Hoss falls prey to the wiles of a beautiful woman with a gambling addiction and refuses to believe she's only interested in his money in spite of Adam's proof to the contrary.



(as Richard N. Morgan)

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Episode cast overview:
Helen Layton
Paul Dubov ...
Frank the Card Dealer
The Handsome Dude in Bar
Lou Krugman ...
Charles Tannen ...
Charlie the Bartender


Hoss and Little Joe travel to Sacramento to help the widow of an old friend of the Cartwrights. Hoss discovers that the widow is a beautiful young woman and immediately falls in love with her. He brings her back to the Ponderosa where Adam and Little Joe soon discover that the woman is in love with Hoss's money, not him, which she needs to fund her gambling addiction. When Hoss refuses to believe his brothers, Adam is forced to provide demonstrable proof in Virginia City casino. Written by David Bassler

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7 January 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Hoss, you know, I was just thinkin' about something. There's no reason why we both have to go see Josh Layton's widow.
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Now listen, Little Joe. You're not about to saddle me with goin' to see some poor old widow woman all by myself.
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I'm not who you think I am
11 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Main characters: Helen Layton

Main Bonanza Character: Hoss

Missing characters: None

Julie Adams...I cannot stand her characters! I remember her in "Nora" when she played on The Rifleman and couldn't stand her for what she did. Now she gets poor Hoss believing her words!

Hoss is a sweetie. He is so willing to do for others and love someone that it didn't take much for her to get him right where she wanted him.

This episode starts out comical between Hoss and Little Joe, and then soon turns serious when Hoss helps a widow in distress. Secretly, she has another problem that puts a wedge between Hoss and his family.

The episode was good, but I didn't like Julie Adams' character!

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