The Best Episodes Directed by William F. Claxton
#1 - Gonna Learn How to Fly (1)
Fame Season 3 - Episode 1
Changes abound with the start of the new school year: Bruno, with no means of funding his schooling after his father dies, is forced to drop out; Coco, Danny and Doris find out that even though her mother still lives in New York City, Julie is married and now living in Texas; new students Christopher Donlan, a dance major, and Holly Laird, a drama major, find difficulty in being accepted, most notably by their more seasoned competition, Leroy and Doris, and new vice-principal, Quentin Morloch, intends on ruling with an iron fist.
#2 - Gonna Learn How to Fly (2)
Fame Season 3 - Episode 2
Mr. Shorofsky finds Bruno a job as a waiter at "Caruso's," a coffee house where he is free to play his music. After settling their feud with a fist fight, Leroy works with Christopher to improve Chris' dancing skills after Miss Grant decides to downgrade him to a different class.
#4 - Best Man for the Job
The High Chaparral Season 1 - Episode 4
John Cannon must decide whether to send his son to possible death to save their besieged ranch. Three army deserters, who have murdered Apaches on Cannon land, are taken prisoner by Indians. Captain Dabney fails in an effort to rescue the men, but gains Apache hostages, including a female relative of Cochise. When Captain Dabney refuses to trade prisoners, and as the Apaches prepare to execute the deserters (as well as Sam, who is also an Apache hostage), Cannon must decide whether to hand son, Billy Blue, the perilous job of secretly returning Dabney's hostages to Cochise. Guest Stars: Warren Stevens as Captain Dabney, Nino Cochise, grandson of Cochise as Cochise.
#6 - Blizzard
Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 11
The day before Christmas vacation started, Miss Beadle lets the children out early when she notices that a snowstorm is beginning. The children aren't able to make it home before the storm starts. The men of Walnut Grove search for the children while Doc Baker takes care of the frostbitten children that show up at the school.
#7 - I'll Be Waving As You Drive Away (2)
Little House on the Prairie Season 4 - Episode 22
Charles and Caroline sign Mary up for the blind school in Iowa. At first, Mary is very reluctant to learn anything at the school. However, after being with her teacher, Adam Kendall, for a while, she turns her outlook on life around. Mary is such a great student that Adam asks her to help her teach at a blind school with him.
#8 - Maestro Hoss
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 33
Hoss is conned into buying a violin from a gypsy fortune teller, and everyone on the Ponderosa--except for Hop Sing--suffers the consequences.
#9 - I'll Be Waving As You Drive Away (1)
Little House on the Prairie Season 4 - Episode 21
Mary falls in love with Seth. When Mary's eyesight starts to get worse, Charles takes her to a specialist. He is devastated when the specialist tells him that Mary will lose her sight. Charles is unable to tell Mary for a while that she is going blind. When Mary does go blind, the whole family suffers.
#10 - The Award
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 12
While studying for an optional history exam in the barn, Mary accidentally knocks over a reading lamp and starts a fire. Caroline punishes Mary by telling her she couldn't take the exam. Mary doesn't tell Ms. Beadle this until the day of the exam.
#11 - The Arrangement (2)
The High Chaparral Season 1 - Episode 2
John Cannon's first wife is killed during an Apache raid. Buck, his brother, can't stop Mexican bandits from rustling cattle. Unable to fight on two fronts -- against Mexican marauders and the Indians -- John arranges a defense agreement with his neighbor in Mexico, Don Sebastian Montoya. The Mexican insists that John seal the agreement by marrying Victoria, his daughter, thus solidifying an alliance against the Apache. Moreover, Don Sebastian demands that Victoria's carefree brother, Manolito, come along to guarantee her safety.
#12 - The Handyman
Little House on the Prairie Season 4 - Episode 4
Charles must take a delivery to Mankato immediately and is unable to finish the addition to his house. Caroline hires a handsome man, Chris, to finish the house. Mary suspects that her Ma and Chris are falling in love.
#14 - Christmas At Plum Creek
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 15
The Christmas holiday is approaching and the members of the Ingalls family go about their holiday shopping in secrecy. Laura is able to buy her mom a stove that she wanted after she sells her horse to Mr. Oleson.
#15 - The Wisdom of Solomon
Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 18
Solomon Henry, an eleven year old black boy, runs away from his family because he's tired of everybody treating him different. He goes to live with the Ingalls. The Ingalls learn many important things and Laura learns an important lesson : Don't take things for granted. The Ingalls convince Solomon to be proud of his heritage. Solomon goes back to his family in the end.
#16 - Country Girls
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 2
Laura and Mary start school for the first time. That is where they meet Nellie Oleson. Since Laura hasn't been to school before, she tries especially hard with her schoolwork. The students have to write an essay to present in front of the class. Laura recites what she would have written on the paper if she could have, instead of what was actually written on it.
#17 - There's No Place Like Home (2)
Little House on the Prairie Season 5 - Episode 6
As the Ingalls, Garveys and Olesons return to Walnut Grove they discover a town that is badly in need of repair. With a lot of hard work, from everyone around them, they're able to get the town back to its old self, helping a number of people who feel they are living in a dead town, like Lars Hanson.
#19 - The Hayburner
Bonanza Season 4 - Episode 21
For a change, it is Adam rather than Joe who becomes mixed up in one of Hoss' funny exploits. Together they purchase a thoroughbred horse, and end up competing against their little brother in the big Virginia City race. This is Pernell Robert's favorite comedy episode.
#23 - Four Eyes
Little House on the Prairie Season 2 - Episode 2
Mary is beginning to do worse in school because she has a hard time reading the blackboard. When Mary first gets her new glasses, she really likes them. The other school children begin to tease her. She purposely loses her glasses, until she realizes that her teacher, who wears glasses, has a boyfriend.
#24 - Blind Journey (2)
Little House on the Prairie Season 5 - Episode 13
When Mrs. Oleson meets Hester-Sue Terhune she is very disappointed to discover she is black. Hester-Sue has bought black children to join the rest of the blind school and they all continue the journey onwards to Walnut Grove. In the end it takes the words of a little blind black boy to teach her that prejudice is wrong, and Harriet comes to a crossroads in her life, whilst Adam will have to face his deepest fear as he comes to a crossing of his own.
#25 - The Gift
Little House on the Prairie Season 2 - Episode 11
The school children have saved up some money to buy the Reverend a birthday present. They give the money to Mary, who is in charge of buying the present. Laura convinces Mary to buy something that they could sell to people with the hope that they could buy Reverend Alden a better gift. The plan backfires.
#27 - The Enchanted Cottage
Little House on the Prairie Season 5 - Episode 21
Mary starts to be able to distinguish light from dark and the Ingalls believe she is regaining her sight. Mary is taken to the specialist only to discover that a brain impulse was causing her to see light when she felt the heat from the sun coming through a window. While Mary is away, Albert and Laura fix up Mr. Edwards' old home. However, the only colors of paint that the mercantile has is pink and purple. Mary returns and talks to Laura in the old Edwards' cabin. Laura tells Mary that her and Albert were building a club house. Mary tells Laura she is glad she can't see the room after Laura tells her what colors they used.
#28 - For My Lady
Little House on the Prairie Season 2 - Episode 19
Charles takes a job refinishing woodwork for Thurman in exchange for a nice set of china to give to Caroline. Widow Thurman was a lovely, young lady. To keep his secret, Charles had to lie. After he tells the girls and Caroline different stories, everyone suspects that Charles is having an affair.
#29 - Little Women
Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 14
The school children are allowed to put on plays in groups. Laura and Mary work with Ginny Clark, a student who has no father. Ginny wants her mother to date, but her mother, Della, doesn't believe she looks good enough. Ginny sells her long beautiful hair so she can buy her mother a new dress. Della at first accuses Ginny of stealing money until she sees that her daughter has cut her hair.
#31 - I Remember, I Remember
Little House on the Prairie Season 4 - Episode 16
Mr. Ingalls is severely delayed when a wheel breaks on his wagon in the pouring rain. This is the day of Charles and Caroline's wedding anniversary. Everything had been all prepared and set up for that day. When Charles doesn't show up in time, Caroline tells the children how hard it was to get Charles to notice her and how many heartbreaks she had before she finally knew that Charles loved her.
#32 - School Mom
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 9
After Ms. Beadle sprains her ankle, Caroline becomes the substitute teacher. Caroline takes a special interest in helping an older student, Abel, learn to read. One day Mrs. Oleson shows up and causes Abel to quit school. Because of this Caroline quits, but returns after she convinces Abel to give school another chance.
#33 - Harriet's Happenings
Little House on the Prairie Season 5 - Episode 8
Mrs. Oleson's cousin starts a newspaper in Walnut Grove, and she uses the fledgling small-town publication as her forum for gossip. It isn't long before the newspaper creates havoc and embarrassment for the townspeople, leading Charles to take matters into his own hands.
#34 - Men Will Be Boys
Little House on the Prairie Season 5 - Episode 10
Jonathan and Charles allow their boys to prove their manhood by allowing them to take a trip to Sleepy Eye by themselves. Jonathan and Charles secretly follow the boys. The boys end up making the trip with no problems at all. However, the fathers get into some embarrassing situations following their boys.
#36 - I'll Ride The Wind
Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 12
Mary and John have fallen deeply in love and want to get married, but John has a problem. He must decide if he will accept a scholarship and go to college or stay with Mary. At first Mary doesn't want him to go until she and John both realize that he must take the scholarship to try to make his dreams of becoming a writer a reality.
#37 - The Family Tree
Little House on the Prairie Season 6 - Episode 3
Each student must trace their family tree for a school assignment. Albert is unsure how he can do the assignment. The Ingalls decide to legally adopt Albert, but run into problems when Mr. Quinn, Albert's father shows up. He wants Albert until he sees him. Albert pretends to be blind with the hope that his father wouldn't want him. The blindness does the trick. Albert is legally adopted by the Ingalls.
#38 - The Raccoon
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 10
Charles allows Laura to adopt a baby raccoon, Jasper. After being caged, the raccoon bites Laura and Jack and runs away. The family fears that Laura and Jack might have rabies until a healthy Jasper returns.
#40 - The Case of the Nine Dolls
Perry Mason Season 4 - Episode 9
Perry's fishing trip to Scotland is interrupted by seven year old Peggy Smith. Peggy is living at a boarding school and searching for her identity since she has no idea who her real parents are. After searching into the matter, Perry comes to believe that Peggy is the daughter of Clark Lawson and Margaret Jeffers Lawson. Margaret was the daughter of wealthy Courtney Jeffers who disowned her after she eloped with Clark. Both parents died shortly after Peggy was born. Jeffers, a mean and miserable old man, has his heart warmed after meeting Peggy and changes his will to leave everything to her. The next day, he is found dead, killed by a blow from a poker.
#43 - Blind Journey (1)
Little House on the Prairie Season 5 - Episode 12
When the blind school closes up, the people of Walnut Grove decide to make the old Reverend's house a blind school. Charles leads the students to their new school. Mrs. Oleson comes along on the trip because she believes that a prominent person will be with them. + This story is in part about racism. It begins with Joe Kagan's membership to the church in Walnut Grove, something Mrs. Oleson is very much against as he is black. Elsewhere, the blind school is forced to close. Charles and Joe Kagan lead the group of blind students through the woods to their new school in Walnut Grove, but not before Harriet has joined them, willing and eager because she hears they will be joined by more blind students and their teacher, who isn't blind, Hester-Sue Terhune. Harriet says the name Terhune is very prominent and it must be a sophisticated woman with a great upbringing. She buys a new dress and even wears a fancy wig. Harriet walks as she refuses to sit next to Joe Kagan on one of the wagons.
#47 - A Hot Day for a Hanging
Bonanza Season 4 - Episode 4
Hoss is jailed for robbing the bank in Dutchman Flats, a town on the brink of economic collapse, even the sheriff knows he is innocent, but a lynch mob gathers and Hoss' fate is not good.
#48 - Remember Me (1)
Little House on the Prairie Season 2 - Episode 7
A widowed mother named Julia Sanderson learns she has a terminal illness, and has no close relatives willing to care for her three children, sons John Jr. and Carl, and daughter Alicia. Charles promises Mrs. Sanderson the children will find a new home. Meanwhile, the relationship between Mr. Edwards and Grace Snyder begins to really blossom.
#49 - Someone Please Love Me
Little House on the Prairie Season 5 - Episode 22
Charles stays with a family while looking for some horses to buy. The children of the family asks Mr. Ingalls if he could possibly do something to keep their parents from splitting up. Thanks to Charles talking to the husband and the wife, they decide to stay together and work things out.
#50 - The Last Haircut
Bonanza Season 4 - Episode 19
A vain outlaw murders a man in front of witnesses, including Joe, but a clever lawyer is able to get him acquitted. Though enraged, Joe has to convince the dead man's son it is wrong to take the law into their own hands.
#51 - The Creeper of Walnut Grove
Little House on the Prairie Season 4 - Episode 6
Things are being stolen in Walnut Grove. Laura and Andy try to figure out who's the crook. They end up getting a lot of people mad at them, including Mr. Ingalls, especially after his hair turns green.
#52 - The In-Laws
Little House on the Prairie Season 7 - Episode 9
Charles and Almanzo expand their business by delivering goods to Sleepy Eye. After arguing about the quickest way to get there, they decide to make it a race.
#53 - Times Of Change
Little House on the Prairie Season 4 - Episode 2
After going to Chicago for the first time, Charles and Mary are very disappointed in what life in the city is really like.
#54 - Portrait Of Love
Little House on the Prairie Season 7 - Episode 6
16-year-old Annie Crane is a rising artist in Walnut Grove, where she lives with her adoptive parents. When her talent lands her an exhibition in the city, the advertisement draws the attention of her biological mother.
#55 - A Matter Of Faith
Little House on the Prairie Season 2 - Episode 15
Charles and his girls go on a trip, while Caroline stays home. Just before they leave, she gets a scratch on her leg by a rusty nail. At first, everything seems OK. However, as time progresses, she gets weaker and more ill.
#56 - Here Come The Brides
Little House on the Prairie Season 4 - Episode 12
Adam Simms and his son Luke move into town. Adam falls in love with Miss Beadle, while Luke and Nellie Oleson fall for each other. After Miss Beadle talks to Nellie about love and marriage, Nellie and Luke decide to get married.
#58 - To Live With Fear (1)
Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 16
Mary has an accident with a horse in the barn. When Mary starts to get worse, the Ingalls take her to a specialist. There they learn that Mary needs an immediate operation.
#59 - The Winoka Warriors
Little House on the Prairie Season 5 - Episode 3
A blind student feels he is useless. He is reluctant to do anything at the blind school. The student gains self-confidence when he is talked into being the center for the Winoka football team. He is able to throw Albert across the goal line during the game to score the tying touchdown for the Winoka Warriors, keeping the Warriors from losing.
#60 - Knight Errant
Bonanza Season 4 - Episode 8
Hoss volunteers to pickup an injured neighbor's mail-order bride, but by the time they return, she has fallen in love with Hoss and a price is put on Hoss' head.
#61 - Survival
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 22
The Ingallses have to seek shelter when a blizzard hits. There they meet an Indian who helps them out. A marshall, looking for the Indian, comes by...
#62 - To Live With Fear (2)
Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 17
Caroline stays with Mary who suddenly needs another operation. Charles leave and take on a high risk job to pay for the operation for Mary and Mr. Edwards goes with him. They take a job as a couple of Powder Monkeys making a tunnel for the railroad. But safety is far at the back of Charles' mind as he takes risks, refusing to stop even when a funeral of a Chinese worker takes place. This rush inevitably causes a cave-in where Charles and Harris are buried.
#63 - Family Quarrel
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 16
After a major disagreement, Nels and Harriet go their separate ways. Many people in town try to get the two back together.
#64 - 100 Mile Walk
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 3
In the beginning, things look very good for the Ingalls until a bad hailstorm ruins their crops. Charles and some other farmers must leave to look for work. They end up working in a quarry. While Charles is away, Caroline is able to get the women of Walnut Grove to join together to harvest the remaining crops.
#66 - Star Crossed
Bonanza Season 9 - Episode 23
Candy falls in love with a beautiful young woman, unaware that the man claiming to be her cousin is a bounty hunter who is not only harassing her but has framed her for murder and robbery.
#67 - Meet Me At The Fair
Little House on the Prairie Season 4 - Episode 11
The Ingallses and Olesons take a trip to the fair. Patrick, a carnival worker and Mary's boyfriend, and his boss, Cass (a balloonist and suave ladies man) vie for Mary's attention; Charles and Nels entering a jackass riding contest; and Carrie has her own adventure.
#68 - A New Beginning
Little House on the Prairie Season 7 - Episode 3
Jonathan and Andy Garvey move to Sleepy Eye in a quest to rebuild their lives. Jonathan decides to become a deputy sheriff to clean up the town of crime, but his job is a dangerous one that ultimately threatens his young son.
#69 - The Sound of Children
Little House on the Prairie Season 5 - Episode 18
Mary is expecting a child. Mary is able to get Adam closer to his father because of the expectancy of a child. His father even suggests that Mary and Adam come live with him. After Mary has a miscarriage, Mary and Adam really find out that Adam's father only wanted to be with Adam because of the baby. They decide to remain in Walnut Grove.
#70 - The Love of Johnny Johnson
Little House on the Prairie Season 1 - Episode 5
Laura falls in love with a new student, Johnny Johnson. Johnny, who is a lot older than Laura, is interested in Mary instead. Although Mary is not interested in Johnny, Laura's actions cause tension between the sisters. When Charles finds this out, he is appalled that either of his girls is involved with Johnny.
#71 - Five into the Wind
Bonanza Season 4 - Episode 29
After their stagecoach crashes, a group of rag-tag passengers and Joe must get out of the desert alive. One of the passengers may or may not be a murderer and Joe is accused.
#72 - The Case of the Wandering Widow
Perry Mason Season 4 - Episode 6
When Riley Morgan, a man accused of a murder, is freed from prison upon newly discovered eyewitness testimony of Seaman Burt Stokes, it starts a chain reaction of blackmail and murder.
#73 - Fred
Little House on the Prairie Season 3 - Episode 8
Laura is tricked into taking a "one of a kind" billy goat home with her. After Fred eats some of the Ingalls' crops, Laura is forced to get rid of the billy goat. Every person that Laura wanted to give the billy goat to resulted in a funny time. Laura finally decides to set him free in the wild.
#74 - Blind Man's Bluff
Little House on the Prairie Season 5 - Episode 16
After a boy is in an accident, he pretends to be blind to keep his parents from getting divorced. Laura discovers that the boy isn't blind, but doesn't tell his parents because the boy pleads with her not to. The boy is involved in another accident and has a concussion. The concussion causes him to not remember his pretending to be blind.
#75 - Soldier's Return
Little House on the Prairie Season 2 - Episode 21
The son of Mrs. Whipple returns to Walnut Grove after serving in the Civil War. To forget his painful past, he takes morphine, which he becomes addicted to.
#76 - Destination Tucson (1)
The High Chaparral Season 1 - Episode 1
This pilot launches the saga of the Cannon family as they fight to establish a ranch in the Arizona territory of the 1870s. Marauding Apaches led by Cochise are on the warpath. The Army orders the Cannon family to move on, but Big John Cannon won't budge. While his brother Buck rides off to recruit gun-carrying cowhands, Big John learns of another enemy: a Mexican land baron claims the Cannon property, and dispatches his men to seize the cattle.
#77 - The Good Doctor
Highway to Heaven Season 2 - Episode 12
Jonathan and Mark go to work for a football team. Their mission is to help Alex Carpenter, a player, who is worried that he might be cut, so he takes pills. Dr. Hickey, the team doctor, who supplies him with the pills he takes, is also taking pills. His son, Neal who works with his father, who is constantly being pressured by his father to do better, is also taking pills, without his father's knowledge. When his son nearly dies, and learning that it's because of him that he is an addict. He admits that he is an addict too. When Alex admits his addiction, he goes to a support group meeting, and he is shocked to see his dealer, Dr. Hickey there, and is the guest speaker, but is stunned and moved when both he and his son admit their addiction.
#78 - Oleson Versus Oleson
Little House on the Prairie Season 7 - Episode 12
A female activist arrives in Walnut Grove to encourage the men to share equal property rights with their wives. After getting into a huge fight about it with her husband, Harriet Oleson goes to live at the hotel. Caroline decides to follow Harriet's lead.
#79 - Where is Poppa?
Dallas Season 7 - Episode 19
Edgar Randolph's wife Martha tries to discover what really happened to her husband, while Edgar is released from the hospital. Peter Richards pressures Sue Ellen to makes a commitment to him. Sue Ellen ttells Peter that she and J.R. have separate bedrooms. Marilee Stone agrees to be Cliff's silent partner. Bobby buys Charlie a horse. Mark Graison pressures Pam for an answer to his marriage proposal. Afton suspects Cliff is carrying on his affair with Marilee. Bobby confronts J.R. about offshore drilling and Edgar Randolph. Miss Ellie tells J.R. he should start getting along with Clayton. Katherine locates Marchetta. Donna questions Paul Morgan about Edgar's past and reputation. Sue Ellen is hospitalized after an accident and Jenna Wade accompanies her to the hospital. Bobby tries to talk Clayton into becoming a partner in Ewing Oil. J.R. and Peter Richards both learn that Sue Ellen miscarried as a result of the accident.
#80 - Thornton's Account
Bonanza Season 12 - Episode 8
Ben's new horse throws him down a steep slope, injuring his back. Joe tries to round up some help, but the settlers in the valley live in fear of the devious owner and his hired help. Joe goes for help from a man named Thornton, but he is wounded by the lowlife cowboys, and has no choice but to ask them for help. A very imaginitive and visually creative dream Ben has of Joe calling out to him and falling beside him, before waking up and realizes he has just had a terrifying nightmare.
#81 - The Decision
Bonanza Season 4 - Episode 12
Hoss is seriously injured internally and Ben seeks help from the only doctor within 50 miles, who happens to be in prison for murder. Ben talks to the judge, and with some convincing, talks him into letting the doctor look at Hoss. Danny, who works for the Doctor, tells Ben what he saw about the murder. Ben discovers what really happened and proves to the judge that the doctor really is innocent. The judge stops the hanging and Hoss survives.
#82 - Second Spring
Little House on the Prairie Season 6 - Episode 21
Nels finally gets fed up with his wife and starts his own mobile merchant business. At a boarding house in another town, he meets a lovely young woman ... and nearly gives into temptation when he almost has an affair with her.
#83 - Woman of Fire
Bonanza Season 6 - Episode 17
Ben's friend, Don Miguel, visits the Ponderosa with his two daughters, Margarita and Elena, and Elena's two very anxious suitors. Their mission? They're on their way to California to meet Margarita's suitor, Don Luis. Trouble is, Margarita is a "woman of fire" who manages to scare away all suitors with her hot temper. Since Margarita is the older daughter, she must be married before Elena. Elena's two suitors are quickly losing their patience, and Don Miguel fears his name will be disgraced if Margarita rejects Don Luis.
#84 - The Bucket Dog
Bonanza Season 14 - Episode 12
Jamie obtains an Irish setter pup and forms a special bond between dog and man. The dog's owner learns the puppy is at the Ponderosa and arrives to claim it ... so he can put it to sleep (since it was a runt and, according to the master, an inferior example of the breed. The dog is soon in a trial for its life.
#88 - Judgment at Red Creek
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 24
Hoss and Joe have their doubts as to who really robbed a way station, suspecting the two men they captured are innocent.
#89 - The Werewolf Of Walnut Grove
Little House on the Prairie Season 6 - Episode 14
Walnut Grove has a school bully, Bart. Albert and Laura want to teach the bully a lesson. Albert dresses up as a werewolf, but the bully doesn't buy it when Carrie comes out and tells Albert and Laura that she'll tell Ma that all of the glue was used by them. Laura and Albert come up with another plan. But in the end, it takes the joint efforts of the school children to get the bully to be nice.
#90 - Annabelle
Little House on the Prairie Season 6 - Episode 5
A circus comes to Walnut Grove. Everybody is helping set up, except Nels Oleson. His long, lost sister is in the circus. Only Mrs. Oleson believes her husband's story about his sister. Nels is nominated to be the announcer at the circus. When he announces his sister, he says, "My sister, Annabelle." These words lead to Nels and Annabella becoming very close siblings.
#91 - My Son, My Son
Bonanza Season 5 - Episode 16
Ben's plans to marry Katherine Saunders are upset when her son Eden is accused of killing his former girlfriend.
#92 - The Oath
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 11
While in another town, on business, Ben runs into a saloon employee who is a big figure, and after he kills an old miner, who has burned down his house, Ben takes him into the sheriff. He is sentenced and hung. Before his departure, Charlie Monahan, has made his half-breed son, Charlie Two, swear an oath to kill Ben. Little Joe is made aware of this and must track him down to prevent him from carrying out his oath against Ben. Charlie Two is unaware that Joe is Ben's son, as they meet on the trail.
#93 - Danger Road
Bonanza Season 11 - Episode 15
Ben needs to haul three beams that are 30 feet long and the Cambeau Freight Company will not do it. A new, independent freight hauler may be the answer. However, when Ben meets Gunny, he orders him off the Ponderosa. Ben and Gunny served together in the Mexican war, and chose opposite sides. Ben puts his differences aside with Gunny and helps him win the government contract away from Cambeau Freight Company.
#95 - The Dilemma
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 2
Ben helps a convict win a parole only to have the man later become the chief suspect in a bank robbery.
#96 - The Deed and the Dilemma
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 27
Ben assists Georgio Rossi in his battle for water on adjoining property.
#97 - The Angry Heart
Little House on the Prairie Season 6 - Episode 13
Todd was a boy who got beaten up by his drunk father. Now Todd is 17 and is visiting his grandparents in Walnut Grove. Todd quickly gets into trouble. Charles puts Todd in jail when his watch is stolen. Todd is forced to work on Mr. Ingalls' farm. This causes Todd to learn to become a nicer person.
#99 - Circus Trick
Gunsmoke Season 10 - Episode 20
A circus family comes to town and charms the populace who don't know the family's real stock-in-trade is larceny.
#100 - The Wormwood Cup
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 31
A woman - convinced Little Joe intentionally killed her brother - offers $1,000 to the man who kills the youngest Cartwright in what she deems a "fair fight." Joe, meanwhile, must overcome his guilt over killing another man in self defense while trying to avoid the dead man's bitterly grieving father.
#101 - Author! Author!
Little House on the Prairie Season 6 - Episode 11
Caroline's mother dies while traveling on a train heading for Walnut Grove. Caroline's father takes to the sod house for a while. Albert is the one that convinces him to go fishing with him. Caroline's father tells great stories of the children growing up in the Big Woods. Mr. Ingalls convinces Caroline's father to write down the stories. The Ingalls work hard to save up enough money to get the book published. Caroline's father leaves knowing that he is a published author.
#102 - Black Friday
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 19
In the town of Chiso, Joe encounters a former Ponderosa cowhand who is now a gunfighter and expecting to be killed on Friday the 13th. John Saxon makes the first of his three appearances in the series, in this episode as Steven Friday.
#103 - A Dime's Worth of Glory
Bonanza Season 6 - Episode 7
An author is inspired to write about the heroic Cartwrights after watching first-hand as they fight off an attempted robbery of a stage. As Ben and Adam see no use for the glory of such a novel, they turn the writer down forcing him to turn to the sherriff who quickly accepts.
#104 - The Jungle
The Twilight Zone Season 3 - Episode 12
Alan Richards plans to build a dam in Africa on a tribe's ancestral land. The tribe's voodoo doctor puts a curse on him.
#105 - Credit for a Kill
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 7
Though his friend is badly in need of the reward money, Joe insists it belongs to him, to protect his friend from the dead outlaws' brothers.
#106 - Top Hand
Bonanza Season 12 - Episode 17
The Cartwrights are about to start a major cattle drive with other ranchers. It has been decided that Ben's foreman will be trail boss on the drive. Weatherby, a fellow rancher who is also with Ben, has agreed to have Kelly as trail boss, until he finds out that Kelly was previously on a cattle drive with him, and fired him for drinking. Weatherby also suggests that his younger wrangler take the job as trail boss, and a conflict is started between both Ben's foreman and Weatherby's wrangler.
#107 - The Companeros
Bonanza Season 5 - Episode 29
Mateo Ibara and his wife Carla visit the Ponderosa. Ibara asks Will to return to Mexico with him. Ibara and Will fought together for Juarez's cause and Ibara saved Will's life. For this reason, Will feels obligated to Ibara, but Ben is suspicious of the man's motives.
#108 - Incident of the Dancing Death
Rawhide Season 2 - Episode 24
When the son of a gypsy queen is murdered, she insists one of the drovers did it and demands the killer be found and turned over. Gil rebuffs her, prompting the old woman to predict trouble for the drive, which does start to happen.
#109 - Amigo
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 22
A wounded comanchero sides with the Cartwrights when the rest of the gang, led by Captain Fenner, shows up to burn and rob the Ponderosa.
#110 - The Debt
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 1
Wiley and Annie Kane arrive at the Ponderosa to work off their father's debt to Ben. It seems as though the elder Kane once swindled the Cartwright patriarch.
#111 - A Matter of Circumstance
Bonanza Season 11 - Episode 28
Little Joe stays back at the Ponderosa to tend to its operation as Ben, Hoss, Candy and Hop Sing leave for a cattle drive, who leave as a severe thunderstorm approaches. Joe goes to the barn to calm a horse that was spooked by the thunder and lightning. But just when it seems like the horse has settled down, the horse goes wild, knocking down Joe and crushing his left arm and breaking his leg. Joe goes in and out of consciousness and – after struggling against driving rain and winds to get into the house – treats his wounds. However, the arm is infected and Joe, fearing gangrene has set in, debates whether to amputate the wound.
#112 - Old Charlie
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 9
A young cowpoke is killed during a fight with Hoss, but the old blowhard who runs the Virginia City stables, takes the credit, placing him in danger from the dead man's brothers.
#116 - The Other Son
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 4
A mule skinner and his two sons are hired by Ben to transport nitroglycerin to California.
#117 - The Code
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 21
Joe is goaded into facing gunman Dan Taggert, unaware there is more to be prearranged than he realizes.
#118 - Pride of a Man
Bonanza Season 9 - Episode 32
Joe reluctantly takes a job as a substitute teacher and must contend with two older students who have no use for an education.
#119 - Ballad of the Ponderosa
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 10
A young troubadour, who blames Ben for the death of his father, returns to Virginia City. In one scene, Ben says the young man is welcome to use Adam's guitar.
#120 - Ponderosa Explosion
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 16
Two Virginia City old-timers fool Hoss and Joe into raising rabbits, and the Ponderosa is overrun with paws and whiskers.
#121 - The Grand Swing
Bonanza Season 13 - Episode 1
Jamie deliberately disobeys Ben's order not to drive the supply wagons. During his recklessness, the wagon goes out of control on a sharp curve and is wrecked. Nobody is hurt but a badly injured horse has to be put to sleep. Fearing punishment, Jamie decides to run away, until Ben decides to take him on a tour of the Ponderosa, namely to see how others handle their mistakes in positive and negative ways.
#122 - Joe Cartwright, Detective
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 25
Joe becomes fascinated by detective literature and drags Hoss into the picture when he suspects the bank is going to be robbed.
#123 - El Jefe
Bonanza Season 12 - Episode 10
Ben and Hoss come to the rescue of Mexican farmers who are forced off their land by the greedy mine owner who runs the town of Prince River.
#126 - Knockout
Fame Season 3 - Episode 5
When Christopher is challenged to a boxing match by Keach Howard, the last man he defeated, and refuses to fight, Keach beats up Dwight in an effort to make Donlan change his mind. Meanwhile, Leroy becomes a mentor to Billy Hall, a fellow dancer in Miss Grant's class in whom Leroy sees a lot of himself.
#127 - A Bride for Buford
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 18
Dolly Bantree has a crooked manager "Blackie", who blackmails Dolly to fleece newly rich miner Buford out of his newfound wealth. Hoss suspects something and gets all duded up to pose as a rich mark to test Dolly.
#128 - The Prisoners
Bonanza Season 13 - Episode 5
Joe volunteers to help an old lawman escort a slick outlaw to jail, but when their prisoner kills the sheriff and wounds Joe, he must face the task alone.
#129 - The Bridegroom
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 13
Joe plays matchmaker in this story of a rancher attempting to marry off his supposedly unremarkable daughter.
#130 - All Ye His Saints
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 14
In this series' highlight, little Michael Thorpe heads to the high country to ask God to spare his critically wounded father, believing he has found Him in the form of longtime fugitive Tom Cain.
#131 - Big Shadows on the Land
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 29
Italian immigrants are determined to establish their own vineyard on Ponderosa property.
#132 - Stage Door Johnnies
Bonanza Season 9 - Episode 34
Hoss and Joe rival for the affections of visiting entertainer Mademoiselle Denise, though she is more concerned for her little dog, Andre, than anything else.
#133 - The Law and Billy Burgess
Bonanza Season 11 - Episode 20
Ben seriously doubts an angry young man committed several murders to which he has confessed to.
#134 - Mighty is the Word
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 9
Virginia City's newest preacher is an ex-gunfighter who wants only to build a new church, but the brother of one of his victims has other ideas. The blueprints for the church are said to be a gift from Adam.
#138 - The Emperor Norton
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 23
Joshua Norton, an eccentric and formerly wealthy San Francisco merchant who considers himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, comes to the Ponderosa. Authorities want to have him committed, and Ben contacts Mark Twain to testify to Norton's sanity.
#139 - The Dublin Lad
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 15
After sitting on a jury that has convicted Terrence O' Tool of murder, Joe has second thoughts about the verdict and decides to do some investigating of his own.
#140 - To Kill a Buffalo
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 16
Hoss finds a wounded young Indian on the prairie, who is torn between accepting the ways of the white man or returning to his old life.
#141 - What Are Pardners For?
Bonanza Season 11 - Episode 27
Hoss meets two men. He forms a rapport with them and they tell him that they plan to rob the bank in the town they are going to. Hoss tries to stop them but he fails. Hoss decides to go into the town to warn the sheriff but is too late. The sheriff then arrests Hoss.
#142 - The Marriage of Theodora Duffy
Bonanza Season 14 - Episode 15
A serious game of "let's pretend" begins when Griff and government agent Theodora Duffy pose as husband and wife to capture a gang of war criminals.
#143 - The Saddle Stiff
Bonanza Season 13 - Episode 17
Fired ranch hand, Cactus, suggests that Ben is too old to put in a real work's week and challenges Ben to take a job as a ranch hand under the name "Ben Brown". He takes the job to prove himself better than Cactus.
#144 - A Good Night's Rest
Bonanza Season 6 - Episode 28
First Ben's sons are making lots of noise, so he goes into town to sleep in the hotel. Then, various noises and things interrupt Ben's sleep. Will he ever get his desired good night's rest?
#145 - The Brass Box
Bonanza Season 7 - Episode 3
Juan Ortega claims he has a land grant which gives him ownership of the entire Nevada Territory.
#146 - The Flapjack Contest
Bonanza Season 6 - Episode 15
Hoss unknowingly enters a flapjack contest and Joe puts Hoss on a diet which Hoss doesn't care for. Joe's betting on the flapjack contest could get him into some trouble and will he ever succeed in getting the window pane his Pa wants?
#147 - The Prince
Bonanza Season 8 - Episode 28
The Cartwrights play host to Russian royals, who are the target of jewel thieves.
#148 - The Underdog
Bonanza Season 6 - Episode 12
Little Joe convinces Ben to hire Harry Starr, a half-Indian who is accused by other ranchers of being a chronic horse thief. Joe sets out to prove the others wrong, but is the youngest Cartwright's trust misplaced?
#149 - Jonah
Bonanza Season 6 - Episode 32
The Ponderosa hands are upset when new hand George Whitman is hired on, it is rumored he is a jinx. Hoss tells George to ignore such foolishness, but a gypsy fortune teller says otherwise.