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Episode 203 - THE DEBT

Date: September 12, 1965

Summary:Sam Kane, believed to be dead, once stole from Ben Cartwright. To clear the family name, his son and daughter offer to work on the Ponderosa for free. Their father suddenly reappears, very much alive.

Written by: William Blinn
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Wiley Kane...Tommy Sands Annie Kane...Brooke Bundy Sam Kane...Ford Rainey Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Bob Miles...(uncredited) Bill Clark...(uncredited)

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Episode 204 - THE DILEMMA

Date: September 19, 1965

Summary: Ben is appointed as temporary judge in Virginia City. He must decide what to do with a man who admitted his guilt for bank robbery and promises to return the money if he will be set free.

Written by: John and Ward Hawkins
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Sundown Davis...Tom Tully Billy...Anthony Call Ruth...Elizabeth Perry Drugan...Kelly Thordsen Snell...John Hubbard Powell...John Archer Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Hamilton...Walter Sande Judge O' Hara...Dayton Lummis Hicks...Lincoln Demyan Bob Miles...(uncredited extra) Bill Clark...(uncredited extra)

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Episode 205 - THE BRASS BOX

Date: September 26, 1965

Summary: Jose Ortega claims to have documents proving that most of the Ponderosa belongs to him. Ben’s lawyers feel the papers might be authentic.

Written by: Paul Schneider
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: José Ortega...Ramon Navarro Miguel...Michael Dante Mueller...Adam Williams Minton...Sidney Smith Harry...Roy Jenson Jim...Bill Clark Doctor...Grandon Rhodes Bartender...Bruno Ve Sota Bob Miles...(uncredited double)

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Episode 206 - THE OTHER SON

Date: October 3, 1965

Summary: Ben hires Clint Watson, an expert in explosives, and his two sons, to help transport nitroglycerin across the dangerous mountain range to get to a mining disaster in Virginia City.

Written by: Thomas Thompson
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Clint Watson...Ed Begley, Sr. Andy Watson...Tom Simcox Ellis Watson...Richard Evans Sheriff Walker...Bing Russell

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Episode 207 - THE LONELY RUNNER

Date: October 10, 1965

Summary:Jim Acton sold a herd of horse to Sam Whipple – but did not include his prized mare. Whipple takes him to court claiming the mare was part of the deal. The court awards the mare to Whipple. When Acton tries to make a new deal with Whipple, Acton kills Whipple in self defense and becomes a fugitive.

Written by: Thomas Thompson
Directed by: William Whitney
Guest Stars: Jim Acton...Gilbert Roland Ken Lynch…Sam Whipple Deputy Pete...Pat Conway Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Frank...Roy Barcroft Bob Miles...(uncredited stunt double) Bill Clark...(uncredited stunt double)

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Episode 208 - DEVIL ON HER SHOULDER

Date: October 17, 1965

Summary: Ben finds himself attracted to Sarah Reynolds, a member of a fanatical religious order. She is accused of being a witch and Ben comes to her rescue.

Written by: Suzanne Clauser
Directed by: Virgil W. Vogel
Guest Stars:Sarah Reynolds...Ina Balin Reverend Evan Morgan...John Doucette Gwylem...Peter Helm Emma Morgan...Adrienne Marden Essie...Angela Dorian Brother...Karl Lukas Betty Endicott...(uncredited extra) Bob Miles..(uncredited extra)

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Episode 209 - FOUND CHILD

Date: October 24, 1965

Summary: Hoss discovers a little girl at the site of an overturned stage. When relatives come to claim her, he realizes that they are evil and he saves her from their clutches.

Written by: Frank Cleaver
Directed by: Ralph E. Black
Guest Stars: Collins...Gerald Mohr Lisa...Eileen Baral Doctor...Grandon Rhodes Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Jim...Charles Bateman Hank...Quintin Sondergaard Su Chin...H. T. Tsiang Store Owner...Phil Chambers Bob Miles...(uncredited stunt double) Bill Clark...(uncredited stunt double)

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Episode 210 - THE MEREDITH SMITH

Date: October 31, 1965

Summary: Ben must determine who is the rightful heir to a fortune, which includes water rights crucial to the Ponderosa.

Written by: Lois Hire
Directed by: John Florea
Guest Stars: Callie...Anne Helm Ace...Robert Colbert Little Meredith...Strother Martin Swanson...Robert Sorrells Mr. Potts...Eddie Firestone Widow Smith...Winnie Coffin Jake Smith...Burt Mustin Ching...Kam Tong Ozzie...Wynn Pearce Cal...Howard Wright Ah Chow...Guy Lee Ira...Owen Bush.

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Episode 211 - MIGHTY IS THE WORD

Date: November 7, 1965

Summary: The new preacher is an ex-gunfighter. The brother of one of his victims comes to exact revenge.

Written by: Thomas Thompson, Robert L. Goodwin
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Reverend Paul Watson...Glenn Corbett Sue Watson...Sue Randall Cliff Rexford...Michael Witney Dolly...Julie Gregg Deputy Bill...Bill Clark

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Episode 212 - THE STRANGE ONE

Date: November 14, 1965

Summary: The Cartwrights find a woman who was abandoned by a wagon train because they thought her ability to see the future was a curse.

Written by: Jo Pagano, Stephen Lord
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Guest Stars:Marie...Louise Sorel Wyn...Willard Sage Jeremy...Robert McQueeney Francine...Jean Engstrom Luke...Michael Barrier Doctor...Grandon Rhodes Rene...Jean Del Val Bill Clark...(uncredited extra)

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Episode 213 - THE RELUCTANT REBEL

Date: November 14, 1965

Summary:Hoss tries to reconcile an estranged father and son.

Written by: Wally Geor
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Guest Stars: Billy Penn...Tim Considine Hank Penn...Royal Dano Sam Cotterfield...Keith London Sport...Craig Curtis Burkhart...Mike Ragan Millie...Janis Hansen Shale...Ray Hemphill...Bob Miles... Bob Miles...(uncredited stunt double) Bill Clark...(uncredited stunt double)

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Episode 214 - FIVE SUNDOWNS TO SUNUP

Date: December 5, 1965

Summary: Joe and several others are held hostage by a woman who threatens to kill them all if her son, who is condemned to hang, is not set free.

Written by: William L. Stuart
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Guest Stars: Ma Lassiter...Marie Windsor Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Reverend Holmes...Douglas Henderson Major Sutcliffe...John Hoyt Harry Lassiter...Jack Chaplain Merrick...G. B. Atwater Deputy John Maddock...Bruce Mars Judge Simpson...Stacy Harris Kirt...Tom Drake Carver...James Davison Albee...William Tannen Weems...Dan White Deets...K. L. Smith

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Episode 215 - A NATURAL WIZARD

Date: December 12, 1965

Summary: Hoss befriends Skeeter Dexter, a man who loves animals as much as he does.

Written by: William Blinn, Suzanne Clauser
Directed by: Robert Totten
Guest Stars:Skeeter Dexter...Eddie Hodges Joy Dexter...Jacqueline Scott Doctor Woods...Karl Swenson Stony...Douglas Kennedy Ranch Hand...Robert Rothwell Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung

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Episode 216 - ALL YE HIS SAINTS

Date:December 19, 1965

Summary: Michael Thorpe climbs a mountain in search of God, so that he may ask Him to save his father’s life. The little boy finds a fugitive, Tom Cain, up in the high country and thinks he has found his savior.

Written by: William Blinn, Suzanne Clauser
Directed by: Robert Totten
Guest Stars: Tom Cain...Leif Erickson Michael Thorpe...Clint Howard Lijah...Rodolfo Acosta Evan Thorpe...Simon Scott Doctor...Harvey Stephens Bob Miles...(uncredited extra)

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Episode 217 - THE DUBLIN LAD

Date:January 2, 1966

Summary: Joe was on a jury that convicted Terence O’Toole of murder. After the trial, Joe has second thoughts and decides to check the evidence on his own.

Written by: Mort Thaw
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars:Terence O' Toole...Liam Sullivan Molly Dimmer...Maggie Mahoney Jeb Dimmer...Tim McIntire Mr. Porter...Paul Birch Judge...Paul Genge Bartender...Bern Hoffman Jury Foreman...Robert Carson Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Bill Clark...(uncredited extra)

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Episode 218 - TO KILL A BUFFALO

Date: January 9, 1966

Summary: Hoss finds a wounded brave. The young Indian is confused as to whether he should return to his tribe or whether to accept the ways of the white man.

Written by: Michael Fisher
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Tatu...Jose De Vega Martinez...Steven Gravers Julie...Trudy Ellison Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung Mrs. Flanners...Sarah Selby Doctor...Grandon Rhodes Old Indian...Ralph Moody Bob Miles... (uncredited extra) Bill Clark...(uncredited extra)

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Episode 219 - RIDE THE WIND PART 1

Date: January 16, 1966

Summary: The politics, intrigues and dangers surrounding the Pony Express are the crux of this episode. The Pony Express comes to Virginia City. Little Joe is eager to be part of history and signs up as a rider, despite his father’s protests.

Written by: Paul Schneider
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Charles Ludlow...Victor Jory Curtis Wade...Rod Cameron Tully...DeForest Kelley Jabez Ludow...Tom Lowell Hoke...Warren Vanders Aaron...Stewart Moss Sykes...James Noah Herb...Clay Tanner Pat...David Pritchard Winnemucca...Richard Hale Bornstein...Wolf Barzell DeVere...Robert Brubaker Jenson...Gil Greene Hank...Peter Ritter Emmett...Tom Lutz Fontaine...Roger Etienne Hoffman...Bill Edwards Spiers...Ben Wright Homer...Raymond Guth Wilson...Bill Clark Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung Jones...Bob LaWandt Bear Dance...Jack Bighead Bob Miles (uncredited extra)

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Episode 220 - RIDE THE WIND PART 2

Date: January 23, 1966

Summary: The politics, intrigues and dangers surrounding the Pony Express are the crux of this episode. The Pony Express comes to Virginia City. Little Joe is eager to be part of history and signs up as a rider, despite his father’s protests.

Written by: Paul Schneider
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Charles Ludlow...Victor Jory Curtis Wade...Rod Cameron Tully...DeForest Kelley Jabez Ludow...Tom Lowell Hoke...Warren Vanders Aaron...Stewart Moss Sykes...James Noah Herb...Clay Tanner Pat...David Pritchard Winnemucca...Richard Hale Bornstein...Wolf Barzell DeVere...Robert Brubaker Jenson...Gil Greene Hank...Peter Ritter Emmett...Tom Lutz Fontaine...Roger Etienne Hoffman...Bill Edwards Spiers...Ben Wright Homer...Raymond Guth Wilson...Bill Clark Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung Jones...Bob LaWandt Bear Dance...Jack Bighead Bob Miles (uncredited extra)

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Episode 221 - DESTINY’S CHILD

Date:January 30, 1966

Summary: The Cartwrights befriend a mentally challenged man who has a warrant out for his arrest by the Arizona authorities. The charge: murder!

Written by: Robert V. Barron
Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Guest Stars: Sonny...Richard Peabody Jess Pherson...Walter Burke Jamie...Tim Stafford Darrell...Steve Raines Badgett...Lindsay Workman Doctor...Grandon Rhodes Hunter...Chris Anderson Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Bill Clark...(uncredited extra)

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Episode 222 - PEACE OFFICER

Date: February 6,1966

Summary:When the deputy of Virginia City is killed, Wes Dunn is hired as temporary sheriff, to restore order. His hero status is radically changed when his ruthlessness is revealed.

Written by: Donn Mullally
Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: Wes Dunn...Eric Fleming Dave Morrisey...Ron Foster Cliff...Ray Stricklyn Chuck...Dee Pollock Mayor Garrett...Ted Knight Deputy Bill Harris...Clyde Howdy Doctor Brown...Grandon Rhodes Jonesy...I. Stanford Jolley Bartender...Bruno Ve Sota Mrs. Roberts…Lorna Thayer Bob Miles...(uncredited stunt double)

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Episode 223 - THE CODE

Date: February 13,1966

Summary: Joe is goaded into a gunfight – unaware of all the facts that are stacked against him.

Written by: Sidney Ellis
Directed by:William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Dan Taggert...George Montgomery Sally...Jan Shepard Fitts...Robert Ellenstein Pete...Zalman King Win...George Wescourt Felger...Charles Wagenheim Tucker...Bruno Ve Sota

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Episode 224 - THREE BRIDES FOR HOSS

Date: February 20,1966

Summary: Three mail order brides show up simultaneously at the Ponderosa, all claiming Hoss as their intended.

Written by: Joe Pagano
Directed by: Ralph E. Black
Guest Stars: Jester...Stuart Erwin Annie Slocum...Majel Barrett Jed...Wynn Pearce Libby Spencerfield...Mitzi Hoag Yvette...Danielle Aubry Ned...Claude Hall Jenny...Sharyl Locke Matt...Orville Sherman Doctor...Grandon Rhodes Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung

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Episode 225 - THE EMPEROR NORTON

Date: February 27,1966

Summary: The self proclaimed Emperor of the United States, Joshua Norton, arrives in Virginia City and the authorities want to have him committed. Ben, however, is not convinced the eccentric man is truly insane.

Written by: Robert Sabaroff and Gert P. Young
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Emperor Joshua Norton...Sam Jaffe Harry Crawford...Parley Baer Sam Clemens...William Challee George Harris...Tom Palmer Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Chris Milner...John Napier Judge...Charles Irving Woman...Audry Larkin

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Episode 226 - HER BROTHER’S KEEPER

Date: March 6, 1966

Summary: Ben’s love for Claire meets an insurmountable obstacle - her invalid brother.

Written by: Mort Thaw and Lee Pickett
Directed by: R. G. Springsteen
Guest Stars: Claire Armory...Nancy Gates Carl Armory...Wesley Lau Doctor...Grandon Rhodes Charlie...Ralph Montgomery Clerk...Norman Leavitt

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Episode 227 - THE TROUBLE WITH JAMIE

Date: March 20, 1966

Summary: The Cartwrights have their hands full with a spoiled cousin from back East.

Written by: Helen B. Hicks
Directed by: R. G. Springsteen
Guest Stars: Jamie...Michael Burns Matthew...Ross Elliott Elizabeth...Tracy Olsen Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung

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Episode 228 - SHINING IN SPAIN

Date: March 27, 1966

Summary: Joe falls for Wendy Daniels, who is in Virginia City waiting for her father whom she hasn’t seen in five years. Her idolization of her father is jeopardized when he arrives – broke.

Written by: Elliott Gilbert
Directed by: Maury Geraghty
Guest Stars:Wendy Daniels...Judi Rolin Jim Huber...Woodrow Parfrey Taylor Daniels...Gene Lyons Drummer...Hal Baylor Hotel Clerk...Robert B. Williams Doctor...Grandon Rhodes Bob Miles...(uncredited stunt double)

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Episode 229 - THE GENIUS

Date: April 3, 1966

Summary: Hoss tries to rehabilitate a drunken poet.

Written by: Donn Mullavy
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Guest Stars:Will Smith/William Warcock Evans...Lonny Chapman Lydia Evans...Jorja Curtwright Jesus...Salvador Baguez Draves...Troy Melton Joel...Raymond Mays Doctor...Grandon Rhodes Bartender...Bruno Ve Sota Bob Miles...(uncredited stunt double) Bill Clark...(uncredited stunt double)

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Episode 230 - THE UNWRITTEN COMMANDMENT

Date: April 10, 1966

Summary: Ben tries to reconcile a rancher and his son, a boy who is a gifted singer.

Written by: Joe Pagano, William Blinn and Dan Ullman
Directed by:Gerd Oswald
Guest Stars: Andy Walker...Wayne Newton Miss Lily...Ann Jefferys Willard Walker...Malcolm Atterbury Mike...Jerry Newton Reverend Porter...Robert Cleaves Bartender...Cosmo Sardo Bill Clark...(uncredited stunt double)

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Episode 231 - BIG SHADOW ON THE LAND

Date: April 17, 1966

Summary: The Rossi’s hope to achieve the American dream by succeeding with their vineyards. The only problem, they are planting their grapes on the Ponderosa.

Written by: William F. Leicester and Richard H . Bartlett
Directed by:William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Giorgio Rossi...Jack Kruschen Regina Rossi...Brioni Farrell Lorenzo Rossi...Michael Stefani Maria Rossi...Penny Santon Billy...Hoke Howell Seth...Robert Foulk Tonio...Robert Corso

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Episode 232 - THE FIGHTERS

Date: April 24, 1966

Summary: Hoss feels guilty about ending a boxer’s career and vows never to fight again. However, his promise is put to the test when Joe is badly beaten.

Written by: Robert L. Goodwin
Directed by:R.G. Springsteen
Guest Stars: Hank....Michael Conrad Dugan...Phillip Pine Rubi...Mari Aldon Charlie...Cal Bolder Smitty...Gene Tyburn Bert...Bruce Mars Doc...Grandon Rhodes Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung Bill Clark (uncredited stunt double)

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Episode 233 - HOME FROM THE SEA

Date: May 1, 1966

Summary:A con man schemes to use his friendship with Adam to rob the Cartwrights.

Written by: George F. Slavin and Stanley Adams
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Guest Stars:Gilly Maples...Alan Bergmann Morgan...Ivor Barry Saloon Girl...Margaret Shinn Andy...Wayne Heffley Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung Bob Miles...(uncredited stunt double) Bill Clark...(uncredited stunt double)

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Episode 234 - THE LAST MISSION

Date: May 8, 1966

Summary: Ben joins a mission to make peace with the Paiutes. He is unaware that the real plan is to wipe out the Indians with a Gatling gun.

Written by: William Douglas Lansford and S.S. Schweitzer
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Guest Stars:Colonel Keith Jarrell...R. G. Armstrong Sergeant Devlin...Tom Reese Lowell...Brendon Boone Poker...Ken Mayer Chief Elkoro...George Keymas Wiggins...Clay Tanner Hop Sing...Victor Sen Yung Bill Clark...(uncredited stunt double)

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Episode 235 - A DOLLAR’S WORTH OF TROUBLE

Date: May 15, 1966

Summary: A palm reader predicts that two people will radically alter Hoss’ life – a blonde and a murderous gun man.

Written by: Robert L. Goodwin
Directed by: Don Daves
Guest Stars: Kathleen Walker....Sally Kellerman Craig Bonner...Hamton Fancher Walker...Elisha Cook, Jr. Seth...Robert Foulk Madam Adella...Mabel Albertson Roy Coffee...Ray Teal Hop Sing....Victor Sen Yung

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