Little Joe finds true love in newcomer Alice Harper. Following a courtship, the two are engaged. Unlike most of the Cartwrights' previous girlfriends, Alice makes it to the altar. Joe and ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Robert Doyle ...
John Harper (as Andy Robinson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toby Andersen ...
Hotel Clerk
Ivan Bonar ...
William Challee ...
John J. Fox ...
Larry Golden ...
Don Haggerty ...


Little Joe finds true love in newcomer Alice Harper. Following a courtship, the two are engaged. Unlike most of the Cartwrights' previous girlfriends, Alice makes it to the altar. Joe and Alice are starting their new life together, and she soon becomes pregnant. Alas, their life together is doomed. Alice's indolent brother owes money to a ruthless professional gambler named Sloan and has not repaid him. One day while Joe is gone, Sloan and his gang - with John at gunpoint - visit Alice to collect the money. When she refuses to cooperate, Sloan's hired muscle, Mr. Hanley, brutally beats Alice to death. Then, to cover up the murder, they burn the house down. Joe, along with Ben and Jamie, return to find - to his horror - his entire world crashing down in flames. Joe decides he needs "a little time away" to grieve over his wife's death, but then stumbles across a couple who have the music box he gave Alice as a present (and was subsequently taken by Sloan). Joe recruits Candy to help him... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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12 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Michael Landon originally wrote this script for Dan Blocker. Because of Blocker's death in May 1972 (two months before filming), Landon was forced to re-write the script, pressing Little Joe - the Cartwright who had lost many other girlfriends to death throughout the show's run - into the spotlight role. There are several allusions to Dan Blocker's death, including a scene where Joe and Ben grieve over the tragic circumstances surrounding Alice's murder (Michael Landon and Lorne Greene cry in each other's arms, which was very out of character for Joe and Ben). Later there is a zoom-in on a picture of the now-deceased Hoss on Joe's dresser. See more »


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Bonanza Episode "Forever"
15 January 2007 | by (Lake Jackson, TX) – See all my reviews

This episode from Season 14 of Bonanza was shown on the Family Channel some years ago and I would love to see it come out on DVD. This episode was originally written by Michael Landon for Dan Blocker who played the character of Hoss. Sadly Mr. Blocker died shortly before the start of the new season and Michael Landon took the part in memory of his good friend. Bonnie Bedelia also does a fine job in the role of Alice. The scenery is lush and beautiful and the writing by Mr. Landon is A-1. This is the only episode where it looks as if Little Joe has at last found his one true love, marries her and they are destined to live happily ever after. One seems to sense however that ultimately the "happily ever after" ending is never quite in reach for the Cartwright men as Part 2 would reveal. Keep that box of tissues handy.

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