Episode: 050 | Aired: January 20, 1961
Ben is away on business and a woman comes to the Ponderosa claiming to be his new wife. When Ben returns she says he is not the man she married. The man claimed to be Ben Cartwright was a different man. She tells the Cartwright's she gave this man all her money. The Cartwrights travel to Crater Plains to find him, unaware they are heading into a trap.
Episode: 035 | Aired: September 23, 1960
Gerald Eskith comes to town claiming to be a Deputy Marshall. He wants to take the Cartwrights friend Jason Blaine to San Francisco to testify against the Murdock gang. Adam has his suspicions and decides to go along with them.
Episode: 062 | Aired: April 28, 1961
While trying to deal with cattle rustlers, Ben learns of a strike at the Thunderhead Mine. Suspecting foul play, he decides to investigate new owners Furnas and Cunningham.
Episode: 039 | Aired: October 21, 1960
Ben's life is saved by Matsou, an outcast Indian and his wife. In gratitude, Ben gives Matsou some land and a new start in life, much to the horror of neighbor Ike Dagget who hates Indians. When his wife is killed in a nighttime raid, Dagget blames Matsou and kills his wife.
Episode: 066 | Aired: June 02, 1961
Blacksmith Sam Hill is forced by his father to release the land on which his mother is buried. The man who buys the deed is the leader of a private Army.
Episode: 065 | Aired: May 26, 1961
Adam is battling a high fever and as Ben keeps vigil, he recalls his courtship with his first wife Elizabeth.
Episode: 064 | Aired: May 19, 1961
Major John Cayley, and old friend of Ben's, comes to the Ponderosa to carry out an experiment with his hot air balloon. Ben is unaware that Cayley and his men are planning to rob the bank and use the balloon to escape. Cayley's plans are complicated by the arrival of his daughter.
Episode: 063 | Aired: May 05, 1961
Mary Parson is murdered and her family says she was on her way to meet little Joe. When a credible witness says he saw them together the day of the murder, Joe is arrested.
Episode: 061 | Aired: April 21, 1961
Hoss tries to assist Daniel Pettibone in getting financial backing for his 'horseless carriage.' When a stranger comes along and invests a large sum, it inspires others to follow suit. The stranger runs off with the cash and the citizens blame Pettibone.
Episode: 060 | Aired: April 14, 1961
Hoss is sweet on a young lady named Cameo who has caught the eye of Jim Appelgate. Hoss faces a dilemma when he is sure he sees Jim take part in lynching.
Episode: 059 | Aired: March 31, 1961
While in Arizona to buy horses, Joe takes a lone trip to Yuma to pick up a beautiful white horse for his father's birthday. Finding himself caught in an Indian uprising, he must rely on his traveling companion Emeliano.
Episode: 058 | Aired: March 17, 1961
The Cartwrights travel with trouble shooter Ted Trask in an attempt to bring law and order to a town.
Episode: 057 | Aired: March 10, 1961
Hoss is scheduled to fight an English prizefighter who has no empathy for anyone, not even his manager-brother.
Episode: 056 | Aired: March 03, 1961
Adam is puzzled by his longtime friend's bizarre behavior, but is powerless to help him. When Ross becomes physically violent with his wife, Adam removes her from the home. Ross' behavior grows increasingly worse and progresses to robbery and murder.
Episode: 055 | Aired: February 24, 1961
The boys declare that their father needs to start taking it easier and they go in search of cattle rustlers. The boys soon find themselves in a bind with no hope of rescue.
Episode: 054 | Aired: February 17, 1961
Hated tax collector Jock Henry is expecting a new baby and a new foal. When both must be delivered at the same time, Hoss comes to the rescue.
Episode: 053 | Aired: February 10, 1961
Hoss accidentally kills Willie Twilight in self-defense and is consumed with guilt. Willie's brother Red comes to avenge his brother's death and shoots Hoss in the back. While his brother lies dying, Joes makes Hoss a promise that he will kill Twilight.
Episode: 052 | Aired: February 03, 1961
When the son of former Ponderosa ranch foreman Will Reagan is killed in Mexico, Adam goes down to Plata to investigate.
Episode: 051 | Aired: January 27, 1961
When Ben and Adam have to leave on business, Ben puts Joe in charge. His first order of business is to rob the Virginia City Bank. Hoss becomes an unwilling accomplice.
Episode: 049 | Aired: January 13, 1961
Joe finds a stranger burning Ponderosa land and must shoot him in self defense. He finds himself left with the responsibility of the man's daughter and brings her home to the Ponderosa. Joe is unaware that her unlawful kin are searching for her.
Episode: 048 | Aired: January 06, 1961
Joe and Hoss travel to Sacramento to visit the widow of Ben's friend Josh Layton; Hoss falls in love with Helen Layton and brings her home, intending to marry her. All are thrilled about the news except Adam, who has reason to believe she is using Hoss.
Episode: 047 | Aired: December 30, 1960
Ben is forced to kill Luke Grayson and now must face his son Todd who returns from the East to seek revenge.
Episode: 046 | Aired: December 16, 1960
Hoss becomes friends with a man named Arnie. Arnie doesn't realize his own strength and has never learned to control his temper.
Episode: 045 | Aired: December 09, 1960
During his travels, Joe meets a deaf and mute girl named Ann. Joes decides he can teach her sign language, but her father is skeptical and suspects Joe has other motives.
Episode: 044 | Aired: December 02, 1960
On his way to Nevada City, Adam comes across a woman being threatened by Shoshone who've just discovered she isn't the spirit woman they thought she was. In his effort to protect her, Adam is shot in the leg with an arrow and must rely on White Buffalo women to help him.
Episode: 043 | Aired: November 25, 1960
An outlaw seeking revenge on the Sheriff hires on at the Ponderosa under the name Sam Jackson. The outlaw learns the Sheriff is his father.
Episode: 042 | Aired: November 11, 1960
Gunnar Borgstrom stops to visit his relatives the Cartwrights, on his way to Canada. Gunnar meets his nephew Joe for the first time.
Episode: 041 | Aired: November 04, 1960
Joe's friend Dolly Kincaid, daughter of the Sheriff, is always falling in with the wrong kind. When she becomes involved with Vince Dagen, Joe becomes worried and tries to intervene.
Episode: 040 | Aired: October 28, 1960
Little Joe and his Hoss spend an unforgettable and almost tragic evening at the carnival when Little Joe's date, pretty Jennifer Beale, disappears. The carnival is owned by handsome Phil Reed, who has an eye for pretty young girls. Jennifer, daughter of a wealthy miner, is intrigued by Reed, whose weakness for a pretty face this time proves costly to him.
Episode: 038 | Aired: October 14, 1960
While celebrating the return of his daughter Connie, former lawman McKee is asked to assist in the capture of an outlaw gang. While Joe is courting Connie, no one realizes that McKee is involved with the outlaws.
Episode: 037 | Aired: October 07, 1960
Jacob Darien is leading his family of Quakers through Virginia City, when he is accosted by town roughnecks. Adam Cartwright steps in with the help of his new traveling companion, Sam Bord. Adam offers to escort the wagon train across the Ponderosa, unaware that Sam is planning a robbery.
Episode: 036 | Aired: September 30, 1960
Tom Edwards is in a wheelchair and holds Ben Cartwright responsible for his condition. Tom turns to drink and the Cartwrights decide to help him find purpose again.
Episode: 034 | Aired: September 16, 1960
Captain Pender is looking for a scout and Hoss suggests former scout Charlie Trent. Because Charlie feels responsible for a massacre, he spends most of his time in the bottle.
Episode: 033 | Aired: September 09, 1960
Sam Kriby, a young bank robber, gets a job with the Cartwrights in an attempt to prevent the Sheriff from learning the whereabouts of his accomplices-- the feared Pardo gang.