"Bonanza" episode
Season 5, Episode 31
Ep.# in Series: 165
Air date May 3, 1964
Guest starring:
Written by William Bruckner
Directed by Murray Golden
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Enter Thomas Bowers
Next Episode:
The Pressure Game
External links
The Dark Past on IMDb
The Dark Past on


Dev's line of work seems ordained given his past. When his quarry's wife turns out to be pregnant, he uses that to trap him, even if it might risk Little Joe's life.


Unpleasant bounty hunter Dev Farnum comes by the Ponderosa with an injured horse and stays to work off the cost of a new one. The Cartwrights know Dev's father is a famous preacher and wonder what event in his past has made him so aloof and hateful.

Staying at the Ponderosa is Holly Burside, the spouse of the man he's searching for.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights



Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Eine verlorene Seele", meaning "A Lost Soul".
  • TV Guide names this episode as a classic.




See alsoEdit

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