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The Torkelsons/Almost Home Episode Guide


Revision date: April 15, 1995

Compiled by Loren Heisey
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and John Carr


Series notes

The show was a comedy about a sensitive 14-year-old girl who's mortified by her crazy-quilt unorthodox family. Dorothy Jane just wanted to be thought of as normal, like any teenager, but had a hard time doing so. Her father had walked out on the family and they were always short on money. Her perky, optimistic mom, Millicent, saw sunshine everywhere. The rest of the family consisted of brothers - athletic Steven Floyd and studious Chuckie Lee, and sisters - spunky Ruth Ann and cute Mary Sue. They lived in a big rambling house in Pyramid Corners, Oklahoma. The name for the show came from a real Steven Floyd Torkelson who shared his bug collection and a first kiss with a little girl named Lynn Montgomery. She grew up to create the show some 30 years later.

The Torkelsons apparently turned out to be too down home for most people as it never found much of an audience in its original Saturday night timeslot and even less of one when it was moved to Sundays. After a second hiatus the series was revamped to return in February 1993 as Almost Home. For the new series the family moved to Seattle, where Millicent took a job as a nanny for the two spoiled teenage children of a widower. Two of the Torkelson kids were lost in the move as they never appeared in Seattle and the show pretended they never existed. The new series, which mostly pitted conservative family values against liberal family values, did not do any better in the ratings and disappeared after 13 episodes.


Guide notes

The NBC air dates come from back issues of TV Guide so might not account for schedule changes. The synopses were adapted from TV Guide listings.


The Torkelsons

Torkelsons cast

Cast

Starring:
Connie Ray Millicent
Olivia Burnette Dorothy Jane
Benj Thall Steven Floyd [pilot]
Aaron Michael Metchik Steven Floyd [series]
Lee Norris Chuckie Lee
Rachel Duncan Mary Sue
Elizabeth Poyer Ruth Ann [pilot]
Anna Slotky Ruth Ann [series]
William Schallert Wesley Hodges

Episodes

1. Fence Neighbors

Airdate: 9/21/91 production #T-401

Debut: A homespun family led by a single mom tries to get by, but teenage daughter Dorothy Jane isn't thrilled when her mom's forced to take in a border to make ends meet.

Written by Lynn Montgomery
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Also Starring:
Ernie Lively J.W.
Guest Starring:
Michael Landes Riley Roberts
Richard McGonagle Howard Roberts
Lynn Milgrim Lillian Roberts
Featuring:
Jeanine Jackson Appliance Saleslady
Gil Roscoe Tall Man
Skip O'Brien Barly Guy

2. The Cotillion

Airdate: 9/28/91 production #T-403

Dorothy Jane hopes for a fairy-tale resolution to a school-dance dilemma: she has no dress, no date, and Riley, her Prince Charming next door, seems oblivious.

Written by Lynn Montgomery
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Guest Starring:
Ronnie Claire Edwards Bootsie
Michael Landes Riley
Paige Gosney Kirby Scroggins
Tanya Fenmore Laine
Co-starring:
Alyson Kiperman Dreama
Nicki Vannice Shawna

3. A Kiss is Still a Kiss

Airdate: 10/05/91 production #T-404

Dorothy Jane would like a romance between Millicent and the new pastor but when he comes calling, its only to report that Steven Floyd nearly turned a hayride into a roll in the hay.

Written by Wayne Lemon
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Guest Starring:
Ronnie Claire Edwards Bootsie
Jeff McCracken Reverend Langley-Wilson
Featuring:
Katie Jane Johnston Debra Jo

4. For Love or Money

Airdate: 10/12/91 production #T-402

Millicent deems it necessary to be regularly employed, giving Dorothy Jane the job of looking after the other kids.

Written by Norma Safford Vela
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Guest Starring:
Ronnie Claire Edwards Bootsie
Michael Landes Riley

5. Poetry in Motion

Airdate: 10/19/91 production #T-406

A blackmailing Ruth Ann reveals Dorothy Jane's private poems of passion to the world, but the unveiling ends up emboldening lovelorn Dorothy Jane.

Written by Philip LaZebnik
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Guest Starring:
Michael Landes Riley
Doren Fein Nancy
Suzie Plakson Verna

6. An American Almost in Paris

Airdate: 10/26/91 production #T-408

Dorothy Jane wants desperately to bid adieu to Oklahoma and say bonjour to Paris, and she might, if she's selected the winner in a student-exchange competition.

Teleplay by Lynn Montgomery
Story by Lynn Montgomery, Diana "Jennie" Ayers & Susan Sebastian
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Guest Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby
Alyson Kiperman Dreama
Lenny Wolpe Mr. Wheeler

7. Men Don't Leave

Airdate: 11/02/91 production #T-405

Daddy's home: Randall Torkelson blows in from Texas after more than a year away, but his arrival is an ill wind to Dorothy Jane, and she may be the last gasp of his marriage to Millicent.

Written by Diana "Jennie" Ayers & Susan Sebastian
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Guest Starring:
Ronnie Claire Edwards Bootsie
Gregg Henry Randall Torkelson

8. Thanksgivingsomething

Airdate: 11/24/91 production #T-407

Pastor Langley and his assistant will be guests for Thanksgiving, prompting Dorothy Jane to push Millicent to play up her femininity.

Written by Wayne Lemon
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Guest Starring:
Jeff McCracken Reverend Langley-Wilson
Michael Horse David Blackwing
Remy Ryan Jenny Blackwing

9. Return To Sender

Airdate: 11/24/91 production #T-409

Wesley's estranged former daughter-in-law who, along with his granddaughter, is reunited with Wesley thanks to some good-hearted butting in by Millicent.

Written by Michael Jacobs & Norma Safford Vela
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Special Guest Star:
Patty Duke Catharine Jeffers
Guest Starring:
Ashley Peldon Molly Jeffers
Dave Florek Mr. Katsotis

Notes:
Schallert played Patty's father on the 1960's *The Patty Duke Show*.

10. I Fought the Law

Airdate: 12/01/91 production #T-410

Millicent stands up for the American way, and the right to sell homemade pickled goods, by insisting on operating her annual roadside stand without a license.

Written by Philip LaZebnik
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Guest Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby
Stephen Root Sheriff Bobby Clinton
Ken Thorley Burke Miller
Molly McClure Gertrude Perkins
Lou Hancock Elvira Grandy

11. A Sigh Is Just a Sigh

Airdate: 12/08/91 production #T-411

Steven Floyd goes to bat for Millicent by beating up a school big mouth - but she doesn't know that until after she's chewed him out and he's run away.

Written by Wayne Lemon
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Also Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby

12. Educating Millicent

Airdate: 12/22/91 production #T-412

Millicent had her reasons for not finishing high school, but there's no good reason why she couldn't take an equivalency exam now.

Teleplay by Lynn Montgomery
Story by Connie Ray & Lynn Montgomery
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Special Guest Appearance by:
Kevin Clash Elmo
Also Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby

13. Double Date

Airdate: 1/09/92 production #T-414

Radio "Love Professor" Kitty Drysdale wires into the affairs of Dorothy Jane and Millicent's hearts and jump-starts their dating lives.

Written by Thomas Szollosi & Richard Christian Matheson
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Also Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby
Guest Starring:
John Calvin Michael
Omri Katz Jason
Mother Love Kitty

Notes:
Kitty was played by radio personality Mother Love.

14. The Ice Princess

Airdate: 1/12/92 production #T-413

Dorothy Jane resolves to become the kind of girl who makes guys melt, and she looks to the school's resident ice princess for guidance.

Written by Philip LaZebnik
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Also Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby
Guest Starring:
Michael Landes Riley
Amy Hathaway Callie
Featuring:
Scott Campbell big jock
Rachel O'Neill Daisy

15. Swear Not By the Moon

Airdate: 1/19/92 production #T-415

Never was there a story of more woe (except maybe one) than of Dorothy Jane's trial playing Juliet in the school play opposite her Romeo, Riley Roberts.

Written by Wayne Lemon
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Also Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby
Guest Starring:
Michael Landes Riley
Rick Lieberman Mr. Whitman
Vinessa Shaw Meredith Reed
Shawn Phelan Mercurio
Alyson Kiperman Dreama
Danuel Pipoly Benvolio
Ian Bohen Capulet

16. Say Uncle

Airdate: 2/16/92 production #T-418

Dorothy Jane and Millicent get a double dose of relentless wooing by two Scroggins men: Kirby and his big-talkin' uncle, who takes a liking to Millicent.

Written by Wayne Lemon
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Also Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby
Guest Starring:
Drew Carey Herby Scroggins
Featuring:
Sara Rose Johnson young Dorothy Jane
Adam Wylie young Kirby

17. The Long Goodbye

Airdate: 5/02/92 production #T-420

Randall Torkelson returns with a big hello for Millicent and the kids, but Dorothy Jane is fretting over college-bound Riley, who didn't say goodbye.

Written by Philip LaZebnik, Wayne Lemon, Richard Christian Matheson, Lynn Montgomery & Thomas Szollosi
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Also Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby
Guest starring:
Gregg Henry Randall Torkelson
Mother Love Kitty Drysdale

Notes:
This appears to have been intended to be the final episode although NBC did not air it that way.

18. The Egg and I

Airdate: 5/23/92 production #T-417

Dorothy Jane and Kirby learn parenthood isn't all it's cracked up to be when a school assignment requires them to care for an egg.

Written by Philip LaZebnik
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Also Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby
Guest starring:
Mother Love Kitty Drysdale
Featuring:
Noah Cristopher Greg
Kelsea & Kassandra Gibbs Jennie

19. Its My Party

Airdate: 5/30/92 production #T-419

Dorothy Jane is exposed to the perils of popularity when she throws a party to increase her social standing, but leaves a new friend standing out in the cold.

Written by Christopher Vane & Virginia K. Hegge
Directed by Robert Berlinger
Also Starring:
Paige Gosney Kirby
Guest Starring:
Amy Hathaway Callie Kimbro
Alanna Ubach Willie
Featuring:
Nick Ayers Bobby Jo

20. Aunt Poison

Airdate: 6/13/92 production #T-416

Among the things that Millicent's eccentric aunt willed her are a sick dog, a valuable ring, an annoying riddle, an ugly painting ... and a lot of unanswered questions.

Written by Thomas Szollosi & Richard Christian Matheson
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Guest Starring:
Steven Gilborn Dr. Euless
Wayne Tippit Strickland
Featuring:
Patrick Reilly delivery boy

Almost Home

Almost Home cast

Cast

Starring:
Connie Ray Millicent Torkelson
Olivia Burnette Dorothy Jane Torkelson
Lee Norris Chuckie Lee Torkelson
Rachel Duncan Mary Sue Torkelson
Brittany Murphy Molly Morgan
Jason Marsden Gregory Morgan
Perry King Brian Morgan

The production number is the order the episodes are re-run on the Disney channel as they have shown other sitcoms in the production order.

Episodes

1. New Moon

Airdate: 2/6/93 production 1

Debut: "The Torkelsons" get a new start, as Millicent and her kids move to Seattle, where she takes a job as a nanny for the two spoiled children of widower Brian Morgan. In the opener, Brian's daughter Molly plots to create dissension between Dorothy Jane and Millicent.

Written by Michael Jacobs
Directed by Arlene Sanford

2. Girls and Boy

Airdate: 2/13/93 production 5

Dorothy Jane enjoys her new job at a fast-food chicken joint, mainly because of her handsome supervisor, but Molly also wants a piece of this action.

Written by Philip LaZebnik
Directed by Linda Day
Special Guest Star:
Joey Lawrence Jeff Thornton
Guest Starring:
Peter Van Norden Mel
James Gleason Male Customer
Shirley Prestia Female Customer
Kimberlee Corney Megan

3. Sleeping With the Enemy

Airdate: 2/20/93 production 3

It's far from a perfect match when Dorothy Jane and Molly must share a bedroom, but the possibility of Brian's match with an attractive woman is what really bothers Molly.

Written by Lisa A. Bannick
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Special Guest Appearance by:
Erin Gray Jennifer

4. Is That All There Is?

Airdate: 2/27/93 production 13

The top jock in school asks out plain old Dorothy Jane, who sports newfound popularity in exchange for a rather bland relationship.

Written by Patricia Nardo
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Guest Starring:
Ben Affleck Kevin Johnson

5. The Fox and the Hound

Airdate: 3/06/93 production 8

When Brian's dinner date cancels at the last minute, he asks Millicent to fill in since the client he is meeting feels the man is only as good as the woman in his life.

Written by Wayne Lemon
Directed by David Trainer
Guest Starring:
Paxton Whitehead Sir Reginald Harrington
Sarah Douglas Lady Harrington
Jared Leto Rick Aiken
Frank Birney Captain

6. Winner Take Millicent

Airdate: 3/20/93 production 10

Brian's hotshot brother Jim asks out Millicent, and when things heat up between the two, Brian is left cold.

Written by Wayne Lemon
Directed by Patrick Maloney
Guest Starring:
Christopher Rich Jim Morgan

7. To Jane Eyre Is Human

Airdate: 3/27/93 production 12

Molly plagiarizes Dorothy Jane's book report in order to please Brian, who's not pleased at all with Molly's recent report card.

Written by Mark Lisson
Directed by Patrick Maloney

8. Duelling Birthdays

Airdate: 4/03/93 production 4

Dorothy Jane and Molly's sweet-16 birthday parties coincide: Molly's is a back-yard extravaganza, while Dorothy Jane's is a plain affair with just the family.

Written by Philip LaZebnik
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Guest Starring:
Marguerite Moreau Kimberly
Stephanie Brown Chandice
Trish Ramish Linda
Devon Gummersall Party Boy

9. To Date or Not To Date?

Airdate: 4/10/93 production 2

Millicent's decree that Molly can't date a college-age guy creates solidarity between Molly and Dorothy Jane, who sneak out of the house together.

Written by Wayne Lemon
Directed by Arlene Sanford
Featuring:
James Calvert Patrick
Curnal Aulisio Bill
Vincent Ventresca Dave

10. The Dance

Airdate: 4/17/93 production 6

Gregory's in trouble when friend Sam transforms herself into a pretty young lady and asks him to the Girls' Choice Dance.

Written by Mark Lisson
Directed by Linda Day
Guest Starring:
Alyson Hannigan Samantha
Richard Panebianco Craig Keets
James Gleason Mr. Hacker
Jay Lambert Tom

11. You Ought To Be In Pictures

Airdate: 4/24/93 production 7

The camera loves Chuckie Lee, who loves the attention he gets posing in Brian's clothing catalogue. And when he gets a chance at a commercial, a reluctant Millicent acquiesces.

Written by Lisa A. Bannick
Directed by Dennis Erdman
Guest Starring:
Christine Rose The Director
Mark Shera Paul
Linda Larkin Kim
Wayne Federman Assistant

12. Hot Ticket

Airdate: 6/05/93 production 11

Gregory gets it but good when he uses Brian's credit card in a desperate effort to land hard-to-get tickets to a big rock concert.

Written by Philip LaZebnik
Directed by Patrick Maloney
Guest Starring:
Alyson Hannigan Samantha
Donal Logue Tommy Tom
Peter Van Norden Mel

13. Bowling For Daddies

Airdate: 6/12/93 production 9

Millicent and Chuckie Lee enter themselves in Chuckie Lee's Wilderness Troop's father-son bowling tournament.

Written by Lisa A. Bannick
Directed by David Trainer
Guest Starring:
Robert Costanzo Big Bob Petrelli
Jacob Kenner Bobby Petrelli

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