Season 1, Episode 29
Original Airdate: Apr 09, 1960
Director: George Blair
Cast: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Victor Sen Yung, Ray Teal
Guests: Merry Anders, Robert F. Simon, Don Dubbins, Rhys Williams
Runtime: 49 min.
Lem Keith is a miner who wants to buy land alongside the Ponderosa from rancher Andy McKaren. McKaren's son is eager to sell because he is in love with Lem's daughter. When Ben protests and Andy agrees not to sell, Lem plants tick infested cattle on the Ponderosa.
Trivia: Merry Anders (Virginia Keith) starred in the 1950s TV series, "How to Marry a Millionaire". Michael Landon met his future wife Lynn Noe while filming this episode (the blond saloon girl sitting at a table on the left when Adam walks in).