|Season 4, Episode 1|
The Miracle Maker
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Clay Stafford just arrived in Virginia City but already seems to know who Joe and the Cartwrights are. When he gets a job on their ranch as a cowhand, his past is revealed and hopes it will not affect his new relationship with them, especially Joe.
Clay Stafford comes to Virginia City and signs on as a ranch hand at the Ponderosa. In short order, he kills a man, claiming self defense, and is told to leave town by the miners who send a message by beating up Joe.
Most importantly, Clay drops a major bombshell: he says he's Little Joe's older half-brother and Marie was also his mother. Ben and Joe believe the story, but the other two brothers want to investigate Clay's unusual claim.
- Lorne Green: Ben Cartwright
- Dan Blocker: Hoss Cartwright
- Michael Landon: Little Joe Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts: Adam Cartwright
- Barry Coe: Clay Stafford
- Ben Erway:
- Betty Endicott: Brunette Saloon Girl
- Bill Clark: Miner in Plaid Vest
- Bob Miles: Miner
- Cosmo Sardo: Bartender
- Don Beddoe: Stan Perkins
- Eddy Waller: Harry
- Holly Bane: Miner
- Martha Manor: Blonde Saloon Girl
- Robert Karnes: Miner
- "Little Joe, you worry too much. What you need is a beer to help you relax!"
- ―Clay Stafford[src]