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*** Ellen sells the farm to Paul and Ruth Martin after Gramps passes away. The Martins adopt Timmy. Jeff gives Lassie to Timmy when he and his mother leave the farm for a new life in Capitol City.
Screencap right: Jeff gives Lassie to Timmy and says good-bye. One of the greatest moments in the entire series.
Sunday December 01st, 1957
Gramps has passed away. Friends of the family have gathered in the Miller parlor after his funeral. Comfort and kind words are offered by all. Jeff excuses himself from the group to go to Timmy\'s bedroom and look in on the boy...Read the full recap
George Cleveland ("Gramps") died shortly before this episode went into production. The producers initially planned to have Gramps suffer a severe accident that would require his total retirement from the heavy work on the farm.
Jeff will attend The Science High School and Ellen will give music lessons when the Millers move to Capitol City. Ellen's mother lives in Capitol City, ("The Lion" 01x08).
Last appearance: Tommy Rettig as Jeff Miller.
The producers didn't want to risk Jon's life when Timmy was required to run into the lake at the end of the episode. Stan Livingston (who later starred as Chip in My Three Sons) performed the stunt.
In this episode, Paul says he flew 22 missions -- presumably in WWII. In another episode, we learn Paul was stationed in England.
Doc Weaver: (as Jeff passes by) That's the man of the family now.
Timmy: God bless Aunt Ellen, and Jeff, and Lassie, and Porky, and Pokey, and Domino, and Lucky.
Pokey is Porky's basset hound, Domino is Jeff's horse, Lucky is a burro.
Ellen: I suppose we should be thankful that it happened the way that it did.
Ellen is speaking of Gramps' death but it is never stated how Gramps died.
Ellen: (embracing Timmy) Oh, you little wiggle-worm!
Ruth: This little fish's name was Leander and he couldn't swim a stroke.
Leander was a character from Greek mythology who drowned while swimming the Hellespont. Ruth is familiar with classical authors.
Ellen: I was going to call Miss Beauvard at the child welfare agency today but, well ...
Miss Beauvard is a social worker for the child welfare agency in Capitol City. Ellen conferred with Miss Beauvard and Timmy's elderly guardians about Timmy's situation in "The Runaway" 04x01.
Jeff: He'd probably cut through the woods like last time.
Timmy ran away from the Miller farm in his debut episode "The Runaway" 04x01. He fled through the north woods.