Bonanza Wiki
Bonanza episode
“The Abduction”
Season 2, Episode 8
#40 in Series
Air date October 29, 1960
Production code
Guest starring:
Written by Herman Groves
Directed by Charles Haas
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Day of Reckoning
Next Episode:
Breed of Violence
External links
The Abduction on IMDb


Joe and Hoss take dates to a traveling carnival and Joe's girlfriend disappears. He and Hoss tear the circus apart to find her, meeting resistance from the carny folk.


Hoss and Joe take their sweethearts to a colorful carnival for the day. Joe's girlfriend, Jennifer Beale, disappears when she volunteers in a magic act. She has been abducted by the carnival owner, Philip Reed, and his accomplice Gerner. Her father is Joshua Beale, the richest man in the Comstock. Gerner convinces Reed to hold her for a $1 million dollar ransom, and her father will gladly pay them to ensure her safe return.

Reed's girlfriend, Della Thompson, is jealous of Jennifer and has second thoughts about the abduction. Hoss and Joe can't believe Jennifer's disappearance and travel deep into the bowels of the carnival, meeting fierce resistance from the carnival people at every avenue. They come up without a trace of finding her.

Della tells Joe her suspicions about the abduction of Jennifer and before she can say anymore, Gerner discreetly shoots her in her back, killing her. Reed calls the sheriff on the scene and together they organize a manhunt to capture Joe for the murder of Della.

Roudin the Mystic disagrees with Reed's motives and offers to help Hoss and Joe, but must enlist the help of the huge Hercules, who has sworn to kill Joe for murdering Della. Together, they turn the tables on Reed and Gerner and Jennifer is safely found tied up in Reed's quarters. Roudin takes charge of the carnival and Hoss and Joe wish him the best of luck.

Cast and Characters[]

The Cartwrights


  • Stafford Repp: Sheriff Brady


  • Barbara Lawrence: Della Thompson
  • Bill Clark: Carnie Thug #1
  • Bob Hopkins: Carnival Announcer
  • Cosmo Sardo: Ticket Seller
  • Gerald Mohr: Phil Reed
  • Jackie Russell: Jennifer Beale
  • Jack Tornek: Carnival Attendee
  • Jerry Oddo: Gerner
  • Laurie Mitchell: Harriet Beale
  • Martha Manor: Blonde Carnival Attendee
  • Mary Orozco: Daisy the Fat Lady
  • Robert 'Big Buck' Maffei: Hercules
  • Theodore Marcuse: Roudin The Great Mystic


  • German episode title: "Die Entführung der Jennifer Beale", meaning "The Abduction Of Jennifer Beale".


  • In the scene in which Little Joe is in the Bearded Lady's tent, she puts her arms around him. When the camera is aimed at her, her hands are behind Joe's back. When the camera is aimed at Joe, her hands are on his chest.




Video:Bonanza Season 2 Episode 8- The Abduction

See also[]