Bonanza: Season 4

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1

The First Born

2

The Quest

Determined to prove he can succeed at something without the help of his Pa, Hoss, and Adam, Joe sets out on his quest and wins a timber contract for Ponderosa timber, and later…

3

The Artist

Ben helps Matthew Raine, a famous painter who has gone blind and now wallows in self-pity, discover a new purpose in life. However, Raine’s employee Gavin has other idea…

4

A Hot Day for a Hanging

Hoss is jailed for robbing the bank in Dutchman Flats, a town on the brink of economic collapse, even the sheriff knows he is innocent, but a lynch mob gathers and Hoss’…

5

The Deserter

An Indian-hating officer, Colonel Edward J. Dunwoody, comes to the Ponderosa looking for army deserter Bill Winters, who is a good friend of the Cartwrights. Bill happens to b…

6

The Way Station

With a storm brewing, Adam takes refuge at a way station, run by cantankerous Jesse and his young grandaughter Marty, who yearns to see what exists away from the way station.…

7

The War Comes to Washoe

The Civil War once again divides the citizens of Nevada, as well as Adam and Joe Cartwright. One of season four’s highlights, the plot involving British spy Bill Stewart…

8

Knight Errant

Hoss volunteers to pickup an injured neighbor’s mail-order bride, but by the time they return, she has fallen in love with Hoss and a price is put on Hoss’ head.

9

The Beginning

Billy Horne is a white man who was captured by the Shoshone when he was six. He comes into Ben & Joe’s campsite one night uninvited. They capture him and take him to…

10

The Deadly Ones

The Ponderosa becomes a war zone when it is invaded by a detachment of Mexican mercenaries under General Diaz. The general is furious when one of his men, Forsythe, disobeys h…

11

Gallagher's Sons

Hoss helps Charlie and Will (Charlotte and Willomina), two young girls who just lost their father. They go on a journey to find their only nearby relative, Aunt Cloe. Charlie…

12

The Decision

Hoss is seriously injured internally and Ben seeks help from the only doctor within 50 miles, who happens to be in prison for murder. Ben talks to the judge, and with some con…

13

The Good Samaritan

Hoss decides to help out Wade Tyree and introduces him to Abigail and her daughter, Bonnie. Hoss hopes this will stop Wade’s constant drinking. Wade soon marries Abigai…

14

The Jury

When Hoss is responsible for causing a hung jury, Ben tells him, “a man is never wrong doing what he thinks is right”, and Adam attempts to validate his brotherR…

15

The Colonel

Frank Medford, a figure from Ben’s “wild, misspent youth”, shows up in Virginia City, and though down on his luck, creates troubles for the Cartwrights by cla…

16

Song in the Dark

Adam’s guitar-strumming friend, ranch hand Danny Morgan, is arrested on suspicion of murdering and robbing the Widow Baker. Someone had reported hearing Danny singing ou…

17

Elegy for a Hangman

A stranger, Bob Jolly, arrives in Virginia City to accuse a drunken Judge Harry Whitaker of sending his innocent father, Carl, to the gallows. Adam defends the judge’s h…

18

Half a Rogue

In this entertaining episode, laced with humor, Hoss first meets mountain man Jim Leyton. Bing Russell makes his first appearance as Deputy Clem Foster.

19

The Last Haircut

A vain outlaw murders a man in front of witnesses, including Joe, but a clever lawyer is able to get him acquitted. Though enraged, Joe has to convince the dead man’s so…

20

Marie, My Love

When Cochise falls on Joe, Ben cannot help but remember that is how Marie Cartwright was killed. He thinks back to meeting her in New Orleans in a rather confusing story not q…

21

The Hayburner

For a change, it is Adam rather than Joe who becomes mixed up in one of Hoss’ funny exploits. Together they purchase a thoroughbred horse, and end up competing against t…

22

The Actress

Joe becomes romantically involved with a woman who considers herself a serious dramatic actress. Unfortunately, she is the only one who does.

23

A Stranger Passed This Way

Hoss develops amnesia after being bushwhacked and hit over the head by two outlaws and moves in with a Dutch couple. The woman regards him as a substitute for her dead son, an…

24

The Way of Aaron

Adam takes a shine to Rebecca Kaufman, the daughter of a Jewish peddler, and bandits are convinced the Kaufman wagon is worth robbing.

25

A Woman Lost

Ben’s attempt to rehabilitate an alcoholic singer he knew in better days are complicated by her involvment with a former prize fighter.

26

Any Friend of Walter's

Classic comedy in which Hoss first meets prospector Obie and his lazy but allegedly brilliant mongrel dog, Walter.

27

Mirror of a Man

The peaceful world of a Ponderosa hand is disturbed by the arrival of his no-good father and twin brother, who is a wanted man.

28

My Brother's Keeper

While hunting for a wolf, Joe is attacked by the wolf. Adam also hunting for the wolf, hears Joe struggling with the wolf comes to Joe’s aid. He fires his rifle but the…

29

Five into the Wind

After their stagecoach crashes, a group of rag-tag passengers and Joe must get out of the desert alive. One of the passengers may or may not be a murderer and Joe is accused.<…

30

Saga of Whizzer McGee

Hoss becomes concerned for the welfare of an insecure, belligerent fellow who is as small as Hoss is large. Interesting blend of comedy and pathos that ends unpredictably.

31

Thunder Man

Little Joe’s 19-year old girlfriend is killed by a good samaritan, an explosives expert who had stopped to render aid to the woman’s uncle after he suffers a stroke…

32

Rich Man, Poor Man

Claude Miller, the laughingstock of Virginia City, gets even with everyone who made fun of him when he strikes it rich.

33

The Boss

Ben regrets that he helped Tom Slayden start a freight hauling business when Slayden sets out to ruin all the competition, and Joe is shot in the process.

34

Little Man... Ten Feet Tall

When a Italian immigrant comes to the Ponderosa, he decides he wants to give up the guitar to become a cowboy.

About Bonanza

Set in Nevada, in the 1860s, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch – The Ponderosa. Broadcast History
September 1959 – September 1961
Saturday 7:30-8:30pm
September 1961 – September 1972
Sunday 9:00-10:00pm
May 1972 – August 1972
Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm
September 1972 – January 1973
Tuesday 8:00-9:00pm

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