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Season 11: Episodes #334-341 | #342-349 | #350-357 | #358-361


Windmill

Episode #334: Another Windmill to Go

Air Date: September 14, 1969   Written by: Palmer Thompson   Directed by: James B. Clark
Guest Stars: Laurence Naismith (Don Q. Hought), Jill Townsend (Abigail Hought), George Furth (Horace Keylot), Bart La Rue (Bart Walters)

An Englishman with an indifference to standard laws shows up on the Ponderosa in a land-rowing boat mounted on a wagon.

Trivia: This was British actor Laurence Naismith's first and only appearance in the series. He was a Merchant Marine seaman before becoming an actor, and made his London stage debut in 1927 in the chorus of the musical Oh, Boy.


Witness

Episode #335: The Witness

Air Date: September 21, 1969   Written by: Joel Murcott   Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: Melissa Murphy (Jenny Winters), Stefan Gierasch (Orville Winters), Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster)

Jenny Winters, who is prone to telling tall tales claims that she witnessed the Logan gang holding up a stagecoach. Being the only witness, the Cartwrights hide her at the Ponderosa.

Trivia: This is Melissa Murphy's second of three appearances in the series.


Stillwater

Episode #336: The Silence at Stillwater

Air Date: September 28, 1969   Written by: Preston Wood   Directed by: Josef Leytes
Guest Stars: Pat Hingle (Sheriff Harry Austin), Strother Martin (Lonnie Stern), Frank Marth (Barnum)

A young boy identifies Candy as the man wanted in Stillwater for robbery, arson and murder.

Trivia: This is Strother Martin's third of five appearances in the series. Frequently cast alongside Paul Newman in movies, including Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Slap Shot (1977) and several others.


Lawman Lot

Episode #337: A Lawman's Lot is Not a Happy One

Air Date: October 5, 1969   Written by: Vincent Wright   Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: Tom Bosley (Hiram Peabody), Robert Emhardt (Paul Forbes), Melinda Dillon (Cissy Summers), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)

Hoss stands in as a 'weekend sheriff' and must contend with land swindlers and a bride to be.

Trivia: This was Tom Bosley's second and last appearance in the series. He is best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on Happy Days (1974). This character was ranked #9 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue]. Along with Henry Winkler, he is one of only two actors to appear in every episode of Happy Days.


Lynching

Episode #338: Anatomy of a Lynching

Air Date: October 12, 1969   Written by: Preston Wood   Directed by: William Wiard
Guest Stars: Guy Stockwell (John Deegan), Ellen Weston (Louise Deegan), Ted Gehring (Jim Fischer), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)

A man is acquitted of murder which upsets the folks of Virginia City. They are ready to lynch him. Ben works to reopen the case by finding out the truth about the case before it is too late.

Trivia: This was Guy Stockwell's second and last appearance in the series. He was the older brother of well-known actor Dean Stockwell. He helped create the Los Angeles Art Theater, and taught at the University of California, Los Angeles for two years in the masters program for acting.


Stop War

Episode #339: To Stop a War

Air Date: October 19, 1969   Written by: Carey Wilbur   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Steve Forrest (Dan Logan), Miriam Colon (Anita Logan), Warren J. Kemmerling (Frank Slater), Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster)

Joe wants to hire his friend Dan Logan as range detective to find rustlers.

Trivia: This is Steve Forrest's second and last appearance in the series.

This was Miriam Colon's first and only appearance in the series. She is the Founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City.


Medal

Episode #340: The Medal

Air Date: October 26, 1969   Written by: Frank Chase   Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Harry Townes (Seth Nagel), Dean Stockwell (Matthew Rush), Susan Howard (Laurie Nagel)

Ben lends a hand to a drunken war veteran, Matthew Rush, who had received the Congressional Medal Of Honor. Joe makes a reference to the flapjack contest in a scene with he and Hoss in this episode. Ben tells the villain, Seth Nagel, "Some wounds take a long time to heal. I have a few of those myself."

Trivia: This is Dean Stockwell's only appearance in the series. Stockwell is probably best known for his role in the NBC series Quantum Leap. His father was an actor/singer whose greatest claim to fame was supplying the speaking and singing voice for Prince Charming in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). He is the younger brother of Guy Stockwell, who appeared in two episodes of Bonanza.


Stalker

Episode #341: The Stalker

Air Date: November 2, 1969   Written by: D.C. Fontana   Directed by: Robert L. Friend
Guest Stars: Charlotte Stewart (Lisa Campbell), Lloyd Battista (Jake Campbell), Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster)

Candy helps the widow of a man he shot and killed in self defense in Virginia City unaware she has hired her brother-in-law to kill him.

Trivia: This was Charlotte Stewart's first of two appearances in the series. She is probably best known for her role in Michael Landon's next series Little House on the Prairie as schoolteacher Eva Beadle.