Writer: Dean Riesner Director: Lewis Allen
The Cartwrights hire Sam Kirby shortly after the Virginia City Bank is robbed. Kirby, who was involved in the robbery, plays the innocent fooling everybody except Joe, who is suspicious of the newcomer.
Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)
Ben Cooper (Sam Kirby), Jack Lambert (John Pardo), Jody Warner (Ellie McClure), John Maxwell (Tom McClure), Norman Leavitt (Rudy - Telegrapher), Red Morgan (Linc)
Air Date: 10 September 1960
- Ray Teal's first appearance as Sheriff Roy Coffee
- The Virginia City Bank is owned by Tom McClure
2: The Mission
Writer: Robert E. Thompson Director: James Neilson
Set shortly before the start of the Civil War, an army troop is assigned to escort a wagon full of gold across the desert. The current army scout decides he doesn't want the job and quits. The army then hire Charlie Trent, a town drunk in Virginia City, to do the job on the advice of Hoss. Charlie wants to prove that he can do the job and asks Hoss to help him. Hoss decides to go with the army troop. However, the troop's former scout and his friends have other plans for the gold.
Henry Hull (Charlie Trent), John Dehner (Capt. Pender), Peter Whitney (Lewt Cutter), Don Collier (Sergeant), Harry Carey Jr. (Corporal Burton), Lane Bradford (Monk), Dale Van Sickle (Morgan), Don Rhodes (Latigo), Michael Ragan (Kelly), Ray Hemphill (Johnson), Robert Adler (O'Hara)
Air Date: 17 September 1960
- Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts and Michael Landon do not appear in this episode
- The Freemont Expedition mentioned here was the third one and it happened in 1847
- Featured Cartwright: Hoss
3: Badge Without Honor
Writer: John Twist Director: Arthur Lubin
Gerald Eskith, a hired killer, posing as Deputy Marshal arrives looking for Jason Blaine, who is married to a friend of the Cartwrights. Eskith claims that Blaine is a witness in the trial of the Murdock gang and he wants to take Blaine back with him to Sacramento. Adam is suspicious of Eskith and is determined to help escort Blaine back. However, Gideon Cleminger has other plans for Eskith.
Dan Duryea (U.S. Deputy Marshall Gerald Eskith), Fred Beir (Jason Blaine), Christine White (Mariette Blaine), Wendell Holmes (Judge Rand), Richard Warren (Gideon Cleminger), James Hong (Number One/Hop Sing's cousin)
Air Date: 24 September 1960
- Featured Cartwright: Adam
4: The Mill
Writer: Halsted Welles Director: John Rich
An old friend of Ben's, Joyce Edwards arrives unexpectedly at the Ponderosa followed by her hired ranch hand, Ezekiel. Her husband, Tom, was paralysed in a hunting accident a few years earlier and she tells Ben that she is worried about him losing all his money playing cards with Ezekiel. Ben and his sons decide to build a flour mill to help the Edwards' make some money. However, Ezekiel has his own plans for the Edwards and uses his influence over Tom to cause trouble resulting in tragedy for the Edwards and Ben.
Harry Townes (Tom Edwards), Dianne Foster (Joyce Edwards), Claude Akins (Ezekiel)
Air Date: 1 October 1960