"The Long Road Home"
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Original air date March 3, 1976
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Written by John Hawkins
Directed by Michael Landon
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During a recession, Charles and Mr. Edwards take a job handling highly explosive liquid dynamite along a rough and dangerously winding road. Also on the same job is an experienced black man with a tolerant attitude and a prejudiced young man who refuses to accept his partner.

Through rough detours, bandits, and prejudice, Charles and Mr. Edwards must work hard on the long road home.



  • Charles tells Edwards that he has experience with dynamite, a reference to the Season 1 episode, "100 Mile Walk." In this case the explosive is "blasting oil" (nitroglycerin). Its a little odd that the railroad would transport nitroglycerin by wagon in the year this episode takes place. One reason dynamite was invented in 1867 was because so many parts of the country had banned the transportation of blasting oil because it was so unstable.?
  • Lou Gossett Jr. is best known for his Oscar winning role as the tough gunnery sergeant in "An Officer and a Gentleman.?
  • Richard Jaeckal who plays Murphy in this episode appears again as in season 7's "Sylvia" as Walnut Grove's blacksmith and secretive rapist Irv Hartwig.?

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