High Feather

Season 1 Episode 3


Aired Unknown Apr 21, 1980 on PBS
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Everyone is in training for the upcoming camp race. Tom eventually joins in after much persuasion and after a few mishaps learns a lot about self-image, diet, and teamwork.

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  • At stake on a wager is a week\'s worth of cabin cleaning as our group opposes a rival group come OLYMPIC DAY at the camp. But overweight Tom makes our group the underdogs; unless they can keep him motivated to keep training, in order to compete.moreless

    This is one of the best entries in the series. It\'s all about triumph of the underdog. Right from the beginning we feel for overweight Tom being taunted and teased by the rival campers, calling him \"Swifty\".

    We also feel badly when he cannot keep up with the others in running, stumbles when handling the baton, and falls on his back during broad jump practice.

    Just when you think that with a modified eating regimen, where the gang prevents him from having any snacks or second-helpings, that there may be hope, you begin to doubt that with Olympic Day coming up, that there\'s any way that the gang can win with Tom. The rivals say that \"Swifty\" HAS TO COMPETE, or they win the bet, which is to have the losers clean the cabins of the winners for a week.

    All seems lost when Tom announces that he\'s quitting the team.

    This entry is practically all outdoors and features stock footage of Olympic Day involving the entire campload of kids, all in warpaint and competing. It\'s nostalgic and sure to bring back memories to anyone who was there at that time.

    The episode ends on a triumphant note, when the rivals come to clean the cabins and Nat, the primary taunter, tells Tom that he was just \"lucky\". To which Tom replies, that he was \"lucky\" alright; lucky to have a good trainer, lucky to have a good diet - that next year they\'ll beat \'em worse.

    At that, all of the High Feather teens pat Tom on the back and say \"great going, Tom!\". And Tom replies with a smile, \"just call me SWIFTY !\". Freeze-frame. Roll the credits!


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