Season 4 Episode 3

The Outsiders

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 1988 on ABC

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  • People can work together no matter their religion!

    This fine written and acted episode just shows how well people can help each other no matter what their beliefs are. On one side you have the Amish who want to keep their land on the other an american construction company that has to built an highway on their land. When the girl of the construction company boss falls in the well, it's now time for both people to help each other (no matter what religion they are) and get the little girl out of there. They do get her out with the strenght of numbers. What was great is that the little Amish boy is best fried with the american girl, for them they are the same, they don't care if their friend is practicing another religion, they are FRIENDS. It shows that kids are not born racists, they are taught to be...
  • A wonderful change of pace episode with a well-defined conflict, an edge-of-your-seat suspense level, and an emotionally satisfying conclusion.

    Sure, this episode is a hybrid ripoff of the feature film "Witness" and the TV-movie "The Jessica McClure Story", but the execution is nonetheless original, suspenseful, and emotional. The smoldering conflict between the financially struggling construction workers and the Amish farmers (with the construction company owner and neighbor of the Amish community caught in the middle of the morality play) drew the viewer into this episode and wouldn't let go. The explosion of the oil derrick served as an outstanding metaphor for the struggle and as an unpredictable plot device where young Christy gets stuck in the hole where the well was drilled. The scenes with MacGyver crawling around in the collapsing well hole were incredibly suspenseful and made for an emotional rescue in the final scene. And as over-the-top sugary sweet the epilogue was, it was hard not to feel goose bumps and a lump in one's throat as the Amish community's grandfather figure and the construction company baron shake hands. This was an outstanding episode with only one liability....the Christy character was so annoyingly Pollyanna-ish that you almost wanted her to remain stuck in the well.