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Episode complete credited cast:
Stephen Cottier ...
Billy Williams
Buckley Petawabano ...
Pete Gawa
Susan Conway ...
Hannah Wiliams
Albert Millaire ...
Roger Lemieux (credit only)
Wally Koster ...
Dennis McGubgub
Alan Mills ...
Dougall McGregor
Nancy Williams
Duke Redbird ...
John Onoman
Dr. Janet Rhodes


John, struggling to support his First Nations family, trains for the town's upcoming 10-mile race. Dr Janet Rhodes is staying at the lodge and learns that John's sister is very sick. John and Dr Rhodes clash over the course of treatment for the sick young girl. Written by Denis Belton

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1969 (Canada)  »

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[last lines]
Billy Williams: Why did John change his mind about taking Wynona to the hospital?
Pete Gawa: She was really sick.
Billy Williams: Yeah, but he knew that before.
Pete Gawa: Maybe. John is the head of the family. He had to do it when he was ready, not when a girl doctor ordered him to.
Billy Williams: Well he sure picked the darndest time; right before the race.
Pete Gawa: The race didn't matter as much as his sister.
Billy Williams: Any reason for not telling me all this?
Pete Gawa: Nothing personal. John asked me to help him. Two of us were enough.
Billy Williams: He ran a good race. A long, tough one.
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Lois Lane and Moneypenny on the same show
25 April 2013 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Proud young Aboriginal man John Gawa (Buckley Petawabano) refuses the recommendation of young doctor Janet Rhodes (Margot Kidder) that he take his sick baby sister Winona to the hospital. He remains focused on winning a marathon race in town so that he can use the prize money to help his family.

Former Hollywood studio contract player Lois Maxwell best known as the original Miss Moneypenny in the EON series of James Bond movies was from Kitchener, Ontario. She often returned to Canada but only worked here in this TV series at the end of the 1960s and a few productions near the end of her career. Her role here represents one of few in which the Canadian TV & Film industry benefited from her star power.

Margot Kidder who guest stars here used to be Canadian and certainly was when this episode was shot. She became an international star within ten years portraying Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve Superman movies. She began winning roles in Hollywood almost immediately after her appearance on this series.

Noted Quebec actor Albert Millaire also appeared here as Roger Lemieux and adorable Susan Conway who played Hannah Williams - Billy's sister on this show had starred as Kathy on the landmark Canadian series the Forest Rangers.

But this episode, like many, focused on the Billy Williams character as portrayed by Stephen Cottier (the kid with the Rhodesian accent who probably made a generation of Americans think Canadians talk like that) and the John Gawa character as portrayed by Buckley Petawabano - two utterly horrendous young actors portraying insipid characters. The result is very nearly unwatchable.

The viewer can see what our domestic entertainment industry looked like at the time - amateurish, inept and nearly completely devoid of imagination. The pieces are certainly here to create something entertaining but the concept appears to have been another in a long line Canadian shows focused upon the beauty of Canada's terrain rather than the character of its people. This is a tourism ad instead of tele-play.

The level of disappointment I had as a kid watching this shown in reruns was huge beginning with this episode - the first one I saw. You have this rousing opening titles theme and sequence then Lois Lane and Moneypenny on the same show and the focus is on laboured interplay between Cottier and Petawabano - the brat heroes of the show.

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