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

Search in Limbo

Episode #410: Search in Limbo

Air Date: February 20,1972   Written by: Don Ingalls   Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Albert Salmi (Sheriff), Pamela Payton-Wright (Amy), Lucille Benson (Mrs. Melody)

A head injury leaves Ben with a shaky memory. When he is accused of murdering a man he despised, he cannot account for his actions the day of the murder.

Trivia: This is Albert Salmi's third of four appearances in the series. This was Lucille Benson's first and only appearance in the series. She was a plump, distinctive and marvelously quirky character actress with a heavy down-home Southern accent who portrayed an offbeat and enjoyable array of colorful supporting dotty old lady roles in both films and TV shows.

Only Seven

Episode #411: He Was Only Seven

Air Date: March 5, 1972   Written by: Michael Landon   Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Roscoe Lee Browne (Joshua), William Watson (Zack), Bing Russell (Clem Foster)

A bank robbery in Virginia City leaves an old man's grandson dead. Joe and Jamie head out to track the killers.

Trivia: This was Roscoe Lee Brown's first and only appearance in the series. Brown had a long career in theatre, film and television. He appeared all the top 70s sitcoms including All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Good Times and Barney Miller (Emmy-nominated), and he played the splendidly sardonic role of Saunders, the Tate household butler, after replacing Robert Guillaume's popular "Benson" character on Soap (1977). In 1986 he won an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on The Cosby Show (1984). His trademark baritone lent authority and distinction to a number of documentaries, live-action fare, and animated films, as well as the spoken-word arena, with such symphony orchestras as the Boston Pops and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to his credit.

Michael Landon re-used this script in his next series, >Little House on the Prairie with the Season Eight episode, 'He Was Only Twelve.'


Episode #412: The Younger Brother's Younger Brother

Air Date: March 12, 1972   Written by: Michael Landon   Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Strother Martin (Cole Younger), Chuck McCann (Lonnie Younger), Henry Jones (Sheriff)

The Cartwrights are mistaken for a family of inept outlaws.

Trivia: This was Strother Martin's fifth and last appearance in the series. This was Henry Jones' second and last appearance in the series. Jones amassed a considerable stage resume. He was active on Broadway as early as 1931, working there rather infrequently until late 1938 when his appearance there began to increase. He continued to appear on Broadway in numerous hit productions (My Sister Eileen, The Solid Gold Cadillac, The Bad Seed, Sunrise at Campobello, and Advise and Consent) until 1961 when he moved into film and TV work exclusively. He appeared in The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County with Dan Blocker in 1970.

Keep Your Eye Out... Doc Severinsen, the band leader of the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, portrayed a hotel manager in this episode.

Place to Hide

Episode #413: A Place to Hide

Air Date: March 19, 1972   Written by: William D. Gordon, Ward Hawkins   Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Guest Stars: Suzanne Pleshette (Rose Becket), Jon Cypher (Colonel Cody Ransom), Hurd Hatfield (Major Donahue), Jodie Foster (Bluebird Ransom), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)

An Army Major continues his personal vendetta against a Confederate officer and his soldiers, despite the Cartwrights attempts to broker a peaceful surrender.

Trivia: This is Suzanne Pleshette's first and only appearance in the series. She will be forever known in television as Emily Hartley in The Bob Newhart Show(1972). With an acting career that spanned close to 50 years, she was nominated for an Emmy four times. Pleshette was married three times: In 1964, she wed teen idol Troy Donahue, her co-star in the 1962 film Rome Adventure and in 1964's A Distant Trumpet, but the marriage lasted less than a year. By contrast, her union with Texas oil millionaire Tim Gallagher lasted from 1968 until his death, in 2000.

After becoming a widow, she and widower Tom Poston (a Newhart regular) rekindled an old romance they had enjoyed when appearing together in The Golden Fleecing, a 1959 Broadway comedy. They were married from 2001 until Poston's death, in April 2007. Pleshette was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent chemotherapy in the summer of 2006; she rallied, but in late 2007, she barely survived a bout of pneumonia. She died of respiratory failure on Saturday, January 19, 2008, a few days shy of her 71st birthday.

This was the last episode filmed for Season 13, and consequently, the last episode worked on by Dan Blocker and Ray Teal.


Episode #414: A Visit to Upright

Air Date: March 26, 1972   Written by: Joseph Bonaduce   Directed by: William Wiard
Guest Stars: Alan Oppenheimer (Darius Dalrymple), Loretta Swit (Ellen Sue Carpenter), Anne Seymour (Miss Frost)

The Cartwrights head to the town of Upright to get involved in the saloon business - but once they get there, complications arise.

Trivia: This was Allan Oppenheimer's third and last appearance in the series. This was Loretta Swit's first and only appearance in the series. She is probably best known for her role as Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan on the CBS series M*A*S*H(1972). During a M*A*S*H season hiatus, Loretta starred as Chris Cagney in the pilot episode of Cagney and Lacey in 1981. She wanted to leave the show, which was in its ninth season, to star as the police officer when the pilot was picked up. The M*A*S*H producers, however, wouldn't let her go. Meg Foster subbed in for Loretta, who in turn was replaced by Sharon Gless.

One Ace

Episode #415: One Ace Too Many

Air Date: April 2, 1972   Written by: Stanley Roberts   Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Greg Mullavey (Jordan), Kate Jackson (Ellen), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)

Ben's dastardly look-alike Bradley Meredith takes his place and starts to destroy the Ponderosa.

Trivia: This is Greg Mullavey's second and last appearance in the series. A TV character actor in the 70s and 80s, he is probably best remembered for his role as Mary Hartman's husband Tom on the Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. His father, Greg Mullavey, played Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and was third base coach for the Dodgers, when they played in Brooklyn as well as in Los Angeles. With the Dodger organization, he won four World Series championships. Recently, he had a recurring role as Carly's grandfather on the Nickelodeon series iCarly.