Bonanza

Season 5 Episode 13

The Prime of Life

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Dec 29, 1963 on NBC
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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.

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  • Ben Cartwright blames himself for the death of a friend and gives up on life for a while.

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    The Cartwrights are granted a contract to provide lumber for a new trestle bridge for the railroad, much to the dissapointment of an old friend of Ben's. Ben throws himself wholeheartedly into the job, until a man gets killed in a lumber accident in which Ben is also injured. To make matters worse, Ben blames himself for his employee's death (the employee also happened to be a friend of his). He gives up on life until one day when he gets a visit from his rival who shows Ben how just how badly he had let himself go. He also realized how much his boys were affected by having to run the Ponderosa on their own and how frustrated they were with their father's lack of spirit. The thing that snapped him out of it, was a visit from his dead friend's daughter, who showed him how he was not responisble for the accident. So, he starts picking himeslf up out of his despair and finding the courage and drive to continue living again!moreless
Dan Blocker

Dan Blocker

Eric "Hoss" Cartwright

Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

Ben Cartwright

Pernell Roberts

Pernell Roberts

Adam Cartwright

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Joseph "Little Joe" Francis Cartwright

Dan Riss

Dan Riss

Railroad Agent

Guest Star

Roy Jenson

Roy Jenson

Jesse

Guest Star

Raymond Guth

Raymond Guth

Otis Watts

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Roy Engel

Roy Engel

Doctor

Recurring Role

Bob Miles

Bob Miles

Fuller's Man Jake (uncredited)

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Troy Melton

Troy Melton

Fuller's Man Tom (uncredited)

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