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Bonanza episode
“The Newcomers”
Season 1, Episode 3
#3 in Series
Air date September 26, 1959
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Guest starring:
Written by Thomas Thompson
Directed by Christian Nyby
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
The Sun Mountain Herd
Next Episode:
The Paiute War
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The Newcomers on IMDb


Hoss falls for an invalid (Inger Stevens) traveling with unscrupulous prospectors who want to mine the Ponderosa.


The Cartwrights find a group of people crossing their land. One of them is Blake McCall, a man they ran off their property earlier. The others include McCall's fiance, Emily, a sick woman, and her brother (also McCall's business partner) John Pennington. Ben is familiar with Pennington's work. They use hydraulic mining which destroys the land by uprooting trees and removing top soil. Emily is sick and John says they're just trying to get her to the high country for her health. Ben is adamant that they leave.

The next day, to ensure that the party goes, Ben has Hoss escort them off. As they make their way, John and one of his men, Krug, make plans to overtake Hoss. They've noticed his concern for livestock and pretend to have a lame horse. When Hoss checks the animal, they knock him out. John and Emily are against this and they too find themselves captives of McCall. McCall kills the Cartwrights' foreman for guns and ammunition and dumps the body at the Ponderosa's front door.

While they're gone, Hoss breaks free. At John's urging, Hoss escapes with Emily. The Cartwrights are now tracking McCall and his men, who have enlisted the help of local miners. Hoss and Emily have made their way some distance and see that Ben, Adam and Joe are about to walk into an ambush. Hoss draws McCall's attention to himself and takes on the gang single handedly. Hoss does well when the Cartwrights arrive and shoo everyone else off. Hoss is explaining things when he realizes Emily is very sick.

The Cartwrights and John rush Emily back to the Ponderosa. She's dying and knows it so she asks John to take her back to San Francisco. Emily doesn't want Hoss to know the severity of her illness. Hoss makes arrangements for her to go with a wagon train, but Hoss tells her he'd like her to stay. Emily tells Hoss to go to his favorite glade in the spring and she'll be there. She says she loves him, caresses his cheek, and leaves. Hoss can't believe it, he's getting married! Hoss rushes into the ranch house so excited, yet he can't understand why no one else is excited too.

Now that Emily's gone, they break the news to him, that Emily has a fatal illness, tuberculosis. Distraught, Hoss runs out of the house. Joe tries to follow to console his brother, but Ben stops him. Having lost three of his own wives, he tells Joe, "For a while it's a hurt you have to bear alone." Hoss spends his time alone by the water begging God to help him.

Eventually, he returns to the Ponderosa. Hoss, still troubled, still can't talk about it or explain things, but Ben understands and encourages him to go on by simply going back to work.

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The Cartwrights






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