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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'Apple's Way' in the 1970s:

1970s Episode Guide for 'Apple's Way':

(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)

February 10, 1974: The Tree
Season 1, episode 1
W: A.J. Carothers   D: Harry Harris

With Leonard Stone (Frank Goode), Richard Bull (Mr. Ryland), Paul Sorensen (Police Chief), Patricia Wilson (Miss Willet).
A new series, created by Earl Hamner (The Waltons) about an architect who moves his wife and four children from California to his hometown in Iowa and a new life. In the opening episode, George Apple plunges into a battle to save a town landmark when he learns a giant oak tree, planted by his ancestors, is about to be cut down to make way for a new motel.

February 17, 1974: The Musician
Season 1, episode 2
W: William Bast   D: Harry Harris

With Richard Bradford (Frank Thomas), Patsy Garrett (Director), Leif Garrett (Harold), Mitch Vogel (Chris).
George Apple is hired to build a home gym for a crippled high school boy whose sports-minded father is determined that his son learn to walk again.

February 24, 1974: The Zoo
Season 1, episode 3
W: Peter Beagle   D: Nick Webster

With Wayne Heffley (Tom), Robert Gooden (Doug Clark), Jay Varela (Moffatt).
When George Apple finds animals being mistreated at a tacky roadside zoo, he swings into action at Cathy's insistence and takes the whole menagerie home with him.

March 3, 1974: The Teacher
Season 1, episode 4
W: Dale Eunson   D: Jack Shea

With John Reilly (Mr. Shea), Katherine Squire (Mrs. Perry), Mark Brown (Harry Russell), Greg Foulkes (Bud).
The Apples place an ad and think they're hiring a cleaning woman. Through a misunderstanding, however, George's old French teacher shows up expecting to give the family lessons.

March 10, 1974: The Miller
Season 1, episode 5
W: Max Hodge

With Victoria Risk (Mrs. Pearman), Kate Riehl (Mrs. Ranson), Russ Grieve (Remington), Dorothy Adams (Ruth Huston), Bob Hastings (Billy Watson), Noble Willingham (Farmer), Moosie Drier (Craig Carlson).
George Apple has a tough time persuading his father to come live with the family until Grandfather Aldon learns he has something in common, besides loneliness, with 12-year-old granddaughter Patricia.

March 24, 1974: The Coach
Season 1, episode 6
W: George Kirgo   D: Murray Golden

With Gene Raymond (Coach Randy Newell), Alan Fudge (Lew Phipps), Steve Benedict (Jamie Ryland), Perry King (Jack Gale), Vince Howard (Marvin Gorham), Vernon Weddle (Nelson Heintz).
The easy-going basketball coach at Appleton High becomes the target of an ouster move by a group of victory-hungry alumni angered by the team's 23 straight defeats.

March 31, 1974: The Witness
Season 1, episode 7
W: S.A. Long   D: Herschel Daugherty

With Leon Ames (Henshaw), Beah Richards (Mrs. Thaxter), Marc Alaimo (Worthington), Robert Gooden (Doug Clark), Jan Arvan (Herb), Wayne Heffley (Tom), Richard Bull (Ryland), Florence Lake (Mrs. Perrin).
George spots an unusual flying object just after winning a big contract from a publicity-shy businessman, but despite the man's warning to keep a low profile, George feels it is his duty to report what he saw.

April 7, 1974: The Temptation
Season 1, episode 8
W: Irv Pearlberg   D: Herschel Daugherty

With Peter Mark Richman (Dave Benton), Abby Dalton (Nancy Benton), Heather Totten (Jo Ann Benton).
A high-pressure executive offers George Apple work on a housing project -- but it would mean moving back to California.

April 21, 1974: The Applicant
Season 1, episode 9
W: John McGreevey   D: Harry Harris

With Cal Wilson (Chuck), Amzie Strickland (Mrs. Moore), Victoria Risk (Mrs. Pearman), Ted Jordan (Ed Peyser), Eduard Franz (H.J. Swanson).
A longtime department store employee is passed over for promotion because she is a woman, prompting Barbara Apple to demonstrate for equal rights and George to become a perfume salesman.

April 28, 1974: The Pen Pal
Season 1, episode 10
W: Irv Pearlberg   D: Murray Golden

With Keith Rogers (Miss Johnson), Jacques Aubuchon (Stavros), Vince Howard (Mervin Gorham), Olan Soule (Mr. Ludwig), Karl Swenson (Dr. Knowles), John Lupton (Tennis Coach).
When Patricia's pen pal, a 13-year-old girl who lives in Greece, writes to say she is crippled, George Apple sets out to arrange corrective surgery for her.

May 5, 1974: The Accident
Season 1, episode 11

With Andrew Stevens (Richard Graham), Virginia Gregg (Mrs. McDougal), Todd Lookinland (Jeremy), Percy Rodrigues (Commissioner Parks), Victor Kilian (Simmons), Kathrine Baumann (Nurse).
George Apple's fight for a traffic signal at a dangerous street corner gains urgency when his son is struck and injured by a hit and run driver.

May 12, 1974: The Fair
Season 1, episode 12

With Alan Fudge (Lew Phipps), Larry Pennell (Sam Ferguson), Richard Bull (Mr. Ryland).
Following family tradition, the Apples work hard on entries for the county fair, but the kids are crushed to learn that their float is disqualified because they unknowingly broke the rules.

May 19, 1974: The Lamb
Season 1, episode 13
W: Kathleen Hite

With Van Williams (Ritchie Case), Millie Perkins (Mary Case), Kristy McNichol (Rachel), Leif Garrett (Harold Pearson).
Young Steven Apple comes up against some hard facts about life on a farm when he gets into 4-H Club work and becomes responsible for the care and feeding of the animals.

September 15, 1974: The Tornado
Season 2, episode 1
W: Joseph Bonaduce, John Kingsbridge   D: Marc Daniels

The series begins its first full season as a fallen beam pins down and seriously injures George Apple, and traps him and his three eldest children in a cellar when a cyclone rips into the town of Appleton.

September 22, 1974: The Circus
Season 2, episode 2
W: Austin Kalish, Irma Kalish   D: Marc Daniels

With Neva Patterson (Mrs. Brown), Parley Baer (Mr. Alfredd), Mary Frann (Claudine Delacourte), Alan Fudge (Lou Phipps).
George and Barbara Apple face a major crisis when their younger daughter, Patricia, decides to run away and join the circus when she feels her family doesn't appreciate her.

September 29, 1974: The Friend
Season 2, episode 3
W: Lan O'Kun   D: Hal Cooper

With Lew Brown (James Ryland), Judy Lewis (Mrs. Thomas).
Without consulting anyone, George Apple invests the family savings into a local newspaper to keep a syndicate from taking it over.

October 6, 1974: The Returning
Season 2, episode 4
W: David Moessinger   D: David Moessinger

With John David Carson (Ben Haggerty), James W. Gavin (Toby Coulter).
The son of an old friend of George Apple's, 20-year-old Ben Haggerty, is paroled from prison in Apple's custody with the hope that a new environment will aid in his rehabilitation.

October 13, 1974: The First Love
Season 2, episode 5
W: Don Appell   D: James Sheldon

With Farrah Fawcett (Jane Huston), Lisa Eilbacher (Gloria).
Teenager Paul falls in love with a 26-year-old woman visitor from New York City, and is determined to go live with her.

October 20, 1974: The Engagement
Season 2, episode 6
W: William Bast   D: James Sheldon

With Jack Banning (Lewis Compton), Shirley Mitchell (Dora Compton), Geri Reischl (Jan Cooper), Lew Brown (James Ryland).
Grandpa Aldon plans to marry again and move in with his new bride at the Apple household -- creating a dilemma for son George, who is not anxious for the arrangement.

October 27, 1974: The Candy Drive
Season 2, episode 7
W: Hindi Brooks   D: Marc Daniels

The Apple children join a candy drive to raise money for handicapped children, but in their effort to win prizes for their trouble, overcompetitiveness and greed set in.

November 10, 1974: The Winning Season
Season 2, episode 8

With Gordon Jump (Coach Olson), Robert Symonds (Dr. Beck), Lew Brown (James Ryland).
For fear of losing face, Appleton's football hero Paul goes against his father and doctor's orders and suits up for the big game.

November 17, 1974: The Flag
Season 2, episode 9

With Valerie Bertinelli (Peggy), Luana Anders (Mrs. Bannerman), Stephen Hudis (Chuck), Lew Brown (James Ryland), Pamelyn Ferdin (Sally), Sandy Kenyon (Al Werner), James Chandler (Police Chief).
Paul Apple and his classmates face expulsion and arrest when they stage a play describing America as a police state.

November 24, 1974: The Real Thanksgiving
Season 2, episode 10
W: Worley Thorne

With John Lupton (Mr. Reid).
George Apple's hopes for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving family dinner are shattered when Paul and Cathy are involved in the crash of a private plane.

December 1, 1974: The Apprentice
Season 2, episode 11
W: Gene Thompson   D: David Moessinger

Knowing that his father hopes to have his son follow in his footsteps, Paul grapples with the problem of explaining to his father that he does not wish to become an architect.

December 15, 1974: The Outsider
Season 2, episode 12
W: Joseph Bonaduce   D: Ivan Dixon

With Mark Wheeler (Wade), Alex Henteloff (Rabbi Golden), Norman Alden (Don Slater), Booth Colman (Mayor), James Chandler (Police Chief), Joel Fluellen (Rev. Lowell), Gerald Hiken (Lloyd Randolph), Wallace Rooney (Father Finnegan).
A militant atheist, armed with a court injunction, stops the construction of a church designed by George Apple.

December 22, 1974: The Christmas Party
Season 2, episode 13
W: Lan O'Kun   D: Richard C. Bennett

With Frank DeKova (Connie DeMarco), Merie Earle (Meg), Victor Kilian (Albert), Queenie Smith (Cora).
George Apple faces the choice of serious conflict with his father, or breaking his word to another man.

January 5, 1975: The Outing
Season 2, episode 14
W: Worley Thorne   D: Edward M. Abroms

With Eileen McDonough (Dory Brian).
George Apple takes his children on a camping trip to an isolated area to teach them self-reliance, but they encounter more problems than they bargained for.

January 12, 1975: The Price
Season 2, episode 15

With Greg Mullavey.
George and Steve find a gun bearing a serial number that proves it was used in an armed robbery in Chicago, and the news startles the citizens of peaceful, crime-free Appleton. (Last show of the series.)

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