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A Rose For Lotta

Episode: 001 | Aired: September 11, 1959

Lotta Crabtree is hired by mining tycoon Alpheus Troy to lure one of the Cartwrights into town and hold him for ransom in exchange for Ponderosa timber rights. Guest Star: Yvonne DeCarlo

Death On Sun Mountain

Episode: 002 | Aired: September 18, 1959

Ben discovers Mark Burdette and Early Thorne selling antelope meat to the miners at high prices. He offers the miners beef at a more reasonable price. Burdette and Thorne retaliate by framing the Indians for attacks on the miners.

The Newcomers

Episode: 003 | Aired: September 25, 1959

Ben discovers hydraulic miners camped on the ranch and has Hoss escort them off. In the process, Hoss falls in love with the sister of one of the men, not realizing she is terminally ill.

The Paiute War

Episode: 004 | Aired: October 02, 1959

The Pauites are falsely accused of attacks and the militia is summoned. Adam is taken hostage by the Pauites.

Enter Mark Twain

Episode: 005 | Aired: October 09, 1959

Virginia City is visited by Samuel Clemens who writes editorials for the Territorial Enterprise. One of his first subjects is a politician who is trying to steal the Ponderosa.

The Julia Bulette Story

Episode: 006 | Aired: October 16, 1959

Little Joe falls in love with Julia Bulette, a saloon owner. Her reputation and the fact that she is much older than Joe, puts him at odds with his father.

The Saga Of Annie O'Toole

Episode: 007 | Aired: October 23, 1959

Annie O'Toole comes to Washoe Digging with a claim to a mine filed by her beau Swede Lundberg. Swede had two claims and sold one to an old acquaintance named Gregory Spain. There is some confusion over which claim is Annie's. A decision must be made in Miners Court. Ben Cartwright presides.

The Diedeshiemer Story

Episode: 008 | Aired: October 30, 1959

Philip Diedeshiemer works with Adam to prevent mine cave-ins. They create the "square set" system.

Mr. Henry Comstock

Episode: 009 | Aired: November 06, 1959

Henry Comstock claims ownership in a major gold strike. Joe asks for trouble by courting the daughter of Chief Winnemuca.

The Magnificent Adah

Episode: 010 | Aired: November 13, 1959

Actress Adah Isaacs Mencken visits Virginia City and is followed by old boyfriend John Regan. Adah is an old friend of Ben's and he tries to offer her protection. Ben's sons are convinced she's bad news and try dissuade their father from seeing her.

The Truckee Strip

Episode: 011 | Aired: November 20, 1959

The Cartwrights are embroiled in a feud with their neighbors the Bishops; Joe and Amy Bishop want no part of the feud and wish to get married.

The Hanging Posse

Episode: 012 | Aired: November 27, 1959

Joe and Adam join a posse to help a friend catch his wife's killer; but soon discover the posse has murderous intentions.


Episode: 013 | Aired: December 04, 1959

Virginia City residents leave Ben and Hoss to deal with an outlaw gang. Their only reinforcements are the town drunk and a doctor.

The Sisters

Episode: 014 | Aired: December 11, 1959

Adam is courting Sue Ellen Terry, a woman well known by the men folk in Virginia City. When Sue Ellen is killed, Adam becomes the number one suspect.

The Last Hunt

Episode: 015 | Aired: December 18, 1959

An Indian woman is brought home by Joe and Hoss after they discover her alone and about to have a baby. The Shoshone Chief, her father, and the baby's father (a white man) search for her.

El Toro Grande

Episode: 016 | Aired: January 01, 1960

Hoss and Joe travel to Monterey carrying a large amount of cash for the purchase of a prize bull. Along the way they have to deal with bandits, a duel, a boy who runs away with the bull, a love struck stow away and hungry Indians.

The Outcast

Episode: 017 | Aired: January 08, 1960

After her father and brother are hanged for murder, Leta Malvet becomes an outcast. She looks to her friend Clay Renton, a former bank robber, who is staying at the Cartwrights.

House Divided

Episode: 018 | Aired: January 15, 1960

Frederick Kyle creates problems in the Cartwright home when he comes to Virginia City to gain support for the Confederacy.

The Gunmen

Episode: 019 | Aired: January 22, 1960

While in Texas, Joe and Hoss are mistaken for the Slade brothers who are involved in a feud between two families. Consequently, Joe and Hoss are thrown in jail and are rescued by one of the members of the feuding families. They turn to the women of the feuding families to help stop the fighting.

The Fear Merchants

Episode: 020 | Aired: January 29, 1960

Bigot Andrew Fulmer is running for mayor. Fulmer's hatred of Chinese people presents a problem for Jimmy Chong; he is falsely accused of shooting Sally Ridley.

The Spanish Grant

Episode: 021 | Aired: February 05, 1960

Rosita Morales pretends to be heiress Isabella Marie Inez de la Cuesta in order to get a land grant which includes part of the Ponderosa. She is unable to fool Ben. With the help of his sons, he tries to find the real heiress.

Blood On The Land

Episode: 022 | Aired: February 12, 1960

A sheepherder, who was originally just passing through the Ponderosa, decides to stay there permanently. Ben attempts to kick him off the land and the sheepherder takes Adam prisoner.

Desert Justice

Episode: 023 | Aired: February 19, 1960

Ben's ranch hand, Dave Walker, has been accused of killing the wife of Marshall Dowd. The Cartwrights go to Los Angeles for his trial.

The Stranger

Episode: 024 | Aired: February 26, 1960

Ben, who is running for Governor of Nebraska, was accused of murder twenty years ago; he must go to New Orleans to face the charges.

Escape To The Ponderosa

Episode: 025 | Aired: March 04, 1960

Adam is attacked by escaped convicts. Ben joins Army Captain Bolton in the search for Adam's attackers.

The Avenger

Episode: 026 | Aired: March 18, 1960

Hoss and Joe look for a way to prevent Adam and Ben from being hanged. A stranger, Lassiter, comes to town and helps prove Adam and Ben's innocence.

The Last Trophy

Episode: 027 | Aired: March 25, 1960

Lady Beatrice is married to Lord Marion Dunsford. She thinks her husband is a coward and sets her sights on a "real man" - Adam.

San Francisco

Episode: 028 | Aired: April 01, 1960

Ben, Hoss and Joe visit San Francisco with some of their ranch hands. The hands vanish. While searching for them, Ben finds himself shanghaied and destined for Hong Kong.

Bitter Water

Episode: 029 | Aired: April 08, 1960

When miner Lem Keith plans to buy land next to the Ponderosa, he goes to the owner's son Todd to help him. Todd is more than willing to help Lem because he is in love with Lem's daughter and because he and Todd share a common hatred of the Cartwrights.

Feet Of Clay

Episode: 030 | Aired: April 15, 1960

Little Billy Allen's mother has died and he waits for his father at the Cartwrights'. Unbeknownst to Billy, his father is a prisoner who has broken out of jail. When the father commits robbery and murder Hoss is forced to kill him.

Dark Star

Episode: 031 | Aired: April 22, 1960

A gypsy girl named Tirza has come to stay at the Ponderosa. She has been disowned by her people because they believe she is a witch. While staying with the Cartwrights, Joe falls in love with her and tries to prove her people wrong.

Death At Dawn

Episode: 032 | Aired: April 29, 1960

A member of a powerful gang murders a shopkeeper. The killer is sentenced to be hanged and the leader of the gang kidnaps Ben and holds him hostage.