"Bonanza" episode
Season 5, Episode 19
Ep.# in Series: 153
Air date February 9, 1964
Guest starring:
Written by William L. Stuart
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
The Gentleman from New Orleans
Next Episode:
Bullet for a Bride
External links
The Cheating Game on IMDb
The Cheating Game on


Angry with Adam Cartwright for constantly criticizing her decisions and refusing to make his intentions toward her clear; Laura Dayton becomes easy prey for a handsome grifter.


A smooth-talking stranger, Ward Bannister, comes to Virginia City, claiming to be a friend of her late husband, Frank.

Upset with Adam for his unsolicited advice regarding the running of her ranch; Laura sets herself up to be scammed by the slippery Bannister whose intention is to steal her ranch.

Adam, now hesitant to offer more input, secretly checks up on Ward in an effort to protect Laura. Matters are complicated further when Ward finds himself falling for the lovely young widow.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The CartwrightsEdit




Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Ein böses Spiel", meaning "An Evil Game".
  • Michael Landon and Dan Blocker do not appear in this episode.




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Bonanza The Cheating Game

See alsoEdit

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