Lost in Space (1965–1968)
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Return from Outer Space 

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
Sheriff George Baxendale
Ruth Templeton (as Sheila Mathews)
Newsman Lacy
Grover (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
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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Release Date:

29 December 1965 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The Doppler effect (or Doppler shift) is the change in frequency of a wave (or other periodic event) for an observer moving relative to its source. It is named after the Austrian physicist Christian Doppler, who proposed it in 1842 in Prague. See more »


Penny is visibly trapped in the maser beam, shouting unheard as she beats against the impenetrable beam before disappearing. When she's brought back, she has no memory of being away, or of being trapped in the beam, or of being startled and driven back upon the maser launch pad by electrical explosions from the alien machine. See more »


Davey Sims: Why don't you just come over to my house and you can phone your mother from there?
Will Robinson: My mother's at least ten light years from here. So's the rest of my family.
Davey Sims: Oh, your "mother's at least ten light years from here." You know, you kids are getting whackier every day.
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References Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

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Writer Peter Packer Loved The Old Look
12 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Will goes back to earth.

Many have questioned why earth looks so old-fashioned in this hour, the explanation: Peter Packer wrote it!

Peter Packer was known for scripting many TV westerns and so when he wrote for Lost In Space he seemed to want to bring the old west into this series (see Welcome Stranger, The Space Croppers, Blast Off Into Space and A Visit To A Hostile Planet).

Return From Outer Space is a fine hour and it was even more pleasing when I was a kid of the 1970s. My favourite line in the hour actually comes at the end when someone asks "What do we tell Alpha Control?" The response makes me laugh.

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