I'll Fly Away - Season 1

NBC (ended 1993)


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Episode Guide

  • The Slightest Distance
    Forrest ponders an offer for a challenging job; Lilly tries to make peace between her father and Clarence, who asks her to make a life-changing decision; Nathan sees something he shouldn't; and Slocum saves his mother's birthday party.
  • A Dangerous Comfort
    A Dangerous Comfort
    Episode 21
    Lilly feels no pain when she's with Clarence, but Lewis isn't as intoxicated by his presence; Christina faces her own demons helping alcoholic tucker dry out; Nathan keeps his anger bottled up after catching Forrest in a compromising position.
  • Not Buried
    Not Buried
    Episode 20
    John Morgan tries to put to rest his guilt and fear over an elderly neighbor's passing; Forrest asks Christina to step in to save the dying defense of a black man accused of murder.
  • The Kindness Of Strangers
    Lilly finds herself in time with a visiting sax player; a frustrated Forrest wants someone to face the music about his incompetent opposing counsel in a murder trial; Slocum is jazzed to find Zollicofer in town, trying to get his job back.
  • Toy Soldiers
    Toy Soldiers
    Episode 18
    Not realizing how deep town sentiment runs, Lilly and Forrest learn fast after witnessing a police attack on black children; tucker robs the cradle with Forrests' young campaign worker; Francie behaves childishly after being asked to walk John Morgan to school.
  • Slow Dark Coming
    Slow Dark Coming
    Episode 17
    Diane's father tries to put a damper on her and Nathan's passions; racial tensions heat up with the department-store boycott, leaving Lilly's cousin Oscar out in the cold.
  • The Way Things Are
    The Way Things Are
    Episode 16
    Forrest is shocked when Rev. Henry's latest protest sparks Lilly to action; Nathan and Diane's status as a couple generates charged comments; John Morgan fools with electricity.
  • Cool Winter Blues
    Cool Winter Blues
    Episode 15
    An impromptu lunch-counter protest leads to a more serious demonstration; Lilly has to chew out John Morgan and an unruly friend; Nathan, stunned by a revelation about his girlfriend, wishes he could eat his words after Slocum repeals them to her.
  • Hard Lessons
    Hard Lessons
    Episode 14
    Forrest faces a test in courage when some of the townsfolk decide to teach him a lesson; Nathan is eager to learn why Forrest and Lake had a falling-out; and Lilly enrolls in night school.
  • Master Magician
    Master Magician
    Episode 13
    As Election Day nears, John Morgan plans a post-victory show, but Forrest isn't sure he can pull a win out of his hat in his race for attorney general. He's facing a blackmail threat from a drunken Tyler. Meanwhile, Lilly's determination to vote remains unabated, even after her faith is tested by the opposition of her minister. But discrimination at the polling place makes that step forward seems more like an illusion.moreless
  • On The Road
    On The Road
    Episode 12
    On a campaign swing, Forrest lobbies for the affections of a difficult Francie, while Lilly faces a difficult test registering to vote.
  • Alice Oakley Doesn't Live Here Anymore
    John Morgan makes up a tall tale about his absent mother joining the rodeo; as the trial approaches, Forrest lassos a witness and then tightens the rope; Slocum's father brands his son a loser and kicks him out of the house.
  • Desire
    Episode 10
    Lilly expresses a burning desire to divorce her absent husband; sparks fly between Nathan and a carnival worker; Forrest's arrest of an upstanding citizen in the McDaniel murder adds fuel to the fire against him, which licks at John Morgan. Tucker figures out Christina and Forrest's relationship.
  • Some Desperate Glory
    A game of chicken turns deadly for Nathan and Slocum; Lilly helps Francie, who's afraid she'll lay an egg singing in the church benefit.
  • Coming Home
    Coming Home
    Episode 8
    Thanksgiving brings family—and conflict—home: Gwen's visit from the mental hospital knocks the stuffing out of the Bedfords, especially Nathan; and Lilly's brother makes a pilgrimage home after discovering the New World of the North.
  • Parallel Lives
    Parallel Lives
    Episode 7
    Slocum wrestles with his conscience—-and with-–Evans as Zollicfer applies pressure over the brick-throwing incident; Lilly balks when Lewis, wanting to relive his time in the Negro Leagues, takes his eyes off the ball at home.
  • Beyond Here Dar Be Dragons
    On Halloween, the specter of the KKK haunts Christina as she's asked to investigate Prevtiss Carver's death. It also haunts John Morgan, who's heard about the "dragon men" from Adlaine.
  • All God's Children
    All God's Children
    Episode 5
    John Morgan is upset when he doesn't get to go to Lilly's birthday party; the wrestlers aren't celebrating Zollicofer's decision to let a black join the team; Forrest realizes running for office isn't going to be a piece of cake.
  • Amazing Grace
    Amazing Grace
    Episode 4
    As Forrest joins the race for attorney general, Lilly considers attending a voting-rights meetings, while Francie elects to overcome her writer's block by committing a betrayal.
  • Rules Of The Game
    Rules Of The Game
    Episode 3
    With Forrest away on a weekend hunting trip, womanhood takes aim at Francie, who feels utterly alone; while John Morgan believes he may have wounded a neighbor with one of his arrows.
  • The Hat
    The Hat
    Episode 2
    When John Morgan loses his cowboy hat out of the car window, Lilly finds it—but then so does her daughter. Forrest begins investigating the case of Prentis Carver, a black man accused of assulting a white police officer. The case becomes complicated when Carver is murdered.
  • (pilot)
    Episode 1
    Lawyer Forrest Bedford struggles to raise a family amid the civil-rights strife of the 1958 South, aided by Lily, a black housekeeper who comes to work in the opener to find Forrest prosecuting a young white for a bus accident that killed three blacks; and little John Morgan missing his hospitalized mama.moreless