In his second attempt to cash in on Ben's good name, crooked lookalike Bradley Meredith learns that the Cartwrights are in Carson City and, posing as Ben, pretends that he is seriously ill ... See full summary »

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In his second attempt to cash in on Ben's good name, crooked lookalike Bradley Meredith learns that the Cartwrights are in Carson City and, posing as Ben, pretends that he is seriously ill and begins to liquidate the Ponderosa's assets. The Cartwrights come just in time to foil Meredith's plans. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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A touch of larceny in Lorne Greene
25 April 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although this was Dan Blocker's final appearance on Bonanza this story concerned Lorne Greene who gives a dual performance as Ben Cartwright and his lookalike, confidence man Meredith. The con man has a bold plan to give Ben Cartwright a little ptomaine bellyache at the Governor's dinner honoring him and then get back to the Ponderosa and sell it all off. I think it was shocking they got as little as they did, but they were running a prairie fire sale.

The bad Lorne Greene is aided and abetted by Greg Mullavey pretending he's a doctor who accompanied Ben Cartwright back from Carson City. Mullavey's got a few tricks of his own up his sleeve part of it involves Kate Jackson who is as naive as they come. You have to see the line Mullavey feeds her and how Jackson buys it.

It was fun to see Lorne Greene with a touch of larceny in him. If Bonanza ran even longer I'm sure we would have seen more of Meredith.


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