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Ponderosa Matador Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #05, Episode #15

Penned by Alex Sharp, the comedic installment titled Ponderosa Matador depicts the Cartwright boys competing for the affection of the charming Dolores (portrayed by Marianna Hill), who is the daughter of Ben’s guest, Señor Tenino (played by Nestor Paiva). Upon learning of Dolores’s passion for bullfighting, the boys concoct a plan to impress her with a staged bullfight. However, their endeavor leads to chaos when a raging bull nearly demolishes Virginia City. Initially slated for broadcast on November 24, 1963, “Ponderosa Matador” was preempted due to the extensive TV coverage of the Kennedy assassination. Eventually, the episode aired on January 12, 1964.

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Main Cast

Besides the main cast, “Ponderosa Matador,” the fifteenth episode of Bonanza Season 5 highlights various recurring and guest-supporting actors. The following are featured in the episode:

  • Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
  • Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
  • Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
  • Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
  • Marianna Hill as Dolores Tenino
  • Nestor Paiva as Senor Francisco Tenino
  • Tol Avery as Troutman
  • Frank Ferguson as Gigger Thurman
  • Mike Ragan as Saloon Owner
  • John Barton as Townsman (uncredited)
  • John Bose as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Bill Catching as Townsman Running Out of Saloon (uncredited)
  • Russell Custer as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Betty Endicott as Townswoman (uncredited)
  • Herman Hack as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Fred Rapport as Townsman (uncredited)
  • Jack Tornek as Townsman (uncredited)

Full Story Line for Ponderosa Matador

Adam, Hoss, and Joe compete for the affection of the charming Dolores, who happens to be the daughter of Ben’s visitor, Señor Tenino.

Discovering Dolores’s admiration for matadors in the bull ring, they believe they can win her over with a bullfight.

However, their plan backfires spectacularly, leaving much of Virginia City in disarray due to the chaos caused by the rampaging bull.

Full Script and Dialogue of Ponderosa Matador

They should be here any minute.

Like lambs to the slaughter.

What's he supposed
to mean by that?

Beats me.

You know, Joe, it's
a pretty terrible thing

when a fella figures his own
kin is plotting behind his back.

You ought to know.

Oh, heh, Joe, I
was just funning.

You don't think that I wasn't
gonna tell you and Adam

about Senor Tenino's
daughter, did you?

Oh, heh, no, sure you
were. Sure you were.

But, see, uh, our brother
Adam's a little different.

He's sneaky.

- He's got something up his sleeve.
- Yeah.

- A hairy arm.
- More than that.

No, sir, look at him just
sitting there like a big sly cat.

Now, boys, I'd like you to, uh,
meet Senorita Dolores Tenino

and her father Senor
Francisco Tenino.

- Senorita, heh.
- Welcome to the ranch, senorita.

Thank you, senor, for
your warm welcome.

And in such good Spanish.

But don't worry about me, I
think I can take care of myself.

That sounded like more
than just a welcome to me.

- What was he saying, anyhow?
- I don't know.

He sure wasn't discussing
the price of tacos.

Your father told us so
much about you gentlemen

on the way from town, that I
feel as if I know you already.

You must be Mr. Hoss Cartwright.

Yeah. Just plain Hoss, ma'am.
I mean, Senorita Dolores.

Dolores, Hoss.

And, of course,
you're Little Joe?

Just plain Joe, ma'am.

And you are Adam.

And I would, uh, be happy to
show you the Ponderosa anytime.

I'd be very happy if you
boys came over here to say

hello to the senorita's father.



- Is a great pleasure to meet you.
- Senor Tenino.

Pleasure's all mine, sir.

Your boys have that
Cartwright charm, Ben.


- Shall we, senorita?
- Thank you.


Oh, boys, there's
some luggage here.

There's some luggage here to...

Your, uh, your
daughter's very charming.

Francisco, why don't
you go ahead inside

and I'll get some
help with the luggage?

Get some help with the luggage.


Ben, the dinner was delicious.

And I would like to thank, uh,
what is his name, Hoop Sling?

- Hop Sing. Hop Sing.
- Oh.

He'll be very pleased.
As a matter of fact,

he was quite concerned the
cooking might not please you.

- Oh, if he ever decides to leave you...
- Oh, heh, Father.

You'd better keep a
sharp eye on Hop Sing

or Father will be
trying to steal him away.

Well, I'm glad you warned me.

Your stories about those fighting
bulls you raised down in Mexico

was mighty interesting,
Senor Tenino.

- I'm glad I didn't bore you.
- Oh, no.

But if you are
really interested,

Dolores is an expert on the
technique of fighting the bulls.


Well, if these, uh, young
folks will excuse us,

- I'll show you that gun collection.
- Good, good.

I've been looking
forward to it. Excuse me.

You know, I've always
made it a practice

of collecting only
those firearms

that can be put into
good shooting condition.

Speaking of
bullfighting, senorita,

my brothers have gotten a little
carried away on that subject lately.

They have? In what way?

Well, my brother
Hoss has a book on it,

and between him and Little Joe,
we're lucky to have any furniture left.

Don't you believe a word
he's telling you, ma'am.

I'd like to see your book, Hoss.

Yeah, it's really quite a
book, ma'am. It really is.

It's got a bunch of these
interesting pictures in there

of a bunch of fellas waving
little red blankets at the bulls.

Waving little red blankets?

I, uh, don't believe it's called
waving, heh, little brother.

Not at a real bull, you
don't wave little red blankets.

No, no. You see,
it's called a cape.

Well, certainly,
it's called a cape.

What are you gonna
call it but a cape?

And it's not waving
actually, is what it is, it's, uh...

It's a much fancier thing.
It's called... It's like...

It's a picador, is
what it's called, isn't it?

No, Joe, that ain't a picador.

You see, heh

a picador is, uh, is one
of them things that they...

One of them darts that
they throw into the bull.

No, no.

A dart? A dart? You've
gotta be spoofing me.

A dart? You don't throw
a dart at a full-sized bull.

I think you've been reading
out of the wrong book.

Well, I think you've been
reading the book upside-down.

What do you think of that?

- Now, see, you take a veronica...
- Yeah, who's she?

- Veronica?
- Yeah, who's that?

Joe, veronica ain't
no she, it's an it.

A veronica is a thing you...
It's a thing, that's what it is.

It's a thing you
do with the cape.

It's a thing? You know
everything that's in this book.

- Is that it?
- That's right.

You must be a pretty
big authority on everything

- in that book, right?
- That's right!

Then you tell me
something. You tell me

what is the difference between
a matador and a Macarena?

- Huh?
- What is the difference? Very simple.

The difference between a
matador and a Macarena.

- Matador, Macarena.
- Yeah, yeah.

Well, you see, a
matador and a Macarena...

There ain't no whole
lot of difference in them.

The fact is that a...

Well, the, uh, the difference
between a Macarena and a matador

- Mm-hm.
- Is that...

Well, really the difference
is that a Macarena

is the fella that comes out about
three feet behind the matador

when they come out
into the arena to fight.

Now, that's really what the difference
is between a Macarena and a matador.


Don't "ha" me.

I'm the one that bought
and paid for the book, ain't I?

Oh, just because you
bought and paid for the book,

that makes you an
authority on everything

that's written in that book.

- Is that right, huh?
- You're getting me

just about half riled up.

- All I'm trying to say...
- Well, I'm telling you that...

Hey, where's that coming from?

Hey, where's the...
Where's Dolores?

And where's Adam?

Joe, we've been had.

Oh, Hoss. Little Joe.

Adam plays so beautifully.

I just love guitar music.

You and your book.

- Good morning, good friend.
- Good morning.

I suppose you know you
made a couple of jackasses

out of us last night
in front of Dolores.

- Yeah.
- Well, you didn't need much help.

You know what's the matter with
you? You know? You got no ethics.

- That's what's the matter with him.
- That's right, no ethics.


Well, men, I don't think
it's a matter of ethics.

I think you just got
yourselves in over your head

and drowned in
your own foolishness.

You didn't even give us
a chance to get started.

No chance at all. Nothing.

I'm sorry.

Now, if you'll excuse me,

I have to take Senorita
Dolores out for her morning ride.

Wait a minute. I'm
supposed to do that.

- I'm supposed to do that.
- And when we find a nice quiet glade,

I have a book of poems
that I'm going to read to her.

You gotta be fast,
boy. Smart. Tsk, tsk.

Joe, I got a sneaking hunch that
he's gonna be mighty hard to catch.

Yeah, maybe so.

But I think he can be had.

It ain't gonna be easy.

Not with the way
he plays that guitar

and all them
soft-soaping poems of his.

Yeah, I'm getting fed
up with them poems too.

Maybe I can't play a guitar, but
there's more than one way to skin a cat.

- She'll get fed up with all that bull.
- Yeah.


Come on, come on.

Little Joe, I promised Adam I would
go for a walk with him after dinner.

Look, will you forget about
him? Just forget about him.

He's in there
talking to your father.

You know how those older
people like to yak it up all the time.

But he said he wrote
a new song for me.

Well, so what?

You think he's the only
one in this family with talent?

You can play the guitar too?

No, not the guitar. That's nothing.
Anybody can play those things. Look.

What is that?

That's a harmonica. It
takes real talent to play this.

- Do a little tune for you.
- Well... Hmm.

Don't you like that tune?
I got a million of them.


It is so soon after dinner.
Can't we just sit here and talk?

- Do you like poetry?
- Oh, Little Joe...

I just happen to have
a book right here.

Must you?

It is such a beautiful
evening. And...

Can't we sit here
and just enjoy it?

Yeah, well, that
sounds good too.

I just didn't know
if you wanted to...

You know, girls say they
like poetry and music.

But the men that really impress
them are those of strength,

of courage, of physical action.

- You know, that's me.
- Of courage. Like the matador

of my native Mexico.

When a man can fight a bull,

senor, then he is a real man.

You know, men can do a lot of
other things besides fight bulls, though.

Can they, senor?

What's been going on
out here? I heard a noise.

Something like a cat with
its tail caught in a wringer.

Sorry to keep you waiting.
I've got that new song for you

whenever you're ready.

You go right ahead
and sing, Adam.

He thinks that's
what women like.

What've you two
been talking about?

How girls are impressed with
soft words and beautiful music.

- Well, aren't they?
- Of course.

Adam, please play for me.

Hey, Joe.

How you doing, Hoss?

- What are you doing?
- Unh, just practicing.

For what?

Women like men of action.
Strength. Physical courage.

- Who told you that?
- Dolores told me.

Joe, practicing with that six-shooter
ain't what she meant by courage.

Well, what's that
supposed to mean?

Remember the other day
when you said something to me

about there being more
ways than one to skin a cat?


Well, it sort of
put me to thinking.

What does Dolores talk about more
than anything else in the whole world?

Oh, matadors down in Mexico.

- It's all she's got on her brain.
- Right.

Now, remember the other day
when Walt Troutman came out here

looking for some bucking stock for
that annual rodeo in Virginia City?

- Mm-hm, yeah, so what?
- Well, I went into town

and I got me a hundred dollar advance
for a little idea I had for his rodeo

that's gonna keep folks talking
around here for months and months.

Well, come on.
What's the big idea?

A bullfight.

Heh, oh, come on. A bullfight?

Well, you'll do anything to
impress a woman, won't you?

- Anything, ha, ha.
- Joe, I ain't gonna fight a bull.

- You are.
- Me?

- Sure.
- Oh.

Joe, see, now, the
way I got it figured,

Adam's getting just a
little bit too confident.

So I figured that me and you
would team up against him.

But fighting a
bull? I'm not so sure

- you're doing me such a big favor.
- Oh, now, come on, Joe.

You wanna impress
Dolores, don't you?

You don't want her to think
you're a coward, do you?

- Coward? Well, no, but I...
- Well, there ain't no buts about it, now.

You're my little brother, and
I'm gonna make the big sacrifice.

I'm gonna let you
be the matador.

- Thanks, Hoss.
- Nothing. Nothing.

Now, what we gotta do first
is get some bulls out here

for you to practice on.

Oh, hey, but maybe first we ought to
talk about that hundred dollar advance.

Shh, shh. Here comes
Adam and Dolores now, ahem.

Hi, Adam. HOSS: Howdy.

- Well, I hope you enjoyed yourself.
- Very much.

- Your brother is very gallant.
- Yeah.

He promised to take
me riding again tomorrow.

The Ponderosa is so beautiful.

Well, what have you two been up
to, outside of plotting against me?

Now, Adam, you know we
wouldn't do a thing like that.


Little Joe just, uh, made
a deal with Walt Troutman

to put on a bullfight
at his rodeo.

A bullfight?

Little Joe, you really
mean this about a bullfight?

Yeah, it's what you like
to see a man do, isn't it?

Oh, heh, but that is
wonderful. I'm so excited, heh.

Yes, so am I, ahem.

Oh, Little Joe. This will make my
stay at the Ponderosa complete.

It will be a touch of home here.

Arena, bulls and my
American matador.

Oh, heh, it will be wonderful.

Little Joe, please
don't disappoint me.

- Well, if I can find a bull that's worthy.
- I'm sure you will.

Come, let's tell father now.

My, he's a crafty
little fellow, isn't he?

Yeah, he sure is.

And he's right
good pay too, heh.

Now, Joe, we discussed
this all last night very carefully.

Now, I don't want you taking
no unnecessary chances

or don't try to do
nothing fancy at first.

Just give that old bull
plenty of elbow room.

- Plenty of elbow room.
- Yeah.

Okay. Here.

Here. How's this?

Hmm? Let me see the picture.

- Yeah. That good?
- Yeah. That's about right.

Yeah, it looks
good. That's right.

Go on in there
and try it. Go on.

I wish my arms was as
long as wagon tongues.

Now, keep up your courage,
Joe. Come on. Come on.

You'll be as good as any
matador in a few weeks.

- Come on. Get over there and try it.
- Hold this.

Yeah, I'm not
gonna worry about it.

I'll just get the hang of it.

- Whoa, bully.
- Don't make any sudden moves

- till I get...
- Whoa, bully.

- Here, give me that.
- Yeah. Now go in there and get him.

- Go on.
- Hey, why don't...?

- Let's have some lunch and then I'll...
- Get in there and get that bull.

Get him.

Keep an eye on him.

I'm watching. Go ahead.

That's right, Joe.

- Get him mad at me?
- Go on up there after him.

Get up there close to him.



Hey, that bull don't
have much spirit, Hoss.

Look, Joe, you're supposed
to talk to him. Just like...

Just like it says
here in the book.

On page 80, it says right
here you're supposed to say:

"A-ha, toro." A-ha, toro.
That's what the book says.

Say "a-ha, toro" to him.

Oh, Hoss, I'd feel silly
saying anything to him.

It can't hurt nothing. The
book says to do it. Go ahead.

A-ha, toro.

Ha, a-ha, ho, ho.

Hey, that's, uh, the
thing he wanted to hear.

Yeah, it worked.


Okay, here we go, then.


Hey. Oh.

Hey, Hoss, this bull's no good.
- Yeah.

He doesn't wanna do anything.

Ugh, let's get another one and
see if it will cooperate with us.

Hey. Hey, bully? Hey...

Will you pay a little
attention to me, please?

Look at the cape. That's
supposed to get you...

Oh, well, what's the use?

I don't know what's the matter.
Maybe I'm using the wrong accent.

That's the fourth
critter we've tried.

We'll have to go
through the whole herd

before we find one
that'll charge a cape.


Maybe if I got in behind him and
pushed him at you a little bit, huh?

Well, anything. I don't want a
big charge, just a little charge.

Get around in front of him and
I'll push him. See what happens.

Whoa, bully.

- You ready?
- Just charge him right into me, Hoss.

I think we'd have a little more luck
if we could find an enraged chicken.

Oh, come on. Look, get...

A-ha, toro.

I'm scaring him to death, Hoss.

Found that liniment, Joe.

Yeah, boy, this'll fix you up.

I must have chased those
bulls a hundred miles today.

Yeah, well, wasn't your
fault that they wouldn't fight.

Tell you that for sure.

I feel like a twisted
piece of barbed wire.

- Oh, that's cold.
- Yeah, at first.

- Oh, yeah.
- You'll be as good as new tomorrow,

- I guarantee you that, chum.
- Oh, that feels good.

- Hot dog.
- Hey, you know,

we have to find a
braver bull somewhere.

- We got to.
- We got a couple more in the hold yet.

Hey, that stuff's getting
a little warm, heh.

You know, I could give back
that advance money to old Walt.

Oh, yeah, I wanna talk to
you about that advance money.

- Hey, this stuff is really getting hot.
- That's what it's supposed to do.

- That's the way this stuff works, see?
- Well, it must be doing the trick.


It's really getting pretty hot.

Joe, you're just
young and tender.

Hey, Hoss, it is getting
hot, you know that?

Hey, don't put any more
of that on. It's hot, Hoss.

- Hey, you know...
- It's getting hot on there.

Your back is getting awful red.

- It's getting red?
- Yeah.

Hey, oh, come on,
Hoss, get it off. Wipe it off.

Wipe it off. It's getting
hotter. It's getting, aah!

Hey, Hoss!

- Joe.
- Wipe it off!

- Wipe it off! Wipe it... Oh, it's hot!
- I'm wiping. I'm wiping. I'm wiping.

Hey, what was it?

Oh! Oh, oh...

Feel better?

What was that stuff
you rubbed on me?

It's plain liniment.

What do you mean, plain
liniment? Let me see that.

Yeah, it's liniment.
Can't you read here?

"Use as directed. Not
recommended for humans."

That's me, human.

It says, "Just recommended
for ranch and farm animals."

Yeah, I reckon I
didn't read that.

Hey, take a look
at it. Is it blistered?

No, I don't see none, I...

- Joe, I think it just stung you a little.
- Oh!

Besides, it's too far away
from your heart to kill you, heh.

- Hey, what...?
- Good afternoon, Hoss.

- Howdy, ma'am.
- Where's Little Joe?

Oh, ma'am, I don't rightly know.
I don't think I've seen him all day.

Well, why don't
you just turn around?


Why, Joe, you silly thing, you.
What're you doing in that trough?

It's a part of my
training for the bullfight.

Really? Sitting in the water?

Oh, yes, it's all part of
the training technique,

like chasing fat steers
around the corral.

Now, shall we go, Dolores?

Like taking candy from a baby.

That did it. That did it.

Now I'm gonna make an all-out
effort to get you a fighting bull.

- Hey, Hoss.
- Yeah?

You're probably the
bravest bullfight promoter

- in the whole world, you know that?
- Yeah, thanks.

That Adam has gotta be beat.

I'm gonna round up the most
cantankerous, most vicious,

bloodthirsty, fire-breathing,
meanest, dad-burned

fighting bull that the
devil ever created.

There he is, Hoss.

Well, he's big all right, Gigger,
but he don't look very mean to me.

Heh, matter of fact, he
looks more like a lover...



Yeah. I see what you mean.

Hey, do I know
the foolish jackass

who's gonna wave a
blanket in front of him?

Yes, sir, you sure do.

He wouldn't be about this tall
with kind of sad calf-like eyes

and the Cartwright
brand on him, would he?

That's right. Little Joe.
He's gonna be the matador.

Don't you worry about
him, he's been practicing.

And he's ready.

Well, it's no skin off my
hide, but are you sure

Little Joe wants to
get in there with him?

Oh, he's chomping at the bits.

Anybody squirrely enough to
want to waltz around with that bull,

they deserve each
other. Go ahead.

Thank you, Gigger. I'll pick
him up day after tomorrow.

You Cartwrights come
up with some of the wildest,

doggonedest, silly...

Gigger Thurman's bull?

Well, Joe, dag-burn it, we
gotta have one, ain't we?

Yeah, but don't you think
that bull's kind of a big bull?

Joe, he's... You know, he's...

- He's big.
- Oh...

He's mighty impressive.

Yeah, well, maybe
he won't even fight.

Joe, you ain't
ratting out, are you?

How can you say
a thing like that?

It's just that it... Just because it's a
big bull and it's Gigger Thurman's bull

doesn't mean that
it's gonna charge.

You know, you don't
want me to look foolish.

He'll charge, don't
you worry about that.

I guarantee you he'll charge.

As a matter of fact, if he don't
come on you like a wild locomotive,


I'll give you that hundred dollars
I already made on the deal, hm?


Well, uh, you found
a fierce one yet?

Just the fiercest.

Gigger Thurman's bull.

Oh, you're getting in a
little deep, aren't you?

I don't know.

Of course, the bull hasn't
been tried and tested yet.

Joe here's afraid that bull might
not even be ferocious enough for him.

You know any more jokes?

You ain't gonna be laughing

when you see what
Joe does to that bull.

You ought to get out in the sun,
boy, you're looking a little pale.

Hoss, you just make sure
you got that bull there on time.

Yeah, I think you got a winner.

It's getting to be about 2.

If Hoss doesn't get here with that
bull, the show's gonna start without him.

It would be a shame to miss the
debut of America's first matador.

- Or last.
- Thanks a lot.

Aren't you excited, Little Joe?
Just think, America's first matador.

Yeah, but, see,
I'm just a beginner.

You know, you can't expect too
much from me the first time out.

Well, where'd all this
modesty come from?

Since Hoss got the idea of
using Gigger Thurman's bull.


If he isn't any braver than the ones
you've been trying out at the ranch...

I hope the animal will have

the fierceness and courage
of my father's animals.

Maybe you will be lucky
and the bull Hoss is bringing

will have these qualities.

Ma'am, the way
my luck is running,

I think you can be
absolutely sure of that.

Where'd you get that steer, boy?

Folks, what do you think of him?

He's a lot bigger
than I realized.

Well, this cart
is so little, Joe,

it probably makes him look
bigger than he really is, see?

What have you got him
riding backwards for?

Listen, I was lucky to
get him in there anyhow.

I'm gonna take him
on down to the corral.

See you down
there later, Joe, huh?


Where'd you get him from?

Little Joe, Hoss sure cut you
off a big enough slice to chew on.

Oh, I'm so glad I
took up the guitar.

He's very big.

Look, Joe, uh, I'm sure

that, uh, people would understand
if you wanted to call it off.

What do you mean, call it off?

Call it off just, because
the bull is big and ferocious?

Prob... Probably vicious.

You think?


Is that the critter Little
Joe's gonna fight?

That's the one. He's a
fence buster. Absolutely.

As a matter of fact, I
feel about half guilty

about putting my little brother
in the pen with him, I sure do.

Now, wait a minute. There ain't
gonna be no backing out now.

You sold me a bill of goods
and got my advance money.

- I expect my money's worth.
- There ain't gonna be no backing out.

We're gonna put on a show
this town ain't gonna forget soon.

I wouldn't get up there too close to
his head, he's liable to charge you.

He's safe behind them bars.

That ain't nothing but wood.

Well, he don't look
so fierce to me.

As a matter of fact, I think
he looks a little bit like a lover.

No, no! Not that handkerchief!

Oh, Lordy.

Hey, here he comes back.

Get out of here!

Get back in that saloon
with that red handkerchief!

- Oh, yeah.
- Oh, yeah.



Let's go!

Senor, don't be foolhardy.

Your sons can take
care of everything.

My sons can take
care of everything.

This, I gotta see.

A-ha. Toro.

My boys can take
care of everything.

Hey, Joe, Adam, somebody
help me off this thing!

I can't turn him loose!

Help! Help, Joe!

Don't worry,
Hoss. I'll save you.

Help, Joe!

We've got him on the run,
Hoss, let's get him. Whoa!

Get him! Hey, bully!


Hey, bully! HOSS: Hey, bully!


- Yeah, they sure take care of things.
- Olé!


Hoss! Hoss!

You tell that brother of yours
to bring that bull back here,

then give me back my
hundred dollar advance!

Who's gonna pay for my saloon?

I don't know, I
just play guitar.

Whoa, bully.

I got a notion what
he done in town today

is gonna break up
a beautiful home.

I just can't understand it.

Somewhere along the line,
I feel I've been led astray.

- And I followed you.
- Thanks a lot.

It was your help that sent
him through that last barn.

You know, that thing sure felt
bigger when I was wearing it.

Oh, boy.

I'd sure hate to see
old Charlie's saloon.

I hate to hear what
Pa's gonna say.

Well, I ain't saying a word.


You think that bull did something
to us, wait till you see this.

- Pa, let me help you with your horse.
- Don't touch this animal.

I don't want him stampeded
all over the territory.

Pa, that old bull gave
us a terrible time, heh.

We tried to get
him back in town,

but we were lucky to
get him in the corral.

That bull, uh, tore down
old man Garvey's new fence.

Yeah, well, that
happened, see, when we...

He also smashed Mrs. Snaverly's
chicken pens to smithereens.

Her hens won't lay eggs for a
month, if she can find the hens.

Pa, well, that old
bull is full of tricks.

That old bull harvested a
whole wheat field all by himself.

He smashed through two barns.

He stampeded a
full herd of milk cows.

What you have done to the territory
of Nevada in one short afternoon

will reduce 25 years of Apache
raids to a footnote in history.

Pa, it was Hoss and all
his man-of-action ideas.

It was his idea.

All right.

All right.

I'll kick in that hundred
dollars that I got from Troutman.

Oh, will you? Well, Mr. Troutman
wants that hundred dollars back.

You didn't deliver
the bullfight.

No, I didn't, did I?

Well, it's share and
share alike, right, brothers?



I don't care how you three take
care of it, but take care of it you will.

You might begin

by apologizing to our guests.

We had a very pleasant
drive, Senor Cartwright.

Well, I'm sorry I
had to leave you.

The boys tried to get the bull
back but they couldn't herd him.

Except over here. Good thing they
didn't get him back to Virginia City.

They'd probably
wreck the whole town.

You were magnificent.

Hoss Cartwright, I'd like you
to know you are the strongest,

bravest man I've ever met.

- Me?
- Yes.

The way you grabbed the bull's
horn and pulled him from the saloon.

Oh, ma'am, I didn't...
You don't under...

You were magnificent.

As courageous as any matador.

Ma... Ma... Matador? He
was hanging on for dear life.

No, even braver than a matador.

I've never seen a man
do what you did today.

Ma'am, I...

Be modest if you like, but any girl
would be proud to call you a hero.

Well, I...

I didn't, uh, really do anything

that any other man
wouldn't have done.

You were magnificent.

I just went in that saloon

and grabbed that
old bull by the horns

and yanked him out of there
before he really hurt somebody.

Oh, did somebody get hurt?

Well, uh...

I, uh, kind of got a
banged-up shoulder.

- Oh, Hoss.
- It's nothing really. It's...

I got some liniment that'll
take care of that for you.

- Take the pain right out of it.
- It'll be all right.

It'll be all right, Joe.

Ugh, if, uh, I can
get Miss Dolores

to help me up to that
chair on the porch.

Certainly, Hoss.

Be careful.

Adam, you don't
think Hoss would...

No. No, he wouldn't
do a thing like that.

Like what?

You think he planned all this?

Now, before you boys get
into that area of discussion,

I think, you should take that bull
back to Gigger Thurman's ranch.


Well, um,

why don't you try serenading
him with your guitar?

Behind the Scenes of Ponderosa Matador

Initially planned for broadcast on November 24, 1963, this episode was postponed due to the extensive coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination two days prior.

In a scene where Joe is shooting bottles, he replaces one and greets Hoss before turning back, only to find the first bottle mysteriously gone, prompting him to put another bottle on the fence.

Despite the common misconception, most animals, including cattle, cannot perceive red. Thus, the color of the waved handkerchiefs didn’t affect their behavior; the motion mattered.

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