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The Odyssey 

Talented young painter Dylan Whitaker promised his dying father that he would some day see the ocean he loves to put on canvas; but "some day" comes too soon when Dylan is diagnosed with ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Landon

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls (credit only)
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Albert Quinn Ingalls
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Steve Shaw Steve Shaw ... Dylan Whittaker
Melinda Cordell ... Gwen Whittaker
Ken O'Brien Ken O'Brien ... Ferret
J.S. 'Joe' Young J.S. 'Joe' Young ... Zacc McCabe (as J.S. 'Joe' Young)
James Driskill James Driskill ... Snake (as Jim Driskill)
Bill Ewing Bill Ewing ... William Hearst
John Steadman ... Jasper
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Storyline

Talented young painter Dylan Whitaker promised his dying father that he would some day see the ocean he loves to put on canvas; but "some day" comes too soon when Dylan is diagnosed with incurable leukemia and, to keep his promise, he and his concerned friends, Laura and Albert, sneak away from Walnut Grove to hop a railroad freight car bound for the California coast. Written by shepherd1138

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TV-PG

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1979 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The black locomotive typically used for a train in the series (the famous Sierra #3 of the Sierra Railroad, a veteran of many movies and TV shows) is shown to make the entire trip from Minnesota to San Francisco. 4-6-0 locomotives such as Sierra #3 did not have enough power to negotiate the mountain grades in the Rockies, and would have been substituted out for more powerful (and, often, multiple) locomotives for the stretch. See more »

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Albert Quinn Ingalls: [after Laura pushes the bad guy off the train] I'll never make fun of girls again!
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Wrong newspaper owner cited

The newspaper man that gave the Minnesota troup a ride to the California coast from San Francisco was William Hearst, not William Harris as noted by Mitchrmp.i


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