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The Quest Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #04, Episode #02

Frustrated with living in the shadow of his older brothers, Adam and Hoss, Joe Cartwright insists that his father, Ben, grant him more authority in managing the Ponderosa. Impressed by Joe’s determination, Ben assigns him the sole responsibility of supplying timber for a mining company’s construction project. Confident in his abilities, Joe sets out on this task, convinced he can handle it alone—but will he succeed without assistance?

The supporting cast for this episode includes Grant Richards as Will Poavey, James Beck as Dave Donovan, Frank Gerstle as Weber, Dan Riss as Crawford, and Charles Seel as Hawkins. The Quest written by John Joseph and Thomas Thompson, originally aired on September 30, 1962.

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Main Cast

Besides the main cast, “The Quest,” the second episode of Season 4 in Bonanza, highlights a variety of recurring and guest-supporting actors. The following individuals have significant roles 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
  • James Beck as Dave Donovan (as Jim Beck)
  • Grant Richards as Will Poavey
  • Frank Gerstle as Jake Weber
  • Dan Riss as Bert Crawford
  • Harry Lauter as Drunk
  • Charles Seel as Hawkins
  • Grandon Rhodes as Mr. Simpson
  • Sam Bagley as Barfly (uncredited)
  • Frank Baker as Barfly (uncredited)
  • Nick Borgani as Barfly (uncredited)
  • Bill Clark as Granite (uncredited)
  • Betty Endicott as Brunette Saloon Girl (uncredited)
  • Bob LaWandt as Fight Spectator (uncredited)
  • Martha Manor as Blonde Saloon Girl (uncredited)
  • Troy Melton as Gunman (uncredited)
  • Bob Miles as Bobby (uncredited)
  • Cosmo Sardo as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Ray Spiker as Barfly (uncredited)

Full Story Line for The Quest

Joe grows weary of living in his older brothers’ shadows and insists that Ben entrust him with greater responsibilities at the Ponderosa.

Ben assigns him to supply timber for a mining company’s project. Initially confident in his ability to handle it alone, Joe soon finds himself grateful for his family’s support when challenges arise.

Full Script and Dialogue of The Quest

Hey, Adam.

Seen Little Joe?

No, no sign of him.

You don't reckon he
went back to the ranch?

No, he's probably
found some little girl

who couldn't resist
his boyish charm.

Hey, Joe.

Dave, you all right?

I got a good notion to take
your friend on over there for free.


Yeah, don't let me stop
you; it's just my brother.

Still say I could have stuck
with you for four rounds.

Yeah, well, we'll
try it again sometime

when your old maid
aunts aren't around.

All right, boys, drinks
are on Dave Donovan.

Joe, we didn't know you
had a bet with that feller.

You think you could ask me
first before you put your nose in

and make a fool out of
me in front of everybody?

So we made a mistake.

Don't have to get sore; you've
been fighting all over town.

Look, it's my
life and I like it.

Now, I don't tell
you what to do.

I don't want you to
tell me what to do.

Stop drinking my beer.


I want you to quit
following me around.

Joe, there ain't nobody
following you around.

First of all, we ain't
got the strength.

We just came to tell
you, Pa wants to see you.

Yeah, what about?

Well, he just wants
to see you, that's all.

Yeah, well, you tell Pa...

Tell him what, little brother?

Yeah, what's the message?

Tell Pa, I'll be, I'll
be coming along.

Few more drinks.

I'd invite you boys along,

but I know, at your age,
you got to have some sleep.


Just a moment, young man.

Yeah, Pa.

In this family we
talk to each other.

We don't mumble
under our breath.

Come here.

I'd like to know what
happened in town this afternoon.

Nothing happened; I was
just having a little fun, that's all.

I don't like the idea of a son
of mine brawling around town

like a drunken cowboy.

Now, Pa, I wasn't drunk
and I wasn't brawling.

If you two are gonna tell it,
why don't you tell it straight?

You know, if you
don't start using

a decent tone of voice with me,

I might just have to give you
that punch in the jaw I owe you.

Yeah, why don't
you start right now?

- That's just enough out of both of you.
- Pa, Little Joe

has been spoiling for
a fight for three weeks.

Why won't you let him have it?

Well, come on, that
goes for you, too.

Now, just a minute.

This will go for you three.

If you can't talk to each
other without fighting,

get on up to bed.

Now, go on.

Not you, Joseph.

I want to talk to you.

Now, what's this all about?

What do you mean?

You know what I mean.

You're spending
quite a lot of time

away from the Ponderosa lately.

I'd like to know why.

Why can't I have some fun

without the whole
family jumping on me?

I'm not jumping on you.

Sure, I think everybody
should have a little fun,

but at the proper times and
with the proper companions.

I don't know.

I don't know if it's 'cause
I'm the youngest or what.

No matter what I want to
do or where I want to go,

there's Hoss and Adam,

ready to tell me what
to do and what not to do.

And help, oh, yeah, help,
whether I want it or not.

Well, don't you think we
ought to help each other?

Not all the time, Pa.

Look, I spent my whole
life on the Ponderosa,

seeing the same old faces

and doing the same old things.

I'd always figured that the
Ponderosa was your future

as well as that
of your brothers.

Pa, how can I prove if I'm
good at anything by myself?

Joe, you don't have
to prove yourself to us.

I'm not trying to prove
myself to you, Pa.

I'm trying to prove
myself to me.

And what is it you're
trying to prove?

I don't know, whether...
whether I'm good enough,

whether I'm old enough,
or whether I'm smart enough

to do something by myself

without three
people waiting there

to help me every
time I stub my toe.

Pa, it's not that I don't
appreciate what you...

Well, I guess every
young man wants to...

strike out on his own.

It's just that... a father
doesn't like to face up to it.

Well, I'm sorry.

I don't know what gets
into me sometimes.

I... I get restless or
something, I don't know.

Hey, what are you doing here?


When you were in town, you must
have heard about that new mine

they're opening up on the
other side of Sun Mountain.


Well, Bert Crawford of
the Sun Mountain Company

is asking for bids to
supply the timbering.


Will Poavey was in
town lining the men up.

He said he's got that
contract in the bag.

Hmm, I guess he
will have as usual.


What's this, this little
circle you got here?


Hey, isn't that that stand of fir
right above Buckhorn Meadow?


Well, that's... see, now, that's
ten miles closer to the mine

than any timber Will
Poavey's going to bring in.

You're not thinking
of bidding, are you?

Well, I'd sure like to,
but as Adam points out,

most of that ten miles is
straight up and down, it's...

Eh, it's too tough a job.

Anyway, we've got enough to
keep us busy right here at home.

Yeah, that's, uh, that's
something else I wanted to say.

I... I haven't been pulling
my share of the load

here at the ranch and I'm gonna
change that starting tomorrow.


Well, I'm for bed.

How about you?

No, I think I'll just stay up
and read for a while, Pa.

Don't worry, I'll
get to bed in time

and get up early
and start working.

Night, son.

Good night, Pa.


What are you doing there?

You been up all night?

Yeah, Pa, I have.

Take a look. I got
it all figured out.

You got what figured out?

How to get that buckhorn
fir to the Sun Mountain mine

and beat Will Poavey's price.

- Oh, now, Joe...
- What? I can do it!

- Adam and Hoss... What?
- I can do it! I've got it fig...

All the figures
right here, look.

What's this?

It's the most papers
I've seen you with

since you was in school.

And up early, too.

Joe's decided that
he's gonna bid on

that Sun Mountain
timber contract for us.

Timber contract?

I thought we'd agreed
it was too big a risk.

What about Will Poavey?

Yeah, what about Will Poavey?

I've thought about Poavey.

I'll underbid him by plenty
and still make a good profit.

Yeah? You know Poavey
can play pretty rough.

That's fine with me, too.
If he wants to play rough,

I'll hire a crew
that plays rougher.

Who you got in mind?

I figure for a foreman,
Dave Donovan.

He's young and he's tough.


He's a good man, Pa.

Now that doesn't make sense.

You sure you can do it?

I know I can do it.

Well, I say let Joe
do as he wants then.

- Good luck, little brother.
- Thanks.

Tell you what. I'll
get you Jake Webber.

He'll make you a great foreman.
He's a good woodman, too.

Adam, I told you I've already
got a foreman, Dave Donovan.

All right, I'll take few days
off and help you myself.

Hey, yeah, me, too.

The ranch can
wait, can't it, Pa?

I don't need any help.

Now, look, this is
my idea, it's my job

and I want to do it by myself.

Is that agreed, Pa?


Well, see you around.

Good luck.

Joe, come here.

I want you to do
something for me.

What's that?

Break these.

Break these?

All right.

Wait a minute.

You wouldn't think they...

I can't do it, Pa.

That's right.

If you got it like this,
you can't break 'em,


singly, they can be broken.

By himself... each one
of us can be broken.

Never let pride stand
in your way, son.

We're all here if you need us.

I'll remember that, Pa.

I better get
started on this idea.

Those trees aren't
gonna cut themselves.

Good afternoon, Mr. Poavey.


Here's my bid.

Oh. Getting in
just under the wire.

Six minutes.

What's old Hawkins doing
out here from San Francisco?

He's just looking around.

I'll still make the
final decision, Will.

I'm counting on that.

This is an important contract.

You've got the low bid...
You're as good as in.

If you want your
cut, I'd better be.

I think I'm gonna just check
my figures over on this bid

and make sure I got everything
correct before I turn it in.

Man, you're as fidgety
as a fox in a forest fire.

I know I am.

You bidding?


Cutting it kind of
fine, aren't you?

Bids close any minute now.

Yeah, well, I'll make it.

Kind of young to be bidding
on a big contract like this.

Uh, look, d-do me a favor, don't
talk to me right now, 'cause I'm

trying to add these figures up,

and it's kind of hard
for me, all right?

17 times seven...
A hundred nineteen.


That's your bid?

Uh-huh, yep.

Awful low, isn't it?

No, it's an honest bid.

It's about time Sun
Mountain got one.

I don't follow that, son.

It's real simple.

They've been getting bilked
out of their timber contracts

for a long time.

Well, now, wouldn't the
folks that run the company

put a stop to
that sort of thing?

Hm? No. What do
you mean, stop it?

What do they know about it?

Company's probably run
by some fat old moneybag

sitting behind a desk
in San Francisco...

couldn't tell you beans
about the mining business.

- Bid's closed.
- Uh-oh.

Wait a minute, got one more.

I'm afraid that bid's too late.

What do you mean, too late?

I've been here all the time... I
was just rechecking my figures.

Bid's acceptable, Mr. Crawford!

Yes. Yes, of course.

Well, Mr. Hawkins, President
of Sun Mountain, and I

will now examine
the bids, gentlemen.

We'll announce our
decision in a few minutes.

Your papers, young man.

I don't know what
your name is, mister,

but I want to thank you a lot.

The name's Hawkins.

You look kind of sick.

Oh, no, I'm fine.
I'm in great shape.

Just called the president of the
company an old fat moneybags.

Gather around, gentlemen.

Mr. Crawford and I have
examined all the bids.

For instance, Mr. Poavey here

has offered a very good price.

Well, I've always tried
to give Sun Mountain

the best deal I
can, Mr. Hawkins.

Crawford here can tell you that.

Yes, indeed.

This time I'm afraid it
isn't quite good enough.

We have a few that
are somewhat lower.

In fact, Joseph Cartwright here

is considerably
below you, Mr. Poavey.

Well, he can deliver
Ponderosa pine, Mr. Hawkins,

but the contract calls for fir.

And that's what I
intend to deliver.

Well, you're not talking about

that stand of fir up above
Buckhorn Meadow, are you?

Yeah, I might be.

Well, you'd never get it out.

That country goes
straight up and down

between the mine and there.

Is that true, Mr. Cartwright?

Yes, sir, that's true,

but I've taken that into
consideration in my bid.

Mr. Hawkins, you
can't take this...

Quiet, please.

I like your spunk, young man.

And your price.

Joseph Cartwright
wins the contract.

Thank you, sir.

See that you deliver
that timber, young man.

Don't worry, you
can count on me.

And, uh...

you're-you're a lot
thinner than I pictured you.

Good luck, son.

I'm sorry, Will, I did my best.

Yeah, I'll bet you are.

This is liable to cost
you quite a bit of money.

Both of us.

Unless we can do
something about it.

You son of a gun, you did it!

Well, wait'll Pa hears this.

Like I said, it's
a lot of money.

Joe Cartwright!

Say, that bid of yours came as

quite a surprise
to me, young fella.

Well, you know, Mr. Crawford,
I kind of got the idea

you didn't want me
to get that contract.

Ah, whatever's best
for the company.

I'm glad to hear you say that.
We'll do a good job for you.


Now, just as soon as you
post the performance bond,

we'll sign the contract.

Post the what?

Performance bond.

$5,000, cash.

Well, wait a minute, that...

there's nothing about
that in the contract.

Mr. Hawkins didn't
even mention it.

He didn't have to.

It's company policy,

standard procedure
in all our contracts.

Well, you can ask him
yourself, if you want to.

You do have the
$5,000, don't you?

You wouldn't have time to ride
out to the Ponderosa and get it.

I need it by sundown.

That's company policy, too.

I think I understand.

Okay, you'll get your
money by sundown.

Boy, that looks like I don't
have a job after all, huh?

Don't worry, you got a job.
Soon as we get to the bank.

You know, I think I'm going
to enjoy seeing how a man

gets his hands on
5,000 great big dollars.

Want to know something?

I'm gonna kind of
enjoy seeing it myself.

Let's go.

Little Joe, if your father
wants to co-sign the loan,

of course you can have it.

You can have twice that amount.

Mr. Simpson, I don't
have time for that.

Isn't there some way... couldn't
I make it a personal loan?

I'm afraid that's
something else again.

What do you want the money for?

For a performance bond on
the Sun Mountain timber contract.

How'd you get that contract
away from Will Poavey?

By under-bidding him.

More than $10,000.


I'd say you made
a very foolish bid.

Why, the wagons alone are...

I don't need wagons.

Gonna build a flume.

A flume?

That's right, I'm
gonna build a flume

right down to the Truckee River.


See, I'm gonna float those
logs right down to the mine.

It's gonna work,
I figured it all out.

Well, I'll be...

Joe, that might work.

Did your brother Adam
figure this out for you?

My brother Adam had
nothing to do with it.

I figured this
out all by myself.

Well, do I get the loan or not?

I'll grant the loan.

But remember, if
you don't deliver,

you're out $5,000.

Plus the interest.

I'll deliver.

Don't you worry
about it. I'll deliver.

You, uh...

have your receipt book
with you, Crawford?

Come on, I got a
lot of things to do.

Let me have the receipt.

Yeah, well, you heard
the man, Crawford.

Count the money
and give him a receipt.


Yes, of course.

Hey, you know...

I don't think I'm
ever gonna get over

the look on that Crawford's face

when I handed him
that $5,000 in cash.

He never thought I was
gonna raise that money.

- Why do you figure that?
- What you do mean, why?

It's a lot of money, that's why.

Your name's
Cartwright, ain't it?

Well, that had
nothing to do with it.

It was my idea about the flume

that sold him on
giving me that loan.

Ah, come on, Joe.

You know you had
your family behind you.

What kind of chance would
I have of raising $5,000?

Ah, what difference
does it make?

We got the money, didn't we?

I want you to go out
and get me some men.


First thing in the morning.

First thing in the
morning, nothing.

You're gonna do it tonight.

First thing in the morning,
we're going to work.

All right, all right.

- I'll need some money.
- What for?

You know, spread
around, pass some drinks...

- Yeah. You're right.
- Get the men.

It's getting thinner.

Say, uh... while
you're in there,

do you think maybe I could
get about a $50 advance?

I'm a little short myself.

I don't see why not.

You're my foreman, aren't you?

See you later, Joe.


Uh, evenin'. I'm,
uh, I'm Jake Weber.

- Jake, yeah.
- Hi.

Joe Cartwright.
Nice to see you, hi.

I heard tell you got that
Sun Mountain contract.

I'm open to work right now.

Well, I've already got a
foreman, Dave Donovan here.


Excuse me, I got
some work to do.

Right, good luck.

He's a pretty good man.

Well, that's as may be.

You're gonna need a
couple of straw bosses,

and, uh... I need the work.

Jake, tell me something.

My brother Adam send you?


My Pa?

If you don't want
me, just say so.

I'm sorry, Jake, it's
got nothing to do with it.

I can use you.

Say the word, and I can
fetch along a lot of my old crew.

Good, that's great, I can
use every man I can get.

We're gonna camp tomorrow
morning up in Buckhorn Meadow.

I'll see you on the job, boss.

I'll have the men
start setting up.

Fine. It's good to
have you with us.


Thank you, boys, one and all.

Now you're what
I call a pretty fair

country poker player.


Cards are like the old
reliable meat in a pot to me.

Yeah, well, it cleans me.

Barkeep, more whiskey over here.

Hey, you're not leaving
so early, are you?

Well, it stopped being
early two hours ago.

Holy smoke, I clean forgot.

I was supposed to be getting
men to fill the payroll here.

Say, you fellas wouldn't want to
come to work for me, would ya?

You better watch your language.

No, I'm serious.

The work's not hard. Top dollar.

Hey, wait, wait, wait.

I'll tell you what I'll do.

I'll tell you what I'll do.

I'll give a bottle of whiskey

to every man who
signs on with me.

Well, why didn't you
say that in the first place.

Bring 'em on.

I wondered when you'd be along.

All right, what's the
barrier for, Poavey?

Well, you see, I bought
myself a piece of timber

that goes through here.

Now, I wouldn't want
to close off a road,

but seeing's how I own it,

you wouldn't blame me for
charging a toll, would you?

You name your
price, I'll pay it.

I figure $25 a
wagon ought to do it.

I figure a poke in
the nose would...

Take it easy, Dan.

$25? That's just fine
and dandy, Poavey.


Okay, open it up.

It's gonna cost you $25

every time one of your
wagons comes through here.

And you're gonna
need a lot of wagons.

I hope you figured
that in your bid.

Okay, open it up.

Open it up.

Careful that log doesn't
hit you in the face

when it swings back now.

He's bluffing.

What makes you think so?

At $25 a wagonload,
that would break him.

I saw that bid. He
hasn't got enough margin.

This is the crew you hired?

They don't look like much.

Looks ain't everything
in a working man, Joe.

They're spry and full of spirit.

I can smell that.

I'll whip 'em into
shape, you'll see.

There's no working
'em. I know their kind.

You let me worry
about that, mister.

Neither you or me's got
this deadline, Donovan.

I'm the foreman.
I can handle it.

Your brother Adam'd send
them packing in five minutes.

My brother Adam's not
boss on this job, Jake, I am.

All right, call the men
together. I want to talk to 'em.

All right, you
men, gather round.

All right, let's get on
your feet. Let's go.

Boss wants to talk
to you. Come on.

We got a pretty
tough job ahead of us.

We're gonna build a flume
from here to the Truckee River.

I'm a fair man. I'm not gonna
ask any of you to do anything

I wouldn't do myself.

But I do want a dollar's
work for a dollar's pay.

We got a deadline on this job.

We can meet it if we
all pitch in together.

We can meet it
with time to spare.

We're gonna work in two crews.

Loggers will work
under Jake Webber.

The rest of you men
under Dave Donovan.

And there'll be no
drinking on the job.

Any questions?

All right, let's get to work.

All right, come on. Let's go.

All right, men, let's
go. Back to work.

On the double.

Dave, let me see the bottle.

Sure. You must be dry
after a big speech like that.

Hey, what's the big idea?

You heard what I
just said. No drinking.

It goes for everybody.

You getting kind of
hard-nosed, aren't ya, boy?

Expecting you to
get the same way.

Come on, foreman.

I thought you were gonna
whip these men into shape.






Okay, bring that one down there.

What's going on here? Why
aren't your men working?

Maybe it's just because
we don't feel so good.

Well, if you don't feel
good, go pick up your time.

Now come on. Get moving!

Dave! Dave Donovan!

- Come on, move!
- Yeah, Joe?

Look, Dave, I want a
hundred yards of this flume

finished by tonight.

A hundred yards?
That's impossible.

It's not impossible if you
keep these men working.

Now let's get going.

All right. Okay, you men,
get your backs into it!

Let's go!

Because he's a Cartwright,

he thinks he can push
everybody around.

How much longer you
gonna put up with him?

Till payday.

That's tomorrow.


Moving this big stuff is
mighty slow work, Joe.

We're falling behind.

Yeah, I know, Jake. We
could use some more horses.

That sure would help.

All right, I'll
leave right away.

If I don't get back by tomorrow,

I want you to pay
the men anyway.

All right, but I don't think

them Donovan men
are earning their pay.

Jake, don't worry
about Dave's men.

They're gonna do
their share of the work.

If you say so.

Hey, Webber, we're short
on timber down at our end.

Keep those logs moving.

- How's it going, foreman?
- Pretty good.


I'm gonna leave for a day

to get a couple more
teams of horses.

I want you to keep
the men working

just the way they are.

Right. You can count on me.

Smitty! Come on. Be my guest.

Whoa! Don't waste it.

Four lovely ladies.
I tell you, boys,

if you associate
with the right people,

then lady luck begins to shine.

Sit down, boss. We're
celebrating payday.

All right, suppose you
all get back to work.

That goes for you, too, Dave.

Hey, wait a minute. This
is old Donovan, remember?

Dave, you're drunk.

Now don't give me any trouble.

Don't give you any trouble?

How does it feel
to be a big man;

money, giving orders,
snapping your fingers,

and everybody jumping?

I don't know
what's got into you,

but I'm gonna say it
just one more time.

All of you, get back to work.

We ain't through
celebrating yet, are we, boys?

It looks like I just
lost a foreman.

Pack up your things and get out.

All right, if I leave,
my boys go with me.

All right, if any of you want
to stay and work, that's fine.

If not, you better follow him.

Well, I'm staying. Come
on. Let's get back to work.


lots of luck. You're
gonna need it.

All right, men, let's get to it.

Jerry, you take your men

and finish up down
at the south fork.

Smitty, you and your men
get your tools and follow me.

Come on now. Let's go.

Let's go.

There he is, Pa,
just like I told ya.

I been keeping an
eye on him up here.

What do you think?

Still has a long way to go.

Think we ought to help him?

No, that's for him to decide.

You let that little great big
Joe Cartwright fire you, huh?

Can't cut with
him, can you, huh?

Cartwright's got all the money,

run you right out
of town, huh, Dave?

Cartwright's are gonna come in

town with a gun
and go... to you.

You ain't nothing.

I heard Cartwright fired you.


Yeah, he tossed me a
crumb and he took it away.

I thought he was one of
us, but I made a mistake.

He belongs up there
in that big house.

Well, I thought you
two were good friends.

Me? I ain't got a big house

and a stand of timber
and a magic name.

I'm just riffraff to
the Cartwrights.

You know, I learned
a long time ago

that this is the only
true friend a man's got.

How would you like a
lot of these true friends?

What's your proposition?

$500 now...

and $500 when Joe
Cartwright forfeits his bond.

Think you can do it?

Mr. Poavey, you just
bet on a sure thing.

You with me?

All the way.

Make sure you got them
all secured, good, Bobby.

Right, Joe.

Look at that, Jake.

Another half mile and we
can start the logs rolling.

I can tell you now, Joe, I
never thought you'd do it.

I want to thank you and
the men for sticking by me.


Hey, Brennan, what's the
matter, you getting tired?

I'm saving my strength
to beat your head in

when this job's finished.

Yeah, me, too!

All right, you both get a
chance, when the job's finished.

And we can all sleep
for about three months.

Everybody down!

Come on, clear off the flume!

We're sitting ducks up here!

Come on, Jake! Let's get cover!

Cover me; I'm gonna
go take care of that flume.

Get the rifles!

Well, come on! You gonna
let somebody shoot at you

and not do anything about it?

You men stay
right where you are.

I hired you as
loggers, not gunmen.

There's only another
half-mile of flume to build.

We can make it
if we fight 'em off.

Jake, I'm not gonna risk
the lives of these men

just to fill a lumber contract.



Hah! I thought it was you.

How's it going, son?

What's the matter, boy?


I got more trouble than
I know what to do with.

Tell me about it.

I don't know what good
it'll do to talk about it now.

Well... might do some good.

I've told you my
troubles a time or two.


Well, I...

I made every
mistake in the book.

Trusted Donovan.

I thought I could handle Poavey.

Well, I handled 'em, all right.

They hired some gunmen and
they blew up a section of the flume.

Anyone hurt?

I had one man winged.

Told Jake and the men to quit.

I couldn't ask them
to risk their lives.

Hey, Joe, I saw
your horse out there

when I come out of the barn.

We've, uh, run
into a little trouble.

What are you gonna do, give up?

It's not what I want to do, I
just don't have any choice.

I can't do it alone.

Well, Joe, uh...

we're still here...
if you need us.

Yeah, I ain't, I ain't
got nothin' to do

for three of four days.

Yeah, free as a bird.

Yeah, I got about a
dozen men sitting around

doing nothing but
collecting wages.


Okay, well, let's go, then.

- What a blow, huh?
- Yeah.

- There he is!
- Who is?

Poavey! Crawford!

Buy dinner!

I'd have been
here a little sooner,

but I been out doing
a little celebrating.

I'm here for the other 500.

Well, you almost
made it, Donovan.

Well, what do you mean by that?

That whole Cartwright
crew moved out

when I blasted that flume.

The trouble is,
you're only half right.

Crawford here went up to
check on Cartwright's progress.

His crew left, all right,

but while you were
out celebrating...

they've come back.

Not only Weber and his crew
but the whole Cartwright family

and all their ranch hands.

His family?!

But Joe would never ask them.

You just made another mistake.

He asked them, all right.

Just hold that second 500.

I'll get 'em.

You figuring on taking that
whole crowd on by yourself?

One at a time.

You must want that
extra 500 awful bad.

No... no, it's not the 500.

It's a personal thing now.

Pa, you know, I think
Adam's idea'll work.


Hoss, Adam, how
about getting started

on that A-frame right way?

- Right.
- Right.

Jake... why don't you
take this group of men

down to the
unfinished lower section

and get it finished right away.

All right, boys!
Let's get going!

I better get our block
and falls from camp.

I'll get 'em.

You get down there and
make sure they get started.

Hey, Jake...

tell the men thanks
for coming back.

We're glad to be back, Joe.

Hey, uh... how about being
foreman for me while I'm gone?

Well, sure, I'd
be glad to... boss.

All right, you heard what the
boss said... let's get to work!


Hi, family man.

What do you want, Dave?

Well, now, I thought I
wanted some money,

but now I want more than that.

All right, exactly what
is it that you want?

I wonder what that fine
family of yours is gonna think

when they come up
here and find you?

Course, your pa's
got two other sons.

He won't miss you much.

All right, Dave, come on!

Come on!

What's keeping Joe?

Don't know, Pa.


Good fight.

Thanks, Pa.

What brought this on?

I figured I could take you.

Finally had to bring
your family in, didn't you?

That's right; I called them.

I guess that's where
I made my mistake.

I figured they'd let you down...

the way my family let me down.

Will you knock it off?

I'm sick and tired of hearing

the way your
family let you down!

Did you ever stop to
think, for one minute,

maybe you let them down?

You might have let
a lot of people down.

The only help you're
gonna understand

you're gonna get
from Sheriff Coffee.

Well, looks like
you did it, boy.

No, we did it, Pa.

Whee, look at that.

Well, I guess you won't
be needing us anymore.

What do you mean, I won't
be needing you anymore?

You're not the three
greatest workers in the world,

but I can't beat the price.

Behind the Scenes of The Quest

Scenes from this episode featuring logging activities, the log flume, and tree cutting were repurposed in “Bonanza – The Prime of Life” (1963) (Season 5 – Episode 13).

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Bonanza provides wholesome entertainment that is ideal for solo enjoyment or family gatherings. The Quest is the 102nd episode in a series totaling 430 episodes. Produced by NBC, Bonanza aired on the network from September 1959 to January 1973, boasting a remarkable 14-season duration.

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