The Governor Jolene Brand ... Anna Maria Verdugo George J. Lewis ... Don Alejandro de la Vega Don Diamond ... Corp. Reyes Richard Anderson ... Ricardo del AMO View production, box office, & company info. Edit Hoping it will work to his advantage in getting Anna Maria to choose him, Ricardo persuades the Governor to offer amnesty to Zorro if the masked man will reveal his identity.
Plot Summary | Add Synopsized Trivia Don Alejandro reveals that he has known that Diego was Zorro for “a very long time”. The first shot shows wine in the glass of Ricardo de Amo as he moves it, but the next shot shows Don Alejandro pouring wine from the bottle into his glass.
Quotes Don Alejandro : I'm sorry my son! Guest Cast: Eduard Franz (Señor Gregorio Verdugo), Jolene Brand (Anna Maria Verdugo), Carlos Romero (Romero Serrano), Joseph Conway (Francisco Palomar), Lee Van Clef (Antonio Castillo), Wolfe Barbell (Innkeeper).
The visitors have barely arrived in town when two men burst into their room and demand the investors' money. The merchant appears to be legitimate, but Diego tells him that several potential investors have been robbed on their way to Monterey, so he must check before recommending the investment.
Verdugo refutes his accusations by introducing Diego to Romero Serrano, a courier who has arrived safely from Santa Cruz. Diego also meets Anna Maria, Verdugo's daughter, who openly dislikes him for questioning her father's integrity.
Later, Romero and Anna Maria see Bernardo carefully carrying a saddlebag into the inn, which makes them think Diego has brought the money after all. That night, Diego rides as Zorro and rescues his friend, barely escaping a shot fired by an unknown assailant.
Although Verdugo claims an old injury is bothering him, Diego suspects he may be the leader of the robbers, so he sets a trap. Unfortunately, Sergeant Garcia and Corporal Reyes, who have been sent with the money along the Camino Real, decide to take a shortcut and use the Guadalupe Trail.
When Zorro and Bernardo arrive at the trail, hoping to catch the robbers, they're amazed to spot the soldiers riding into a trap they have inadvertently helped set. The robbers take the money and order the soldiers to dig their own graves, but Zorro overpowers the guards and frees Garcia and Reyes.
Zorro saves the merchant, who explains that he sent his men there to help Garcia and didn't know that his servants were the robbers. Guest Cast: Eduard Franz (Señor Gregorio Verdugo), Jolene Brand (Anna Maria Verdugo), Wolfe Barbell (Innkeeper), Carlos Romero (Romero Serrano), Michael Forrest (Anastasia), Ken Lynch (Pablo).
One of them, a killer named Anastasia, puts on the uniform and rides to Verdugo's, where Diego is discussing the investment deal. The Verdugo will take the money to San Francisco to invest it, with the fake Santos and Romero acting as guards.
Diego takes the soldier's horse and sets off after the merchant and his daughter, who have been attacked by the fake Santos. Pablo, their former servant, tells her the old man is being held hostage and will be killed unless she hands over 45,000 pesos believed to be in the house.
Diego and Bernardo arrive and Pablo slips away, warning Anna Maria that her father will be killed if she tells anyone of the kidnapping. Although she won't admit it, Diego discovers what has happened, and he asks the local commandant to send a guard to the Verdugo hacienda.
This angers Romero, who claims it will endanger Verdugo's life, and he convinces Anna Maria to send Diego away. When he leaves, she finds the money hidden in a secret panel, and she gives it to Sergeant Garcia to deliver to the kidnappers.
The sergeant has been ambushed by the thieves, but Zorro tricks them and learns Verdugo is being held in the blacksmith's shop. While Zorro is fighting the blacksmith, Garcia lets Pablo sneak Verdugo past him, putting the merchant in mortal danger.
The kidnappers send word that Anna Maria must meet them if she wants proof her father is still alive, but Diego warns her it is a trick. Don Alejandro arrives from Los Angeles and wants to ask the army to surround the area until the others convince him of the danger.
The masked men tell him to ride into town for the money while they hold his daughter hostage, then order Garcia and Reyes to stay behind. Pablo kills his cohort in cold blood, forcing Zorro to engage the kidnappers with his sword.
With the robbers safely behind bars, the travelers prepare to head back to Los Angeles, where Diego has promised to deliver a love letter from Anna Maria to Zorro. Guest Cast: Barbara Luna (Theresa Modesto), Perry Lopez (Joaquin Castaneda), RIC Roman (Capital Brines), Frank Wilcox (Luis Rico).
Before he returns home, Sergeant Garcia angers Theresa, a tamale vendor, when he tries to carry out the orders of the acting governor. Luis Rico has decided that all the vendors must be removed from the plaza despite their objections, and Diego promises Theresa he will try to help.
Joaquin has recovered and berates Diego for stopping him, but the Specials arrive again and the impetuous youth is arrested. When darkness falls, Zorro sneaks into the fortress and tells Joaquin to insult the guards until they open his cell to discipline him.
Guest Cast: Barbara Luna (Theresa Modesto), Perry Lopez (Joaquin Castaneda), RIC Roman (Capital Brines). Joaquin and several followers begin a series of raids against the Specials, which culminates with the beating of Capital Brines.
The soldier issues a death order for Joaquin and sends his men after Theresa, intending to force her to reveal his hiding place. Brines sees this as an opportunity to increase the size of his forces as well as to remove two irritants, Garcia and Reyes.
He orders the two soldiers to patrol the town, wearing the white armband of the Specials, in the hope that Joaquin will choose them as his victims. Zorro, who has followed Joaquin, sees that the Specials are massed within the fortress, ready to attack as soon as they hear the men killed.
Guest Cast: Barbara Luna (Theresa Modesto), Perry Lopez (Joaquin Castaneda), RIC Roman (Capital Brines), Frank Wilcox (Luis Rico), John Libel (Governor). Capital Brines escalates his campaign against Joaquin by ordering that a peon be whipped until he reveals the rebel's hiding place.
Shortly after, the real governor returns and Rico explains that his harsh rule was only imposed to make the capital a well-run city. Rico then convinces the governor to offer the rebel a truce, so he can explain his case, planning all the while to kill Joaquin as soon as the outlaw turns himself in.
Just as they are about to kill Joaquin, Zorro spots the hidden soldiers and narrowly rushes the outlaw to safety. Rico and the Capital tell the governor it was Joaquin who broke the truce, and the angry official orders the troops to capture the rebel dead or alive.
Guest Cast: Barbara Luna (Theresa Modesto), Perry Lopez (Joaquin Castaneda), RIC Ramon (Capital Brines), Frank Wilcox (Rico), John Libel (Governor). When Diego and Bernardo ride to his camp to explain, the rebel leader orders his men to lock the visitors in leg irons until he can decide upon a suitable fate for them.
The sergeant takes Joaquin and Theresa to Rico and the corrupt official decides to use the rebel to help him gain control. Hoping to make the two men settle their differences, Zorro puts them in leg irons and gives each of them the other man's key.
The governor orders all charges against the rebels dropped and declares a fiesta to be held to celebrate the end of Rico's reign. Guest Cast: Jolene Brand (Anna Maria Verdugo), Richard Anderson (Ricardo del AMO).
Anna Maria Verdugo returns to Monterey from San Francisco and becomes the object of Ricardo del AMO's affection. Ricardo realizes that Diego is also attracted to Anna Maria and hopes to lessen the competition by having some fun at his friend's expense.
Diego is shocked when a sorrowful Sergeant Garcia places him under arrest for being a horse thief, but when he asks the name of his accuser, he's even more surprised. This and several other pranks make Garcia think Ricardo is pulling another joke when he claims to have overheard two men plotting to steal an army payroll.
The two men defeat the robbers, but Ricardo discovers he has another rival when Anna Maria asks Zorro to escort her back to town. Ricardo asks for Diego's help in winning Anna Maria's heart, for he feels Zorro is too much competition for the two men to overcome.
If they can make it seem that Zorro is seeing another woman, Anna Maria will scorn him, thus dropping the field of suitors to a more manageable size. Ricardo plans to accomplish this by dressing as Zorro and serenading Anna Maria's cousin, Milan del Carmen.
Before he leaves, Zorro forces Ricardo into a watering trough and warns the shaken man that he will punish anyone who impersonates him. Guest Cast: Jolene Brand (Anna Maria Verdugo), Richard Anderson (Ricardo del AMO).
He makes matters worse when he substitutes a block of wood for a box of chocolates intended for Anna Maria. When she opens her present and Ricardo sees the wood, complete with a carved “Z”, he decides to kill his unmask his foe.
Ricardo plans to draw Zorro out of hiding by placing notices throughout town that accuse the outlaw of being a coward and challenging him to a duel. When he rides to where his friend is practicing, Diego is surprised to see that Ricardo is an expert with several weapons, which will make the upcoming contest a difficult one.
Unknown to Diego or Ricardo, Sergeant Garcia and several others plan to let the duel take place, then capture Zorro and claim the reward. Guest Cast: John Libel (Governor), Jolene Brand (Anna Maria Verdugo), Richard Anderson (Ricardo del AMO).
He pulls Anna Maria onto his horse as he rides out of town and tells her that as much as he loves her, he must help the underprivileged people who have come to depend on him. Guest Cast: Tom Pittman (Ronaldo), Gloria Castillo (Buena), John Host (Don Tomas Yoruba), Arthur Satanizes (Lazaro), Mack Williams (Padre).
Buena, who works in the DE la Vega hacienda, is told she is free to marry, but her boyfriend, Ronaldo, is not so fortunate. Diego helps her convince Ronaldo that it would be best to explain to Don Tomas, the other landowner, how he feels, and perhaps change his mind.
Zorro and Buena convince Don Tomas that Ronaldo is an honorable man, and they receive consent to wed. Stone (Salvo), Marc Damon (Eugenio), Time Andrews (Navy), Rebecca Welles (Monet), Jerry Odd (Crispin).
It is time to send the tax money to the governor, and Sergeant Garcia has a plan to thwart any attempt to steal the funds during the long journey. He orders the town blacksmith to build a huge iron box that requires a special key to open it.
Two men, Navy and Crispin, learn of the plan and decide to make a duplicate key which will enable them to steal the money if they can intercept the box. They enlist the help of Monet, a barmaid, by asking her to flirt with the blacksmith's son in the hopes he will supply a key.
During the loading of the tax money, Garcia accidentally snaps the lock shut, and it must somehow be opened if the box is to be used. The bandits surprise the small party of guards escorting the box, but the soldiers toss it over a steep cliff, hoping it will be inaccessible to the thieves.
Zorro had followed one of the bandits out of Los Angeles and sees the thieves standing guard over the unwilling blacksmith. Guest Cast: Cesar Romero (Esteban de la Cruz), Patricia Medina (Margarita), Nestor Pietà (Innkeeper), Howard Wendell (Don Marcos).
All of this angers Don Alejandro, but to head off a family dispute, Diego convinces his father that Esteban will leave soon. His good intent proves to be a problem for Diego when Esteban later offers to sell several jewels to his friends.
Esteban claims to have bought them in Spain, but Diego realizes the gems are fakes and that if sold, could bring shame on his family name. The thieves are turned over to Sergeant Garcia and Diego thinks the matter is settled, but Esteban has decided there is money to be made in Los Angeles and announces that he plans to extend his stay.
Guest Cast: Cesar Romero (Esteban de la Cruz), Patricia Medina (Margarita). His luck changes when he comes across Zorro's horse, Tornado, grazing in a hidden field, and he captures the animal.
The sergeant informs Esteban of this fact, but the greedy visitor simply sees it as another chance to make money, by capturing Zorro if the outlaw attempts to save Tornado. Garcia, Reyes and Esteban set up a guard on the only door into the deserted winery where Tornado is being stabled, planning to surprise Zorro when he walks in.
Suspecting a trap, the bandit instead enters through a loft, swings down to mount his prized horse and escapes into the night. Guest Cast: Cesar Romero (Esteban de la Cruz), Patricia Medina (Margarita), Howard Wendell (Don Marcos).
Still hoping to strike it rich during his visit to Los Angeles, Esteban shows a great deal of interest in a young woman when he learns she comes from a wealthy family. Instead of convincing his uncle to give up his plan, Diego has unwittingly made Esteban furious at Zorro.
Hoping to trap the outlaw, Esteban arranges for Corporal Reyes to dress as Margarita and ride in her carriage. Esteban then spreads word around town that he and “Margarita” will be enjoying a quiet ride near the lake that evening.
He tells Sergeant Garcia to follow the carriage, so when Zorro next tries to embarrass Esteban, he can capture his masked foe. Zorro forces Esteban into the lake and the two soldiers quickly follow him in to avoid their striped pursuer.
Guest Cast: Cesar Romero (Esteban de la Cruz), Patricia Medina (Margarita), Howard Wendell (Don Marcos). Esteban still hopes to marry the wealthy Margarita, but he knows that Zorro will continue to oppose him.
Don Alejandro suggests that if Esteban were to settle down and begin farming, Zorro would realize that his intentions are honorable. Esteban realizes that his dreams of an easy and prosperous life will not come true in Los Angeles, so he tells Margarita he must return to Spain to fight in a war.
Los Angeles is suffering from a severe drought and tempers are fraying as crops and animals die from the lack of water. The Also brothers, who work for Hilario, catch Roberto in the act and beat him severely, warning him never to return.
Zorro finds the hiding man, who tells him that the Advisor took the musket when they caught him stealing water. Guest Cast: Annette Monticello (Anita Cabrillo), Carlos Rivas (Ruiz), Arthur Space (Gonzales), Penny Canton (Presence), Wendell Holmes (Storekeeper).
Anita attracts a small crowd when she asks about Don Cabrillo, who is unknown in the city, and Diego offers to let her stay at his house until the mystery can be solved. Anita has barely arrived there when she screams, then tell Diego and Don Alejandro that someone tried to enter her room.
Alejandro begins to think Anita is subject to delusions, but Diego senses that someone may be trying to scare her out of town for some unknown reason. Instead, he scares her into attempting to escape, and only Tornado's great speed enables Zorro to save Anita from riding off a treacherous cliff in the dark.
Guest Cast: Annette Monticello (Anita Cabrillo), Carlos Rivas (Ruiz), Arthur Space (Gonzales), Wendell Holmes (Storekeeper), Graph Phillips (Jose), Penny Canton (Presence). Anita is still hoping to find her father, but Sergeant Garcia has decided she is nothing but a liar and wants to send her back to Spain.
When Don Alejandro again voices his doubts about her story, she claims the letters must have been taken by Rafael Gonzales, a driver who brought her to the city from her ship. Anita asks Ruiz, one of the DE la Vega servants, to escort her to the mission, so she can hide, and she offers to pay him in gold.
This adventure makes Anita even more determined to stay in Los Angeles until she finds her missing father. Guest Cast: Annette Monticello (Anita Cabrillo), Carlos Rivas (Ruiz), Arthur Space (Don Miguel), Wendell Holmes (Storekeeper), Grief Phillips (Jose), Penny Canton (Presence).
Don Alejandro remains firm in his wish to send Anita back to Spain and tells the girl to pack her bags. She turns to climb aboard the carriage but Alejandro stops her, for Anita is wearing a brooch that he once gave to the mission to be sold at a charity auction.
He changes his mind and allows her to stay, then plans to research the sales records to learn who bought the brooch. Guest Cast: Jonathan Harris (Don Carlos), Jeff York (Joe Crane), Jean Wilkes (Carlotta), Paul Richards (Hernando).
When a jovial mountain man, Joe Crane, arrives in the pueblo, he is threatened with arrest for traveling in Spanish territory without official permission. Sergeant Garcia warns him to leave town but changes his mind when Crane buys him a few drinks in the tavern.
Not all of Crane's problems can be solved so easily, however, for when he kisses a passing barmaid, he angers Don Carlos Fernandez so greatly that the landowner attacks the visitor. Crane immediately responds by knocking his attacker to the floor, which causes Fernandez's bodyguard to try to kill the mountain man.
Diego deflects the shot, but Garcia is forced to arrest Crane and take him to jail for his own safety. Knowing Fernandez's temper, Diego is sure he will still try to kill Crane, so that night Zorro hides near the jail.
Guest Cast: Jonathan Harris (Don Carlos Fernandez), Jeff York (Joe Crane), Jean Wilkes (Carlotta), Lloyd Mórrígan (Sancho), Paul Richards (Hernando). Thought to be hiding safely in the hills, fugitive Joe Crane instead has sneaked back into the pueblo hoping to recover his hunting rifle and the load of furs he gathered during the trapping season.
Determined to kill Crane, Fernandez and his servant Hernando are using a bloodhound named Logo to track down the mountain man. Guest Cast: Jonathan Harris (Don Carlos Fernandez), Jeff York (Joe Crane), Jean Wilkes (Carlotta), Lloyd Mórrígan (Sancho), Paul Richards (Hernando).
Don Carlos Fernandez decides to draw Joe Crane into the open by laying claim to the mountain man's furs and burro. Just as he is about to give the command to kill Crane, Fernandez is surprised by the arrival of Zorro, who has suspected a trap.
Hernando sets Logo after the mountain man, but Crane gives a long whistle to the attacking animal. The episode ends as Crane heads back into the mountains, his furs safely aboard his burro, and Logo happily following behind him.
Guest Cast: Everett Sloane (Andres Felipe Basilica), Gloria Talbot (Monet), Nestor Pietà (Innkeeper), Robert J. Wilde (Capital Mendoza). Another problem looms for Zorro when an arrogant stranger arrives in the pueblo and demands the help of Don Alejandro.
Basilica also angers the townspeople by telling them they must buy the bonds, and a Capital Mendoza arrives to enforce his order. Garcia draws Basilica's wrath by sneaking into the tavern to recover his piñata, and the visitor decides to make his strength known by placing the sergeant in the town stocks.
Guest Cast: Everett Sloane (Andres Felipe Basilica), Gloria Talbot (Monet), Robert J. Wilde (Capital Mendoza), Edgar Barrier (Don Cornelia). He is surprised at how well his war bonds are selling, for the landowners have decided to help support the Spanish government as much as possible.
The two men construct a delayed action detonator designed to explode when the gold shipment is at sea so that the evidence of their crime will be destroyed. The next day the thieves pack the cases with rocks and load them on a cart that will take them to the ship bound for Spain.
Zorro follows the shipment and narrowly saves the driver when the deadly cargo explodes ahead of schedule. Back in the pueblo, Basilica and Mendoza gleefully open the chests expecting to see their stolen gold.
Even with his stolen gold gone, Basilica plans to remain in Los Angeles as a wealthy man. He decides to do so in a way that will let him exert a hold over Monet Emperor, the attractive daughter of a wealthy landowner.
Basilica tells Garcia that Spanish law forbids citizens to possess items made in countries that are at war with Spain. He is tricked into taking Basilica to Don Emperor's home, where he identifies several items as being from England, France and Italy.
The sergeant begins to regret his actions, but Basilica tells him he will be hanged for treason unless he cooperates. Zorro then demands that Basilica pronounce sentence on Emperor and the cornered criminal has no choice but to declare him innocent.
Humiliated by Zorro, Basilica gets his revenge by arresting Sergeant Garcia and hoisting him in the air in the public square outside the cartel. A large sign dares Zorro to rescue Garcia, but Diego knows Basilica will have hidden lancers throughout the area.
When night arrives, so does Zorro, using Bernardo to help create a diversion that draws the soldiers out of town. Bernardo lures Basilica out of his office by offering to take him to Zorro, but the waiting outlaw instead uses his rope to hang the politician upside down in the square.
The lancers return to free Basilio, and he rides to the DE la Vega hacienda to arrest Bernardo. Having finally solved the mystery of Zorro, Basilica celebrates by donning the black costume and mask, then steps outside on the balcony to savor the moment.
Capital Mendoza, who is waiting outside on guard duty, sees the figure of the infamous outlaw and shoots Zorro dead. Pedro Avila, recently arrived in the pueblo, earns a meager living by betting other men that he can beat them in a sword fight.
Afraid that his friend will be killed, Sergeant Garcia kidnaps Diego and leaves him tied up in a deserted shed. As a result, Diego is unable to defend the family's honor and Don Alejandro decides to take his place.
Garcia is aghast at this turn of events, for he knows that Don Alejandro cannot hope to defeat the much younger man. Diego switches to his Zorro garb and rides to the field of honor, where Avila has begun to win the contest.
Sergeant Garcia returns from escorting Padre Simeon on a trip from San Diego and is surprised to find that almost everyone in Los Angeles has contracted the measles. The padre has brought a large gold chalice to Los Angeles for use in the mission and wants the town to know of its arrival.
Luckily, Diego comes to visit and realizes something is wrong when he sees the sign, for the padre was quite healthy the day before. Guest Cast: Joan Evans (Leonard), George N. Name (Capital Felipe Arellano), John Libel (Governor), Douglas Kennedy (Manuel).
The governor of California is attacked during a visit to Los Angeles with his daughter and aide, and barely escapes with his life. The aide, Capital Arellano, tells Diego he suspects the attack to be the work of the Rebates, a group that wants to sever ties with the government in Spain.
Arellano declares himself acting governor until the wounded man recovers and orders an armed guard placed around the house. Several days later a mysterious stranger tells the capital that if the governor were to die, he would become the true ruler of all California.
Zorro takes the governor to another room and puts the would-be killer in the sick man's bed in his place. Two more men try to kill the governor and Zorro fights them both, but one succeeds in plunging a knife into the covered figure on the bed.
Guest Cast: Joan Evans (Leonard), John Libel (Governor), George N. Name (Capital Felipe Arellano). A Rebate agent provides a drugged bottle of wine to eliminate the governor's guards, so when Sergeant Garcia and Corporal Reyes accept the kind offer of a drink from the capital, they are soon unconscious.
Seeing that the governor is once again unprotected, Diego switches to his secret identity as Zorro to foil Arellano's plot. Arellano manages to escape by threatening to kill Garcia, but he is stopped by Bernardo, who drops a large flower pot on the fleeing traitor.
Guest Cast: Joan Evans (Leonard), George N. Name (Capital Felipe Arellano), John Libel (Governor), Don Haggerty (Carmelo). Capital Arellano continues his attempts to rule California by hiring Carmelo, a recent arrival in the pueblo, to kill the governor.
The governor has begun to recover and spends his time sitting outside on the patio, which prompts Don Alejandro to give a party to celebrate his better health. One of them moves behind the governor and raises his ax, spurring Zorro into frantic action to stop the murder.
Guest Cast: Joan Evans (Leonard), George N. Name (Capital Felipe Arellano), John Libel (Governor), Douglas Kennedy (Manuel). Knowing that the Rebates are still trying to kill the governor, Diego uses the box to lull him to sleep then Bernardo moves him to safety.
The capital and five rebellious dons arrive at the hacienda and openly announce their plan to kill the governor. He looks out the window and sees his would-be killers tied to a wall, where a huge “Z” has been carved to publicly announce who saved him.
Guest Cast: Roxanne Bernard (Lupita), Alex Gerry (Don Sebastian), Paul Duo (Gustavo), Kay Outer (Hernando). Don Sebastian, a friend of the DE la Vegas, is growing impatient at the delay of the stage to Monterey, for he is carrying a purse full of gold and is afraid it may be stolen.
While waiting in the tavern with Diego, he makes the mistake of mentioning the gold and is overheard by three crooked entertainers. Diego asks Sergeant Garcia to place the gold in the cartel's safe until the stage leaves, unknowingly presenting the thieves with a major setback.
She gains Garcia's confidence by telling him she knows he is in possession of a large sum of money, then warns him that someone whom he the least suspects will try to rob him that night. The fake fortune-teller reminds Garcia that she did warn him he would be robbed by someone he didn't expect, then turns to leave.
He unties Garcia and tells him a man's friends should be trusted over the word of strangers, and then leaves as mysteriously as ever. Guest Cast: James Hong (Chinese Boy), Charles Format (John Vinson), Oliver Blake (Tomas Gregorio).
A Chinese boy escapes from a ship in San Pedro's harbor and tries to hide in Los Angeles. The reply has not yet arrived when a sailor claims that the boy is an escaped murderer being transported back to stand trial.
Vinson, the sailor, convinces Garcia to hand over custody of the prisoner, and he begins the trip back to San Pedro. Father Ignacio then tells Diego that the message says the boy is actually a member of Chinese royalty and is being held for ransom by Vinson.
Guest Cast: Fin tan Male (Celesta Villa Rica), Richard Garland (Lopez), Rudolfo Hobos (Monte). Celesta Villa Rica and her servant, Monte, are on their way to Los Angeles when a hooded robber stops them and steals her jewelry.
She screams, and Sergeant Garcia arrives in time to hear her accuse Bernardo, which leaves him no choice but to arrest the mute servant. Zorro then uses his sword to slash open Lopez's coat and the jewelry falls to the ground, thus proving Bernardo's innocence.