Elizabeth, My Love Full Episode – Bonanza, Season #02, Episode #33
Bonanza is a Western television show depicting the Cartwrights’ life while addressing problems faced by the family and their surrounding community. Anthony Lawrence wrote the sixty-fifth episode, Elizabeth, My Love, which premiered on May 27, 1961. Apart from the main cast, Berry Kroeger played Mandible, Richard Collier as Otto, Alex Sharp as Blackmer, and Ted Knight as Halloran.
Ben Cartwright’s thoughts return to Adam’s late mother, Ben’s first wife Elizabeth (Geraldine Brooks), as he tends to his son Adam who has a high fever. Ben also remembers his days at sea under the command of Elizabeth’s father, Captain Abel Morgan Stoddard (Torin Thatcher).
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Elizabeth, My Love, the thirty-third episode of Bonanza’s second season, features the following actors:
- Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright
- Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright
- Dan Blocker as Eric ‘Hoss’ Cartwright
- Michael Landon as Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright
- Geraldine Brooks as Elizabeth Stoddard Cartwright
- Torin Thatcher as Capt. Abel Morgan Stoddard
- Berry Kroeger as Mandible
- Richard Collier as Otto
- Ted Knight as Halloran
- Bob Hopkins as Mariner
- Bill Quinn as Adam’s Doctor
- Molly Roden as Mrs. Callahan
- Alex Sharp as Blackmer
- John Close as Bell
- Selmer Jackson as Elizabeth’s Doctor
- Max Slaten as Bartender
- Jimmy Dime as Seaman (uncredited)
- Duke Fishman as Helmsman (uncredited)
- Johnny Kern as Seaman (uncredited)
- Jack Rice as Van Meer (uncredited)
- Victor Romito as Seaman (uncredited)
Full Story Line for Elizabeth, My Love
The Cartwrights, especially Ben, keep vigil over his son Adam suffering from a high fever. He sits up by Adam’s bedside, recalling his times with his first wife and Adam’s mother, Elizabeth. Ben also reminisces his time as a sailor serving under Elizabeth’s father, Captain Abel Morgan Stoddard.
After dinner with Captain Stoddard and Elizabeth, Ben and Elizabeth enjoy the sunset outside. Ben gives Elizabeth a present, expressing his love for the latter.
When they return, they find Stoddard talking to Halloran. The stockholders have voted to retire Captain Stoddard, much to their anguish. Ben tried to convince Halloran to retreat from their decision, saying no one would replace Captain Stoddard. However, the board has voted to turn the command to Ben.
The news frustrates Stoddard, so he drinks at the local pub. Ben finds him drunk, so he hits Stoddard back to his senses, encouraging him to regain his confidence.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth worries about his father, who knows nothing besides being a sailor. Ben and Elizabeth misunderstood the situation, so they called it off for a moment.
The following day, Ben and Elizabeth meet, apologizing for how they acted that night. Ben offers Stoddard a new opportunity: to be his business partner, specifically a ship’s chandler, in the West. Elizabeth encourages his father to accept the offer, as this is for the best. Although reluctant at first, Stoddard agrees to be a shopkeeper, including approving the two’s marriage.
Later that night, Mandible offers Stoddard a chance to buy a share of a ship. Stoddard refuses, with no intentions of associating with Mandible and his business. After the taunting remarks of the people in the town bar, the drunk Stoddard asks Mandible for a ship for himself. He then talks to Ben to get his money back, which Ben refuses, considering he’s drunk.
Stoddard goes to the shop to get money from Ben without his permission. However, Otto saw him. Ben insists on knowing the reason why Stoddard got his money back. Stoddard tells him he’s doing it to return to the sea, tired of seeing people laughing at him for being a shopkeeper. Elizabeth overhears their conversation and collapses due to stress.
Elizabeth needs to rest, as she’ll be in labor soon.
Meanwhile, Stoddard visits Mandible to tell him he won’t command any ship for him. However, Mandible presents him with a paper saying he has owned the captain for six months. Stoddard refuses, but there’s nothing he can do against Mandible.
Ben is reading a book and enjoying his time with Elizabeth, who’s bedridden. After reading a passage, Elizabeth tells Ben their son’s name will be Adam.
Later, Otto tells Stoddard that Mandible presented him with a paper stating his right of ownership to the shop. Together with Ben, they head to the shop, where they find Mandible by the office. Mandible tells them that Stoddard signed a paper stating his right of ownership and the breach of contract when Stoddard refused to command his ship. After a brief scuffle with Blackmer, Mandible agrees to forget their contract when Ben returns his money the next day. At the same time, Otto arrives to announce the coming of Ben and Elizabeth’s baby.
As expected, the baby was a boy. Elizabeth asks Ben to play the music box and hold her hand. She also asks him to promise her to go after his dream. Elizabeth then asks Ben to read her favorite passage. Before Ben can finish the reading, Elizabeth reaches for her music box and then dies as she closes it.
As promised, Ben leaves to go to the West with Adam. He bids his farewell to Stoddard and Otto, who support his ventures even from afar.
At that moment, Adam wakes up, seeing his father beside him. Adam tells Ben about his dream of being on a clipper ship, reminiscent of Ben’s stories when he was young. Hoss and Little Joe enter the room, happy to see their brother return.
Full Script and Dialogue of Elizabeth, My Love
adam is a very sick boy ben there's no point in hiding the truth it's out of my hands doctor what exactly does that mean you'll reach a point of crisis tonight if he passes it all well and good if not stay close to him ben i'll stop by in the morning thank you paw horse and i'll take turns sitting up with him yeah paul paul adams adam's gonna pull through this all right don't you worry not you're going up and get some rest we don't want you to be sick too oh you you boys get get to sleep i'll sit up with them [Music] elizabeth elizabeth my love [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] there you go we're here mister aye captain [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] there's a good passage captain it's good to be home i miss uh it's always good to be home hi captain but no sooner are you home sir then you can't wait to get back to sea again right a philosopher aren't you mister i can recognize a man with salt water in his vein sir but i can't say the same for you however we managed to bring the wanderer home safely in spite of you i tell the truth captain i'm probably the best bait you've ever had huh hello briefing your way topsail [Music] so [Music] father i didn't expect you until wednesday that's what kind of a master your father is girl three days ahead of schedule we are have you missed me missed you i'd sooner miss a snaggletoothed octopus he looked tired was it a hard void hey but we managed to keep our spirits up eilat hi sir hello it's good to see you ben cartwright it's good to see you your father invited me to supper and a pig's eye he invited himself well either way you're welcome ben my stomach will be eternally grateful well you two come along and i'll see what i can do the night was as black as the inside of a whale and i tell you girl we had ice flows around us as they're as big as cathedrals but we beat our way through them didn't we that i sir you have a real feeling for ice captain he has a real feeling for the sea he knows it and it knows him that's the only reason i put up with him he's a bit of a tyrant you know oh i know that well i remember listening to him addresses men on the after deck as a little girl uh i used to hide behind the mask now my men we are going on a long voyage if we pull together you will find me a clever fella if we don't you will find me a devil incarnate that's all i've got to say now get below it's exactly what he says today that's enough about me this was a marvelous meal i haven't eaten this well since the last time i was here hi she's a fair cook like her mother was now why don't you two youngsters go and see what the sunset is like ah this old seafarer has about talked himself out for one evening i'll do the dishes later father you won't catch me going near the them was all before them where to choose their place of rest and providence their guide [Music] do you remember that liz yes paradise lost it was summer and we were on a picnic and you read to me i've thought of that picnic so many times so many times [Music] i'd i brought a present for you oh oh man how sweet i bought an amsterdam oh it's sweet oh look at the faces of the cherubs they're so so round and pink but i've never known a woman with face so fair and eyes oh then i've waited i've hoped so that's what i get after 40 years hallerin we just can't take any more chances with valuable cargos captain started chances you're blathering in it i've sailed your ships around the horn in the teeth of a gale a dozen times while men half my age were beating their way into a snug harbor i'm sorry captain the stockholders have voted to retire there just isn't anything i can do about it yes there is something you can do you can tell your blasted stockholders i hope they choke on their valuable cargos now get out of here mr haliman how can you possibly think of retiring captain stoddard where would you find a man to replace him we already have the board wants to see you tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock mr cartwright me yes they voted to turn over the command of the wanderer to you tomorrow at 10. [Music] so that's how it is captain i i teach you everything you know treats you like a son father say out of this girl captain i i knew nothing of any of this sir that's your story mister sir i i don't want your command sir why not you're young and bright and ambitious aren't you that's what these shipping people are looking for captain please sir please listen to me i'm listening to no more i've done enough listening for this night i'm going out and when i come back i don't want to see you in this house how could they do it to him man how could they ben he didn't mean what he said he doesn't know what he's saying elizabeth what about you you don't think i could oh i love you ben i want you nothing's changed now see here captain you best be getting whole of yourself or you'll be forcing me to call the police call him call him you bug-eyed rum peddler i'm a ship's master i am and i deserve some respect it's all before i say louie one morning in july i message i've been looking for you captain who might you be mister i'm ben cartwright sir i've been sailing mr sailing it was stiff nor west you know what they've done to me mister they retired me i gave them my hands and my soul for forty years they've stripped me stripped me bear you're the best there is sir you'll get another ship not in new england i won't it's true i am you can see it in their faces come along sir i'll take you home they called me boy i know who you are young shark who drained me of all you could get and then took my command away from me come on they told me get out of my sight before i break you into i'm getting drunk until all the world caves in on me for is all she was so very good away now you listen to me and you listen hard i don't want your command i never wanted it but maybe you should be retired maybe you haven't the guts for sailing anymore i thought you could walk proud no matter what the storm but look at you now you get up on your feet captain and you walk out of here like a sailing master or i'll knock you down again i'm sorry i hit him liz i just have too much respect for him to allow him to show his insides to a bunch of swabs who are aren't good enough to wipe his boots oh ben what's he going to do get drunk every night try and drown away the fact that they don't want him anymore he'll find himself where will he find himself the sea is his home this house is just a place to come back to two is this had to happen sooner or later ben what about us how can i leave him now feeling alone unwanted discarded as he must feel he'll need me well well we'll take him with us ben but he has no trade he doesn't know anything about the sea you can't live your life for everybody else don't you understand this is my father i can't simply desert him don't you see that you said nothing's changed but nothing has not really i think it has i'll be at the inn go on walk out i don't care what you do i'm not getting on my knees to beg you to understand me [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] i was coming to you it took me all night to realize i had no right to force you into a decision like that you had every right no this i i don't want us to live in guilt i care about your father too he's been good to me as good as any man could be but you don't owe him anything yes liz i do i i owe him i owe him my respect for being the kind of man i admire i have an idea i'd like to talk to him about that he may not listen to me he may throw me out of the house again but at least i'd like to try what is it ben well i i think it's something well so that he he can lead his life and we can lead ours there's coffee father boys i order thank you for knocking me down that isn't necessary captain i will dispense with it man in his cups often makes a fool of himself i've had that pleasure sir i raved quite a bit didn't i as much as might be expected under the circumstances sir you spoke your own mind too with due respect sir you don't fight them father so you should just forget them there are the things in this life besides going to sea you know you're a sound band captain you can start over again at something else i've been 40 years on the deck of my own shipment you expect me to start something else at the twilight of my life captain i'd like you to go into business with me what kind of nonsense is this well captain i'm i'm through with the sea too i have a dream sir to go west uh it'll take a good deal of money and until i can afford to go i'm using what little money i have to go into business as a ship's chandler i want you as a partner a ship's chandler yes sir captain abel morgan started her ship's chandler i'd rather have me throat cut sir it's an honorable profession scrubbing floors is an honorable profession i'm a man of the sea mister if i don't breathe salt spray for six months in the year my lungs choke up there's no more sailing for you father and you know it what are you going to do sit here in this house day after day feeling useless and miserable that's no life for you i don't want to see you end up like those men on the wharf with their dead dreams this is nothing to do with you girl it has everything to do with me ben is willing to invest his money in you the least you can do is give him a chance i don't want to give him anything i don't know why he wants to invest in me anyway because i have faith in you captain in spite of your stubbornness and bad temper and because i'm in love with your daughter you work fast mister i don't want anybody to come into my house and tell me how to run my life i have no patience with being a merchant i have no patience with art but ships elizabeth be crying well i haven't seen you cry since you were a little girl and i go to see you're at sea now father but without compass or charts without stars you don't know where you're going hi girl that's true i'm sorry for it but i couldn't be a shopkeeper i haven't the head another hand for it don't you see oh try father please try do this one thing for me no for yourself i don't want to pity you [Music] benjamin sir got a little money i'll buy an equal partnership [Music] so will you will you also drink to our marriage [Music] i i think i can drink enough for both [Music] i'll let you do it [Music] kevin thank you very much indeed come back and see us again darling are you sure you're feeling all right i feel marvelous ben right i still don't think you should be working now you can't lock me up i'm not that sort of woman you know that besides we're doing so well you need me it's impossible to argue with women but please do take care of yourself go in the back room and lie down take a nap for an hour i'm going to see about those new chronometers that just came in you treat me like a child well sometimes you act like a child i love you liz i love you now do take care of yourself you growl like a bear all right all right see you later otto benjamin yes sir you're going to the wolf oh yes i am sir would you like to come along there's a shipment of new chronometers and sextants coming in huh i suppose that expensive like that fancy new compass you bought us well it was worth it sir that compass brought a lot of customers in well there's a whole new crop of young seamen who appreciate new ideas and navigation whole new crop of a young semen well that does it for you ben i'll come around your place in the morning for the money that'll be fine thank you even it'll be there how's the captain holding up he does his job but his mind i'm afraid it's still at sea hello mr cartwright mandible you must be doing pretty well where you're buying merchandise well enough sir you're an enterprising young man got to give you credit trying to compete with me well so we have less overhead so we can afford to sell the less profit well i'm not really worried about your competition mr cartwright but remember whenever you decide to give up that little flea market of yours i might be able to interest you in some real opportunity thank you sir will my [Applause] god [Music] the sea is whispering your name captain if you stand on the wharf you can hear it hi there's some men who are born for a certain sort of life if they leave it desert it they die i hear those whispers in my sleep my soul but do you care do you really care [Music] eight months is a long time captain a compromise for living is no living at all i'll say it again listen i believe you i hear you've been up and down the coast looking for another command i want to help you how can you help me by giving you a chance to buy a share of this ship okay what difference does it make she'll be seaworthy she'll have her own crew and you'll be her master i don't work for a man like you mandible then you work for no man why is it you want me to command a slaver i want you for better things i want you to own a share of your own ship so i can drive my short-handed ill-fed crew to let drop i know what kind of business you run mandible and i want no part of it to hear no part of it you're a dead man captain as dead as the whispers of your name on the sea well hello captain how's the mercantile business these days on your way mister well he says it's good mates hi there'll always be a sailor to buy a few doo-dads now and then don't you know when are you going to start selling ribbons captain laughs you jackasses go ahead and laugh i'll be mastered of my own ship again strike me [Applause] [Music] i want a mandible [Music] would you like some coffee captain i want my money benjamin you what my money money i put into the business and any profits coming to me well why do you want the money captain why do you want to pull out i don't have to explain to you mister captain you're my partner you have to explain everything to me you come in here and you you want to break an agreement now i want to know why you're going to give me my share or not well i i can't give it to you i i need all the cash on hand to pay bell for those chronometers when it comes to collect tomorrow raise these are the kinematics i want my money man hello captain you you're going to get a good night's rest and we'll talk about this in the morning we'll talk about it now oh sir you you're in no condition to talk no one give me my money no sir i will not [Applause] [Music] oh nothing just a kick i suppose really i told you you shouldn't be working now oh ben sweet ben you're such a warrior [Applause] [Music] so [Music] so i'm just closing up charlie [Music] captain so otto told you go on and say it say what what you're thinking does it matter i don't care what you think my money and i took it very simple a simple explanation eh i wish i could understand it what difference does it make what difference the difference between faithlessness and trust the difference between selfishness and me sacrifices i don't need your schoolmasters lectures but just what do you need captain studded i know what you want mister you want this old man out of the way no no sir that's not true but elizabeth and i do want a life together i'm trying to give you a life that's why i took the money so that i could go back to see where i belong i'm tired of seeing those faces laughing at me how could you you make me ashamed to be your daughter elizabeth why did you come here you kept me from the sea making a shopkeeper of me now you turn my own flesh against me captain hey pleasure don't just stand there get dr byron [Music] hurry don't judge him too harshly ben no doubt i won't he's covered with barnacles like an old ship he's struggling to keep afloat i know darling you you mustn't talk i want to just for a minute my face is so warm our child will be strong then at this moment i'm concerned only about you oh don't growl my daddy the doctor said we'll both be fine oh ben i can't wait to see our son how do you know it's going to be a boy a man like you you'd have to have sons tall suns like the trees that will surround liz you must rest well don't go away man read to me just for a little while same thing [Music] [Applause] [Music] something wrong captain there's a lot that's wrong it's a confused world it's not the world that's confused can i buy you a drink captain no you bought me enough then why don't you just say what's on your mind i'm not commanding any ship for you that's where you're wrong this paper says i own you for a term of six months nobody owns me you were wrong mr mandible the sea doesn't whisper my name anymore i listened i couldn't hear it i'm through with the sea for good and always not quite sir your last voyage has not yet begotten i am not commanding any slave ship for you mister if i'm through i'm going to be through with dignity dignity what dignity do you have you'll be on that dock tomorrow morning give me that paper mister get out of here you old drunk don't you ever lay a hand on mr mandible i have my dignity to uphold two captains started you have your chin and whiskers on that ship tomorrow morning bright and early understand of this frail world by which the spirits perverse with easy intercourse pass to and fro to attempt to punish mortals except whom god and good angels guard by special grace ben do you think i'm one of those mortals that god and good angels will protect you of all people then i will surely go to heaven when i die why were you worried ben look at that cloud it's shaped just like an elephant you are a child you know i remember when i first met you i thought you were a woman mrs callahan taking good care of you oh yeah she's a dear she waits on me hand and foot go on reading then i love the sound of your voice it's so friendly and reassuring like a lighthouse horn at night a lighthouse horn um on my experience adam freely taste and fear of made up my mind what that's what it should be what our baby's name adam adam adam adam adam i like it i love you ben elizabeth elizabeth i adore you i didn't know what to do he has a paper he says that gives him the right of ownership to the shop who says mandible i didn't want to leave the shop but i didn't know what to do i don't wait till we get back [Music] what the devil are you doing here looking over my interest well since when are your interests in a cabinet of my office tell him von mir my client has obtained a writ never mind i'll explain your partner signed a paper which was a promise of payment for part ownership in a schooner of mine yes i'm aware of that he was to assume command of that schooner he didn't show up that's uh is a breach of contract or maybe so but he didn't ask for his money back that should satisfy any claim for his services what money i never received any money i paid you you have a receipt captain is it i i don't need any receipts well i'm afraid you do captain look mandeville he left this office with the money i know that well perhaps you lost it or spend it on rom i don't know i only know i never saw it are you receiving scotch i look minor i know exactly what you're doing i can't prove anything i'm not even gonna try i'll pay you every last set the captain owes you you have the money of course i'll need a little time to raise it i'm afraid i have no time to give you however if you were to assume command of the schooner as agreed i would be willing to forget the whole thing i'll not command a dinghy for you mister then get them out of here black now they're on my property let's go correct stay away from me stay away from me get them out of here blackner you're on your way out girlfriend [Music] [Applause] now i'm going to borrow that money tomorrow i'm going to give it to you then you're going to forget this whole thing you understand yes as i understand perfectly get out get out get out all right son yeah i think so you need fixing up coming to the office mr cartwright mr cartwright please you'd better come the baby is coming please hurry [Music] um you have a fine boy mr cartwright i'll be at home if you need me [Music] good night [Music] did you see your son adam yes darling you must rest adam oh how sweet his face looks like the cherubs on my music box play it for me are you proud of your son yes darling very proud you'll make a fine looking man like you hold my hand i'm holding it [Music] you're so pale you must have been worried about me oh there was no pain my darling well just a little known then but my thoughts went fly [Music] i was warm all over [Music] i was riding that cloud one that looks like an elephant so high that the sun scorched my dress but then it began to rain cool sweet drops i ran down my cheeks and into the corners of my mouth i love you so much then you're crying no no i'm not [Music] where's father i'm here child [Music] do you like your grandson why he's a fine boy ben i want you to promise me something i want you to promise me that no matter what happens you'll go after your dream [Applause] darling we'll both go after my dream promise [Music] i promise is this smoke in here my throat feels so dry [Music] pray to me ben that last part that i love so much [Music] the world was all before them where to choose their place of rest and providence their guide they hand in hand with wandering steps and slow through eden took the solitary way music box this please [Music] this is a real thrill for me mr cartwright the west where it's practically half across the world and me i've never been out of new england before me i've never even been on a train he'll take care of you mrs callahan come on adam give your old grandfather a farewell smile i don't like taking him away from you captain you made a promise and i want you to keep it you sure you'll be all right captain i'm beginning to enjoy the peaceful life of a business man but i miss you old sea devil mike you'd miss a snaggletooth octopus i wagered don't brood son keep a warm spot in your heart for her don't carry her on your shoulder for the rest of your life she wouldn't want that no i suppose she wouldn't i'll keep a warm place in my heart for you too sir i do that goodbye son godspeed go on get on with you you have me blubbering like my young grandson driver [Applause] huh you all right nasa you're all right boy was it a long night not too long i had company [Music] memories i had memories too all kind of mixed up and dream i was on this clipper ship sailing in a dark and black sea and all of a sudden the sun came up i guess it was from all those stories used to tell me when i was a boy huh memories and dreams are precious things adam they're always there when you need the most [Music] how is he pop he's going to be all right cardio welcome home [Music] so [Music]
Behind the Scenes of Elizabeth, My Love
The exterior street scenes in the episode were from Paramount Studios’ “New England Street.” Ben and Captain Stoddard first appeared in Stage 17. In this scene, rear-projected footage of the sea appeared behind the clipper ship mock-up. During Ben and Elizabeth’s conversation on Stage 16, the New England sea is matted behind them and optically printed using matte photography. Moreover, this episode also features backdrops of the New England waterfront, which appears in various scenes throughout the story. Different stock clips of the clipper ship from Paramount’s film library made it into the final cut.
Geraldine Brooks plays Hoss Cartwright’s bride-to-be in the episode “To Bloom for Thee” six seasons later in the show.
During the prologue, Ben looks at a photograph of Adam’s mother, Elizabeth, triggering a flashback to his marriage to Elizabeth and Adam’s birth. However, Elizabeth’s death happened just hours after giving birth to Adam in 1830, a time when high-quality photographs were possible.
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