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Season 3 on Bonanza premiered on September 24, 1961.

EpisodesEdit

# Image Title Airdate
01 Thesmiler The Smiler September 24, 1961
The brother of a man Hoss killed in self-defense says he understands but secretly plans revenge.
02 Springtime11 Springtime October 1, 1961
Ben's friend Jebediah Milbank is accidentally injured by the Cartwright boys' rowdy horseplay in the mud. While Milbank convalesces in their home, Ben has each of a boys attend to a piece of the recovering man's business, sending each off in a different direction.
03 THOC4 The Honor of Cochise October 8, 1961
The Cartwrights must try to get help for Adam, seriously wounded by an Apache bullet, and find out why Cochise and his warriors have threatened to kill them all if they don't hand over an army captain taking refuge in their trail camp.
04 TheLonelyHouse The Lonely House October 15, 1961
Joe Cartwright and the young widow of a family friend are held hostage on her isolated ranch outside Platte City by the same gang that robbed Little Joe in the town bank earlier that day.
05 Burma60 The Burma Rarity October 22, 1961
A pair of con men try to swindle Widow Hawkins, the boarding house keeper, by selling her a "priceless" emerald known as "The Burma Rarity." Ben stages a scam to get her money back, but his plan backfires so badly that he may end up having to marry the widow to make things right.
06 Orig Broken Ballad October 29, 1961
Ed Payson, a reformed gunfighter, has returned to Virginia City to tend some property he owns. When he's welcomed with resistance by some of the townspeople, Adam decides to help him, even though everyone thinks he may have killed Dave, the grocer's son.
07 Manyfacesofgideonflinch2 The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch November 5, 1961
In this comedy, Bullethead Burke comes to town looking for Gideon Flinch, the mail-order swindler who took him for $5,000. The man's niece gets to Bullethead first and convinces him that Joe Cartwright is the man he's looking for.
08 Friendship2 The Friendship November 12, 1961
After chain-gang prisoner Danny Kidd saves Joe's life, the youngest Cartwright has him released into his custody. The young man with a love of horses has spent most of his life behind bars and has a tough time transitioning to freedom.
09 Countess17 The Countess November 19, 1961
Unsettling events that could spell financial ruin for the Ponderosa mysteriously coincide with the arrival of a wealthy countess who seems determined to win the love of Ben Cartwright, the man she spurned twenty years before in New Orleans.
10 Horse breaker The Horse Breaker November 26, 1961
The Cartwrights hope that time and therapy will get bronc breaker, Johnny Lightly, back in the saddle after a bad fall. But Johnny soon faces thinly veiled hostility from the young nurse sent to help him, threats from a rancher who blames Ben Cartwright for his family's calamities, and a growing fear that he may never walk again.
11 Dayofthedragon Day of the Dragon December 3, 1961
His search for the two men who kidnapped his bride-to-be, Su Ling, will soon take angry Chinese warlord, General Tsung, from San Francisco to the Ponderosa where Little Joe has been challenged to explain how he won the girl in a poker game.
12 TheFrenchman26 The Frenchman December 10, 1961
Hoss insults a feisty Frenchman who demands satisfaction with swords, unaware that the little rogue believes himself to be the reincarnation of medieval, outlaw poet Francois Villon and is destined to suffer his namesake's fate of being sentenced to death on the gallows for murder.
13 Tinbadge The Tin Badge December 17, 1961
14 Normal G-MCwoA4 Gabrielle December 24, 1961
The Cartwrights find a blind 11-year-old girl wandering around in the snow. Gabrielle is an orphan who's searching hopelessly for her grandfather. The family locates the old man; he's an unpleasant old hermit who doesn't like people, much less relatives.
15 Landgrab1 Land Grab December 31, 1961
People start camping out on the Ponderosa. They're armed with fake property deeds and claim they've been sold parts of the ranch. The man behind the sham turns out to be one of Ben's oldest Army buddies, Colonel Bragg.
16 Tallstranger3 The Tall Stranger January 7, 1962
A handsome, charismatic con man sweeps Margie Owens off her feet with promises of excitement and adventure, jeopardizing Hoss Cartwright's hopes to wed the pretty rancher's daughter.
17 LadyFromBaltimore16 The Lady from Baltimore January 14, 1962
The wife and daughter of Ben's friend arrive at the Cartwrights for a visit. While there, the wife tries to arrange a marriage between Little Joe and her daughter. The only problem is the daughter doesn't really love Little Joe.
18 Theride The Ride January 21, 1962
Because he didn't see the gunman's face, witness Adam Cartwright can't convince his family and the sheriff of his certainty that good friend, Bill Enders, was one of the hooded men responsible for robbing a way station and killing the attendant.
19 TheStorm96 The Storm January 28, 1962
While visiting the Ponderosa, Ben's old friend, sea Captain Matthew White, is forced to reveal a terrible secret after Little Joe Cartwright falls in love with and plans to wed the Captain's daughter, Laura, once a freckle-faced playmate from Joe's childhood in New Orleans, now grown into a beautiful woman.
20 AuldSod49 The Auld Sod February 4, 1962
Town drunk Danny Lynch's letters written to his dear Irish mother tell her of his life as a wealthy Nevada rancher, and when the old lady comes to America to pay her son a surprise visit, Danny convinces the Cartwrights to let him pretend that he is the owner of the Ponderosa and they are the hired hands.
21 Giftofwatertitle Gift of Water February 11, 1962
The area is in the grip of a deadly drought. The farmers hope to use the water near the Ponderosa, but the ranchers violently object to the idea. To ward off a war over water, the Cartwrights help dig a well and build a windmill to help the farmers.
22 Thejacknife9 The Jackknife February 18, 1962
The Cartwrights go hunting for a gang of cattle rustlers. Adam comes across an injured man, Matthew Grant, who he assumes is one of the thieves. Knowing that Ben will shoot the criminal on sight, Adam tries to convince Grant to confess to his crimes and turn himself over to the authorities.
23 Theguilty The Guilty February 25, 1962
Ben Cartwright witnesses the shooting of Lem Partridge's son by ex-con Jack Groat. Groat had done time in the past for killing Lem's wife. Lem can not understand by his old friend Ben didn't intervene and stop this latest death of a loved one. Feeling let down by everyone, Partridge vows revenge for the killings.
24 Wooingofabigailjones The Wooing of Abigail Jones March 4, 1962
The Cartwright boys help cowhand Hank romance reluctant teacher Abigail.
25 Lawmaker85 The Lawmaker March 11, 1962
The Cartwrights may have to take the law into their own hands when Virginia City's temporary sheriff, rancher Asa Moran, uses his new badge as a license to kill.
26 Looktothestars Look to the Stars March 18, 1962
A young genius, Albert Michaelson, is vying for a scholarship and only needs the school teacher's approval to receive it. The blessings of strict and stern Mr. Norton will be hard to obtain, considering he'd expelled Albert and labeled him a "problem child." Adam investigates.
27 Gamble135 The Gamble April 1, 1962
Little Joe is his family's only hope when he escapes from a kangaroo court that has framed the Cartwrights for a bank robbery and sentenced them all to hang.
28 Zzz1a The Crucible April 8, 1962
Adam retreats to the wilderness for some peace following an exhausting cattle drive. There's no relaxing as he's robbed, stripped of his clothes, and left to die by a couple of outlaws.
29 IngerBen Inger, My Love April 15, 1962
The back story behind Ben's three wives is up to Inger, Ben's second wife (and mother of Hoss). The story relates the first meeting between Ben and Inger, as Ben and a young Adam were traveling west.
30 Blessedarethey Blessed Are They April 22, 1962
Ben and Virginia City's new minister try to resolve a feud that has Virginia City residents choosing sides. The Clark and Mahan families are fighting over which will get custody of two twin grandchildren.
31 Dowry20 The Dowry April 29, 1962
A stagecoach carrying Alexander Dubois, his daughter Michele and her fiancé Don Ricardo Fernandez is held up. Her dowry is stolen and Monsieur Dubois is injured trying to get it back. Little Joe brings them all to the Ponderosa where Dubois can recuperate from his wound.
32 Longnight The Long Night May 6, 1962
Adam has a day and a half to deliver a large bank draft. He is ambushed by an escaped convict. When he is mistaken for one of the escapees by the posse, Adam is hard pressed to prove his identity. All they want to do is hang him.
33 Mountaingirl The Mountain Girl May 13, 1962
Backwoods country girl Trudy Harker is left in Joe's care after the death of the grandfather who raised her. Joe is determined to fulfill his promise to the old man: turning Trudy into a "lady" so she can live in the California mansion of her other grandfather.
34 Themiraclemaker The Miracle Maker May 20, 1962
Susan's father is killed in a terrible accident she feels responsible for. Her inability to walk is something that Hoss hopes he can help with if the new faith healer in town proves he is more than just a charlatan.

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