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Welcome to Bonanza: Scenery of the Ponderosa!
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Adam, Little Joe, Ben and Hoss!
Season Six...1964-1965

Bonanza: The Lost Episodes:
One Episode Included

The Golden Years:
Adam's Last Adventure

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186.) The Ballerina
         January 24, 1965
         Written by:
 Frank Chase
         Directed by: Don McDougall

         Kellie Conrad dances and her father plays the fiddle to earn a living.  Hoss feels a sense of guilt after he unintentionally hurts the arm that Kellie's father uses to play the fiddle, in a saloon fight with some roughnecks.  He gets them to stay at the Ponderosa while the girl's father recuperates.  While there, Ben introduces Kellie to his friend Paul Mandel, a ballet star before an explosion cut his dancing career short.

         Kellie persuades Paul to help her learn ballet.  She soon comes to the realization that she loves both the ballet and Paul.  She struggles inwardly to make a choice between her love of ballet and giving it all up for the love of her father.  Note: Frank Chase scripted this episode for his sister Barrie, who was a real ballet dancer.

         Guest Stars: Kellie Conrad...Barrie Chase,...Paul Mandel...Warren Stevens,...Ned Conrad...Douglas Fowley,...Mine Owner...Hugh Sanders,...Tad...Red Morgan,...Bob Miles...(uncredited; stunt for Douglas Fowley),...Bill Clark...(uncredited; extra as cowboy in blue shirt),...Cosmo Sardo...(uncredited; extra as bartender).

         Trivia: Guest star Warren Stevens makes his first appearance, as Paul, later appearing in season nine's, "The Trackers", and in season twelve's, "El Jefe".  Stevens was also in the classic Star Trek episode, "By Any Other Name", as Rojan of Kelva.

         Trivia note: This is Warren Steven's favorite 'Bonanza' episode he appeared in. This episode also marks the first time May Wale Brown was hired to work on 'Bonanza' as script supervisor. The two previous script supervisors before her were fired by the network. May stayed on 'Bonanza' throughout the main run of the series into 1972.

187.) The Flannel-Mouth Gun
         January 31, 1965
         Written by:
 Leo Gordon, Paul Leslie Wilke
         Directed by: Don McDougall

         Adam becomes involved with a quick-triggered range detective hired by the Virginia City Cattleman's Association to find out who is responsible for all the rustling going on in the area.

         Guest Stars: Sherman Clegg...Earl Holliman,...Simmons...Robert J. Wilke,...Tatum...Don Collier,...Roy Coffee...Ray Teal,...Shelton...Harry Carey, Jr.,...Cynthia...Ina Victor,... Holtzmeier...I. Stanford Jolley,...Bob Hoy...(stunts and extra; uncredited as little cattle rustler),...Troy Melton...(stunts and extra; uncredited as tall cattle rustler),...Bill Clark (uncredited and extra; as Deputy).

         Trivia: Guest star Earl Holliman, as the range detective, best remember in the series, "Police Woman", and returning heavy, Robert J. Wilke, and another appearance by Harry Carey, Jr, and Don Collier.  Troy Melton makes another appearance, this time as a cattle rustler.

         Filmed on location at:  Albertson Ranch, Southern California with June 1964 stock footage of Adam riding alongside the river at Kernville and through the pasture at Onyx, California. Additional stock shots of the rustler and cattle herds was culled from Paramount's library of Western films.

188.) Ponderosa Birdman
         February 7, 1965
         Written by:
 Blair Roberts
         Directed by: Herbert L. Starck

         Ever the sucker for the underdog, Hoss helps Professor Klump and his granddaughter at inventing a contraption that will make man successful at flying.

         Guest Stars: Professor Phineas T. Klump...Ed Wynn,...Amanda...Marlyn Mason,...Bill Clark...(uncredited; stunts for Dan Blocker).

         Trivia: Marlyn Mason returns from the blind Tess Caldwell, in "Bullet For A Bride" to Professor Klump's (Ed Wynn), granddaughter, who resembles a schoolmarm.

         Trivia: Bill Clark doubles as Hoss "flies" down the mountain, in reality, Bill Clark was wearing a special harness, doubling as Hoss, visible in the scene where Hoss goes airborne.

         Location Scenes Filmed at:  Janss Conejo Ranch, Southern California with June 1964 stock footage of Hoss riding alongside the river at Kernville and on the dirt road at Gooseneck Meadow, Truckee, California.

         Filming date: November 1964.

189.) The Search
         February 14, 1965
         Written by:
 Frank Cleaver
         Directed by: William F. Claxton

         Adam sets out to track down the man who has been impersonating him to clear his reputation.

         Guest Stars: Ann...Lola Albright,...Sheriff Connors...Kelly Thordsen,...Valerie...Elaine Devry,...Jason...John Harding,...Abe...Howard Wright,...Weems...Lindsay Workman,...Store Owner...Phil Chambers,...Henry Wills...(stunts; uncredited for Pernell Roberts),...Bob Hoy...(stunts; uncredited as little cowboy),...Bill Hickman...(stunts; uncredited as big cowboy),...Betty Endicott...(uncredited; as townswoman with dark hair).

         Trivia: Guest star Kelly Thordsen makes yet another appearance, this time as the Sheriff.  Lola Albright makes the first of two appearances on Bonanza.  She would later appear in eight's "A Bride For Buford".

         Trivia: In the fight scene in act three, Henry Wills doubling for Pernell Roberts, in the long shots, with the two outlaws.

         Note on Lola Albright: Joan Markowitz's father was Lola's agent.  Her husband, Chappy, had a bar/restaurant just outside of Burbank that Joan would go to after work at NBC.  "Lola was a neat lady", recalls Joan.

         Location Scenes Filmed at: June 1964 stock footage of Adam riding at Keyesville with June 1961 stock footage of Adam riding at Iverson Ranch and June 1964 stock shot at Kernville, followed by June 1963 stock shot of him riding through the desert at Lovejoy Buttes and 1962 stock shot of him at the campfire that was culled from "My Brother's Keeper" at Iverson Ranch. The montage of footage concludes with June 1961 stock footage of Adam at Solitude Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The episode contained so many settings in the script, that it was only economical to recycle stock shots to save on time and money by the production.

         Filming date: November 1964.

190.) The Deadliest Game
         February 21, 1965
         Written by:
 Jo Pagano
         Directed by: Gerd Oswald

         The Cartwrights play host to Guido Borelli, a world renowed aerial acrobat who once saved Ben's life in Italy.  Borelli's troup is beset by internal strife, and is performing in Virginia City.

         Guest Stars: Guido Borelli...Cesar Romero,...Carlo Alfieri...Fabrizio Mioni,...Petina...Ilze Taurins,...Donna Luisa...Lili Valenty,...Roy Coffee...Ray Teal,...Doctor...Grandon Rhodes,...Bob Miles (stunts; uncredited for Fabrizio Mioni),...Bill Clark (uncredited; ranch hand),...Betty Endicott...(uncredited; extra as townswoman with dark hair),...Martha Manor...(uncredited; extra as townswoman with blonde hair).

         Trivia: Guest star Cesar Romero, the suave, dashing debonair leading man, as Ben's old friend, Guido, one of the most beloved actors ever in television and cinema.  Many still remember him as Don Diego's mischievious relative, Uncle Estaven de la Cruz, in Disney's Zorro, and as The Joker, in Batman.

         Michael Landon Trivia: The script called for Joe to do the fight on the set bare-chested, without a shirt on.  Michael refused to do the fight scene without his shirt and jacket on, because under them he wore elbow pads for protection, during the rehearsals and filming of the fight scenes on the series.

         Trapeze Trivia: For the actual acrobatic stunts performed by Borelli and his co-stars, stunt co-ordinator Bob Miles contracted a group of circus performers to do all the dangerous trapeze stunts, where Cesar Romero and his fellow co-stars would only be doing close-ups on a trapeze mock-up set on Stage 16 at Paramount.

         Trivia: Bobby Miles doubles for Carlo, in the long shots of the fight scene, with Carlo versus Little Joe.

         Filming date: November 1964.

191.) Once A Doctor
         February 28, 1965
         Written by:
 Martha Wilkerson
         Directed by: Tay Garnett

         Hoss' latest acquaintance, an Englishman named Professor Poppy, is actually Percival Alexander Mundy, M.D., who has given up the practice of medicine.  However, when Hoss is shot in the back, only Mundy's skill can save his life.

         Guest Stars: Professor Poppy~Dr. Percival Alexander Mundy...Michael Rennie,...Thomas Crippen...Ashley Cowan,...Allie Lou...Elizabeth Rogers,...Roy Coffee...Ray Teal,...Doctor...Grandon Rhodes,...Sam...Bill Clark,...Betty Endicott...(uncredited; townswoman with dark hair).

         Trivia: Guest star Michael Rennie, the English actor best remembered for his portrayal as Klaatu, in "The Day The Earth Stood Still".

         Filming Date: November 1964.

192.) Right Is The Fourth R
         March 7, 1965
         Written by:
 Jerry Adelman
         Directed by: Virgil W. Vogel

         While working as a substitute teacher, Adam uncovers an ugly secret about the territory's past that others prefer remain hidden.

         Guest Stars: Colonel Scott...Everett Sloane,...Barbara....Mariette Hartley,...Chaffee...Barry Kelley,...Doctor...Grandon Rhodes,...Bob Miles...(uncredited; stunts as thug),...Henry Wills...(uncredited; stunts as thug),...Bill Clark...(uncredited; stunts as thug and stunts for Barry Kelley),...Betty Endicott...(uncredited; extra as townswoman with dark hair),...Martha Manor...(uncredited; extra as townswoman with blonde hair).

         Trivia: Guest star Everett Sloane, in his second and last appearance on Bonanza, he passed away shortly after this episode was made.  Guest star Mariette Hartley was also in season nine's, "The Survivors" and in season thirteen's, "The Iron Butterfly".  Mariette was also in the classic Star Trek episode, "All Our Yesterdays" as Zarabeth.

         Stunt Trivia: In the night shots of Adam inside the schoolhouse, stuntmen Bob Miles, Bill Clark, and Henry Wills play the hired thugs who beat him up.

         Stage 16 Trivia: The Virginia City Schoolhouse was located on Stage 16 with the filmable interior inside the exterior building as seen in this episode.

         Location Scenes Filmed at:  June 1964 stock footage of Adam riding across the pasture in Onyx and alongside the river in Kernville, California.

193.) Hound Dog
         March 21, 1965
         Written by:
 Alex Sharp
         Directed by: Ralph E. Black

         Cousin Muley Jones returns to the Ponderosa, along with a pack of noisy hound dogs, in this funny sequel to "The Saga Of Muley Jones".

         Guest Stars: Muley Jones...Bruce Yarnell,...Tracey Ledbetter...Sue Ane Langdon,...Abner Ledbetter...Chubby Johnson,...Roy Coffee...Ray Teal,...Bob Miles...(uncredited; stunt for Michael Landon),...Alex Sharp...(uncredited; horseback double for Bruce Yarnell),...Bill Clark (uncredited; stunts and horseback double for Dan Blocker),...Ed Jauregui...(uncredited; stunt double for Lorne Greene).

         Trivia: Guest star Sue Ane Langdon returns, this time as Tracey, the shotgun-toting gal, who is looking for her stolen hound dogs, who a "passing stranger" bought from her father.

         Stunt Trivia: The stuntmen do their chores in quite a few scenes, including those with the trained dogs.  In act one, as Muley Jones' dogs run in, Bill Clark doubles Dan Blocker, getting knocked down on the floor by them.  Later, when Joe is coming down the stairs eating a piece of chicken, Bob Miles is dressed in Joe's nightclothes and falls through the first bannister on the stairlanding and hits the floor.

         Also, when Ben is walking out of the barn, the dogs are swarming at his feet and Ben trips and falls.  Ed Jauregui in the Ben costume doubles Lorne Greene, for the walk and fall.  In the horseback shots at Albertson Ranch, Alex Sharp doubles Bruce Yarnell and Bill Clark for Dan Blocker, chasing the dogs.  The last bit part stunt is done by Bill Clark as Hoss, who swings down on a rope off the loft to the ground floor to Sue Ane Langdon in "Hound Dog".

         Location Scenes Filmed at: Albertson Ranch, Southern California.

194.) The Trap
         March 28, 1965
         Written by:
 Ken Pettus
         Directed by: William Witney

         One of Joe's old girlfriends thinks he killed her husband so they could come together.  Unfortunately, that is what her husband's twin brother also believes.  In another chronological inaccuracy, the year given is 1859.  Highest-rated episode in the Neilson ratings of the season.

         Guest Stars: Burk and Booth Shannon...Steve Cochran,...Hallie...Joan Freeman,...Roy Coffee...Ray Teal,...Cletus...Paul Lukather,...Floyd...George Murdock,...Minister...Austin Green,...Bob Miles...(uncredited; stunt for Paul Lukather),...Bartender...Cosmo Sardo (uncredited; extra),...Betty Endicott...(uncredited; extra as townswoman with dark hair),...Martha Manor...(uncredited; extra as townswoman with blonde hair).

         Trivia: The dynamic Steve Cochran portrays Burk and Booth Shannon and Joan Freeman portrays Hallie.  She would later return in nine's "Night Of Reckoning" as Kelly Lincrom.

         Stunt Trivia: In the saloon scenes where Booth is contemplating Joe's fate, ranch hand Cletus suggests lying to get Joe convicted and Booth becomes enraged and belts him across the saloon.  Bob Miles doubles Cletus (actor Paul Lukather), in a brief bit part when Booth (Steve Cochran) hits him, one of Bob's many doubling assignments on Bonanza.

         Location Scenes Filmed at: Albertson Ranch, Southern California.

195.) Dead And Gone
         April 4, 1965
         Written by:
 Paul Schneider
         Directed by: Robert Totten

         Adam tries to find the good in Howard Mead, a talented troubadour who refuses to stay on the right side of the law.  Dramatic debut of singer/songwriter Hoyt Axton.  Last episode Pernell Roberts worked on, although he appears in the next two, that were made prior to this episode and aired afterwards.

         Guest Stars: Howard Mead...Hoyt Axton,...Hilda Brunner...Susanne Cramer,...Johann Brunner...Steve Ihnat,...Roy Coffee...Ray Teal,...Bill Clark...Deputy (uncredited; extra and stunts),...Betty Endicott...(uncredited; extra as townswoman with dark hair),...Martha Manor...(uncredited; extra as townswoman with blonde hair),...Clint Sharp...(uncredited; extra as stage driver).

         Trivia: Guest star Steve Ihnat, as Johann, later seen in season nine's, "A Dream To Dream", as Josh Carter, and in his last appearance, in season twelve's, "Terror At 2:00", as Mr. Ganz.  He was an extremely gifted actor from Czechoslovakia and appeared in the classic "Star Trek" episode, "Whom Gods Destroy", as Garth of Izar.

         Trivia: Bill Clark, playing the deputy, is seen being knocked out as Howard takes his gun and breaks jail.  Both Pernell Roberts and Hoyt Axton do their fight in the beginning of this episode, with no stuntmen doubling them.

         Location Scenes Filmed at: Albertson Ranch, Southern California with June 1961 stock footage of Adam riding at Solitude Canyon, Lake Tahoe and June 1964 stock shots at Kernville and Keyesville, California.

         Filming Date: February 17 - 22, 1965.

196.) A Good Night's Rest
         April 11, 1965
         Written by:
 Frank Cleaver, Jeffrey Fleece
         Directed by: William F. Claxton

        Unable to get any peace and quiet under his own roof, Ben checks into the Virginia City Hotel, but fares even worse.  During the course of Ben's stay, he runs into a variety of characters; Potts, the prissy and overbearing desk clerk, Frank Shirmer, a sinister and devious cowboy who is after a young Texas cowpoke, the depraved widow Jenkins who wants to marry Ben, Lucy and Wilfred, a young, bickering married couple who were married by a fake preacher, the Doc who is patching up the young cowpoke's gunshot wound, from Shirmer, and a sleepwandering vagrant, who is always stumbling into Ben's room.  Before the night is over, Ben is accused of murder and is the best man at Lucy and Wilfred's hotel wedding.

         Guest Stars: Potts...Eddie Firestone,...Lucy...Abigail Shelton,...Mrs. Jenny Jenkins...Jean Willes,...Doc...Lloyd Corrigan,...Roy Coffee...Ray Teal,...Wilfred...Robert Ridgely,...Frank Shirmer...Michael Forest,...Peggy...Erin O' Donnell,...Emish Loy...Clegg Hoyt,...Larry Newell...Jay Ripley,...Bill Clark...Deputy (uncredited; extra),...Ed Jauregui...(uncredited; stunt double for Lorne Greene),...Fred Carson...(uncredited; stunts for Michael Forest).

         Trivia: Jean Willes, as Jenny Jenkins, making another appearance, later seen as Mrs. O' Brian, in season nine's, "Star-Crossed".  As the hotel clerk Potts, Eddie Firestone, seen in season two's, "The Tax Collector", as Jock, would also appear as Potts in season seven's, "The Meredith Smith", and in season ten's, "Five Candles", and Abigail Shelton returns as Lucy, previously seen in season three's, "Broken Ballad", along with Robert Ridgely playing Wilfred, previously seen in two's "Sam Hill", three's "The Tall Stranger", "The Countess", and later in twelve's "The Imposters", and thirteen's, "A Place To Hide" and "Blind Hunch".

         Trivia: Guest star Michael Forest returns, this time as Frank Shirmer, later seen in season nine's, "Second Duty", as Wabuska.  Forest appeared as the Greek god, Apollo, in the classic Star Trek episode, "Who Mourns for Adonis?".  Lloyd Corrigan as the Doc, previously seen as the scheming bank owner, in season five's "The Pure Truth".

         Stunt Trivia: Ed Jauregui doubles Ben (Lorne Greene) when Lucy throws the vase at him as he walks away in a bit part in the hotel.  Fred Carson doubles Shirmer (actor Michael Forest) in two bit parts, the first when Ben throws him over his bed in his hotel room, the second when another guest throws a knife in Shirmer's back atop the second floor stairlanding and Shirmer falls down the stairs.

         Location Scenes Filmed at: June 1964 stock footage of Ben riding Buck by the river at Kernville, California.

         Filming Date: January 5-11, 1965.

197.) To Own The World
         April 18, 1965
         Written by:
 Ed Adamson
         Directed by: Virgil W. Vogel

         One of the wealthiest men in the world, Charles Augustus Hackett, offers to buy the Ponderosa, price no object.  Ben says the ranch is not for sale and Hackett refuses to give up.

         Guest Stars: Charles Augustus Hackett...Telly Savalas,...Maria Hackett...Linda Lawson,...Carl Davis...John Hubbard,...Harry Towers...Curt Conway,...Mayor...J. Edward McKinley,...Sam...Phil Chambers,...Norm...Bruno Ve Sota,...Luke...Bill Clark (stunts; uncredited),...Bill...Bob Hoy (stunts; uncredited),...Betty Endicott (uncredited as saloon girl with dark hair),...Martha Manor (uncredited; saloon girl with blonde hair).

         Location Trivia: In act one as Ben and Charles Hackett converse about where the Ponderosa should have been built at, 1962 stock footage of the Mount Rose Summit is seen overlooking Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada and another stock shot of Mount Baldy at the summit is edited in right after it in act one.  At the end of act four Ben rides to meet Joe and they discuss Hackett and Maria's departure and converse about where Hackett said the house should have been built at and agree not a good place below a mountain, which is stock footage of Mount Baldy edited in at the Mount Rose Summit, above Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

         Trivia: Guest star John Hubbard, as Carl Davis, Hackett's advisor, was previously seen as the Doc, in season five's, "The Roper".  Bill Clark and Robert Hoy, seen as two town locals, harrassing Little Joe in Virginia City, as Hoss is getting the mail in the general store.  Joe gets into a fight with one of them, and Hoss gets involved, another part of Hackett's plan to buy the Ponderosa at any cost.

         Adam Trivia: Pernell's last appearance by airdate on the series.

         Backdrop Trivia: This is the only episode to ever feature a cyclorama backdrop of the Lake Tahoe vicinity on Stage 16 beautifully designed by NBC scenic designer Hal Pereira.

198.) Lothario Larkin
         April 25, 1965
         Written by:
 Warren Douglas
         Directed by: William Witney
         Lost Episode

         Ladies' man Lothario Larkin creates havoc whenever he hits Virginia City, so Roy Coffee orders him out of town.  Naturally, Hoss takes him in.  Only "lost episode" from the years Pernell Roberts was on the series, he is just seen in the beginning credits, not the story and does not appear.

         Guest Stars: Lothario Larkin...Noah Beery, Jr., Laura...Dorothy Green,...Johnny...Jim Davis,...Francine...Linda Bennett,...Nancy...Olive Sturgess,...Mike Gillis...Morgan Woodward,...Meg...Jane Norris,...Abner...Frank Ferguson,...Sheriff Coffee...Ray Teal,...Bartender...Cosmo Sardo (uncredited),...Preacher...Charles Seel (uncredited),...Bob Miles (stunts; uncredited as first cowboy thrown out saloon and at the bar),...Bill Hickman (stunts; uncredited as second cowboy thrown out saloon),...Bill Clark (stunts; uncredited as third cowboy thrown out saloon and stunts; uncredited for Dan Blocker), Betty Endicott (uncredited; saloon girl with dark hair), Martha Manor (uncredited; saloon girl with blonde hair),...Boyd "Red" Morgan...(uncredited; stunt double for Jim Davis).

         Trivia: Guest Noah Beery, Jr., as Lothario, would later be seen in season nine's "The Crime Of Johnny Mule", Jim Davis, as Johnny, previously seen in season two's, "The Gift" as Sam Wolfe, and in "The Arrival Of Eddie", playing a similar character, opposite Dan Blocker again.  Frank Ferguson, as Abner, previously seen in "The Long Night", as the Sheriff, and in "Ponderosa Matador" as the owner of the giant bull, who literally destroys Virginia City.  Morgan Woodward as Mike Gillis, returning once again, and Dorothy Green, who was previously in "Enter Mark Twain", this time as Laura.  Bobby Miles has a rather funny speaking part in this episode, a rare treat.

         Trivia: Bobby Miles is featured, in the saloon scenes, in one scene he and his pals are ridiculing Lothario, Bobby saying: "Lothario!, his mother sure made a mistake when she named him that, ha ha!"  Hoss comes over and says, "Shut up, shut up!", and all is quiet for a second, then Bobby breaks out in hysterical laughter at the bar, with his cronies!  There are many fights: the first one with Lothario, Abner, Mike Gillis, and soon Hoss is involved.  Then a fight with Johnny (Jim Davis), and in act three, a second fight with Johnny and Hoss (Bill Clark & Boyd "Red" Morgan doubling), but mostly all Jim Davis and Dan Blocker, a powerful, engrossing fight scene.

         The fourth and final fight has Lothario (Noah Beery, Jr.) rushing into the saloon, tackling Johnny, who is sitting at the table with Abner and Mike Gillis, they all gang up on Lothario, and Hoss steps in, then followed by Ben.  Lothario marries Laura (Dorothy Green), his lost love, in act four, in Roy's jail and they ride off happily ever after.  The most frequent words heard are: "Wait a minute!", by just about everyone involved with Lothario.

199.) The Return
         May 2, 1965
         Written by:
 Ken Pettus, Frank Chase
         Directed by: Virgil W. Vogel

         No one in Virginia City is happy to see ex-con Trace Cordell, especially the man he crippled in a gunfight, now married to Cordell's former girlfriend.

         Guest Stars: Trace Cordell...Tony Young,...Clara Dorn...Linda Blackman,...Paul Dorn...John Conte,...Roy Coffee...Ray Teal,...Hubbell...Phil Chambers,...Shafer...Robert J. Stevenson,...Latham...Dan Riss,...Deke...Bill Clark...Bob Miles...(uncredited; stunts as thug in gray jacket),...Bob Hoy...(uncredited; stunts as little cowboy ),...Clint Sharp...(uncredited; stunts and horseback as older townsman),...Betty Endicott....(uncredited; extra as townswoman with dark hair),...Martha Manor...(uncredited; extra as townswoman with blonde hair).

         Trivia: Guest star Tony Young appeared in the classic Star Trek episode, "Elaan Of Troyius" as the Elasian guard, Kryton, and was married to actress Madlyn Rhue, who was in season two's "Day Of Reckoning".  Young was a regular in the series "Gunslinger".  Rhue also appeared in Star Trek's "Space Seed", with Ricardo Montalban, as Kahn, who was also in season two's "Day Of Reckoning".

         Stunt Trivia: The stuntmen do all the dangerous fighting in the barn, along with Tony Young's stuntman, who doubles him in the long shots and in one over-the shoulder shot.  Tony Young only does a few close-ups he is capable of doing.  Bill Clark plays Deke, with a speaking part, so he is given screen credit for his extra work, where Bob Miles plays the little thug in the gray jacket and pants, who works Cordell over, and goes uncredited.  Clint Sharp, an older stuntman is seen doubling an extra, as the townsman who rides in on his horse and then dismounts, and then the extra runs all over the street to tell everyone Cordell has returned.

         Location Scenes Filmed at: Golden Oak Ranch, Southern California.

200.) The Jonah
         May 9, 1965
         Written by:
 Preston Wood
         Directed by: William F. Claxton

         The Ponderosa hands are upset when new hand George Whitman is hired on, it is rumored he is a jinx.  Hoss tells George to ignore such foolishness, but a gypsy fortune teller says otherwise.

         Guest Stars: George Whitman...Andrew Prine,...Jim Poole...Dean Harens,...Susan...Erin O' Donnell,...Harry...Ken Mayer,...Teresa...Angela Clarke,...Will...Bill Clark,...Charlie...Troy Melton,...Martha...Martha Manor,...Jerry Summers (extra and stunts; uncredited as trail hand at bar),...Cosmo Sardo (uncredited; bartender),...Betty Endicott (uncredited; saloon girl with dark hair).

         Trivia: Guest star Dean Harens, as Poole, would later return in season eight's, "Credit For A Kill", as Morgan Tanner.

         Stunt Horse Trivia: Beauty makes his twentieth appearance, this time as the black horse that Hoss, George and the hands are trying to break in the corral and almost get trampled.  Later on, he plays a mysterious black horse that runs up in the front yard at night, with a saddle on him, rearing and running around the yard and then runs away.  Once again the rear white markings above the hooves are painted over black.

         Filming date: March 1965.

201.) The Spotlight
         May 16, 1965
         Written by:
 Dick Karr
         Directed by: Gerd Oswald

         Ben invites opera singer Angela Bergstrom to perform at Virginia City's anniversary celebration.  She accepts, but does not tell him that her famous singing voice is long gone.  In one amusing scene in the house, Hoss is reciting Shakespeare, to which Joe responds, "Nah, we got rid of him" in reference to Pernell.

         Guest Stars: Angela Bergstrom...Viveca Lindfors,...Carleton Ames...Ron Randell,...Mrs. Brown...Winnie Coffin,...Amos...Ian Wolfe,...Townsman...Robert Foulk,...Townsman...John Frederick,...Mrs. Finch...Jeanne Detterman,...Hop Sing,...Victor Sen Yung,...Pianist....Billy M. Greene,...Bartender...Cosmo Sardo...(uncredited; extra),...Betty Endicott...(uncredited; townswoman with dark hair),...Martha Manor...(uncredited; townswoman with blonde hair),...Bill Clark...(uncredited; buckboard double for Lorne Greene).

         Location Scenes Filmed at:  Golden Oak Ranch, Southern California with June 1964 stock footage of Ben riding alongside the river at Kernville and June 1964 stock shot of the buggy at Onyx, followed by September 1962 stock footage of the stagecoach at Lake Los Angeles, California.

         Filming date: March 1965.

202.) Patchwork Man
         May 23, 1965
         Written by:
 Don Tait, William Koenig
         Directed by: Ralph E. Black

         Hoss befriends a self-demeaning recluse named Patch, who makes the best apple pie Hoss has ever tasted.  Hoss is so impressed with him, especially his pie, that he hires him to work on the Ponderosa.  Ben, however, is unimpressed with Hoss' new friend when the Cartwrights get into a gunfight with a mining outfit, and Patch cowers.  He has a deepseeded fear of violence stemming from an incident in his teen years, but he knows in order to survive in the West, he must overcome it.

         Guest Stars: Albert "Patch" Saunders,...Bronson....Bruce Gordon,...Ann Fleming...Sue Randall,...Roy Coffee...Ray Teal,...Stimson...Lane Bradford,...Doctor Martin...Grandon Rhodes,...Charlie...Mike Ragan,...Bob Hoy...(uncredited; extra as little cowboy).

         Trivia: Guest star Grant Williams, in his last appearance, was seen in season one's "Escape To Ponderosa", and Sue Randall making her second appearance as the store owner, was previously in season three's "The Horse Breaker".  Serial star Lane Bradford's menacing villain, as Bronson's foreman, another round for him on Bonanza, and regular Mike Ragan, as the trouble-maker of a cowboy in Virginia City.

         Trivia: Last episode made for the sixth season.

         Location Scenes Filmed at: Janss Conejo Ranch, Southern California.

         Filming date: March 1965.

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Production Cost Per Episode: $133,500

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Executive Producer: David Dortort

Associate Producer: James W. Lane

Production Executive: Robert Stillman

Story Consultant: Frank Cleaver

Music by: David Rose, William Lava

Director of Photography: Haskell Boggs, A.S.C, William F. Whitley, A.S.C.

Production Manager: Kent McCray

Color Consultant: Edward P. Ancona, Jr.

Song "Bonanza" by: Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

Art Direction: Hal Pereira, Earl Hedrick

Edited by: Everett Douglas, A.C.E., Ellsworth Hoagland, A.C.E., Marvin Coil, A.C.E.

Casting Supervisor: William Maybery

Assistant Directors: Ralph E. Black

Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Grace Gregory

Sound Recording: Lyle Figland, Joel Moss

Makeup Supervision: Wally Westmore

Hairstyle Supervision: Nellie Manley
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