12 Sep. 1972Forever
Little Joe falls in love with Alice Harper played by a young Bonnie Bedelia who he meets while rescuing her gambler brother John from a poker game gone bad. The two eventually marry and are expecting a baby. However, things go sour for them when John Harper owes a large sum of money to a professional gambler named Damion played by actor Larry Golden. When Damion attempts to collect the debt from John, he and his gang pay his sister Mrs Alice Cartwright a visit. Damion encounters a valuable music box given to her by Joe as a wedding gift and demands that Alice ...
19 Sep. 1972Heritage of Anger
Ben helps ex-convict John Dundee re-adjust to society. However, Dundee's boorish attitude complicates matters, and it may have to do with his former business partners framing him for a crime he didn't commit.
26 Sep. 1972The Initiation
Jamie joins an elite club and endures the initiation rites. However, when a classmate dies from cardiac arrhythmia during the initiation (touching a piece of ice to his chest, after getting him to believe it was a hot branding iron), the club's president Ted Hoag is blamed. A posse forms to track down Ted and hold him responsible for the hazing. Blood almost sheds, but then Jamie reveals he and the other boys were just as responsible for their friend's death.
3 Oct. 1972Riot
Ben becomes horrified while inspecting living conditions at the Nevada State Prison. So are the frustrated inmates, who take Ben hostage and make a series of demands to improve conditions. One of the inmates - Griff King - decides to act as a go-between to communicate the prisoners' demands with the state prison board. In the end, Griff is paroled to Ben's custody.
17 Oct. 1972New Man
In this sequel episode to "Riot," Ben helps parolee Griff King adjust to life outside of prison, giving him a job as a ranch hand. At first, Griff resists the Cartwrights' attempts to rehabilitate him, but he soon grows to appreciate their help and tries to change.
24 Oct. 1972Ambush at Rio Lobo
Ben and a pregnant woman are held hostage by a gang of robbers, who are plotting a stagecoach robbery and are determined to prevent interference by anyone with the name Cartwright.
31 Oct. 1972The Twenty-Sixth Grave
Samuel Clemens makes his return to Virginia City, this time offering tall tales over an unsolved murder that was tied to a claim jumping.
14 Nov. 1972Stallion
Joe is given a beautiful, black stallion for his birthday present, but winds up sacrificing it when he rides to the rescue of a young boy who was accidentally shot by his outlaw father.
28 Nov. 1972The Hidden Enemy
Dr. James Wills is Virginia City's new town doctor. He's exceptionally gifted and can bring many new procedures to Nevada. However, Dr. Wills is addicted to morphine, which results in trouble - and in the end, tragedy.
5 Dec. 1972The Sound of Sadness
Griff's friend, widowed farmer Jonathan May, wants to adopt two young orphans, one of whom is unable to talk. When Jonathan is told he cannot adopt the boys, Griff decides to set the adoption agency folks straight on what a loving father is.
19 Dec. 1972The Bucket Dog
Jamie forms a bond with an Irish setter he names April. However, April was a runt and - according to its rightful owner - should be put to sleep because it is a disgrace to the breed. When April competes in a field trial, the dog's owner soon learns that it's not the size of the dog that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog.
26 Dec. 1972First Love
Jamie becomes friends with Kelly Edwards, who is abused by her husband, Dan. The catch: the husband happens to be the new teacher at the Virginia City School, and he quickly becomes unpopular because he belittles the students. Soon, Jamie helps Kelly come out of her shell, which sets none to well with Dan, who orders an end to the friendship.
2 Jan. 1973The Witness
A man posing as Candy robs one of Ben's elderly business associates. During the robbery, the woman suffers a fatal heart attack. Candy is quickly arrested and brought to trial.
9 Jan. 1973The Marriage of Theodora Duffy
Unknown to the Cartwrights, Griff is asked to be a government witness in helping to bring a gang of war criminals to justice. Griff is asked to pose as the husband of beautiful Theodora Duffy, whom the Cartwrights think Griff had abandoned years ago.
16 Jan. 1973The Hunter
During a delivery run, Joe meets Cpl. Bill Tanner, who turns out to be a war-deranged madman who enjoys stalking down his helpless victims before killing them. After stealing Joe's horse and his supplies, the psychotic Tanner explains that Joe just became his latest "prey," and that he intends to stalk him down and brutally murder him. With no help in sight, Joe must rely on his wits and intuition to defeat Tanner.
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