Bonanza

Season 12 Episode 1

The Night Virginia City Died

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Sep 13, 1970 on NBC
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The Night Virginia City Died
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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.

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  • A Pyromaniac terrorizes Virginia City.

    9.0
    I saw this episode many years ago on CBN/The Family Channel and wondered whether I'd ever see it again because it was one of the "lost" episodes, later episodes that TV Land never acquired the rights to. Then I found it on You Tube.



    A series of fires destroys a different part of Virginia City one by one, and Sheriff Coffey and Deputy Clem are in danger of losing their jobs unless they find the culprit, but they don't know where to start. They know it's arson, but have trouble finding anyone with a motive, until they settle on a former resident with an ax to grind. Meanwhile, Clem is engaged to be married to a beautiful young woman who was adopted by a well-to-do family. The young lady has a troubled past, with her natural mother dying early and her natural father blaming her and abusing her. She is haunted by the memories and finds a peculiar outlet for them.



    Most people with tragic pasts rise above it and become productive citizens. Every once in a while, one slips through the cracks. A somewhat eerie episode, but hope springs eternal, and the town will rise from the ashes like a Phoenixmoreless
Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker

Eric "Hoss" Cartwright

Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

Ben Cartwright

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Joseph "Little Joe" Francis Cartwright

Edith Atwater

Edith Atwater

Roberta

Guest Star

Mark Tapscott

Mark Tapscott

Hamilton

Guest Star

Jon Shank

Jon Shank

Tim Moss

Guest Star

Bing Russell

Bing Russell

Deputy Clem

Recurring Role

Lou Frizzell

Lou Frizzell

Dusty Rhodes

Recurring Role

Victor Sen Yung

Victor Sen Yung

Hop Sing

Recurring Role

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    • Recurring cast members Ray Teal and Bing Russell are listed this week in the opening credits as "Special Guest Stars."

    • German episode title: "Brandstiftung", meaning "Arson".

    • Starting with this, the 12th season premiere, the series sports a new opening theme titled "The Big Bonanza." Instead of the Cartwrights riding in on their horses as viewers had become accustomed to, action shots featuring Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon and (starting with the next episode, A Matter of Faith) Mitch Vogel. Each shot would temporarily freeze and be tinted in aqua while the individual actor's name was displayed. This opening credits format would be used for both the 12th and 13th seasons.

    • This episode was developed in order to disguise the move from the Paramount Studios set to the Warner Brothers set. Virginia City had to be "destroyed" in order to explain the new buildings and town set-up.

    • Featured Cartwright: Ben and Joe

    • One of the few episodes to have both Sheriff Coffee and Deputy Clem together.

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