Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Little Joe falls in love with Alice Harper played by a young Bonnie Bedelia who he meets while rescuing her gambler brother John from a poker game gone bad. The two eventually marry and are... See full summary »

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... Ben Cartwright
... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
... Jamie Hunter Cartwright
... Candy Canaday
... Griff King (credit only)
... Alice Harper
... John Harper (as Andy Robinson)
... Mr. Hanley
Robert Doyle ... Sloan
... Krater
Jay D. Jones ... Carver (as Jay Jones)
Ivan Bonar ... Minister
Joan Lemmo ... Gloria
... Miss Grayson
John J. Fox ... Jack
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Little Joe falls in love with Alice Harper played by a young Bonnie Bedelia who he meets while rescuing her gambler brother John from a poker game gone bad. The two eventually marry and are expecting a baby. However, things go sour for them when John Harper owes a large sum of money to a professional gambler named Damion played by actor Larry Golden. When Damion attempts to collect the debt from John, he and his gang pay his sister Mrs Alice Cartwright a visit. Damion encounters a valuable music box given to her by Joe as a wedding gift and demands that Alice surrenders the box as payment for the gambling debt. When she refuses both she and John are murdered and the house is burned to the ground to conceal the evidence. Joe later finds the music box in the possession of a prostitute. It was given to her by Damion. Joe concludes that his wife's death was no accident. And he and Candy seek to bring the culprits to justice.

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12 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Originally shown as a 2-hour episode, for later broadcasts, it was shown in 2 parts. Part 2 had a recap of scenes from Part 1 at the beginning. See more »

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Featured in Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love (1991) See more »

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Forever a viewers response to this episode 7-30-09
30 July 2009 | by 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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