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Bonanza episode
“The Beginning”
Season 4, Episode 9
#109 in Series
Air date November 25, 1962
Production code
Guest starring:
Written by Preston Wood
Directed by Christian Nyby
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Knight Errant
Next Episode:
The Deadly Ones
External links
The Beginning on IMDb


Joe befriends Billy Horne, a young white man who was raised by the Shoshones since childhood. Meanwhile, shady operator Milton Tanner produces some ancient deeds and claims a third of the Ponderosa belongs to him. While Ben works with his lawyer, Billy doesn't like what's being done to his new friends and takes matters into his own hands.


Billy Horne is a white man who was captured by the Shoshone when he was six. He comes into Ben and Joe's campsite one night uninvited. They capture him and take him to town. Roy Coffee wants to put him in jail for safe keeping, but Ben says he'll take him to the Ponderosa. They buy Horne clothes and become friends to him.

A slimy character named Milton Tanner says the deed to the Ponderosa is weak and tries to take a third of it. Billy goes to Tanner's ranch and warns him that he will kill him if he tries to take the land. Tanner turns his dog loose on Billy. Billy kills the dog and then Tanner, who is going for a gun. Billy pleads guilty, but breaks out. Eventually he goes back with Joe and tells what really happened.

Cast and Characters[]

The Cartwrights

  • Lorne Green: Ben Cartwright
  • Dan Blocker: Hoss Cartwright
  • Michael Landon: Little Joe Cartwright
  • Pernell Roberts: Adam Cartwright



  • Betty Endicott: Brunette Saloon Girl
  • Bill Clark: Cowhand in Tan Vest
  • Carl Reindel: Billy Horn
  • Francis De Sales: Prosecutor
  • Ken Lynch: Milton Tanner
  • Lon Dean: derik griffins
  • Raymond Bailey: Judge Griffith
  • Robert Burton: Ned Lewis


Did you know?[]

  • German episode title: "Der weiße Indianer", meaning "The White Indian".





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