Bonanza: Season 10 (1968 - 1969)


Season 10
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Air date: Sep 15, 1968

Bonanza inaugurated its tenth season on September 15, 1968, with the episode titled "Same Pines, Different Winds." Irene Tedrow is cast as tenacious widow Carrie Picket, who owns a parcel of land which she calls "her piney woods." Because her late husband never filed a legal claim for the property, Carrie is threatened with eviction by evil lumber tycoon Jason Milburn (Herb Voland). Joe Cartwright tries to come to Carrie's aid-only to be harshly rebuked by the old woman, who trusts absolutely no one. Also appearing are John Randolph as Doc and G. D. Spradlin as Jenk. "Same Pines, Different Winds" was written by Suzanna Clauser.

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Air date: Sep 22, 1968

Unbeknownst to Hoss Cartwright, the horse he has just purchased previously belonged to a murdered millionaire. As a result, Hoss is railroaded into jail on a murder-theft charge. Threatened with lynching by a band of townsfolk eager to get their hands on the dead man's missing money, Hoss breaks out of jail with the help of black cowboy Child Barnett (Yaphet Kotto), a man who has spent virtually his entire adult life on the run. Others in the cast are John Marley as Sheriff Millet, Harry Hickox as Mayor Bingham, Henry Beckman as Charlie, Bruce Kirby as Chad, and bandleader Frank DeVol as Brother Stoner.

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Air date: Sep 29, 1968

The focus in this Bonanza episode of September 29, 1968 is on ranch hand Candy, played by David Canary. Candy and the Cartwrights offer their assistance to a US Army unit, presently under attack from a gang of gold bandits. Crisis mounts upon crisis when it develops that Captain Harris (Pat Conway) is married to Candy's ex-wife Ann (Sandra Smith)-and the leader of the outlaws is Candy's childhood friend Angel Montana (Carlos Rivas). "Salute to Yesterday" was written by John Hawkins.

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Air date: Oct 6, 1968

When Sheriff Walker (Stuart Randall) of Muddy Creek is murdered, Ben and Joe Cartwright volunteer to guard prisoner Luke Harper (Joe Don Baker). Fearful of retaliation from Harper's gang, the townspeople refuse to assist Ben and Joe, going so far as to desert the town. The only remaining citizens are Walker's widow (Ann Doran), an old man (Jon Lormer) and his grandson Tommy (played by future Bonanza regular Mitch Vogel, and town trollop Casey Collins (Jean Hale). Written by Alf Harris (and, possibly, inspired by such theatrical westerns as Stagecoachand Rio Bravo), "The Real People of Muddy Creek" first aired on October 6, 1968.

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Air date: Oct 13, 1968

Taking advantage of the illness of his powerful rancher father Claude Roman (Denver Pyle), mean-spirited Jermey Roman (Jeremy Slate) runs roughshod over everyone. In addition to browbeating his sister Mary (Diane Muldaur) and reneging on a legitimate business deal with the Cartwrights, Jeremy also tries to get his father declared mentally incompetent. But by episode's end, Jeremy forcibly learns that there's more to greatness than merely inheriting a great name. First telecast on October 13, 1968, "The Passing of a King" was written by B.W. Sandefur.

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Air date: Oct 20, 1968

As a result of a wager, Hoss and Joe Cartwright decide to enter politics, each supporting an opposing mayor candidate for the upcoming Virginia City election. Comic chaos ensues when both brothers become campaign managers for their respective candidates, and are thus forced to suck up to the man holding the deciding vote: Their own father Ben! Tom Bosley and Wally Cox guest-star as competing candidates Titus Simpson and Phineas Burke. Written by Robert Vincent Wright, "The Last Vote" first aired on October 20, 1968.

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Air date: Oct 27, 1968

The Cartwrights and Candy find themselves stranded in the backwater town of Tinbucket. Having picked up false rumors that the Ponderosa is on its last legs, the townsfolk refuse to extend Ben Cartwright any credit. Meanwhile, a series of bizarre coincidences leads to several embarrassing arrests: Candy is accused of cheating at poker, Hoss is nabbed for public drunkenness and theft, and Joe is pinched on a pickpocketing charge. Slim Pickens and Paul Richards guest star in this episode, which was written by David Lang. "Catch as Catch Can" originally aired on October 27, 1968.

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Air date: Nov 3, 1968

A distant relative of Ben Cartwright, preteen tomboy Samantha Dorcas (Linda Sue Risk is delivered to the Ponderosa in the hope that Ben will be able to "tame" the troublesome girl. Meanwhile, Sam's mother Martha (Antoinette Bower) struggles desperately to escape her existence as a saloon girl. Further complications ensue when Sam's grandfather Calvin (George Mitchell) arrives on the scene. First shown on November 3, 1968, "Little Girl Lost" was written by Michael Fessier.

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Air date: Nov 10, 1968

Mariette Hartley makes a return visit to Bonanza in the November 10, 1968 episode "The Survivors." This time, Hartley is cast as Alicia, a former captive of the Paiutes. During her captivity, Alicia had been forced to bear a son to one of the braves, and as a result is shunned by the townsfolk-and rejected by her husband Wayne Purcell (John Carter). It is up to the Cartwrights to defend Alicia in the face of raw, ugly bigotry. "The Survivors" was written by S.H. Barnett, Colin MacKenzie and John Hawkins.

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Air date: Nov 17, 1968

Jack Kruschen makes his third and final Bonanza appearance as Giorgio Rossi, the bombastic patriarch of an Italian wine-growing family. Having been awarded a parcel of Ponderosa land to create a vineyard, Rossi causes consternation for Ben Cartwright when he invites a group of hungry Indians to pay a visit. What Ben knows, but Giorgio doesn't, is that once they've encamped on the Rossi property, the Indians will assume they've been invited to stay on permament. Also making return visits to the series are Penny Santon and Brioni Farrell as Giorgio's wife Maria and daughter Regina. Fans will be amused by the layout of the Rossi living room, which is an exact replica of the Cartwrights' (as well it should be, inasmuch as the same set was used!) Written by William F. Leicester, "The Sound of Drums" first aired on November 17, 1968.

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