|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.
Corey Stuart: Robert Bray
Hank: Clyde Howdy
The series was telecast in color starting this year.
- "Lassie Meets a Challenge" (09/12/65):
- When Lassie finds a doe that was struck by a car, she helps the injured
animal to cover and then fetches Corey. But the pregnant deer is being stalked
by a cougar, so while Corey returns to the ranger station to get help for the
doe, Lassie gives chase after the big cat. Doc Shelton: Hugh Lawrence.
Trivia: This takes place at the Sanger Ranger
Station in the Eagle Lake National Forest. (There's an Eagle Lake in California,
but it's in the Lassen National Forest.)
Note: "Baby" is playing Lassie in this episode.
- "Sudden Fury" (09/19/65):
- While their masters are discussing business, Lassie and Spike (from "Lassie
and the Fugitive") are out chasing rabbits and being pestered by a persistent
magpieuntil they attempt to return home and are caught in a river swollen
by a flash flood. Hearing about the flood, Corey and Barney ride out to find their
dogs, only to find them trapped on a tiny sandbar in the midst of whitewater.
Barney: Cal Bartlett.
Trivia: This takes place at the Summit Peak Ranger
Station in the Stanislaus National Forest, and the dogs are trapped in San Carlos
Canyon (there's a Big Canyon in San Carlos, CA).
Note: "Spike" makes another guest appearance, this
time playing "himself."
- "Lassie and the Dynamite" (09/26/65):
- Even the crew is taking it cautiously on a badlands dynamiting project that
will create a new lake, but it's Lassie to the rescue when two boys playing
hooky wander into the blasting site: when she can't lead them off the site,
she races instead to lead Corey in a helicopter chase to catch the boys before
the dynamiting begins. Sam: Lane Bradford. Frank Driscoll: Lee Farr. Joe:
William Phipps. First Boy: Pat Coghlan. Second Boy: Johnny Bangert.
- "Lassie and the Seagull" (10/03/65):
- When Corey visits Andy Handshaw, an old friend of his father's, Lassie meets
a seagull who's "a fish out of water"his injuries are being cared for at
in Andy's desert home until he can be returned to the sea. But the bird escapes
his cage after a hawk spooks him and, as Lassie tracks him, he is stalked by the
persistent hawk, a snake, and an ocelot. Andy: Paul Newlan.
Trivia: Corey's father was also a forest ranger,
mentioned previously in "The Wayfarers."
- "Charlie Banana" (10/10/65):
- A rash of theftsincluding Hank's beloved ukeleleat the ranger
station have the everyone perplexed, but Lassie knows the culprit is a
[yet another] chimpanzee. (And, frankly, the other rangers are glad the ukelele
is gone!) Bill Westcott: Burt Douglas. Joe: Victor French. Sheriff:
House Peters Jr. Hank: Clyde Howdy. Forest Ranger: John McKee.
Trivia: This takes place at the Franklin Ranger
Station in the Eagle Lake National Forest.
Note: That big field of trees looks just like the
one Timmy and Lassie used to run around; in fact, I could swear in one scene you
could see the back of the fallen log where Timmy carved their names.
Hank is writing
and singing a song in this episode, a ballad-type piece that everyone,
including the usual faithful Lassie, attempts to avoid. Thanks to Chuck Campbell,
who sent me this transcription of Hank's song:
"Ballad of Charley Banana"
Lovin' a woman's a gamblin' game,
It brings you nothin' but sorrow and pain.
I'll tell you my story, a sad one but true,
And maybe you'll see it donšt happen to you
We met in October, oh, she was a queen,
The prettiest woman that youšve ever seen.
She'd love me forever, yes that's what she said,
But then in November, she run into Fred.
Now Fred was no bigger, nor better than Hank,
But Fred had more money, more dough in the bank,
And so in December, on a cold gloomy day,
My own true love she got stolen away.
I'm sad and I'm lonely as a man can be,
Because that fickle woman made a monkey of me.
- "In the Eyes of Lassie" (10/17/65):
- While in snow country testing a new device for measuring snowfall,
Corey must rescue the scientist who created it, victim of an altitude
spasmand as a result is snowblinded. To reach help, he must rely on Lassie.
Dr. Karl Hanson: Karl Swenson.
Note: Swenson had made other guest appearances, went
on to a couple more, and then became series regular Karl Burkholm in Season 18.
- "Trouble at Paradise Lake" (10/24/65):
- Fish are vanishing from Paradise Lake and Corey must decide whether to shut
down old Andy's fishing dock when the Government turns down the man's request
to restock the lake. To salvage Andy's business, Corey turns to Scott Frasier for
help. Andy McGrew: Chick Chandler. Scott Frasier: Morgan Jones. Hank: Clyde Howdy.
Trivia: This takes place at the Franklin Ranger
Station in the Franklin National Forest.
- "Little Dog Lost" (10/31/65):
- In Ocala, Florida, Corey and Lassie meet Mattie Dawes ("Lassie and the Swamp Girl")
once more, on her way to the local town to buy her own puppy. But the inquisitive
pup, named "Tug," escapes into the swamp on the way home, easy prey for marauding
alligators. Mattie: Suzanne Cupito. Don: John Alvin. Ben Simpson: Harry Harvey Sr.
Trivia: This takes place at the Seminole Ranger
Station in the Ocala National Forest. Mattie buys Tug at the Willow Corners Feed
Note: Before Disney invaded central Florida, Ocala,
Orlando, Kissimmee, and environs were sleepy country towns, devoted to farms
and ranches. This episode gives you a look at how it was. Notice the bouncy piece
of music that plays as Lassie and Mattie walk to the store; this was last heard
in the final year of Timmy episodes.
- "Lassie's Time of Peril" (11/07/65):
- Corey orders Lassie to wait ashore while he runs a chain across a soon-to-be
overflowing river to stop the progress of logs downstream, but she jumps in to
retrieve his dropped oar and is swept downstream, enperiled by both rapids and
logs. She makes it to safety in the midst of the rapids, then Corey must
rescue herand still set the chain. Rangers: Buck Young and Roy Engle.
Brad: Lloyd Nelson.
Note: Brad mentions the White, Modoc, and Twin
Forks Rivers, which, if this was an actual location, might pinpoint where it
- "In the Midst of Splendor" (11/14/65):
- Ignorant motorcyclists destroy ancient trees in a bristlecone pine forest,
then endanger the young woman on horseback searching for them. While she is
unhurt, her horse flees and Lassie must give chase. Johnny: Bobby Diamond.
Peter: Bob Random. Terri Young: Brooke Bundy. Doyle: Clive Wayne.
Trivia: Terry's horse is named "Coco."
Note: Filmed in the Inyo National Forest, also the
setting for the Whitman Lassie novel, Lassie and the Mystery of Bristlecone
Pine. Bristlecone pines are the oldest single living organisms on Earth;
some trees are over 5,000 years old. The second Lassie appearance for
Bobby Diamond, who starred in the children's horse series, Fury.
- "Lassie Saves a Life" (11/21/65):
- Corey and Lassie befriend Tom, a spunky motherless boy camping with his father,
who are incommunicado when a report comes in about rabid squirrels in the areaCorey
suspects Tom may have been bitten by one. Hank: Clyde Howdy. Mr. Driscoll:
Garry Walberg. Tommy Driscoll: Frankie Kalbott. Lookout: Barbara Fuller.
Note: Walberg played Corey's writer friend Jed Bingham
in "The Disappearance." Jed Bingham returns in "Lassie and the Buffalo," played by
a different actor. This once again takes place in the Eagle Lake National Forest,
with the Driscolls camping at Sherman Lake.
- "The Waif" (11/28/65):
- A collie puppy who has been living wild in a Southwestern ghost town and a
veterinarian embittered by the death of his wife are brought together by chance. Doc
Reynolds: Russell Thorson. Walt: Med Flory.
- "Crisis" (12/05/65):
- Up-and-coming ranger Wes Reed requests a transfer since his city-bred wife is
deathly afraid of the woodsuntil the day a bear attack leaves a fellow ranger
needing immediate help. Can Ann and Lassie reach the ranger's cabin in time when
the bear stalks the ranger station? Ann Reed: Joan Freeman. Bill Dayton: Mike Road.
Wes Reed: Robert Patten. Supervisor William Hoffman: Richard Damler.
Note: If viewers find Mike Road's voice familiar,
they may be animation fans: Road was the voice of "Race Bannon" on Hanna-Barbera's
classic Jonny Quest adventure series. Joan Freeman later played veterinarian
Sue Lambert on the final season of Lassie This takes place at the Cascade
Guard Station in the Franklin National Forest.
- "Pitfall" (12/12/65):
- In Los Angeles, a lonely pigeon knows he's found a friend in Lassiebut she
may inadvertantly lead him into danger when he follows her from the Los Angeles
County Museum to the LaBrea Tar Pits. Jim: Whit Bissell. Caretaker: Charles Seel.
Note: We see parts of the Los Angeles County Museum
and one of the La Brea Tar Pits in this episode, which also contains an incongruity:
the pigeon's companion flies into the tar pit escaping a maurauding cat, but after
Lassie rescues it, it's perfectly clean! Anyone who's seen sea birds caught in oil
slicks knows how deadly that coating of oil is because it sticks to the bird's feathers.
They must be cleaned with grease-cutting detergent before they can function again.
The plane seen landing at the beginning is a Convair 990 "Astrojet" in 1965 United
Airlines livery, at one time one of the fastest planes in the world.
- "Temper the Wind" (12/19/65):
- Fast-moving thunderstorms start a forest fire and endanger the lives of Carlos
Renzzi, a Hispanic shepherd who has lived under Moccasin Ridge all his life, and his
flock of sheep, including Lassie's favorite, a new lamb. When Corey asks him to leave,
Carlos will not leave his sheep nor the family cemetery which contains his parents'
graves as well as his wife's. Carlos: Ernest Sarracino. Pilot: Ron Hagerthy.
Note: Hagerthy previously appeared in the Jeff
episode "A Place for Everything." The scene of Lassie rescuing the lamb from the fire
is seen as the first scene of the introductory episode of The New Lassie.
- "The Gift of Life" (12/26/65):
- After Will Harper is injured when his car slides off a snowy road, Lassie finds
his pregnant collie Lady wandering in the woods, about to go into labor, and helps
her take refuge in the woods. Will: David Macklin. Sam Kendall: Henry Norell. ("Bob,"
the other ranger, is uncredited.)
Note: This is a black and white episode with credits
from the previous season. No idea why.
- "Lassie Catches the Poachers" (01/02/66):
- While Corey checks out a new erosion prevention device called a "gabian,"
Lassie discovers that a father and son are pulling in a lot of fish by using
dynamite to stun them. Hank: Clyde Howdy. Walt Ellsworth: Morgan Shaan. Frank:
Jim Henaghan. Dad: Douglas Kennedy.
- "The Town That Wouldn't Die" (01/16/66):
- When science alone won't restore life to the town of Pine Lake after
its source waters are diverted, Corey tracks small animals to find the
source of their water. Tom: Walter Sande. With Phil Chambers and John Cliff.
- "Just One Old Cow" (01/23/66):
- Rancher Jackson Hays says that Ben Adams' pet cow Clementine is his
property, despite Clementine's efforts to return to the elderly man. Adams:
Andy Clyde. Hays: Richard Crane. With Richard Tretter.
Note: This was the last Lassie show Clyde ever
- "The Outcast" (01/30/66):
- While feeding her forest friends, Lassie comes upon a man trapping animals
in box traps; she springs one, frees a skunk from anotherand the grateful
animal becomes Lassie's shadow.
Note: There are two very cute jokes in this episode:
in one, a tortoise comes out of the woods to feed on Lassie's goodies; a
rabbit suddenly decides he has to "race" the animal. In the second, a scene
akin to one in Disney's Lady and the Tramp, Lassie recruits a
beaver to get the skunk out of his predicamentonly to have the industrious
animal "turn tail" at the sight of the striped critter.
- "Cradle of the Deep" (02/06/66):
- While she and Corey visit the latter's old college buddy Jim in his mobile
home on the California coast, Lassie befriends two sea lions. When she is
trapped in a sea cave, the sea lions try to help her. Jim: Hugh Beaumont.
Note: Beaumont was a guest star in the second
Lassie episode ever filmed, "The Well."
- "The Homesick Hound" (02/13/66):
- Hank's Aunt Sam moves to the area with her bloodhound Rufus, but the
homesick dog refuses to settle down at any of the houses that Hank and his aunt
find. Hank: Clyde Howdy. Samantha Whitfield: Meg Wyllie.
- "The Silent Threat" (02/20/66):
- A rancher, thinking the chemicals will harm his horses, reluctantly allows his
land to be sprayed for budworms. Then one of the horses dies. Jim Borrego: Richard
Devon. Carl: Patrick Waltz. Ranger: Dick Winslow. With Jim Drum.
- "The Friendless" (02/27/66):
- Young Michael Williams, a runaway from an honor camp who loves animals but
who does not want to be trapped behind walls, befriends Lassie when she helps him
round up a runaway colt. After she leads Corey to where he's camping out, Mike
fleesbut Lassie is right behind. Mike: Richard Eyer. Tom: House Peters Jr.
Note: Check out "the Johnson home" that Mike
burgles early in the episode; it's a redress of the set for Cully Wilson's house,
both inside and out. It looks as if Corey is still at the ranger station where
"Charlie Banana" took place.
- "Avalanche" (03/06/66):
- A new type of balloon signal device helps Corey, who's trapped in an
overturned truckbut it's Lassie who goes to the rescue. With Lawrence Montaigne
and Chris Hubbard.
- "Babes in the Woods" (03/13/66):
- A coyote separates a female raccoon and her kits, and Lassie must get both babies
back to their mother, including one who is heading for a steep bluff overlooking the
- "Lassie's Rescue Mission" (03/20/66):
- Lassie finds a home for a family of rabbits displaced by a
range-clearing project, but must rescue one of the baby bunnies when it goes
exploring and is hunted by both a hawk and a cougar. Whit: Mark Tapscott.
- "The Doll" (03/27/66):
- Corey and Lassie manage to find seven-year-old Kathy Vaughn, lost at the Pine
View campgrounds, but the child hovers in shock at the hospital, calling for her
lost doll. Kathy: Kym Karath. Mr. Vaughn: Tyler MacDuff. Steve: Mark Tapscott.
Note: Karath played the youngest of the the Von Trapp
family children, Gretl, in the film The Sound of Music.
- "The Untamed Land" (04/03/66):
- Hermit Boone Sawyer is against power lines cutting through the woods as it would
destroy a beautiful wilderness area; when the man directing the job breaks down in
the forest, Boone and Lassie show him what he would be destroying. Boone: John
Anderson. J.H. Alpert: Dick Clark. With Victor French.
- "The Day the Mountain Shook" (04/17/66):
- While leading a hike at a camp for boys with hearing impairments, Corey and
Lassie help a youngster named Joey, whom Corey finds out is psychologically rather
than physically deaf, nurse an injured squirrel. But an earthquake strikes on the
day Joey decides to return the animal to the woods. Jim Owens: Skip Homeier.
boys cast in this episode were from the Mary E. Bennett School for the Deaf.
- "The Vigil" (04/24/66):
- Lassie tries to lead a scruffy little terrier from a rockslide area, but the
faithful animal refuses to move until Lassie finds his lost master, a young man
who's slipped over a cliff and injured his foot. Karl: Michael Burns. And "Sandy."
Note: This is another black and white episodes with
the previous year's credits. Burns previously played Timmy's blind friend in the
eighth season episode, "Joey."
- "The Strongest Instinct" (05/01/66):
- Young Bill Pederson, now in charge of the family's lumber business, undertakes
to do the dangerous job of topping an oversized pine tree but is at first stopped by
his overprotective mother. Then when he does undertake the task, it looks as if her
worst fears will come true. Bill Pederson: Tim McIntire. Maggie Pederson: Ann Doran.
Josh: Robert Williams.
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