The Trail Gang Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #02, Episode #11
Bonanza continues to be one of the most beloved Western television shows of all time. The action-packed episodes sprinkled with comedy and family drama while addressing social issues made the program a fan favorite. Carey Wilbur wrote season two’s eleventh episode, The Trail Gang, which debuted on television on November 26, 1960.
An outlaw named Johnny Logan (Dick Davalos) swore to kill Sheriff Logan (James Westerfield), who also happens to be Johnny’s father. He travels under the alias Sam Jackson, signing on as a Ponderosa drover to later murder Sheriff Logan once the Ponderosa herd crosses the sheriff’s town.
Apart from the mentioned actors, Edgar Buchanan also appears as a guest star, playing Hallelujah Hicks.
Read The Trail Gang‘s plotline and some behind-the-scenes trivia, or watch the full episode below.
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The Trail Gang, the eleventh episode of Bonanza’s second season, featured some of the show’s recurring and one-time guest stars in addition to the main cast. The actors are as follows:
- 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)
- Edgar Buchanan as Hallelujah Hicks
- Richard Davalos as Johnny Logan (as Dick Davalos)
- Robert J. Wilke as Brazos (as Robert Wilke)
- Linda Lawson as Melinda Bowers
- James Westerfield as Sheriff John Logan
- Richard Devon as Jake Rubidah
- Harry Antrim as Judge Armbruster
- Nick Borgani as Townsman (uncredited)
- Bill Clark as Trail Hand (uncredited)
- Betty Endicott Betty as Brunette Saloon Girl (uncredited)
- Bob LaWandt as Barfly (uncredited)
- Walter Lawrence as Bartender (uncredited)
- Cactus Mack as Trail Hand (uncredited)
- Martha Manor as Blonde Saloon Girl (uncredited)
- Bob Miles as Trail Hand (uncredited)
- Rex Moore as Townsman (uncredited)
- Cosmo Sardo as Bartender (uncredited)
- Clint Sharp as Trail Hand (uncredited)
- Chick Sheridan as Trail Hand (uncredited)
Full Story Line for The Trail Gang
Ben and Hoss work with a new trail gang led by Brazos to take the herd back to Nevada. As they prepare to leave, a young drifter arrives, presenting himself as Sam Jackson. He aspires to join the cowhands and asks Hallelujah to introduce him to Ben Cartwright as he does the ordered errands.
Hoss finds Sam cut some wood. He figured Sam hadn’t eaten, seeing how he chopped the wood with an axe. Hoss also asked if he was looking for work, and Sam enumerated the skills he knew. They gathered the wood and went back to camp.
Hoss introduces Sam to Ben as a new cowhand. Ben then introduces him to Brazos, who recognizes him at first glance. They set out to work while Hoss watches them, sensing something suspicious.
It appears that Brazos knew Sam as an outlaw. He asks if they set him free, or he busts his way out. Sam didn’t answer directly. Instead, he warns him to stop asking questions, or trouble will ensue.
Later that evening, Brazos surprises Sam by calling him Johnny, his real name. He reveals that Sheriff Logan, Johnny’s father, kicked him out of town, leaving marks on his back. It’s as if he’s implying he’ll take revenge on the sheriff, but Johnny plans to kill Sheriff Logan on his own.
The following day, John Logan arrives at camp and introduces himself as the sheriff of Waycross station. He believes they should stay in their place rather than go into town. However, Ben refuses, believing the cowhands deserve to ease up after a long ride. Still, Sheriff Logan threatens to kill anyone who’ll disturb the peace in their town.
On his way back, sheriff Logan sees Johnny, believing he is his son. However, Johnny introduces himself as Sam Jackson. As the sheriff leaves, Johnny returns to Ben to get his wage and visit the town after encountering his father.
Sheriff Logan welcomes Ben and his group with a warning sign, forbidding trail hands to go further into town. Brazos confronts him, but Logan punches him, triggering Johnny to aim his gun at Logan. However, Ben orders Johnny to put his weapon down, as he doesn’t want violence and brutality to happen to his crew. The sheriff agrees they stay but insists they go no further than the part of the town allowed to them. Ben asks Johnny about his behavior, particularly if he has anything against Sheriff Logan. He later reveals that the town constable is his father and that he is determined to kill him as soon as he gets the chance.
Johnny meets a pretty lady at the town saloon, and Brazos introduces her to him as Melinda Bowers. Meanwhile, Ben and Hoss volunteer to join sheriff Logan as he makes rounds into town. Ben believes they should accompany him to prevent any trouble from his crew. Logan reveals to Ben that his foreman, Brazos, caused distress in the place after getting drunk, so he drove him off the town. Ben asks if he did the same to his son, but he only replies by saying his son was pushing to get himself killed. Just then, they heard gunshots ringing outside.
Ben, Hoss, and sheriff Logan arrive at the saloon with Hallelujah drunk, firing his gun. Hoss volunteers to handle Hallelujah, and they watch him talk to him until he drops asleep. Hoss takes Hallelujah to the livery stable while sheriff Logan reproach Johnny for staying in the saloon. Johnny is about to attack his father from behind as he leaves. However, Ben stops him, reminding him of his authority as his employer. On the other hand, Melinda’s work is over, so he tells Johnny he’s going home. Johnny offers to walk her home, but although hesitant, she soon accepts his offer.
As he walks Melinda home, Johnny asks why she works at Jake Rudabaugh’s saloon. Melinda reveals that she enjoys hanging out with the men of the trail gang. When the sheriff organized the things, no job was left for anyone involved with the trail gang, leaving her no choice but to work at the saloon.
Hoss and sheriff Logan saw Johnny over the deadline. Sheriff Logan declares he’ll take him in, but Johnny refuses and is about to shoot him when Hoss hits him in defense. The two take Johnny to jail to stay overnight until someone bails him out in the morning. Hoss apologizes to Johnny, but he tells Hoss that his father has always done the same. Johnny reveals that sheriff Logan sent him to prison as a kid. It appears he was running with Brazos and the other cowboys had fun one night, resulting in a lady getting shot by a stray bullet. Hoss thinks the sheriff did it to save Johnny from more trouble, but all Johnny can think of is revenge. There, he blatantly tells Hoss that he will kill the sheriff.
The following day, Ben bails Johnny out of jail. Ben tells sheriff Logan that he’s letting his affairs interfere with how he sets and directs the law in town. When Ben and Johnny leave, Jake and other townspeople arrive, insisting that sheriff Logan open up their place to other crews; otherwise, they’ll lose money. However, sheriff Logan refuses to do what they request.
When Johnny returns to camp, Brazos insists they take down sheriff Logan together. However, Johnny insists that it’s a personal affair. Still, Brazos plans to do things his way, even without Johnny. Ben tells Brazos that they’ll continue their trail tomorrow morning. Brazos tells him he’ll get the boys, but Ben orders no one will return to town. Despite this, Brazos intends to avenge himself, not letting the Cartwrights get in his way.
Brazos and his gang return to town, ready to have fun and pursue their plan. Jake and Judge Armbruster welcome the boys to their stores, saying they’ve lifted the sheriff’s deadline to serve them. However, they do worse, drinking to their hearts’ content, shooting bullets everywhere, and terrorizing the town.
Back at camp, Hallelujah puts coal oil on a whiskey bottle to trick the two cowhands guarding them. One of them took the bait, giving the Cartwrights the upper hand as they knocked them down.
The Cartwrights arrived in town and decided to consult the sheriff before making a move. Ben admits that they couldn’t control their crew. However, the sheriff refuses to interfere in compliance with the request of the townspeople. Ben believes that his reason for staying inside the quarters involves his son. That is true, as sheriff Logan couldn’t see himself killing his son.
After a while, Johnny, Brazos, and the rest of the gang meet up with sheriff Logan. Johnny tells him to draw his gun, but sheriff Logan unbuckles his belt holster, throwing it to the ground. Impatient, Brazos shoots sheriff Logan, and the Cartwrights shoot him back. Matilda and Johnny assist the sheriff back to his quarters. Now that Brazos is dead, Ben establishes his authority again, ordering the cowhands to continue their drive to Nevada.
Full Script and Dialogue of The Trail Gang
[Music] so time you got here all right hallelujah what is it this time oh nothing nothing at all i got grub cooked for 25 calahans where's the calahan or maybe me and you is driving them mossy back texas critters all the way to the valley by ourselves i'm telling you right now i quit this is the third time today you feathered out hallelujah i got a reason to be feathered out grub for 25 hands spoiling there in the kettle no one need it they're coming on behind i've been insisting all 25 of them all 25 of them card rights i don't know what you're thinking about setting one man do all the cooking for a crowd like that i've been up since daylight cooking food peeling potatoes chalking the fire talking of fire drop a picking line here is that our hands oh just the advanced party they sure are a scroungy looking bunch ain't he well i didn't have much choice not too many want to take her the way we're going oh brazos us this is our new segundo brazos my son haas hi braz is what brazos that's all uh brazo surrounded up a crew he knows the country will be traveling where'd you round them up now the nearest jail some of them maybe driving cattle up the trail ain't exactly my idea of a church social i want the hardest boys i can find well it looks like you found them mister uh brothers uh feed your man we'll pull out a daybreak and brothers let's not have any trouble trouble mr cartwright you know trouble only comes to those who can't handle it [Music] [Applause] [Music] foreign [Music] [Applause] [Music] oh [Music] hey figure don't eat and drag up some wood and get some water in a barrel tree's right down there quick just below the rise you're driving a hard north i would have put an idea like that in your head we're just sashaying these critters up and down and down and up so they'll get an appetite for the fiddles won't get too fat in the middle yeah tree's right down there who's the trial boss mr ben cartwright i declare you're nothing but question here quick right there below the rise take about 10 buckets fill the barrel yes sir this hell missed a cart right is he uh doing any hiring now boy i got to pass the hungry trail hands to feed now you got no time to waste answering foolish questions yes sir maybe you could put in a a word for me my name's sam jackson you are the dangerous gabbiest fella when there's work to be done maybe i'll put a word in for you and maybe it won't sir thank you sir who's that who's young fellow riding grub line he's being a nice willing boy too yeah i see you done put him to work hallelujah what do you got against cutting your own wood and hauling you on water it ain't in keeping with my position mr horse my job's driving mules and cooking now thank you to keep your big fat cow smelly hands out of my donuts my hands ain't neither couch smelly well if you want to eat you go and help that boy get in some wood somebody got to haul me some water hallelujah you undoubtedly got the worst voice i ever heard in my life good enough for the mules they like it they probably think you're some ken that axle not to be that heavy kid i wanted to talk you out like that don't you tell me nothing about axes i've been swinging axes all my life how many of them you're swinging on an empty stomach yeah you're going away and sit down oh hallelujah no better than send a man out on a job like this on an empty stomach you looking for work i sure ah what can you do right rope drive cow all right i can read and write and decipher up to the 12 times table you can and i know more about cows than any of them ragged tail brush poppers you got in your drive well that ain't saying a whole lot all right that ought to be plenty we don't want to spoil them hallelujah come on let's pick our meal take it up and get one back okay hallelujah this ought to hold you for a while where you going to get the rest of it got us a new hand paul looks it might take it out reckon he's been feeding right here hey kid come here a minute this is dang i don't think i got your name sam jackson sam sam's educated boy you can read right cypher keep a tally book the whole shooting match you looking for a job son yes sir i sure could use a job real handy razors yes sir segundo brothers this is uh sam jackson we'll have to work and pick them up with a string all right mr carter right this way sam i'll get you fixed up looks like a nice boy something wrong no no paul breaking everything's all right kid sam jackson huh when they let you out or did you bust out now look process let's get this straight you don't ask me no questions and i won't cause you no trouble oh you look nobody's causing anybody any trouble you and i always had the same kind of ideas kid and we still had i went to jail you didn't [Music] that a good book yeah pretty good you see [Music] hey paul pickwick papers by dickens it's quite a book you uh you like it yeah i like it fine i had it with me ever since i left home where is home sam back aways bag of ways which way i'm from nagadosis it's a fur piece you don't sound much like a texan well i ain't to begin with my mom moved down with the relatives after par die you sam how come he happened to be on this trail well uh i thought i'd like to make something of myself and there ain't much opportunity for that in a place like nagadosha's if you'll excuse me i think i'll go check my horse good night good night good night i like that boy i said i like that boy yeah i heard you paul you know it's bothering you [Music] i don't know for certain paul there's something about that boy i can't lie to exactly what it is it's all the same thing i feel about the colts every year at breaking time they a little uncertain and uneasy and if you spook them the wrong way they they'll go bad on you every time [Music] johnny same old johnny smooth with a tongue fast on a draw the name's sam jackson take it easy kid we're going to make some plans what i'm doing is personal something i got to take care of myself and i don't want you spoiling juicing i ain't going to spoil it johnny but i went in on it i got whipped out of town by that sheriff logan i still got the marks on my back man don't forget that i'm sorry brazos i'm going it alone this time [Applause] [Music] you paying off the man captain well they're entitled they're part of their wages being entitled to it's one thing and money and hands another cam glutes hit town with money they're going to raise more development one night you've seen your whole life or they'll treat that town like a possum hallelujah will you tell me one thing sure why do folks name you hallelujah instead of jeremiah jeremiah show him who's jeremiah did you go into town with the rest of them border headlines you want to spend the money mr hicks i'm saving no what you saving your money for boy well i want to make something of myself and it seems a man needs money to do that you know i worry when i hear a young fellow talking like that i really do ain't natural i understand you aim to hold your heard here plan on letting your man go into town any law against it my name is john logan i'm sheriff for weight cross station i suggest you keep your man right here in camp my name's ben cartwright mr logan my hands have come a long way with that hurt mr logan then title ease up a little i won't stop him from going to town there's a deadline on front street any of your hands go above it i'll run them in for disturbing the peace the resist i'll kill him mr logan forcing the law is one thing killing man's another you kill any my men i'll come after you myself mister you've been fairly worn [Music] johnny you made a mistake mister the name is sam sam jackson yeah yeah that's right i made a mistake i thought you were somebody i once knew a long time ago nothing like meeting old friends again that kid i've changed my mind mr cartwright i'd like some of my pay are you going into town after all [Music] i'm going into town this is it mr cartwright what happens if we go beyond this point what stops us two barrels of buck i guess it's as far as we go boys kind of an outfit are you running captain letting a town constable push you around well brazos i should have known you'd be along you know my foreman i know and i don't pay any attention to this tin star don't mean a thing why coffee your gun logan i won't wait put down that gun put it down there'll be no killing it'll pay the law this one that starts anything will answer to me that holds for you sheriff you'll answer to me for any brutality to my crew just see that they obey the law all right man the town's yours that part of it you heard the man sam i want to talk to you why don't you throw in with bronzes like that he's riding trail with us annie isn't that king loyalty to your outfit a little too far what have you got against sheriff logan this car right i just don't know what you're talking about don't play cozy with me boy you answer my question is my power your paw you're gonna throw down on your own father that's right and just as soon as i get the chance i'm gonna kill him [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] it's getting a little wild in here i mean wild you know exactly what i mean i'm an honest businessman i know batch tote is gonna come in here and tell me how to run that business you're a ten horn cheating you'll do exactly as i tell you goes up the street pass it around hostile annie he's ruined this town give a hundred dollars to be rid of him if i were you it would make that kind of dolphin somebody like to take you up on having a good time it's all right pretty ancient i guess so don't play engine with me boy i can tell just looking at you what you're thinking wanna meet her don't do me any favors i owe you a favor for side me out on the street come on sam meet melinda bowers linda meet sam he's all right well i just love it if your friend had sit down buy me a bottle of wine bronzo's we could talk get to know each other better we sure could say i'm buy the little lady a bottle of wine that'd be real please miss melinda [Applause] however logan what can i do for you gentlemen mr logan either my son or i would like to accompany you and your rounds oh what's good with that dude well you said you didn't want to see any trouble in the part of my crew i thought we'd like to prevent that trouble before anybody ever gets started and you think that your talk would be more effective than my scattergun well today my crew mr cartwright how many trail drives have you made up from texas i've made my share mr cartwright i drove a half a dozen herds before i turned peace officer i didn't have any more control over my trail gangs than you do i'm aware of the problems mr logan mr cartwright you've got the scum of the border driving your herds you're completely at their mercy now you tromp on them hard enough to keep them in line they'll quit you leaving you with two three thousand head 900 miles from a market you can't afford that they're my cattle let me worry about them i'm not talking about cattle i'm talking about some crazy boozed-up trail hand thinks it might be fun to blow out all the glass windows on main street well if he tries it i'm gonna have to stop him and if i have to kill him i'll do that too do you think that's a might unreasonable either of you men ever see a town get treed no sir i can't say we have must be quite a sight yeah yeah it's quite a sight property smashed men beaten up for no reason at all except some drunken cowboy feels like it buildings set on fire and the women all the women a lot of broken weeping women left in a town after it's been traded by a trail gang i've heard of things like that happening you've heard of it and i've seen it right here less than two years ago and you were forming mr cartwright fella they called brazos he was in on that fandango it was all over with i tied him to the tail of a wagon and black snaked him out of town now he's come back looking for more trouble what about your son did you blacksnake him out of town too you know about that i know about it my son's pushing to get himself killed i don't want to oblige him now it's started [Music] what are you waiting for [Music] [Music] [Applause] yes [Applause] [Music] [Applause] on two legs and i kind of swallowed a mile wide let me take care hey there make money don't come near me don't come near me i am better and i am mean oh i'll bet you are he knows what he's doing yeah you're just about the meanest and baddest thing i've run into in my life why a man could die downright happy just after shaking the hand of a mean killer like you shake my hand you know ain't gonna kill you why sure i'll tell you it'd be an honor to privilege getting killed by a batman like you i don't think tonight's a real good night for killing you you old friend how are you i was thinking kill an old friend like you [Music] yeah all right yeah i'll take him to the delivery stable and let him sleep it off good idea can't you find anything better to do to sit in a saloon i'll see you later you two boys know each other amen [Applause] what do you think you're up the boy i don't see as how that's any of your business mr cartwright you signed on as one of my trail gang getting those cattle back to nevada is my business you stay away from logan [Applause] yeah put this gentleman here for a while what was that all about why don't i just buy you another bottle of wine miss melinda some of the time i'm through work now i'm going home i'll walk you home what about that fella you work for you heard what he said he didn't say anything about not taking you home it's been a long time since anybody worried about me getting home i get my kid [Music] feeling a little lady hitting it off pretty good ain't you you gonna take her home yeah she lives across the deadline you know what that means don't you i said i was taking the lady home you ready i'm ready [Music] [Music] something on your mind cowboy i was wondering about you your face don't match the way you talk and sometimes your talk don't match well the thing should do well i'm sorry i don't have time to explain it to you this is far as you go that's sheriff logan's deadline [Applause] warn it trail hands forbidden beyond this point you read good that means you i don't care about that tin horn sheriff i'm walking you home all right we don't have far to go i live right around the corner at the hotel miss powers why don't you call me melinda other cowboys do well there's something i'd kind of like to ask you how better pretty it's gonna be how did i ever get into this life i didn't mean to cry no it's all right i'm used to it what i meant was well you ain't always worked at jake rudebus saloon have you ever since i was met on that trail gang i did what trail gang what man you're talking about just a bunch of fellas having a good time at least to start with men like yourself and brazos and the rest of you there was one i liked a lot had more fun i ever had my whole life [Music] but then they went wild and who robbed the town [Music] by the time john logan organized things and cleaned them out well the decent folks just wouldn't give a job to anybody it had anything to do with the trail game so there was nothing left for me to do but go to rutabaga saloon sounds to me like all you was doing was having a little fun [Music] try and tell that to the good people away cross [Music] good night kid good night melinda there's a lot more to being a peace officer than just busting up fights now when there's a trail gang in town i make the rounds all night long never try to walk the same route twice you might run into some [Music] evening horse what are you doing here you're over the deadline i can't see as i'm doing any harm no you never did any harm did you well i'm taking you in so logan you ain't taking me and i told you a long time ago you ain't never taken me in again and don't you even try [Music] thanks help me take a minute in there how long are you figuring on leaving them in there overnight anyway if somebody wants to take responsibility for them they can bail them out in the morning sam i'm sorry to see you get yourself into trouble really kind of brought it on yourself going across that deadline though wasn't this it'd have been something else he's out to get me as all but as he always has been oh sam i i can't believe that what do you know about it you want to know what kind of a father he is he sent me to prison when i was just a kid prison what'd you do to go to prison nothing not a thing i was running around with some fellas bronzers was one of them who rode a town one night just letting off some statement some woman got hit by a straight bullet could have been anybody's bullet but i spent a year in jail cause my paw wanted to show the world how tough he was sounded do you ever think that maybe he did that to save you some bigger trouble later on yeah i thought about it i thought about it plenty all the time i was locked up i thought about how i was gonna get back at him for what he'd done to me well you you can't carry that with you the rest of your life oh i don't intend to i'm gonna kill him [Music] [Applause] [Music] you have one of my men in here i want them cost 25 dollars don't put it on until you're well out of time wait for me outside sam i told you not to lean too hard on my men and i told you what the limits were and what would happen if your men set foot over that line boy was doing no harm he broke an ordinance whose ordinance the towns are your own little ordinance i can appreciate a hard man doing a hard job the hard way i can understand i can like a tough man but i can't understand and i cannot like a man who would do a thing like this to his own son i never let personal considerations interfere with the law is that why your son was so willing to kill you when you placed him under arrest mr cartwright that's none of your [Music] [Applause] business my [Music] i know why you're here the answer is no i'm not going to open up the town now see here john let's talk this over like sensible men the town is losing money charge armrest is right logan it isn't just this crew we'll lose money on but all the other crews coming up the trail behind them if they find out the town's closed they'll avoid us like the seven year itch this town used to collect six seven hundred dollars in fines alone from trailhands almost enough to pay you your salary john 75 of that money went right into your pocket judge your court clerk got the rest of it ah now look here you care nothing when you brought me here you brought me here to clean up this town there's only one way to do it let's keep it closed close tight be no compromise while i'm sheriff well maybe you won't be sheriff much longer all right do it your way for a while when you're sick of it let me know i'll be here waiting a good day gentlemen [Music] see hallelujah about that cut on your face hallelujah take a look at this please you hear the owl seen the elephant huh sit down there in that stool let me have a look at that face it's fine that horse got a real professional touch when it comes to buffalord yes sir that boy learned how taking care of his little brother seems though two never go to town on saturday night boys don't come home carrying little joe across the saddle bet he saved his skin a hundred times or more just trying to keep him out of trouble didn't keep me out of trouble and when the wedding was told to me i don't amount to much slow down eating for a couple of days for the amper tank what happened johnny it's like i told you man i'll not try to do a job alone i'll get to logan yet sure johnny but now we'll do it my way now logan's plum ticklies about that town is if we were to ride in there and start taking it apart i told you before this is something between him and me personal but you wouldn't object to me and the boys flushing him out into the open for you would you rathers yes sir said we'd do it my way johnny yes sir brothers have decided to pull out first thing tomorrow morning was that right captain or well in that case i better try to get the boys back from town early nobody goes to town you've had your fun go back into town it'll mean trouble that's right captain uh but if you try to stop me and my voice from going back that's going to cause trouble too unless you figure that's no trouble for you and that boy yarn and that stove-up cookie yours to drive this hurt into that all by yourselves [Music] you're threatening me process oh now now captain don't get sudden there's no call for it no call fart at all it's just that i've got a personal interest in sheriff logan in that town of his no man blacksnakes me and gets away with it i'm not interested in your personal grudges you ain't captain well you should be the rest of these boys they're interested in my personal grudges ain't you boys i guess i should have told you at the start of this drive captain these boys do what i say not what you say [Music] you pack your war bag and get the rest of you settle down you hide on his trail hands and bite thunder you'll finish this job you're gonna have to back that up captain all right boys tell him to put his gun away boss how about you johnny you coming along you kind of wanted to pay your paw another visit did you stay out of this sam i don't reckon i can stay out of this mr cartwright i got a personal grudge too that ain't finished yet how about you cookie i'm sticking with the captain oh suit yourself and get over here all right you two take their guns and keep your eyes on them i don't want anybody spoiling our fun come on boys [Applause] boys we're right glad to see you after last night we wanted a chance to show you just how sorry we were for what happened john brewster tell these men what we decided on for today well we want to see you boys enjoy yourselves spend your money on our stores we've lifted sheriff logan's deadline and our merchants are staying up late in order to serve you the town is yours well ain't that nice boys ain't that the nicest thing you ever heard in your lives i'll tell you what judge maybe you can get sheriff logan to come down and have a drink with us socialize a little well i'm afraid sir i have no control over sheriff logan's movements what kind of a judge do you call that boys i just elected the new judge namely me you're in contempt of court mr show the man how we treat contempt accord come on man boys the drinks are on the house they're all free [Applause] sam can't you stop them why should i gentlemen gentlemen please [Applause] [Applause] uh [Music] too hmm you boys got stuck with this job miss all the fun say nothing all the liquid refreshments yeah well brothers are probably buying drinks for everybody in town don't you writing hallelujah yeah buying them or stealing them anyway he's getting them hallelujah you still got that uh a bottle of whiskey back there sure have captain we had many snake bites this trip were you fellas careful swallow oh no better to ask you now let me see where did i hide that the last time i was always getting it ought to be here somewhere internet next to the beans find it yet not yet i'll find her she's around here somewhere let's see i had right behind the flower tonight for last [Music] i'll find her here it is here it is i know it was there somewhere here kevin what'd you put in that bottle whole oil didn't think i'd leave any whiskey in the bottle did you yeah well i'd like to make you back a full bottle of whiskey from tom hey i got the thing [Applause] [Applause] why did he come out brought us what's he waiting for he'll make his play when he's ready why wait on him let's go in after him now you hurry we got plenty of time the boys ain't hardly looking up enough yet boys [Music] [Applause] [Applause] oh [Music] oh they're all in there let me go in there and get prizes right now my mind they've got to shave in this town they only don't see me like you've done a very good job maybe he's got something in his mind [Music] well you satisfied mr cartwright did you take a good look at what can happen to a town you were right sheriff we couldn't control them and you can't control them now it's just gonna have to run its course mr logan you got a job to do and you're getting paid to do it paid to do it the good citizens of this town told me not to interfere with their money-making enterprises well it's those enterprises that pay my salary i was reminded of that [Music] i mean you're not gonna do anything to to stop them out there i am going to sit right here until i get orders from the people who pay me since when do you wait for orders what's your real reason logan what do you mean your son is out there with that gang could that have anything to do with your decision to stay here inside what are you ashamed of logan being a father [Music] what do you want me to do go out there and kill my boy buy your bottle of wine kid i owe you one what are you doing here you think of a better place [Applause] after all that's happened i didn't think you'd come back what just another trail game to me [Music] it's happened before and it'll happen again it's always the same you don't think things can change sure they can change enough people decide to back up sheriff logan well i wouldn't count on him for anything then you don't know him very well [Music] no no he's my father your father that's right and i'm here to kill him hi sam linda what did i tell you he's pretty good boy [Music] he's the best thing that's happened to me in a long time [Music] what's the matter with her nothing [Applause] [Music] ain't it time yet yeah it's time come on boys let's go [Music] come on out logan ah i guess it's time logan don't you go out to him come on out let me talk to him he's my boy my problem i've been waiting for this for a long time mr logan make your move [Music] god all right boy get it over with what are you waiting for you stupid kid shoot why are you yelling no good look at it it's your father boy it's gonna help him hey are you all right sure all right men we still got a bunch of cows to drive to nevada [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] you
Behind the Scenes of The Trail Gang
The episode’s title in German is “Sperrzone für Viehtreiber,” which means “Forbidden Area For Cattlemen.”
This episode marks the first of two Edgar Buchanan’s (Hallelujah Hicks) appearances in the series. His second guest appearance was as John Henry Hill in the episode Sam Hill (1961).
This episode marks the first of two James Westerfield’s (Sheriff John Logan) appearances in the series. His second guest appearance occurred ten years later as Arthur Blackwell in the episode The Woman and the Mark (1970).
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Bonanza is an iconic Western program you’ll enjoy watching alone or with the family. Each hour-long episode of the 14-season show ran under the NBC network’s production from September 1959 to January 1973. The Trail Gang is the 43rd episode out of 430 and the eleventh for its second season.
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