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Little House on the Prairie
Season Eight...1981-82
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161.) The Reincarnation of Nellie: Part One
         October 5, 1981
         Written by Michael Landon
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Percival and Nellie go to New York so that Percival can run the family business now that his father has died. Mrs. Oleson gets very depressed because of Nellie leaving. The Olesons decide to adopt a girl to take the place of Nellie. While they are in Sleepy Eye, they find a girl that looks almost exactly like Nellie when she was young.

Guest Stars:
Allison Balson as Nancy
Ivan Bonar as Mr. Case

Co-Starring:
Elizabeth Hoffman as Miss Mason
Melora Hardin as Belinda Stevens
Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary

Featuring:
Dan McBride as Customer #1
Richard Armstrong as Customer #2
Gillian Grant as Cindy
Leroy Sweet as Burly Customer

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

         Trivia note: Allison Balson makes her debut as Nancy, who Mrs. Oleson adopts. Nancy has an uncanny physical appearance and disposition very much like Nellie Oleson, but she's even more mean-spirited!

         Trivia note: At the end titles, as Laura is strolling down the hill and is about to put her arms out and fly like a bird; she doesn't get to, because like the previous season, the editor is using the same reprinted film stock, seen at the end of every episode of this season.

         Trivia note: Melissa Sue Anderson is billed as co-star in the first part of this two-part episode.

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

         Film date: June 1981

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162.) The Reincarnation of Nellie: Part Two
         October 12, 1981
         Written by Michael Landon
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Nancy turns out to be worse than Nellie ever was. She even locks another girl in the ice house. The students devise a plan to teach Nancy a lesson. They trick her into being the star in a dunking tank. Also during this episode, Adam and Mary move to New York so that they can earn a living and Hester-Sue comes to Walnut Grove to work at the restaurant.

Guest Stars:
Allison Balson as Nancy
Ivan Bonar as Mr. Case

Co-Starring:
Susan Bjurman as Mrs. Stevens
Melora Hardin as Belinda Stevens
Lawrence Bame as Mr. Stevens

Featuring:
Gillian Grant as Cindy
Shanee Edwards as Mavis

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

         Trivia note: Allison Balson makes her debut as Nancy, who Mrs. Oleson adopts. Nancy has an uncanny physical appearance and disposition very much like Nellie Oleson, but she's even more mean-spirited!

         Trivia note: At the end titles, as Laura is strolling down the hill and is about to put her arms out and fly like a bird; she doesn't get to, because like the previous season, the editor is using the same reprinted film stock, seen at the end of every episode of this season.

         Trivia note: Melissa Gilbert's voice-over is heard during the final scene in part two of this episode as Nancy sits on the swing above the dunk tank:

         "Nancy sat up there the whole day and a lot of the kids said she was a good sport to do it. Oh, we knew she'd still be nasty, but she'd be better, cause she knew folks cared enough about her not to let her get away with things she shouldn't. But just remember that the next time your folks punish you."

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

         Film date: June 1981

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163.) Growin' Pains
         October 19, 1981
         Written by Larry Bischof
         Directed by Maury Dexter

         James is trying to be more like Albert. He even wants to shave like Albert has to. While James is shaving, he breaks Albert's razor. James steals a razor from the mercantile hoping Albert wouldn't notice the difference. When the truth is found out about the razor, James runs away. Albert takes off after him. When Albert finds James, it takes a lot of convincing before James decides to come back home with him.

Co-Starring:
Aaron Fletcher as Mr. Tibbs

Featuring:
Tricia Cast as Jenny
Dan McBride as Bixler
Justin Randi as Danny
Larry Moran as Tom
Carl Pitti as Wagon Driver

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

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164.) Dark Sage
         October 26, 1981
         Written by Vince R. Gutierrez
         Directed by Maury Dexter

         Dr. Baker posts an ad for another doctor, to relieve his workload (and Mrs. Oleson's constant pestering). He hires Dr. Caleb Ledoux, but doesn't count on him being black. The Ingalls are among the very few to accept Dr. Ledoux, as others are outright hateful and racist. Even Dr. Baker struggles with his prejudice and, to show his spite, gives the young doctor minor cases.

         In the end, Dr. Ledoux is the only doctor available to call on a pregnant woman who is having labor complications. The woman's husband won't allow the doctor in the house (because he's black), and can only get to her when Charles knocks the man aside. Ledoux performs a successful surgery and delivers a son to the couple. A stunned and shaken Dr. Baker witnesses the surgery and concedes that only Caleb's and his superior training could have saved the woman's life.

         Dr. Ledoux later angrily tells his wife he plans to leave Walnut Grove. But only Dr. Baker's emotional speech at church convinces the good doctor to stay.

Guest Stars:
Don Marshall as Caleb Ledoux
Marlene Warfield as Mattie Ledoux
John Shearin as Nathan Sherman
Anne E. Curry as Jenny Sherman
Kevin Hagen as Doc Baker

Featuring:
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster

         Trivia note: Kevin Hagen is billed as guest star in this episode.

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley with 1981 stock clips of Milton, Calaveras County and Baker Ranch, Tuolumne County, California.

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165.) A Wiser Heart
         November 2, 1981
         Written by Chris Abbott
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Laura goes to visit Eliza Jane because of a literature seminar that is going on in town. Laura has to find a part-time job to pay for meals and other stuff. She ends up hating the job. There is a person who Laura met on the train who begins to like Eliza Jane. Eliza Jane in turn begins to like the professor teaching the seminar and the professor likes Laura. The professor tells Laura that her writing is bad when Laura tells him she is happily married. The man on the train eventually defends Laura's writing. It only takes one punch by the man to get the professor to take off and leave.

Guest Stars:
Patrick Collins as Mortimer Carstairs
Joe Lambie as William Woestehoff

Special Guest Star:
Lucy Lee Flippin as Eliza Jane Wilder

Co-Starring:
Darlene Conley as Mrs. Pierce
Kathyrn Fuller as Miss Ott
George Petrie as Ralph Waldo Emerson
Leslie Landon as Pam

Featuring:
Casey Erickson as Delivery Boy
Warner McKay as Ticket Vendor
Frank Kennedy as Conductor
Brett Miller as Waiter
Kaley Ward as Emily

         Trivia note: Lucy Lee Flippin is billed as special guest star in this episode.

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and University of Arizona and Old Tucson, Arizona, with 1975 stock clip of Shay Locomotive No. 3 at Railtown State Park, Jamestown and Red Hills, Chinese Camp, California.

         Film date: June 1981

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166.) Gambini the Great
         November 9, 1981
         Written by Jeri Taylor
         Directed by Michael Landon

         In an episode about hero worship, Charles and Nels share deep concerns over an aging circus performer's influence on the children of Walnut Grove. Particularly since some of them - Albert and Willie in particular - have tried some of the daredevil's more dangerous stunts, with mixed results.

Guest Stars:
Jack Kruschen as Gambini
Stephen Manley as Marco
Gloria Manos as Anna Rosa

Co-Starring:
Martha Nix as Amy
Robert Torti as Stefano

Featuring:
William Keene as Ringmaster
William Forester as Dr. Abbott
Carl Pitti as 1st Townsman
Sean McGaughey as 2nd Townsman

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

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167.) The Legend of Black Jake
         November 16, 1981
         Written by Chris Abbott
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Nels is kidnapped by two crooks. The crooks try to get Mrs. Oleson to pay ransom for her husband, but she refuses to. This makes Mr. Oleson upset and causes him to help the crooks. The kidnappers aren't very lucky. After kidnapping several different people, the crooks decide that they need to try another line of work. They leave without hurting any of the kidnapped people.

Guest Stars:
Todd Susman as Max
Royce D. Applegate as Georgie

Co-Starring:
Sam Edwards as Anderson

Featuring:
Gavin Mooney as Policeman
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster
Carl Pitti as Townsman

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Fox Studios, Century City, California.

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168.) Chicago
         November 23, 1981
         Written by John Hawkins and B. W. Sandefur
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Charles travels to Chicago to comfort a deeply grieving Mr. Edwards, whose son John Jr. had died in a tragic accident. But that grief soon gives way to rage when it becomes apparent John Jr.'s death was no accident. Charles and Mr. Edwards enlist the aid of the editor of the newspaper where John Jr. worked to uncover the truth.

Guest Stars:
M. Emmet Walsh as Callihan
Gene Ross as Drummond
Chez Lister as B. F. Jackson

Special Guest Star:
Victor French as Mr. Edwards

Co-Starring:
Lillian Adams as Mrs. Baxter
John C. Becher as Mr. Golden
John Lawrence as Schultz
Frances E. Williams as Mrs. Jackson
Ernie Hudson as Thoms

Featuring:
June C. Ellis as Mrs. Harris
Terry Burns as Hill
Chad Cowgill as Boy
Lorinne Vozoff as Nurse
Will MacMillan as Bartender
Tom Klunis as Webster
Lorrie Blore as Nurse Nelson
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster
Jack Lilley as Wagon Driver
Michelle Jaimene as Girl
Tony Mendia as Paper Boy

         Trivia note: Victor French returns as Isaiah Edwards and would later appear in this season's "A Promise to Keep" and "He Was Only Twelve" and in the final season as a regular. His return to the series was in the sixth season episode "The Return of Mr. Edwards in 1979.

         Trivia note: While Michael Landon was filming the street segments at Fox Studios, it just so happened that his former big brother, Pernell Roberts from 'Bonanza', was filming his TV-series "Trapper John, M.D." at Fox Studios.

         The two men exchanged bear hugs and talked over old times that week and when Michael was done filming, Pernell said, "It sure was good to see the kid again".

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Fox Studios, Century City, with stock clips of Shay Locomotive #3 at Railtown State Park, Jamestown and Red Hills, Chinese Camp, California.

         Film date: August 1981

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169.) For the Love of Nancy
         November 30, 1981
         Written by Chris Abbott
         Directed by Maury Dexter

         An overweight boy comes to school at Walnut Grove. The schoolkids pick on him because he is so heavy. Nancy persuades the boy to bully the other school children. The jokes of the school children get so bad that the obese boy decides to quit school. The school children then decide that enough is enough. They go over and apologize to him.

Guest Star:
J. Brennan Smith as Elmer Miles

Co-Starring:
Elizabeth Rogers as Mrs. Miles
Charles Shull as Mr. Miles

Featuring:
Michael D. Alan as Joey
Carl Steven as Jess Miles
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster
Carl Pitti as Stage Driver

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

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170.) Wave of the Future
         December 7, 1981
         Written by Jeri Taylor
         Directed by Maury Dexter

         Mrs. Oleson changes the restaurant into a franchise restaurant, She has a hard time living up to the agreement of the franchise. Charles and Nels get together and decide to open up a restaurant of their own, right across the street. The new restaurant forces Mrs. Oleson's restaurant out of business. The town is now back to normal, or at least as normal as it can be.

Guest Star:
Laurie Main as Major Guffey

Co-Starring:
Roger Bowen as Advertising Man
Margaret Wheeler as Lady
John A. Roberts as Bearded Man

Featuring:
Elmore Vincent as Ernest
Anita Keith as Mrs. Matlock
Phil Chambers as Mr. Matlock
Mona Bruns as Customer
Dan McBride as Taylor
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster
David Carlile as Photographer
Carl Pitti as Driver
Clyde Harper as Customer

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

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171.) A Christmas They Never Forgot
         December 21, 1981
         Written by Don Balluck
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Mary, Adam, Hester-Sue, the Wilders, and the Ingalls are all together for Christmas. The snow begins falling and soon they are snowed in by a blizzard. To pass time, several of them tell stories. Laura talks about the Christmas in Kansas when Mr. Edwards came.

Guest Stars:
Newell Alexander as Mr. Holbrook
Tom Lester as Mr. Wilder

Special Guest Star:
Victor French as Mr. Edwards

Co-Starring:
Eddy C. Dyer as Poppa Terhune
Helbi Ziroe as Momma Terhune
Alene Wilson as Young Hester-Sue
Don Dubbins as Master Hayes
Holly Villaire as Charlotte Holbrook
Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary

Featuring:
Maggie Gwinn as Mrs. Wilder
Jerry Supiran as Young Almonzo
Kathy Pazoff as Young Eliza Jane
Rebecca Wolfe as Young Alice
Dago Dimster as Young Royal
Sherri Strahl as Young Caroline
Vernon Barnwell as Boy #1
Rodney Booker as Boy #2
Kathleen MacNaughton as Emily
Oliver Aubrey as Santa Claus

         Trivia note: Sherri Strahl was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Guest on a Series for A Christmas They Never Forgot.

         Trivia note: Victor French is billed as special guest star and he appears in a flashback from the 1974 pilot episode.

         Trivia note: Melissa Sue Anderson and Linwood Boomer make their final appearance on the series as Mary and Adam. They are billed as co-stars in this episode.

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

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172.) No Beast So Fierce
         January 4, 1982
         Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
         Directed by Michael Landon

         James makes friends with Gideon Hale, a young boy who stutters. However, the budding friendship is damaged when Gideon overhears James making fun of him. A wolf that follows James and Charles on a delivery trip may hold the key for bringing Gideon out of his shell.

Guest Stars:
Peter Billingsley as Gideon
Dennis Howard as Braden Hale

Co-Starring:
Jennifer Rhodes as Mrs. Hale
Robert Boon as Sven
Bob Hoy as Morgan

Featuring:
Jerry Wills as Sticks
John J. Fox as Bartender
Wayne Hall as Jed
Lori Sparling as Hildy

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Franklin Lake, Santa Monica Mountains, California.

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173.) Stone Soup
         January 18, 1982
         Written by Peter Dixon
         Directed by Maury Dexter

         Laura finds that balancing her teaching duties at school and managing Almonzo's orchard, while he and Charles are gone on a delivery trip to Arizona, too much to handle. Her heart-to-heart talk with a maturing Willie may hold the key to both their futures.

Co-Starring:
John Miranda as Farmer #1

Featuring:
Donald Elson as Farmer #2
Brandon Goldstein as Jimmy
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster
Dick Lilley as Townsperson

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

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174.) The Legacy
         January 25, 1982
         Written by Vince R. Gutierrez
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Charles beings making tables so that he could pass on a legacy. While he is at this, Albert begins taking care of the farm. Charles gets very upset when someone steals his design and starts producing the tables in large quantities. Charles soon realizes that memories of his family is a lot more important.

Guest Stars:
Claude Earl Jones as Jack Prescott
Robert Boon as Sven Johanssen

Co-Starring:
J. S. ( Joe ) Young as Uriah Cooper
Pamela Murphy as Linda Martin
Ken Smolka as Bob Martin
June Whitney Taylor as Dolphia Prescott
Paul Larson as Addison Fisk
Pitt Herbert as Taylor

Featuring:
Kurt Smildsin as Josh Bennett
William Patrick O' Hagan as Marvin
Wade Wallace as Matthew Prescott
Pat Destro as Sara Prescott
M. K. Lewis as Hastings
George Barclay as Auctioneer
Maggie Brown as Birdie Bennett

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

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175.) Uncle Jed
         February 1, 1982
         Written by Don Balluck
         Directed by Maury Dexter

         An elderly relative of James and Cassandra tries to get custody away from Charles. He ends up being unsuccessful in the lawsuit, which means that Charles kept custody of the children.

Guest Star:
E. J. Andre as Uncle Jed

Co-Starring:
Wiley Harker as Judge Barrow
Claude Woolman as Philip Loring

Featuring:
Carl Pitti as Stage Driver

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

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176.) Second Chance
         February 8, 1982
         Written by Don Balluck
         Directed by Maury Dexter

         Hester-Sue's ex-husband, Sam, comes to town. He tells Hester-Sue that he was no longer a drinker and a gambler. Hester-Sue believes he has changed and soon decides to marry him. Hester-Sue learns the truth about Sam when his wife and kids come and warn Hester-Sue that Sam is still a drinker and gambler.

Guest Stars:
J. A. Preston as Sam Terhune
Ketty Lester as Hester-Sue

Co-Starring:
Marguerite DeLain as Naomi Terhune
William Edward Phipps as Hicks
Jack Perkins as Bartender

Featuring:
Norman Rice as Croupier
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster
Dan McBride as Customer
Lexie Neal as Saloon Girl
Richard Lilley as Townsman

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

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177.) Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow: Part One
         February 15, 1982
         Written by Don Balluck
         Directed by Michael Landon

         The Wilders' budding marriage is put to its first major test when Almonzo, soon after recovering from an illness, is felled by a stroke.

Guest Star:
Dean Butler as Almonzo Wilder

Special Guest Star:
Lucy Lee Flippin as Eliza Jane Wilder

Co-Starring:
Eddie Quillan as Old Timer
Sam Edwards as Mr. Anderson

Featuring:
Bill McLennan as Mr. Walsh
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster

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

         Trivia note: Hal Burton doubles Charles on horseback, in the shots filmed from across the pond, with Almonzo riding next to him, as Michael is directing at Simi Valley.

         Trivia note: This is Dean Butler's favorite "Little House" episode.

         Location Scenes Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, with stock clip of Shay Locomotive #3 at Red Hills, Chinese Camp, California.

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178.) Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow: Part Two
         February 22, 1982
         Written by Don Balluck
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Almonzo, bitter at his apparent life-crippling illness, nearly gives up on life, despite the birth of little Rose. His attitude nearly drives Laura to consider leaving her husband. A tornado that destroys the farmstead may hold the key to both of their futures.

Guest Star:
Dean Butler as Almonzo Wilder

Special Guest Star:
Lucy Lee Flippin as Eliza Jane Wilder

Co-Starring:
Dee Croxton as Mrs. Jackson

Featuring:
Nathan Adler as Mr. Jackson
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster

         Trivia note: This is Dean Butler's favorite "Little House" episode.

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

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179.) A Promise to Keep
         March 1, 1982
         Written by Vince R. Gutierrez
         Directed by Michael Landon

         Mr. Edwards' alcoholism, fueled by John Jr.'s violent death, ruins his marriage, and he travels back to Walnut Grove to see solace with his old friends. However, those long-standing friendships are put to the test when an accident, caused by a drunken Mr. Edwards, nearly costs Albert his life.

Guest Stars:
Corinne Michaels as Grace Edwards
Kyle Richards as Alicia Edwards
David R. Kaufman as Carl Edwards

Special Guest Star:
Victor French as Isaiah Edwards

Co-Starring:
Charles W. Young as Cowboy
Jack Perkins as Barkeep

Featuring:
Duane Tucker as Workman
Ruth Foster as Mrs. Foster
Richard Lilley as Man #1
Hal Burton as Driver

         Trivia note: Victor French makes another special guest star appearance as Isaiah Edwards. Victor's performance is very dramatic and powerful as Isaiah in the story.

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

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180.) A Faraway Cry
         March 8, 1982
         Teleplay by Don Balluck
         Story by Pamela Balluck and Don Balluck
         Directed by Maury Dexter

         A longtime friend of Caroline writes to her and asks for help. Her friend is pregnant and lives at a gold prospector's camp where there is an outbreak of influenza. Caroline finds out that her friend's husband doesn't like her wife. In fact, he wants his wife's baby to die. Caroline's friend dies during childbirth, but the child survives. In another tent, a mother's child dies while being born. Caroline decides to give the baby to the other mother since she knows that the baby will be taken care of properly.

Guest Stars:
Brion James as Amos
Ruth Silveira as Louisa Beckwith
Calvin Bartlett as Horace Beckwith
James Griffith as Preacher Bob
Dennis Lipscomb as Sherman Andruss
Betty McGuire as Nora Cramer

Co-Starring:
Judith Weston as Helen Andruss
Linda Hoy as Katherine
Tom Pletts as Arnie Cramer
Eric Milota as Jeffrey

Featuring:
Jack Stryker as 1st Man
Tom Rosqui as 2nd Man
Will MacMilan as 3rd Man
Alex Sharp as Andy
Barbara Beaman as Woman
Lila Waters as Another Woman

         Location Scenes Filmed at Melones Valley, California.

         Film date: January 1982

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181.) He Was Only Twelve: Part One
         May 3, 1982
         Written by Michael Landon
         Directed by Michael Landon

         James joins Charles, Albert and Mr. Edwards as they travel to Sleepy Eye for a delivery. James who has saved some money and Albert visit a general store, but after looking over the merchandise, James wants to deposit his money into a savings account. The two unknowingly walk into a bank robbery; one of the outlaws shoots James, and they flee. James lapses into a coma, and the doctor tells Charles that he will likely die. An embittered Charles convinces Mr. Edwards to help him track down the criminals and bring them to justice. Albert later tags along, even though he's told to stay at the hotel. Charles and company eventually catch up with the bank robbers, and in a trance-like state, Charles nearly breaks the neck of one of the outlaws.

Guest Stars:
Chris Hendrie as Coy
John Dennis Johnston as Lawrence
Tom Roy Lowe as Leon
Bill Vint as Escal
R. D. Call as Dwayne

Special Guest Star:
Victor French as Isaiah Edwards

Co-Starring:
Hal Smith as Trumble
Doug McGrath as Harkness
Lionel Decker as Doctor
Robert Telford as Gun Proprietor
Sam Theard as Swamper

Featuring:
Eldon Quick as Teller
Nancy Berggren as Aggie
A. Paul Smith as Bartender
John Kelly as Sheriff
Georg Olden as Danny

         Trivia note: Victor French makes another special guest star appearance as Isaiah Edwards in this two-part episode. His presence is felt very strongly beside Michael Landon. The two played off each other very well and achieved great moments in all their work together.

         Trivia note: David Rose won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music composition for a Series ( Dramatic Underscore ) for He Was Only Twelve, part one.

         Trivia note: Ted Voightlander was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Series for He Was Only Twelve, parts 1 and 2.

         Trivia note: Michael Landon originally wrote the 'Bonanza' episode "He Was Only Seven" in 1972, which is the basic story for part one of this two-part episode.

         Trivia note: The second part is a newly written continuation of the story with a God-inspiring theme written by Michael.

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

         Film date: January 1982

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182.) He Was Only Twelve: Part Two
         May 10, 1982
         Written by Michael Landon
         Directed by Michael Landon

         When Charles refuses to admit that James will likely never recover from his gunshot wound, he leaves Walnut Grove with his adopted son. He builds an altar in the woods and hopes that God will bring a miracle.

Guest Stars:
Don Beddoe as Old Man
Martin Rudy as Dr. Stanfill

Special Guest Star:
Victor French as Isaiah Edwards

         Trivia note: Victor French makes another special guest star appearance as Isaiah Edwards in this two-part episode. His presence is felt very strongly beside Michael Landon. The two played off each other very well and achieved great moments in all their work together.

         Trivia note: Ted Voightlander was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Series for He Was Only Twelve, parts 1 and 2.

         Trivia note: Michael Landon originally wrote the 'Bonanza' episode "He Was Only Seven" in 1972, which is the basic story for part one of this two-part episode.

         Trivia note: The second part is a newly written continuation of the story with a God-inspiring theme written by Michael.

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

         Film date: January 1982

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