The Weary Willies

The Weary Willies

Air Date: September 27, 1970

Written by: Robert Pirosh

Directed by: Leo Penn

Guest Stars: Richard Thomas (Billy), Lee Purcell (Angie), Lonny Chapman (Colter), Elisha Cook Jr. (Marcus)

The Cartwrights become aware of the hard time Civil War veterans are having as they readjust to civilian life.

Trivia: This was Richard Thomas’ first and only appearance in the series. He is probably best remembered for his portrayal of John Boy Walton in the long running CBS drama, The Waltons.

In an interesting tidbit, Richard Thomas was being considered as an addition to the Bonanza cast, but this idea was rejected by the brass at NBC.