Jamie joins an elite club and endures the initiation rites. However, when a classmate dies from cardiac arrhythmia during the initiation (touching a piece of ice to his chest, after getting... See full summary »

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Ted Hoag (as Ronny Howard)
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Jamie joins an elite club and endures the initiation rites. However, when a classmate dies from cardiac arrhythmia during the initiation (touching a piece of ice to his chest, after getting him to believe it was a hot branding iron), the club's president Ted Hoag is blamed. A posse forms to track down Ted and hold him responsible for the hazing. Blood almost sheds, but then Jamie reveals he and the other boys were just as responsible for their friend's death. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Opie on the Ponderosa
12 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ted (Ron Howard) is a street urchin who is befriended by Jamie (Mitch Vogel). These two and a few other boys have a secret club, and when they are initiating a boy with a preexisting heart problem he dies from terror. Ted makes the other boys promise and take an oath the never tell what happens. The others have reservations about keeping quiet, but agree. When a vagabond is arrested on suspicion of the disappearance of Sonny (the dead boy), Jamie has difficulty keeping his silence. Will he go to the authorities? Will he remain silent? Will he run away and join a gang of outlaws? Will they find Sonny's body? Will they hang the vagabond? Where are Ben and Little Joe? Will Hop Sing fix Jamie a special meal which he refuses to eat? Will Aunt Bee find out the truth about Opie? Will Andy Taylor take Opie to the tool shed? Will the Fonz come to Richie's aid? An interesting episode in the final season.


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