Highway to Heaven

Season 1 Episode 23

The Right Thing

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Aired Unknown Mar 27, 1985 on NBC
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The Right Thing
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Jonathan inspires a young man to help the grandfather who has recently been placed in a nursing home.

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  • A rare opportunity to see Matthew Laborteaux in his late teens

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    In this episode, we see Michael Landon reunited with longtime \"Little House\" costar Matthew Laborteaux. \"Little House\" fans used to a pint sized kid will be impressed to see Laborteaux, now about 18 years old and no longer in his usual old-America outfit, playing a modern-day high school track runner torn between love for his grandfather and parents.



    Laborteaux excelled in sensitive roles from his years in \"Little House\" and now makes good use of that talent to bring out Matt Miller\'s internal conflict. The teen actor\'s athletic look came in handy as Matt uses his running to help Henry out of his depression.moreless

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    • This episode is based on events from Michael Landon's own life. This is not the first time a Landon script has made use of these details. His telefilm from the 1970s called The Loneliest Runner covers similar ground as this episode. So does his 1984 feature film, 'Sam's Son.' Also, an episode that Landon wrote for 'Father Murphy' details a boy's bedwetting problem which is again used in this episode.

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    • This is the second of two episodes in which Victor French directed a Michael Landon script. Usually Landon directs his own stories.

    • Matthew Laborteaux previously worked with Michael Landon during the run of 'Little House on the Prairie' in the role of Albert Ingalls.

    • Lew Ayres appears in three different episodes of 'Highway to Heaven' in three different roles: this episode from season 1; season 2's 'Sail Away;' and season 5's 'Goodbye, Mr. Zelinka.' He previously worked with Michael Landon in the final season of 'Little House' in the episode entitled 'Welcome to Olesonville.'

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