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Season 14: Episodes #416-423 | #424-430


Episode #416: Forever

Air Date: September 12, 1972   Written by: Michael Landon   Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Bonnie Bedelia (Alice Harper), Andrew Robinson (John Harper), Roy Jenson (Mr. Hanley), Robert Doyle (Sloan), Lee De Broux (Krater), Bing Russell (Sheriff Clem Foster)

Joe finds happiness and marries Alice Harper, only to have her and their unborn child murdered. He and Candy set out to find the killers.

Trivia: This was the two hour premiere episode for the 14th season. Written by Michael Landon, this episode was originally written with Hoss as the main character; unfortunately, Dan Blocker's untimely death in May 1972 caused a change in those plans. Landon put Little Joe in the role of the doomed bridegroom, and with relatively few changes to the original script, shot the episode in June 1972, about a month after Blocker's death.


Episode #417: Heritage of Anger

Air Date: September 19, 1972   Written by: Don Ingalls   Directed by: Nick Webster
Guest Stars: Robert Lansing (John Dundee), Fionnula Flanagan (Elizabeth Dundee), Warren J. Kemmerling (Sheriff Garth)

Ben helps an ex-convict readjust to life outside prison.

Trivia: This is Robert Lansing's third and final appearance in the series. He was a rugged American leading man of 1950s Broadway and 1960s standard film and TV action drama - the star of several TV series (12 O'Clock High (1964) and The Man Who Never Was (1966) among others).


Episode #418: The Initiation

Air Date: September 26, 1972   Written by: Douglas Day Stewart   Directed by: Alf Kjellin
Guest Stars: Ronny Howard (Ted Hoag), Bing Russell (Sheriff Clem Foster), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)

When a boy is killed during an initiation to a secret society, a friend of Jamie's is blamed.

Trivia: This was Ron Howard's only appearance on the series. Howard began his career as a child actor, finding success as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. He also was a co-star on the 1970's ABC comedy, Happy Days. As he has gotten older, he has found much success as a writer, producer and director of many successful movies, such as 2001's A Beautiful Mind, 2006's The Da Vinci Code, and 2009's Angels and Demons. He later went back to television, producing the NBC drama Parenthood based on the movie he wrote and directed in 1989.


Episode #419: Riot

Air Date: October 3, 1972   Written by: Robert Pirosh, John Hawkins   Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Aldo Ray (Mr. Isaac), Gregory Walcott (Will Cooper), Marco St. John (Johnny Plank), Denver Pyle (Warden)

Rioting inmates take Ben hostage at Nevada State Prison. Joe and Candy work frantically to save Ben's life.

Trivia: This was Tim Matheson's debut on the series by air date - the first filmed episode with Griff King was #423 - 'Stallion'.

This was Aldo Ray's second and last appearance on the series - he previously appeared in Season 6's 'The Wild One'. In preparation for his first major role in The Marrying Kind (1952), director George Cukor recommended that he go to ballet school because he walked too much like a football player.

New Man

Episode #420: New Man

Air Date: October 10, 1972   Written by: Jack B. Sowards   Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Ronny Cox (Lucas), Charles Dierkop (Shorty), Jeff Morris (Tulsa), Bing Russell (Clem Foster)

Griff returns to the Ponderosa with Ben to start his new life.

Trivia: The sequel to 'Riot'. This was Ronny Cox's only appearance in the series. A versatile character actor, Cox is remembered best as the moral-minded and ill-fated Drew who instigates the legendary "Dueling Banjos" sequence with a mountain boy in Deliverance (1972), Cox is a real-life singer/songwriter/guitarist as well as master storyteller. He and his band do about 80 shows a year at folk festivals, small theatres and other folk venues.

Rio Lobo

Episode #421: Ambush at Rio Lobo

Air Date: October 24, 1972   Written by: Joel Murcott   Directed by: Nicholas Colasanto
Guest Stars: Sian Barbara Allen (Teresa Burnside), James Olson (Vance), Albert Salmi (Stretch)

Outlaws waiting to rob a stage hold Ben and a pregnant woman hostage.

Trivia: Sian Barbara Allen (Theresa Burnside) was an actress who worked primarily in the 1970s, and dated actor Richard Thomas (John Boy from The Waltons for a few years in the early '70s.

This was Albert Salmi's fourth and final appearance in the series. He was, in real life, quite different from most of the characters he played. A quiet-natured family man, he was an oddity by glitzy Hollywood standards. Many of his friends and co-stars have commented on his sense of humor and his lack of pretense. In semi-retirement, he shared his knowledge of theatre by teaching drama classes in Spokane, Washington, where he and his wife settled.


Episode #422: The Twenty-Sixth Grave

Air Date: October 31, 1972   Written by: Stanley Roberts   Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Ken Howard (Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain), Dana Elcar (Mr. Merrick), Philip Kenneally (McNabb), Walter Burke (Campbell)

Mark Twain returns to Virginia City to solve the mystery of some miners' deaths, getting himself into hot water in the process.

Trivia: Ken Howard(Clemens) was the third actor to portray Samuel Clemens during the series run. He is probably best remembered for his role as street savvy teacher and basketball coach on the 1978 CBS drams, The White Shadow. Howard studied at the Yale School of Drama and became a lecturer at Harvard, and was the President of the Screen Actors Guild.


Episode #423: Stallion

Air Date: November 14, 1972   Written by: Jack B. Sowards, Mort Sarcoff, Juanita Bartlett   Directed by: E. W. Swackhamer
Guest Stars: Clu Gulager (Billy Brenner), Mitzi Hoag (Alice Brenner), Vincent Van Patten (Tommy Brenner)

Ben gives Joe a black stallion for his birthday. When the stallion is stolen, it takes Joe on a journey that he did not expect.

Trivia: This was Mitzi Hoag's second and final appearance on the series - she was also in Season Seven's 'Three Brides for Hoss'.

Did You Notice: In the scene with Joe, Ben and the stallion in the barn, you can see that Michael Landon forgot to remove his gold chain before the scene was shot!