Air Date: March 21, 1971
Written by: Don Ingalls
Directed by: Phillip Leacock
Guest Stars: Vera Miles (April Christopher), Melissa Newman (Lori Christopher), Henry Beckman (Dr. Phelps)
While visiting the Ponderosa, Ben’s friend, April Christopher, is bitten by a rabid wolf. Ben and April and her daughter must come to terms with her illness as they all realize the terrible fate that awaits her.
Trivia: This was Vera Miles’ second and last appearance in the series. She was a favorite of Alfred Hitchcock after Grace Kelly retired, but pregnancy prevented her from many starring roles. Her first husband was long-time Bonanza stuntman Bob Miles.