Ben's friend, Mansfield, & his daughter, Lorrie, visit the Ponderosa. Mansfield was a Marshall for many years, which hasn't left him time to be a father. After Lorrie meets someone, she begins to realize her father love for her.
Ben & Hoss visit their friend, Sam, but are surprised when soldiers show up. Unknown to Ben & Hoss, Sam is really Thomas Andrews, who ran a Confederate prison camp during the Civil War, & the prisoners are out for revenge.
Although Debra has been aware that her parents have been having problems, she is devastated to learn that they are planning to separate after 40 years of marriage.
Doug gets upset with Carrie when he finds out that she always lets Arthur have his way, until he finds out he can use this ability in his own advantage to get food, watch the shows he wants and various other things.