Season 4 Episode 3

The Outsiders

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

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  • 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.
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