Air Date: December 19, 1971
Written by: Jean Holloway
Directed by: Leo Penn
Guest Stars: Will Geer (Ferris Callahan), Ford Rainey (Judge Taylor), Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing)
Jamie’s grandfather arrives at the Ponderosa just as Ben is set to adopt him.
Trivia: This was Will Geer’s third and final appearance in the series. He is probably best remembered for his role as Grandpa Walton in the long running CBS series The Waltons. He was briefly considered for the part of Amos McCoy for The Real McCoys when original choice, Walter Brennan was unavailable. However since show creator Irving Pincus created the part with Walter Brennan in mind, he decided to wait until Brennan was available. His fervant, active interest in liberal politics resulted in his Hollywood blacklisting in 1951. He built the Will Geer Theatrical Botanicum during those hard times in order to find an acting haven for himself and his many blacklisted friends.
This episode uses flashbacks from previous episodes, something that wasn’t usual for this series. As Jamie remembers his life with the Cartwrights, clips from Season Twelve’s “A Matter of Faith” and the first episode of Season 13, “The Grand Swing” are shown.