The Blood Line Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #02, Episode #15
The legendary Western series Bonanza kept its viewers glued to the show through its action-packed episodes that dealt with the lead characters’ adventures and drama. William Raynor and Myles Wilder wrote the program’s forty-seventh episode, The Blood Line, which first aired on December 31, 1960.
The episode begins with Luke Grayson (played by former B-western star Allan Lane) going on a violent drunken rampage. The situation forces Ben Cartwright to shoot and kill him. Todd (David Macklin), Grayson’s son who has recently arrived from the East, swears to take revenge on Ben and the rest of the Cartwright family.
Jan Sterling appears as a special guest star, playing the character Dianna Jordan. Other actors in the episode include Lee Van Cleef as Appling, Norman Leavitt as Bert, and science-fiction film veteran Thomas Browne Henry plays Jenkins.
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The Blood Line, Bonanza’s fifteenth episode for its second season, stars a few of the show’s one-time guests, recurring and supporting cast in addition to the lead actors.
- Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright (credit only)
- Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
- Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright (credit only)
- Jan Sterling as Dianne Jordan
- David Macklin as Todd Grayson
- Lee Van Cleef as Appling
- Ray Teal as Sheriff Roy Coffee
- Norman Leavitt as Bert
- Thomas Browne Henry as Ab Jenkins (as Thomas B. Henry)
- Ed Prentiss as Minister
- Dan Riss as Charlie
- Allan Lane as Luke Grayson
- Sam Bagley as Townsman (uncredited)
- John Barton as Townsman (uncredited)
- Michael Jeffers as Townsman (uncredited)
- Cosmo Sardo as Townsman (uncredited)
- Rudy Sooter as Townsman (uncredited)
- Ray Spiker as Townsman (uncredited)
- Dan White as Station Agent (uncredited)
Full Story Line for The Blood Line
Ben and Hoss visit Virginia City to buy some supplies. Suddenly, a drunk Luke Grayson arrives, shivering, asking the storekeeper, Bert, for his favorite brand of wine. However, his wine of choice is out of stock. Still, Luke insists on getting himself some wine, forcing Ben to interfere. Luke gets a bottle of wine, causing many others to fall. Dianne Jordan, a saloon girl, stops him, but Luke grabs a gun, aiming then shooting it at the Cartwrights. The situation forces Ben to retaliate, killing Luke in the process.
Luke Grayson’s son, Todd Grayson, arrives from Boston, expecting his father to welcome his arrival. However, Todd learns that his father is dead. He rushes inside the funeral parlor as Ben and Hoss exit. Dianne Jordan arrived shortly, telling Todd that Ben Cartwright shot and killed his father in cold blood. Ab Jenkins tells Todd that Ben only fired in self-defense.
Todd points Luke’s gun at Ben as the funeral service ends in the cemetery. Ben feels sorry for the young man.
The sheriff puts Todd in jail until the judge arrives and decides what happens to him. Ben insists they free Todd in the meantime, but the sheriff believes it’s for the best, noting that nothing can stop Todd from exacting revenge. Just then, Dianne arrives to take care of Todd. She brings him his father’s gold watch, chain, and three silver dollars. Todd felt disappointed, expecting more from his father after the words he mentioned in the letters he received.
Ben asks Dianne if there’s something he can do to help Todd. However, Dianne brushes him off, thinking it’s Ben’s way to ease his guilt. Ben tells the sheriff that he’ll take Todd to the Ponderosa to straighten him out before he ends up like his father. Hoss doesn’t think it’s a good idea, but Ben insists. The sheriff reluctantly agrees to give Todd to Ben, only on parole.
Appling visits Dianne to talk about Todd and the Cartwrights. He volunteers to kill Ben Cartwright for a price. Dianne mentioned not having enough funds, but Appling thinks Todd inherited enough money to hire him. Appling leaves, giving Dianne time to think it over.
Hoss spends time with Todd at the Ponderosa to keep him busy. Ben even offers him to eat with them. However, Todd remains bad-tempered, not liking his stay at the Ponderosa.
Later that evening, Todd finds a gun in the Ponderosa house, pointing it at Ben. When Todd pulls the trigger, he discovers that the weapon has no bullet, much to his disappointment. Todd flees, and Ben doesn’t try to run after him. He plans to tell sheriff Roy about the situation in the morning.
Todd visits Bert’s store to buy a gun. However, Bert refuses to sell him a weapon for any cost, considering he’s Luke Grayson’s son. Todd was about to leave when he found an ax handle, striking Bert, causing him to fall unconscious. There, Todd steals a gun and a load of bullets, hiding them on his vest.
Dianne finds Todd hiding at the staircase of the saloon. Todd reveals that he tried to kill Ben, so Dianne offers to take him to his room before they catch him.
Meanwhile, Ben and Hoss visit the sheriff to report what happened. They encounter Bert, who tells them that Todd came into his store to buy a gun. However, as he turned around, Todd hit him with an ax handle. Bert also tells them Todd took a gun and some shells from his shelf. Sheriff Roy orders Ben to take Bert to the doctor while he and Hoss continue searching for Todd.
In Dianne’s room, Dianne tries to stop Todd from killing Ben. Although Dianne wants Ben dead like Todd, she doesn’t want Todd to pursue his plan. Seeing she can’t stop Todd, Dianne shows Todd a draft on the First City Bank of San Francisco, holding five hundred dollars. Just then, Appling enters the room. Dianne asks him to get Todd to San Francisco, and Appling agrees for five hundred dollars. However, Todd doesn’t want to accept it. Appling shoves him, then grabs the bank draft Dianne signed.
Appling goes to the saloon to ask the bartender for a cash exchange. Ben arrives and finds out about it, asking if it has something to do with Todd. However, Appling refuses to talk about it. Ben insists on talking to Dianne about the money, but as he turns, Appling calls his name and is ready to shoot Ben. However, Ben evaded and fired him back.
Todd and Dianne hear the gunshot, so he guides Todd to hide outside the window. Ben asks Dianne about the bank draft. Dianne tells Ben that it was Luke’s money. However, Ben knew that Luke never had that big of cash. He reminds Dianne that the town knew she supported Luke, but Luke failed to recognize what she did for him. Todd jumps from the window and aims the gun at Ben again. Dianne stops him, telling Todd that everything he heard from Ben was true. She tells him that Luke never sent him a dime, that Luke uses his money to get drunk, and all the funds Todd received came from her. Confused, Todd asks Dianne why she stayed with his father if he was that bad. Dianne reveals that he loved Luke despite all of that.
Ben gets the gun from Todd’s hand and leaves to give the two a moment. He meets sheriff Roy and Hoss and surrenders the weapon, stating it had no bullets. Ben also tells Roy that Todd didn’t steal the horse since they gave it to him.
Ben asks Roy to tell Todd to pay them a visit with his new mother, Dianne.
Full Script and Dialogue of The Blood Line
[Applause] [Music] they sure are i'll put them on your bill where'd you put one house's personal bill say i got a long list of supplies here i'd like you put together for us i said leave me alone some of that sweet wine bird doctor said take a little with my meals well at the brand you like luke maybe later today we'll have some in luke honey you heard what he said look you can come back later i don't want no woman telling me what to do who do you think you're fooling you think i haven't got any eyes i'll get them myself oh wait a minute luke you stay out of there luke uh haas and i just going out to have some breakfast why don't you come along with us are you cartwright stay out of this i don't like you i never did ain't gonna put up with this luke you get out of here stay out of here honey please stop i don't want you to get hurt [Music] no stinking store keeper's going to tell me what to do you high on mighty cartwrights you don't mean nothing to me look honey please stop i've always wanted to kill me a [Music] cartwright luke luke honey please me now how'd this happen i'm afraid it's too late for a doctor luke's been drinking for a week straight sheriff he plumb one out of his head there wasn't nothing ben could do luke grayson's been heading for this for a long time maybe so a miserable end for a man like luke grayson once was you had to do this didn't you ben cartwright you had to kill him [Music] two [Music] ah [Music] well todd this is the end of our long journey virginia city doesn't look like either of us are going to get much of a welcome paul musta got my letter i wrote him right after he sent me the money for the fair time's pretty valuable to a man who's rich and important should say your pies he probably left word for you let's ask around well that's the thing to do i i want to thank you anyway for looking out for me the way you have no agent yes sir you know a man called luke grayson sure who don't well he was supposed to meet this stage all right he ain't going to meet this stage or any other and you'll find him over yonder you don't mean he's dead and i have jenkins ain't buried alive one recently however i think the townspeople would have been willing to make an exception in this case no no he can't be dead can't be dead [Music] isn't that terrible that boy came all the way from boston to see his father father is that luke's kid are you sure there's nothing more hustling i can do appears to me you've done too much already i don't like the way you said that mr jenkins everybody knows it was either paul or luke you know that in what i mean haas i was referring to all the expense paying for the best funeral the sheriff has a special fun to foot that kind of bill sheriff didn't gun luke down i did we'll see at the services thank you get out of my way is that luke grayson i'm afraid so not the way i remember him it's not the way at all how did he die i'm afraid this ain't the time of the place look mister i got a right to know it was my father todd todd grayson i'd have known you anywhere it's all luke talked about the last few days if there's ever anything i can do what do you know about him i'm diane jordan luke and i were your father and i well he must have written you about me how did he die now look son this is no time to be talking about things like this isn't it why isn't it i'll have to know the truth sooner or later your father was murdered shot down in cold blood by a man named ben cartwright now you know better than that diane son this ain't the same as back east but a man draws a gun on another man cartwright why did he want to kill my father if you're ben cartwright you don't have to have an excuse to kill a man diane i won't have this talk now look boy you come with me a minute it's your father's gun take a good look it'll show he fired twice there was no way back after that he fired even before ben cartwright drew my father's gun he wore it proudly it was a famous gun once uh son the gun i think i ought to turn that over to sheriff why it was luke's gun wasn't it well yeah sure but then it should go to the boy everything luke left should go to the boy your father left some other things over at my place with me i know we'd want you to have them nor is it for us to condemn the victor even while we mourn the fall we can only hope that the soul of luke grayson shall achieve in the everlasting life beyond the forgiveness and peace denied him on this earth let us pray [Music] you better say one for yourself mr cartwright it's gonna it's gonna be your last you murdered my father now they're gonna bury you along with him don't be a fool boy put up your gun when i'm finished with it son this is your last warning you might get off the first shot but i'll get off the second holy sheriff he's just a scared kid now sure i'm scared but that's not gonna stop me for your own sake listen to me it was no murder ben cartwright did everything he could to avoid bloodshed keep out of this it isn't your fight it doesn't have to be anybody's fight son if i'd done what you think do you believe i'd be a free man today oh i've heard all about you cartwrights you can even buy your way out of murder but not this time wait let me go i'll kill him i'll kill him it's all right it's all gonna be all right just the way i promised your father i don't want any favors from anyone that's all right todd your father was that way too he wasn't the sort of man to ask anyone for a favor either you put him there ben cartwright think of that when you try to sleep tonight i've addressed a complaint to judge parker and eureka he should be there but the first a month and he can head straight back well that's fine that should only take about three weeks now what happens to the board till then well i reckon that taxpayers can stand the expense of another border hang at all well you can't keep that boy behind bars he's not a criminal he's a 16 year old kid with a 16 year old gun ben do you realize that if that kid was just a split second sooner you wouldn't be around to watch either one of them grow any older that's right paul the sidewinder is just as poisonous today he's had to use when he's full grow now we're not talking about sign writers we're talking about a boy besides thanks to this one have already been pulled and i am to see that he don't get a chance to grow another set least ways until a circuit judge decides what happens to him lot of things can happen until then but not with the boy in here eat himself up with grief and all it's just no good roy what do you want me to do take him by the hand and tell him that nice little boys just don't go out and murder in their elders and turn them loose i've come for the boy the boy hold on diane he's my responsibility isn't he who else is going to look after him he was luke grayson's son and i'm the only one around here that cared anything about luke grayson so that gives me a right to the boy diane it's not a matter of who the boy's father is it's just well he's upset and he's kind of dangerous when he feels this way well i could take care of him sheriff i could give him a home where in the saloon roy please you stay out of this cartwright i don't care what you all think about me but the boy has to have someone don't you understand that he needs someone i'm sorry diane but i just can't turn him over to you why could i see him well of course that's perfectly all right right over here todd what do you want well i i brought you these things who are your fathers gold watch and chain remember this [Music] three silver dollars that's all he had but there must have been more he wrote me oh what exactly did he tell you todd that when i got here he'd buy a horse for me and i'd help him build a house and together we'd we'd start a ranch yes i know how would you know he never would have showed you any letters he wrote to me no that's right he wouldn't besides it never would have sent for me on a three dollar promise wasn't that kind of a man [Music] well he's gone now it doesn't matter well it does to me and it would do you two if you ever meant anything at all to him [Music] well i don't know what i meant to him [Music] but i certainly know what he meant to me then is there something i could do to help with the boy what's the matter cartwright looking for something to ease your conscience oh diane you know better than that paul's just trying to i don't care what he's trying to do how can he know what i must feel how can any of you cartwrights know anything about feelings you've got everything you want isn't any room in your life or anything like feelings sheriff i'm not gonna leave that boy in that jail cell then i know what you're thinking but you're wrong you don't know that kid any favors what makes you so sure the favorite be for him roy both of us we've been around pretty long time but not so long that we can take a man's life and just forget it whether the man needed killing or not i know ben now i don't like keeping that kid in jail any more than you do but what expect me to do with him turn him over to diane no no turn them over to me to you paul you forgetting what that boy tried to do to you at the cemetery us he's a scared little boy who traveled 3 000 miles for what for a funeral he's hurt he's confused he's he's alone if somebody doesn't straighten him out now he'll wind up like his father a worse then somebody else will have blood in his hands well paul if if we do take him what are we going to do with him take him to the ponderosa show them what fresh air feels like give him a horse teach him how to ride don't you think i know what to do with boys oh sure you do paul but but this boy wants to kill you he thinks he wants to kill me but if he stays locked up like a criminal he'll be sure of it now roy please believe me i know what's best ben i have all the respect in the world for your judgment i think you're wrong but if i do turn him over here you're going to have to be responsible for him all the way i'm perfectly willing to accept that boy he's going to be a mighty big hand for adam little joe both going out on a roundup well we'll be able to manage him but it's only a parole nothing more and if he steps out of line just one time you're duty-bound to turn him back to me now you understand that i understand perfectly there'll be no trouble paul i sure hope you know what you're doing so do i [Applause] [Music] mind if i join you don't you believe in knocking oh that depends your kind never does not just what is my kind i've seen you in every mining camp and every tank town honky tonk between here and mexico maybe not the same face or the same fancy duds but the same cold eyes same way of walking and the same stink of killing on you well now that we understand each other i'll have that drink a nice place you've got here fine tasting furniture now um you didn't come here just to talk about my taste in furniture and don't be too sure about that let's just call this a sort of uh social visit people like you and me we never get enough chance to talk nobody much cares what we think or how we feel feelings can't afford it not anymore no and what's this still around for give it to me it's all i have left it in that and the boy he's on your mind whether you like it or not he's nothing to me anymore now that i know he's in good hands the hands that killed his father that kid's got spunk how long do you think he'll take what ben cartwright dishes out come on admit it sooner or later he'll make his play then get himself killed then or hang later what can i do about it he won't talk to me maybe he doesn't have to maybe he already has what do you mean by that i was at the funeral he tried to kill ben cartwright and you didn't try to stop him i'm not responsible for what he tried to do maybe not but you were hoping the boy would pull the trigger or weren't you well how do you expect me to feel after all his father and i were we're in love that's very touching with little out of my line i'm talking about killing ben cartwright you'd kill ben cartwright for a price for a price i could kill most anybody what makes you think i've got the money well not you maybe i was thinking of the kid on the way out here he told me about his father that boy's gonna fall into quite an inheritance i haven't sunk that low anyway even if i wanted ben cartwright dead i'd never hire a two-bit gun like you no i guess you wouldn't you can let the boy do it for you wear something pretty when you go up to prison to see him think it over i'll be around if you need me [Applause] wow that the prettiest bunch of trees you ever seen todd [Music] you ever been to boston no can't say it's a half how do you know they don't have prettier trees there you got something there never thought of it right guess there are lots of things you never thought of yeah yep i reckon you're right at that too what about that horse you think you can ride him what's so hard about riding a horse come on yes sir there's a whole lot more to being a cowboy and just smelling like one or wearing boots for instance you always get up on the left-hand side of a horse you walk up to him real easy like those aren't spooky go and try it boom todd the left side dog going boy when are you gonna get it through that honorary head of yours we're trying to help you help me you you think i want to ride that sweaty old bag of bones i don't give a hoot whether you want to or not you're going to you think you can make me you dad gum tommy toots and i can hey what's going on oh i don't know i've tried my best with this boy i can't see him do nothing to please him huh it seems to be the trouble son look i came out here because the sheriff made me that doesn't mean i have to like it now look todd when you're here in the ponderosa you here's a guest not as a prisoner you're trying to remember that howdy ben us all right good to see you how are things in town sheriff ready to midland are you getting along with young todd here oh just fine roy just fine everything's going fine gonna make a rancher out of them yet aren't we todd ben uh i've been thinking maybe i overstepped my bounds and letting you take that boy well i said i'd assume full responsibility yeah but just the same technically you're still in my custody why are you figuring on sleeping him well most of the hands are out with adam a little john round up i figured i'd give him the foreman's room there so they could have a place of his own [Music] seems solid enough except for that wind in the back you can see that from your room though can't you now wait a minute roy this is a boy's room it's not a jail cell not as far as i'm concerned and ben put a lock on that door after the kid goes to bed night you're here well i'll be heading back to town roy we got some rolling table in there and won't stay and eat with us i wish i couldn't host but i got to get back i'm sorry we're late paul but todd here couldn't quite make up his mind whether he won't eat or not well believe me todd i never had any trouble like that with hoss when he was your age not since either mm-hmm you know something haas this beef is about the tastiest we've ever had that gravy looks good too now there's no sense in this boy i know you're hungry why don't you sit down and eat do you think i'd eat at the same table with a man that killed my father todd we're just trying to help you can't you understand that boy don't do me any favors now look i'm not afraid of you or any other cart right and i'm not going to take orders from me either now i i said i wasn't gonna eat at this table and i won't [Music] don't let him spoil each other paul you've done all you could the boy's been through a pretty rough day house probably hasn't eaten since breakfast maybe even longer made up his mind to hate everything about this place starting with us he didn't exactly choose to come here [Music] look at it another way i suppose i'd been the one who'd been gunned down how'd you feel about breaking bread with luke grayson [Music] yeah reckon i never looked at it like that paul us take this supper up to the bunkhouse boy's got to eat yes sir don't be surprised if i come back with a finger bit off paul thought you might change your mind about supper i'll bring you something to eat you can take it right back to him i said i don't want anything from you cartwrights look todd i don't care how mad a man gets about something his stomach goes right on eating something to eat you think you can make me eat that no no i can't and i wouldn't want to make eat it but if paul thought you was down here hungry and there wasn't no food here for you'd feel real bad about it your father didn't care anything about me todd why didn't you say that what makes me say it because it's the truth that's why ben cartwright's a liar now you listen here boy no you listen you must think i'm two years old or something you and all you talk about about teaching me to ride well i don't want her right see and i've had just about enough of your father's talk about me being a guest here todd he meant that you are a guest here as far as we're concerned oh am i i suppose you put locks on the doors of all your guests there's your supper you can take that back to him and tell him i'm sick of his kind of favors [Music] [Applause] hmm free [Applause] [Music] um [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] hmm [Music] all right todd what what is this i guess you know what it is todd listen to me somebody close don't come any closer don't come any closer god give me the gun no no oh it's all right what's the matter this todd stole an empty empty gun out of the destroy tried to kill me tried to kill you with a little varmint where is he outside somewhere probably hiding like a scared animal waiting for you and me and a does another grown man to come chasing after him paul you ain't gonna just let him go are you no i'm not gonna let him go i'm not gonna go running after him either paul he tried to kill you with an empty gun yeah but paul he didn't know he's empty dad burn it how far does your obligation go with this please please nothing boy after all you've done for that boy you gave him a home you least i could do after what i did to him sheriff roy coffey i have to think of his position regardless of what i think i i'm gonna have to tell roy what happened probably stole one of our horses and halfway to san francisco by now how far do you think he could get you saw the way he wrote didn't you yeah but i got a sneak and hunch he wasn't doing his best neither well probably try to find his way back to virginia city and we did we'll find him there i'm not going to run after him not tonight anyhow let's try to get some rest we'll go see the show first thing in the morning [Music] it's getting late honey why don't you go to bed go to bed i haven't slept since he died you got to go on a living kid yeah that's just the trouble living and thinking look at nothing but this day and night you really loved him didn't you sure funny isn't it charlie me falling in love with a guy like luke grayson [Music] really wasn't much huh couldn't keep a job always getting in fights always getting drunk half the time he didn't even know i was alive [Music] funny isn't it charlie you're not laughing nope i ain't laughing [Music] remember how he was when he'd walk down the street all the women would get mad that they'd met their own husbands i was just like him my eyes would follow him wherever you went he was so so tall and straight and that smiled [Music] it was like that to me until the day died [Music] you want another drink kid yeah i guess so better than trying to get to sleep [Music] thanks [Music] are you open for business you're in a moment for business what can i do for you i want to buy a gun guns cost money boy i've got money it's not much it's three dollars but that ought to buy a gun of some kind i don't have a gun i can let go for three dollars look mister any gun an old one maybe you've got something here somebody left on a bill or something like that son you might as well know i wouldn't send a gun to luke grayson's boy for three dollars or three thousand dollars and nobody else in town would either i'll just run along and forget it [Music] foreign [Music] [Music] my foreign well goodnight charlie todd what are you doing here mind your own business leave me alone i thought you're in trouble what's happened i tried to kill ben cartwright todd they'll catch you they'll put you in jail i don't care what they do to me we can't stand there talking like this someone will see us here come with me [Music] venice just bad seed i knew luke grayson when he mounted to something but he still had that bad streak in him the boy's got it now just same as the old man had you got any idea which way headed well he came this way as close as we could figure well i'll get a couple of deputies i'd like to have you come along horse ben i might as well get started good [Music] [Applause] all right what happened to you well look grayson's kid came in the store wanted to buy a gun i refused to sell it to him when i turned around he hit me in the head with an axe handle don't you think you better have a doctor take a look at you i don't know kind of stunned me for a minute i kept seeing the kid taking the gun i couldn't make my legs work quick enough to stop him he took a gun that's right sick shooter and some shells do you know what he was doing ben you better take him up the doctor also go along with me all right and ben it's not just a 16 year old boy we're dealing with it's luke grayson's kid he's got a loaded gun all right roy i asked you where did you get that gun i told you i just got it that's all now that you've got it what are you gonna do with it i'm gonna kill ben cartwright what do you think i'm gonna do with it listen to me i want him dead just as much as you do but what chance do you think a kid like you'll have against all those grown men all i need is just one clear shot don't you realize that they'll cut you to ribbons the minute you walk outside this room god what are you gonna do i'm getting out of here no todd wait there's another way what are you talking about if i help you will you promise me that you'll leave virginia city and never come back here again how can you help me [Music] this is a draft on the first city bank of san francisco 500 if i sign it it'll be payable to bearer 500. then i was right right about what this is my father's money you were holding out on me holding out on you todd i'm just trying to help you look if my father gave you this you keep it i don't even want to hear about it maybe you don't need a kid but i do you won't need that gun i'm on your side right diane what are you doing here i told you i'd be here when you needed me i think you do now and i know you stole that gun so does the sheriff and he's coming to get you i've got to get him out of here get him to san francisco do you think you could do it i can do it for 500 you see i was listening outside your door now that's not socially correct maybe but it's a way to find things out and you just sign it and i'll get the kid out of town there's only one thing mustn't cash it until you get to san francisco sure i'm in no hurry what are you doing i don't want anything from you look my father wouldn't have anything to do with a woman like you now look boy you do as you're told or i'll let the sheriff have you [Music] cash that for me 500 that's a lot of money you've got that much in the till just go ahead and cash it i i've never seen anything quite like this before mr cartwright yes charlie would you take a look at this for me yes what is it it's a bank draft you know about these things i wish you'd look it over he doesn't have to look it over it's good it's got diane jordan's signature on it why did she give you this i don't think that's any of your business card right this is something to do with todd doesn't it what's the matter card right can't you hear good where's the boy you've got my money i said where's the boy i don't like people touching me and i don't like him grabbing my money this is yours legitimately you'll get it back but not until i've talked to diane about this [Music] [Applause] here diane are you in there diane it's been car drive the door's open i think this belongs to you where did you get that from the two-bit gunman who's been hanging around town he tried to cash it downstairs he tried to cash it but what business is it of yours maybe i owed it to him maybe he did me a favor once oh did he was he about to do you a favor like killing me it was luke's money luke owed it to athletes diane luke never had 50 as long as i knew him much less 500. get out of here i don't have to sit here and listen to you saying these things about luke you killed him is that enough don't you think the whole town knows it was you who supported luke don't you think they know it was you who fed him who clothed them who even gave him his drinking money and all the time he didn't even know you were alive that's not true luke was good to me he loved me did he do you think luke was capable of loving anyone or even the thinking of anyone other than himself stop that i won't listen to you saying such things i won't listen to you here i won't listen diane you know that what i'm saying is the truth i wonder you're gonna have to face that truth where's the boy here cartwright it's easy to lie about a man when he's dead and can't talk back isn't it god put away that gun i'll put it away after i kill you and this time i'm not gonna miss this time i got bullets in the gun don't wait todd stop he killed my father you're forgetting that no i'm not forgetting but everything he said about your father was true no it's a bag of lies no it wasn't the pack of lots look i knew your father better than anyone in the whole world it wasn't any good just like ben cartwright said he was no good no you're lying he he sent me money he wanted me to come out here and live with him he never sent you a dime every honest dollar that luke got he drank faster than he could walk to the post office that 500 that i gave to apple was mine the money the check that you got every month to keep you in school that was mine even the money that she was sent to bring you back here to virginia city was my see i thought if he saw his own son that would help him straighten out it couldn't be if he was so bad why would you why did i stick to it because i loved it i loved it the first moment i saw it [Music] with the gun boy keep trying to remember him the way i wanted him to be [Music] he was such a wonderful man such a rotten lousy stinking wonderful man [Applause] [Music] paul you all right charlie just told us what happened yeah i'm all right that boy uh he's gonna be all right now too i'm still gonna have to take him in ben he stole the gun did he roy an empty gun now what do you think that would be worth the lives of two people i guess it ain't worth a thing then oh roya in case you happen to think about it that uh horse of ours the boy didn't steal it i just gave it to him that right house yes sir that's right roy you you tell him to write him out and pay us a visit and tell him to bring his new mom [Music] you
Behind the Scenes of The Blood Line
Among the Cartwright family, Pernell Roberts and Michael Landon do not appear in any part of this episode. In one scene, Ben mentioned that Adam and Little Joe were away on a roundup with some of the ranch hands.
This episode marks Lee Van Cleef’s (Appling), Jan Sterling’s (Dianne Jordan), and David Macklin’s (Todd Grayson) only appearances in the series.
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Bonanza, which tells the adventures of the Cartwright family, is a fantastic show to watch alone or with your family and friends. All 14 seasons ran on the NBC network from September 1959 to January 1973. The Blood Line is the 47th episode out of 430 and the fifteenth for the second season.
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