the way station
Bonanza Western TV
The Lone Writer  

The Way Station Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #04, Episode #06

Adam Cartwright and fugitive killer Luke Martin, portrayed by Robert Vaughn, seek refuge from a storm at the way station managed by old Jesse, played by Trevor Bardette, and his granddaughter Marty, represented by Dawn Wells. Adam senses Marty’s infatuation with the charming yet dangerous Martin and intervenes, warning the killer to stay away from the girl and leave. Marty is disappointed when Martin departs, but it’s not long before the outlaw’s true nature is revealed.

Other notable cast members include Dorothy Green as Lucy, Walter Reed as Tim, and Raymond Guth as Lafe. The Way Station penned by Frank Cleaver, originally aired on October 29, 1962.

Explore the episode’s storyline and intriguing trivia, or enjoy watching the whole episode provided below.

Watch the Full Episode of The Way Station

Watch the Full Episode of The Way Station:

Main Cast

The Way Station, the sixth episode of Bonanza in its fourth season, features recurring and supporting cast members. The following actors are in this episode:

  • Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright (credit only)
  • Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
  • Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright (credit only)
  • Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright (credit only)
  • Robert Vaughn as Luke Martin
  • Dawn Wells as Marty Johnson
  • Trevor Bardette as Jesse Johnson
  • Dorothy Green as Lucy Fisher
  • Walter Reed as Tim Fisher
  • Raymond Guth as Lafe
  • Keith Richards as Sheriff Ross
  • Bert Stevens as Man Exiting Hotel (uncredited)

Full Story Line for The Way Station

Caught in the midst of a dust storm, Adam seeks refuge at a remote stagecoach way station for the night. There, he encounters an elderly stationmaster and his captivating granddaughter. The young woman longs to break free from the confines of her secluded life with her caring yet overly protective grandfather.

Amidst the storm, Luke, a fugitive gambler wanted for murder, arrives seeking sanctuary. As a stagecoach also arrives, carrying a driver and two additional passengers seeking shelter, Luke seizes control and holds them all captive. However, through a night fraught with tension and turmoil, Adam manages to overpower Luke and hand him over to the pursuing posse.

In an unexpected turn of events, Adam receives unexpected assistance from Luke as he aids the stationmaster and his granddaughter in finding a path to a new beginning, away from the confines of the way station.

Full Script and Dialogue of The Way Station



Anybody home?

Howdy, mister.

Oh, hi.

Was beginning to think
the place was deserted.

Wonder if I might use
a little of your water?

Help yourself.

Sure is a storm
blowing up out there.


Could be.

Night coming on, I wouldn't
want to be caught in it.

I wonder if I could
spend the night.

No, can't spend the night.

I'd be glad to stay in the barn.

No, this is private property
owned by the stage line.

I run it and I say you
can water your horse,

fill your canteen, and leave.

I can't do any harm in the barn.

I promise I won't
disturb the chickens.

Now, I ain't fooling,
mister, you get.

Put away that gun, Grandpa.

You get back in the hou...

I'm sorry, I don't like to
have a gun pulled on me.


This is still private property
and you're still trespassing.

Oh, don't mind Grandpa.

He thinks every man
that comes by here

is going to grab
me and ride away.

Well, that's what you
want, ain't it, Marty?

That's it, ain't it?


Maybe that's the only
way I'll get away from here.

Uh, now, listen, I didn't
mean to cause any trouble.

I just want to bed
down for the night.

I'll be gone in the morning.

Oh, here, and be
careful with that thing.

The next fellow might
take you seriously.

Now, you get in that house
and stay away from him.

- Hello.
- Well, hello.

The wind's really blowing
up a storm out there.

Sure is.

Kicking up sand and dust.

Yeah, I'm glad I'm
here instead of there.

I want you to listen to
me, young miss, uh...

I don't want any more
trouble with your grandfather,

so I think it would be
best for all concerned

if you just turned your
little ol' self around

and went back into
the house, all right?

Grandpa is asleep in the chair.

Does it every
night after supper.

Been watching him do
it for eight long years.

Yes, well, I still think it
would be best if you...

I didn't come here to see you.

I came here to get
one of my books.


I hide 'em in here from Grandpa.

Why do you hide them?

Because they're about places.

What kind of places?

I'll show you.

This one is about New York.

It's got pictures in it, too.

Have you ever been to New York?



What's it like?

Well, it's, uh, big... noisy.

It's got lots of people.

Yes, that's what I
thought... Lots of people.

I'll bet it's like
all the big cities...

Rome an-and London and Paris.

My grandpa doesn't want
me to know about those places.

He watches over me all the time.

Won't let me even
talk to anyone...

especially boys... and men.


Well, I don't think you ought
to blame your grandfather.

I think most men feel protective

when it comes to their
daughters, granddaughters,

especially when they're pretty

like you are.

My mother was pretty once.

I'm sure she was.

She hated it here.

After my father died, she
used to stand out in the yard

and watch the stage go.

She used to say,

"Someday I'm gonna get away
from here and never come back."

And she left?


Some man came in
on the stage one day

and he was handsome and rich.

He promised to show
Ma the whole world.

Think she'll ever come back?


I don't want her to.

Oh, really?

Well, she got what she wanted.

She got away.

I drew this of her
just before she left.

It's very nice.

You have talent.

How long you been doing it?

Ever since I can remember.

I make my own charcoal
and use whatever paper I...

I don't know why
I'm telling you all this.

I don't even know who you are.

Well, I don't even
know who you are.

I'm Marty... Marty Johnson.

I'm Adam... Adam Cartwright.

Been up on the Humboldt
River, checking out the range.

On my way home.

Where do you live?

Ponderosa, about a
hundred miles from here.

A hundred miles.

I haven't been more than
ten miles away from here.

I'm beginning to think
I'll never get away.

Oh, yes, you will.

One of these days
some nice young fella

is going to come along
and take you away

to those wonderful,
mysterious places

you've been reading about.

Will you take me with
you, Mr. Cartwright?


Why not?

Well, first of all,

your grandfather would
have the law right after me.

If my mother was able
to do it, why can't I?

I'm sorry, I didn't
mean to frighten you.

Who are you?

My name is Cody.

I've been running from
that storm out there.

On foot?

No, my horse broke his leg
in that gully back a few miles.

I'd appreciate it if you'd give
me some shelter for the evening.

Uh, this girl's grandfather
runs the place here and, uh,

I'm afraid he doesn't take
too kindly to strangers.

As a matter of fact,
he pulled a gun on me

when I asked for the same thing.

Well, I-I gather he didn't
persuade you to leave.

Yeah, just thought I'd warn you.

I'm warned.

You afraid of visitors
like your grandfather?

No, but Grandpa
runs the station.

Well, uh, you mind if I
have some coffee, then?

I'm kind of, uh, cold and
hungry and tired, in that order.

Come in the house, both of you.

You're sure you want to do this?

You know how Grandfather feels.

I want to.

Well, this ought
to be interesting.

Marty, Marty!


What are you doing down there?

Now, you go on
and get in that house.

I'm gonna tan your hide.

You're right, he's
downright unfriendly.


Who are you?

Name is Cody.

Well, like I said to him,
this here is private property

and nobody's staying here.

Now, go on, get, both... Don't.

Put it back.

I told you about that gun.

I was just saying to
the young lady here,

I'm kind of cold and
hungry and tired.

Now, I think I'd be a lot more
comfortable inside the house.

So let's go, huh?

Yeah, I've heard
of the Ponderosa.

Must be, uh, pretty soft
owning a big spread like that.

Well, if you consider
working ten, 12 hours a day

for, oh, 20 years to build
it, guess maybe you're right.

Well, there are quicker
ways of getting rich, friend.

Oh, I'm sure there are.

Which way you headed?

The border.

I got a little deal
down in Mexico.


Did I hear you say
something about Mexico?

Yeah, what about it?

Marty's interested
in faraway places.

So was her mother.

Look what happened to her.

At least she had the
courage to get away from here.

My mother has been
all over the world.

Couple years ago I
got a letter from Paris.

Hmm, I hear that's
a great ol' town.

I bet she really did
some living there.

Can't you shut up?

Now, you stop
talking to her like that,

filling her head
with fool ideas.

Oh, what's wrong
with you, old man?

You want her to wind
up an old woman,

regretting the things
she's never done?

Well, now, you talk

just like the man that
took her mother away.

You all talk big.

She's my granddaughter,
and I don't want her hearing it.

Well, now, I don't think
words can do her any harm,

Mr. Johnson.

Well, your protectiveness is
very touching, Grandfather.

What's he protecting
you from, Marty?

Everything and everybody.

He thinks he's going to keep
me here the rest of my life,

but someday I'm
going to get away.

And end up someplace

where nobody cares
what happens to you.

Anything's better
than being locked up.

Oh, you got spunk, honey.

Don't let anyone ever tell
you what you ought not to do.

You understand, don't you?

Well, yeah, I can understand

why you'd want to
get away from this.

Take me away.



I could go with you to Mexico.

Look, kid, uh,

I'm travelling fast so
I have to travel alone.

Well, you could leave
me any place. Any place.

Oh, come on, Marty.

You know better than
that. Use your head.

Please, mister?

We could use our
horses from the corral.

Oh, no, you won't.


Who's that?


Where are you going?

Now, where do
you think I'm going?

That's a stage coming
in. I have to take care of it.

Stage at this time of night?

It's late. Way late.

Will you mind your own business?

What's the matter, Luke?

Something wrong?

No, no, nothing's wrong.

Just think it's kind of
a strange time of night

for a stage to arrive.

It's four hours overdue.

Probably got
caught in the storm.

Whew! I ain't never
seen the likes of that wind.

Hi, Marty.

Well, who are they?

Oh, well, the storm blew us in,

uh, but, uh, we're
leaving in the morning.

Sure is a humdinger.

Horses can't
make no time at all.

We stopped at Juniper
Hole for a couple of hours,

figured it'd let up
a little, but it didn't.

Well, you better get going,
Lafe. You're way late now.

That's right, Jesse.

So late, in fact,

a couple of hours ain't
going to make any difference.

Well, I ain't running no hotel.

But you're running
a line station.

And the line passengers
are important,

so you just end up with
all that chatter, Jesse.

We're staying here till morning.

Think you can fix us up
a little bit of grub, Marty?

Sure... if Grandpa doesn't...

Well, Grandpa can't
do anything about it.

He works for the stage line.

Old man... how many
passengers are there?

Just two.

Guess that's all there is.

What difference does it make?

None, no difference at all.


Terrible out there!

I never seen such a wind.

How long do
you think it'll last?

Never can tell,
but you'll be able

to travel through
it come daylight.

Ah, we'd better.

I got to get to San Francisco
before the week's out.

Oh, stop worrying, Tim.

The job'll be there.

I'm Lucy Fisher.

My pleasure, ma'am.

I'm Adam Cartwright.

Mmm, it smells good.

Well, we have a
very good cook here.

Adam Cartwright.

Uh, Tim.

Well, well.

Luke Martin.

I haven't seen
you since St. Louis.

Uh, what is it... three years?

Just about.

How are you, Lucy?

I'm fine, Luke.

Martin, huh?

What are you
doing out here, Tim?

Well, we're on our
way to San Francisco.

I got a job managing
the new Palace Saloon,

if I ever get there.

Well, I'm going to
check on that driver.

- No.
- What?

Stay in here.

What's the idea?

If you're on your way
out from St. Louis,

you've been hitting
the same towns I have,

so you're staying in here.


Well, we fed the livestock,

and I aim to do the
same thing to myself.

What's everybody
being so quiet about?

Let's get to them vittles.


This is Luke Martin.


Where did you meet the posse?

When we stopped at Juniper Hole.

They're staying there till
the storm blows itself out.

I figured the storm would
delay them as much as me.

Well, we might all as well
make ourselves comfortable.

Put your guns on the table.

Down at the end.

All right, now, step back.

What do they want you for, Luke?

I killed a man.

How much, uh, money
did that kid's father put up?


He must really
want you, Mr. Martin.

Boy, that worthless, weaseling
kid sure wasn't worth that.

He was a liar and a cheat,
and he deserved to die.

His pa didn't think so.

Well, I thought so.

And now that you're
running, do you still think so?

Well, what do you know about it?

You weren't there when
the kid came across the table

with a knife in his hand.

That's self-defense, isn't it?

Well, not in that town.

And that's why I'm running.

And that's why I
have to travel alone.

Well, listen, it's going
to be a long night,

so let's all sort of
relax and enjoy it, huh?

Sure spent the night in
better places than this.

Come on, Marty.

Let's get that
food on the table.

What about the posse?

They don't know where I am.

And they'll wait the storm
out back at Juniper Hole.

Take 'em about, uh, three
hours to get here after they start.

And besides, if I left,

Tim would head right
back for the posse,

wind, or dust, or storm.

Wouldn't you, huh, Tim?

$5,000 is a lot of money.

Don't anybody, uh,
start counting it yet.

You know, Marty, you're
an awful good cook.

Where'd you learn it?

Not much else to do around here,
except maybe feed the chickens.

Well, anyway, you're good enough

to make a living
at it if you had to.

A girl as pretty as Marty
doesn't have to worry

about earning a
living as a cook.

I'm not that pretty.

You sure are, honey.

Anytime you want a job,

you just look me
up in San Francisco.

I pick the girls.

I do the hiring, and
don't you forget it.

But I pick the girls,
and don't you forget that.

From the looks of the
girls you've picked lately,

you must be getting
afraid of competition.

Listen, you, there ain't a girl
from St. Louis to San Francisco

that would put up
with the stuff I've taken

off you in the last ten years.

All right, all right, knock
off that chatter out there

and bring in some more coffee.

What kind of a job
are you talking about?

Well, it's not for you, Marty.

Well, anything's
better than this.

You got a lot to learn, kid.

I've known plenty of nice
girls that worked the bars.

Some of them married
pretty good, too.

Don't listen to 'em, honey.

Anytime you want a job,

you just come and see
me in San Francisco.

Oh, thanks.

I will.


You're all alike.

Don't pay attention
to any of 'em, Marty.

Think the posse's going to
take a chance on this storm?

Seems to be dying down a little.

Well, I tell you, I'm
a gambler, friend,

and I've got a long
ride ahead of me.

I think I'm going to
stand a lot better chance

when the storm is over.

Besides, they're lawmen.

They're not after bounty
money like our friend, Tim, here.

For a lousy 5,000 bucks,

you risked getting
yourself killed.

Maybe I ought to make you
pay for the chance you took, huh?

Why shoot him?

Why not? He deserves it.


Where does it end?

Well, if he'd gotten his
hands on one of those guns,

he would have killed me.

But he's not you.

All right, sit up there.

Maybe next time
you won't be so lucky.

You can do what
you want with us.

They'll get you anyway, Luke.

You just wait and see.

Maybe I would be better
off bucking that storm

than staying in here.

Maybe you'd be
better off going back.

What does that
mean... Give myself up?

Well, you said the kid
came at you with a knife.

Maybe you can prove it.

With the kid's father
owning the whole town?

Let's have a laugh
together, huh, friend?

I see what you mean.

What would they do
to you if you went back?

They'd hang me.


Maybe only a jail sentence.

Well, I'd rather be
dead in that case.

I know what you mean about jail.

That's how I feel around here.

Every day, just
like the last one,

day after day.

We think a little alike, honey.

Anyway, I don't plan on
going back, dead or alive.

By tomorrow night,
I'll be in Mexico.


It's been a long night.

I have to get moving
in a few minutes.

How long has it
been since you slept?

Uh, so long, I've forgotten.

It'll be even longer before
you reach the border.

Don't worry about it.

I'll make it.

- That's me, huh?
- Mm-hmm.

- It's not bad.
- Like it?

Yeah, I like it.

Can I have it?

I'd be pleased.

You know, I get down to Mexico,

I'm gonna get a frame for this,

hang it up on the wall.

I'll tell everybody about the
pretty girl who drew it for me.



It's almost dawn.

You'll be leaving soon.

Please take me with you.

Oh, honey, don't
start that again.

I could help you.

You can help me?

I can saddle horses,

and I can ride as
well as anyone.

I know the desert.

I could show you the way.

You really want to get
away from here, don't you?

More than anything
else in this world.

All right, go on and
saddle up two horses.

You mean it?

Go on, hurry.

You're not being fair, you know?

Why is that?

Life with me
wouldn't be that bad.

The moment she gets in
your way, you'll drop her.

Oh, come on now.

She's a big girl; she
can take care of herself.

That kid's lived
here all of her life.

She's never been any place else.

Now, why don't you
just leave her alone?

I think I can help her.

Well, what are you gonna do?

Get her a job as a cook or
send her on the way with Tim?

That is,

if you don't get yourself
shot by that old man.

No, I think, uh, that I know
her a little bit better than you do.

She'll be all right.

She's got spunk, like I said.

Anyway, I sort of,
uh, I sort of like her.

And somebody's got to
take her out of this trap.

Maybe so, but not you, huh?

Well, I think, uh, I'm the only
one who can do it, Cartwright.

Well, at least we
know where we stand.

All right, put these
in the saddle please.

All right.

Use your head, Luke.

You can't outrun that posse
with a girl on your hands.

Well, I tell you, I think I can.


No, you're fooling yourself.

Everything's ready.

I'll just go pack a few clothes.

She's not going with you, Luke.

We just been all
through that, Cartwright.

I'm not gonna let
her get on that horse.



Well, that kind of makes me

feel like you're
asking me to kill you.

Would you?

Is taking that girl with
you that important?

What's with you, Cartwright?

Yesterday you didn't
even know she existed.

Anybody, stranger or not,

deserves help when
they're walking into trouble.

Well, I don't
understand you, friend.

But you are right
about one thing.

It ain't that important to me.

If you're ever down
in Mexico, look me up.

Tell Marty I'm sorry.


Where you going
in those clothes?

I'm leaving, Grandpa.

With him? With that killer?

No, you can't do that.

I won't let you go.


Where is he?

Where's Luke?

He's gone.


No, he's taking me with him.

No, he's not, Marty.

He changed his mind.

But he promised me.

He promised.

I know.

Oh, leave me alone!

Silly dang girl.

I ought to go in there
and tan her hide good.

If you'd ever given
her any understanding,

and a little warmth
from your heart,

it never would have happened.

You started it.

It all started when you
came here last night.

No, it didn't start with me.

It started a long time
ago, and you know when.

Now, I want you to go in
there and tell her you're sorry.

And promise her
a chance in life.

I don't know what to say.

All right.

Marty, I know you're
not gonna believe it,

but... I do know how you feel.

And so does your grandfather.

You know, the way you hurt now

is the same kind of pain

he must have felt when
your mother ran away.

You know...

I don't think we ever really...

really know anybody else's pain,

just our own.

When somebody you
love turns their back on you

and rejects you, it's...

well, it's just about the
blackest time in the world.

And now it's that
kind of a time for you.

But understand it, Marty.

Don't blame your grandfather.

Don't blame anybody about
what's happened to you.

Right now, it could never work
out with you and Luke anyway.

I know, could say I haven't the
right to talk another man down,

but I don't mean that.

I'm not even saying that
he's absolutely wrong for you,

but... Well, the way he is now,

running away from himself,

life or whatever it is...

Well, the only thing he could
bring you is just more pain.

You see, when you start running,

you got to be sure
that you're not just

exchanging one trap for another.

You don't want
to do that, Marty.

Life promises too much

to just carelessly and
foolishly throw it away.


You know, you're a very lovely,

very talented girl.

Your drawings and
your sketches show...

a real gift.

But it's a gift
that's got to grow.

It's got to be helped.

Who's gonna help me out here?

Well, I...

I think I might be
able to help you.

I've got some great
friends in San Francisco

I know that'll be glad to help.

But you got to help, too.

You got to give time a chance.

And you got to give
yourself a chance.

Luke, you're back.

You've come back for me.

Luke, I knew you'd come back.

- What happened?
- I guess I was wrong.

That posse didn't
hold up at Juniper.

They rode on through.

I saw them out there
and doubled back.

- I figured you'd never make it.
- Well, what are you gonna do?

Well, I don't know.
I'll think of something.

With that posse on your
heels, it's kind of late, isn't it?

Well, it could be.

But I think my luck's
still running good.

Up to now, friend.

Marty, you stay way from him.

Hey, shut up, old man.

Now, you better
be getting inside.

Hurry up.

Barton, get the
saddle off this horse

and get it in the corral.

Come on!

Pack that stage up.

Get it in the barn.

You sure you know
what you're doing, Marty,

listening to a man like that?

He'll take me
with him this time.

You got a lot to
learn about men.

Are you in love with that guy?

I don't know.

I've never been in love.

You'll know.

When the right man
comes along, you'll know.

I knew when I was
in love with Tim.

Are you still?

It's different now.

Tim's weak where
that Luke is strong.

Say, maybe that's good.

At least Tim ain't being chased

by a posse that
wants to kill him.

I'm, uh, sorry to
call this reunion

so soon after our
last good-bye, boys,

but, uh, that's the way
the cards were dealt.

So let's all settle down...

I don't think we're
gonna have long to wait.

You expect to get
out with just your gun?

I don't think there's gonna
be a need for any gun.

When you met that posse,
I told you, your luck ran out.

Not yet, my friend.

I told you how it'd
end up with him.

Now, you just wait, there'll
be shooting and killing.

All right, here they come.

All right, now, just tell
them your grandfather's sick,

but keep them
away from the house.

- But, Luke...
- Don't worry, honey.

Everything'll be fine.

All right.

I'll try to get rid of them.

Howdy, ma'am.

I'm Sheriff Ross, and
these are my deputies.

We're looking for a man
by the name of Luke Martin.

Have you seen any
strangers around here?

No. There hasn't
been anyone here

since the stage went
through last night.

We ran into it at Juniper
Hole during the storm.

Well, they just changed
horses and kept on going.

What, in that storm?

Well, one of the
passengers was in a hurry

to get to San Francisco.

Yes, he talked
about it at Juniper.

Now, don't try anything, friend,

unless you want that girl to
get caught in the crossfire.

And remember, all of you,

any one of those
bullets can hit you, too.

You, uh...

- you here all alone, ma'am?
- Yes.

Except for my
grandfather... He's, uh,

been sick in bed
for the last few days.

Well, that's too bad.

Anything we can do for you?

No, thank you. He'll
be up in a day or so.

Then would you mind if
we watered our horses?

Of course not.

Thanks for your trouble, ma'am.

Maybe he took a
chance and moved on.

Well, I guess all
we can do is push on

and hope to catch up with him.

Good girl, Marty.

Like you said, she's got spunk.

Yeah, when we get out of here

everything might
just work out all right.

You're a long way
from getting out of here.

They're mounting up.

You see? It worked.


Take cover!

What happened?

That stupid Tim.

No, Marty. No.

Why'd you have
to do it, Tim? Why?

For $5,000... how
could you blame me?

You big stiff.

Is that all that's
important to you?


You know what I could
do with that kind of money?

You could get yourself
killed trying to get it,

that's what you could do.

No more... working
for other people. I...

I could've had a
place of my own.

You darn fool, you...

you never would've
known what to do with it.

You always picked
the wrong things,

the... the wrong horses,
the wrong women.

I picked you, Lucy.




He's dead!

You killed him!

Well, he deserved killing.
All he was thinking about

was that reward money...
So he died trying to get it!

You know you didn't
have to shoot him, Luke.

You saw what happened;
I had him at the door.

You didn't have to kill him.

Well, what did you
expect me to do?

You saw him make his play...
you know what he was trying to do.

I'm fighting for
my life, friend!

How many lives do you
figure yours is worth?

As many as it takes
to get me out of here.


You haven't got
a chance in there.

At least send out the
girl and the old man.

Why get them killed?

Send Marty out with Lucy.

Nobody leaves here.

There's no sense in
getting the women shot.

What good'll it do you?

I'll show you what
good it'll do me.

It don't look like
he's going for it.

Now what?

Well, he's pinned
down... He can't get away.

Sooner or later,
he's got to give up.

And listen, I don't want
anybody risking his life

when they don't have to.

- Tell the others.
- Yeah.

What's happening?

Why aren't they
shooting out there?

They know they've
got him pinned down.

You don't worry about
that; I'm still ahead of 'em.

All they got to do is wait.

Yeah, well, I
don't have to wait.

I'm taking you out of here.

Suppose I don't want to go.

I'm not asking
you, I'm telling you!

Now, you're gonna do what I say!

You're gonna get her killed,
that's what you're gonna do.

All he wants is a hostage!

If you want to hide behind
a woman's skirt, take me.

I'm not asking you, either.

I'm taking Marty out of here.

Well, I'm not gonna
let you do it, Luke.

Don't get in my way, Cartwright.

You know how it's
gonna have to be.

All right... if you
want me to kill you.

No! Luke, I'll
go! Don't kill him!

It's funny how it's
always my choice, isn't it?

You figure I got to worry
about everybody else's problems

and never my own.

Well, this time it's
gonna be different.

- Come on!
- Jesse, grab her!

Leave him, leave
him alone, leave him.

Well, it's all over, Luke.

Well, what are you gonna
do, turn me in for the money?

No. I don't need the money.

But I'll see that
you get a fair trial.

I'll tell you want you can
do, you can pull that trigger.

No, that's the difference
between you and me.

Well, I don't want to spend
the rest of my life in jail,

do you understand that?

You won't.

They're gonna hang you.


Let's go.

Luke, I'm sorry.

Yeah, I know.

I wasn't much help, was I?

You're lucky you
didn't go away with me.

Now maybe you'll
get out of here.

Listen, uh, there is one
thing you can do for me.

Well, that depends.

You're gonna get $5,000 when
you take me out to that posse.

Will you see she gets it,

so she can get her chance?

She's got it.

When you rode
into the way station

the other day, Mr. Cartwright,
I almost shot you.

But if you hadn't come, I'd
have probably gone right on

being a danged fool the rest
of my life. Here they come.

Now, Lucy, there's the address

of the art teacher
in San Francisco.

Thank you, Adam.

I'll put it right here in
my little pocketbook.

Don't worry, I'll
deliver her safely.

I'm sure you will.

You gonna be all right?

Sure. Maybe I'll
find another Tim.

With my luck, I always
pick that kind of guy.

Well, good luck.

Good-bye, Adam.

Good-bye, Grandpa.

Good-bye, Marty.

Now, I was only doing
what I thought was right.

- Oh, I know.
- Oh!

Can't even look at you
without seeing your ma.

Same fresh innocence.

Same trust.

The same hunger for all
those things I couldn't give her.

Oh, you gave me love,
just as you gave it to Ma.

I understand it now.

Well, I-I... I better get
those bags to the coach.

Marty... while you're away,
you'd better be a good girl

or I'll tan your hide!

If he don't, I will.

Oh, thank you, Adam.

Make it mean something, Marty.

I will.

♪♪- Hyah!



Behind the Scenes of The Way Station

At the 43-minute mark, Robert Vaughn, in the role of “Luke Martin,” gives the directive, “Martin, unsaddle the horse and put it in the corral.” It’s worth noting that he addresses himself by his last name, Martin.

Looking for More Bonanza Episodes?

Bonanza offers family-friendly entertainment, perfect for individual viewing or gatherings. The Way Station stands as the 106th episode out of a total of 430. Produced by NBC, Bonanza graced their network from September 1959 to January 1973, spanning a total of 14 seasons.

You can find more about any of the 430 Bonanza episodes here>>

Books Worth Reading:

Leave A Comment

book cover mockup for Western Writing

Looking for an Epic Western Adventure? Look No Further!

How would you like to ride hell-bent for leather into a world full of adventure and heroism?

Get Your Free Copy Today>>