"Bonanza" episode
Season 3, Episode 12
Ep.# in Series: 78
Air date December 10, 1961
Guest starring:
Written by Norman Lessing
Directed by Christian Nyby
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Day of the Dragon
Next Episode:
The Tin Badge
External links
The Frenchman on IMDb
The Frenchman on


Hoss insults a feisty Frenchman who demands satisfaction with swords, unaware that the little rogue believes himself to be the reincarnation of medieval, outlaw poet Francois Villon and is destined to suffer his namesake's fate of being sentenced to death on the gallows for murder.


A pompous Frenchman shows up in Virginia City claiming he's famous poet Francois Villon reincarnated. In actuality, he's merely a scoundrel. Joe is mesmerized by the windbag's attractive sister, but the rest of the family are not so impressed. Francois challenges Hoss to a duel and steals two of the Cartwrights' horses and the pictures of Ben's wives.


The Cartwrights




Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Das Schicksal wartet", meaning "Destiny is Waiting".


"He called me a varlet. I know what a varlet is. It's one of them English sissies that goes around dressin' up the counts, them dukes and such."
Hoss Cartwright[src]
"Hey, Joe, you're cute, ain't he, Adam?"
Hoss Cartwright[src]


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