with his still-single daughter Meena. Luke has lost his newly-found fortune in short order and Meena is still desperate to corner a husband. Taking advantage of the Cartwrights, Luke quickly turns their Pondersosa home into a gambling hall.
    • The Prisoners
      The Prisoners
      Season 13 - Episode 5
      With the sheriff away, Joe is asked to escort a prisoner, Hank Simmons, through some treacherous terrain. The prisoner knows the route much better than Joe does, leading to danger for the Cartwright.
    • Frenzy
      Season 13 - Episode 18
      Ben helps shepherd a young family, the Kosovos (Nick, his wife, Anna and his son, Sandor), who have recently immigrated from Serbia. Nick can't handle the pressure needed to become successful in America and, one evening while Ben is visiting, he snaps. He goes on a rampage, trapping an injured Ben and a terrified Anna and Sandor inside their home. Ben does his best to keep Nick at bay and reason with the mentally ill rancher.moreless
    • Lothario Larkin
      Lothario Larkin
      Season 6 - Episode 30
      Sheriff Coffee has ordered lover-boy Lothario out of Virginia City because every time he comes to town, trouble soon begins. Soft-hearted Hoss takes him in at the Ponderosa.
    • Ambush at Rio Lobo
      Ambush at Rio Lobo
      Season 14 - Episode 6
      Ben encounters a very pregnant woman, Teresa Burnside, who's husband is being forced to participate in a stagecoach robbery. Ben and Teresa end up being held hostage by the outlaws who plan to use the pair in their scheme. When the baby comes early, Cartwright is forced to play midwife.
    • Caution, Easter Bunny Crossing
      Caution, Easter Bunny Crossing
      Season 11 - Episode 25
      A Quaker woman talks a reluctant Hoss into dressing as the Easter Bunny for the orphanage's children. While waiting for his big performance, Hoss, in his furry costume, contends with a group of inept outlaws who commit a comedy of errors in their attempts to rob stagecoaches.
    • The Real People of Muddy Creek
      The Real People of Muddy Creek
      Season 10 - Episode 4
      When the sheriff of Muddy Creek is murdered, Ben and Joe take charge of prisoner Luke Harper. The Cartwrights ask for help from the people of the town, but the residents are so afraid of Harper's gang that they even dessert the town.
    • Walter and the Outlaws
      Walter and the Outlaws
      Season 5 - Episode 34
      In the comic sequel to last season's Any Friend of Walter's, Hoss dog-sits Walter at the Ponderosa while Obie's away. Dimwitted criminals Macie, Teague, and Willard are again after Obie's supposed treasure. Their plot this time is to kidnap the dog and hold him for ransom. It's a good thing Walter outsmarts the criminals because Hoss and Obie get caught in their own trap.moreless
    • The Trouble with Jamie
      The Trouble with Jamie
      Season 7 - Episode 25
      Ben's cousin Matthew comes for a visit from the east and brings his spoiled brat of a son, Jamie. Ben quickly has his fill of the arrogant young man and decides to teach the loathsome Jamie a lesson. It eventually comes out that Jamie is jealous of his father's marriage plans.moreless
    • The Gold Detector
      The Gold Detector
      Season 9 - Episode 14
      Vern Higgins is applying pressure to Barney to sell his tapped-out gold mine to him for the copper inside. Hoss believes there's still gold in there; he sets out to prove it with a contraption that supposedly detects gold. McNulty is sent from the home office to help build gizmo which seems intent on making Hoss look foolish.moreless
    • A Matter of Faith
      A Matter of Faith
      Season 12 - Episode 2
      Dusty Rhodes arrives with a young teen orphan, Jamie Hunter, in tow. The son of a recently-deceased rainmaker, Jamie announces his intention to carry on his father's work and bring rain to drought-stricken Virginia City. Ben is skeptical--and fearful that local ranchers will harm the youth when the rain doesn't come. In the end, Ben hires Dusty as a ranch hand and invites Jamie to stay with them.moreless
    • El Toro Grande
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      Ben sends Hoss and Little Joe down to Mexico to purchase the bull known as El Toro Grande. While down there, Joe gets involved with the beautiful daughter of El Toro's owner and Hoss finds out that the son of one of the ranch hands has formed a very deep attachment to the bull.moreless
    • An Earthquake Called Callahan
      An Earthquake Called Callahan
      Season 12 - Episode 28
      Dusty Rhodes, a Ponderosa ranch hand is jailed, and the one person who can prove him innocent is nowhere to be found. Joe searches for and finds the man, a vagabond wrestler named Tom Callahan. Not only does Callahan prove to be an ornery cuss, but his seemingly-fragile girl is a lot tougher than she looks.moreless
    • One Ace Too Many
      One Ace Too Many
      Season 13 - Episode 26
      While Ben's away in Carson City, his doppelganger, crafty and crooked Bradley Meredith, returns to assume his identity. His scheme to get his hands on the Cartwright's properties involves pretending "Ben" is seriously ill and selling off the Ponderosa a piece at a time.
    • The Colonel
      The Colonel
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      Ben's old friend Frank Medford is a chronic liar. When the poor salesman comes to town, he promptly starts exaggerating to make everyone think he's as successful as Mr. Cartwright. Frank's love for Emily Colfax finally convinces him to stop with the fibbing.
    • A Lawman's Lot Is Not a Happy One
      A Lawman's Lot Is Not a Happy One
      Season 11 - Episode 4
      When Roy Coffee is called to testify in a San Francisco case, he recruits Hoss to act as temporary sheriff. Hoss quickly makes a name for himself by locking up a millionaire and his valet for unknown reasons. Plus, he has to deal with a reluctant groom who plans a robbery to make himself less appealing to his pushy fiance.moreless
    • Knight Errant
      Knight Errant
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      Hoss picks up a mail order bride for a friend, but problems arise when the bride decides she has fallen in love with Hoss and has no interest in her husband to be.
    • The Marriage of Theodora Duffy
      The Marriage of Theodora Duffy
      Season 14 - Episode 14
      It's a serious game of "let's pretend" when Griff and government agent Theodora Duffy pose as husband and wife. Their task is to capture a Civil War renegade named Stanton. Complicating matters are the men of the Ponderosa who aren't clued in on the secret mission.
    • Maestro Hoss
      Maestro Hoss
      Season 8 - Episode 33
      Hoss falls for yet another fortune teller's predictions. This time, Madame Morova gives Hoss a violin and tells him he has the untapped talent of a virtuoso. Also, he'll give his first concert in under a week! Hoss's rehearsals on the instrument are hardly a treat for the ears.
    • A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay
      A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay
      Season 5 - Episode 28
      All Hoss wants to do is buy some fireworks, but the Chinese Yiphee Trading Company screws up his order. He ends up with an outspoken, trouble-making "bride" named Tai Li (or Pink Cloud). Not only is Hoss' life made miserable, she gets in the way of Virginia City's railroad plans.
    • The Tall Stranger
      The Tall Stranger
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      Hoss wants to marry attractive Margie Owens, but she want to see the world and weds traveling stranger Mark Connors. Word comes from San Francisco that Connors has left her broke and expecting. Margie's father asks Hoss to go to the coast and search for her.
    • The Strange One
      The Strange One
      Season 7 - Episode 10
      When Joe and Hoss are out hunting, they come across Marie, a woman who was exiled from a wagon trail for being a witch. She's brought to the Ponderosa where her frequent visions show she's gifted. Ben questions her claims that she is the reason children died on the wagon train she traveled with.moreless
    • The Ballerina
      The Ballerina
      Season 6 - Episode 18
      A dancer and her father are taken in as guests of the Cartwright household. Hoss has decided the young woman with dreams of being a ballerina needs rescuing from dancing in saloons to the music her father fiddles.
    • The Emperor Norton
      The Emperor Norton
      Season 7 - Episode 23
      Emperor Joshua Norton was an actual person: a harmless and wealthy eccentric who in 1859 declared himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico." In this episode, Emperor Norton is about to be committed to an insane asylum. A friend brings him to the Ponderosa to save him from that awful fate. Even Mark Twain drops by to join the Cartwrights in championing Emperor Norton's cause.moreless
    • Devil on Her Shoulder
      Devil on Her Shoulder
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      The Cartwrights come to the rescue of Sarah Reynolds, a woman Ben's sweet on. She's been accused by Rev. Evan Morgan and his fanatical wife of being a witch possessed by the devil.
    • Napoleon's Children
      Napoleon's Children
      Season 8 - Episode 30
      A young man who calls himself "Napoleon" leads his gang of juvenile delinquent teenagers in a reign of terror in Virginia City. Standing in their way are the Cartwrights and new member of the group who doesn't want to hurt anyone.
    • The Spotlight
      The Spotlight
      Season 6 - Episode 33
      In charge of entertainment for Virginia City's anniversary celebration, Ben talks a retired opera diva into returning to the stage. She's so excited by the invitation that she forgets to mention that her beautiful singing voice is ancient history.
    • The Sisters
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      Adam is courting Sue-Ellen Terry, a woman of questionable reputation. She lives with a sister who's jealous of her youthful good looks. When Sue-Ellen's gunned down, the town drunk says he saw Adam do it. Adam claims his innocence, but the men of Virginia City, many of whom have enjoyed Sue-Ellen's company, fail to come to his defense.moreless
    • The 26th Grave
      The 26th Grave
      Season 14 - Episode 7

      Mark Twain, editor of the "Nevada Territorial Enterprise", is charged with slander for his accusations of fraud and murder against a government man. He loses the case when he won't reveal his source, and turns to the Cartwrights to bring the criminal to justice.

    • The Iron Butterfly
      The Iron Butterfly
      Season 13 - Episode 10
      Hgh-strung actress, Lola Fairmont, on tour in Virginia City, is forced to kills her abusive boyfriend in self-defense. To protect her career and reputation, Hoss steps forward and takes the blame. This brings the wrath of the dead man's father, a senator, upon the Cartwrights.
    • Shining in Spain
      Shining in Spain
      Season 7 - Episode 26
      Joe falls for Wendy Dant, a young woman filled with stories of her father and his many adventures. When he finally returns after a lengthy absence, it's obvious he's not the larger than life man he's portrayed himself as.
    • Clarissa
      Season 8 - Episode 32
      Clarissa, Ben's snobbish, pushy cousin from the East, arrives for an extended visit. An insufferably bossy woman of little tact, she sticks her nose in all manners of business, including an important bank loan Ben is hoping for. When she's through, she's alienated much of Virginia City and all of the Ponderosa's crew.moreless
    • Amigo
      Season 8 - Episode 22
      A man known as Amigo has gown up persecuted because of his Mexican heritage. He's joined in with a gang of terrorists led by the malevolent Cap Fenner. After Ben saves Amigo's life, he's torn between his loyalty to his outlaw gang and the Cartwrights.
    • A Dollar's Worth of Trouble
      A Dollar's Worth of Trouble
      Season 7 - Episode 33
      A gypsy palm reader predicts Hoss will have an encounter with a moonshiner, a blue-eyed blond, and a deadly gunslinger. After the first two events actually happen, Hoss prepares himself for a showdown.
    • The Trouble with Trouble
      The Trouble with Trouble
      Season 12 - Episode 7
      Hoss finds himself named temporary sheriff of Trouble, California, one of the most lawless towns in the state. It lives up to its name. Before Hoss is through, he's thrown most of Trouble's residents in jail.
    • Love Me Not
      Love Me Not
      Season 5 - Episode 22
      The tribal chief of the Paiutes presents Ben with a gift: Joan, a white woman who has lived with the Indians since being captured as a child. At first she doesn't want to go, but soon develops a crush on Ben. Mr. Cartwright tries to school her on the ways of white society and meets with mixed results.moreless
    • The Prince
      The Prince
      Season 8 - Episode 28
      A pair of Russian aristocrats, Count Alexis and Countess Elena visit the Ponderosa. An expatriate Russian criminal is interested in their visit because he has his sites on stealing the Czar's crown jewels.
    • A Question of Strength
      A Question of Strength
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      Hoss shares a stagecoach with two nuns. When theres a hold up, young Sister Mary Kathleen quickly hands over the money they'd collected for a hospital. Older Mother Veronica is displeased and tells the young woman she doesn't have what it takes for the Sisterhood. To prove her wrong, Sister Mary Kathleen goes to get the money back, with Hoss adding protection.moreless
    • The Sure Thing
      The Sure Thing
      Season 9 - Episode 9
      Ben tries to make Trudy Loughlin's dream come true by buying her a stallion to ride in an upcoming race. Trudy's drunken, no-good father, Burt, may ruin her big day by working with a gambler to fix the race.
    • The Genius
      The Genius
      Season 7 - Episode 27
      Hoss encounters a drifter who's an inspired poet, and a tragic alcoholic. As usual, Hoss takes him under his wing with hopes of rehabilitating him. When the man's wife arrives at the Ponderosa, they learn his real identity.
    • Sense of Duty
      Sense of Duty
      Season 9 - Episode 2
      Ben, Hoss, and Joe help the Virginia City militia escort a renegade Indian to prison. Wabuska, who claims he is the Almighty, has his followers among the Paiutes and they attack the Cartwright party. They receive needed assistance from Candy Canaday, a cowboy who is introduced in this episode. Ben hires Candy as a Ponderosa ranch hand at the close of the episode.moreless
    • A Passion for Justice
      A Passion for Justice
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      Renowned English novelist Charles Dickens comes to Virginia City to protest the city's newspaper serializing his latest novel without his permission. He's arrested and fined for his trouble. The writer refuses to pay the fine or defend himself, so his fans, the Cartwrights, come to his aid.
    • The Bridegroom
      The Bridegroom
      Season 8 - Episode 13
      Maggie Dowling is a spinster who believes she's unattractive. Joe thinks she and widower Jared Wilson would be a perfect couple. To get the two together, Joe hatches a scheme: he pretends he's in love with the spinster and, naturally, she falls for the young Cartwright.
    • The Companeros
      The Companeros
      Season 5 - Episode 29
      Mateo Ibara and his wife Carla visit the Ponderosa. Ibara asks Will to return to Mexico with him. Ibara and Will fought together for Juarez´s cause and Ibara saved Will´s life. For this reason, Will feels obligated to Ibara, but Ben is suspicious of the man´s motives.
    • The Brass Box
      The Brass Box
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      Jose Ortega, an old eccentric prone to exaggeration, claims he has a Spanish land grant giving him the Ponderosa in additional to much of the territory's land. After Joe saves him from one of several thrashings from locals, Ortega presents him with a gift which the Cartwright's lawyer believes proves he owns the Ponderosa.moreless
    • The Miracle Maker
      The Miracle Maker
      Season 3 - Episode 34
      Susan Blanchard emerges from a wagon crash with only a minor injury, yet is unable to get out of her bed. A faith healer guarantees that he can get Susan to walk again--if she promises to marry him. Even though her affliction is all in her mind, Hoss hesitates to expose the faker for fear that Susan might never get up.moreless
    • Big Shadow on the Land
      Big Shadow on the Land
      Season 7 - Episode 29
      Windbag patriarch Giorgio Rossi and his immigrant Italian family set up business on the Ponderosa, promising to improve the Cartwrights' wine-making efforts. Ben has trouble forcing the family out as be becomes increasingly fond of them. This is the first of three episodes focusing on the Rossis.
    • Jonah
      Season 6 - Episode 32
      The ranch hands protest that George Whitman is cursed and shouldn't work at the Ponderosa. Hoss thinks the man's reputation is undeserved and hires him anyway. Soon, catastrophes follow in George's wake and even Hoss begins to fear the disastrous predictions made by a gypsy fortune teller.
    • The Last Viking
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Gunnar Borgstrom is the leader of a vicious band called the Commancheros. They burn houses, kill people and steal anything of value. When the Commancheros get to Nevada, Gunnar decides to visit his relatives, the Cartwrights. Meanwhile the gang capture Little Joe and his girlfriend. When Gunnar returns to the gang, he has no idea who Joe is because he'd never met his nephew before.moreless