Air Date: March 19, 1972
Written by: William D. Gordon, Ward Hawkins
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Guest Stars: Suzanne Pleshette (Rose Becket), Jon Cypher (Colonel Cody Ransom), Hurd Hatfield (Major Donahue), Jodie Foster (Bluebird Ransom), Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee)
An Army Major continues his personal vendetta against a Confederate officer and his soldiers, despite the Cartwrights attempts to broker a peaceful surrender.
Trivia: This is Suzanne Pleshette’s first and only appearance in the series. She will be forever known in television as Emily Hartley in The Bob Newhart Show(1972). With an acting career that spanned close to 50 years, she was nominated for an Emmy four times. Pleshette was married three times: In 1964, she wed teen idol Troy Donahue, her co-star in the 1962 film Rome Adventure and in 1964’s A Distant Trumpet, but the marriage lasted less than a year. By contrast, her union with Texas oil millionaire Tim Gallagher lasted from 1968 until his death, in 2000.
After becoming a widow, she and widower Tom Poston (a Newhart regular) rekindled an old romance they had enjoyed when appearing together in The Golden Fleecing, a 1959 Broadway comedy. They were married from 2001 until Poston’s death, in April 2007. Pleshette was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent chemotherapy in the summer of 2006; she rallied, but in late 2007, she barely survived a bout of pneumonia. She died of respiratory failure on Saturday, January 19, 2008, a few days shy of her 71st birthday.
This was the last episode filmed for Season 13, and consequently, the last episode worked on by Dan Blocker and Ray Teal.