Dave Walker has been accused of kiling the wife of Marshall Dowd. The Cartwrights discover that Dave, who is Ben's ranch hand, has been getting beaten up in jail, so they decide to go to Los Angelos where his trial is to be.
Ben was charged for the crime of murder twenty years ago, and is taken to New Orleans to face the charges. This all happens while he is running for Governor of Nevada. Ben agrees to go to New Orleans after telling his sons why
Return of Malcolm Merriweather
Andy believes that Aunt Bee is working too hard, so he asks Malcolm Merriweather to help her with the household duties. Guest Star: Bernard Fox
When Debra tries to change Rays pessimistic attitude about winning the Sports Writer of the Year Award, he agrees to change his ways and become more upbeat -- and suffers the downside of being the only optimist in his family.