Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Day of Reckoning 

When an Indian saves Ben Cartwright's life from a near fatal knife attack by another Indian, Ben later gives the Indian and his pregnant wife a strip of fertile farming land. Unfortunately ... See full summary »

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(teleplay) (as Leonard Heideman), (teleplay) (as R. Harner Norris) | 1 more credit »
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Ben Cartwright
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Adam Cartwright
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Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
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Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
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Ike Daggert
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Dr. Paul Martin
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Martha Daggert
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When an Indian saves Ben Cartwright's life from a near fatal knife attack by another Indian, Ben later gives the Indian and his pregnant wife a strip of fertile farming land. Unfortunately the land is next to and very racist farmer and things turn deadly. Written by Directorgene

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22 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Guest stars Ricardo Montalban (Matsou) and Madlyn Rhue (Hatoya) would again team up in the 1967 first season "Star Trek" episode "Space Seed" in which Montalban played the part of Khan Noonian Singh and Rhue had the part of Lieutenant Marla McGivers. Also, Anthony Caruso (Lagos) would appear in the 1968 second season "Star Trek" episode "A Piece of the Action" as Bela Oxmyx. See more »

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Ben Cartwright's head moves as he's reaching for the Bible (approximately 9:40) but his hair doesn't move with it revealing the actor's toupee in the bargain. See more »

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[Matsou prevents Lagos from scalping Ben Cartwright]
Lagos: Why do you stop me?
Matsou: Because I do not want to pay for the stupidity of my brother!
Lagos: Only you think it is stupid to kill the white man!
Matsou: I know that if you scalp a white man, the Bannocks would be blamed.
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A mix of values
24 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those episodes that makes a person go...wow! We watch as an Indian tries to do the right thing. After saving Ben's life, he talks them into taking some land and becoming farmers. He's not too happy with the idea, but, but his beloved wife whom he loves very much and believes in God talks him into it.

This is one of those episodes that really tells the facts of life. We may think they are getting along, but are they really? When a person is raised to believe one thing, can they really change their beliefs enough to live a different way?

The events near the end are shocking and sad. But that's reality, folks. That's one think I like about Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Rawhide - the truth is that sometimes the good guys don't win in the end.

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