The Wish

The Wish

Air Date: March 9, 1969

Written by: Michael Landon

Directed by: Michael Landon

Guest Stars: David Canary (Candy Canaday), Ossie Davis (Sam Davis), George Spell (John O. Davis)

Hoss spends his two-month vacation helping a black family get their farm in shape, and dealing with racism in the neighboring town.

Trivia: This was veteran actor Ossie Davis’ only appearance in the series. He was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, along with Elton John, Joan Sutherland, John Williams, Warren Beatty and wife Ruby Dee. Davis was a featured speaker at the funeral of both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

This was Michael Landon’s favorite episode.