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Bonanza episode
“The Mill”
Season 2, Episode 4
#36 in Series
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Air date October 1, 1960
Production code
Guest starring:
Written by Halsted Welles
Directed by John Rich
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
Badge Without Honor
Next Episode:
The Hopefuls
External links
The Mill on IMDb


The Cartwrights construct a grist mill to help neighbor Tom Edwards, a disabled man who bitterly blames Ben for his condition. However, Tom is being manipulated by his scheming hired hand, Ezekiel.


The Cartwrights' neighbor Tom Edwards is a paraplegic, ever since an accident involving Ben Cartwright and a gun. His ranch is run down without his active care. Joyce, Tom's wife, is a longtime friend of Ben, who decides to help the Edwards by making Tom a business proposition: the Cartwrights will build a grain mill on Edwards' land.

In return, Ben only wants his investment money back, plus fifteen percent. Tom and his hired hand Ezekiel are suspicious of Ben, but Tom agrees to the deal. The Cartwright men build the mill, but tension begins to rise when Ezekiel makes comments which rekindle Tom's suspicion.

The Cartwrights discover that Ezekiel has been stealing money from the Edwards and running the ranch as he sees fit. Ezekiel has been lying to Tom to cause animosity between Tom and the Cartwrights. Ezekiel has plans to take over Tom's ranch and marry Joyce, who abhors him. The Cartwrights need to intervene before it's too late.


The Cartwrights




Did you know?[]

  • German episode title: "Der Knecht", meaning "The Servant".
  • In the opening credits, the "Special Guest Stars" are listed over a shot of the shore of Lake Tahoe. It's the only time during the series' run that this is done.


  • In the fight scene near the end between Ezekiel and Ben, a tear can be plainly seen on the left buttock of the pants that Claude Akins is wearing. Towards the end of the fight the tear disappears.


"Three fine sons. They could be half your life."
"Only half?"
"Sons can't be everything.
Ben and Joyce Edwards[src]




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