Season 14

Forever (1)

Episode 1

Date Aired: September 12, 1972
Plot: Little Joe has finally found true love - the beautiful Alice Harper. The two have a wonderful courtship and very soon, the two are engaged. Unlike past relationships the Cartwright brothers have had, this time, Joe makes it to the altar. All appears well, as Joe and Alice start their new life together in their new home ... until one day Joe is out. Alice's indolent brother owes money to a ruthless businessman and has not yet paid, so they find Alice instead. When she can't pay the debt, they brutally kill her and burn Joe's house down.
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Alice Harper-Cartwright - Bonnie Bedelia

Forever (2)

Episode 2

Date Aired: September 12, 1972
Plot: Little Joe learns of the tragic and savagely brutal circumstances of Alice's death and is determined to bring her killers to justice. While a good part of this episode focuses on the pursuit of the thugs that killed Alice, what made this episode was a moving scene where Ben comforts Joe over the death of his new wife. Sitting in the smoldering ruins of what was Joe's new home, Ben (who rarely gets emotional) and the ever-emotional Joe really grieve for Alice.
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Alice Harper-Cartwright - Bonnie Bedelia

Heritage of Anger

Episode 3

Date Aired: September 19, 1972
Plot: Ex-con John Dundee, a friend of the Cartwights, is being released from prison. Ben tries to help John readjust to society, but John wants revenge on those who sent him to prison namely, ex-business partners, Anders, Bartlett and Sangster. Worse, the bad guys, who are friends with a corrupt lawman, are hatching a plan to send John back to prison ... this time, for murder.
Written by: Don Ingalls
Directed by: Nicholas Webster
Guest Stars: John Dundee - Robert Lansing, Meg Dundee - Fionnula Flanagan

The Initiation

Episode 4

Date Aired: September 26, 1972
Plot: Jamie's friend, Ted Hoag, is unfairly blamed for the death of another young fellow during a club initiation. In the end, it's a lesson in responsibility for the boys of Virginia City School.
Written by: Douglas Day Stewart
Directed by: Alf Kjellin
Guest Stars: Ted Hoag - Ron Howard, Lummis - Ed Bakey

Riot!

Episode 5

Date Aired: October 3, 1972
Plot: While at the Nevada State Prison to inspect conditions, Ben is taken hostage in a riot. The riot is an attempt by frustrated inmates to expose horrific conditions at the prison. While Joe and Candy plan to resolve the situation, Ben begins a friendship with Griff King (who isn't exactly receptive), and helps communicate the inmates' demands to the warden and state prison board.
Written by: Robert Pirosh
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Griff King - Tim Matheson, Mr. Heiser - Aldo Ray

New Man

Episode 6

Date Aired: October 10, 1972
Plot: In what was essentially the second part of a two-part episode centering on Griff King, the young parolee arrives at the Ponderosa and is hired as a ranch hand. Ben, Joe and the others exercise patience as they tries to help an arrogant, resentful Griff adjust to society and life an honest life.
Written by: Jack B. Sowards
Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Lucas - Ronny Cox

Ambush at Rio Lobo

Episode 7

Date Aired: October 24, 1972
Plot: Ben and a pregnant woman named Teresa are held hostage by desperate outlaws, who plot to rob a stagecoach and force the two to go along with the scheme.
Written by: Joel Murcott
Directed by: Nicholas Colasanto
Guest Stars: Teresa Burnside - Sian Barbara Allen, Vance - James Olson

The 26th Grave

Episode 8

Date Aired: October 31, 1972
Plot: Mark Twain ruffles dangerous feathers in Virginia City with accusations of claim-jumping and murder.
Written by: Stanley Roberts
Directed by: Nicholas Colasanto
Guest Stars: Sam Clemens - Ken Howard

Stallion

Episode 9

Date Aired: November 14, 1972
Plot: The moving tale of Little Joe and his beloved black stallion, which Ben purchases for his son as a birthday gift.
Written by: Jack B. Sowards
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Guest Stars: Billy Brenner - Clu Gulager, Alice Brenner - Mitzi Hoag, Tommy Brenner - Vincent Van Patten

The Hidden Enemy

Episode 10

Date Aired: November 28, 1972
Plot: Dr. Will Agar is Virginia City's new town doctor, and brings with him new skills and expertise to treat area residents' health maladies. Only thing is, Dr. Agar is seriously addicted to morphine, and it results in serious trouble for everyone.
Written by: Stanley Roberts
Directed by: Alf Kjellin
Guest Stars: Dr. James Wills - Mike Farrell, Nancy Wills - Melissa Murphy

The Sound of Sadness

Episode 11

Date Aired: December 5, 1972
Plot: A lonely old man opens his home to two orphan boys but runs into bureaucratic opposition when attempting to adopt them.
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Jonathan May - Jack Albertson, Dawson - John Randolph, Timothy - Marty McCall

The Bucket Dog

Episode 12

Date Aired: December 19, 1972
Plot: Jamie obtains an Irish setter pup and forms a special bond between dog and man. The dog's owner learns the puppy is at the Ponderosa and arrives to claim it ... so he can put it to sleep (since it was a runt and, according to the master, an inferior example of the breed. The dog is soon in a trial for its life.
Written by: John Hawkins
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Tim Riley - Don Knight, Horace Kingston - William Sylvester

First Love

Episode 13

Date Aired: December 26, 1972
Plot: Jamie becomes friends with the wife of an unpopular schoolmaster, who often browbeats her.
Written by: Richard Collins
Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Mrs. Kelly Edwards - Pamela Franklin, Dan Edwards - Jordan Rhodes

The Witness

Episode 14

Date Aired: January 2, 1973
Plot: An elderly business associate of Ben's is killed after a man, posing as Candy, tries to rob her; the woman suffers a fatal heart attack, which since it happens during the commission of a felony is considered to be the same as if the assailant had pulled the trigger. The real Candy, who had been assaulted at a hotel by the same man, is held in connection with the old woman's death.
A woman named Kate is the only one who can back up Candy's alibi, but she has left town with her husband, who is the thief. Griff agrees to go after Kate and have her provide a statement. Only thing is, he discovers as Ben and Joe do later that she, too, has a past that, if revealed at trial, could do serious harm to Candy's defense. Meanwhile, Ben is unsure about the young defense attorney's ability to defend Candy, particularly since the state's attorney has a nearly spotless conviction record. But the budding lawyer is determined to play David to the prosecutor's Goliath.
Written by: Joel Murcott
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Guest Stars: Kate Fallon - Sally Kemp, Oscar Hamner - Stephen Nathan

The Marriage of Theodora Duffy

Episode 15

Date Aired: January 9, 1973
Plot: A serious game of "let's pretend" begins when Griff and government agent Theodora Duffy pose as husband and wife to capture a gang of war criminals.
Written by: Ward Hawkins
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Guest Stars: Theodora Duffy - Karen Carlson

The Hunter

Episode 16

Date Aired: January 16, 1973
Plot: In what turned out to be the series finale, Little Joe is making a delivery for Ben when he meets Bill Tanner, a psychotic killer that is posing as a soldier he has killed. His delivery wagon stolen and sans supplies, food or water, Joe whom Tanner has called his "prey" tries to evade the well-stocked madman, who takes sadistic pleasure in his role as a predator.
Written by: Michael Landon
Directed by: Michael Landon
Guest Stars: Corporal Bill Tanner - Tom Skerritt