The Hopefuls Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #02, Episode #05
Bonanza, a Western television program under the NBC network, shows the stories and adventures of the Cartwrights, a fictional family of ranchers who lived on the Ponderosa ranch. The Hopefuls, the program’s thirty-seventh episode, debuted on October 8, 1960, and was written by E. Jack Neumann. Charles Maxwell, who plays Shenandoah, also joins the supporting cast.
Larry Gates plays Jacob Darien, the leader of a Quaker sect that has bought land in California. As they cross the Ponderosa in a special wagon meant to transport money for the land transaction, Jacob’s daughter, Regine (Patricia Donahue), makes a request. She convinces her father to have Adam and Hoss Cartwright act as escorts for the Quaker wagon train.
Meanwhile, Adam’s new friend, Sam Bond (Dennis Patrick), accompanies the Cartwright boys. However, Sam plots to steal the Quakers’ money at the first opportunity.
Read its plot, learn some fascinating behind-the-scenes trivia, or watch the full episode below.
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The Hopefuls, the fifth episode of Bonanza’s second season, featured special guest stars in addition to the lead and recurring cast. The actors in the episode are:
- Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
- Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
- Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
- Larry Gates as Jacob Darien
- Patricia Donahue as Regina Darien
- Dennis Patrick as Sam Bord
- Charles Maxwell as Shenandoah
- Jason Johnson as Matthew
- Paul Genge as Mr. Blair
- Richard Reeves as Townsman #1 (as Dick Reeves)
- Clegg Hoyt as Townsman #2
- Hank Patterson as Blacksmith
- Clarence Straight as Older Man
- Tom Newman as Card Player
- Fred Aldrich as Townsman (uncredited)
- Nick Borgani as Townsman (uncredited)
- Bill Clark as Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
- Betty Endicott as Quaker (uncredited)
- John George as Townsman (uncredited)
- Walter Lawrence as Quaker (uncredited)
- Cactus Mack as Quaker (uncredited)
- Martha Manor as Quaker (uncredited)
- Rex Moore as Townsman (uncredited)
- John Rice as Townsman (uncredited)
- Cosmo Sardo as Quaker (uncredited)
- Ray Spiker as Townsman (uncredited)
Full Story Line for The Hopefuls
A wagon train from Ohio passes through Virginia City on its way to Slaytersville. Among the people, the leader’s daughter caught Adam’s attention.
Inside the saloon, steps in a game when one of the players is about to shoot their opponent. In return, he makes a new friend in Sam Bord. Adam offers him a job at the Ponderosa.
Meanwhile, the leader, Jacob Darien, finds difficulty passing the town in peace when two drunkards block their way. Sam and Adam, smitten with the leader’s daughter, Regina, help them deal with the drunks, then offers to accompany the wagon train as they head west.
The wagon train stops to make camp. Adam and Regina fetch buckets of water for the people to use. Regina asks why Adam seems puzzled, so he mentions Regina’s father and their customs. Adam thinks the way Regina’s people do things is far different from what they do. He later reveals that Regina caught his interest, making him want to know her more. Regina tells Adam she feels the same way.
Jacob asks Sam about Adam’s whereabouts. Sam tells him that Adam accompanied Regina as they fetched water for the group. Allowing a guest to help bothers Jacob, but Sam assures him that Adam doesn’t mind assisting her. The Cartwrights arrive at the campsite to welcome their visitors, and Jacob thanks them for the abundant resources that they can enjoy during their stay. Jacob invites them for dinner, and although Ben is hesitant, Hoss accepts their offer. Adam returns to the campsite with Regina, introducing her and Sam to the Cartwrights. Little Joe thinks he has seen Sam before.
That night, the Cartwrights enjoy dinner with Jacob and his family of Quakers. Jacob reveals they’re off to Slaytersville to buy land from the money they earned and start a peaceful life free of debt. However, Sam has his sights set on the cash the wagon train is transporting. Meanwhile, Adam decided to ride along the wagon to Slaytersville to enjoy more time with Regina.
The following day, Ben is hesitant to send Adam off with Jacob and his family. Hoss suddenly arrives and seeks to join Adam, realizing that Jacob and his family are not far different from them.
Adam and Hoss rode ahead of the group. They suddenly discovered fresh tracks, then realized people might be eyeing the wagon to rob it later that night. Adam and Hoss return to Jacob to deliver their discovery. However, Jacob insists they won’t engage in violence regardless of the circumstance.
The group sets camp while Adam, Hoss, and Regina guard the wagon circle. Sam arrives with three more men and then shouts from a distance. A shooting ensues. Sam boldly steals in front of Jacob, and one of the men, Shenandoah, shoots Jacob dead. Adam kills the other two men.
The next day, Adam decides to confront Sam to get the family’s money back, and Hoss tags along. They find Shenandoah’s dead body, shot by Sam, who took the money himself. Adam and Hoss continue riding to look for Sam while the wagon train travels far behind.
Adam and Hoss arrive in a new town and find Sam’s horse. He requests new horses from the person in charge and then follows the trail Sam left. They discover a horseshoe, helping them figure out Sam’s heading to Slaytersville.
Adam searches the town for Sam. The wagon train arrives later, and Hoss informs Regina that Adam’s safe. Regina thinks violence is not the answer, but Adam insists he must get money. Sam comes and fires at Adam. An older man from the family and Adam got shot, but Adam fired back, killing Sam.
Adam and Hoss prepare to leave. Regina asks if Adam will visit them, but Adam thinks it’s better not to see them. They both understand that they couldn’t continue their relationship, but they bid their farewells with peaceful hearts.
Full Script and Dialogue of The Hopefuls
[Music] morning mr blair here with you in a minute adam [Music] [Applause] welcome to virginia city reverend i thank they sir huh planning on staying no sir just long enough to water our animals you're very welcome reverend just help yourself i thank thee and may god bless your day yeah our people have had a very long journey we've come all the way from ohio adam i'm glad you wrote in today come on in how's ben these days adam oh uh he's fine [Applause] [Applause] here's your bill of lighting adam tell ben i want the cattle shipped by the first of the month he'll be there good time for a little drink no thanks it's a little early for me i like my cards from the top you've been getting them from the top that card you were just gonna deal me came from the bottom of the deck mister it's the five of clubs mister you're just asking for trouble get out of here to both here and stay out of here [Applause] mine then i'm off to the sheriff gambling how to beat him anyway why did you step in uh he was gonna shoot you well i guess that's as good a reason as any but now i owe you [Music] hey [Music] which way you're riding west write a piece with you fine last time i saw one of them sex trains was just outside salt lake city funny thing about them people they don't use guns i know they don't believe in them where's your horse livery i didn't get the name cartwright adam cartwright from the ponderosa huh that's right you in the ranch in business not yet but i'm looking for a steak i want some land and some cattle that don't belong mostly to a bank i don't like owing anybody i throw my saddle on the calico well i rode the edges of ponderosa yesterday on my way here a mighty big place how does a man get a place like that he works i'm gonna shape their horses and i'd say you've been looking for that steak pretty long time i have but then it takes a lot of looking well we can always use good help at the ponderosa you offering me a job 40 months at the end of the year you get your pick and 10 head of stock bonus you make this offer to everybody nope why me you look like you can handle it you talk right out don't you i try to well it's a mighty tip and offer well you think about it i'm doing just that right now [Music] uh black hat black goat beard like a billy goat we are weary we must find a campsite and rest for the night camp right here sure you can have a prayer meeting tonight we'll get hoopla stalin or gals to come and join in i know thou art seeking amusement but please allow us to pass how do we know you ain't desperate characters my friends i assure thee we wish every man good days and a long life and ask and ask only to pass in peace pass in peace he's asking ask them for nothing father well what do you know they're kind of pretty to be with this kind of outfit i bought them clothes what do you say honey you and me have a drink of whiskey huh yeah and maybe i'll uh buy you a new dress huh come on honey ain't you got any life in here come on honey that's having a little fun huh you all right ma'am i believe so yes hold it get him out of here we was just funnin get ready to move hurry please matthew before there's more trouble i thank thee very kindly that what a very brave man is everything all right sir yes thanks to thee and my friend i'm jacob darian i'm adam cartwright this is my daughter regina oh this is um sam board you're riding west sir why uh yeah yes or so are we um maybe it would be a good idea if we rode along with you if thou art going that way uh we are then thou art indeed welcome indeed nice girl that yeah sam bourdain your name is familiar to me i figured it might be you could have used another name i don't see any reason to i figure i owe a man something the least i can do is be honest with them thanks for the job offer it still goes [Applause] sam my friends so oh give me thanks for the protection and the guidance thou hast given us this day and especially we give thanks for our new friends who have served us so well and for this earth and this sky and this water and we wish the lord a peace-filled night as we wish it for ourselves and our fellow men [Music] amen here let me help you no though out of guest and our the most pretty young woman [Applause] [Music] thou art a strange man adam crawford [Music] strange why do you say that thou had much to say to me every time they looked at me today and yet now that the opportunity is here they'll say it's nothing at all well maybe uh maybe i just don't know what to say or how to say it simple and direct as is everything under god's sky what puzzles they um your father them your customs all disturb the adam yes uh well no i mean um well if for instance if it were my train i'd i'd circle the wagons at night instead of uh stringing them out oh i pinned the stock inside in case of trouble what trouble well any trouble uh well look uh yes well i think and um do things one way and and and we do them differently is that it well isn't every man entitled to his his own beliefs or his own manner of living yes but uh but what adam it's you you disturb me very much regina oh why because i'd like to know more about you because um well we're right back where we started aren't we oh no we've come a long way from there [Music] i'm disturbed by the also adam children children we'll help thy mother susan go along with my brother where's my friend adam he's with your daughter helping her to get some water my daughter allowed a guest to help ah trevor i kind of got the idea he wanted to be with her and uh i kind of got the idea that uh perhaps she wishes to be with him no objections a man might as well object to the wind and the sun and the rain what are you carrying here reverend him books no my friend not exactly jacob jacob your visitors coming welcome welcome friends to our humble campsite welcome peace be with you my friends and with you who's in charge here i am call me jacob this is my friend matthew hey that probably sure got a face full of hey i'm ben cartwright you're on ponderosaland ah then these men are are thy sons oh we are indebted to thee all of thee is that so indeed sir why we have all this fine grazing for our stock plenty of water to take care of them what more could a man ask well am i good i ask how long you're planning to stay here we leave on the morrow oh is something amiss no no no you're most welcome if there's anything that my sons and i can do to serve you please uh please ask us oh thou art most kindly may god bless thee orphan thank you oh um there is one thing more we would ask of thee oh that uh they'll remain and dine with us oh well i uh yes sir sure do thank you hi pop well uh these people are i know adam my father has just bit us welcome on the ponderosa well i'm glad of that oh this is a regina darien my father ma'am now this is sam board i was bored these are my sons horse a little joe honey mr board don't we know each other we do now howdy the child smells mighty good then they will remain mr cartwright so we insist well then we will remain splendid come friends oh nothing he swede nothing i couldn't back up gina give me a little more of that certainly you folks been eating this kind of food all the way from ohio we have sir oh you keep shoveling it out to him you're not gonna have any left where are you headed we hope to be in slatersville by week's end we have word of a large fertile valley there and god willing we hope to buy land and settle in peace buying land uh it could be pretty expensive yes but we worked for many years and put all of our money together to do it it is our dream to start a fresh new life free of debt all of your money all of it you travel 2 000 miles across the united states to settle in a land that you've never seen i've been there we we've all been there many times in in our minds my daughter speaks truly before all this ponderosa belonged to thee was it not a dream in thy mind also mr cartwright yes of course [Music] very much a dream [Music] how is the prayer meeting what do you want you'll never make a preacher sam you know what i want what's the matter don't you want to let us meet your hymn singers take them and get out of here who do you think you're fooling sam not them not me we want our cut of that five it's gone i lost it well we figured you'd do that sam but we figured you'd like a chance to make it up instead of getting killed you can make it up can't you say it there's a meadow about a half a mile from here i'll meet you there in the morning [Applause] you've got an hour sam now what a strange woman regina darien what is it coyote badlio you read me well what do you mean they would think me faithless and hate me if i spoke of it you could never be faithless i know that much about you and i could never hate you i know that much about myself oh adam i do have faith but i but what well we will pass on from here tomorrow and they will think of me as that one with the strange people and they will forget me i could never forget you [Applause] oh adam i'm supposed to believe that what will be will be that was before we met yes you'll be gone tomorrow and nothing will be regina [Music] i'm coming with you the slater's bill ride along with the train and give us more time together oh yes we have needed that oh adam they must make me foolish and forward no i think of you as beautiful lovely [Music] adam thinks we've been observed adam and what have we had where are you going sam tell the folks goodbye for me kind of sudden isn't it well i'm kind of like that i don't figure you i get a niche every time i hear folks talking about what they got and what they're gonna get what are you running away from maybe a fella named sam about the job i never was much at ranch hanton cards are more my line you can take the job and get everything you always wanted you're all right cartwright but it wouldn't do for me to listen to you too long [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] adam yeah yeah you sure you know what you're doing now i mean going with the train and all i know what i'm doing we're different from them adam she's different from you i'm saying this badly son but i it's what i want to say i heard you [Music] [Applause] good luck i better go say goodbye to jacob and the rest [Music] hey adam uh where are you going warm not the same place you are right yeah yep your idea paused well i i reckon it's mine i sort of got like in this old hole cooking as a matter of fact i i like everything about these folks i didn't think i could even talk to them at first but and i don't reckon they're so much different than the rest of us none of them when when i say well if it's the kind of outfit you say it is and if it's as easy as you say it is why not right now in the daylight or maybe you need the night adam what are you stopping for well this will be a good place to camp for tonight there's still two hours of daylight left i know mr darian but the um the animals are all worn out poor beasts so are all of us we've traveled a long way but our fear has been that the land will be taken before we get there forgive us adam if we seem impatient but we're so anxious to reach our new home well what about it how's you man you think that old trail across the plateau might still be good well well they've been traveling a long time get them wagons across there or not i don't think it's still worth a look-see yeah um water your animals but uh leave them hitched up we'll see if we can't get you a little further along thank you adam [Music] hey wait a minute these are fresh tracks at them not over an hour how many do you figure [Applause] that looks like at least four now whoever they are they could see the wagons all day i never knew a man yet didn't come into a wagon train to get some good home cooking yeah me neither unless they had a reason for not wanting to be seen well those wagons and the stock alone that trains good pickings yeah if they're planning to do anything about it it'll probably be tonight [Music] is something amiss uh something i have to tell you what is it my friend if you people have any guns on this train if you use for hunting or anything else get them out what i'm trying to say is that we found the tracks of four horses up there now we have reason to believe that these four men have been watching and following this train all day long well do you want him to come in and take everything you own without fighting for it surely you must have some guns of some kind we have no guns adam and we can do no violence on our fellow man well they can do violence on their fellow man and they will still it would not be right for us matthew can't you do something he's only thinking of us father regina thou forgotten what we all live by we shall pray that this test comes not to us and that once more we shall be delivered mr darrian if you reckon you could pray just as well if the wagons were circled up and they thought you was going to put up a fight i can't see how that violate nothing whatever he thinks best mr cartwright yes sir adam they would use this on a man if i have to [Music] all right i will stay beside the atom if that can't believe with us then i will try to believe [Music] [Applause] that's them we may not have to use them i see the wagon circle that might make him skittish they don't seem very skittish to me seems like they got lots of confidence yo wagon adam it is thy friend he's made some friends [Music] train oh easy pickings huh easiest yeah they was just gonna invite you right in as soon as you got here you won't need that that's what you told me sam but you told me a lot of things now i'm gonna tell you something i want to pick that up easy or any way i can get it and i want to pick it up now [Music] wait here [Music] too quiet let's wake him up ah [Music] boy mr lord my friend i pray thee not to do this my friend get out of my vegeta let's get out [Music] uh [Music] uh [Music] earth to earth ashes to ashes dust to dust ensure and certain hope of resurrection into eternal life amen we will move on at once my friends prepare [Music] he will leave me too adam i have to i brought sam board among you and he did all this to you his things are not thine in a way they are it's my job to get that money back i better go with it [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] well they probably head south board needs a new town yep man like that's always needing a new towering that's real pretty isn't it yeah really looks good and i'm gonna enjoy it all of it [Music] well we're partners shin are we no i don't figure that way sam [Music] as i remembered you owed me and the boys since they ain't here to collect i just figured to take all our shares don't you trust me no i don't sam now you just throw the money over here right down there [Applause] [Music] oh and i'll uh a heavy gun real easy but first cut down there too [Applause] [Music] yeah cut i had half you never did have any brains could be a trap out it figures yeah the board's gone all the way and adam he's a killer but one of them left now and that's where the money is [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] where's the man belongs to that horse i don't know he left him here he took another and give me a 20 gold piece that more than two hours ago which way to go uh west or toll bridge creek we'd like some fresh horses we're allowing it in a hurry huh [Music] yeah left the trail again adam he ain't doing a blooming thing but leaving us on one big merry chase round around the circle on these blooming rocks well sooner or later he's got to go to water or even i don't know you know [Music] well you'll have to find a town now yeah which one's nearest slatersville hey network that's right [Music] howdy howdy what did i do for you this uh fit any animal you got in here today my narrow to death going to get him another horse tonight you got any idea where the man is i wouldn't be surprised he's over saluting there cooling his dampers pretty hot out today [Music] thanks [Music] so [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] miss regina miss regina hux oh horse where is he where's adam is he he's all right now thank god but where ma'am the board's down here and adam's gone after him oh no ma'am i know how you feel i know how adam feels there ain't nothing nobody can do to stop him the only thing we can do is try to help him plus i've got to find him adam adam i beg thee thou must not do this thing well what about your father these people for whatever the reason it would be violence adam i see vengeance in thine eyes i saw it when they rode off i've got to get that money back if they get it this way with a gun then it is not worth having they will find him and he will be killed or they will be killed i'm sorry adam if they do this thing it will be between us all our lives [Music] it has to be done regina you'll get over it will i look at me adam i am no child i've waited a long time to find the kind of a man i could love listen to her adam you know i don't have any choice i'm responsible for sam board they are not responsible to him they are responsible to nobody but thyself adam i beg thee put away thy gun [Music] adam no no but we befriended thee get out of the way old man have run all i'm gonna run boss get her out of here take this back i'm all right i had to do it [Music] they are well enough to ride now yes but they will come and visit us [Music] no i i couldn't do that knowing what it would do to you to them [Music] and to the adam and me yes [Music] he was my father adam their leader i would be breaking faith with him and them and myself if i neither one of us had a choice did we [Music] bless the atom [Music] [Applause] home adam [Music] home [Applause] [Music] you
Behind the Scenes of The Hopefuls
The title of this episode in German is “Land für Daviens Leute,” which translates to “Land for Davien’s People.”
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