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|Season 3, Episode 17|
|Air date||January 14, 1962|
|Written by||Elliott Arnold|
|Directed by||John Peyser|
The Tall Stranger
The wife and daughter of Ben's friend arrive at the Cartwrights for a visit. While there, the wife tries to arrange a marriage between Little Joe and her daughter. The only problem is the daughter doesn't really love Little Joe.
The Cartwrights receive a visit from Deborah Banning and her daughter Melinda. Deborah is intent on having Melinda marry one of Ben's sons and goes to extreme lengths to convince Ben of this.
Eventually, she decides that it should be Joe. Melinda has other ideas and things become more complicated when Deborah's husband Horace unexpectedly shows up.
- Lorne Green: Ben Cartwright
- Dan Blocker: Hoss Cartwright
- Michael Landon: Little Joe Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts: Adam Cartwright
- Audrey Dalton: Melinda Banning
- Hayden Rorke: Horace Banning
- Mercedes McCambridge: Deborah Banning
- Robert Adler: Coachman
Did you know?Edit
- German episode title: "Heimliche Verlobung", meaning "Secretly Engagement"
- "Just remember, we all gotta live here together, Adam."
- ―Hoss Cartwright[src]
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