Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Return 

When Trace Cordell comes back to Virginia City after serving his time for bank robbery, Ben Cartwright is among those at the stage to welcome his former neighbor home. But, except for Ben, ... See full summary »

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Ben Cartwright
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Adam Cartwright
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Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
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Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
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Trace Cordell
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Clara Dorn
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Paul Dorn
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Sheriff Roy Coffee
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Seth Hubbell
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Shaeffer (as Robert J. Stevenson)
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Latham
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When Trace Cordell comes back to Virginia City after serving his time for bank robbery, Ben Cartwright is among those at the stage to welcome his former neighbor home. But, except for Ben, no one is happy when the ex-con wants to take up where he left off, running his family's ranch outside of town; especially not banker Paul Dorn, the man who was put in a wheelchair by Cordell's bullet five years earlier. Written by shepherd1138

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2 May 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The last episode to feature Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright. See more »

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Compromised Maytime
30 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Even as the infamous Code was breaking down television was late in following. Issues like impotence could not be discussed nor of women's needs. That makes this Bonanza episode highly unrealistic.

Tony Young has come back to Virginia City after serving a term in prison for attempted bank robbery when he was teen. In that robbery banker John Conte was left a cripple and he's hated every minute in the wheelchair as it's left him unable to perform many bodily functions.

Even with that Joan Blackman who liked Young back in the day marries Conte because she feels sorry for him. GIMME a break.

Even with Lorne Greene's support Young is getting a rough time from the townspeople a lot of whom are into Conte big time. All Young wants to do is take up the farm that his parents had.

The episode has elements of Maytime in it, but even at that they compromised that ending.

Not the best story ever told on Bonanza.


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