"Bonanza" episode
Season 13, Episode 20
#409 in Series
Air date February 13, 1972
Guest starring:
Written by William Kelley, Ward Hawkins
Directed by Leo Penn
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Customs of the Country
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Search in Limbo
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A former confederate soldier and his gang demand $25,000 from Ben and shoots Hoss, leaving him gravely injured. In an twist of fate, Hoss' life rests in the hands of the soldier who shot him.


A band of rogue ex-Confederate soldiers comes to the Ponderosa to demand a $25,000 ransom. Hoss tries to disrupt the robbery and is critically wounded by the group's leader, Shanklin. While Jamie escapes and tries to search Virginia City's saloons for Joe, Ben learns that Shanklin is an outstanding surgeon and demands that since he wounded him, he can perform the surgery to save Hoss' life.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights Edit



  • Charles Cioffi: Shanklin
  • Woodrow Parfrey: Dr. Ingram
  • Karl Lukas: Irons
  • Michael Clark: Brackney
  • Scott Walker: Grange
  • Dehl Berti: Ritter
  • Denny Hall: Beecher
  • Rance Howad: Bogardus
  • EJ Andre: Yost
  • Clark Gordon: Beasley
  • Don McGovern: Till
  • San Javis: McLaughlin
  • Bill Beckett: Asquith
  • Eddie Little Sky: Gaviotta
  • Byron Morrow: Whitlock
  • Shannon Christie: Mary Elizabeth


  • This is Charles Cioffi's first and only appearance in the series. A veteran television actor, he has appeared in a number of daytime serials. However, Mr. Cioffi will most likely be remembered most for his sinister portrayal of revenge-seeking Ernesto Toscano on NBC's hit soap "Days of Our Lives" (1965). He can be heard on Pink Floyd's album, "The Wall". One of his scenes from "Another World" (1964) was used as the TV program in the background while the groupie is walking through the apartment ("Are all these your guitars?"), immediately before the song "One of My Turns".


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