8 September 1967
Jeff and Will encounter a man who lost an arm in a gunfight with Jim Sonnett.
15 September 1967
With Will's gun arm injured, Jeff is forced into his first-ever gunfight against a master gunfighter (Charles Grodin, of all people) who uses every psychological trick in the book.
22 September 1967
Arriving in a Mexican town, the Sonnetts find Jim's grave and a curiously reticent padre, and tangle with a bandito leader who may -- or may not -- have killed James. Features an exceptionally lively gunfight at the end.
29 September 1967
Will's old comrade Morg is terrified of Lank, who's driving his cattle through Samson. Time's shorn the locks of aged Sheriff Morg Braham, who tells Will & Jeff to clear out of his peace-loving town ASAP, though they stopped in Samson merely to see Morg, as they mosey through Cloud County, Kansas on their quest for Jeff's father. Will's disappointed, but quite prepared to skedaddle, while arrogant cattle baron Lank Turner's determined to humiliate town tamer Morg by tearing up Samson with his saddle-sore drovers.
6 October 1967
Hearing that Jim Sonnett is to be hanged, Will and Jeff hurry to a Western town. The killer of two maintains he's their relative. Grandfather Will doesn't buy his act, grandson Jeff wants to believe and does. The taciturn Sheriff doesn't care who's who, he's wary that the Sonnetts will break his notorious prisoner out, so he limits the pair's access to the jail. The carnival atmosphere surrounding the big execution unhinges the youngest Sonnett.
13 October 1967
In our first extended look at Jim Sonnett, he takes lunch in a restaurant with a friendly shopkeeper, while outside a young punk (future "Rookies" star Sam Melville in his first role for Aaron Spelling) and an accomplice stir up the whole town agitating for a gunfight.
20 October 1967
27 October 1967
While looking for Jim Sonnett in the High Country Jeff and Will are having a meal in a rowdy saloon. Later in their room they are accosted by four gunmen who claim to be friends of Jim's. They say they can take them to where Jim is and the Sonnetts agree to ride with them. Soon they realize it is a ruse and they are being used as bait to draw Jim out of hiding for an ambush at Devil's Fork.
Season 1, Episode 9: First Love3 November 1967
When Will and Jeff land in jail, a pretty girl puts up the bail and asks them to stay.
Season 1, Episode 10: The Favor10 November 1967
After accidentally capturing a man wanted for bank robbery, the Sonnetts agree to turn the man over and send the bounty money to his impoverished family -- but the man's former partners, now posing as lawmen, have the same idea minus the altruism -- plus a murderous grudge against Will Sonnett
17 November 1967
Will and his grandson join a liquored-up posse to prevent Will's son from lynching, after a dying bank robber names Jim Sonnett as his accomplice. Will Sonnett fears the mob will shoot first and ask no questions, because the bank's offered a $500 reward to whoever kills the surviving bank robber, for murdering a teller. Will has qualms about the sheriff, for refusing to pursue the gunman without a posse backing him.
24 November 1967
1 December 1967
8 December 1967
15 December 1967
22 December 1967
Season 1, Episode 17: The Hero29 December 1967
5 January 1968
12 January 1968
Through heavily guarded jail bars, Jeff Sonnett gets his first glimpse of his father, who's soon to be hanged. Passing through a new town with the other Sonnetts in pursuit, father Jim was framed by the real killer, for robbing and murdering a rancher. Wily grandfather Will finds wide holes in the prosecution's case, so he digs for evidence to free Jim before he swings.
19 January 1968
26 January 1968
Accused of a murder he didn't commit, Jeff could face hanging until a countrified lawyer demonstrates a new technique in criminology weighing a bullet from Jeff's gun against the fatal bullet) on a scale in the bar/courtroom. NOTE: despite his top billing, William Schallert's part is very small, and Laurie Main's is substantially larger than his billing indicates.
2 February 1968
Season 1, Episode 23: Alone9 February 1968
23 February 1968
Visiting a farmhouse where a wounded James Sonnett had stayed, Jeff is shocked to the core when the illegitimate son of the family daughter appears to be his own half-brother -- ostracized by the girl's father because of her sin and James running off. A plot twist at the end.
1 March 1968
South Dakota, 1890: Will meets up with an old friend, a Sioux chief planning to join the doomed Ghost Dance uprising. When Will schemes to foil a crooked arms merchant's sale of rifles to the tribesmen, the peddler and an equally crooked sheriff take Jeff and then Will hostage.
8 March 1968
Season 2, Episode 1: Reunion27 September 1968
James Sonnett finally learns that his father and son are trying to track him down -- but the way he learns is from a vengeful young punk who's ploying Will and Jeff for information -- and posing as Jeff.
Season 2, Episode 2: The Trap4 October 1968
11 October 1968
Season 2, Episode 4: Pariah18 October 1968
Will attempts to help a friend who's been terrorized by a maniac for accidentally causing the death of the other man's daughter.
Season 2, Episode 5: Joby1 November 1968
8 November 1968
Will and Jeff arrive in town to find Jim Sonnett hanged in effigy -- quite literally, as the vengeful widow of a back-shooting victim has coerced the town council into setting up a gallows right in the town square with a Jim scarecrow dangling from it. And if they can't hang one Sonnett ...
15 November 1968
When Jeff and Will ride into a town run by unscrupulous marshals who rule over the townspeople, they become further incensed when they discover the marshals claim to have run Jim out of town. Jeff goes against his grandfather's advice and confronts the marshals on the main street in full view of the town. Will finally backs his grandson's play and they run the marshals out of town.
Season 2, Episode 8: Home Free22 November 1968
Season 2, Episode 9: Guilt29 November 1968
6 December 1968
Will and Jeff have a not-so-friendly hello to a bounty hunter in a small town. Jim Sonnett appears at the end in an unrelated (but chilling) segment.
13 December 1968
20 December 1968
3 January 1969
10 January 1969
17 January 1969
31 January 1969
A maniacal man avenging the death of his brother -- allegedly a murder by James Sonnett, though this is never proved -- will empty his gun through a hotel window just on the rumor that Jim Sonnett is on the other side. Though the hotel-shooting is the result of a cruel practical joke, the gunman still thinks he has a line on Jim's whereabouts through a saloon hostess who was recently Jim's girlfriend. When Will and Jeff arrive in the town, the sheriff and the hostess work separately to prevent a disastrous gunfight.
7 February 1969
When Will and Jeff run right into the middle of a deadly cattle versus sheep feud which has enveloped a grazing town, James Sonnett, a hired gun for the sheep ranchers, runs right into a cattleman's hired gun who looks just like him (played by a different actor) -- and gets into a fatal gunfight.
14 February 1969
Posing as his own killer, Jim Sonnett reports to the cattlemen who hired the killer in a cattlemen-sheepmen feud (he's working for the sheepmen, as are Will and Jeff), and meets Jeff face-to-face for the first time, knocking him unconscious with a sucker punch in order to keep his secret ... but the cattlemen figure out the secret and hold Jim hostage just as Will and Jeff come to the rescue.
21 February 1969
Will and Jeff try and foil a trap set by an old enemy of Jim's. Meanwhile Jim spends some downtime with a beautiful saloon owner with an agenda of her own.
Season 2, Episode 20: The Trial28 February 1969
7 March 1969
14 March 1969
21 March 1969
16 September 1969
Intended either as a series finale or the pilot for a revamped series which never materialized (shades of "Bret Maverick"), Will and Jeff finally meet up with Jim and convince him to join them as lawmen in a small town. This episode was overlooked in compilations until the early 2000s because of its scheduling at the end of a summer of reruns.
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