Air Date: December 27, 1970
Written by: B.W. Sandefur
Directed by: Don Richardson
Guest Stars: Jewel Blanch (Carrie Sturgis), Madeleine Sherwood (Aunt Vella Owens), Paul Fix (Buford Sturgis), William Bramley (Gifford Owens)
Joe figures out that a young girl’s aunt and uncle want custody of her only because they believe she has the rights to her late grandfather’s mine.
Trivia: This was Madeline Sherwood’s first and only appearance in the series. Her best remembered role was as the Mother Superior in The Flying Nun (1967), and she was born in a town founded, interestingly enough, by an order of nuns. She was a great believer in civil rights, working with Martin Luther King, Jr. and being a member of CORE (Congress on Racial Equality). She was arrested during a freedom walk and received six months hard labor.