The BEST episodes directed by Michael Landon

The Lost Ones (2)
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8.79
66 votes

#1 - The Lost Ones (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 22

The Cooper children go home with Charles, but as they're adjusting, a set of adoptive parents arrive.

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A Dream of Wild Horses
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8.70
7 votes

#2 - A Dream of Wild Horses

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 10

Jonathan and Mark are hired to help honor ranch. They must try to convince a grandfather that he is still needed and isn't too old to do anything just because he thinks he is.

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The Reincarnation of Nellie (2)
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8.67
81 votes

#3 - The Reincarnation of Nellie (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 8 - Episode 2

Nancy turns out to be worse than Nellie ever was. She even locks another girl in the ice house. The students devise a plan to teach Nancy a lesson. They trick her into being the star in a dunking tank. Also during this episode, Adam and Mary move to New York so that they can earn a living and Hester Sue comes to Walnut Grove to work at the restaurant.

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Keep Smiling
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8.65
11 votes

#4 - Keep Smiling

Highway to Heaven - Season 2 - Episode 16

Jonathan is given one of the most emotional assignments he's ever had ... to help his own widow regain her love for life.

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The Lost Ones (1)
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8.57
97 votes

#5 - The Lost Ones (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 21

While making an out-of-town delivery, Albert and Charles meet and travel with the Cooper family. An accident occurs en route with the parents, leaving Charles in charge of their two children.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder (1)
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8.54
96 votes

#6 - Laura Ingalls Wilder (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 1

Upon being sold a piece of land, Almanzo is eager to begin building a home for him and Laura. He hires his friend Harv Miller to assist him with his crop. Meanwhile, Laura is offered a teaching job at a faraway school.

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The Gift of Life
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8.50
10 votes

#7 - The Gift of Life

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 25

Jonathan and Mark's latest assignment is to try and get cold hearted businessman R.R. Benson to change his ways. When subtlety fails, Jonathan decides to try the direct approach and tell Benson who he is and why he is here. When Benson refuses to change, Jonathan tells him to read the Bible. And it's during the night that a burglar breaks in and shoots Benson. Later Jonathan and Mark find Benson but he's now a spirit. That's when Jonathan takes him on a tour of his life and what he has done. Upon seeing that Jonathan tells him he's being given the opportunity to relive the last week of his life. And he tries to do the right thing this time.

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Wally
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8.50
12 votes

#8 - Wally

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 15

Jonathan and Mark tag along with an elderly street puppeteer who's also an angel - but doesn't know it.

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To Bind the Wounds
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8.47
11 votes

#9 - To Bind the Wounds

Highway to Heaven - Season 2 - Episode 18

Jonathan and Mark help a whole town to remember how a young soldier who was killed in Vietnam touched their lives when the attempts of his father to have a memorial made to commemorate his son are ignored.

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The Silent Cry
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8.44
82 votes

#10 - The Silent Cry

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 5

The orphanage in Sleepy Eye faces a difficult situation when two young brothers meet with a potential adoptive family. The younger child refuses to speak and shows symptoms of emotional trauma, so the family is only interested in taking the older child. Rather than be separated, the boys run away to the nearby blind school, where the kindly Houston agrees to help. Although the aging Houston would love to adopt them himself, it creates problems that he cannot handle by himself, so Charles and Jonathan must intervene.

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Time in a Bottle
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8.43
5 votes

#11 - Time in a Bottle

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 15

When a homeless man is arrested for robbery, Jonathan tries to get the man's friend, another homeless man who was a lawyer to defend him. It appears that the D.A. prosecuting the case is taking a hard line because a powerful man wants to get rid of the homeless people.

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Parents' Day
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8.29
10 votes

#12 - Parents' Day

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 21

Jonathan and Mark, as police detectives investigating drug selling in schools, become involved when the son of a famous news anchorman and leading anti-drug proponent learns that his father is a secret cocaine user and informs the police, leading to a cover-up and betrayal of trust by the father.

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Birds of a Feather
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8.29
17 votes

#13 - Birds of a Feather

Highway to Heaven - Season 2 - Episode 6

Out of fear of losing their jobs, workers at a factory ignore ground-water contamination (even though the contamination is making their children sick), and Jonathan must resort to drastic measures to force them to face the facts - but the consequences may be just as fatal to him.

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Back To School (2)
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8.25
157 votes

#14 - Back To School (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 6 - Episode 2

When Laura and Nellie get in a fight about the graduation test, Almanzo separates them and takes Laura home with him. When Charles finds out that Almanzo took Laura home with him, Charles goes to Almanzo's place and punches Almanzo because he fears his daughter was being taken advantage of. Laura yells at the fighting pair and tells them that she is no longer a child.

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A Father's Faith
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8.25
8 votes

#15 - A Father's Faith

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 22

When Jonathan and Mark decide to take some time off, they visit Mark's friends to go fishing. When they arrive, they discover, the son of Mark's friends was in an accident a few years ago and after being taken off life support is still alive and is a convalescent home. And the father spends all his time with his son practically ignoring his wife. And the tension between them causes problems for their daughter who hasn't visited her brother because she was with her brother when he had his accident.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder (2)
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8.21
66 votes

#16 - Laura Ingalls Wilder (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 2

Almanzo's dreams of building a home do not go as planned, forcing him to postpone the wedding. Laura has a way for them to earn some money, but his rejection of her idea starts a feud between them.

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Going Home, Going Home
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8.15
29 votes

#17 - Going Home, Going Home

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 16

Mark gets a chance to go back in time to tell his grandfather that he loved him. Mark also gets to help his grandfather said his farm for repossession but he must get Mark Jr. to tell his grandfather that he loves him and would rather stay with him.

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A Mother and a Daughter
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8.14
11 votes

#18 - A Mother and a Daughter

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 18

Jonathan and Mark's assignment is to reunite a Hollywood actress with her estranged daughter who is writing a book about her life with her mother in a negative way because she was never told the truth about her father. Meanwhile, another angel reveals to Mark that if Jonathan is successful with this assignment it could mean he will be moved up to heaven and Mark isn't happy about the idea of loosing his best friend.

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As Difficult as ABC
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8.12
23 votes

#19 - As Difficult as ABC

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 17

Brian Baldwin learns that his hopes of being a college basketball star are dashed when he is diagnosed with cardiac insufficiency. Now he must face another challenge the challenge is that he cannot read. He tries to hide that fact but doesn't hide it very well.

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (1)
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8.11
125 votes

#20 - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 6 - Episode 23

Almanzo asks for Laura's hand in marriage. Mr. Ingalls tells Almanzo to wait until Laura was eighteen. Not wanting to wait, Almanzo forces Laura to choose him or respect her father. Laura respects her father's wishes. Almanzo leaves town and causes Laura a lot of heartache. Harriet hires Percival Dalton to help her in the restaurant. Nellie and Percival fall in love and eventually Percival asks Nellie to marry him. Adam's father dies, which means that a new blind school wouldn't be built in Walnut Grove.

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The Inner Limits
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8.11
6 votes

#21 - The Inner Limits

Highway to Heaven - Season 5 - Episode 11

A young man is considering institutionalizing his brother, who has been completely paralyzed and speechless for many years, against the wishes of their mother who insists that the brother is not vegetative but can truly understand. When Jonathan and Mark prove that far from being mindless the brother does indeed have a brilliant mind locked in his disadvantaged body, the man must confront his guilt and shame as well as the brother he gave up on.

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Man's Best Friend (2)
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8.07
11 votes

#22 - Man's Best Friend (2)

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 2

Alex finally meets the family of his dreams, those dreams are soon shattered when the turners want to adopt Alex. Alex wants to take Jake with him but the Foster family lives in a place where dogs aren't allowed. In order to make his dream come true Alex runs away with Jake to the family he first fell in love with. Michele and Paul had been hoping to have a baby on their own but soon learn that adoption maybe their best option.

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For the Love of Larry
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8.05
16 votes

#23 - For the Love of Larry

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 3

After his owners are trapped at the bottom of a hill in car accident, a precocious dog tries to lead Jonathon and Mark to them.

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Alone
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8.05
16 votes

#24 - Alone

Highway to Heaven - Season 2 - Episode 13

A homeless boy wishes that someone would love him and so Jonathan comes to him and offers to make his wish come true. They go to a man whose separated from his wife who refuses to let her see their son. And he also refuses to believe that his son who's confined to a wheelchair is because of something psychological.

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One Winged Angels
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8.04
25 votes

#25 - One Winged Angels

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 15

Jonathan has a tough time on this particular assignment. He is supposed to get Libby and earl to fall love with each other but Jonathan runs into one problem before he can accomplish the assignment he falls in love with Libby. Mark tells Jonathan that God may have wanted Jonathan to fall in love again so he wouldn't lose touch with what it's like to be a human being and feel how painful falling in love can be.

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A Wiser Heart
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8.01
78 votes

#26 - A Wiser Heart

Little House on the Prairie - Season 8 - Episode 5

Laura goes to visit Eliza Jane because of a literature seminar that is going on in town. Laura has to find a part-time job to pay for meals and other stuff. She ends up hating the job. There is a person who Laura met on the train who begins to like Eliza Jane. Eliza Jane in turn begins to like the professor teaching the seminar and the professor likes Laura. The professor tells Laura that her writing is bad when Laura tells him she is happily married. The man on the train eventually defends Laura's writing. It only takes one punch by the man to get the professor to take off and leave.

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Aloha
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8.00
6 votes

#27 - Aloha

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 20

A Hawaiian singer learns to overcome self-pity after being disabled in a truck accident.

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I Was a Middle Aged Werewolf
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8.00
9 votes

#28 - I Was a Middle Aged Werewolf

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 5

During Halloween night, Jonathan helps a little boy get over his fears.

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A Dolphin Song for Lee (2)
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8.00
7 votes

#29 - A Dolphin Song for Lee (2)

Highway to Heaven - Season 4 - Episode 22

A teen aged girl goes through an operation, that may not be successful. Mark helps Her fulfill Her dream of saving the dolphins.

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Friends
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8.00
9 votes

#30 - Friends

Highway to Heaven - Season 2 - Episode 24

Jonathan and Mark are substitute teachers in a high school where a lesson on true friendship is underscored by Jonathan's assigning an ostracized overweight girl to tutor a brash baseball star in danger of flunking out of school.

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Hotel of Dreams
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8.00
29 votes

#31 - Hotel of Dreams

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 12

Mark and Jonathan work as hotel bellhops to help a millionaire's son (Brian Kerwin) find meaning in his life.

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Little Girl Lost
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7.99
81 votes

#32 - Little Girl Lost

Little House on the Prairie - Season 3 - Episode 4

Carrie, having tagged along on Laura and Mary's classroom assignment, falls down a mine shaft, providing an alcoholic ex-miner a chance at redemption.

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Dearest Albert, I'll Miss You
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7.93
78 votes

#33 - Dearest Albert, I'll Miss You

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 8

Albert tries to impress a penpal he figures he'll never see.

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A Christmas They Never Forgot
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7.92
55 votes

#34 - A Christmas They Never Forgot

Little House on the Prairie - Season 8 - Episode 11

Mary, Adam, Hester Sue, the Wilders, and the Ingalls are all together for Christmas. The snow begins falling and soon they are snowed in by a blizzard. To pass time, several of them tell stories. Laura talks about the Christmas in Kansas when Mr. Edwards came.

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To Die in Darkness
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7.92
9 votes

#35 - To Die in Darkness

Bonanza - Season 9 - Episode 28

While the others are away, Ben and Candy are lured by an old friend of Ben's to go somewhere. The "friend" traps them in a deep pit. He comes back to give them food, but how long will he be feeling "generous"?

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Heavy Date
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7.91
11 votes

#36 - Heavy Date

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 23

Jonathan and Mark have an interesting assignment as they try to give Gary and Alice a new direction in their lives. As Gary begins to fall in love with Alice he soon discovers a secret that suddenly makes him a father. Alice makes plans to give up her baby for adoption but as the birth of the baby gets closer she begins to have second thoughts about giving the baby up.

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There's No Place Like Home (1)
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7.90
68 votes

#37 - There's No Place Like Home (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 5 - Episode 5

Toby Noe wins a lottery of $5,000 and becomes a man of means. He buys the children a cartload of fireworks, for an annual celebration. Standish dupes Toby into losing all his money using cards and drink at the saloon. Everything comes to a head as the fireworks go off in the saloon. The Ingalls, Olesons, and Garveys get tired of the bustling city life during all this (Nels getting drunk and wins a whole pile of money), and they decide quickly to return to Walnut Grove. The Ingalls take Albert along with them.

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Basinger's New York
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7.88
14 votes

#38 - Basinger's New York

Highway to Heaven - Season 3 - Episode 13

It's Christmas time and Jonathan and Mark's assignment is to prove to a cynical reporter, who doesn't believe that there's any goodness in the world, that there is.

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A Promise To Keep
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7.88
34 votes

#39 - A Promise To Keep

Little House on the Prairie - Season 8 - Episode 19

Mr. Edwards' alcoholism, fueled by John Jr.'s violent death, ruins his marriage, and he travels back to Walnut Grove to see solace with his old friends. However, those long-standing friendships are put to the test when an accident, caused by a drunken Mr. Edwards, nearly costs Albert his life.

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To See The Light (1)
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7.88
50 votes

#40 - To See The Light (1)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 7 - Episode 10

An accident restores Adam's eyesight.

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Remember Me (2)
star
7.87
102 votes

#41 - Remember Me (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 2 - Episode 8

The Ingalls' neighbor, the widow Julia Sanderson, finds out that she will die soon. She asks Charles to find a good home for her three children. After Julia dies, Charles has a difficult time finding someone that will take all three of the children.

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A Divine Madness
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7.87
29 votes

#42 - A Divine Madness

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 8

Jonathan and Mark have started their assignment by meeting with one of the people that Crock Jr. wants to bulldoze, a sweet middle-aged lady named Gwen,who runs a veterinary clinic. Jonathan convinces Gwen to go with him to plead her case before Mr. Crock. Poor Gwen is nearly scared out of her wits when she meets 'King Arthur' and is ranted at for being an invader to his realm. Jonathan very smoothly convinces the man that he is a humble subject of the realm who has accompanied the Lady Guinevere, who wishes to petition her liege. The king promptly knights Jonathan and accepts the petition, stunning the lady again by offering his loving heart to her.

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Hello and Farewell (2)
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7.86
5 votes

#43 - Hello and Farewell (2)

Highway to Heaven - Season 5 - Episode 3

Commander Michaels continues to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder she also discovers she has son who came in to the emergency room do to a motorcycle accident. David wants to meet his biological mother but makes his adoptive parents worry about the meeting.

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Journey in the Spring (2)
star
7.85
60 votes

#44 - Journey in the Spring (2)

Little House on the Prairie - Season 3 - Episode 7

Lansford leaves because he feels really bad. Once Laura realizes that her grandpa wasn't to blame for the accident, she looks for Lansford and convinces him to come back home.

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A Song for Jason (1)
star
7.84
16 votes

#45 - A Song for Jason (1)

Highway to Heaven - Season 2 - Episode 1

Jonathan and Mark become counselors at Camp Good Times, a summer camp for children with cancer, to help two cancer patients: a frightened little boy with an overprotective mother and an angry teenage athlete who may lose his leg to bone cancer.

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Goodbye, Mr. Zelinka
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7.83
5 votes

#46 - Goodbye, Mr. Zelinka

Highway to Heaven - Season 5 - Episode 8

Mr. Zelinka is a beloved teacher who is forced to retire because he has reached the retirement age of 70. The school board president feels that he's teaching responsibilities are too much for him. The students of Lincoln High School plan a birthday party and retirement party as well. They feel their efforts go down hill when their teacher doesn't want to attend the party because of the retirement notice he received. The students gathered together to form a petition to stop their teacher from retiring but face a big battle when they try to present their petition before the president of the school board who has no intention of changing his mind or listening to what the students have to say.

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The Banker and the Bum
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7.83
29 votes

#47 - The Banker and the Bum

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 20

Jonathan tries to help a candidate for mayor learn to be nice but gets more than he bargained for when Melvin rich decides to stay rich. Jonathan then has Willie the waiver change places with Melvyn rich to see what it would be like if the each lived different lives.

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Plane Death
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7.83
28 votes

#48 - Plane Death

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 14

Mark hopes that he and Jonathan don't have assignment so they can visit Charlie Down who worked on the police force with Mark. What was supposed to be a happy time with a friend turned into finding out why he went missing for five days. Charlie down worked with border enforcement to try and stop drugs. Mark and Jonathan soon discover where Charlie is they find out that Jack Harm shot Charlie because he found cocaine in a model airplane.

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A Match Made in Heaven
star
7.82
20 votes

#49 - A Match Made in Heaven

Highway to Heaven - Season 1 - Episode 19

Jonathan helps Mark's Cousin Diane find romance in an unlikely place. Diane begins to fall in love with a quadriplegic lawyer named Scotty who is surprised at how fast the romance seems to be going. When they go out on a date to eat dinner they hit a snag.

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The Smile in the Third Row
star
7.80
17 votes

#50 - The Smile in the Third Row

Highway to Heaven - Season 2 - Episode 8

Jonathan is as skeptical as everybody else when the lead actor in a failing Broadway play claims that God is attending the show's performances, sitting in a third-row orchestra seat.

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