The Gold Detector

Air Date: December 24, 1967

Written by: Ward Hawkins

Directed by: Don Daves

Guest Stars: Wally Cox (Professor Albert McNulty), Paul Fix (Barney Webb), Caroline Richter (Casey Webb), Kelly Thordsen (Vern Higgins), Dub Taylor (Simon), Chubby Johnson (Cash)

Hoss wants to buy a mine thought to be worthless and orders a fancy invention to prove it isn’t and becomes the local laughingstock in town.

Trivia: This was character actor Chubby Johnson’s 6th of 8 appearances in the series. This gruff western comedy sidekick was a jack-of-all-trades in real life – at different times of his life was a reporter, columnist, journalist, radio announcer and even a butcher.