Okay, thanks. I was wondering about that. Have you seen anymore notable episodes?
Terrific "lost episode" that was titled "Honest John".
It featured an amazingly effective performance from the great character actor, Jack Elam.
He was ably supported by the young Mitch Vogel, as Jaime, the boy the Cartwrights eventually adopted.
Jack Elam came begging at the Cartwrights' door - he looked pretty bad and had a broken left hand.
Ben felt sorry for him and let him stay in the barn.
The Cartwrights were having trouble with Jaime, who was actually suffering from the loss of his father.
Jaime seemed to see his father in the old man that Jack Elam's character was.
The two of them also bonded over a crow that Jaime had found, but Elam's character said had once been his alone.
As it turned out, the old man was a serious alcoholic and far from responsible in any way.
But Ben was reluctant to toss him out, because Jaime was opening up - emotionally.
In the end, the old man took off, with the crow, which he sold, and some stolen money.
Hoss found the old man in a jail, where they thought that he was drunk, but he was actually dying.
Hoss brought him back and got him into a bed and then the old man died.
He left behind a note in which he bequeathed his belongings to Jaime.
But the old man had nothing - except his gratitude for a boy who chose to love him at the very end of his life.
What I liked about this episode was its' unrelenting grittiness - it was a far cry from heartwarming or even heartbreaking.
The old man was a reprobate - damaged from a lifetime of hard times - but somebody showed him a little mercy.
Jack Elam's performance seemed carved out of hell.
And Mitch Vogel was his angel.