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Thunder Man 

While Ann Wilson and her Uncle Fred are en route to her boyfriend Joe's birthday party, Fred suffers a sudden stroke and is rendered unconscious. A man claiming to be a Good Samaritan stops... 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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William Poole
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Mrs. Gibson
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Uncle Fred Wilson
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Deputy Clem Foster
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Ann Wilson
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Doctor P. Martin
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Hop Sing
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While Ann Wilson and her Uncle Fred are en route to her boyfriend Joe's birthday party, Fred suffers a sudden stroke and is rendered unconscious. A man claiming to be a Good Samaritan stops to help, only to rape and kill Ann. Joe is devastated and vows to track down the killer. While Fred is eventually moved to the Ponderosa to recover (and for his protection against anyone who might want to silence him), Joe undermines Deputy Clem Foster's investigation. Meanwhile, the killer - a munitions expert named William Poole - gets a job on the Ponderosa, since his expertise with a new substance called nitroglycerin can help clear old tree stumps off the ranch. Poole, who is staying with a widowed neighbor named Mrs. Gibson, tries to get at Uncle Fred, but Joe, who has been keeping a bedside vigil, stops him at every turn. Eventually, Joe sees Uncle Fred's hand move and begins questioning him. Fred is only able to scrawl a barely legible message before he goes numb, and suffers a subsequent (... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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5 May 1963 (USA)  »

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New Orleans Woman
Traditional tune also sung as "Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight)"
Attributed to William Cool White
Whistled throughout the episode
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