|Season 5, Episode 24 |
#114 overall in Series
|Series:||Little House on the Prairie|
|Original air date||March 19, 1979|
|Production code||5024 / 524|
|Written by||Carole Raschella & Michael Raschella|
|Directed by||Michael Landon|
|Guest starring:||Steve Shaw|
J.S. 'Joe' Young
"Back to School (Part 1)"
(Season 6 premiere)
"The Odyssey" was the 24th and final episode of Season 5 of Little House on the Prairie, also the 114th overall series episode. Directed by Michael Landon, the episode, which was co-written by Carole Raschella & Michael Raschella, premiered on NBC-TV on March 19, 1979.
Laura and Albert's friend, Dylan, has one dream - to one day see the ocean. When the boy discovers he is terminally ill, he sets out to realize his dream and Laura and Albert join him. As the trio begins the journey to San Francisco, they come across a few stumbling blocks and are soon found by a worried Charles.
The children convince Charles to help Dylan obtain his dream of seeing the ocean before he dies. The group meets William Randolph Hearst, the famous American newspaper magnate, along the way.
- Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls
- Karen Grassle as Caroline Ingalls
- Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls
- Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls (credited only)
- Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush as Carrie Ingalls (in alternating scenes)
- Matthew Laborteaux as Albert Quinn Ingalls
- Jeffrey as Bandit
- Kevin Hagen as Dr. Hiram Baker
- Steve Shaw as Dylan Whittaker
- Melinda Cordell as Gwen Whittaker
- Ken O'Brien as Ferret
- J.S. 'Joe' Young as Zacc McCabe (as J.S. 'Joe' Young)
- James Driskill as Snake (as Jim Driskill)
- Bill Ewing as William Hearst
- John Steadman as Jasper
- Bill Quinn as Train Conductor
- Gavin Mooney as Stationmaster
- Maurice Hill as Editor
- Bob Miles as Train Bouncer (uncredited)