A rich widow (Ms. Hansen) comes to Gold Hill to adopt an older boy to take over her husband's empire. But when she decides to adopt one of the boys that is not up for adoption, it invokes a crisis for Gold Hill.





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Episode credited cast:
Timothy Gibbs ...
Scott Mellini ...
Kirk Brennan ...
Richard Bergman ...
Father Joe Parker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivor Barry ...
Brenda Benet ...
Rachel Hansen
David S. Cass Sr. ...
Sid Conrad ...
Mr. Barnsley
Garrett Grant ...


A rich widow (Ms. Hansen) comes to Gold Hill to adopt an older boy to take over her husband's empire. When Will gives her a ride home from interviewing the boys, she falls for Will, even though Will has told her he is with Murphy. When she decides to adopt Will, it invokes a crisis for Gold Hill. Murphy decides it is what is best for Will, but handles it badly by turning away from Will. Will feels so unloved that he decides to go with Ms. Hansen. When Mae asks Will how he feels about the test for the school he will be going to back east, Mae finds out how Will is really feeling. Mae talks to Ms. Hansen, who then gives Will an impossible test, thereby failing. Poor Will feels like he has been rejected by Murphy and now by Ms. Hansen, so he is ready to leave. But loving words from Murphy solves everything. Written by dtwiddo@yahoo

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Drama | Family | Western





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23 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When visiting houses away from Gold Hill, a number of scenes were the same "house" with and without other things such as green grass, picket fence, etc. This house was built in a polygon shape, with different looks on each side. The house that Ms. Hansen is renting in THE HEIR APPARENT is the exact same side that Ruby Dobbins lives in, when Amos Perry visits her, in GRADUATION. The only difference is the white picket fence and trellis have been removed THE HEIR APPARENT. Another side of the house was used in the episodes EIGHTY-EIGHT KEYS TO HAPPINESS and THE SPY as Mr. Rodman's mother's house. See more »


Ms. Hansen is renting a house outside Jackson for a short time while looking for a boy to adopt. But would a renter bring THAT much to a rental house? Her living room is full, including tons of books and a very large picture and train. See more »


Moses Gage: [Preparing for the visit of a rich woman] Everybody on good behavior. This is a very fancy lady.
Will Adams: I thought you told me fancy ladies worked in saloons.
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