NBC gave Landon a 13-episode order going into season 5. The first episode of the fifth season, 'Whose Trash Is It Anyway?' aired in October, then NBC pre-empted the series till early December when the two-part 'Hello and Farewell' was broadcast. This holiday themed episode should've aired next, but NBC was not happy with the ratings and put the show on an extended hiatus until March. The remaining ten episodes of the series aired in the spring and summer months. That is why this Christmas episode did not air in December as Landon likely intended, but in August. It turned out to be the series' final episode.