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


Thirteenth Man

Episode #286: The Thirteenth Man

Air Date: January 21, 1968   Written by: Walter Black   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: Albert Salmi (Marcus Alley), Richard Carlson (Arch Hollenbeck), Kenneth Tobey (Heath), Anna Navarro (Prudence Welles)

The ranchers are losing stock to rustlers and not everyone agrees with range detective Marcus Alley's preventive methods.

Trivia: This is Albert Salmi's second of three appearances in the series. In 1967 he was presented with the Western Heritage (Wrangler) Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for his role in the Gunsmoke (1955) episode entitled "Death Watch". This bronze cowboy on horseback became his most cherished award. Salmi demonstrated his versatility, however, as years went on.

Tall, brawny and sometimes quite intimidating, he was often cast as the bad guy or the authority figure. He was equally convincing, though, as a wronged or misunderstood good guy or a good-natured sidekick. A method actor, Salmi had the ability to make you love or hate his character. Sadly, both he and his wife were found dead in their home in April 1990. They had both been shot, and to this day it is unclear whether it was a murder or suicide.


Burning Sky

Episode #287: The Burning Sky

Air Date: January 28, 1968   Written by: William H. Wright, Carol Saraceno   Directed by: John Rich
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Dawn Wells (Moon Holt), Michael Murphy (Will Holt), Bobby Riha (Bridger Green), Victor French (Aaron Gore)

Trivia: This was Dawn Wells' second and last appearance in the series. Born in Nevada, she was crowned 'Miss Nevada' in 1959 and competed in the 1960 Miss America Pageant. She is best known for her portrayal of Mary Ann Summers on the 60's TV sitcom Gilligan's Island.


Price of Salt

Episode #288: The Price of Salt

Air Date: February 4, 1968   Written by: B. W. Sandefur   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Kim Hunter (Ada Halle), James Best (Vern Schaler), John Doucette (Cash Talbott)

Ben finds that his friend's fiancee intends to exploit the ranchers' desperate needs of obtaining salt for their dying herds.

Trivia: This is James Best's (Shaler) third and final appearance in the series. Best is the cousin of Phil and Don Everly.

Kim Hunter (Ada) is best remembered for her role as Dr. Zira in the Planet of the Apes movies. She was blacklisted in films and TV even though she was never a Communist or even held pro-Communist views. But as a strong believer in civil rights she signed a lot of petitions and was a sponsor of a 1949 World Peace Conference in New York. Her testimony to the New York Supreme Court in 1962 against the publishers of "Red Channels" helped pave the way for clearance of many performers unjustly accused of Communist connections.


Blood Tie

Episode #289: Blood Tie

Air Date: February 18, 1968   Written by:   Directed by: Seymour Robbie
Guest Stars: Robert Drivas (Tracy Blaine), Leo Gordon (Fargo Taylor), Conlan Carter (Clay Taylor), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)

Joe is tricked into hiring a thief who plans on robbing the Ponderosa.

Trivia: This Leo Gordon's (Taylor) second and last appearance in the series. Besides acting in Bonanza, he also was a co-writer for two Bonanza episodes: season Four's 'The Boss' and season Six's 'The Flannel-Mouthed Gun.'


Johnny Mule

Episode #290: The Crime of Johnny Mule

Air Date: February 25, 1968   Written by: Joel Murcott   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Noah Beery Jr. (Johnny Mule), Coleen Gray (Marcy), Lee Patterson (Virgil Lowden), Jack Ging (Cleve Lowden)

Hoss is the only one who believes simple-minded Johnny Mule when he swears he had nothing to do with killing a local man.

Trivia: This is Noah Beery Jr.'s second and final appearance in the series. He is best known by the public for his role as Joseph "Rocky" Rockford on The Rockford Files (1974). Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford, Beery's character on The Rockford Files (1974), was ranked #45 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue]. He was only 15 years older than James Garner when he played his father on The Rockford Files.


Late Ben Cartwright

Episode #291: The Late Ben Cartwright

Air Date: March 3, 1968   Written by: Walter Black   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Sidney Blackmer (Samuel Endicott), Bert Freed (Broom), William Campbell (Wilburn White)

In order to ruin the plans of a corrupt politician, Ben allows everyone to think that he's dead.

Trivia: This is Sidney Blackmer's second and final appearance in the series. He won Broadway's 1950 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for Come Back, Little Sheba. While he portrayed Republican President Theodore Roosevelt more times than any actor on screen (eight in all), he himself noted that he was, ironically, a Democrat.


Star Crossed

Episode #292: Star Crossed

Air Date: March 10, 1968   Written by: Thomas Thompson   Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Tisha Sterling (Laura Jean Pollard), William Windom (Marshal Passmore)

Candy falls in love with a woman being blackmailed by a Marshal.

Trivia: This was William Windom's only appearance in the series. A well known television actor, Windom appeared in many shows in the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Windom was a pupil of kindergarten teacher Margaret Hamilton until she threw him out for rambunctious behavior - Hamilton later became an actress in her own right, forever remembered as the Wicked Witch of the West in the classic The Wizard of Oz.


Trouble Town

Episode #293: Trouble Town

Air Date: March 17, 1968   Written by: David Lang   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Robert J. Wilke (Sheriff Claude T. Booker), Elizabeth MacRae (Lila Holden), Steve Brodie (Deputy Tom Horn)

The Ponderosa ranch hands are in Riverbend during a cattle drive. Candy meets an old friend working in a saloon. He decides to stay and help Lilah and it's not long before Ben, Hoss, and Joe are involved.

Trivia: This is Robert Wilke's fourth of five appearances in the series. An expert golfer, his friend Claude Akins once said that Wilke earned more money on the golf course than he ever did in movies. He died in 1989.


Angelus

Episode #294: Commitment at Angelus

Air Date: April 7, 1967   Written by: Peter Germano   Directed by: Leon Benson
Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Marj Dusay (Stephanie Regan), Peter Whitney (Emmett Hudson)

When a horse steps on Candy's hand out on the trail, he and Joe go to Angelus to find a doctor. When they arrive, Joe sees a friend of his and offers him a job. The man is killed when a horse of Joe's throws him. Joe blames himself and feels responsible for his widow.

Trivia: This was the first of Marj Dusay's two appearances in the series. She is the mother-in-law of producer David Blocker, Dan Blocker's son.