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  • Season 1
    • Fugitive
      Fugitive
      Episode 20
      5/12/02
      8.3
      Samuel returns after being let go from the city newspaper due to his race. The Cartwrights convience Samuel to open a newspaper in Eagle Station. A new law is inacted which makes runaway slaves even in free states to have a price on their heads which puts Samuel in jeopardy.
    • Samson and Hercules
      5/5/02
      10
      Hoss is angered when he learns that Jack is staging wolf fights in town, and he vows to rescue the animals.
    • Grown Ups
      Grown Ups
      Episode 18
      4/28/02
      10
      When an abandoned baby is found, Hoss and Tess consider marrying and adopting the child against Ben's wishes.
    • Comes a Horse
      Comes a Horse
      Episode 17
      3/24/02
      10
      An epidemic strikes the town's cattle with Margaret suffering the most losses, and everyone wants to destroy the herds and sell the ranches to Jack.
    • Lesser of Evils
      Lesser of Evils
      Episode 16
      2/17/02
      10
      Isabella receives a letter from her childhood love whom she thought had died in the war. She's torn between her old love and Adam, who is determined not to lose her.
    • Blind Faith
      Blind Faith
      Episode 15
      2/10/02
      10
      Hoss falls for a the daughter of a reverend who claims that he can perform miracles.
    • A Time to Win
      A Time to Win
      Episode 14
      1/20/02
      10
      Ben is distrustful of a stranger who comes to Eagle Station, builds a hotel and talks about his vision to expand the young town and put it on the stagecoach route.
    • Spoils of War
      Spoils of War
      Episode 13
      1/13/02
      10
      Manuel, a man who once saved Carlos's life, unexpectedly arrives in town. Manuel is disturbed to see Carlos working for the people he believes stole the de Rivera ranch, so he devises a plan to get the land back, starting with Margaret and her spread.
    • Treasure
      Treasure
      Episode 12
      1/6/02
      10
      Adam, Hoss and Carlos discover a treasure map clutched in a dead man's hand and set out to claim the gold they think it leads to, unaware they are being followed.
    • Where the Heart Is
      Where the Heart Is
      Episode 11
      12/16/01
      9.8
      Marie's sister comes to the Ponderosa, but she doesn't get along well with the townspeople and she wants to take Little Joe back to New Orleans.
    • Brother vs Brother
      Brother vs Brother
      Episode 10
      12/2/01
      10
      Romantic woes are caused by a "Ladies Choice" dance: Margaret and Shelby learn that they both want to be escorted by Ben, and Tess settles for Hoss when Isabella asks Adam.
    • The Legend of John Riley
      11/18/01
      10
      A man hunted for being a U.S. deserter who fought for Mexico comes to stay at the Ponderosa, causing a rift between Hoss (Drew Powell) and Tess (Sara Gleeson), whose father died in the war against Mexico.
    • Secrets and Lies
      Secrets and Lies
      Episode 8
      11/4/01
      10
      A man comes to Eagle Station wanting Adam, to write about the 'true story' of the Donner Party. But the meeting causes Ben to reflect on a bad experience from his own past.
    • Quarantine
      Quarantine
      Episode 7
      10/28/01
      10
      When the town is quarantined because of an illness for which the townspeople blame the Cartwrights, vigilantes set out to destroy their home.
    • Homeland
      Homeland
      Episode 6
      10/14/01
      10
      Carlos is overjoyed and Ben and his sons are amazed when Carlos beautiful and spirited eighteen-year-old sister, Isabella, appears at what until recently had been the Rivera family's ranch. Carlos had presumed she'd died in a fire in Mexico. Isabella is overjoyed at being reunited with the brother she'd feared had died in the Mexican-American war, but she's also heartbroken to learn that her former home has been sold to Margaret Davis as a war reparation. Since she's now homeless, Ben takes Isabella into the already-crowded Ponderosa, but events take a dismaying turn when a sheriff from Texas arrives in town on the trail of a "killer" and discovers that Isabella rode in on the murdered victim's horse. The sheriff threatens to arrest Isabella, but Ben takes responsibility for her custody, offering to stand trial for whatever crime, if any, the sheriff decides to try her for if she flees. Fearful for Isabella's life, Isabella and Carlos do flee, but when they learn what Ben has done, they return to town. When they arrive, Carlos steps forward and confesses to the murder before Isabella can protest. Now the sheriff intends to extradite both Carlos and Ben, but in the end, Isabella stands up at their trial and explains that she killed the man in self-defense after he raped her. Carlos and Ben go free, and Margaret, now contrite and sympathetic to Isabella's ordeal, takes Isabella into her home, as "living at the Ponderosa with six men is no place for a lady."moreless
    • Promise
      Promise
      Episode 5
      9/30/01
      10
      Adam kills a robber, and he promises the dying man that he will take care of his children and widow. Also, a man comes to town claiming that he's the great grandson of George Washington's personal slave.
    • Bare Knuckles
      Bare Knuckles
      Episode 4
      9/23/01
      8.8
      Going against Ben's explicit wishes, Hauss goes up against a bare-knuckles fighter named Iron Hands Malloy (Joseph Clements). Hauss thinks he's developed a new and surprising punch that will knock the fighter off his feet. He does so -- in a test bout, whic was a means to peak everybody's interest in the fight. As things progress, Adam does some research, only to discover that the fighter went under several other names and was expelled from the official circuit for using several cheating methods, one of which is holding a rock in his hand and pounding on his opponent if his opponent gets too close to winning, and as Hauss begins to win against Iron Hands . . ..moreless
    • Joaquin
      Joaquin
      Episode 3
      9/16/01
      6.7
      While selling some cattle to a fellow rancher, Adam and Little Joe witness an amazing sight, a Mexican walks up to the rancher and shoots him at point blank range . . . the rancher gets up and brushes himself off. It seems as if they were testing out a bullet proof vest. Later, in town. We find Hauss staring at a Wanted Poster for a bandit named Joaquin with a very high price on his head. The same bandit who was at the ranch comes behind him, razzes Hauss about if they'll catch the bandit or not and walks away. It is now breakfast-time the next day, Carlos comes riding up with someone strapped to his horse. It was the same man that Joe and Adam saw at the ranch, and Hauss saw in town, after being patched up by Shelby (Nicki Wendt), he identifies himself as Joaquin. He also explains that he is wanted for murder in towns several hundred miles apart . . . and they were committed on the same day. As he recovers, he gives Adam a birthday wish that Ben couldn't, the oppurtunity to handle a gun, but Ben doesn't exactly appreciate it, and shortly afterwards tells him to return to Mexico. As Joaquin rides off he says "I AM in Mexico."moreless
    • Pilot (2)
      Pilot (2)
      Episode 2
      9/9/01
      10
      Bonanza is back in the guize of "Ponderosa". This episode is very good, telling the back story of what went on as Ben Cartwright got the deed to the Lake Tahoe property. Unfortunately, someone else also wants the property, so he can strip-mine it and turn the land into a waste-land. Ben's wife and Little Joe's mother is killed when the store in which Ben is working in at the time is blown up by the miner, the one who takes her death the worse is Little Joe. Shortly after this (and because of it) Ben is awarded the property. All seems to be said and done, but as Ben and the boys are building the house, in the middle of the night the miner sneaks onto the property and pours kerosene all over the house and ignites it. Little Joe takes Ben's gun and goes hunting down the miner, not realizing the new trouble he could be causing because of it. Meanwhile, two other characters come into play. The first is Carlos (Fernando Carrillo), a Mexican Soldier who returns to the town after being in the hospital for several years, only to find that his ranchero has been taken from him and a new family is living there. Even Eagle Station the town in which Ben is living seemed to belong to him as well. The second is a Chineese slave named Hop Sing (Garet Yuen), who is being over-worked by the beautiful but devious lady bartender (Nicki Wendt) Ben pays the fine Hop Sing is working off -- 25.00, and both Carlos and Hop Sing come to work for Ben. NOTE: This episode, and in fact the entire series is extremely enjoyable, but it can not compare to the original Bonanza, as the seem to differ in so many ways. In one way they differ is that Bonanza seemed to thrive on the sometime ultra-violent shoot-outs and brawls, while in this one they seem to avoid them both, even for fun, as seen in a later episode titled "Bear Knuckles". There are also some mild changes to the history of the Cartwrights, for example, Erik's nick-name "Hauss" was given to him by his own mother at birth, because it had some special meaning to her people, but in this episode it was given to him by Little Joe and his step mother because a horse bit him on his backside. The changes in tone from the 60's version to now and history aside, it is still a very enjoyable show, and should be around for a very long time.moreless
    • Pilot (1)
      Pilot (1)
      Episode 1
      9/9/01
      10
      Bonanza is back in the guise of "Ponderosa". This episode is very good, telling the back story of what went on as Ben Cartwright got the deed to the Lake Tahoe property. Unfortunately, someone else also wants the property, so he can strip-mine it and turn the land into a waste-land. Ben's wife and Little Joe's mother is killed when the store in which Ben is working in at the time is blown up by the miner, the one who takes her death the worse is Little Joe. Shortly after this (and because of it) Ben is awarded the property. All seems to be said and done, but as Ben and the boys are building the house, in the middle of the night the miner sneaks onto the property and pours kerosene all over the house and ignites it. Little Joe takes Ben's gun and goes hunting down the miner, not realizing the new trouble he could be causing because of it. Meanwhile, two other characters come into play. The first is Carlos (Fernando Carrillo), a Mexican Soldier who returns to the town after being in the hospital for several years, only to find that his ranchero has been taken from him and a new family is living there. Even Eagle Station the town in which Ben is living seemed to belong to him as well. The second is a Chinese slave named Hop Sing (Garet Yuen), who is being over-worked by the beautiful but devious lady bartender (Nicki Wendt) Ben pays the fine Hop Sing is working off -- 25.00, and both Carlos and Hop Sing come to work for Ben. NOTE: This episode, and in fact the entire series is extremely enjoyable, but it can not compare to the original Bonanza, as the seem to differ in so many ways. In one way they differ is that Bonanza seemed to thrive on the sometime ultra-violent shoot-outs and brawls, while in this one they seem to avoid them both, even for fun, as seen in a later episode titled "Bear Knuckles". There are also some mild changes to the history of the Cartwright's, for example, Erik's nick-name "Hauss" was given to him by his own mother at birth, because it had some special meaning to her people, but in this episode it was given to him by Little Joe and his step mother because a horse bit him on his backside. The changes in tone from the 60's version to now and history aside, it is still a very enjoyable show, and should be around for a very long time.moreless
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