Denver McKee Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #02, Episode #06
Millions of fans and casual viewers tuned in to watch the popular television series entitled Bonanza. The nontraditional Western program revolves around the Cartwright family and their weekly adventures. Fred Freiberger and Steve McNeil wrote the thirty-eighth episode of Bonanza, Denver McKee. At the same time, B-picture auteur Jacques Tourneur served as the episode’s director.
Denver McKee, played by Franchot Tone, is a former law enforcement officer. With his money, he aspires to give everything to his beloved daughter Connie (Natalie Trundy). McKee has secretly joined an outlaw gang to fulfill his wish, accepting large sums of money in exchange for his cooperation.
However, the father-daughter duo faces trouble. Connie returns home from a fancy Eastern school right when McKee goes out of town to apprehend the exact outlaws who offered him a partnership. When things couldn’t get any worse, Joe Cartwright falls in love with Connie.
Ken Mayer (Miles), Stephen Courtleigh (Harley), Bob Barker (Mort), William Fawcett (Pete), Jim Galante, Jack Lester (Johnson), Greg Rhinelander, and Pete Robinson (Fleming) join the cast in this episode.
Apart from the entire episode, you can read the plotline, including some exciting trivia below.
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Aside from Bonanza’s leading actors, the second season’s sixth episode, Denver McKee, featured some of the series’ recurring and supporting cast members. The following actors appeared in the episode:
- Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
- Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
- Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
- Franchot Tone as Denver McKee
- Natalie Trundy as Connie McKee
- Ken Mayer as Miles Briscoe
- Stephen Courtleigh as Harley
- Bob Barker as Mort
- William Fawcett as Pete Redfern
- Jim Galante as Party Guest
- Jack Lester as Johnson (uncredited)
- Greg Rhinelander as Party Guest (uncredited)
- Pete Robinson as Fleming (uncredited)
Full Story Line for Denver McKee
Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe are returning to the Ponderosa ranch when a gunshot rings from a distance. They found an older man, Pete, robbed of three years worth of work and shot, but couldn’t identify the robbers’ identity apart from their physical features. Hoss promises to get the doctor, but he dies before their eyes.
Ben pays Denver McKee, an old friend, a visit. Miles, Denver’s foreman, welcomes him as he hooks his horse to a buggy. Miles reveals that Denver’s daughter, Connie, is going home from her Eastern school, making Denver extremely anxious. Denver exits his home, dressed up to make a good impression on his daughter. He has changed a few aspects of their home to make it look decent and is worried Connie wouldn’t like her new surroundings. Ben invites Denver to a welcome home party for Connie at the Ponderosa that night, and Denver gladly accepts his invitation.
Back at the Ponderosa, the Cartwright boys inform Ben about the unfortunate news: the robbery and Pete’s death. The only clue they have is one of the burglars’ red hair. Ben puts Pete’s few personal belongings in a drawer and prepares himself for the celebration.
The party begins that night, and everyone is excited to see Connie return after four years. Denver and Connie arrive as Ben makes a toast for the two. Joe gives Connie a welcome kiss, but she slaps him on the face, telling him that’s how they greet people in the east. She greets the remaining Cartwrights with joy, not expecting a party for her return. Denver tells Ben he wants to offer Connie security, much like what Ben has provided to his sons. Ben assures Denver that although it hasn’t been easy for Denver, he has already done it.
Ben, Adam, and Hoss set forth to drop by Denver’s place in search of the robbers. They arrived when Denver was shooting a can around the yard. Denver informs Connie about Pete’s incident, but Connie believes Denver shouldn’t join their search, thinking Denver has had enough violence in the past. Ben assures her they’re doing it to help the sheriff and uphold the law. Connie can only tell his father to be careful because there’s nothing she can do to stop them.
Connie visits Little Joe at the Ponderosa ranch. Connie is initially teasingly hostile towards Joe, but her entire demeanor shifts after Joe brings up his gift for her. His present was a horse, and Connie expressed her delight and gratitude with a kiss. They ride off together, stopping by a pond to take a break. There they exchanged kisses and playful mentions about Joe’s so-called girlfriends. Joe asks Connie if she is returning to the East, but she is uncertain about it, including Joe’s feelings for her.
Ben, Adam, and Hoss ride to the canyon the next day, where Denver loses the robbers’ trail. They realize the robbers have doubled back to trick them. The Cartwrights lose track again after the course left by the robbers leads to a busy road. Ben realized that the killers weren’t strangers, maybe even one of their neighbors. At that moment, the Cartwrights hear gunshots from a distance and discover that three more people have been shot dead. Horses were running nearby, so Adam and Hoss went after them. Ben checks the bodies and hears a groan, revealing one of the three men, Corey, is still alive. He tells Ben that four men shot them, three of whom were wearing masks, one redheaded, and someone who looked familiar to him. Adam and Hoss return, failing to find the men. Although Corey couldn’t identify the men, his statement confirms that the robbers were people they knew.
At the robbers’ camp, Denver and Miles discuss the killing that occurred earlier that day. Miles is upset because he does not want to see anyone get killed. Denver is unbothered even if Miles brought up the Cartwrights. Miles also doesn’t wish for Connie to find out what they’re doing. On the other hand, Denver believes that since he’s in charge, everything will end up fine. Miles wants to leave the group, but the others don’t want anyone quitting, even threatening to kill the first man to flee.
Ben, Adam, and Hoss report the shooting and the trail to Denver. They also tell him they think the robbers are someone they know, but Denver finds it unbelievable. Denver insists he does not want to assist them anymore since he does not want to get hurt. He states he’s worn out and sick of helping other people for years. Denver wishes to focus on looking after Connie. Ben is surprised that Denver feels that way but doesn’t press him for any more assistance.
Connie and Joe arrive with Joe carrying Connie’s shopping packages. Denver invites Joe to dinner, but Connie assures his father that Joe will change his mind later. When Connie goes upstairs, Joe and Denver discuss the two’s relationship. Joe expresses his fondness for Connie, telling Denver that he’ll ask Connie to marry him. Denver is upset and outright refuses, stating he only wants Connie to be happy. Apologetic, Joe leaves.
Connie returns, asking about Joe. Denver is confused since he assumed Connie intended to travel east to find happiness. However, Connie tells her father that she no longer wants to leave. Denver could only tell her that all he ever wanted was for her to be happy, and they shared a hug.
At the Ponderosa, Joe is upset to hear Ben, Adam, and Hoss suspect Denver and Miles, especially since the latter wasn’t at the party when the Silverado payroll robbery happened. Joe couldn’t believe it. Ben asks Hoss to go to the McKee place to follow Miles in case he leaves the ranch.
Joe comes early in the morning to relieve Hoss from his duty. However, Joe sees something and asks Hoss to stay. They find Denver, Miles, a redheaded man, and a stranger gathering at the ranch. Joe and Hoss decide to get Ben and Adam. Denver tells them that the Cartwrights are onto them after gathering information. Miles feels they need to lay low for some time, but the redhead refuses, planning to sleep in the bunkhouse rather than outside.
The Cartwrights arrive at the McKee ranch. They find the redhead standing outside, then ask Denver if he knows him. The redhead draws his gun, but Joe quickly shoots him. Adam shoots the stranger who tried to fire back. Connie rushes out to see what the gunshots are about, but Denver tells Joe to assist her inside.
Still confused, Ben asks Denver why Denver’s involved with the gang. Denver reveals that he ran out of money and did what he had to do. Ben declares he has to take Denver in, but Denver refuses to surrender his weapon. Denver draws his gun and fires, and Ben shoots, hitting Denver in the stomach. Devastated to see his old friend dying, Denver assures him that he doesn’t have to blame himself.
Connie is ready to leave on the stagecoach. Waiting outside is Joe, who asks her if Connie truly wishes to go. Connie believes it’s what she has to do to get away and forget. She tells him she loves him and then enters the buggy to leave.
Full Script and Dialogue of Denver McKee
[Music] [Applause] oh you two are a big help you know i had that gal sweet talked eating right out of my hand you two have to bust in and hustle me out of there oh you just be grateful we got you out of trouble before it happened you know what i think well it couldn't be much it takes brains for thinking yeah well i think you're jealous just because i find the only pretty gal in town who's not wearing some man's brand did not tell you he showed on brains ah but she was wearing some man's brand cazanova and he was rounding up a few of his friends and they were fixing to take you apart but there was no talk about putting you back together again and me and adam being the charitable fellows we are we just decided your hide might be worth safe uh not that we care but uh paul might have been a little upset 45. sounds like it came from old pete redford's place uh he don't know no 45. peter they got everything three years work gone pete did you get a good look at him it was wearing masks one of them was a big redhead a reddited man hat fell off there was farm pete don't you worry we're going to get a doctor for you out of virginia city how is he [Music] he's just fine oh he didn't hurt no more [Music] hello miles uh noon this guy right denver around yeah inside walk about six foot off the ground nervous as a wrestling church he hasn't had this buggy out since that school teacher left now don't tell me he's getting married oh ain't gonna get married don't have to but i have a woman around the place again connie's coming home yeah bye gully four o'clock stage yeah yeah you must have card right that man scared to death you know reckon since she's been back to that eastern school going on four years he figures she's a queen england well you know she's going to see a lot of changes in this place yeah denver's done a good job with it in four years well for the love of zachary p taylor that you denver yeah that's me denver where you preaching nowhere but i wish i was behind a pulpit i could take off these doggone gators but ben do you think a man's feet keep on growing well i heard that uh when a person gets older his body shrinks i don't know about feet though well i haven't had these gaiters on since the harrelson wedding but i swear either they're a size smaller and my feet are a size larger then you think i look all right well you know if i didn't know better i'd swear you were a senator i'm going in to meet connie i know milestone yeah he told me sure i told him i ain't forgot how to talk doesn't seem like four years doesn't it does to me i tried to get the house fixed up so kind of have a decent place to come home to i don't know you think she'll like it oh it looks real nice i had some new curtains made for a room some kind of lace yeah they're real pretty to me well then it is real pretty now what are you worried about that little girl won't even know the place i know but she's grown up now 18 her last birthday you make it sound like she's an old maid when she left here she was a kid what do you know about it you old goat who's an old goat i ain't more than two years older than you are that makes you an old goat two cents i'd quit for two cents i'd fire you now hold on you two how long have you known each other too dang long since before connie was born that's long enough well denver if i were you i'd hold on to miles as a foreman you give me one good reason why i should well if you don't connie i'll have you hide [Laughter] you better get going denver that stage live will be early well it hasn't happened yet but i suppose it could ben you wouldn't want to ride in with me would you well no you you two have a lot to talk about yeah i guess you're right four years is a long time well you sure i look all right ben i told you yeah like a senator then you can't lie worth a hoot well and uh like a state senator then oh there is one thing yeah what's that well you know i was thinking uh it's a little short notice i know but this is saturday night and uh connie coming home i thought i'd like to give a little welcome home party for connie the ponderosa tonight well that's fine ben if i can get these gators broke in by that time well if you want you can come barefoot thanks ben connie'll like a party [Applause] well i guess i'd better get along home and have the boys spread the word around about the party well i uh won't be able to make the party miss conrad somebody's got to watch the store oh sorry about that miles that's all we found on him paul we followed the four men until we lost their drill and we went back and buried pete not very much to leave after a lifetime of hard work is it what could anybody expect to get robbing old pete redfern huh i don't know adam some people say pete did fairly well with that mind of his he could have had some money stashed away somewhere paul this seems to me like it's a like it's an organized outfit this is a third robbery in less than a month no it's the first killing pete was killed because he got a good look at one of the men on that side what'd he say about him well not much except except he had red hair well i'll talk to denver mckee he might be able to pick up the trail you boys lost yeah he's probably good at that old denver's about half bloodhound in here well meantime you go ahead and pass the word around about the party i don't think pete would want to spoil connie's homecoming you keep quiet about this i'll talk to denver right [Music] [Applause] um hey is that you i smell a little brother well it couldn't be you or rather you two smell like horses smells a bit like the wednesday afternoon ladies society don't you think yeah maybe maybe walsh's livery stable and we felt let's take a long walk like to china well our little brother we'd be happy to but we got to hang around here to take care of your hide well i'll tell connie mckee to be sure to thank you oh joe uh remember don't mention anything about pete redfern at the party okay all right did he have any kin no no according to paul his wife died a few years back and that's how come he's out here manning hmm well you boys see a red-headed man at the party tonight be sure to shoot first and talk about it later hey wait a minute josh perkins come to that party tonight he's red-headed and the best dang barber in virginia city i sure wouldn't want to shoot him oh you know i would if i were you what a haircut that gave you [Applause] [Music] hey charlie wonder what's keeping denver mckee and that daughter of his they're late now listen fleming have you ever taken a woman anywhere i'm being tired little connie mckee you know the way she used to ride that horse i thought she'd break her neck before she got a chance to go to school i wonder whether she changed the east or the east changed her i guess the east dropped some rough spots off her but i imagine she's still the same girl she was at least i hope so for denver's sake he was shaking like a leaf when he went to pick her up at the stage here's to denver mckee the greatest sheriff colorado ever had here's to denver mckee the best indian scout in the us army here's to denver mckee the most frightened father in nevada ah there they come [Applause] it's gotta be connie cause she's with old denver i don't know i don't look like connie to me hell you wanna know something fellas i don't really care who that is welcome home connie hello little joe it's so nice to see you hey wait a minute way to say hello to an old friend in the east that's the way we treat freshmen looks like you two are gonna take up just where you left off four years ago still fighting hello hoss it's so good to see you hi connie dog gone it we we like not even recognize you you wait right here we got a real big surprise for you all right adam how are you oh connie you have changed yeah not so you could notice you still got that same old sweet temper hello how are you welcome home connie thank you i didn't expect a welcome home party like this it's so wonderful oh i'd forgotten how beautiful the ponderosa is well she put on a best party dress for you denver she's your daughter you better introduce it to the guests thanks ben folks most of you remember my little girl but for those who don't connie mckee welcome home oh it's beautiful but it's a shame to cut it well we can't either you do well just make a wish first and then blow he's a real beauty denver she sure is ben i can say that because i can't take any credit for it she's a spitting image of my mother yeah i only hope i've done right that what connie how do you know about girls ben you see i didn't want her to grow up here like a wild bronco marry the first saddle trap that asked her i got tired of the ranch and head for san francisco to twist the town by the tail i wanted to give her what you've given me a boy security background i wanted to have a chance to see something besides steers and horses and a kitchen stove well you've done it and i know it hasn't been easy here's a little piece off why don't we call it a truce well seeing as you started the war i accept there'll be another war little joe if you try to hog the guest of honor uh connie why don't we go somewhere we can draw up a peace treaty i have a better idea let's have some punch hey that is a good idea why don't you two go ahead well come on fellas connie and i are old friends but connie wants to make new friends don't you connie since you've been east little joe is a changed man connie he doesn't seem any different to me that's just on the surface underneath he's wilder in a local steer right more wilder sometimes in virginia city they have what they call the girls protective association when little joe comes into town all those mamas go into action why little joe i had no idea miss connie would you care to meet some of my friends yes i'd love to oh connie i hope she isn't really mad at little joe no no she's not mad at joe just trying to show him that he isn't the only man in nevada doing good what's your mind little brother you having trouble she looks like i got typhoid fever or something what's the matter with me anyway uh got a couple hours i'll tell you i'll never mind she's not the only girl in nevada hmm she's the prettiest oh come on you're not gonna really eat the rest of that it's too good of cake let's go waste joe thanks so much for everything all of you that even includes you little joe thanks man for a while there tonight you made me forget connie'd ever been away at all [Music] well the short straw stays the rest of us get denver see if we can pick up the trail of the killers well guess who's got it get your state job i still don't see why we all can't go well somebody has to stay here make yourself useful joe help number one cousin with the dishes that's pretty good shooting that amber the useless way to spend money ben i just started wondering if i still had to touch well i guess it's a little like swimming man never forgets you ready to go yeah i'm ready i guess we better get started get started where connie i didn't want you to be bothered with any of this but you see yesterday an old named pete redfern got killed his life savings stolen oh that's terrible well it's more than that last night two men got killed the silverado mine payroll was taken we're just going out scott around see what we can find out i see but why do you have to go but connie i just told you three men have been killed i'd almost forgotten about the violence in the west and the fact that nobody is immune or wants to be we mean to try to put a stop to this before there's any further violence do you or do you enjoy it we're just trying to do what we feel we have to do we'll leave my dad out of it he spent most of his life with violence it wasn't a game with him it was his business and he's retired can't you leave him alone connie these are neighbors asking me to help because i know about these things connie last year 200 head of steer vanished completely without a trace and 50 men couldn't find him now we're looking for four men now the sheriff needs all the help he can get uh if we find them in and i hope we do well it's not gonna make us feel good not gonna make us feel big and brave that's right connie none of us get any joy out of this just something has to be done i'm sorry mr cartwright you will be careful won't you dad i didn't get this old being careless connie you try not to think about it where'd you leave little joel back at the ponderosa oh he's got a few chores to do uh not too many nice day for a ride if little joe wants to see me he knows where i am the only trouble is he can't leave the ranch let him stay there i certainly have no intention of running after him are you late don't tell me you were expecting me well pat didn't tell you had to stay here and do a few things around the house i really don't remember because i really don't care oh well in that case you probably wouldn't be very interested in a little present i was fixing up for you a present for me mm-hmm yeah if you don't care there really isn't much point to it did i say that it was in you well i may have but that was before you mentioned a present oh well they really taught you a lot in that girls school back east how to be mercenary in one easy lesson you're so wrong little joe no woman alive needs that lesson she's born that way oh i just didn't know they admitted to it but since you did how do you like him oh little joey's beautiful [Music] well if that's the way you say thanks it'll just take me a second to wrestle up about a dozen more just like him never mind one beautiful horse like this is enough for anybody maybe so but i don't hardly think one kiss is enough for anybody [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] why little joe i thought you had to stay back at the ranch and i want to have something better to do like kissing my best girl you mean kissing girls don't you any girl well where in the world did you get that notion it wasn't hard almost everyone at the party last night volunteered that information and more oh you're not gonna believe them well why shouldn't i not because they're lying i mean there's no such girl as uh joan curry oh sure there's such a girl is joan but she's a and uh how about uh carol childress and judy polk and uh sally putnam how do you do it you haven't been back 24 hours and you know every girl i've ever talked to i have only mentioned four would you like me to tell you the rest of the list no never mind of course uh you didn't do anything when you were back east except maybe and it sucks oh you know very well i went to a girls school yeah only the way i heard it there was a boys school right down the block how long is your list you'll die wondering little joe look connie those girls didn't mean anything to me they were just girls yeah that's right they were just girls well that's exactly what i am a girl now you're very special here was something i wanted to ask you are you going back east well i'm not sure why i just don't want you to go back that's all well that's hardly reason enough because i think you're very beautiful that still isn't much i like you very much [Music] i've only been back for 24 hours little joe tell me the same thing in 24 days [Music] now if we cut across the rim rock and we can come in through the brakes i'll come you through your back so soon we lost the trail four horses how'd you lose a trail like that it wasn't easy they went into the flint canyons up near the timberline rocks so hard there you can drive a thousand head of cattle through that part and never leave a sign they gotta be up here in the sierra somewhere i'm one of those high meadows probably they they gotta have grass and water yeah but adam there must be a hundred places like that up there we could ride for a year and not find them all oh you could find them the first day they've had all the breaks so far it's about time we had one we're right out of dawn uh yeah i'm sorry i can't go with you oh you mean there's a there's something you prefer to the high sierras well no it's just uh see i didn't expect to be back so soon so i promised connie i take her into virginia city hey joe aren't you afraid you might be over courting that little gal i mean you keep on like this and she's liable to think you want to marry her uh joe i think you ought to ride up into the mountains with us it uh well there's a lot of snow up there and uh maybe it'd cool y'all yeah what's your big rush anyhow joe you've done without that little guy for four years one more day ain't gonna hurt nothing if i want me to ride with you i will no you you go ahead with your plans with connie thank you you know i think our little brother's coming down with a real bad case love it us mm-hmm never mind the levitis let's get back to this now look we get up through the high [Music] meadow oh i'm getting about half tired of this canyon we must have been up here seven or eight times i'm not only tired of the canyon i'm just playing tired but this is denver lost the trail so this is where we start hunting start and finish above here there's a half a mile of flint and wash rocks for canyons and all the points of the compass to choose from poor what if they ain't up there tall what if they just come this far to make us think they're going up there with us behind them they'd have to head for high country i just want to dine what do you got in mind boy well sir a fox will double back on the hound how come a man can't i mean they could lead their horses across the rocks and get over into in little branch canyon go all the way back down the valley and then leave us hunting up here in a big country yeah that might be just worth looking [Applause] [Music] into [Music] four or five horses paul they did double back [Music] well once your way to cover up your tracks is it right down the busiest road you can and didn't take quite a chance though they might have been seen yeah well i'm thinking that they just didn't care if they would what do you mean paul he means that the killers aren't strangers that's right they could afford a double back i'm beginning to think that they could even be one of our neighbors you can't keep your finger off that trigger it wasn't my fault one of them saw us coming can still be easy i'll throw enough lead into him to keep him busy brennan can work around the back of the cabin and drop a torch on the roof [Music] come on leave it let's go awesome corey yeah sit on this barrel easy come out of nowhere one minute is quite as church the next minute jess is done and bullets are wasn't like bees that is foreign did you get a look at any of them saw four of them all mass but one hat on the the back of his head uh red hair sean i never seen him before but i'd known if i ever seen him again there was no use spa they had fresh horses ours were done when we got here what about the others cory mask like i said but there was one clothes maybe or the way moved i i couldn't put a name to him but i i i swear i've seen him a dozen times looks like he was right about him being our neighbors paul yeah let's get going to a doctor and then we'll make a few social calls is it good easiness [Music] well the boys seem happy how about you i don't like the way things are going why what's wrong there want to be no killings we decided that when we started all this when you point a gun at a man sometimes he has to go for his own when that happens she's got to pull the trigger if i learned one thing as a sheriff it was that you never learn to shoot no man in the back harley's killing those two payroll guys got this whole valley stared up well maybe harley was a little hasty won't happen again i'll take care of that meantime we've got a posse on our next why worry about that i've let other posses around in circles till they get dizzy and quit i can do it again this ain't other posses this is ben cartwright and his boys they ain't going to quit it was simple honest cow man from sun up till dusk just chasing strays out of the drawers denver they're not strays any good cow man rides by he's going to see you just drifting a few head up and down the valley now we've been in this a long time how come you're getting sweat up about it now thinking of connie like we both was when we started miles i know you loved that kid like she was your own daughter i know you're worried about her finding out she won't a couple of more jobs like the last one we'll have everything we ever wanted for her i don't figure it that way don't wait a minute you getting ideas about quitting me they both till i quit denver but i don't think we can what are you getting at first it was just you and me and you sent me out at the colorado badlands pick up a lot of hard cases giving big talk about big pickens hey they've had a taste of it you can't expect them let go now i can call this thing off anytime i want to can you holly brennan olia [Music] we heard talk about some of you boys wanting to pull out where'd you're alive with the payroll we've piled up we better than 30 thousand dollars now that's nothing of what we're gonna do we got more men coming in good man denver here was wondering how you men felt about a man quitting with his chef he wants to why nobody better even think of pulling out we come here to clean up that sits real good with me and that's what i'm aiming to do not the way you feel about it boss sure yeah miles and i just wanted to see how you felt don't worry boss the first man tries to run out on is a kill ben come on in your fellas look as if you could use a drink little water be right fine trouble well they they jumped wind clearing corey you know they put up a fight lincoln got killed and gordy got hit bad well not too bad thanks that on the shoulder he'll be all right do you recognize any of them nope like we ran across the trail of one of them before a redhead that red head had to be the one that killed old pete redfern ran across the trail of another one of them corey tells me that he's seen him before recognizing by his walk instead of his shoulders corey says he must have seen him a dozen times somewhere lara's mask be somebody we know might even be a neighbor a neighbor i find that hard to believe man well i didn't want to believe it either but we picked up that trail today they doubled back on that tracks right down the main road didn't have to worry about being seen because it's seen there every day more killings every day that's why we're here denver i spent the better part of my life as a peace officer ben i was lucky i only caught one bullet you got a sheriff you got all the men you need don't ask me to press my luck you pressed it when you went out with us the other day we're all taking the same chance not according to the odds i've been riding a streak of luck for 30 years i don't intend to press it any further so far they've only got the miners and the mine payrolls they might decide to branch out you could be helping to put out a fire in your own house my own house all right about time i started taking care of my own house taking care of other people's houses for 20 years what the devil would ever get me a hundred dollars a month a lot of plaques in the wall pat on the back and a bullet in the shoulder i had no idea you felt this way well now you know i'm sick and tired of taking care of other people's troubles don't you think i owe something to my own kid yeah well i guess you got it right to your own way of thinking not going to press you but we're going out after those killers come on boys hey where'd i put these i think i think she ran out of money and i had to send in the hay wagon oh little joe you know perfectly well i needed every one of these things i'm sure you did connie state of supper uh no thanks i'm gonna show my face around the ponderosa i'm gonna forget them remember the family start charging me room and board you change his mind i'm gonna put these things upstairs then i'll be down to cook's upper dad you better stay little joel she's a pretty good cook hey you got a wonderful girl there mr mckee that's what i always wanted it to be i uh i wanted to talk to you about connie and me well what's on your mind what sir connie and i have known each other for a long time haven't we sir yes you have quite a long time and i know you've probably heard a lot of stories about all about me and those virginia city girls but i i just wanted you to know that they didn't mean a thing to me not any of them i hope you didn't tell them that at the time well uh no no no sir not at the time i well anyway that's not the way it is with connie and me i'm very fond of her sir um and if connie i'll have me i what i'm trying to say is sir i'd like to ask her to marry me well i don't think there's any way i can keep you from asking him does that mean you'd rather i wouldn't i don't mean that at all it's all i ever wanted was for connie to be happy have the chances other girls have so that's what i mean to offer her suppose i knew all along this had happened i should have known i should have known [Music] i'm sorry i upset you sir oh you're getting on home now tell connie i'll see you soon little joe gone yeah he just talked to me i was hoping he would like that is it yes it's like that he mentioned marriage one thing at a time dad first you fall in love i thought you'd done that already uh-huh but you have to give it time to grow to build dreams to be so filled with happiness and the wonder of it that you're about ready to explode and then you get married you're all like we talked about selling all this heading east you were so dead set on that when you first got here i know but i didn't realize then you thought you couldn't be happy out here i didn't think so either that's what i didn't realize that geography has nothing to do with happiness oh dad i know why you were talking about selling out and going east and i'll always love you a whole lot more because you were doing it for me but now you know i know baby all i ever wanted for you was happiness well all right go ahead and say it what do you want us to say oh come on adam you've been walking around it like it was a rattlesnake all right it's somebody we know a neighbor well come on say the rest of it you think denver mckee had something to do with it uh nobody said that joe nobody's even thinking it oh no now why don't you tell me what denver said about not wanting to help then you drop it so fast i could hear the thud when it hit i only thought you hears your heart when somebody mentions the name of mckee well what do you really think well i'd stick my life that denver had nothing to do with it well i hope you're right paw but we have to face the truth there was only one man that wasn't at connie's party the night the silverado payroll was stolen that's right miles briscoe you know when i was telling denver about the party miles was with him he said he couldn't go to the party because he had to look after things at the flying end right so he wasn't at the party does that prove anything no of course it doesn't joy but it's worth looking into boss why don't you uh ride out to the mckee place have a look around and if miles leaves the ranch trail them how long you only stay paul no one of us will leave you in the morning ah come on don't look so worried [Music] that just scared me to death you must be avenged and you just plumb up on it before i knew it i didn't see anything not a thing i think we wasted our time man well we're young brother we got plenty of time maybe sold with as low as it went last night i feel like i'm 90 years old already i'm gonna go get me some sleep right breakfast already it is uh then sleep's gonna be the second thing i get hey huss take a look at that [Music] it's a redheaded man stranger miles in denver go let's go get paul on it i'm telling you for the last time don't you come around this ranch anymore like red hair is like a latin you've been seen twice don't make any difference the two that see me ain't doing any talking well you're wrong pete redfearn identified you before he died and corey the miner you shot yesterday he's still alive i must be out of practice you're not out of practice you're just out of brains i think we ought to lay low for a while things quiet down you fellas sound like you're getting a streak up your backs you set up this play denver the rest of us have been taking all the risks sure we had to do a little shooting i want you to clear out of here you think i want my daughter to see you no i don't think much about your daughter one way or the other mr mckee and i'm tired of sleeping up in those rocks you got a bunkhouse back there i mean to use it [Music] so good morning ben morning denver you know this man sure he knows me ben what about it we've been looking for a redheaded man you're the only redheaded man in the area other than a barber in virginia city since when is being redheaded a crime since we found out that a redhead killed two men maybe two others do you figure to do anything about it [Music] you take connie back into the house all right come on kenny come on [Music] now put away your guns boys you won't need him you're taking a lot of chances aren't you ben i could not shoot you any day you live maybe so there's no reason for it to come to that why that staked my life you had nothing to do with this why that's very simple man i ran out of money i did what i had to do and i'm not backing down from it there are other ways what other ways i did a good job as a marshal when i needed money i turned to what i knew best i did a pretty good job at that too denver i'm gonna have to take you in [Music] and give me a gun huh no but you got to take it oh he means it yeah man i mean [Music] no denver no and now don't you go blaming yourself then the man pulls a gun on you you got to draw your own you got to pull a trick [Music] he could outdraw me any day of his life and he could shoot a lot straighter than that [Music] you're sure you want to go i have to go joe i have to get away i need time to think and time to forget [Music] i understand i love you [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] man [Music] you
Behind the Scenes of Denver McKee
Little Joe stays home as Ben, Adam, and Hoss set forth to find Pete’s killers. As implied in the previous episodes, Hop Sing is still in Hong Kong. Adam tells Joe to make himself useful by helping “#1” cousin with the dishes. (Season two’s episode three featured the mentioned cousin, portrayed by James Hong.) Number-1 cousin never appeared in this episode, even during Connie’s welcome home party at the Ponderosa.
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