These are three "Bonanza Bits" which feature the Cartwright boys at younger ages than they were on the original "Bonanza" series (NBC-TV, 1959-1973). The BB numbers are the original numbers assigned on the website devoted to the "Bonanza" series.
BB #125 -- an apology
EXT. - CARTWRIGHT RANCH - DAY
Ben Cartwright yanks Little Joe by the arm from the house and practically throws him in front of Suzie Partridge.
BEN: Well, go on Joseph -- apologize to Suzie.
LITTLE JOE: No! I don't wanna!
BEN: You apologize to Suzie this instant, Joseph Francis Cartwright, or you'll be getting tanning that you won't soon forget!
Little Joe stares crossly at Suzie.
LITTLE JOE: I'm sorry I pulled your pigtail and dunked it in my ink well.
Jeremiah Partridge glares at his youngest child.
JEREMIAH: Now you apologize to Little Joe, Suzie.
Suzie stares crossly at Little Joe.
SUZIE: I apologize for calling you a "horrid little boy" and spittin' on ya.
Ben leans in to Jeremiah.
BEN (whispering): I had to explain what "horrid" meant to Little Joe.
JEREMIAH: My Suzie -- she does read a might too much. I wish I could get her to play with some of the other children in Virginia City.
Suzie begins to giggle.
SUZIE: Little Joe, is your middle name really Francis?
Little Joe nods shyly.
SUZIE: Mine is Gwendolyn.
LITTLE JOE: You spit kind of good. You think you can teach me?
Suzie shrugs her shoulders.
SUZIE: Sure. There's nothing to it. My brothers taught me.
LITTLE JOE: I got two brothers. They ain't taught me to spit.
Little Joe grins mischievously.
LITTLE JOE: I sure'd like to be sittin' up in a tree and spit down on ole Adam when he's with his girl.
SUZIE: Girls aren't so bad, Little Joe.
LITTLE JOE: I s'pose. But I ain't got much need for 'em.
BB #168 -- trying hard
INT. - HOSS'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
A young Hoss Cartwright stands next to his bed, staring up at the ceiling and trying his best to remember the thirteen original colonies in order of their admittance to the union.
HOSS: Delaware, 1787 ... Pennsylvania, 1787 ... New Jersey, 1787 ... Um --
Adam Cartwright, sitting in a chair across from the bed, rolls his eyes. He shuts Hoss's history book in disgust.
ADAM: Aw, come on Hoss! You're not even trying!
HOSS: It ain't no use, Adam. I ain't good with the book learning like you.
ADAM: Miss Jones isn't going to accept that as an answer, Hoss. She expects you to memorize the thirteen original colonies.
Little Joe enters the room, wearing a nightshirt and trailing a blanket behind him.
LITTLE JOE: Watcha doin' Adam?
ADAM: Teaching Hoss history. He has to recite the thirteen original colonies at school tomorrow.
ADAM: I thought Pa tucked you into bed hours ago.
LITTLE JOE: No.
Adam makes a face as Little Joe walks toward Hoss's bed and throws his blanket on the bed. He climbs up on the bed and looks over at Hoss.
LITTLE JOE: Go ahead, Hoss. Tell me about your cold knees.
ADAM: Colonies, Little Joe. They are the first states admitted to the union.
HOSS: You can sit on my bed, Little Brother, but not with that filthy old blanket.
LITTLE JOE: My blanket is not dirty!
HOSS: Is too!
LITTLE JOE: Is not!
Hoss grabs Little Joe's blanket and throws it on the floor.
HOSS: Is too! So there!
Little Joe starts to cry and Adam rolls his eyes again.
ADAM: Now you've done it, Hoss.
Ben Cartwright stands in the bedroom doorway, glowering.
Little Joe jumps from the bed and races toward Ben. He sobs.
LITTLE JOE: Hoss was mean to me, Pa. He won't tell me about his cold knees in the onion.
Ben glances over at Hoss and Adam, looking befuddled.
BEN: Cold knees in the what?
ADAM: He means the colonies in the union, Pa.
BEN: Oh. Hoss's homework.
Ben takes the hand of his crying son and leads him out of the room.
BEN: Come on, Little Joe. You can tell me all about it while I tuck you back into bed.
Ben glances at his two older sons.
BEN: A half hour more, boys. I don't want Hoss to be half asleep when he recites those colonies tomorrow.
BB# 170 -- being in a hiding place
INT. - BEN CARTWRIGHT'S BEDROOM - DAY
Ben Cartwright opens his armoire and hangs his robe on a hook. He closes the armoire and walks toward the door. He stops, looking back at the armoire.
BEN (to himself): Something is not quite right.
Ben walks back to the armoire and opens it. He looks down and finds Little Joe hiding among his clothes.
BEN: Little Joe!
The young boy smiles up at Ben.
LITTLE JOE: Hiya, Pa!
BEN: What are you doing in there, Son?
LITTLE JOE: I'm hiding, Pa.
Ben raises an eyebrow.
BEN: Hiding! Which one of your brothers are you hiding from, Joseph?
LITTLE JOE: Adam.
BEN: Why are you hiding from Adam?
Little Joe's eyes fill with tears as he holds up a book that has several pages falling out of it.
LITTLE JOE: I broke Adam's book, Pa.
BEN: Oh? Why don't you step out of there and let me see the book, Joseph.
LITTLE JOE: I can't do that, Pa! Adam'll whip me for sure!
BEN: I see. Are you going to stay in there forever?
LITTLE JOE: The whole rest of my life, Pa!
BEN: If I give you my word that Adam won't whip you, will you come out of there?
Little Joe thinks this idea over and cautiously steps out of the armoire.
BEN: Give me the book, Joseph.
Little Joe hands the book to Ben. Pages fall out of it.
LITTLE JOE: You see, Pa? I wanted to look at the pictures of King Arthur and all the pages fell out!
BEN: Oh, Little Joe! Adam has been reading this book for so many years it's just plum wore out.
LITTLE JOE: You mean I didn't break it?
BEN: Heavens, no! But I have a plan to fix our little problem.
LITTLE JOE: What?
BEN: This coming Christmas, you and I are going to buy Adam a new copy of "King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable."
Little Joe grins.
LITTLE JOE: We are?
BEN: Now it's got to be a secret just between the two of us.
LITTLE JOE: I can't tell Hoss or Hop Sing?
BEN: No. You can't tell even them. You think you can keep our secret, Little Joe?
The boy eagerly nods his head.
LITTLE JOE: Yes, Pa!