This episode is two parts. In Part 1: Little Joe finds true love in newcomer Alice Harper. Following a courtship, the two are engaged. Unlike most of the Cartwrights' previous girlfriends, ... 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 ...
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This episode is two parts. In Part 1: 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. In Part 2: 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 ... 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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Forever a viewers response to this episode 7-30-09
30 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the episodes of Bonanaza this is one of the most heartrending of them all and thru the years when i recall this series this still haunts me..... to lose ones true love thru a terrible circumstance such as revenge or whatever you want to call is almost unthinkable, and because Michael rewrote the script it seemed to make it even more sad, at least for me. This was back in 1972 that this episode first aired and I had just had my last child not too long before I saw it on TV. Because of the way the show ended and the way it was so well performed I tend to remember Michael with quite a bit of nostalgia. Bonnie Bedelia did a wonderful job in this performance also...... I don't see how it could possibly have had a more satisfying ending. If anyone is watching this one in reruns get out the Kleenex, i guarantee you will need them!!!

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