Bonanza - Season 2

NBC (ended 1973)




Episode Guide

  • Sam Hill
    Sam Hill
    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.
  • Elizabeth, My Love
    Elizabeth, My Love
    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 Dream Riders
    The Dream Riders
    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 Secret
    The Secret
    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 Thunderhead Swindle
    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.
  • The Infernal Machine
    Daniel Pettibone is trying to find financing for his new invention, a horseless carriage. Hoss tries to help with scaring up money, no one's interested until a smooth-talking stranger, Throckmorton, wants to invest. The locals then start to pony up their cash--and Throckmorton promptly skips town with their cash.
  • The Rival
    The Rival
    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
  • The Gift
    The Gift
    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
  • Cutthroat Junction
    Cutthroat Junction
    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 Duke
    The Duke
    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
  • The Dark Gate
    The Dark Gate
    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
  • The Rescue
    The Rescue
    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
  • Tax Collector
    Tax Collector
    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.
  • Vengeance
    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
  • The Fugitive
    The Fugitive
    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
  • Bank Run
    Bank Run
    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
  • The Bride
    The Bride
    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 Spitfire
    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 Courtship
    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
  • The Blood Line
    The Blood Line
    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.
  • Bloodline
    Episode 15
    Ben is forced to kill Luke Grayson and now must face his son Todd who returns from the East to seek revenge.
  • The Ape
    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
  • Silent Thunder
    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.
  • The Savage
    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
  • The Trail Gang
    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
  • Trail Gang
    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.
  • The Last Viking
    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
  • Breed of Violence
    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 Abduction
    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
  • Day of Reckoning
    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
  • Denver McKee
    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
  • The Hopefuls
    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 Mill
    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.
  • 9/24/60
    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 Mission
    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
  • Showdown
    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