Bonanza: Season 4, Episode 20

Marie, My Love (10 Feb. 1963)

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Ben recounts his adventure in New Orleans during which he met his third wife, the then future mother of Little Joe.



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Episode cast overview:
Marie DeMarigny
Marius Angerville
George Dolenz ...
Eduard D'Arcy
Lili Valenty ...
Madame DeMarigny
Richard Angarola ...
Jean Del Val ...
Monsieur Clemont


Little Joe suffers a riding injury that prompts Ben to remember Joe's long deceased mother. His remembrance carries him back to the time he met her in New Orleans. Ben says that a close friend, who had saved Ben's life, made a dying request of Ben, that he go to New Orleans, meet with his estranged wife, and give her a message. Ben fulfills his promise to his friend, and uncovers the deception underlying the estrangement. He confronts those in New Orleans responsible for the deception; and in so doing, finds himself falling in love with his friend's widow. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Ben And The Code Duello
14 January 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the last of the episodes dealing with the mothers of Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe, Ben Cartwright while on a trip to New Orleans meets up with Felicia Farr, widow of a man who was working on the Ponderosa and saved his life. With his dying breath he asked Lorne Greene to look up his mother and estranged wife in New Orleans.

He looks up mother Lilly Valenty a proud and haughty French aristocrat and then the widow who has something of a reputation. It's in defending that reputation that he's forced to do a number on another New Orleans aristocrat, George Dolenz.

Unlike the story of Adam's mother whose story was told in one episode and Hoss's mother who had a two part episode stretched out over a different season, this story ends with Lorne Greene and Felicia Farr promising marriage with him promising to take her back to the Ponderosa. In the episode it is mentioned how she died, but Felicia Farr never came back to film a second episode. Little Joe was born and it is mentioned how his mother died as the story is told in flashback like the other two.

There is mentioned however something that did provide the basis for another future Bonanza episode, but I won't reveal.

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