Bonanza: Season 11, Episode 8

The Stalker (2 Nov. 1969)

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After Candy shoots and kills armed robber James Campbell in self defense, he learns that he left behind his widow, Lisa, and young son ... and a farm to operate. A remorseful Candy decides ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lisa Campbell
Lloyd Battista ...
Jake Campbell
Vernon Weddle ...
Sheriff Clem Foster
Pitt Herbert ...
Postal Clerk
Dorothy Konrad ...
Mrs. Pardee
Harry Holcombe ...
Brian Dewey ...
Kenny Campbell
Austin Roberts ...
Ed Griffith ...
Jim Campbell


After Candy shoots and kills armed robber James Campbell in self defense, he learns that he left behind his widow, Lisa, and young son ... and a farm to operate. A remorseful Candy decides to help the young woman out, not knowing that Lisa plans to hire a hit man to kill the Ponderosa's foreman in revenge. However, Lisa learns that Candy had all the qualities that her husband never had and changes her mind, but then they must work together to stop the hit man from completing his mission. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Another Lame Candy Story
22 March 2007 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

I guess Dan Blocker and Michael Landon wanted to work less; so when they added the Candy character he got a few episodes where he was the featured character. Unfortunately, Candy had the acting skills of a Pokemon hamster. So the episodes where he is playing the lead are usually pretty hard to watch.

In this one, he shoots somebody and the guy's wife sends a telegram to the dead guy's brother asking him to get revenge on Candy. The brother shows up to menace everyone. However, he looks like he just smoked some dope and spends the entire episode smirking and looking goofy. At one point he has to circle around Candy to get the drop on him, and watching this guy hopping along the fence with a silly grin on his face almost makes this episode a classic. One of the great things about these old 1960s TV shows is that they occasionally had some of the 1960s hippies playing roles in westerns, and that was always good for a few laughs.

Besides the unintended comedy moments provided by the villain, this episode is a hack job and a rewrite of several other similar episodes. Apparently, whenever the Bonanza writers wanted to take a break, they would rehash an old episode and put Candy in as the featured star. I guess they thought nobody would notice? Too bad that Bonanza ran out of creative steam, it was a good series.

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