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Little House on the Prairie
Season Five...1978-79
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89.) As Long As We're Together: Part One
       September 11, 1978
       Written by Michael Landon
       Directed by Michael Landon

       Poor economic conditions cause the Ingalls to move closer to Mary, who is now teaching at the blind school in Winoka. The Ingalls move to be closer to Mary, where she helps the younger blind students.

       Laura catches an orphan, Albert, stealing from the hotel they are managing. Charles becomes friendly with Albert and invites him to Mary's birthday party.

Guest Stars:
Leon Charles as Standish
Cletus Young as Harlan

Co-Starring:
David Hooks as Mr. Ames
Anne Ramsey as Schiller
Richard S. Fullerton as Glover

Featuring:
Jodean Lawrence as Josie
Frederic Downs as Mr. Thoms
F. William Parker as Sheriff
Donald Elson as Fred
Michelle Downey as Sue

       Trivia note: This episode introduces Matthew Laborteaux as Albert, who is later adopted by Charles, and would be seen on the series through the final 1982-83 season and in the "Little House" television movie, "Look Back to Yesterday" in 1983.

       Trivia note: The Olesons and Garveys are given screen credit with the main cast down the stretch of these early episodes of season five, but with not equal billing, though.

       Trivia note: David Rose and his orchestra rescore the "Little House" theme cues that accompany the opening and closing titles.

       Trivia note: Tenth episode filmed at the Western Street at Paramount Studios.

       Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.

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90.) As Long As We're Together: Part Two
       September 18, 1978
       Written by Michael Landon
       Directed by Michael Landon

       Charles sells his fiddle to buy Mary a gift. At the party, Mary gives Pa his fiddle back. Laura gives Mary a card at the party and Mary is so proud of Laura writing in braille.

       Almost everyone is in tears, including Mrs. Oleson, when Mary announces she has nothing to wish for, since she has everything she could possibly want.

Guest Stars:
Leon Charles as Standish
Cletus Young as Harlan

Co-Starring:
David Hooks as Mr. Ames
Jodean Lawrence as Josie
Donald Elson as Fred
Richard S. Fullerton as Glover

Featuring:
Adam Gunn as Jeb Standish
John Joseph Thomas as Spence
Charles Alvin Bell as Mr. Davis
Michelle Downey as Sue

       Trivia note: Eleventh episode filmed at the Western Street at Paramount Studios.

       Location Scenes Filmed at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.

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91.) The Winoka Warriors
       September 25, 1978
       Written by John T. Dugan
       Directed by William F. Claxton

       A blind student feels that he is useless and is reluctant to participate in school. He gains self-confidence when he becomes the quarterback for the Winoka football team.

Guest Stars:
John Ireland as Frank Carlin
Leon Charles as Standish
Brad Wilkin as Tom Carlin

Co-Starring:
Peter Canon as Mr. Hoskins
J. Andrew Kenny as Luke
Glenn Robards as Snyder

       Trivia note: Twelfth episode filmed at the Western Street at Paramount Studios.

       Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.

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92.) The Man Inside
       October 2, 1978
       Written by Michael Landon
       Directed by Michael Landon

       Amelia, Laura's new friend, is ashamed of her overweight father. He works at the blind school where the students are very fond of him. Laura learns an important lesson after she ridicules him with the other students from her school.

Guest Stars:
Cliff Emmich as John Bevins
Kate Woodville as Bess Bevins

Co-Starring:
Julie Anne Haddock as Amelia
Walker Edmiston as Dr. Moore
David Hooks as Mr. Ames

Featuring:
Sam Edwards as Postman
Hap Lawrence as Smitty
Michelle Downey as Sue
Ivan Wideman as Thomas
David Murdock as Apple Vendor

       Trivia note: Thirteenth episode filmed at the Western Street at Paramount Studios.

       Location Scenes Filmed at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.

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93.) There's No Place Like Home: Part One
       October 9, 1978
       Written by Michael Landon
       Directed by Michael Landon

       Toby Noe wins a lottery of $5,000 and becomes a man of means. He buys the children a cartload of fireworks for the annual celebration. Standish dupes Toby into losing all his money with cards and whiskey at the saloon. Everything comes to a head when the fireworks go off in the saloon.

       The Ingalls, Olesons, and Garveys get tired of the bustling city life during all this, and they quickly decide to return to Walnut Grove. The Ingalls take Albert with them.

Guest Star:
Leon Charles as Standish

Special Guest Star:
Ray Bolger as Toby Noe

Co-Starring:
Jodean Lawrence as Josie
Donald Elson as Fred
Herm Armstrong as Harold

Featuring:
Adam Gunn as Jeb
John Joseph Thomas as Spence
Harlan Green as Fire Captain
Frank D' Annibale as Man #1

       Trivia note: Fourteenth episode filmed at the Western Street at Paramount Studios.

       Trivia note: Ray Bolger makes his debut as Toby Noe. He is best remembered as the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz". He makes a return appearance in this season's "Dance with Me".

       Trivia note: This two-part episode was made into feature-length by Goodtimes Home Video in 1994. Its running time is 114 minutes.

       Location Scenes Filmed at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.

       Film date: August 1978

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94.) There's No Place Like Home: Part Two
       October 16, 1978
       Written by Michael Landon
       Directed by Michael Landon

       As the Ingalls, Olesons, and Garveys return to Walnut Grove, they discover the town is deserted and badly in need of repair. With a lot of hard work from everyone around them, they're able to get the town back into shape, helping a number of people who feel like they are living in a dead town, including founder Lars Hanson.

Guest Star:
Karl Swenson as Mr. Hanson

Featuring:
Ancel Cook as Caulder
Michelle Downey as Sue
Ivan Wideman as Thomas

       Trivia note: Fifteenth episode filmed at the Western Street at Paramount Studios. Some stock clips of the wagon from the 1974 "Little House" pilot are edited in part two of this story.

       Trivia note: Karl Swenson was in failing health when they filmed this episode and passed away of a heart attack shortly before it aired in fall of 1978. He was 70.

       At the conclusion of this episode, Melissa Gilbert's voice-over tells viewers Mr. Hanson died happy after the town was returned to its normal state. Sometimes real life mirrors the art of storytelling.

       Trivia note: Melissa Gilbert's voice-over is heard during the final scene in part two of this story:

       "Four months later, Mr. Hanson passed away quietly in his sleep. He died happy, Doc said, because he knew the town he loved would live on. So would the name and memory of Mr. Hanson."

       Trivia note: This two-part episode was made into feature-length by Goodtimes Home Video in 1994. Its running time is 114 minutes.

       Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, Paramount Studios, Hollywood, with Sierra portions filmed on location at Murphy's Ranch and Basin Creek, Tuolumne and Williams Ranch, Knights Ferry, Stanislaus County, California.

       Film date: July 1978

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95.) Fagin
       October 23, 1978
       Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
       Directed by Michael Landon

       The Ingalls are getting their prize cow, Fagin, ready for the annual fair. Albert runs away when he overhears Charles and Caroline discussing how Laura feels ignored and left out, because Charles is spending so much time with him.

Featuring:
Kraig Metzinger as Denzil
Hal Riddle as Judge
James Mendenhall as Fair Official

       Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, Pierce College, Los Angeles, with Sierra location scenes filmed at Basin Creek, Tuolumne, California.

       Film date: July 1978

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96.) Harriet's Happenings
       October 30, 1978
       Written by John T. Dugan
       Directed by William F. Claxton

       Harriet Oleson tries her hand at journalism by writing a column for the local newspaper called "Harriet's Happenings". Charles steps in when she writes unpleasant things about a German family.

Guest Stars:
King Moody as Otto Schiller
Ike Eisenmann as Erich Schiller

Special Guest Star:
John Hillerman as Murdock

Co-Starring:
Lisa Pera as Maria Schiller

Featuring:
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster
Laurie Beach as Jennie Crawford
Stacey O' Brien as Sarah Fuller
Carl Pitti as Customer

       Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, California.

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97.) The Wedding
       November 6, 1978
       Written by Arthur Heinemann
       Directed by Michael Landon

       Adam finally asks Mary to marry him. She begins having second thoughts when her parents discuss being grandparents and how hard it was to keep up with Mary when she was little.

Co-Starring:
Lou Fant as Reverend Corliss
David Hooks as Mr. Ames

Featuring:
Michelle Downey as Susan
Ivan Wideman as Thomas
Gina Smika as Elizabeth
Robert Ackerman as Manager
Christopher Bowman as George
Michael P. Alan as Peter

Uncredited:
Hal Burton (wagon double for Michael Landon).

       Trivia note: Hal Burton doubles Charles when he races the wagon in the front yard at Big Sky Ranch.

       Trivia note: Sixteenth episode filmed at the Western Street at Paramount Studios.

       Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California, with stock clips of Shay Locomotive #3 at Railtown State Park, Jamestown, California.

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98.) Men Will Be Boys
       November 13, 1978
       Written by Don Balluck
       Directed by William F. Claxton

       Jonathan and Charles permit their sons to prove their manhood by traveling to Sleepy Eye unaccompanied. They both secretly follow the boys who have an uneventful trip. If only the same could be said of the fathers!

Co-Starring:
Charles Cooper as Constable
Dorothy Konrad as Mrs. Channing
Gus Peters as Cooper

Featuring:
Ancel Cook as Caulder
Will Hunt as Postmaster
Pat Cranshaw as Spokes
Jack Perkins as Lundstrum

Uncredited:
Hal Burton (stunt double for Michael Landon).
Kent McCray as Grizzly Kowalski

       Trivia note: Hal Burton doubles Charles when he and Merlin Olsen fall off the log into Clark Fork River. Michael and Merlin Olsen do their other shots in the river when they swim out to the shore.

       Trivia note: This is Kent's second bit part on the series. He plays Grizzly Kowalski. The make-up artist made him to look like an old man to play the part. He enters the camp, scares Albert and Andy away and steals their food!

       Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, with Sierra location scenes filmed at Williams Ranch, Knights Ferry, Stanislaus County, Basin Creek and Murphy's Ranch, Tuolumne, and Clark Fork River, Stanislaus National Forest, California.

       Film date: August 1978

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99.) The Cheaters
       November 20, 1978
       Written by Arthur Heinemann
       Directed by William F. Claxton

       Andy's mother, embarrassed by her son's performance in school, hires Nellie Oleson to tutor him. Nellie soon reveals how she gets good grades and forces Andy to keep her secret.

       Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, California.

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100.) Blind Journey: Part One
         November 27, 1978
         Teleplay by John T. Dugan
         Story by Carole and Michael
         Raschella and John T. Dugan
         Directed by William F. Claxton

         When the blind school closes, the people of Walnut Grove decide to make the old Reverend's house a blind school. Charles and Joe Kagan must travel to Winoka to bring the blind children back to Walnut Grove.

         Mrs. Oleson shows up in Winoka after Charles and Joe Kagan arrive and tells them she is going on the journey back to Walnut Grove with them. She believes a prominent person should be with them to represent the townsfolk of Walnut Grove.

Guest Stars:
Leon Charles as Standish

Special Guest Star:
Moses Gunn as Joe Kagan

Co-Starring:
Don "Red" Barry as Larrabee
David Hooks as Mr. Ames

Featuring:
Donald Elson as Fred
Michelle Downey as Susan
Ivan Wideman as Thomas

Uncredited:
Hal Burton (wagon double for Michael Landon).

         Trivia note: Seventeenth episode to feature the Western Street at Paramount Studios.

         Trivia note: Hal Burton doubles Charles driving the wagon across the river at Kennedy Meadows and Stanislaus River Park, Knights Ferry.

         Trivia note: In the 1991 tribute to Michael Landon, produced by Kent McCray, is a hysterical outtake of Joe Kagen and Charles. Moses Gunn is sitting at the table reading the Bible, and someone knocks at the door. Moses Gunn says, "Come in", and Michael walks in with a white KKK hood and a rope in one hand.

         Michael takes the hood off his head and the two exchange some "unscripted dialogue" and the whole set was full of laughter. No other producer could get away with this except Michael Landon.

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, with Sierra location scenes filmed at Cover's Apple Ranch, Tuolumne, Stanislaus River Park, Knights Ferry, Stanislaus County, and Kennedy Meadows, Stanislaus National Forest, California.

         Film date: August 1978

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101.) Blind Journey: Part Two
         December 4, 1978
         Teleplay by John T. Dugan
         Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
         Directed by William F. Claxton

         When Mrs. Oleson meets Hester-Sue Terhune, she is very disappointed to discover she is black. Hester-Sue brought black blind children to join the rest of the blind school and they all continue the journey onwards to Walnut Grove.

         In the end, it takes the words of a little blind black boy to teach her that prejudice is wrong and Harriet comes to a crossroads in her life, while Adam must face his deepest fear, as he comes to a crossing of his own, as viewers learn how Adam lost his sight.

Guest Star:
Ketty Lester as Hester-Sue

Special Guest Star:
Moses Gunn as Joe Kagan

Co-Starring:
Don "Red" Barry as Larrabee
Bill Quinn as Conductor

Featuring:
Marcus Wyatt as Samson
Michelle Downey as Sue
Ivan Wideman as Thomas

Uncredited:
Hal Burton (wagon double for Michael Landon)

         Trivia note: Hal Burton doubles Charles driving the wagon across North Fork Tuolumne River. Michael only does his filmed close-ups near the riverbank for the final cut.

         Trivia note: Ketty Lester makes her debut as Hester-Sue Terhune. She would appear on the series through the final 1982-83 season as Hester-Sue. She worked in the 1974 NBC Movie of the Week "It's Good to Be Alive", that Michael Landon directed. He hired her for the 1974 film, and later hired her for the 1977-78 episode "The Fighter" as Janie Kagan, and starting in this season as Hester-Sue.

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, with Sierra location scenes filmed at Cover's Apple Ranch, Tuolumne, Stanislaus River Park, Knights Ferry, Stanislaus County, Railtown State Park, Jamestown, Kennedy Meadows and North Fork Tuolumne River, Stanislaus National Forest, California.

         Film date: August 1978

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102.) The Godsister
         December 18, 1978
         Written by Don Balluck
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Charles and Jonathan take a job on a telephone crew that is working in southern Minnesota, which requires them to be away from home for several weeks.

         Carrie is heartsick for her Pa and craving attention, only manages to get in everybody's way, so she creates an imaginary friend, Alyssa, to ease her pain.

Guest Star:
Dolph Sweet as Swaggart

Special Guest Star:
Tom Clancy as Shaughnessy

Co-Starring:
George D. Wallace as Perkins
Burke Byrnes as Watkins
William Wintersole as Henderson

Featuring:
Patrick Sullivan Burke as Head Angel
Carl Pitti as Len
E. J. Andre as St. Peter

Uncredited:
Hal Burton as Driver

         Trivia note: The Williams Ranch used across the road from Knights Ferry served a dual purpose for this episode and the owner of the property. The owner was going to tear his house down, since he built a new one in town. Producer Kent McCray told him, at the end of the script, the house in the story gets blown up from the whiskey still they discover in the basement. Kent kindly offered to blow up the house for the owner and it all shows up in the climax of this episode!

         Trivia note: This feature-length episode's running time is 1 hour, 7 minutes, 52 seconds long.

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, with Sierra location scenes filmed at Basin Creek and Murphy's Ranch, Tuolumne, and Williams Ranch, Knights Ferry, Stanislaus County, California.

         Film date: September 1978

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103.) The Craftsman
         January 8, 1979
         Written by Paul Wolff
         Directed by Michael Landon

         When Albert works as an apprentice to an old Jewish man named Issac, the children in school call Albert a "jew-lover" and beat him up. Albert soon develops a sense of pride in his work, thanks to the old man, and they become the best of friends.

Guest Stars:
Alvin Kupperman as Aaron Singerman
Frank de Korva as Brower
Don "Red" Barry as Larrabee

Special Guest Star:
John Bleifer as Issac Singerman

Co-Starring:
Tony Becker as Zeke
Christian Berrigan as Lem

         Trivia note: David Rose won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series in "The Craftsman".

         Trivia note: Ted Voightlander won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Series in "The Craftsman".

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Golden Oak Ranch, Newhall, with Murphy's Ranch, Tuolumne, California.

         Film date: September 1978

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104.) Blind Man's Bluff
         January 15, 1978
         Written by Arthur Heinemann
         Directed by William F. Claxton

         After he is involved in an accident, a boy pretends to be blind in order to keep his parents together.

Guest Stars:
Bert Kramer as Timothy
Kathryn Leigh as Scottie Belle
Ronnie Scribner as Jordan
Ketty Lester as Hester-Sue

Featuring:
Maureen Lee as Mrs. Herzog
Wesley Grant as Mr. Herzog
Michelle Downey as Sue
Vince Tortell as Thomas
Lisa Scribner as Hannah

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Golden Oak Ranch, Newhall, with Murphy's Ranch, Tuolumne, California.

         Film date: September 1978

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105.) Dance With Me
         January 22, 1979
         Written by Paul Wolff
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Toby Noe shows up again, this time at Walnut Grove. He makes an immediate impact stirring things up, especially with Amanda. Laura and Albert do some matchmaking for the upcoming dance.

Guest Star:
Eileen Heckart as Amanda

Special Guest Star:
Ray Bolger as Toby Noe

Co-Starring:
Ketty Lester as Hester-Sue
Ysabel MacCloskey as Widow Mumford
Sean Frye as Jason
Al Eisenmann as Ed
Dan Priest as Dispatcher

         Trivia note: Ray Bolger returns as Toby Noe. He made his initial appearance in part one of "There's No Place Like Home", that aired earlier this season. He's best remembered as the Scarecrow in the classic 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz".

         Trivia note: This feature-length episode's running time is 1 hour, 7 minutes, 45 seconds long.

         Trivia note: This feature-length episode was commercially available from Goodtimes Home Video back in the 1990's.

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Railtown State Park, Jamestown, California.

         Film date: September 1978

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106.) The Sound of Children
         February 5, 1979
         Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
         Directed by William F. Claxton

         Mary, who is expecting a child, believes that Adam and his father are finally becoming closer. She soon realizes that her father-in-law is actually only interested in their baby.

Guest Star:
Ellen Regan as Miss Elliott

Special Guest Star:
Philip Abbott as Giles Kendall

Co-Starring:
Ketty Lester as Hester-Sue
Dain C. Turner as Eli

Featuring:
Martha Nix as Holly
Michelle Downey as Susan
Vince Tortell as Thomas
Christopher Bowman as Benjamin
Naomi White as Miss Bennett

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, California.

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107.) The Lake Kezia Monster
         February 12, 1979
         Written by John T. Dugan
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Kezia loses her home because she refuses to pay her taxes. When Mrs. Oleson purchases the property, Laura and Albert convince Nellie and Willie that there is a monster in the lake in order to scare them away.

Special Guest Star:
Hermione Baddeley as Kezia

Featuring:
John Miranda as Flint

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Golden Oak Ranch, Newhall, California.

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108.) Barn Burner
         February 19, 1979
         Written by Don Balluck
         Directed by Michael Landon

         When the price of wheat begins to drop, the farmers agree not to compete against one another and charge the same price for their crops. One of the farmers, Judd Larrabee, breaks the deal and Jonathan Garvey takes action.

Guest Stars:
Jeff Corey as Judge Parker
Don "Red" Barry as Larrabee

Special Guest Star:
Moses Gunn as Joe Kagan

Co-Starring:
Joan Tompkins as Adele Larrabee
Ketty Lester as Hester-Sue
James O' Connell as Bates
Larry Golden as Matt
Tony Becker as Zeke
Christian Berrigan as Lem

Featuring:
Brett Ericson as Tod
Carl Pitti as Carl
Ruth Foster as Woman #1

         Trivia note: Don Barry's career came to a high note when he was cast as Red Ryder, in the 1940 film of the same title. The name "Red" stuck with him the rest of his life.

         Barry objected to the the part, saying he was too short and not good-looking enough to play the tall and thin comic book character. The studio threatened to fire him, so he played the part.

         His career ended in the 1950's, but he played support roles in literally every television series in the 1960's. By the 1970's, his career was washed up. He was hired in support roles in low-budget TV-movies. His role on "Little House" was reminiscent of many of the town loafers he played in 60's television Westerns.

         His stuntman and good friend Davey Sharpe doubled him in Red Ryder. His other stuntman and good friend, Jack Williams doubled him in 'Bonanza', who also doubled Ed Begley, Sr.

         Barry's contract for "Little House" expired in 1979 and he didn't renew for a third year. He left and went to seek other work in 1979 and 1980, but something was seriously wrong with him after all those years of being typecast, playing support roles. On July 17, 1980, Don "Red" Barry committed suicide at his home in Los Angeles. He was 70.

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, California.

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109.) The Enchanted Cottage
         February 26, 1979
         Written by Don Balluck
         Directed by William F. Claxton

         The Ingalls begin to hope that Mary is regaining her sight when she believes that she can distinguish light from dark.

Guest Stars:
Ketty Lester as Hester-Sue
Nathan Adler as Dr. Fromm

Featuring:
Michelle Downey as Susan
Vince Tortell as Thomas
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster

         Trivia note: Eighteenth episode to feature the Western Street at Paramount Studios. This was the last time it would appear on the series.

         Trivia note: After this episode was made, the production moved to MGM Studios, in Culver City for the rest of the series' run. The reason for the move is because the contract ran out in late 1978.

         Trivia note: The Western Street at Paramount Studios was demolished in 1979, along with the commissary for an executive parking lot.

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Basin Creek, Tuolumne, California.

         Film date: January 1979

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110.) Someone Please Love Me
         March 5, 1979
         Written by Michael Landon
         Directed by William F. Claxton

         Charles stays with a family while looking to buy some horses. The children of the family ask Charles if he could possibly do something to keep their parents from splitting up. Mr. Harper is a drunken-abusive husband and his wife, Leslie feels unloved, in this story of love and a family almost torn apart.

Guest Stars:
Charles Cioffi as Harper
Jenny Sullivan as Leslie
Kyle Richards as Samantha
Bobby Rolofson as Thomas

Co-Starring:
Eddie Quillian as Gargan
Edwin Owens as Sandy

Featuring:
Bill McLean as Clerk

Uncredited:
Hal Burton (horseback and wagon double for Michael Landon).

         Trivia note: Hal Burton doubles Charles in the scene where he and Harper ride down the hill to look at the wild horses. Michael only does his filmed close-up with Charles Cioffi. Hal also doubles Charles again in the final scene of him driving the wagon down the dirt road with the horses in tow at Orvis Ranch.

         Trivia note: Michael Landon originally wrote this script in 1967 for the 'Bonanza' episode "A Dream to Dream", with Steve Ihnat and Julie Harris in the guest star roles.

         Trivia note: Melissa Gilbert's voice-over narration accompanies the touching conclusion of this episode:

         "Pa got a letter from the Harpers two years later. They wanted Pa to know they had another child. A son. They named him Charles Michael Harper."

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, with Sierra portions filmed at Orvis Ranch, Stanislaus County and Columbia Historical State Park, Columbia, California.

         Film date: January 1979

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111.) Mortal Mission
         March 12, 1979
         Written by John T. Dugan
         Directed by William F. Claxton

         Two men, needing money to survive the winter, sell tainted meat to the people of Walnut Grove. Charles and Jonathan travel to Springfield to acquire much needed medical supplies and are robbed on their way back to town.

Guest Stars:
Matt Clark as Seth Berwick
Jerry Hardin as Slade
Ketty Lester as Hester Sue

Co-Starring:
Charles Parks as Virgil Fenton
Peter Kilman as Garth Fenton
Carolyn Conwell as Bess
Bradley Greene as Nate Berwick

Featuring:
Dan Priest as Sationmaster
Richard Lockmiller as Rawlings
David Rode as Ethan
Vince Tortell as Thomas
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, with Sierra location scenes filmed at Baker Ranch, Tuolumne, Railtown State Park, Jamestown and Red Hills, Chinese Camp, California.

         Film date: January 1979

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112.) The Odyssey
         March 19, 1979
         Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Dylan is dying of leukemia and wants more than anything to see the Pacific Ocean. Albert and Laura decide to run away from home and help him achieve his goal. But their journey is dangerous and when Charles finds out, he searches to find them and ensure they make it there alive and unharmed.

Guest Stars:
Steve Shaw as Dylan
Melinda Cordell as Gwen
Ken O' Brien as Ferrett
J. S. (Joe) Young as Zacc McCabe

Co-Starring:
Jim Driskell as Snake
Bill Ewing as Hearst
John Steadman as Jasper
Bill Quinn as Conductor
Gavin Mooney as Stationmaster
Maurice Hill as Editor

Uncredited:
Hal Burton (horseback double for Michael Landon).
Bob Miles as Train Bouncer

         Trivia note: Hal Burton doubles Charles in two bit parts in this episode. The first bit part is Hal in the costume, without his hat, racing the horse alongside the train tracks in the Red Hills, by Chinese Camp.

         The second bit part is when Hal takes the horse down the hill, without his hat, into the train station at Railtown State Park at Jamestown.

         Trivia note: Michael's good friend and first stuntman, Bob Miles, plays the mean-spirited train bouncer who gets into the fight with Charles inside the train.

         Bob was the lead stunt coordinator and Michael's first stuntman on 'Bonanza'. He doubled as Little Joe from 1959 to 1967.

         Trivia note: The very emotional and holy theme cue David Rose originally scored for the climax of "The Lord is My Shepherd", is tracked in the final scenes of this deeply touching episode.

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, with Sierra portions at Basin Creek, Tuolumne, Railtown State Park, Jamestown, Red Hills, Chinese Camp, and Leo Carrillo State Beach, California.

         Film date: January 1979

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