1: A Rose for Lotta
Writer: David Dortort Director: Edward Ludwig
Ruthless businessmen in Virginia City decide that the time has come to put the Cartwrights and the Ponderosa out of business. They enlist the help of actress Lotta Crabtree, who uses her charm to get Little Joe into town. When the rest of the Cartwrights realise that Joe has gone missing they set out to find him using any means possible.
Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)
Yvonne DeCarlo (Lotta Crabtree), George Macready (Alpheus Troy), Barry Kelley (Aaron Cooper), Willis Bouchey (George Garvey), Christopher Dark (Langford Poole), Sammee Tong (Hop Ling), Ned Glass (Stagecoach Driver)
Air Date: 12 September 1959
- For the first and only time in the entire run of the Bonanza TV series is the lyrics to its theme song sung
- Business: International House
2: Death on Sun Mountain
Writers: Gene L. Coon and David Dortort Director: Paul Landres
The Cartwrights meet Mark Burdette, who is out to make his "Bonanza" by selling antelope meat to miners at inflated prices. Ben decides to sell beef to the miners at much cheaper prices. This action drives Burdette and his partner Thorne to start a war between the Paiutes and the miners - leaving the Cartwrights stuck in the middle.
Barry Sullivan (Mark Burdette), Karl Swenson (Carl Harris), Leo Gordon (Early Thorne), Bek Nelson (Glory), Harry Bartell (Chief Winnemucca), Ron Soble (Tukwa), Jeanne Bates (Stella Harris), Robin Warga (Michael Harris), Jay Hector (Harold Harris), Zon Murray (Miner)
Air Date: 19 September 1959
- This episode is also known as "The Sun Mountain Herd"
- Saloon: The Bucket of Blood
3: The Newcomers
Writer: Thomas Thompson Director: Christian Nyby
Hoss is given the job of escorting unwanted visitors off the Ponderosa. What he doesn't know is that one of the visitors has other plans and has no intention of leaving.
Inger Stevens (Emily Pennington), John Larch (Blake McCall), Robert Knapp (John Pennington), Charles Maxwell (Krug), George J. Lewis (Jose Moreno), Byron Foulger (Justin Flannery), Duane Grey (Wyoming), Jon Lormer (Doc Riley), Martin Mason (First Miner), Troy Melton (Merrill)
Air Date: 26 September 1959
- Featured Cartwright: Hoss
4: The Paiute War
Writer: Gene L. Coon Director: Paul Landres
After helping rescue two Indian women, Adam finds that he is in the middle of a potential Indian uprising, when Mike Wilson tells everybody that the Paiutes attacked him. The potential war escalates when Adam is captured by the Paiutes and Ben finds that he must uncover the truth before it's too late.
Jack Warden (Mike Wilson), Anthony Caruso (Chief Winnemucca), Michael Forest (Young Wolf), Walter Coy (Captain Kelly), Douglas Kennedy (William Stuart), Howard Petrie (Major Hornsby), Peter Coe (), George Keymas (Ring Nose), Michael Ragan (Vern Wilson), I. Stanford Jolley (), Gregg Martell (Nuntah)
Air Date: 3 October 1959
- Featured Cartwrights: Ben and Adam
- The Bannocks are an off-shoot of the Shoshoni
- Young Wolf is the son of Winnemucca
- Location: Wilson's Station