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Season 9: Episodes #270-277 | #278-285 | #286-294 | #295-303


Second Chance

Episode #270: Second Chance

Air Date: September 17, 1967   Written by: John Hawkins, Paul Schneider   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: James Gregory (Mulvaney), Bettye Ackerman (Estelle Dawson), Joe De Santis (Isaac Dawson), Douglas Kennedy (Frazier), Jane Zachary (Anna), Ken Drake (Breck), James Beck (Lt. March)

Renegade Indians have been on the rampage. Joe is shot in the shoulder with an arrow. Hoss searches for help and comes upon a wagon train with an odd assortment of people, including a former soldier known for being a coward.

Trivia: James Gregory(Mulvaney) is best known for his portrayal of Inspector Luger on the 70's sitcom, Barney Miller.

This was Joe De Santis' third of four appearances on the series. While playing a role with Frank Sinatra on the made-for-TV movie Contract on Cherry Street (1977 - TV), Sinatra remarked to Joe that he "should have played the Godfather." Joe cherished this comment to the end of his days.


Sense of Duty

Episode #271: Sense of Duty

Air Date: September 24, 1967   Written by: John Hawkins, Gil Laskey   Directed by: William Witney
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Gene Rutherford (Sergeant Ankers), Michael Forrest (Wabuska), Ron Foster (Steve), Richard Hale (Chief Winnettka), Ben Gage (Deputy), John Matthews (Colonel Brill), Kipp Whitman (Tim Kelly), Gregg Palmer (Wells)

Ben, Hoss, and Joe come to the aid of a militia escort.

Trivia: Gene Rutherford (Sgt. Ankers) was a character actor best known for his role in the western Will Penny (1968). He retired in the early 1970s and settled in Memphis, making several appearances at the Memphis Film Festival in the ongoing years.


Conquistadors

Episode #272: The Conquistadors

Air Date: October 1, 1967   Written by: Walter Black   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: John Saxon (Blas), John Kellogg (Anderson), Mike De Anda (Quail), Carlos Rivas (Miguel), Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr (Emiliano), Eddie Ryder (Perkins), King Moody (Charlie), Clyde Howdy (Hoke), Jim Boles (Aldrich)

Mexican prospectors take Joe hostage and demand $25,000 in gold from Ben. A gang of men from Virginia City plan to steal the gold for themselves before Hoss and Ben can deliver it.

Trivia: This was John Saxon's second of three appearances on the series. Saxon was discovered by an agent who saw him in a posed shot on the cover of "True Romances" magazine.


Olympus

Episode #273: Judgement at Olympus

Air Date: October 8, 1967   Written by: Walter Black   Directed by: John Rich
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Barry Sullivan (Dayton Fuller), Brooke Bundy (Mary Elizabeth Fuller), Dabbs Greer (Dawes), Arch Johnson (A. Z. Wheelock)

Candy is arrested for murder. Joe accompanies Candy to Olympus to make sure things go smoothly, and winds up being accused of killing a witness. Joe is locked up for murder with Candy and it is eventually up to Hoss to find the killer.

Trivia: Barry Sullivan makes his second and last appearance on the series. He also appeared on Little House on the Prairie in the Season 6 episode, 'Author, Author!' ~ playing Caroline Ingalls' father, Frederick Holbrook.


Night of Reckoning

Episode #274: Night of Reckoning

Air Date: October 15, 1967   Written by: Walter Black   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Richard Jaeckel (Dibbs), Ron Hayes (Donnie Butler), Joan Freeman (Kelly Lincrom), Teno Pollick (Carew)

A brutal outlaw named Dibbs along with his gang, take over the Ponderosa, holding Joe, Hoss, and Candy prisoners.

Trivia: This was Richard Jaeckel's second and last appearance on the series. Although he appeared in over 70 films, he was very active in television series such as Frontier Circus (1961), Banyon (1972), Firehouse (1974), Salvage 1 (1979), At Ease (1983), Spenser: For Hire (1985) and Supercarrier (1988). From 1991-94 he played Lt. Ben Edwards on the hit series Baywatch (1989).

He passed away after a three-year battle with melanoma cancer on June 14, 1997, at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Jaeckel was 70 years old.


False Witness

Episode #275: False Witness

Air Date: October 22, 1967   Written by: Eric Norden   Directed by: Michael Moore
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Davey Davison (Valerie Townsend), Michael Blodgett (Billy Slater), Bill Fletcher (Doug Slater), Robert McQueeney (Sheriff Dunkel)

After completing a cattle drive, Candy, Hoss, and Joe are placed in protective custody in Sand Dust, after they witness a robbery and murder.

Trivia: This was Davey Davidson's second and last appearance in the series; she also appeared in Season 5's 'Twilight Town.'

This was actor Michael Blodgett's only appearance; he is best known for his excellent portrayal of a blithely decadent and hedonistic playboy 'Lance Rocke' in Russ Meyer's campy treat Beyond the Valley of the Dolls in 1970. He was married to the actress Meredith Baxter from 1995 until his death in 2007.


Gentle Ones

Episode #276: The Gentle Ones

Air Date: October 29, 1967   Written by: Frank Chase   Directed by: Harry Harris
Guest Stars: Robert Walker (Mark Cole), Lana Wood (Dana Dawson), Pat Conway (Frank Cole), Douglas Henderson (Major Dawson)

Most people consider Mark Cole a coward, but he steps forward when his brother attempts to break a horse by torturing it.

Trivia: Robert Walker Jr. (Mark Cole) makes his only appearance in the series. He is the son of actors Robert Walker Sr., and Jennifer Jones, and the stepson of David O. Selznick. His long career in movies and television has included a Golden Globe award for 'Most Promising Newcomer' in 1964.

Lana Wood (Dana Dawson) is the younger sister of the late actress Natalie Wood. She is best known for playing Bond girl Plenty O'Toole, the unfortunate casino gal who gets thrown half naked out of a hotel window and into a pool in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).


Desperate Passage

Episode #277: Desperate Passage

Air Date: November 5, 1967   Written by: John Hawkins   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Steve Forrest (Josh Tanner), Tina Louise (Mary Burns), James Forrest (Paul Burns)

Driving horses to Utah, the Cartwrights and Candy discover only two people left in a town wiped out by rampaging Paiute Indians. Mary Burns and Josh Tanner travel through hostile territory, along with the Cartwrights and Candy.

Trivia: This was Tina Louise's only appearance in the series. Although she is most associated with playing Ginger in Gilligan's Island (1964), she detests the role and has not appeared in any of the series' various reunion specials. According to Russell Johnson (Professor), Tina was told she would be the main star of the show when she was initially approached about doing it, and when she arrived in Los Angeles after accepting the offer, she found out otherwise. Johnson also recalls that while Tina remained professional throughout the show's run without raising a fuss, she "divorced herself from the show as soon as it went off the air".

Steve Forrest (Tanner) is the brother of actor Dana Andrews. This is his first of two appearances in the series, later seen in Season 11's 'To Stop a War.' Forrest is a well known character actor in the 60's and 70's, probably best remembered for his portrayal of Team Commander Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson in the ABC Series S.W.A.T.