Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Prime of Life 

Ben Cartwright doubts his fitness to run the Ponderosa when his impatience results in a logging camp accident that causes serious injury to himself and an old friend's death.

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Barney Fuller
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Martha Fletcher
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Otis Watts
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Gabe
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Jesse Wade
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Ben Cartwright doubts his fitness to run the Ponderosa when his impatience results in a logging camp accident that causes serious injury to himself and an old friend's death.

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29 December 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Footage from Season 4 Episode 2 "The Quest" was used of logging, the log flume, and tree cutting, See more »

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Excellent in every aspect
11 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WOW !!!! It is superb storyline and directing . The cast always in form . It doesn't get any better . Profound in it's philosophical perspective of life . Ben Cartwright is faced with a dilemma that is not only unfortunate but also places him in an opportunity to gain a more enlightened sense of life priorities . A very real situation that is experienced by a lot of us in real life . The writer nailed it . The added bonus was seeing how an old friend / rival and the daughter bring Ben back from a path that would ultimately destroy his life. Sometimes a friend can come in a peculiar way to help . The wound Ben suffered to his leg was put in perspective by the gravity of a greater loss and greater challenge .


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