"Bonanza" episode
Season 2, Episode 32
Ep.# in Series: 64
Air date May 20, 1961
Guest starring:
Written by James Van Wagoner

Jack McClain

Directed by Robert Altman
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The Secret
Next Episode:
Elizabeth, My Love
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Hoss gets diverted by a hot air balloon while a family friend robs the Virginia City bank.


Ben allows his old Army friend Major Cayley to use the Ponderosa as the site of his latest hot air balloon experiments. His goal is to develop an airship that can cross the ocean. He'll finance that flight with money stolen from the Virginia City bank, which his henchmen will rob while the public is occupied with his big balloon show.


The Cartwrights



Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Der Mann, der fliegen wollte", meaning "The Man, Who Would Fly".
  • This was director Robert Altman's favorite of the episodes he directed for Bonanza. He and star Dan Blocker became close friends, a friendship that only ended with Blocker's untimely death.


"I'm a lover, not a flyer."
Joseph Cartwright[src]



See alsoEdit

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