Bonanza: Season 1, Episode 30

Feet of Clay (16 Apr. 1960)

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A woman dies. Her husband is in prison, and the sheriff needs someone to look after the boy until the boy's uncle can come to claim him. The Cartwrights begin to take care of the boy at the... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Billy Allen
Logan Field ...
Vance Allen
Robert Tetrick ...
Victor Sen Yung ...
Tom Greenway ...
Sheriff Fred
Guy Prescott ...
Philip Grayson ...
Orville Sherman
John Eldredge ...
Mr. Sherman
Riza Royce ...


A woman dies. Her husband is in prison, and the sheriff needs someone to look after the boy until the boy's uncle can come to claim him. The Cartwrights begin to take care of the boy at the Ponderosa. When the boy arrives at the ranch, he does not know that his father is in prison. The boy learns the truth about his dad, and news reaches the Ponderosa that the convict has escaped from prison. The Cartwrights deal with the possibility that the boy's father may be coming their way. Written by Ken Miller <>

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When the boys are fighting, Orville repeatedly says, "say it, say he is a murderer or eat dirt." The first time you hear it, it is obviously an audio dub, as Orville's mouth is not moving. See more »


[first lines]
[Ben, Hoss and Charlie are attending a funeral]
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: It's a doggone shame, ain't it, Charlie.
Charlie: Yep, sure is. Doc said she had pneumonia. By the time he got there, wasn't much he could do 'cept call the sheriff.
Ben Cartwright: Well, didn't anyone know she was sick?
Charlie: [indicating young Billy] First they knew was him riding all the way in to fetch the doc by himself.
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Dan Should Have Gotten An Emmy For This Episode, IMHO

As stated in the heading of this comment, I feel Dan Blocker should have received a nomination for (and won) an Emmy for this episode. I, frankly, get teary hearing the discussion between Hoss & Ben where he wonders "Why must I be a big, dumb hoss?". I feel that Dan Blocker was a vastly under-rated actor and deserves much credit for his skill. I can relate to this character, owing to the fact that I, too, am a big man with a big heart. Another great episode which showcased Dan's talent was "The Last Viking" which, like this episode, is also from the first season. Personally, having seen all of the "Bonanza" episodes, I do not believe here is a bad one in any of the 14 seasons it was on.

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