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Bonanza episode
“Square Deal Sam”
Season 6, Episode 8
#176 in Series
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Air date November 8, 1964
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Guest starring:
Written by Jessica Benson

Murray Golden

Directed by Murray Golden
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
A Dime's Worth of Glory
Next Episode:
Between Heaven and Earth
External links
Square Deal Sam on IMDb


Scam artist "Square Deal Sam" Washburn comes to town and suckers the Cartwrights with a fake land deal. The con-man changes his shady ways and ends up staying in Virginia city to run an orphanage.


The Washburns just arrived in town and are looking for work. When Hoss hears about the difficulties they've been through, he invites them to stay at the Ponderosa.

After they sell everyone at the ranch a share in a copper mine, the Cartwrights find out the Washburns are not exactly what they appear to be. But this is just the beginning of the yarns Samuel is willing to spin.

Cast and Characters[]

The Cartwrights



  • Betty Endicott: Brunette in Blue Dress
  • Bill Clark: Cowboy in Blue Shirt
  • Bruno VeSota: Bartender Andy
  • Clint Sharp: Stagecoach Driver
  • Danny Flower: Danny Sipes
  • Ernest Truex: Samuel T. Washburn
  • Martha Manor: Blonde in Green Dress
  • Nydia Westman: Martha Washburn
  • Olan Soule: Telegrapher
  • Sailor Vincent: Courtroom Spectator
  • Sandy Kenyon: Charlie Gibson
  • Shug Fisher: Gibson's Partner
  • Sydney Smith: Judge


Did you know?[]

  • German episode title: "Das Geschäft seines Lebens", meaning "The Deal of His Life".




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