"Bonanza" episode
Season 5, Episode 11
Ep.# in Series: 145
Air date December 15, 1963
Guest starring:
Written by Anthony Wilson
Directed by Bernard McEveety
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
The Waiting Game
Next Episode:
Hoss and the Leprechauns
External links
The Legacy on IMDb
The Legacy on


Adam, Hoss and Joe mistakenly believe their father was murdered. They split into three different directions to confront the supposed killers. In his heart, Ben knows his sons will not act outside the law; but he is not 100% sure that Joe will behave correctly.


Three men newly released from Huntsville prison make their way across the Ponderosa.

When Ben and Little Joe see someone is poaching their cattle, Ben goes after them. When he comes upon those responsible, he is ambushed and left for dead. When only his horse returns to the ranch, the sons set off to find Ben's missing rifle at best or at the worst his killers.

Cast and CharactersEdit

The Cartwrights





Did you know?Edit

  • This episode was reedited to form the frame of the 1994 NBC special Back to Bonanza. Ben is shown getting shot and tended to by the coachman. Then as he tells the driver about each of his sons, we see clips from other episodes featuring that specific son.




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