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Bonanza/The Stillness Within

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The Stillness Within
Season 12, Episode 24
Airdate March 14, 1971
Production Number
Writer(s) Suzanne Clauser
Director(s) Michael Landon
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BonanzaSeason Twelve

Special Guest Star: Jo Van Fleet (Ellen Dobbs)

Guest Stars: Harry Holcombe (Dr. Martin), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing), Jeannine Brown (Sally Morris), Robert Noe (Ranch Hand #1)


Plot Overview

Blinded in an explosion, Joe Cartwright, uncertain as to whether his sight will ever be restored, bitterly cuts himself off from the rest of his family. Enter Ellen Dobbs from San Francisco, who specializes in teaching the blind how to cope with the "sighted" world. Electing not to tell Joe that Ellen is herself sightless, Ben wonders if he made the right decision as Joe's anger and unwillingness to learn from Ellen threatens to permanently divide the Cartwrights.