Wiley and Annie Kane arrive at the Ponderosa to work off their father's debt to Ben. It seems as though the elder Kane once swindled the Cartwright patriarch.
Ben helps a convict win a parole only to have the man later become the chief suspect in a bank robbery.
Juan Ortega claims he has a land grant which gives him ownership of the entire Nevada Territory.
A mule skinner and his two sons are hired by Ben to transport nitroglycerin to California.
Jim Acton owns a prize mare that he's determined to keep--even when a judge awards the animal to another man in settlement of a debt.
A religious sect, which has suffered through a series of misfortunes, accuses one its members of being possessed by the devil.
The Cartwrights give shelter to the lone survivor of a stagecoach robbery/massacre--a young girl whose life is still in danger because the culprits think she can identify them.
Jake Smith dies and leaves his estate to Meredith Smith. Then several claimants to the estate show up saying they are Meredith. It's up to Ben, the executor of the estate, to determine the true heir.
A gunfighter gets religion and becomes a preacher only to be confronted by a vengeful man whose brother he once killed.
The Ponderosa becomes a site of refuge for a woman suspected of being a witch.
When the Cartwrights catch young Billy Penn trying to steal some of their cattle they try to set the young rustler on the straight and narrow.
A family embarks upon a kidnapping spree in an attempt to halt an execution.
A young man loves animals so much that he frees them from traps set by hunters--including his own father's.
After his father becomes seriously ill, a young boy decides to climb a mountain and seek God's help.
It's 12 Angry Men in the Old West when juror Joe becomes the lone hold-out for acquittal in a murder trial.
A badly injured Native American rejects Hoss's attempts at helping him.
The Pony Express sets up an office in Virginia City and Joe joins up as a rider.
In the second of two parts, the Cartwrights provide much needed aid to the fledling Pony Express office in Virginia City.
Two strangers help Ben when his wagon gets bogged down in the mud. He later tries to return the favor by helping them find employment.
When Sheriff Coffee takes a leave of absence, a ruthless, Dirty Harry type lawman is hired to take his place.
Joe Cartwright finds himself goaded into a duel where a lot of money is being bet against him.
A woman from Kentucky arrives in Virginia City and announces that she's Hoss Cartwright's mail order bride. Needless to say, Hoss is stunned at this situation.
A self-styled emperor arrives at the Ponderosa bringing his own private war along with him.
Ben falls for Claire Amory but her invalid brother might end up tossing a monkey wrench into the romance.
A visit by the Cartwrights' spoiled Eastern cousin disrupts life at the Ponderosa.
Joe falls for a girl whose filled with stories of her absent father and his many adventures.
Hoss tries to help an alcoholic poet stay on the wagon.
Ben tries to bring an estranged father and son back together.
Immigrant winemakers decide to plant their grapes on Ponderosa land.
Hoss befriends a washed-up prizefighter who's having a hard time adjusting to life outside the squared circle.
Gilly Maples arrives at the Ponderosa claiming to be a friend of Adam's but in reality his intentions are to rob a shipment of gold.
Ben and an Army colonel undertake a peace mission to the Paiute tribe.
A fortune teller predicts that two people will soon enter and change Hoss's life: a hot blonde chick and a dangerous gunman.