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Bonanza Season 12 Episodes

Episode Number
Episode Details
362

Title: THE NIGHT VIRGINIA CITY DIED
Date: September 13, 1970
Summary: An arsonist threatens to destroy Virginia City as Clem and his fiance make wedding plans.
NOTE:
This episode was the first to be filmed at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, Calif., after 11 years of being filmed on the Paramount lot. Both the Virginia City and Ponderosa sets were very different from their familiar Paramount versions.
Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: William Wiard
Guest Stars: Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee), Angel Thompkins (Janie Lund), Mona Bruns (Mrs. Carter)

363
Title: A MATTER OF FAITH
Date: September 20, 1970
Summary: Orphan Jamie Hunter promises to bring rain to a drought-stricken Virginia City.
NOTE:
This episode is the first appearance of Jamie
Written by: D.C.Fontana, John Hawkins, Jack B. Sowards
Directed by: William Wiard
Guest Stars:Mitch Vogel (Jamie Hunter), Lou Frizzell (Dusty Rhodes)

364
Title: THE WEARY WILLIES
Date: September 27, 1970
Summary: Civil War veterans struggle to fit into Virginia City society.
Written by: Robert Pirosh
Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars:Richard Thomas (Billy), Lee Purcell (Angie), Lonny Chapman (Colter), Elisha Cook, Jr. (Marcus)
365
Title: THE WAGON
Date: October 4, 1970
Summary: A wounded Hoss is captured to take the place of an escaped prisoner aboard a prison wagon.
Written by: Ken Pettus
Directed by: James Neilson
Guest Stars: Salome Jens (Madge Tucker), Denver Pyle (Price Buchanan)
366
Title: THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH
Date: October 11, 1970
Summary: Stranded in the desert with a murderer, a wounded Ben struggles to stay alive as Joe attempts to make it back to town for help.
Written by: Joel Murcott
Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Rupert Crosse (Davis), Lou Frizzell (Dusty Rhodes)
367
Title: GIDEON THE GOOD
Date: October 18, 1970
Summary: A sheriff breaks the law to protect his wife, putting Joe in danger.
Written by: Ken Pettus
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Guest Stars: Richard Kiley (Sheriff Gideon Yates), Terry Moore (Lydia Yates), A Martinez (Luis)
368
Title: THE TROUBLE WITH TROUBLE
Date: October 25, 1970
Summary: Hoss volunteers to be the temporary sheriff of Trouble, California.
Written by: Jack B. Sowards
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Guest Stars: E.J. Andre (Judge), Gene Evans (Montana Perkins), Edgar Daniels (Tom Blackwell)
369
Title: THORNTON'S ACCOUNT
Date: November 1, 1970
Summary: Trapped, seriously injured and delusional, Ben struggles to survive as Joe seeks help from settlers frightened of a corrupt rancher.
Written by:Preston Wood
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Gregory Walcott (Ed Thornton), Carl Reindel (Frank Wells), Harlan Warde (Tom Boyle), Heather Menzies (Martha Boyle)
370
Title: THE LOVE CHILD
Date: November 8, 1970
Summary: An old friend of Ben's must find love in his heart for his estranged, dying daughter and her illegitimate son.
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Will Geer (Zach Randolph), Josephine Hutchinson (Martha Randolph), Carol Locatell (Etta), Michael-James Wixted (Scott)
371
Title: EL JEFE
Date: November 15, 1970
Summary: The Cartwrights help a young Mexican keep his land and clear his name of a murder charge.
Written by: Dick McDonagh, Ken Pettus
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Rodolfo Acosta (Sheriff Vencente Aranda), Anna Navarro (Sara), Jamie Sanchez (Ramon Cardenez), Warren Stevens (Driscoll)
372
Title: THE LUCK OF PEPPER SHANNON
Date: November 22, 1970
Summary: A reformed outlaw befriends Jamie and causes trouble for the Cartwrights.
Written by: William Marks, George Schenck
Directed by: Nicholas Webster
Guest Stars: Neville Brand (Pepper Shannon), Walter Brooke (Corey)
373
Title: THE IMPOSTERS
Date: December 13, 1970
Summary: Hoss and Joe impersonate stage robbers in an attempt to find the stolen money.
Written by: Robert Vincent Wright
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars:Strother Martin (Joad Bruder), Anthony Colti (Randy)
374
Title: HONEST JOHN
Date: December 20, 1970
Summary: A drunken drifter befriends Jamie and gives the Cartwrights reason for concern.
Written by: Arthur Heinemann
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Jack Elam (Honest John)
375
Title: FOR A YOUNG LADY
Date: December 27, 1970
Summary: The Cartwrights help a young girl when her aunt and uncle mistreat her.
Written by:B. W. Sandefur
Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: Jewel Blanch (Carrie), Paul Fix (Buford), William Bramley (Gifford), Madeleine Sherwood (Vella)
376
Title: A SINGLE PILGRIM
Date: January 3, 1971
Summary: When one of them accidentally shoots Hoss, the Brennans hold him captive for fear of recrimination.
Written by: Suzanne Clauser
Directed by: William Wiard
Guest Stars:Beth Brickell (Dilsey Brennan), Jeff Corey (Frank Brennan), John Schuck (Tom Brennan)
377
Title: THE GOLD-PLATED RIFLE
Date: January 10, 1971
Summary: Already feeling neglected at home, Jamie struggles to fit in at school and when he damages Ben's prized rifle, Ben must find a way to reach the boy.
Written by: Preston Wood
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Guest Stars: Jessica Myerson (Mrs. Hagan), George Paulsin (Frank)
378
Title: TOP HAND
Date: January 17, 1971
Summary: Ben's aging foreman is put to the test by an arrogant, young hand.
Written by: John Hawkins, Arthur Heinemann
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Ben Johnson (Kelly James), Walter Barnes (Weatherby), Roger Davis (Bert)
379
Title: A DECK OF ACES
Date: January 31, 1971
Summary: Ben's double attempts to con the citizens of Virginia City.
Written by: Stanley Roberts
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Alan Oppenheimer (Wentworth), Linda Gaye Scott (Dixie), Tom Basham (Dan Fielding)
380
Title: THE DESPERADO
Date: February 7, 1971
Summary: An black accused murderer and his wife hold Hoss hostage.
Written by: George Lovell Hayes
Directed by: Phillip Leacock
Guest Stars: Louis Gossett, Jr. (Buck Walter), Marlene Clark (Liza Walter), Ramon Bieri (Sheriff)
381
Title: THE RELUCTANT AMERICAN
Date: February 14, 1971
Summary: A young couple from London must save their company's ranch.
Written by: Stanley Roberts
Directed by: Phillip Leacock
Guest Stars: Daniel Massey (Leslie Harwood), Jill Haworth (Gillian Harwood)
382
Title: SHADOW OF A HERO
Date: February 21, 1971
Summary: A highly respected General's chances for the governorship are jeopardized by his unknown racism.
Written by: John Hawkins, B. W. Sandefur, Mel Goldberg
Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Ruben Moreno (Greybuck), Dean Jagger (General Ira Cloninger), Laurence Luckinbill (Freed), Linda Watkins (Bertha)
383
Title: THE SILENT KILLER
Date: February 28, 1971
Summary: An epidemic threatens Virginia City. A young doctor's wife must convince the town to try her methods to save those stricken, including Ben.
Written by: John Hawkins, Edward DeBlasio
Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Meg Foster (Evangeline Woodtree), Ion Berger (Dr. George Woodtree), Louise Latham (Harriet Clinton)
384
Title: TERROR AT 2:00
Date: March 7, 1971
Summary: An insane killer plans to prevent a peace treaty signing by murdering everyone in attendance.
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by:Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Iron Eyes Cody (Winnemucca), Steve Ihnat (Mr. Ganns), Dabbs Greer (Sam Johnson), Chubby Johnson (John Baines), Byron Mabe (Hunter)
385
Title: THE STILLNESS WITHIN
Date: March 14, 1971
Summary: Joe looses his sight in an explosion and, along with Ben and Hoss, struggles to cope with his loss.
Written by: Suzanne Clauser, Arthur Weingarten
Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Jo Van Fleet (Ellen Dobbs)
386
Title: A TIME TO DIE
Date: March 21, 1971
Summary: A dear friend of Ben's is attacked by a wolf.
Written by: Don Ingalls
Directed by: Phillip Leacock
Guest Stars: Vera Miles (April Christopher), Melissa Newman (Lori Christopher), Henry Beckman (Dr. Phelps)
387
Title: WINTER KILL
Date:March 28, 1971
Summary: A foreman must stand up to his boss, even though he could lose his job.
Written by: John Hawkins, Robert Pirosh, Jack Rummler
Directed by: William Wiard
Guest Stars:Glenn Corbet (Howie Landis), Clifton James (Mr. Quarry), Sheilah Wells (Marie Landis)
388
Title: KINGDOM OF FEAR
Date: April 4, 1971
Summary: The Cartwrights and Candy are held and forced to work as slave labor.
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Guest Stars:Alfred Ryder (Judge), Luke Askew (Sheriff Hatch), Richard Mulligan (Farley)
389
Title: AN EARTHQUAKE CALLED CALLAHAN
Date: April 11, 1971
Summary: Joe must convince a fighter to return to Virginia City to testify for Dusty.
Written by: Preston Wood
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Guest Stars: Victor French (Tom Callahan), Sandy Duncan (Evangeline), Lou Frizzell (Dusty)