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Season 8: Episodes #236-244 | #245-252 | #253-261 | #262-269


Episode #253: A Bride for Buford

Air Date: January 15, 1967   Written by: Robert V. Barron   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Lola Albright (Dolly Bantree), Jack Elam (Buford Buckelew), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)

Hoss is sure a beautiful singer is only after a prospector's money when she shows interest in him.

Trivia: Now retired from acting, Lola Albright (Dolly) was known to have one of the most distinctive voices in show business. From 1958 to 1961 she played nightclub singer Edie Hart in the popular TV series Peter Gunn. In this Bonanza episode, she sang three songs: >Alouette, At The Fair and Aura Lee.

Black Friday

Episode #254: Black Friday

Air Date: January 22, 1967   Written by: Herbert Kastle, John Hawkins   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: John Saxon (Steven Friday), Ford Rainey (Judge Willitt)

Joe runs into a former Ponderosa cowhand who is now a gunfighter and expecting to be killed on Friday the 13th. Gunfighters lie in wait to kill him and become the #1 gunfighter.

Trivia: John Saxon makes the first of his three appearances on Bonanza with this episode.

Ford Rainey makes the fifth of his nine appearances in the series with this episode. He made his movie debut with an uncredited role in the 1949 James Cagney picture White Heat (1949). He continued to work into his 90s, with a recurring role on the CBS comedy King of Queens.

Unseen Wound

Episode #255: The Unseen Wound

Air Date: January 29, 1967   Written by: Frank Chase   Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Guest Stars: Leslie Nielsen (Sheriff Paul Rowan), Nancy Malone (Catherine Rowan)

Ben visits an old friend, and discovers that the Sheriff is suffering from stress brought on by his experiences during wartime.

Trivia: Leslie Nielsen (Rowan) was born in the Northwest Territory of Canada, where his father was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer. He is probably best known for his portrayal of Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun comedy movies.

Journey To Terror

Episode #256: Journey To Terror

Air Date: February 5, 1967   Written by: Joel Murcott   Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: John Ericson (Wade Hollister), Jason Evers (Tom Blackwell), Elizabeth Rogers (Ellie Sue Blackwell)

Joe visits an old friend in the Arizona Territory and realizes that her husband is part of a gang.

Trivia: This was John Ericson's second appearance in the series, playing Vince Dagen in Season Two's 'Breed of Violence.' Elizabeth Rogers also made her second appearance, having appeared in Season Six's 'Once a Doctor.'


Episode #257: Amigo

Air Date: February 12, 1967   Written by: John Hawkins, Jack Turley   Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Henry Darrow (Amigo), Gregory Walcott (Capt. John Fenner), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)

A wounded comanchero sides with the Cartwrights when the rest of his gang shows up to burn and rob the Ponderosa.

Trivia: Gregory Walcott makes the third of his seven appearances on the series.

The role of Amigo was originally written for Sammy Davis Jr. Henry Darrow, who did play the part, was a Latin heart-throb in the late 1960's and is the first Hispanic actor to portray the character of Zorro.

Woman in the House

Episode #258: A Woman in the House

Air Date: February 19, 1967   Written by: Joel Murcott   Directed by: Gerd Oswald
Guest Stars: Diane Baker (Mary Wharton), Paul Richards (Russ Wharton)

Mary Wharton, an old friend of the family, comes to live on the Ponderosa with her shiftless husband. When Ben learns Mary is the victim of domestic violence, he sends her husband packing.

Trivia: This was Paul Richards' second of three appearances on the series. Richards has the unique distinction of being the first actor to shoot Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke and also the first person that Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O had to say "Book 'em Dano!".

Red Creek

Episode #259: Judgment at Red Creek

Air Date: February 26, 1967   Written by: Robert Sabaroff   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: John Ireland (Will Rimbau), John Rayner (Stub Morgan), Martin West (Johnny Hill)

After coming to a way station where a robbery and murder have taken place, Hoss and Joe have their doubts as to who actually committed the crime.

Trivia: John Ireland (Rimbau) portrayed Captain Aaron Cartwright in the 1988 TV movie Bonanza: The Next Generation.


Episode #260: Joe Cartwright, Detective

Air Date: March 5, 1967   Written by: Michael Landon, Oliver Crawford   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Mort Mills (Harry Perkins), Ken Lynch (George Simms), Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster)

Joe, with his nose in detective book, drags Hoss into the picture when he suspects the bank is going to be robbed.

Trivia: The script for this comic episode was written by Michael Landon, based on a story by Oliver Crawford. The fight scene in this episode is a take off on fight scenes from the Batman series, with Ben and Clem getting beat up by Hoss and Joe.

This is the fifth and last appearance of Mort Mills (Perkins) on the series. This was Ken Lynch's (Simms) sixth of nine appearances in the series.

Dark Enough

Episode #261: Dark Enough to See the Stars

Air Date: March 12, 1967   Written by: Kelly Covin   Directed by: Don Daves
Guest Stars: Richard Evans (Billy Wilcox), Linda Foster (Jennifer Yardley), Richard Eastham (Tom Yardley)

Young Billy Wilcox wanders onto the Ponderosa, sick, hungry, and alone. Ben finds him and offers him a job on the Ponderosa. Billy shows concern about a lawman that has come Virginia City because he has a past that could be a problem: he killed a man in self-defense and left town.

Trivia: This is the second of three appearances by Richard Evans in the series - he was also seen in Season Seven's "The Other Son" and Season Eleven's "What are Pardners For?"