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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Love Thy Enemy
13 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode will make a grown man cry!

In this episode, we meet a little boy who just lost his Ma to sickness. Unfortunately, his father is a convict and in jail serving a sentence. The sheriff sends for his uncle, but in the meantime the Cartwright's agree to take him in - mainly because no one else would!

The boy (Billy) takes a liking to Hoss. They soon start hanging out together fishing, talking, and working. When Billy's father escapes from prison with another convict, everyone but Hoss goes off looking for him. Also unfortunate for Hoss, tragedy happens in Billy's life.

I must admit that I took a liking to Vance. It seems he was a pretty nice guy that just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. He truly loved his son and wanted them to be together. That's what makes this episode so much sadder. The father/son talk between Hoss and Ben will bring you to tears! Hoss doesn't understand why the tragedy had to happen, and frankly his father didn't either. Hoss can't stand the fact that Billy now hates him.

Though the story does have kinda a happy ending, it still leaves you feeling a bit empty that Billy's innocence was shattered by so many bad things. I hope his uncle raised him right!

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