Lost in Space: Season 1, Episode 15

Return from Outer Space (29 Dec. 1965)

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Using a matter transfer device left behind by the Taurons, Will beams himself back to Earth. He arrives safely in the small town of Hatfield Four Corners, Vermont, but his pleas for help are considered the fantasies of a runaway boy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Robinson (as Billy Mumy)
Aunt Clara Simms
Walter Sande ...
Sheriff George Baxendale
Ruth Templeton (as Sheila Mathews)
Newsman Lacy
Harry Harvey ...
Grover (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Helen Kleeb ...
Phone Operator Rachel
Anne Dore ...
First Selectman (as Ann Dore)
Donald Losby ...


Penny discovers an egg on the transportation machine left behind by the Taurons. After Dr. Smith makes off with it, Penny is trapped in a maser beam accidentally activated by Debbie the bloop. Both vanish. Will wonders if the machine has had anything to do with her unexplained disappearance and, with the Robot's help, effectively brings her back. She has no memory of the experience, and everyone comes to take Will's report as just fanciful imagination. Nevertheless, Prof. Robinson thinks they should destroy the machine to keep Will from playing around with it. Distressed by its imminent and needless destruction, Will takes the Robot and has himself beamed to Earth, with instructions for the Robot to bring him back in four hours. On Earth, Will is taken for a runaway with fanciful tales; back on the planet, Dr. Smith takes the Robot away for selective reprogramming while John and Don arrive to destroy the alien machine. Written by statmanjeff

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29 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When Will proclaims the planet the Jupiter 2 crash-landed on is called Priplanus, it's the first time the name appears in the series. See more »


The Robinsons are lost in space. The Tauron transporter machine works on a completely different system than what the robot can understand, yet under Will's directive the robot can directly beam Will across the galaxy to Earth. Three hours later - and despite the rotation factors of two different planets - the robot is able to have the machine bring Will back. See more »


Theodore: All right, Jupiter, what's a stellar interferometer?
Will Robinson: It's an instrument for measuring the diameter of the stars.
Theodore: All right, how many miles in a parsec?
Will Robinson: Nineteen million one-hundred and fifty thousand.
First Boy: Hey, how far is it to Alpha Centauri?
Will Robinson: 5.3 light years.
Theodore: Well, he coulda learned all that stuff from a comic book.
Will Robinson: Except I didn't. And I'll bet you don't even know what a Doppler effect is.
Theodore: Well, sure I do, it's... it's kind of a rainbow.
Will Robinson: You call THAT a scientific answer? He got THAT from a comic ...
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I can't understand why, the producers went to the trouble of using a shall I say "old fashioned set, regardless of cost or imagination! with a switchboard, when the Jupiter 2 left earth a scant two months earlier, in the year 1997, when in 1965, we were using rotary dial telephones, unless there was a cataclysmic event that turned back the clock, forty years. The writers should give credit to the viewers who want to watch a futuristic program. and the same could be said for season three's Visit To A Hostile Planet. While I loved the show, when I was younger, I also think that season three was trying to fix what was wrong with season two, too many children's stories tied to science fiction, from the Golden Man to The Princess Of Space. If Space Beauty was the single highest-rated episode of the series, then the original thinking was flawed. and the sales pitch was not what came to be

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