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Season 14 on Bonanza premiered on September 12, 1972.

Season 14 lost the preemptive opening scene and opted to just bring in the credits first. It also brought back iconic ride up that introduces us to each main character of the show. We also lost the iconic title page that always told us the name of the episode.


# Image Title Airdate
01 Forever Forever September 12, 1972
Little Joe Cartwright meets a woman who he falls in love with. Tragedy befalls them & his wife & baby are killed. He sets out to avenge his family.
02 Heritage Heritage of Anger September 19, 1972
Ben helps ex-convict John Dundee re-adjust to society. However, Dundee's boorish attitude complicates matters, and it may have to do with his former business partners framing him for a crime he didn't commit.
03 Initiation The Initiation September 26, 1972
Jamie's part of a boy's club that has a severe initiation process. When one boy dies during the induction procedures, member Ted Hoag is blamed by the people of Virginia City, though all the boys agree to shoulder the responsibility.
04 Riot Riot! October 3, 1972
While at the Nevada State Prison to inspect conditions, Ben is one of several prominent men taken hostage. The riot is an attempt by frustrated inmates to expose horrific conditions at the prison. While Joe and Candy plan to resolve the situation, Ben begins a friendship with Griff King, and helps communicate the inmates' demands to the warden and state prison board.
05 Newman New Man October 10, 1972
In this sequel episode to "Riot," Ben helps parolee Griff King adjust to life outside of prison, giving him a job as a ranch hand. At first, Griff resists the Cartwrights' attempts to rehabilitate him, but he soon grows to appreciate their help and tries to change.
06 Lobo Ambush at Rio Lobo October 24, 1972
Ben and a pregnant woman are held hostage by a gang of robbers, who are plotting a stagecoach robbery and are determined to prevent interference by anyone with the name Cartwright.
07 Grave The 26th Grave October 31, 1972
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) makes his 3rd appearance in Virginia City, this time offering tall tales over an unsolved murder that was tied to a claim jumping.
08 Stallion Stallion November 14, 1972
Joe is given a beautiful, black stallion for his birthday present, but winds up sacrificing it when he rides to the rescue of a young boy who was accidentally shot by his outlaw father.
09 Enemy The Hidden Enemy November 28, 1972
Dr. Will Agar is Virginia City's new town doctor. He's exceptionally gifted and can bring many new procedures to Nevada Territory. However, Dr. Agar is addicted to morphine, which results in trouble ... and in the end, tragedy.
10 Sadness The Sound of Sadness December 5, 1972
Griff's friend, widowed farmer Jonathan May, wants to adopt two young orphans, one of whom is unable to talk. When Jonathan is told he cannot adopt the boys, Griff decides to set the adoption agency folks straight on what a loving father is.
11 Bucketdog The Bucket Dog December 19, 1972
Jamie forms a bond with an Irish setter he names April. However, April was a runt and - according to its rightful owner - should be put to sleep because it is a disgrace to the breed. When April competes in a field trial, the dog's owner soon learns that it's not the size of the dog that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog.
12 Kelly First Love December 26, 1972
Jamie falls in love with the wife of his new school teacher, Mr. Edwards. The arrogant instructor belittles his students in class and his wife, Kelly, in public. When Jamie discovers that Edwards is physically abusing Kelly, the young man stages a confrontation. Ben provides comforting words for Jamie when his heart is broken.
13 Witness The Witness January 2, 1973
Candy is framed for a murder and faces trial. While Griff goes after the only witness, who has fled town, Ben places his faith in a young lawyer's ability to defend Candy against a prosecutor with a spotless record.
14 TheodoraDuffy5 The Marriage of Theodora Duffy January 9, 1973
It's a serious game of "let's pretend" when Griff King and government agent Theodora Duffy pose as husband and wife. Their task is to capture a Civil War renegade named Stanton Complicating matters are that the Cartwrights aren't clued in on the secret mission.
15 TheHunter1 The Hunter January 16, 1973
During a delivery run, Joe meets Cpl. Bill Tanner, who turns out to be a war-deranged madman who enjoys stalking down his helpless victims before killing them. After stealing Joe's wagon and his supplies, the psychotic Tanner explains that Joe just became his latest "prey," and that he intends to stalk him down and brutally murder him. With no help in sight, Joe must rely on his wits and intuition to defeat Tanner.

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