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The Mountain Girl Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #03, Episode #33

In the May 13, 1962 episode of Bonanza titled The Mountain Girl, the central character is Trudy Harker, portrayed by Nina Shipman. Trudy, raised in the hills by her reclusive grandfather Seth, finds herself under the care of Joe Cartwright following Seth’s passing. Committed to fulfilling a promise to Trudy’s late grandfather, Joe endeavors to refine her rustic demeanor, preparing her to transition into the refined society of her wealthy grandfather, Josiah Harker’s, San Francisco mansion. Warren Oates appears as Paul, and Nancy Hadley as Stephanie. This episode was penned by John Furia Jr., originally aired on May 13, 1962.

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Main Cast

Apart from the main cast, “The Mountain Girl,” the thirty-third episode of Bonanza Season 3 presents a diverse array of recurring and guest-supporting actors. The cast includes:

  • Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
  • Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
  • Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
  • Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
  • Nina Shipman as Trudy Coombs / Harker
  • Warren Oates as Paul Magruder
  • Carl Benton Reid as Josiah Harker
  • Nancy Hadley as Stephanie Harker
  • Will Wright as Seth Coombs
  • Victor Sen Yung as Hop Sing
  • Mary Treen as Annie Wilson
  • Bob Hoy as Jeb (uncredited)

Full Story Line for The Mountain Girl

Joe is tasked with fulfilling Grandpa Coombs’ dying wish: to reunite his granddaughter with the Harker family, who belong to high society. However, the granddaughter, having lived as a sheepherder in the mountains, needs to familiarize themselves with their refined lifestyle. Joe must teach her the ways of the Harkers before their arrival.

Full Script and Dialogue of The Mountain Girl

(fanfare plays)


What happened to you?

Well, I was all at
once struck down.

My heart... Oh.

My arm hurts something fierce.

Well, you take it easy,
I'll get you to a doctor.

Oh, I ain't gonna
last long enough

for no doctor to give
me my money's worth.


Just get me back to my camp.

All right.

Just show me where your camp is.

(sheep bleating)

Paul, hurry up
with them splints.

Here you go.

Straight enough, I guess.

Give me your handkerchief.

Come on, you ain't helpless.

Well, all right.

What-what are you
gonna do with him?

Take care of him.

It's gonna be a lot
of trouble to you.

Poor lorn thing.


Well, Trudy,

something like this
happens every lambing time.


Go on to your mom. Go.

Trudy, I tell you what,

come fall, you fatten
him up real good,

and I'll build a big
fire and we'll roast him.


Don't you dast even
think of such a thing.


Now, Trudy, I was just funning.

- I was just funning.
- I'll get you good if you ain't.



What did you do to him?

I found him this
way on the trail.

He helped me, Trudy.

Give me a hand; we'll
get him off the horse.

Let's lie him down.

Here we go, Pa.

Take it easy.

Does the name Harker
mean anything to you, girl?

No, Grandpa, it don't.

There's a rich family in San
Francisco named Harker.

Yeah, they're the
ones I'm talking about.

They're your folks, Trudy,

just as much as I am.

How could that be?

I-I ain't never
even heard of them.

Your father was Frank Harker,

a fine, upstanding man.

Grandpa, why didn't
you tell me all this before?

It wasn't easy to tell.

You see,

your mother met young
Frank Harker in San Francisco

and fell in love.

But the Harkers
was high and mighty.

They wasn't gonna
have no hill girl

by the name of Abigail
Coombs in their family.

No, sir.


Frank and Abigail, they
run away and got married.

What happened them?

One day, Abigail
came here with you.

She told me that
Frank had up and died.

And she come to me

'cause she had no
place else to turn.

She made me make a
promise before she died.

What kind of promise?

She made me promise that I'd try

to get you back to the Harkers

and the things that
were rightfully yours.

I've been happy here, Grandpa.

Seth, I'll take care
of her; you know that.

You don't have
to worry about it.

Now, you stay out
of this, you hear?

I didn't raise her to
marry no sheep-herder.

I want you to go to your
rightful people, Trudy.

Make them take you back.

I don't want to
leave here, Grandpa.

I'm asking you for
your promise, Trudy.

Now, would you do as I ask?

I'll try, Grandpa.

Now, I'll need yours, too, son.

You have my word.

Now I can rest easy.

He's gone.

(theme song playing)

Look, Trudy, I put the
ground sheet on for you,

just in case it comes
on rain or something.

Well, it don't seem likely.

Well, you can't never
tell about those things.

I put some bread and
meat in there for you, too,

if you get hungry.

Thank you, Paul.

You look after that lamb, now.

Oh, I will; don't you
worry about that.

Just don't you get to liking
it down there too much.

Oh, you know I could never
like anything but what's right here.

Paul, I'm a-feared.


I'm all trembly inside.

I've never done
nothing like this before.

Well, I don't like it, neither.

I don't like your
Grandpa sending you off

to people you don't know and
strangers taking care of you.

I ought to be the one that's
taking care of you, Trudy.

Thank you very kindly, Paul,
but you ain't no kin of mine.

You-you don't need to.

Well, I want to.

You know I got a
strong feeling for you.

Why, I didn't know
nothing of the sort.

You never spoke of it.

Well, there-there
are things that...

you just don't speak right out.

How-how's a girl to
know unless you tell her?

Well... you know now.

I got all kinds of
things planned for us.

I want to tell you about it.

Paul, Paul, I want to
hear about them things.

I want to hear
about all of them.

There just ain't no time now.

I got to go and do what
Grandpa made me promise.

Yeah, I guess you do.

Well, you go on then.

Don't worry about things.

I'll watch over everything
right here for you.

Thank you, Paul.

And don't you fuss
now, 'cause I'll be back.

I'm hoping you will, Trudy.

You know I will.


Sure, I know you will.

We better get started.

Well, uh, the
sooner I-I get going,

the sooner I'll be back.

You take care of her
now, you hear, Cartwright?

Don't you worry; I'll
take good care of her.

'Cause I don't want
anything to happen to her.

I'll be back before you know it.

Come on in.

It's-it's bigger than a church.

Guess it is.

(chuckles) Come on, I'll
take you upstairs to your room.

- Yeah, this your room right here.
- (gasps)

Woo, look at it.

This whole place just for me?

Yeah, the whole
place just for you.


Just walk around
and get acquainted.

But I-I'm gonna go downstairs

and heat up a couple
of buckets of water.

You could kind of
wash up a little bit

before my family gets
here, kind of pretty up?

Is it gonna be all
right with them,

I mean, me staying here?

Oh, yeah, yeah, my-my
Pa loves company.

You leave that to me.

Uh, you need
anything, just call me.

- I'll be downstairs.
- Yeah.

Oh, Little Joe,

you've been real good to me.

Just... just make
yourself at home.

Thank you.

(door closes)

Hello, Joseph.

Uh, uh, hi, Pa.

Well, you're, uh, back early.

How was the hunting?

Well, I-I didn't
have any luck at all.



Whose horse is that outside?



That, um, just belongs
to a friend of mine

- that came back with me.
- Oh.

A girl.


Where is she?

Well, uh, she-she's upstairs.


Yeah, she's gonna take a bath.


No, sir, you don't... you
don't understand, Pa.

Well, you're right.

I don't understand.

Now, suppose
you start explaining.

Um, explaining.

Well, her-her name's Trudy.


And, uh... She's
a fine, sweet girl.


And she's gonna take a bath
and stay with us for a while.

Gonna... stay with us?

J-Just overnight.

She-she wouldn't
be any trouble at all.

I-I don't think she'd
be any trouble at all.


D-Do you think?




Well, I suppose I should meet...


No trouble at all.

What-what-what happened?

It's that tippy
chair, Little Joe!

- Shh!
- I fell clean over.

- Are you all right?
- Well, I reckon.

But you oughta warn a
body about them things.

They ain't safe.

happened in the chair?

- It's broke!
- Shh!

(whispers): Oh, it's broke.

D-Don't say anything.


Trudy, I'd like you
to meet my father.

Pa, this is... Howdy,
Mr. Cartwright.

Well... Miss Coombs,
it's a, it's a pleasure.

My name's Harker now,
I guess, Mr. Cartwright.

At least I think so.

Oh, well, from what
Little Joe told me, I...

Well, it's just that so much
has been happenin' to me today,

I'm not sure about anything.

'Cept'n that you folks
are bein' right nice

to go to all this
trouble for me.

It's no trouble... is it, Pa?

Oh, no, no, of course.

It's no trouble at all.

Uh, Trudy, we're gonna be
fixing supper pretty soon and...

we're going to wash up and I...

thought maybe
you'd like to wash up.

Yeah, I was just bringing her
the water when you came in, Pa.

Oh, never you mind,
Little Joe; I can tote it.

Oh! And don't you worry
none about that tippy ol' chair,

Little Joe... It
ain't broke much.

I'll fix it myself, first
thing in the mornin'.

It ain't broke much.

(weakly): Well...

Joe, that girl wouldn't be
safe in Virginia City by herself.

You can't send her
to San Francisco.

Yeah, well, why not?

Her grandfather wanted me to.

No, no, no, you said that he
wanted you to look after her.

Well, she has family
in San Francisco.

They can look after her.

Joe, suppose, by chance,
she happens to find

this family of hers...
What, the Harkers?

Yeah. Harkers.

And suppose they
don't take her in.

And then what's she do...

couple of hundred miles
away from anybody she knows?

But why wouldn't they
want to take her in?

She's part of the family.

Joseph, you just
told me Mr. Harker

turned away her
mother 20 years ago.

Yeah, that's right.

I guess we don't
have a guarantee

he'll take her in, do we?

You really got yourself
into something, didn't you?

ADAM: Evening, Pa.

BEN: Evening.

I was wondering when
you boys'd get back.

Hoss, what did the
doctor say about your arm?

Aw, it's all right, Pa.

He said I'd have full use
of it in another week or two.

Oh, good.

Uh, listen... I'd like to talk
to you about something.

Yeah, we... we
know all about it, Pa.

We met Little Joe going
into town a while ago.

- Oh?
- That's our little brother.

Goes out looking for a
bear and brings back a girl.

I hear them Harkers
are pretty fancy folk

there in San Francisco.

Think we ought to
dress or something

before we meet this little gal?

Well, I don't think
that will be necessary.

This particular little gal

wasn't brought up in
San Francisco society.

Well, Joe didn't
give us any detail;

he just said he was
wiring the people,

and what's the story?

Well, there was this old man
Coombs, up in the mountains...

(door closes)

Trudy, come on down.

I want you to meet
my other two sons.

Miss Trudy Harker, my son Adam.

- Howdy, Adam!
- How do you do?

And my son Hoss.

- Howdy!
- Howdy, ma'am.

Ooh, Mr. Cartwright, you
sure raised some fine ones.

How'd you get 'em so big?

Well, I guess it's the double
helpings they're always eating.

Uh, well, uh, Trudy,
how about some dinner?

Uh, Joe went to Virginia City

to send a telegram
to your grandfather,

but, uh, I think,
among the four of us,

we ought to be able
to rustle up something.

Oh, no, no, no, I'll do it!

- Oh, no, no, Trudy...
- No, sir.

Cookin' is a woman's job.

I'll go see what's out here.

If'n you got some, I'll fix you
up some hogback and turnips.

It'll take but a short while.

Hogback and turnips.

That don't sound
bad at all, does it?

You know, I think that girl

is going to have a little
trouble in San Francisco.


I think our work
is cut out for us.

What-what sort of work, Pa?

Making a young lady
out of a mountain girl.


BEN: Well!

Looks you... looks like
you made out pretty well.

Yeah, pretty good.

- Sent that telegram off...
- BEN: Yeah?

And I persuaded Mrs.
Wilson to open up the store.

Did you buy all them
packages of clothes for Trudy?

Yep. Wasn't an easy job, either.

Uh, tell me something...
How'd you pick out the sizes?

I just got Maisie from
the saloon to come down

and try things on for me.

She's about the same size.

I'll be dad-burned.

HOSS: Little brother...

gotta hand it to you...
When it comes to women,

you're the real
expert in the family.

I just hope you're right.

Hey, where is Trudy, anyway?

(door closes)

Good morning, Mr. Cartwright.

- Morning, Mr. Cartwright.
- BEN: Good morning.

- Morning, Mr. Cartwright.
- HOSS: Good morning, Trudy.

Morning, Little Joe.

Whoo-wee! I'm sure glad
there ain't no more of you!

I'd be plumb wore out.

(men laughing)

Oh, Little Joe, I
saw you ride up.

Did you hear from
Grandpa Harker yet?

No, I just sent the
telegram last night.

It'll take a little time.

But I made a deal with the
man in the telegraph office

to bring it here, just
as soon as he gets it.

Trudy, like some coffee?

Whoo! Yeah, sure.



If there's one thing
I like in the morning,

it's good hot coffee.

Yeah, we noticed.

I, uh, I got you
some new clothes

for your trip to San Francisco.

New clothes?

For me?


Gee, thanks, Little Joe.

I ain't never had no
store-bought clothes before.

These don't look to
be too sturdy, Little Joe.

Don't you reckon they'll
wear out awful quick?

Uh, Trudy...

uh, why don't you...

take-take these upstairs
and try them on there,

and I'm sure your instincts
will tell you what goes with what.

Little Joe, soon as I
get this stuff figured out,

I'll come down and you
can tell me if'n I was right.

I think maybe you should
have brought Maisie along.

No, no, no, little
brother's the expert.

He don't need any help.



Well, Jeb just brought the
telegram from Mr. Harker.


I don't get it.

He doesn't want her to
come to San Francisco.

He wants to come here.

- Oh?
- Said he'll be here two weeks.

Just signed "Harker."

I don't know whether
it's good or bad.

I was so sure he'd want
her to come there right away.


Maybe he just wants to check,

make sure this is
really his granddaughter.

Yeah, maybe.

Or there could
be another reason.

And what's that?

You know, the Harkers
are fairly wealthy people,

from what I've been
given to understand,

and, uh, well, they
live a very social life.

And, well, Trudy's
from the mountains.

What does that
got to do with it?

She's part of the family.

Joe, you don't understand.

For the last 19 years,
Trudy's been hidden

up in the mountains,
away from civilization.

The Harkers, you know, they...
they live a life quite different

from ours right here
on the Ponderosa.

Maybe they, uh, they
want to look the girl over.

Maybe they don't
think that she'll fit in

to their kind of life.

You mean I ain't
good enough for 'em.

Well, Trudy!

Come on down. You look lovely.

That's it, ain't it?

Just like my ma
wasn't good enough!

Oh, Trudy, we...
we were just talking.

Just what does a body
have to be, to be one of them?

Trudy, now, let's
look at it calmly, now.

They-they-they do lead
a different kind of life,

and they think differently
and talk differently and...

and they dress differently.

Joe, could you teach me
to... to talk and act like them

before they get here?

Trudy, it's...
it's hard to learn

a whole new way
of life in two weeks.

But if I tried...
would you help me?

Little Joe, you
promised my grandpa.

Oh, it ain't for him, just...

it's for me... to show
'em I'm a lady, too.


Oh, Trudy, you...
you are a lady.

You have courage and
you have honesty and...

well, those are the things that
a person should be judged on,

not just clothes and manners.

But them things, though...
Them clothes and manners...

They're important to
the Harkers, ain't they?

Yeah, well, they-they-they
might be important.

Then I want to get 'em.

Oh, it ain't just for my sake,

it's for my ma's sake, too!


Will you help me, Little Joe?


Yeah, I'll help you, Trudy.

Thank you.

(door closes)

Trudy, why don't
you rest for a while?

You've been, you've been
going at it pretty hard now

for a couple of days.

I don't have time, Little Joe.

I got to learn it
all, everything.

Nobody's gonna
say that I ain't...

Nobody is going to
say that I'm not fit.

Just don't you give
up on me, please, Jo.

Don't worry, I ain't.

Okay, come on.
Let's try it again.

Trudy, put your arms down.

You're makin' fun of me.

I am not making fun of you.

Nobody eats this way.

In San Francisco, the
society people do eat this way.

With all of them forks?

All of these forks.

With all of these forks
and spoons and glasses?

Well, you don't need
but one of each of 'em.

And if you have to, you can
get along without any of 'em.

Look, I'm not gonna
argue with you about it.

Now, you're gonna learn it.

We're gonna go
through it again all right?

Starting from the
left, what is this?

A fork.

I know it's a fork.
What kind of a fork?

One, two, three, one, two three,

one, two, three. See?

Okay, ready to try it?

Well, might as
well get my feet wet.

Right. When a
gentleman comes over

and he wants to
ask you to dance,

he says, "May I have the
pleasure of this dance?"

Pleasure? Ain't he
taking a lot for granted?

Then you're supposed to
say to him, "I'd be delighted."

Do I got to say that?

You have to say
something like that. Why?

Well, what if I ain't delighted?

Well, just say it
anyway as a favor to me.

I guess that's so's
he won't feel bad

if I don't want to
dance with him, huh?

Yeah, I think it's something
like that. Come on.

Now this arm here. See?

And you take my hand there.

squeeze my hand so tight.

I got a good strong grip!

I skinned and quartered
an elk once all by myself.


Well, just-just relax
when you're dancing.

Try to, try to think
of your partner

as someone more, more
charming, more exciting than an elk,

- all right?
- Mm-hmm.

Okay now, on one.


- Sorry.
- It's all right.

Here we go again. Ready?

Let me get... Okay.

One, two, three,
one, two, three...

That's you.


It's, uh, 1:00, child.

I couldn't sleep,
Mr. Cartwright.

I reckon you couldn't
neither, either.

(chuckles) As a matter of fact,

I, uh, I heard someone
moving around down here.

Don't you think you
ought to be in bed?

With Grandpa Harker coming
tomorrow, I'm just too excited.

You've been working very
hard for the last two weeks,

and you've done very well.

But don't you think that
you ought to look lovely

and rested in the morning?

But there's so much
to do and remember!

Oh, bye the way,

I've asked Annie Wilson
to come over in the morning

to help out with the
last-minute details.

Thank you.

Now you haven't a
thing to worry about.

Tomorrow will be just fine.

Tomorrow I've got
to do everything right.

You will.

I've just got to
make him want me.

I've just got to!

Mr. Harker will want
his granddaughter

whether she picks
up the right fork or not

if he's any kind of a man.

- If he doesn't like me, I, I'll just die.
- No...

Oh, you don't understand,
Mr. Cartwright, what it's like

sleepin' on a new soft
bed for the first time,

wearin' pretty clothes

and eatin' off a
tablecloth, just so.

Must be very wonderful for you.

I don't ever want
to lose all that.

I can hardly wait to
get to San Francisco.

All them tall buildings and
them shiny bright carriages

and fancy parties and wearing
pretty clothes all the time.

Well, Trudy, you know,
it isn't all one big party.

All them stylishly dressed young
men come to take you dancing!

Trudy, don't I remember
Little Joe saying something

about a young man
up in the mountains?

You mean Paul?

Well, uh, so much has
been happening to me,

I, I ain't thought
about him much lately.

Yeah, I guess right
now tomorrow is

the most important
thing on your mind.

So don't you think you
better get some sleep?

I'll try.

But I won't shut my eyes a wink!

Hop Sing, where are
those curling irons?

In a minute! In a minute!

Right now and hot!

Here, I'll take those.

Sing! Hey, Hop Sing,

there's no hot water
in the guest rooms!

Here, here, I'll take those.

Five people yelling all the
time! Only one Hop Sing!

Let me have those.
Let me have those.

I want to talk to Trudy anyway.

Isn't this fun?

I can't breathe!

You're not supposed
to. Now, now hold tight!


- Ooh!
- I'm coming!

Here, put this dress
over your head.

LITTLE JOE: These things
are burning my hands!

I'm coming, I'm coming!

Do the best you can.

- (knocking)
- I'll be there! I'll be there!

- Oh.
- Come on. These things are hot.

Oh, well, all right.
Hook up her dress.

Sit down. Sit down there.

- Do you remember everything now?
- I hope so.

What do you do
with your butter knife?

I don't know.

Just keep watching
me. Do whatever I do.

What foot do you lead off
with when you're dancing?

The left.

I lead off with the left.
You lead off with the right.

The right, the right.

You're scalping me!

If you just hold still...

BEN: Little Joe, they're coming!

Oh, my gosh!

Oh, Little Joe, I can't
remember nothin'!

Just relax. You're
gonna be fine.

You're gonna be just fine.

I'm gonna up and
die! I just know it!

Mr. Harker... Mr. Cartwright.

Welcome to the Ponderosa.

Thank you, sir. My
granddaughter Stephanie.

- How do you do?
- How do you do?

Uh, my son, Adam.

How do you do?

Stephanie, Mr. Harker.

And my other son Eric.

We call him Hoss.

I'm charmed, Horse.

No, ma'am, not, not
Horse. Just plain Hoss.

Well, boys, would you
look after the luggage?

And perhaps Mr. Harker,

Miss Harker will
come into the house.

It's rather elegant,
isn't it, Grandfather?

Considering how deep
we are in the wilderness.

Mr. Cartwright, I've
been looking forward

to meeting you for some years.

Well, thank you, sir.

I-I didn't know San Francisco
had ever heard of us.

We have. Your
Ponderosa's quite famous, sir.

Well, thank you again.

Now I'm sure you must
have had a long, tiring ride.

You probably
want to rest up a bit.

Well, you're very
thoughtful, sir.

Mr. Cartwright,
where's the young lady

you promised to show us?

Well, I'm sure you'll...

(hushed): Hold
fast to me, Little Joe.

Miss Harker, Mr. Harker,
my youngest son, Joseph.

How do you do?

How are you, sir?

And this, sir, is your
granddaughter, Trudy.

Howdy do?

It's a pleasure, my child.

My other granddaughter,

Howdy do?

How do you do?

I'm looking forward to
chatting with you, young lady,

after I've rested.

- Mr. Cartwright?
- Oh, yes, of course. Excuse us.

Interesting, most interesting.

I'll get a little more
light in this room.

That's better.

And I'll get some hot water.

Will you please sit down
a moment, Mr. Cartwright?

Of course.

If I may come directly
to the point, sir.

You know the reason I've
come out here, don't you?

Well, I presume it's to
see your granddaughter


I made a mistake 20 years
ago in disowning my son.

He was a strong man. He
had a good independent mind.

Now after I die, there'll be

little enough strength
left in the Harker family.

Stephanie will run through
my money in a year.

Oh? Shirtsleeves to
shirtsleeves in three generations.

Yes, I'm afraid that's true.

In my old age, I'm looking
for an element of strength,

my son's strength, if you will,

to bring back into
the Harker family.

I'm hoping there is some of
that strength in young Trudy.

Well, Mr. Harker...

I don't know if Trudy's
gonna be everything

that you might want her to be.

But I do know this:

she's your granddaughter.

Everything happened
so fast, Little Joe.

I didn't get a chance
to do anything.

Don't you worry about it.

I think you said
howdy very well.

Besides, you're
gonna get a chance

to show off at dinner tonight.

Oh, and that Stephanie,

have you ever seen
anyone so beautiful?

I'm gonna look like a new
clipped sheep next to her.

Now, look, I think
you're prettier than she is,

and don't you forget it.

All right, Little Joe.

Mr. Cartwright.

Oh, hi.

I thought you were
gonna rest for a little while.

Oh, I'm much
too excited to rest.

It isn't every day that you meet

an only cousin
for the first time.

Yeah, I never thought
about it that way.

Joseph, would you be
sweet and do us a favor?

I would so much like so much

to talk to cousin
Trudy alone for a while.

Oh, sure. So I'll go
check on Hop Sing,

see how he's making
out with the biscuits.

Well now, Cousin Trudy,

we must have a nice, long chat.

(door closes)

Tell me about yourself,

what you've been
doing all these years.

Well, I've been living up in
the mountains with my grandpa.

My other grandpa.

Oh, yes, the one who
asked the Cartwrights

to wire us about you.

And what did he
tell you about us?

That we were very rich?

No, he... I mean, yes.

He didn't mean anyth...

Oh, don't apologize, my dear.

Believe me, if I'd been you,
stuck up there on some mountain,

and learned that I had
some very rich relatives,

I would have tried to get to
them much sooner than you did.

Oh, it's not that way.

I mean, about the money.

Grandpa said that you
were all the kin I had.

And you were hoping to be
reunited with us, weren't you?

Well, yes.

I always thought that
kinfolk should be together.


Well, come now, Cousin Trudy,

you wouldn't fit into
our life in San Francisco

any more than I could
live on your mountain.

Now, Grandfather Harker
is a very reasonable man.

And I'm sure that
you can work out

a nice financial
arrangement with him.

Financial arrangement?

I-I don't understand.

What are you talking about?

I'm talking about money.

Isn't that what
you're really after?

Oh, but that's wrong.

You're wrong.

I don't want any money.

(horse approaching)

Hi, Trudy.

Paul, wh-what are
you doing here?

Well, I just, uh, came down
to see how you was doing.

I want to tell you that the
little lamb died this morning.


What lamb?

Well, you've changed, Trudy.

With that pretty
dress and everything,

I almost didn't recognize
you there for a minute.

Cousin Trudy?

Don't you introduce
your acquaintances?

Oh, I'm sorry.

Paul Magruder, this is
my cousin, Stephanie.

How do, ma'am?

How do you do?

Are you a friend of Trudy's
from up in the mountains?

Well, yes'm, uh, we're
spoke for each other.

Does that mean that
you're Trudy's fiancé?

Well, I guess
that's what it means.

- We gonna get married.
- Paul, I never said I would.

You didn't?

Well, you said you
was gonna come back.

My, but this is
fascinating news.

May I offer my congratulations?

Well, thank you,
Cousin Stephanie,

but nothing's settled yet.

Well, I would
say it's all settled.

Now, if you'll excuse me,

I'm sure an engaged couple
must have lots to talk about.

Oh, Paul,

why did you have
to come down here?

And why just now?

Well, I missed you.

I wanted to see what
you was doing, that's all.

Well, I'm doing all right.

Didn't you think I'd be
able to manage things?

And why-why did you have
to tell her we was spoken for?

There ain't nothing wrong
with a body telling the truth.

Well, it ain't the
tr... isn't the truth.

At least wise, right now.

I got to find out about
Grandpa Harker first.

If'n he wants me,
if I'm good enough.

Good enough? What do
you mean good enough?

Oh, Paul, you don't understand.

Tonight-tonight is so important.

Paul, please, you go on
up back to that mountain.

And as soon as I
know, I'll send for you.

You ain't coming
back, are you, Trudy?

Paul, you-you just
don't understand. Please.

(door opening)


Hey, Paul, when
did you get here?

Hello, Joe.

I just came down to
see Trudy, that's all.

Come on inside.

No, she don't want to see me.

What are you talking
about? Trudy tell you that?

Just the same as; she said she's

gonna send for me when
her folks got her settled.

Look, Paul, I don't
think she meant that.

What's going on
around here, Little Joe?

Something's changed her.

Oh, I think maybe
she's a little upset.

It's been a big day for
her, meeting her relatives.


Well, maybe I'd just like
to meet them folks myself.

You think you can
fix that up for me?

I don't see any reason why not.

Why don't we go to the
bunkhouse and clean up.

We'll have dinner
in a little while.

Thank you, Hop Sing.

Mr. Cartwright,
this fowl is delicious.

Ooh, simply marvelous.

Which wine was
used in the sauce?

I believe Hop Sing
uses a sauterne,

the grapes of which are
grown not too far from your part

of the country, Mr. Harker.

Well, whatever it
is, it's, uh, right tasty.

Paul, use your fork.

Cousin Trudy,

why don't you let your
friend eat in his own fashion?

Uh, Mr. Harker, I
thought, perhaps,

tomorrow we might ride
around the Ponderosa,

and then you can take a
look at our livestock operation.

That'd be most interesting
to me, Mr. Cartwright.

I've told my business
associates time and time again

of the resources
of this country.

piffle, Grandfather.

Do we have to go into
that sort of thing now?

My dear, you'll find that if
you give a man half a chance,

all he wants to talk
about is business.

I-I suppose.

How about you, Mr. Magruder?

I was hoping you might
show us where you live.

Well, it's, uh...

(clears throat) It's a
pretty poor piece, ma'am.

It's up in the high
country on the north fork

of the Bushy Creek.

Bushy Creek, what a quaint name.

Is that where you
have your house?

Yes'm, but it's not
a house exactly.

It's a cabin.

You built it yourself, no doubt.

Sure did.

Including the dirt floor?

Stephanie, that'll be enough.

But, Grandfather, I was
just asking about the house

because I want to know

if that's where he
intends to take his wife.

Stephanie, I fail to see where
any of this is our concern.


you mean Cousin
Trudy hasn't told you

that Mr. Magruder is her fiancé?

They're engaged to be married.

Trudy, is this true?

Well, you see, Grandpa...

Go ahead and tell him, Trudy.

Paul and me, we've known
each other a long time.

Are you going to marry him?

I guess she's not.

Excuse me for pushing
in here, Mr. Cartwright.

Oh, Paul, sit down.

You're welcome here
any time, you know that.

Well, thank you very much,
sir, but if it's all the same to you,

I'd like to stay in the
bunkhouse tonight.

I got to get back
up to the mountain

first thing in the morning.

I got a lot of things to do.

There's a meadow up there that
ain't never been turned to plow.

And there's a creek up
there that I got to dam up.

There's things up there in
the high country a man needs

for his family and his children.

It's important to me.

I used to think it was
important to you, too, Trudy.

I guess you... found
something else.

Whatever it is, I wish you well.

I'm very sorry.

I-I seem to have
started something.


I think it's probably
just as well.

Oh, I think you're
wrong, Grandpa.

Dead wrong.

Maybe Paul didn't know
which one of them doodads to...

to scoop up his vittles with,

and maybe I don't either,

but I've had enough
upbringing to know that you don't

make fun of somebody sitting
at the same table with you.


I just want you to
know that I'd be proud

to have you come and live
with me in San Francisco.

Up to now, I-I felt that

the Harker family
had almost lost

its last vestige of
courage and honesty.

Grandpa, thank you,

but I know where I belong now.

It's with Paul and the
things he believes in.


And I guess it's high time

I stopped trying to
be something I'm not.

I grew up on that mountain,

and I reckon I belong there.


I'll be leaving come morning.

(cock crowing)

Well, Miss Stephanie,

it was nice having you
here at the Ponderosa.

Mr. Cartwright,
I'd like to say...

As I told you before, Stephanie,

you've said enough already.

I just wanted to thank
you for your hospitality.

You're very welcome.

Well, good-bye, sir.

Hoss will meet
you in Virginia City

with your tickets
for San Francisco.

And I'm, I'm
sorry that your trip

wasn't all that you
thought it would be.

On the contrary.

I found the granddaughter
I was looking for.

The fact that she
won't be living with me

won't change that.

Perhaps someday
she'll come to see me.

Will you please
tell her that for me?

I think you can tell
her that for yourself.

I just wanted to say
good-bye, Grandpa Harker.

Well, I'm sorry if I
disappointed you.

You didn't disappoint me, child.

I'm proud of you,

and when you feel like it,

I hope both you and your
husband will come to visit me.

Good-bye, Cousin Stephanie.

Good-bye, Trudy,
and I-I'm sorry.

(clicking): Git up. Hyah.

Well, Trudy, what now?

Well, Little Joe's helping Paul

tie my things on my horse,

and I guess we'll be going.

Trudy, there's something
I'd like to say to you.

You're a real lady.

Thank you, Mr. Cartwright.

Least I learned
what a real lady is.


Behind the Scenes of The Mountain Girl

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