Air Date: December 21, 1969
Written by: Jack B. Sowards, Leslie McFarlane
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Guest Stars: John Astin (Abner Willoughby), Emmaline Henry (Widow Sprague), Irene Tedrow (Minnie Mitchell)
Joe befriends a man who tried to steal his horse. The later try to find gold that Abner buried before he went to sea.
Trivia: This was John Astin’s first and only appearance on Bonanza. He was best remembered for his starring role as Gomez Addams in the The Addams Family (1964).