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Season 10: Episodes #304-311 | #312-319 | #320-327 | #328-333


Episode #312: The Survivors

Air Date: November 10, 1968   Written by: S. H. Barnett, Colin MacKenzie, John Hawkins   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Mariette Hartley (Namyope/Alicia Purcell), John Carter (Wayne Purcell)

A white woman abducted years before by the Paiutes is reunited with her husband, who is less than pleased to learn she has given birth to an Indian baby.

Trivia: This is Mariette Hartley's second of four appearances in the series. Mariette was not allowed to show her belly button in Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek (1966) episode "All Our Yesterdays" (1969) due to censors. But Gene got even: he had Mariette show TWO belly buttons in Genesis II (1973).

Sound of Drums

Episode #313: The Sound of Drums

Air Date: November 17, 1968   Written by: William F. Leicester   Directed by: Robert L. Friend
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Jack Kruschen (Giorgio Rossi), Brioni Farrell (Regina Rossi), Penny Santon (Maria Rossi), Michael Stefani (Lorenzo Rossi)

In the third and final installment of the Rossi family, Georgio Rossi doesn't understand why he cannot allow Indians who have left the reservation to live on his land.

Trivia: This was the third and last episode featuring the Rossi family. Penny Santon (Maria Rossi) was often cast as the stereotypical Italian mother; she appeared on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo.

Queen High

Episode #314: Queen High

Air Date: December 1, 1968   Written by: Michael Fessier   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Celeste Yarnall (Katie Kelly), Paul Lambert (Miles Renfro)

Joe and Candy win a stamping mill in a poker game, but the fact of them not knowing how to run it, is the least of their worries.

Trivia: This is Celeste Yarnall's first and only appearance in the series. Apart from her initial career as model, spokesperson and actress, Celeste has also managed several talented screenwriters, segued into the commercial real estate business, become a championship Tonkinese cat breeder, run her own successful company, hosted a radio show, produced a "How to" video and regularly appears as a speaker/lecturer. In 1964, at the age of 19, Yarnall was voted "Miss Rheingold," the winner of an annual beauty contest voted on by buyers of New York-based Rheingold beer. She was the last elected winner of a contest that had been run since 1942, and represented Rheingold at its pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair.

Yonder Man

Episode #315: Yonder Man

Air Date: December 8, 1968   Written by: Milton S. Gelman   Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), John Vernon (Beaudry), Rodolfo Acosta (Matar), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)

An army scout Ben once knew comes to the Ponderosa and asks Ben to stake a cattle ranch in Mira Flores, Mexico.

Trivia: This was John Vernon's first and only appearance in the series. A long time character actor on television and movies, he is probably best remembered as Dean Wormer in the 1978 movie Animal House.

Mark of Guilt

Episode #316: Mark of Guilt

Air Date: December 15, 1968   Written by: Ward Hawkins, Frank Telford   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing), Dick Foran (Ed Gittner), Alan Bergmann (Mr. Gordon), Lou Frizzell (Tom Jackson)

Hoss becomes Joe's lawyer after Hop Sing tells him they can use the ancient Chinese art of fingerprinting to prove Joe is innocent of murder.

Trivia: This is Frizzell's first appearance in the series. He would return in Season 12 as recurring character Dusty Rhodes, appearing in seven episodes.


Episode #317: A World Full of Cannibals

Air Date: December 22, 1968   Written by: Preston Wood   Directed by: Gunnar Hellstrom
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), James Patterson (Charles Ball), Linda Marsh (Harriet Ball), Peter Mark Richman (Richard Vandeman)

Candy tells the Cartwrights "they are asking for trouble", by allowing a government witness to take refuge at the Ponderosa.

Trivia: This was Richman's only appearance in the series. Before he became an actor, Richman played football for two years in a Pennsylvania league called the Eastern Pro Conference. Sidelined by a serious knee injury, he became a registered pharmacist and managed a Rosemont, Pennsylvania, drug store for a year. His interests later turned to acting and he began appearing in stage productions and in live TV out of New York.

Annie Laurie

Episode #318: Sweet Annie Laurie

Air Date: January 5, 1969   Written by: John Hawkins, Kay Lenard, Jess Carneol, Jackson Gillis   Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: Joan Van Ark (Annie Laurie Adams), Lawrence Dane (Paul Rodgers), James Olson (Kelly Adams), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)

Hoss comes to the aid of a frightened young woman who is trying to run from her outlaw husband.

Trivia: This is Joan Van Ark's first and only appearance in the series. She is best known for her portrayal of Val Ewing in the CBS series Knots Landing.

My Friend

Episode #319: My Friend, My Enemy

Air Date: January 12, 1969   Written by: Jack B. Sowards, Stanley Roberts   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), John Saxon (Jacova), Chick Chandler (Judge Butler), Woodrow Parfrey (Theodore Scott), Gregory Walcott (Sheriff Crowley)

Only the testimony of an Indian wanted for horse theft can clear Candy of murder.

Trivia: This was John Saxon's third and last appearance in the series.

This was Chick Handler's second of six appearances on the series. A bit actor, his career spanned four decades.