|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.
Bob Erickson: Jack DeMave
Scott Turner: Jed Allan
Neeka: Mark Miranda
When Robert Bray left the series after four seasons, the public was told Bray had
"tired" of the series. Unfortunately, Bray really left due to an alcohol problem.
Replacing Bray were two rangers who would alternate as the human leadsthey
designated themselves as "Lassie's godfathers," taking care of her while Corey
recovered from burns received in a forest fire. Jed Allan (later to go on to
daytime drama) made a pretty stalwart ranger, but Jack DeMave's character seemed
The series also attempted to enter a new youngster into the series for an occasional
appearance; Mark Miranda played Neeka, a 13-year-old Tlingit Indian boy adopted by
Scott's old mentor. Neeka appears in seven episodes in season 15 and four in
season 16. Mark Miranda then returns as Andy Lopez, one of the boys fostered
at the Holden Ranch.
Trivia Note: Ranger Bob Erickson was named for Lassie's most prolific
writers, Robert Schaefer and Eric Freiwald.
- "Lassie's Race for Life" (09/29/68):
- Corey is working with Linda Monroe, a geologist consulting with the Forest Service
on landslide prevention, when Lassie finds a goose that has metal poisoning. The dying
bird's only hope is that an antiserum can be administered before noon, so Corey and
Lassie race to ranger headquarters to get the serum while the goose's mate waits
faithfully by. Then a fresh landslide blocks the road. Bill: John Cliff. Clay Adams:
Morgan Jones. Linda Monroe: Patricia Owens.
Note: While we would find it patronizing today that Linda
is referred to as a "girl" and reassured about her ability to treat the goose, this is
one of the first shows I remember where a woman had a "man's job" like a geologist,
and her expertise in taking soil samples is not questioned or made a joke of.
- "Burst of Freedom" (10/06/68):
- Lassie races for help after an earthquake traps Corey under a tree in the path
of an incipient rockslide, but the motorist who picks her up nets and drugs her,
selling her to a vet conducting animal experiments. Professor Jonathan Leod: Vaughn Taylor.
Cliff: Berkeley Harris. Ann: Merry Anders.
- "Holocaust" part 1 (10/13/68):
- While going out with the smoke jumpers, Corey and his partner Lane are trapped
in the path of an advancing firestorm. Badly burned and rushed to the hospital,
they've been tracked by Lassie, who is headed off by ranger Bob Erickson, who
takes her in. Dave: Ron Hayes. Air Control: Lloyd Nelson. Bob Erickson: Jack DeMave.
Dr. Baker: Gregory Morton. Ed: Darwin Joston. Lane Becker: Robert Brubaker.
With Robert Patten.
Note: Robert Bray doesn't actually appear in this episode;
instead clips from "A Time for Courage" are inserted showing Corey surveying the fire,
then going off with the smoke jumpers, parachuting in, and being trapped. The shot
of Lassie jumping up to look around while surrounded by smoke appears to come from
"Temper the Wind."
- "Holocaust" part 2 (10/20/68):
- The director of the Forest Service sends Scott Turner to help decide Lassie's
fate after they realize Corey's recovery will take months. But while Scott and
Bob survey the fire site, Lassie escapes Bob's trailer to brave the freeway and
reach the hospital just as Corey is being transferred to another. She's assisted on
her journey by a friendly policeman who delivers her to the hospitalbut now
she must find her master. Dave: Ron Hayes. Director: Donald Woods. Policeman: William
Bramley. Doctor: Tyler McVey.
Trivia: Bob grew up on a farm and owned two big hounds;
one, named Duke, slept at the foot of his bed each night. Scott grew up in the city,
but owned a painted turtle for three weeks. Corey was hospitalized at Santa Clarita
Hospital and transferred to Mercy Hospital.
Note: Lane dies from his burns in this outing.
- "Last Frontier" (10/27/68):
- Lassie and Scott, flying to Juneau, Alaska, and their pilot Johnny Chalmers,
son of Scott's old mentor Dean Chalmers, land near a glacier to help a hunter and
his partner, who was mauled by a bear and who is now wandering, feverish and
wounded, in the forest with a gun. Johnny Chalmers: Jeff Pomerantz. Wayne: Philip
Pine. Dave: Douglas Henderson.
Trivia: The boat that Chalmers lives on is called a
"wannigan." His deceased wife was named Martha. Scott trained under Dean Chalmers
at the Chutes in Oregon ten years earlier.
- "Eagle's Dynasty" (11/03/68):
- After Scott and Lassie are introduced to Johnny's adopted brother Neeka, Dean
and Scott survey an island, where they rescue a female eagle that has become
sodden from a fall in the lake while Lassie protects her eaglet from a lynx.
Neeka: Mark Miranda. Dean Chalmers: Robert Rockwell. Johnny Chalmers: Jeff Pomerantz.
- "Day of the Wolf" (11/10/68):
- While Dean and Scott continue their survey of the waterfront, Neeka and Lassie
go fishing, but the boy must take charge when Lassie breaks her leg in a
trapand a wolf is stalking the injured dog. Neeka: Mark Miranda. Dean
Chalmers: Robert Rockwell.
- "Glacier Canyon" (11/17/68):
- Dean is knocked unconscious repairing a gas leak on their cabin cruiser and
a recovering Lassie braves icy waters to find Neeka and Scott, who are finishing
up the last in a series of glacier studies. Then they must wait while the Coast
Guard effects a rescue. Neeka: Mark Miranda. Dean Chalmers: Robert Rockwell.
Dispatcher's Voice: Lloyd Nelson. Johnny Chalmers: Jeff Pomerantz.
Trivia: The cabin cruiser they are using is named
the "Tongass Ranger," radio frequency WZ3325. The Coast Guard boat sent to the
rescue is the "Cape Florida."
- "Track of the Jaguar" part 1 (11/24/68):
- Scott and Lassie are visiting the Denning quarter horse/cattle ranch so that
Scott can take soil samples to determine if badly-burned land can be once again
used for grazing, When a maurading jaguar so frightens Lady, an in-foal mare, that she
dies after giving birth, Scott helps the rancher track down the animal. Billy
Cameron: Paul Petersen. Paul Denning: Garry Walberg. Doc Barnes: Ed Prentiss.
Trivia: The horse Billy is exercising is "Sundance."
Billy's dad used to be Denning's horse trainer; Billy took over three years earlier
after his father's death.
Note: Name that setting! Yes, we're at Vasquez Rocks
- "Track of the Jaguar" part 2 (12/01/68):
- After the jaguar attacks Billy's beloved bloodhound Jason, the young man joins
Scott and Lassie in hunting the killer feline. But inquisitive Shooting Star, Lady's
orphaned foal, follows Billy into the hills where he becomes the prey. Billy
Cameron: Paul Petersen. Paul Denning: Garry Walberg.
Note: For some inexplicable reason, a cougar helps Lassie
keep the jaguar away from Jason. We never learn why. Perhaps a territorial dispute
between the two cats? But this doesn't explain why the cougar then lies down and
guards Jason for Lassie until the humans show up! There is no other episode this season
that might explain why this happened, such as Lassie helping a cougar in the same area.
- "New Horizon" (12/08/68):
- When Scott and Lassie rejoin Bob in California, where he and graduate
student Diane Stafford are working on ideas for underwater parks, they rescue
a pelicanwho returns the favor when Scott and Diane are trapped underwater by
a net. Diane: Wende Wagner.
Note: This is one of the few episodes after "The
Holocaust" that Bob and Scott are in together. Filmed at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at
the University of California.
- "Out of the Frying Pan" (12/15/68):
- Lassie is kept busy while Bob and his partner Al exercise some forest service mounts
in the surf: as she tries to protect a lost white kitten (the property of a dog-wary local
woman) that is fleeing a predatory hawk, she also has to chase down Starfire, a recalitrant
horse. Finally she sets the kittn in a tidal cave for safety while she fetches the mare, but
the tide is rapidly coming in. Amy Baker: Ellen Corby. Al Jennings: Morgan Jones.
Trivia: This is set at the Indian Springs Ranger Station at
the Elk River National Forest.
Note: Beefcake for 1960s Lassie fans: DeMave and Jones
ride horseback sans shirts!
- "Lassie and the 4-H Boys" (12/29/68):
- Two brothers disagree over the fate of Butch, their 4-H bullRuss, who's
made a pet of the animal, wants to keep him, but Ken wants to sell him for beef to earn
their college tuition. So when Butch wanders away, Ken accuses Russ of hiding him. Russ
Hines: Jim Halferty. Ken Hines: Jerry Mathers. Mr. Hines: Steve Brodie.
Judge's Voice: Lloyd Nelson.
- "Deadly Game" (01/05/69):
- Lassie's day with Jingo, a beagle staying with his owner's father on the
man's home construction site turns too busy: first she pulls the beagle away
from a blasting site, then, in trying to get him out of a house about to be
demolished, Lassie is herself trapped. Hank: Roy Engel. Worker: H. Lloyd
Trivia: Bob was born on a farm.
- "What Price Valor?" part 1 (01/12/69):
- Bruno, a war dog under rehabilitation, suffers from flashbacks after being
exposed to blasting and escapes from his run. After warning the construction crew
and local ranchers that Bruno is dangerous, his trainer Mike and Bob, on horseback
with Lassie trailing him, set out find him before the others do. Mike Cranston:
Norman Alden. Joe: Mike Farrell (billed as "Michael Farrell"). Al: John Cliff.
Carl: Wayne Heffley.
Trivia: Takes place near the Indian Springs Ranger
Station in the Elk River National Forest.
- "What Price Valor?" part 2 (01/19/69):
- After Bruno stampedes Charlie Withers' corral of horses and kills a calf at
the Grant ranch, the anchers begin hunting the dog. Lassie, finding him first,
tries to lead him home. Then Buck is thrown from his horse and it looks as if
Bruno will attack him. Mike: Norman Alden. Buck Grant: William Smith. Joe: Mike
Farrell (billed as "Michael Farrell"). Charlie Withers: Stuart Randall. Jim
Malone: James McCallion.
Note: James McCallion used to play Mi Taylor opposite
another 1960s animal star, King, of the the television series National Velvet,
which also featured Arthur Space (Doc Weaver in the Jeff and Timmy episodes) as
Velvet's father, Herbert Brown.
- "A Chance to Live" (01/26/69):
- While Bob surveys a potential campsite on the Oregon coast, Lassie befriends
a mallard and her ducklings, but the animals are endangered by a quite innocent
source: a man performing maintenance on his car in the woods. Jack: Bill Williams.
Man: Sam Edwards.
- "The Return Home" (02/02/69):
- The owner of a dune buggy concession/club refuses to allow the Forest Service
to stabilize an area of his property near a lake, where dune erosion threatens
the lake and the nearby village. While Bob thinks of a way for Rick to keep his
club and protect the dunes, the club's expectant mutt Lady keeps returning
to the now sand-engulfed shack she once lived inand ends up having her pups in
the midst of the raceway. Rick Butler: Sammy Jackson. District Ranger: Bill
Trivia: Bob was evidently something of a mechanic in
his younger years. He mentions that many a boy who tinkered with cars later became
a pilot or astronaut. Was he perhaps also talking about himself?
- "Tempest," part 1 (02/09/69):
- Bob and Lassie visit the wild, surf-tossed Oregon coast where logs washed downriver
into Winchester Bay after a flood are creating a problem for the Coast Guard, where
they meet Jake Peterson, an old acquaintance of Lassie, a former forest ranger who
now is a crab fisherman. The logs prove even more dangerous next day, when Jake takes
Lassie out fishing with him; one strikes and disables his boat as a storm brews.
Jake Peterson: Ford Rainey. And Chief Tom McAdams as himself. (Pete is uncredited.)
Note: McAdams, a decorated Master Chief Boatswain's Mate,
tells his story here.
He mentions the Lassie episode on page five of the interview.
- "Tempest," part 2 (02/16/69):
- Huddled together in his disabled boat, Lassie and injured Jake Peterson ride out
the tumultuous surf. As the boat heads for the treacherous Cliffs, Bob and the Coast
Guard mount a dangerous rescue to save their lives. Jake: Ford Rainey. Pilot:
Christian Drake. And Chief Tom McAdams as himself.
- "To Catch a Crow" (02/23/69):
- Scott's crusade to prove to congressman Ted Worth that a camp for Job Corps
volunteers will not introduce "hoodlums and thieves" into the neighborhood is
endangered when a crow snatches his son's watch, implicating Luke Roberts, a
former deliquent determined to do something with his life. Luke Roberts:
Richard Evans. Roy: Cal Bartlett. Ted Worth: Peter Hobbs. Phil Worth: Dan
Trivia: Scott was born and raised in Chicago, and,
from a comment he makes, may have had a troubled adolescence.
- "Walden" (03/02/69):
- Lassie befriend Patricia Prescott, who refers to herself as "Walden," a
free-spirited teenage girl, who has left home to live in the wilderness like her
idol, Henry David Thoreau, after the young woman cleans up a picnic area. But
both of them are endangered by aftershocks from an offshore earthquake,
especially when Walden takes refuge in a cave. Walden: Hilarie Thompson.
Sheriff Baker: L.E. "Buck" Young. Dispatcher: H. Lloyd
Trivia: This takes place at the Blue Jay Guard
Station in the Columbia National Forest.
Note: Notice the City Hall Scott parks in front
of early in the episode. This same set was also used as a hospital in the Timmy
episode "The Dognappers."
- "The Stalker" (03/09/69):
- Lassie leads the search for a tiger that escaped while en route to the zoo.
The frightened animal is on a rampage. Rick: Richard Tretter. Lori: Patricia
Derby. Andy: Kevin Hagen. (TV Guide synopsis courtesy Sharon Turner.)
- "Price of Wisdom" (03/16/69):
- When Scott and Lassie visit Neeka and Dean Chalmers at their temporary home,
Neeka takes Lassie with him to help finish collecting and identifying plants
for a school project, and meet Clay Bowers, a former construction worker with a
leg injury who has turned into a bit of a hermit. Neeka asks Bowers to help him
with his project, partially to draw the embittered man out of his shell.
Neeka: Mark Miranda. Dean Chalmers: Robert Rockwell. Mr. Bowers:
Note: Dean is on annual leave and is caring for
Oakwood Lodge as a favor to his old friend Mr. Haskell.
- "Night of the Ghost" (03/23/69):
- Scott, Lassie and Neeka survey riding trails and camp out at the hotel of an
derelict mining town reputed to be haunted by a wolf and the man who killed him.
Whistling winds, falling objects and a sound like a wolf howl continue to spook
both Neeka and Lassie, especially after darkness falls. Neeka: Mark Miranda.
- "Time of Crisis" (03/30/69):
- While his dad's in town, Neeka gets the idea to drive his father's truck.
It strikes a rock, gas spills, and Neeka and Lassie escape in time, but the
resulting explosion send the horses fleeing. When found, Neeka's horse Cloudy is
badly hurtand may have a broken leg. Neeka: Mark Miranda. Chalmers: Robert
Rockwell. Dr. Samuel Roderick: John Harmon.
Note: Scott does not appear in this episode.
- "Lassie and the Flying Squirrels" (04/06/69):
- In this all-animal episode, Lassie follows a flying squirrel back to its nest,
where she meets the animal's mate. When the mate is trapped in a discarded tin can,
Lassie's new friend braves a stalking bobcat to enlist the collie's help. But
the trapped squirrel is first endangered by a hungry coyote, and then by a roll
down a cliff that leads to a busy park road, with Lassie and its mate in hot pursuit.
Note: The episode makes it look like a flying squirrel
can glide prodigiously long distances; they are really only capable of short "flights."
At the beginning of the episode, it looks as if the three horses in the corral are
the ones that escaped in "Time of Crisis," including Neeka's horse Cloudy. Yes, of
courseŚLassie drops the now-empty can in one of the park trash barrels before
she leaves for home!
- "Moonshiners" (04/13/69):
- Brothers Leroy and Woody, with their mongrel dog Charley, move into the Clear
Lake National Forest in order to make moonshine undisturbed, but when Bob catches
Woody buying supplies for their product, Leroy tries to distract the rangerby
setting a small fire in the tinder-dry forest. Woody: Wayne Sutherlin. Leroy:
Buckland Noah Berry. Ranger: Patrick Waltz.
Note: Spike plays Charley.
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