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"The Odyssey"
Season 5, Episode 24
#115 overall in Series
Series: Little House on the Prairie
Network/Country: NBC-TV
Original air date March 19, 1979
Production code 5024 / 524
Episode Guide
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Written by Carole Raschella & Michael Raschella
Directed by Michael Landon
Guest starring: Steve Shaw
Melinda Cordell
Ken O'Brien
J.S. 'Joe' Young
James Driskill
Bill Ewing
John Steadman
Bill Quinn
Gavin Mooney
Maurice Hill
Bob Miles
Episode Chronology
Previous episode:
"Mortal Mission"
Next episode:
"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. Along the way, the group meets William Randolph Hearst, the famous American newspaper magnate.


Guest stars

  • 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)

External links

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Mortal Mission Back to School (Part 1)