Little Joe happens upon a homesteader, and kills him in self-defense, when Joe tries to put out his land-clearing fire, on tinder-dry land that is occupied by many other homesteaders, near Ponderosa land. The Cartwrights have to deal with the man's eye-fo
Very good believabale episode !! All four Cartwrights are well represented, with Hoss playing only a minor role. Katherine Warren, as "Maud Hoad" plays a powerful role as a travel-worn matriarch of a Kentucky family that has seen more than their share of prejudice on their travels West. Mary Trent's "Taming of the Shrew" scene, with the orphaned daughter of the man Joe shot, "Willow Hoad" is both humorous and piviotal to the climatic conclusion where Maud must decide how to serve "justice" on the Cartwrights. Anita Sands, plays the "beauty" in this episode, and is convincing in her "change of heart" that ultimately is the largest contributing factor in Maud's climactic decision. Very intense, as tensions erupt, subside, then explode to an even higher level, leading to the episode climax.