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Bonanza episode
Season 14, Episode 1
#416 in Series
Air date September 12, 1972
Production code
Guest starring:
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
One Ace Too Many
Next Episode:
Heritage of Anger
External links
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In this two-hour season premiere, Joe meets and falls in love with Alice Harper. They marry and soon learn they are expecting a child. Ruthless gambler Damien and his henchmen attempt to collect on a debt owed by Alice's deadbeat brother. When she refuses, she's murdered and then the house set ablaze. A devastated Joe wanders the countryside aimlessly for days before stumbling onto Damien's involvement. He recruits Candy and the two go in search of his wife's murderer.


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 John 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 track down Sloan and his gang and bring them to justice.

Cast and Characters[]



  • Bonnie Bedelia: Alice Harper
  • Andy Robinson: John Harper
  • Roy Jenson: Mr Hanley
  • Robert Doyle: Sloan
  • Lee de Broux: Krater
  • Jay Jones: Carver
  • Ivan Bonar: The Minister
  • Joan Lemmo: Gloria
  • Helen Kleeb: Miss Grayson
  • John J Fox: Jack
  • William Challee: Jake
  • Luana Anders: Julie (Part 2)
  • Don Haggerty: Bartender (Part 2)
  • Toby Anderson: Hotel Clerk (Part 2)
  • Larry Golden: Damion (Part 2)


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