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Season 13: Episodes #390-396 | #397-403 | #404-409 | #410-415


Face of Fear

Episode #397: Face of Fear

Air Date: November 14, 1971   Written by: Ken Pettus   Directed by: Christopher Crisenberry
Guest Stars: Bradford Dillman (Griff Bannon), Donald Moffat (Thatcher), Jewel Blanch (Neta Thatcher)

Jamie helps a friend who witnessed a murder and is afraid to tell anyone.

Trivia: This is Donald Moffat's second and last appearance in the series. He has played two United States Presidents: Lyndon Johnson in The Right Stuff (1983), and the fictional President in Clear and Present Danger (1994).


Blind Hunch

Episode #398: Blind Hunch

Air Date: November 21, 1971   Written by: John Hawkins, Robert Pirosh   Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Rip Torn (Will Hewitt), Don Knight (Clayton), Loretta Leversee (Laurie Hewitt)

A Civil War veteran comes to Virginia City to investigate his brother's death.

Trivia: This was Rip Torn's first and only appearance in the series. Torn was married to actress Ann Wedgeworth from 1956 to 1961, whom he divorced to marry Geraldine Page. They remained married until her death in 1987. Torn helped his cousin, Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek, to make her way as an actress, seeing to it that she was accepted by the Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio and then the Lee Strasberg Institute. He garnered six Emmy nominations and one win for Best supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as 'Artie' in The Larry Sanders Show on HBO.


Iron Butterfly

Episode #399: The Iron Butterfly

Air Date: November 28, 1971   Written by: Harold Swanton   Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Mariette Hartley (Lola Fairmont), Stefan Gierasch (Grady), Peter Whitney (Senator Carson Bennett), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)

A man is hellbent on revenging his son's death and sets out to ruin the Cartwrights.

Trivia: This was Mariette Hartley's fourth and final appearance in the series. This was Peter Whitney's third and final appearance in the series. A well known character actor, he switched from movies to television in the mid 50's, when he was featured in about every popular western and crime drama there was including Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Perry Mason and Peter Gunn. He finally cut loose a bit and spoofed his own grubby rube image with guest turns on such bucolic series as Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies, the latter playing a greedy ne'er-do-well fellow rustic. His obesity may have triggered an early fatal heart attack at age 55 in 1972.

This episode was rerun on May 14, 1972 - the day after Dan Blocker's death. NBC did include a ten second tribute at the end of the episode that evening.


Rattlesnake Brigade

Episode #400: The Rattlesnake Brigade

Air Date: December 5, 1971   Written by: Gordon T. Dawson   Directed by: William Wiard
Guest Stars: Neville Brand (Doyle), Severn Darden (Price), David Sheiner (Fancher), Bing Russell (Clem Foster)

Escaped prisoners take Jamie and some friends hostage.

Trivia: This was Neville Brand's third and final appearance in the series. His heavy features and gravelly voice made Brand a natural tough guy. He once told a reporter, "With this kisser, I knew early in the game I wasn't going to make the world forget Clark Gable."


Easy Come

Episode #401: Easy Come, Easy Go

Air Date: December 12, 1971   Written by: Jack B. Sowards   Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Guest Stars: Ann Prentiss (Meena Calhoun), Dub Taylor (Luke Calhoun), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)

A penniless Luke Calhoun and his daughter Meena return to the Ponderosa. Luke turns to gambling in order to make ends meet - and the Cartwrights aren't happy.

Trivia: Third and last installment of the 'Meena' episodes. This is the last episode where the recurring character of Dusty Rhoades appeared. No explanation was ever given for his exit.


Home for Jamie

Episode #402: A Home for Jamie

Air Date: December 19, 1971   Written by: Jean Holloway   Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Will Geer (Ferris Callahan), Ford Rainey (Judge Taylor), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)

Jamie's grandfather arrives at the Ponderosa just as Ben is set to adopt him.

Trivia: This was Will Geer's third and final appearance in the series. He is probably best remembered for his role as Grandpa Walton in the long running CBS series The Waltons. He was briefly considered for the part of Amos McCoy for The Real McCoys when original choice, Walter Brennan was unavailable. However since show creator Irving Pincus created the part with Walter Brennan in mind, he decided to wait until Brennan was available. His fervant, active interest in liberal politics resulted in his Hollywood blacklisting in 1951. He built the Will Geer Theatrical Botanicum during those hard times in order to find an acting haven for himself and his many blacklisted friends.

This episode uses flashbacks from previous episodes, something that wasn't usual for this series. As Jamie remembers his life with the Cartwrights, clips from Season Twelve's "A Matter of Faith" and the first episode of Season 13, "The Grand Swing" are shown.


Warbonnet

Episode #403: Warbonnet

Air Date: December 26, 1971   Written by: Arthur Heinemann, Charles Goldwad and Robert Blood   Directed by: Arthur H. Nadel
Guest Stars: Forrest Tucker (Frank Ryan), Chief Dan George (Red Cloud), Linda Cristal (Teresa), Patrick Adiarte (Swift Eagle)

After Joe is saved from death in the desert by Red Cloud, he feels compelled to stop a duel between the indian and the most powerful man in town.

Trivia: This was Forrest Tucker's first and only appearance in the series. He is probably best known for his role in the 60's comedy, F-Troop (1965) as Seargent O'Rourke. Tucker was a 1938 graduate of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA. Other alumni include Shirley MacLaine, Warren Beatty and Sandra Bullock.