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Bonanza episode
“Return to Honor”
Season 5, Episode 25
#159 in Series
Air date March 22, 1964
Production code
Guest starring:
Written by Jack Turley
Directed by Don McDougall
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
No Less a Man
Next Episode:
The Saga of Muley Jones
External links
Return to Honor on IMDb


Ben gets word that his nephew Will has been murdered in nearby Pine City. As it turns out, Will has been shot and wounded while on the run from a counterfeiting gang that wants back the engraving plates Will has "appropriated" from them.


Ben travels to nearby Pine City to pay respects after learning of the murder of his nephew Will. Ben visits the grave and finds finds his nephew alive, but suffering with a bullet wound. Will tells his uncle he's hiding out from a group of counterfeiter's whose engraving plates he swiped, and wants them to think he's dead. Ben decides his best bet is to take Will home to the Ponderosa.

Cast and Characters[]

The Cartwrights


  • Arch Johnson: E.J. Butler
  • Bill Clark: Jenner
  • Bob Miles: Gunman on Roof
  • Gregg Palmer: Gannett
  • Hugh Sanders: Dr. Moore
  • James Tartan: Townsman
  • I. Stanford Jolley: Liveryman
  • Ralph Montgomery: Bartender
  • Robert J. Wilke: Marshal Hollister


Did you know?[]

  • German episode title: "William Cartwright", meaning "William Cartwright".
  • This episode introduced Guy Williams as Ben's nephew Will Cartwright. He was intended as a possible replacement for Pernell Roberts, who was considering leaving at that time. It's reported that he met with much resistance from the show's stars and was written out before the season ended in the episode Triangle.




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