Episodes appear in order of original air date which may not coincide with when they were actually filmed. Episodes that are linked have an In-Depth article.
Air Date: January 25, 1970 Written by: Jack Miller, John Hawkins Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Jo Van Fleet (Amy Wilder), Linda Watkins (Margaret Wilder), Donald Moffat (Judge), John Crawford (Burton Roberts)
Ben defends his friend Amy in a competency hearing.
Trivia: This was Jo Van Fleet's first of two appearances in the series. She received the 1954 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) in a Play for her performance in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful, in which she co-starred with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint.
Air Date: February 1, 1970 Written by: Preston Wood Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Christopher Connelly (Chris Keller), Elaine Giftos (Charity McGill), James Westerfield (Arthur Blackwell), Ralph Waite (Hoby)
A new wealthy Ponderosa employee with a weakness for women becomes the target of con artists.
Trivia: This is Christopher Connelly's first and only appearance in the series. In the TV series Paper Moon (1974), he recreated the role of Moses Pray, originally portrayed in the 1972 film version by Ryan O'Neill, his Peyton Place (1964) costar.
Air Date: February 8, 1970 Written by: B.W. Sandefur Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: Mariette Hartley (Jennifer Carlis), Burr DeBennings (Tuttle Ames), John McLiam (Harry Carlis), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)
Ben agonizes over what to do when the daughter of a friend says she's in love with him.
Trivia: his is Mariette Hartley's third of four appearances in the series. She won an Emmy Award for her role in the memorable 1978 TV movie The Incredible Hulk: Married (#2.1) (1978) which co-starred the late Bill Bixby. Hartley and Bixby worked together on the pilot episode for Diagnosis Murder (1993) and the television series Goodnight, Beantown (1983).
Air Date: February 15, 1970 Written by: Stanley Roberts Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Mercedes McCambridge (Matilda Curtis), Les Tremayne (Dr. Lyman), David Cassidy (Billy Burgess), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)
A young man confesses to several murders and Ben has his doubts.
Trivia: This was Mercedes McCambridge's second and final appearance in the series - she was previously in season three's 'The Lady From Baltimore.'
This was David Cassidy's first and only appearance in the series. A son of the actor Jack Cassidy, he is probably best remembered for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970's ABC series, The Partridge Family.
Air Date: February 22, 1970 Written by: Joel Murcott Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Walter Barnes (Emmett J. Whitney), Kathleen Freeman (Ma Brinker), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)
Ben gambles the future of the Ponderosa when a convincing meat packer from Chicago, sets out to ruin the local cattle industry.
Trivia: This was Walter Barnes' second of three appearances in the series. Barnes worked in countless foreign films of the 1960s, playing roles ranging from crusty law officals to occasional villians. Roles included Captain Sinbad", John Wayne's Cahill US Marshal, Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter, Pete's Dragon and Day of the Animals. Also as a veteran of television, Barnes had guest starring roles in such series including Gunsmoke, Rawhide and Cheyenne.
Air Date: March 1, 1970 Written by: Stanley Roberts Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: Sally Kellerman (Lotta Crabtree), David McLean (Marshal Steve Fallon), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)
Hoss turns actor when Lotta Crabtree returns to Virginia City.
Trivia: This is Sally Kellerman's second and final appearance in the series. She was the was the first actress to play Major Margaret "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan in the film version of MASH (1970). The role went to Loretta Swit for the TV series. In 1969, she reportedly almost talked herself out of her most famous role. She had an argument with MASH (1970) director Robert Altman after reading the script. She was incensed about the way her proposed character, "Hot Lips" O'Houlihan, was to be treated. Altman said that her attitude and passion was exactly what he was looking for in the character, and her scenes were among the most popular moments of the movie. The shower tent scene (where O'Houlihan is revealed in the nude) evoked a large number of imitations in movie history.
Air Date: March 8, 1970 Written by: Robert Bruckner, Preston Wood Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Bruce Dern (Bayliss), Ross Hagen (Rader), Tony De Costa (Ramon)
Joe befriends a young Mexican boy and saves him from the two men that have enslaved him.
Trivia: This is Bruce Dern's second and last appearance in the series.
Air Date: March 22, 1970 Written by: Michael Landon Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: William Bassett (Jed Walker), Joe De Santis (Padre Xavier)
Ben and Joe make the mistake of stopping over in Los Robles. Ben is shot and Joe has to defend himself and his father from the men who rule the town.
Trivia: This is Joe DeSantis' fourth and final appearance in the series. He established himself on radio beginning in May 1940 with Pepper Young's Family, and later including Mr. District Attorney, March of Time and Gangbusters. He was inducted into the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Diamond Circle on May 17, 1985. He also did numerous Italian-language broadcasts.
This was Ted Cassidy's first and only appearance in the series. He is probably best known for his role as Lurch in the television series, The Addams Family. Lurch was supposed to be silent, as in the Charles Addams cartoons, but during the shooting of the pilot, when Ted made his very first appearance at the sounding of the gong, he adlibbed the now famous line, "You rang?" in his trademark sonorous voice, and everyone was so impressed that Lurch became a speaking role.