|Please note that I have seen every episode of Lassie as listed in this guide. Therefore, although the titles and dates of these episodes have been gleaned from other sources (as cited on the contents page to this episode guide), any description and comments are mine.
Timmy Martin: Jon Provost
Paul Martin: Hugh Reilly
Ruth Martin: June Lockhart
Petrie Martin: George Chandler
Ralph "Boomer" Bates: Todd Ferrell
Jenny the operator: Florence Lake
Miss Hazlit: Sally Bliss
Sheriff Miller: Robert Foulk
June Lockhart and Hugh Reilly take over the roles of Timmy's parents in the
first episode of fifth season. According to Ace Collins' book about the series,
the producers considered keeping Jon Shepodd, but were afraid that people would
think that Paul Martin had divorced his wife (the very willingly departing
Cloris Leachman). So both parts were recast. The characters were slightly
tweaked as well: Shepodd's Paul was often a bit stern about Timmy facing the
realities of life while Leachman's Ruth usually fought to indulge him a little.
Reilly's Paul could be stern when he needed to be, but was often more lenient in
indulging Timmy's boyish fancies, while Lockhart's Ruth could be positively stern,
as evidenced in the sixth season episodes "The Whopper" and "Growing Pains."
Fifth season, indeed, had the whiff of a new series: while Lassie (of course),
Timmy, Uncle Petrie, and the farmhouse/farmyard/barn remained the same, there
was the recasting of the parent roles, the farm gets spruced up a bit as the
house is painted (it goes from a weathered white to what is revealed in "The
Journey" as light grey), the barn also gets a painting (classic red, also as
revealed in "The Journey"), and, somehow without hiring a builder, the door to
the cellar (between the kitchen and Timmy's room) becomes a window between the
back door and the window to Timmy's room (although inside the house, there is
still the cellar door in place where the window is). Paul has a newer truck, and
note that in the kitchen the china cabinet and the stove have swapped places.
Replacing Kelly Junge Jr. as Timmy's friend was Todd Ferrell, playing "Boomer."
Boomer, rather chubby, appeared to be an effort to imitate the Jeff and Porky
friendship, but the character was never very popular and was dropped at the end
of the season. In the years following, a semi-regular group of boys played
Timmy's friends, including Richard Correll and Steven Talbot (both once regulars
on Leave It to Beaver), Flip Mark, and Eddie Little.
It was also during this season that the music that most people associate with
Lassie began, including the famous "whistle" theme. Although the credits indicate
that the music was done by "Sid Sidney," Jon Burlingame's book TV's Greatest
Hits indicates that the composer was Les Baxter. Baxter's score was highly
detailedeach situation had its own theme music, to the point where you could
tell what action was happening on the screen by simply listening to the music.
When MCI did their now infamous black and white 1-800-COLLECT Lassie commercial,
it was the Les Baxter music they used.
- "The Storm" (09/07/58):
- Timmy and Boomer try to teach Boomer's new dog Mike, an appealing but
distant little terrier, farm ways, but he seems unable to learn anything, even
to come when his name is called. Then, during an approaching storm, Mike
disappearsand so does Lassie. Doc Weaver: Arthur Space. Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Mr. Bates: George Cizar.
The Bates family has moved to the old Peters farm.
Note: Boomer, a.k.a. Ralph, is formally introduced
to the family in this episode; there is no explanation of what happened to Scott.
The kitchen window side of the house is shown again, looking a bit different from
the previous season's "The House Guest," as the shed with the gas tank is gone and
the doors to the storm cellar seem to be here, rather than near the front of the
house as is shown in "The Twister," and here the cellar is lined with shelves of
preserves, quite different from the cellar shown in Jeff episodes or in "The
Twister," and formerly also accessed from the hallway. Other "new looks": Ruth has
placed a little table and a carpet runner in the hallway, Timmy has a new, boyish
plaid bedspread, and Doc Weaver appears to have moved his office. (The overhead
lights in Timmy's bedroom are different, too; the wall lamps in the Jeff episodes
had horseshoes on them.)
- "Wishing" (09/14/58):
- After Timmy rides "Star," a pinto pony, at a pony ride concession, he falls
in love with the animal and wishes very hard for a pony just like him, so Lassie
steals out after dark and takes Star back to the farm, just as the
concessionaires skip town without paying their bills. But Star ends up in claims
court because of the past-due bills. Sheriff Miller: Robert Foulk. Judge Baxter:
Malcolm Atterbury. (There are two men running the pony ride, and several men at the
hearing, but only an Orville Sherman is cited in the credits.)
Note: Star never appears in another episode. Now, no
one knows how he got to the Martin farm, but it's never addressed that Lassie
flat-out stole Star from his owners! This is the first episode that features
Robert Foulk as Sheriff Sam Miller. Actor Malcolm Atterbury made a career out of
playing slightly cantankerous older authority figures. The role of Judge Baxter was
later played by Nolan Leary.
- "The Teacher" (09/21/58):
- The Calverton schoolchildren adore their teacher Miss Hazlit, so when they
find out she may have to leave because of budget constraints, Timmy, Boomer, and
their pals Bill and Roy earn money to keep her on. But the money is lost on their
way to speak to the school board. Sam Burke: Trevor Bardette. Miss Hazlit: Sally
Bliss. Jim Teal: Ray Teal. Silas Huff: Jon Lormer. Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Trivia: If the school board is looking for a teacher
who will accept $2,400.00 per year and $5 per week or $200 would make up the
difference of Miss Hazlit's salary, it must mean she earns $2,600.00. Two farmers
named John and Tom are also on the school board. Apparently the kids once had a
"mean" teacher named Mr. Platt as a substitute.
Note: Bill, Roy, the boy chopping wood, and John and
Tom are uncredited. Picking potatoes for Jim Teal they all earned $1.35 (a quarter
for each of them, including Lassie, and a dime for Mike). They earned fifty cents
stacking wood (ten cents for each boy and ten cents for Lassie). Then they received
$1.50 from Sam Burke (a quarter for each boy and fifty cents for Lassie). So they
didn't quite make that five dollars.
- "The Owl" (09/28/58):
- Timmy is so desperate to be useful that Ruth entrusts a fresh egg delivery for
Mrs. Woodruff to him, but after Boomer makes him trip and fall against the
basket, two eggs are broken. Timmy wants to solve this problem without adult help,
so they visit a deserted barn and take two eggs from what they think is an old
chicken's nest. Instead, it turns out they raided an aggressive barn owl's nest.
Sarah Woodruff: Frances Morris. Curly: L.Q. Jones. Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Note: Frances Morris previously played Doc Wilson's
wife. L.Q. Jones will appear in later episodes (but not as the same character).
Boomer mentions "Bill" (presumably the same "Bill" as in "The Teacher"). Mike
doesn't appear in this episode.
- "The Crash" (10/05/58):
- Spurred by Uncle Petrie's stories about "the good old days" when a man took
care of everything himself, the boys are out searching for gold when Lassie
discovers an injured pilot in a crashed plane. She helps Timmy and Boomer free the
man and then goes for help while the boys set the man's leg, but falls into a pit
before she can reach home. Meanwhile, the pilot shoots off a flare that starts a
fire which the boys frantically try to put out. Mr. Matthews: Russell Johnson.
Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Trivia: The license plate of the Martin pickup truck
is 7A8655. Timmy states that he is eight and Boomer is nine (making their combined
ages 17, and old enough to help Matthews). (Oddly, it is Boomer that says in "The
Teacher" that "we don't count so well yet." At nine he can't count money?)
Note: The airplane is a Cessna 170 or 172. Mike
doesn't appear in this episode.
- "The Rocking Chair" (10/12/58):
- Lassie falls in love with a rocking chair she found in the haymow, which is
destined for donation to a charity sale, and when it's sold to cranky Joe Bascom,
she determines to do something to get it backeven if it means stealing it off
his porch. Joe Bascom: Rusty Lane. Sheriff Miller: Robert Foulk.
Note: The auctioneer is uncredited. One wonders what
the rocker's attraction is to Lassie; could it have belonged to Gramps? If so, it
was evidently used early in the series because apparently Timmy doesn't remember it.
Bascom's reason for giving the rocker back? "I had a dog once."
- "Fish Out of Water" (10/19/58):
- Timmy brings home Speckles, a trout Lassie caught, to keep it as her "pet" and
take it for an "interactive experience" for sharing period at school (in part to
best Roy, who's collecting butterflies), but the siphoning system they set up to
keep the fish alive is undermined by a fisher who's been raiding the henhouseand
the termite-rotted timbers in the barn. Miss Hazlit: Sally Bliss. Willy Brewster:
Linda Wrather. Boomer: Todd Ferrell. (Roy is uncredited.)
Note: So...Paul sets up the hose to run into Speckles'
tin tub, and then a siphon hose to move the water out to set up a system so the
trout can breathe. Where does the water from the siphon goall over the barn
floor? Isn't that a hazard?
- "Trapped" (10/26/58):
- So that they will scare girls into not kissing them at Martha Tyson's Halloween
masquerade party, Timmy and Boomer hunt foxfire
to smear on their faces, and become trapped in an abandoned house in the woods
that is scheduled for demolition. Bulldozer Operator: Rand Brooks. Foreman:
Trivia: The foxfire is located in a field near the
Note: Rand Brooks previously played Corporal
Randy Boone in the Rin Tin Tin series starring Lee Aaker. He played
Scarlett O'Hara's first husband Charles Hamilton in Gone With the Wind.
This episode contains probably my favorite Timmy/Ruth exchange:
Ruth [sending the boys off]: "Timmy, now you be careful."
Timmy: "I will."
Ruth: "Stay away from the poison ivy. There's a lot of it out there."
Timmy: "I will."
Ruth: "Watch out for the nettles and brambles."
Timmy: "I will." [pause] "I will."
Ruth: "What was that about? I didn't say a word."
Timmy [confidently]: "I know, Mom, but you'll think of something."
- "Our Gal" (11/02/58):
- Paul's expensive new sow "Our Gal" has an predeliction for running away,
even through reinforced fencing, and on one of her journeys back to her old home
at the Simmons farm she farrows and abandons her litter of piglets in the woods
to be found by Lassie. When the babies are returned to her, the erratic young
sow refuses to nurse. Herb Simmons: Jason Johnson. Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Note: Jason Johnson previously played dog-hating,
bigoted curmudgeon Jud Perkins in the Jeff episodes. The IMDb has his character's
first name as "Herb," but it sounds like Paul is calling him "Erv." He is mentioned
in a couple of other episodes (definitely as "Herb"), including being mentioned as
Uncle Petrie's checker-playing partner.
- "Lassie's Decision" (11/09/58):
- Mrs. Bridell, a widow, and her son Henry, from the city, have moved to
Calverton, but when the boy screams when Lassie approaches him, Timmy and Boomer
learn he is afraid of dogs. So Timmy hatches a plan to help his new friend, but
it backfires when Henry mistakes Lassie's extra attention as love for him and
believes she wants to stay with him. Mrs. Bridell: Judith Ames. Henry: Earl
Robie. Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Trivia: The Bridells have moved into the old
Stoddard place. Henry is afraid of dogs because his mother is; there was once
a mad dog in her hometown.
Note: Again, you never see the Bridells after this
episode. The dog Henry picks out at the pound turns up in future roles, including
Mr. Jensen's dog Ruff, Flip's dog Butch, and Spot (see "Stable Mates"
below), but this is his first appearance.
- "The Egret" (11/16/58):
- On a bird-identification expedition for his Junior Audobon Club, Timmy sees
rare American egrets, but his group leader Mr. Binns wonders if he can be
believed. But after a hunter shoots at and scares the egrets away from their nest,
the Martins try to have Henrietta the goose incubate the last egg, while Lassie
captures one of the birds' plumes as evidence. Boomer: Todd Ferrell. Mr. Binns:
Harry Cheshire. Hunter: Dennis Moore.
Trivia: Egrets have not been seen in the state for
Note: This was a timely episode in the "Silent
Spring" era, when people began to realize how the overuse of the insecticide DDT had
endangered wildlife. By careful shepherding, egrets were brought back from the
brink of extinction. Late in the 19th century and early in the 20th, the birds
were ceaselessly hunted to provide, as Ruth recalls, white plumes for the fashionable
"picture hats" that women wore.
- "The Archers" (11/23/58):
- Two callous young bow hunters wander the woods shooting animals, then leave
them for dead, but Lassie's discovery of one of their arrows leads the Martins
to a wounded bear cub which they try to save. Boomer: Todd Ferrell. Doc Weaver:
Arthur Space. Archers: Ron Hagerthy and Harry Harvey Jr.
Note: Keeping Lassie appearances "all in
the family, Harry Harvey Sr appears in the episode "The Black Woods," below.
Mike actually gets to do something heroic in this episode: keeps buzzards from
attacking the bear cub.
- "The Bundle from Britain" (11/30/58):
- Boomer is jealous when Timmy seems to prefer the company of his English visitor,
Robin, and his little Cairn terrier Basil, so he and a classmate make fun of
Robin's short pants and school tie. But Robin wants to leave after he realizes the
rift he's caused between Timmy and Boomer. Miss Hazlit: Sally Bliss. Willy Brewster:
Linda Wrather. Bud: Chris Olsen. Robin: Billy Potton. Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Trivia: Timmy tells Boomer that his father stayed
with Robin's parents while stationed in England, and Paul later reminisces
with Robin about it. Robin has stopped to visit the Martins while enroute to
Toronto. Robin's grandmother has done the lovely embroidery on the gift he brings
Ruth: handkerchiefs. Paul and Uncle Petrie get pipes (the only hint, I believe,
that Hugh Reilly's Paul smokes one). Timmy's gift is Robin's school scarf. Bud's
real name is Roy.
Note: Poor Robin gets some of the most stereotypical
British dialog you've ever heard, but at least he fares better than Willy, who
simply gets to make sheep's eyes at Robin and serve cookies while the boys learn
to play cricket! Question: How did Robin get Basil back into England when he returned
home? There was still, of course, the six-months quarantine law at the time, a fact
which became useful when the Martins moved to Australia.
- "The Black Woods" (12/07/58):
- Having seen sugar maples while taking Timmy on a nature hike, Uncle Petrie
returns to the woods the next day to investigateand runs into two men holding
bank president Robert Hanson hostage. Remembering that he told Timmy about Indian
smoke signals while having lunch on their hike, he makes a desperate gamble while
helping one of the criminals make a fire. Robert Hanson: Harry Harvey Sr. Men: William
Henry and Keith Richards.
Trivia: The Martins' rescue of Mr. Hanson is
reported in several newspapers, including the Calverton News and the
Capitol City Spectator. The Spectator will be referenced again in
"The Christmas Story."
Note: The kidnapper in the dark jacket is named "Joe,"
but I don't know which of the actors played the role.
- "The Raffle" (12/14/58):
- Tongues wag in the neighborhood after Lassie picks Ruth's ticket as a winner in
a raffle for a pianobut the real loser is Timmy, who's forced to take lessons.
It's Timmy who figures out what happened, though, after Lassie is able to pick out
his piano teacher's card from a pile: it was in Ruth's purse and is scented with
her favorite perfume! Mrs. Graff: Kathleen Freeman. Mrs. Castro: Dorothy
Neuman. Mrs. Heffer: Jeanne Bates.
Note: Dorothy Neuman appeared to have made a career
out of playing pinch-faced spinsters. One wonders why no one else figured out how
this happened. One of the exercises in advanced obedience trials for dogs is a
scent-distinguishing trial where the owner touches one of six barbells. The dog is
supposed to pick out the correct barbell. The owner cannot wear any kind of scent.
For Lassie, with Ruth's perfume on the card it was a cinch.
- "The Christmas Story" (12/21/58):
- Several days before Christmas, Lassie is struck by a truck while saving a
three-year-old girl and so seriously injured she needs a special veterinarian to
operate on her. Willy: Linda Wrather. Doc Weaver: Arthur Space. Al Bronson: Larry
Blake. Mrs. Bailey: Anne Barton. Dr. Watkins: Addison Richards. Boomer: Todd
Ferrell. Carols by the Les Baxter Choir.
Trivia: Al Bronson works for the Capitol City
Spectator. Dr. Watkins lives in Lafayette. Paul and Petrie told Timmy
the previous Christmas that he'd be big enough this Christmas "to carry the axe."
Note that on Lassie's gift that Al Bronson brings back to Timmy, the boy's name
is actually spelled "Timmie."
Note: This is the first in a series of classic Lassie
Christmas episodes, this one featuring a delightful piece of dialog between Timmy
and Boomer about all the delicious treats they'll get when they go out caroling on
Christmas Eve, carols as lovely background music, and a Christmas miracle that
includes a doctor who won't accept a fee! Yep, that's television! Of course, this
is Boomer's first Christmas in Calverton, so the fact that Timmy and Boomer are
reminiscing about last year (Mrs. Woodruff's mince pie, the Brewsters'
crullersTimmy had two of them the previous Christmas Eve, Mrs. Brown's
candied apples (for Christmas? I thought those were for Halloween), and
"gingerbread Santy Clauses," as Boomer says, at the Simmons house) is a bit odd!
- "The Ladybugs" (12/28/58):
- Timmy and Boomer want to be partners in some type of business, and, learning
Paul is planning to spend $10 on ladybugs to help fight aphids in his apple orchard,
are determined to find the cache of them Lassie discovered earlier. But the collie
wants nothing to do with the itchy pests that hurt her ears so much, and the first
batch of ladybugs the boys find is on disputed property. John Garrett: John Maxwell.
Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Note: This episode must have fueled the rumors that
Lassie took place in California, since Paul and Uncle Petrie are shown
reading the magazine "California Farmer."
- "Junior GIs" (01/04/59):
- The Army is conducting war games near the farm at Round Mountain, and excited
Timmy, Boomer, and their friends, kitted out in their dads' old military gear,
plan their own maneuvers in what is a safe area. But it's no game next day when
scout "Private Timmy" and his "war dog" Lassie are ordered to investigate a live
mine field just as the Army manuevers are about to begin! Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Staff Sergeant: Lloyd Nelson. Major General Hess: Sydney Smith. Colonel: Walter
Coy. Mickey: Bart Bradley.
Note: This is the first of several appearances made
by U.S. Army characters in the Timmy episodes. The three other boys are
George (Army helmet and horizontal striped shirt who gets to be Lieutenant),
Phil Barker (Navy cap), and Mickey playing general with the walkie-talkies his
dad bought at the Army surplus store. Lloyd Nelson's character's name starts with
"HAN," but you can't read the entire stripe. Bart Bradley later acted under his
own name, Bart Braverman.
- "The Big Cat" (01/11/59):
- Ruth, taking an old logging road as a shortcut on her way to a Grange supper
and having to replace a flat tire, is caught in a trap set by a state hunter to
catch a marauding cougar. Bob Minor: Harlan Warde.
Trivia: The Grange Hall is in Auburn, sixteen miles
away (ten miles away by the old logging road). Paul, Timmy, and Petrie had left
earlier in the truck to go pick up folding chairs.
Blooper: There is a continuity error in this episode.
When a worried Lassie scratches at Timmy's window, it has four small panes of glass.
Then she backs up and lies down, considering the window, which now has one solid pane
of glass, then gets up and jumps through it. When you see Lassie jumping through the
glass from the opposite angle, outside the house, it has four panes of glass again.
Extended Note: Lassie's supposedly "unbelievable"
heroics fetching the "C" clamp needed to open the trap provide June Lockhart
with an amusing story to tell in ABC's anniversary special Lassie
Unleashed, but in reality she doesn't do anything more incredible than a
dog competing in Utility competitions in obedience trials. Not only that, but
Ruth's actions in this episode are admirable compared to an average woman character
in a 1950s series: knowing she will be traveling along a potentially hazardous
road with a cougar loose, she takes a firearm for protection. When she gets a
flat tire she groans, but matter-of-factly prepares to change it. When caught
in the trap, she shouts for help, then sensibly assesses the situation, tries a
few ways to get free, then concentrates on keeping warm and alive. When Lassie
shows up, she takes the risk and sends the dog for the "C" clamp. Although in
pain, when Lassie shows up with the cheese slicer instead, she's very patient
and tries again. Finally free, she doesn't panic when Lassie challenges the
cougar; she goes to the car, gets the rifle, takes aim, and shoots the animal
about to attack the family dog. She neither has hysterics nor acts stupid or
fluttery, unlike the stereotypical idiot 1950s female television character. Bravo!
- "The Tree" (01/18/59):
- For a club project, Timmy and Boomer adopt a tree that folklore tells was
planted by Johnny Appleseed, then discover it is scheduled to be cut down to
make way for a highway, so Timmy writes a letter to the President of the United
States. Boomer: Todd Ferrell. Senior Engineer: Grant Richards. Younger Engineer
(Johnny): Charles Bateman. Mr. Hanby (Postman): Paul E. Burns
Note: Is this the tree planted by Johnny
Appleseed found in the Jeff episode "The Apple Tree"?
Trivia: Uncle Petrie apparently has a little
romance in his past; his fondness for apple trees stem from one he carved his
and his sweetheart's initials in when he was young. Her first initial was "L."
- "Timmy, the Oil Millionaire" (01/25/59):
- When Lassie keeps coming home with greasy muck on her legs, Timmy and Boomer
investigate, and discover a pool of oil on the Martin east forty. But Uncle Petrie's
late-night investigation of the pool proves to be his undoing. Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
George Flannery: Ray Montgomery.
Trivia: The oil refinery is at Whitfield.
- "Beholden" (02/01/59):
- Asa Winkler, a conniving handyman, claims Lassie bit him and tore his pants to
obtain odd jobs at the Martins, and even tries to talk Paul into having him clean
the well by pretending he lost his watch. The Martins having no more chores, he
then arranges a little "accident" at the Bates' farm after locking Lassie in the
well house. Winkler: J. Pat O'Malley. Mr. Bates: George Cizar.
Note: O'Malley, the quintessential character actor,
was not a new entry to the Lassie "family"in Lassie Come Home
he plays Hynes, the incompetent kennelman. He appears in the series once again
in "The Ostrich," but in a nicer role. I believe this is the only other episode
where you see Boomer's father; you never meet Boomer's mother.
- "Tartan Queen" (02/08/59):
- A dog fancier says Lassie may be of the bloodline of the lost Tartan Queen
and urges Timmy not to let her run wild and keep her groomed while he does
further research, so the depressed collie must sit on the sidelines while Boomer's
terrier Mike has all the fun. Then Mike vanishes after stealing Lassie's favorite
bone; unknown to everyone, he's trapped under the floor in an old shed. Boomer:
Todd Ferrell. Roger J. Carter: Philip Tonge.
Note: Philip Tonge played Mr. Shellhammer in
the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, starring Maureen
O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle.
- "The Horse Show" (02/15/59):
- Timmy, disappointed that there are no contests in the county fair a small boy
can participate in, enters his burro Lucky in a farm horse event. But will stubborn
Lucky obey commands in the ring? Mr. Tumulty: Ralph Dumke.
Trivia: Paul enters his hybrid corn and Ruth her
preserves (crabapple jelly, strawberry jam, and orange marmalade) in the various
competitions and Uncle Petrie is in the whittling contest. Paul and Ruth both win
prizes, but Uncle Petrie carves his thumb rather than wood!
Note: This is the last you see Lucky, who was in two
episodes the previous season. Lucky was originally female, but is male in this
story, at least as referred to by Timmy, who keeps saying "he." Uncle Petrie does
refer to Lucky as "she." The little girl whose doves Lassie and Lucky rescue are
- "The Cat Who Came to Dinner" (02/22/59):
- During a bad rainstorm, a half-drowned and lame cat attracts the sympathy of
the entire family and Uncle Petrie is soon concocting remedies to cure his paw. But
the conniving cat, dubbed "Mustard" by Timmy because of his color, isn't really injured,
and immediately starts getting Lassie into trouble, first taking credit for a rat she
killed, and then by raiding the henhouse for eggs. Timmy finally realizes Mustard's
deception, but no one else will believe him.
- "The Bonnet" (03/01/59):
- Knowing Ruth hasn't had a new hat in four years, Paul buys her a lovely spring
hat he discovers she had already tried on, but rejected as being too expensive, and
hides it in the barn, but Timmy and Lassie inadvertently ruin it while playing.
Can Ruth's creativity save the day? Shop Owner: Sheila Bromley.
Trivia: The Martins' dentist is Dr. William
Carlson. The little shop is The Ladies' Finery. We can't see it in black and white,
but the hat is pink.
Note: June Lockhart always joked about how Ruth and
Paul rarely kissed on the series. But they share a kiss twice in this episode and
the whole plot of Paul buying a hat Ruth admired (at Lassie's instigation) is
- "The Puppy Story" (03/08/59):
- With grand dreams of forming a sled dog team in their heads, Timmy and Boomer
are heartbroken when they find out Lassie's puppies are to be sold, so Lassie hides
them in an old pen in the woods. But in dealing with an obstreperous goose, the
mischevious pups get free and wander into dangerous situations. Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Jerry Johnson: Charles Herbert. Edith Johnson: Mary Lawrence.
Note: Herbert and the puppy he adopts, Blacktail, also
appear in a sequel, the seventh season opener. Charles Herbert was a popular child
actor of the era, and appeared in movies such as The Boy and the Pirates. In an
odd bit of coincidence, one of the people who wish to buy one of Lassie's puppies is
a Mr. McCullough, who wishes "to make a real sheepdog of him." McCullough, of
course, is also the name of the family in The New Lassie, who supposedly adopted
Timmy after Paul and Ruth Martin moved to Australia.
- "The Young Flyers" (03/15/59):
- The entire family pitches in to help Timmy win in his Cub Scout troop's
kite-flying contest, especially after the original kite is lost. Scoutmaster:
Note: Here's another episode with some romantic
"action" for Paul and Ruth: a very sweet scene where a particularly memorable
blue silk dress is sacrificed for Timmy's new kite where Paul and Ruth are
definitely remembering some romantic times! There's also a nice romantic scene
between the pair in the previous season's "The Baby Sitter."
- "The Watch Dog" (03/22/59):
- Lassie, staying at a neighbor's house while the family as at the county fair,
is blamed for the damage done by Chipper, a chimpanzee being nursed back to health by
Mrs. Collins. Seth Collins: Frank Ferguson. Bertha Collins: Martha Wentworth.
Note: Ferguson played Lassie's first vet,
Dr. Peter Wilson, in the Jeff episodes. He was also Gus, the McLaughlin family
foreman, in the series My Friend Flicka; Johnny Washbrook, who starred
in that series, has a guest appearance later in the season. Oh, you will notice
that the Collins living room/hallway is very obviously a redress of the Martin living
room/hall, down to the fireplace, except for a door in the opposite wall!
- "The Puppet" (03/29/59):
- Lassie falls in love with Suzy, a canine hand puppet, after a thank-you
performance by a down-on-his-luck ventriloquist whose wheezing, overheating
car breaks down in the Martin barnyard and is fixed by Paul and Uncle Petrie,
and is upset when Suzy seems to "die" and is shoved in a valise. She steals
the case out of the back of Ventrilo's car and mourns her friend.
Mr. Ventrilo: Ted Knight.
Trivia: Ventrilo's other two puppets are "Sir Cedric"
(perhaps the male puppet you see behind Ventrilo in his dressing room?) and
"Kippy," an unknown character.
Note: Ted Knight began his career as a ventriloquist.
This is an episode that June Lockhart doesn't cut up about, but again a
humorous one and a bit incongruous: this is Lassie who has trailed innumerable
kids, animals, and adults through the woods and snowand she can't tell by
scent that "Suzy" isn't a real dog?
- "Rock Hound" (04/05/59):
- After they accidentally break his shed window with a rock propelled by a
slingshot, Timmy and Boomer collect rocks as repayment for their neighbor
Mr. Brody, and suspect he is a bank robber after he gives them sacks
emblazoned "Capitol City National Bank" to store them in, and they find the slouch
hat and red bandanna that a Capitol City bank robber wore in the bushes. But revealing
this information to Brody's new farmhand proves dangerous. Boomer: Todd Ferrell. Case
Ferguson: James Anderson. Mr. Brody: J. Anthony Hughes. Bud/(Freddie?):
• Blooper: When the boy runs up to Boomer and Timmy
as the story opens, they say to him "Hi, Bud!" But later on Boomer says, "I wish
we hadn't traded for that slingshot with Freddie."
Note: Chris Olsen (Bud or Freddie) is the brother
of Susan Olsen, Cindy on The Brady Bunch. Gramps' old truck is reused as
Mr. Brody's pickup truck, and a scene from several Jeff episodes with the truck
driving over that oft-broken bridge is included in the story.
- "The Charm" (04/12/59):
- Timmy and Boomer borrow Uncle Petrie's cat's-eye charm to have good luck in a
leaf-gathering project for school, but Boomer loses it in the woods. Uncle Petrie
immediately begins having bad luck! Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Trivia: Uncle Petrie had a friend whose father served
with Admiral Dewey in Manila.
- "Teamwork" (04/19/59):
- Timmy and Boomer, already arguing over a project to build a lean-to (Timmy wants
to build with hammer and nails, Boomer Indian-fashion with rawhide ties), are further
annoyed by the prescence of Boomer's visiting cousin, a know-it-all older girl who
wanders away from the boys to explore a cave. Boomer: Todd Ferrell. Millicent Radcliffe:
Note: Reba Waters also played Tina the gypsy girl in the Jeff episode "The Gypsies" and was a guest star on the series My Friend Flicka , which starred John[ny] Washbrook, who plays Chuck in "Campout."
- "Stable Mates" (04/26/59):
- When Timmy brings home a little dog that Lassie's been feeding, the animal is
temporarily adopted as Lassie's "pet" and named "Spot." But when the trio bring home
a temperamental race horse named Monarch, Ruth is a bit perturbed. Mr. Kramer:
Note: The little dog who plays Spot turns up in at least
two later episode, as "Butch," Flip's dog, and "Ruff," the pet of Mr. Jensen in
"Lassie's Good Deed." Randall played several guest star roles on the series and became
series semi-regular Al Livermore during the last season of Timmy episodes.
- "The Camera" (05/03/59):
- Timmy's new camera, won in a vitamin-counting contest at the local drugstore, and
an unpleasant neighbor who wants to hunt pheasant on the Martins' land figure in a
story in which Uncle Petrie and Paul help Timmy find subjects for his photos.
Amos Lovejoy: Daniel White. Sheriff Miller: Robert Foulk.
Trivia: Amos used to be a farmhand for Mr. Farrell,
but wishes to lead hunting parties on the Martins' land.
Note: You can see a collie that is not Lassie Jr. playing
the role in the kitchen scenes when Lassie is sitting in the background.
"Peace Patrol" (05/10/59):
- During the show's original syndication run, this was one of two episodesthe
other being sixth season's "The UNICEF Story"never released for telecast. The
Wrather Corporation also produced the popular Lone Ranger TV series and
Clayton Moore and Silver, who make a cameo appearance, were "spokesmen" for the Peace
Patrol. Since this episode was withdrawn from the original syndication, I have included
a longer than usual summary for it.
The episode opens with a film of Clayton Moore as the
Lone Ranger touring Washington, DC. He is promoting "the Peace Patrol," an
organization for children to join to support the United States by saving their
money to buy U.S. Savings Stamps and thus Savings Bonds when they have filled
their stamp album. Mr. Rayburn, from the school administrator's office, then
distributes sales kits to the children voted to represent each schoolTimmy has
been chosen captain representing the Calverton school. Mr. Rayburn sweetens the pot by
telling the children that whichever school sells the most savings stamps will not only
receive a plaque, but it will be presented by the Lone Ranger and Silver themselves!
Timmy sells his first stamp to Boomer, who asks if he can help Timmy sell the stamps.
Timmy agrees when Ruth reminds him that even the Lone Ranger has a lieutenant to
assist himTonto. Later, Timmy mourns that he doesn't have more money to buy stamps
to fill his own stamp album. Paul, Ruth, and Uncle Petrie, impressed by his resolve to
save money to buy savings stamps, sneak into his room after he's asleep and add money
to his cache. By Friday, everyone has joined the Peace Patrol but Frankie Jessup, who
threatens to beat up anyone who asks him to join. Both Timmy and Boomer try without
result and are angry until Ruth tells them to do what the Lone Ranger would do,
find out why Frankie hates the club. They discover that the Jessups are
in danger of losing their farm and Frankie can't afford to join the Peace Patrol.
When Timmy finds out from Miss Hazlit that someone stole the box of money collected
for the Peace Patrol, Boomer accuses Frankie of doing it to earn money. The boys
rush to the school to see if they can find out what happened and find the window
of the school broken and dried blood on the steps. Lassie trails the scent while the
rest of the Martins stop at the Jessup farm, offering to help Mr. Jessup, but he
tells them he is out looking for Frankie, who ran away when the sheriff came to
question him about the missing Peace Patrol money. Lassie's trail ends at a deserted
barn, where a vagrant who tried to get a job at the school earlier in the week is
hiding with the missing box of money. The vagrant attacks Lassie with a knife and then
a stick, and the Martins and Mr. Jessup arrive in time to capture him and save
the box. Frankie then emerges from the woods to be reunited with his dad. The
Calverton school evidently wins the prize, because at the end the Lone Ranger and
Silver appear to present the award to Timmy and the school. Both Timmy and Boomer get
to ride Silver and Lassie, now the second animal to be initiated into the Peace
Patrol, gets to lead him. Frankie Jessup: Bobby Clark. Mr. Jessup: Ken Patterson.
Vagrant: Buddy Lester. Mr. Rayburn: Oliver McGowan. Lone Ranger: Clayton Moore.
- "Swami" (05/17/59):
- When the Martins offer to host the Sunday School carnival since the churchyard is
being dug up for a new social hall, Timmy and Boomer decide to have their own
boothand after planning to have a minnow toss, find out Phil is already doing
the same thing. So they take Uncle Petrie's advice and have a fortunetelling concession.
Boomer: Todd Ferrell. Willy: Linda Wrather. Pickpocket: Ken Terrell. Phil: Ricky Kelman.
Note: While "Lassie Jr" plays Lassie in most of the episode,
there is a scene with Timmy on the phone where another collie is playing the role. You
can also see this other dog in a kitchen scene. See the sixth
season page to find out the story behind that.
- "Campout" (05/24/59):
- An older boy named Chuck, on the run from an uncle who didn't believe his
story of a marauding bear, encourages Timmy and Boomer to camp out, so they try
"roughing it" for the first timein the barn. But Chuck seeks refuge there as
well. Boomer: Todd Ferrell. Chuck: John Washbrook.
Trivia: Chuck's uncle's last name is Nelson.
Note: Washbrook played "Ken McLaughlin" on the series
My Friend Flicka. An oddityBoomer says "if Mike was here," but we never
find out why he isn't with his young master. Uncle Petrie is stated to be "in Creston" in
this episode. Oh, notice a cute piece of business when Ruth is setting the table: she
knocks over the salt cellar and then rights it, casually picking up a few grains and
tossing them over her left shoulder. One would love to know if it was scripted or she
just tossed it in!
- "Lassie's Guest" (05/31/59):
- Boomer leaves Mike in Timmy's care when he goes to visit his aunt and
unclebut Mike's favorite ball may be his undoing. Boomer: Todd Ferrell.
Al: Hal Taggart.
Trivia: The license plate number of Martins' car
is 2A3243. Al is the owner of the town garage. There is a Rayburn's Hardware Store in
town. Boomer's aunt and uncle live in Westover, and they own four cats.
Note: In the opening scene where Timmy is blowing bubbles,
"Spook" is again playing Lassie. Again, check sixth
season page. Uncle Petrie does not appear in this episode.
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