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


The Deed

Episode #262: The Deed and the Dilemma

Air Date: March 26, 1967   Written by: William F. Leicester   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Jack Kruschen (Georgio Rossi), Brioni Farrell (Regina Rossi), Penny Santon (Maria Rossi), Michael Stefani (Lorenzo Rossi)

Ben helps Georgio Rossi in his battle for water. A follow-up episode to "Big Shadow On The Land".

Trivia: Canadian born actor Jack Kruschen (Georgio) was nominated for an Academy Award in 1960 for his role in The Apartment.


The Prince

Episode #263: The Prince

Air Date: April 2, 1967   Written by: John Hawkins, Melvin Levy   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Lloyd Bochner (Andy Peters/Prince Vladimir Pavalitch Presnov), Warren Stevens (Count Alexis), Claire Griswold (Countess Elena)

The Cartwrights play host to Russian royals stalked by jewel thieves.

Trivia: Lloyd Bochner (Peters)starred in "To Serve Man," one of the most popular episodes of The Twilight Zone (1959) ever produced.


A Man Without Land

Episode #264: A Man Without Land

Air Date: April 9, 1967   Written by: Steve McNeil   Directed by: Don Daves
Guest Stars: Jeremy Slate (Ed Philips), Royal Dano (Matt Jeffers), Joan Marshall (Millie Perkins), Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster)

The foreman of a neighboring ranch frames Joe for murder as part of a scheme to get his employer's property when the owner can't pay his taxes.

Trivia: Royal Dano(Jeffers) makes his third and final appearance on the series. Dano provided the voice for Disney's audio animatronic Abraham Lincoln in "Great Moments with Mister Lincoln," presented as part of the State of Illinois pavilion during the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It was later turned into the "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" attraction at Disneyland. He has also voiced Lincoln for the "Hall of Presidents" at Disney World. His voice is still in use today.


Napoleon's Children

Episode #265: Napoleon's Children

Air Date: April 16, 1967   Written by: Judith and Robert Guy Barrows   Directed by: Christian Nyby
Guest Stars: Michael Burns (Donny), Robert Biheller (Ted)

A gang of kids, led by a boy who calls himself Napoleon, terrorizes Virginia City and the Ponderosa.

Trivia: Robert Biheller(Napoleon) makes his second and last appearance on the series. He did return to the series as a writer, penning the 1971 Season Thirteen episode 'Warbonnet' under the name Robert Blood.


Wormwood Cup

Episode #266: The Wormwood Cup

Air Date: April 23, 1967   Written by: Michael Landon, Joy Dexter   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Frank Overton (Amos Crenshaw), Judi Meredith (Linda Roberts), Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster)

Joe tries to convince a long time friend and neighbor of the Cartwrights that he had to kill the man's son in self-defense.

Trivia: Frank Overton makes his last appearance on the series, previously seen as Captain White in Season Three's 'The Storm.' Judi Meredith makes her second and last appearance as well - she was previously seen in Season Four's 'Knight Errant.' She was a star figure skater with the Ice Follies as a youngster, but she broke her back in an accident and was told she would never skate again. She did, but then broke her kneecap. She turned to acting in 1956 when George Burns spotted her in a play and gave her a steady part on his TV show.


Clarissa

Episode #267: Clarissa

Air Date: April 30, 1967   Written by: Chester Krumholz   Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Nina Foch (Clarissa Cartwright), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)

The Cartwrights' well-meaning, but irritating eastern cousin causes chaos on the Ponderosa.

Trivia: This was Nina Foch's only appearance on Bonanza. In 1963, she appeared with Michael Landon as a guest panelist on the game show Stump the Stars. Foch was portrayed the first person to be murdered in the long-running series Columbo, in the pilot episode "Prescription: Murder". For the last 40 years of her life, she taught at USC's School of Cinematic Arts.


Maestro Hoss

Episode #268: Maestro Hoss

Air Date: May 7, 1967   Written by: U.S. Andersen   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Zsa Zsa Gabor (Madama Marova), Kathleen Freeman (Dorothy Hibbs), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)

Hoss buys a violin from a gypsy fortune teller, and everyone on the Ponderosa except for Hop Sing suffers the consequences.

Trivia: This was Zsa Zsa Gabor's only appearance on the series. Undoubtedly the woman who became to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity", Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career.

Kathleen Freeman (Mrs. Hibbs) was a well known comedic actress, who was considered for the role of Housekeeper Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch. The role eventually went to Ann B. Davis.


Greedy Ones

Episode #269: The Greedy Ones

Air Date: May 14, 1967   Written by: James Amesbury   Directed by: Don Daves
Guest Stars: Robert Middleton (Shasta), George Chandler (Gus Schultz), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)

The Ponderosa is in danger of being overrun by gold hunters.

Trivia: Robert Middleton (Shasta) makes his third and final appearance in the series. Mostly known for his evil roles, many don't realize that Middleton had a recurring role on the Jackie Gleason series The Honeymooners, as Ralph Kramden's boss at the Gotham Bus Company.