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Bonanza episode
“The Witness (Season 14)”
Season 14, Episode 13
#428 in Series
Air date January 2, 1973
Production code
Guest starring:
Written by Arthur Heinemann, Joel Murcott
Directed by Lewis Allen
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
First Love
Next Episode:
The Marriage of Theodora Duffy
External links
The Witness (Season 14) on IMDb


Candy is framed for a murder and faces trial. While Griff goes after the only witness, who has fled town, Ben places his faith in a young lawyer's ability to defend Candy against a prosecutor with a spotless record.


An elderly business associate of Ben's dies after a man, posing as Candy, tries to rob her; the woman suffers a fatal heart attack. Since it happened during the commission of a felony, it's considered murder. The real Candy, who had been assaulted at a hotel by the same man, is held in connection with the old woman's death.

A woman named Kate is the only one who can back up Candy's alibi, but she has left town with her husband, who is the thief. Griff agrees to go after Kate and have her provide a statement. He discovers, as Ben and Joe do later, that Kate has a past that, if revealed at trial, could do serious harm to Candy's defense.

Meanwhile, Ben is unsure about the young defense attorney's ability to defend Candy, particularly since the state's attorney has a nearly spotless conviction record. But the budding lawyer is determined to play David to the prosecutor's Goliath.

Cast and Characters[]

The Cartwrights[]



  • Sam Jarvis: Burford
  • William Wintersole: Frank Schulte
  • Dick Ryal: Will Reilly
  • Shirley O'Hara: Ella Peterson
  • David McLean: Sheriff Touhy
  • Sally Kemp: Kate Fallon/ Kathryne Gardner
  • Larry Finley: Sam
  • Ross Elliott: Harvey Walters
  • Byron Mabe: Louis Gardner
  • Stephen Nathan: Oscar Hammer


  • German episode title: "David und Goliath im Wilden Westen", meaning "David And Goliath In The Wild West".
  • Mitch Vogel does not appear in this episode.
  • Hoss is sadly dead during this episode.