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Episode: 033 | Aired: September 10, 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.

The Mission

Episode: 034 | Aired: September 17, 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.

Badge Without Honor

Episode: 035 | Aired: September 24, 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.

The Mill

Episode: 036 | Aired: October 01, 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.

The Hopefuls

Episode: 037 | Aired: October 08, 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.

Denver McKee

Episode: 038 | Aired: October 15, 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.

Day Of Reckoning

Episode: 039 | Aired: October 22, 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.

The Abduction

Episode: 040 | Aired: October 29, 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.

Breed Of Violence

Episode: 041 | Aired: November 05, 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.

The Last Viking

Episode: 042 | Aired: November 12, 1960

Gunnar Borgstrom stops to visit his relatives the Cartwrights, on his way to Canada. Gunnar meets his nephew Joe for the first time.

The Trail Gang

Episode: 043 | Aired: November 26, 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.

The Savage

Episode: 044 | Aired: December 03, 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.

Silent Thunder

Episode: 045 | Aired: December 10, 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.

The Ape

Episode: 046 | Aired: December 17, 1960

Hoss becomes friends with a man named Arnie. Arnie doesn't realize his own strength and has never learned to control his temper.

The Blood Line

Episode: 047 | Aired: December 31, 1960

Ben is forced to kill Luke Grayson and now must face his son Todd who returns from the East to seek revenge.

The Courtship

Episode: 048 | Aired: January 07, 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.

The Spitfire

Episode: 049 | Aired: January 14, 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.

The Bride

Episode: 050 | Aired: January 21, 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.

Bank Run

Episode: 051 | Aired: January 28, 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.

The Fugitive

Episode: 052 | Aired: February 04, 1961

When the son of former Ponderosa ranch foreman Will Reagan is killed in Mexico, Adam goes down to Plata to investigate.

Vengeance

Episode: 053 | Aired: February 11, 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.

Tax Collector

Episode: 054 | Aired: February 18, 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.

The Rescue

Episode: 055 | Aired: February 25, 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.

The Dark Gate

Episode: 056 | Aired: March 04, 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.

The Duke

Episode: 057 | Aired: March 11, 1961

Hoss is scheduled to fight an English prizefighter who has no empathy for anyone, not even his manager-brother.

Cutthroat Junction

Episode: 058 | Aired: March 18, 1961

The Cartwrights travel with trouble shooter Ted Trask in an attempt to bring law and order to a town.

The Gift

Episode: 059 | Aired: April 01, 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.

The Rival

Episode: 060 | Aired: April 15, 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.

The Infernal Machine

Episode: 061 | Aired: April 22, 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.

The Thunderhead Swindle

Episode: 062 | Aired: April 29, 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.

The Secret

Episode: 063 | Aired: May 06, 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.

The Dream Riders

Episode: 064 | Aired: May 20, 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.

Elizabeth, My Love

Episode: 065 | Aired: May 27, 1961

Adam is battling a high fever and as Ben keeps vigil, he recalls his courtship with his first wife Elizabeth.

Sam Hill

Episode: 066 | Aired: June 03, 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.