"Bonanza" episode
Season 6, Episode 10
Ep.# in Series: 178
Air date November 22, 1964
Guest starring:
Written by Alex Sharp
Directed by John Florea
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Between Heaven and Earth
Next Episode:
A Man to Admire
External links
Old Sheba (episode) on IMDb
Old Sheba (episode) on


As payment for a one night performance in a circus, Little Joe and Hoss are presented with "Old Sheba", a rather ragged elephant. They believe they can care for the creature, but encounter opposition from Ben and Adam. Ben takes the matter into his own hands and suffers comically for it.


After Hoss injures traveling circus wrestler, Bearcat Sampson, during an exhibition match, he and manager, Little Joe, agree that Hoss will take the Bearcat's place in the ring while he recovers; but the circus owner squanders Hoss' winnings and the Cartwrights end up with an unconventional paycheck...Old Sheba, the circus elephant.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights




Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Ein Dickhäuter auf der Ponderosa", meaning "A Pachyderm at Ponderosa".


"Well, I don't like betting against my own kin, but money is money."

"If I wrestled like you manage, I'd be in the hospital."
Hoss to Little Joe[src]



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Bonanza Old Sheeba

See alsoEdit

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