Mayday! Mayday! is the distress call given by pilot Lou Parker just before the small plane carrying Lou and his family is forced to make a crash landing in the high Sierras. With Lou ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Mark Parker
Allison Parker
Don Fenwick ...
Lou Parker
Hersha Parady ...
Janice Parker
Walt Thompson
Christopher S. Nelson ...
Jeff Kaplan
Curtis George
Kurt Grayson ...
Nina Shipman ...
Patrick Pankhurst ...


Mayday! Mayday! is the distress call given by pilot Lou Parker just before the small plane carrying Lou and his family is forced to make a crash landing in the high Sierras. With Lou trapped in the wreckage and his wife, Janice immobilized by a broken leg, young Allison and Mark Parker set out alone to find help. Unknown to the children or the airborne searchers, back at the crash site their injured mother is waging a desperate battle against a stream of fuel flowing from the wreckage toward her signal fire. The prospects of rescue become increasingly dim as Allison and Mark struggle to elude a pack of wild dogs and encounter a rattlesnake ready to strike. Written by Anonymous

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24 January 1981 (USA)  »

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31 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

The other review isn't incorrect with its memory, but the situation with the gas (which truthfully, is about the strongest memory in my head too) wasn't that silly.

Sticking her leg in the gas and therefore, saturating any part of her immobile body in gas (she was injured from the crash, even if she used her good leg) would have been silly with the gas heading toward the fire.

If the gas was going downhill and toward the fire, her best option and only option, wsa to prevent it from reaching the fire any way possible.

Plus I think we were shown the gas heading toward the fire before she finally noticed it, so when she saw it, it was then heading toward the fire.

As the other review said, the father who was the pilot, was injured and still in the plane. The mother wsa the actress who played Mrs. Garvey on Little House on The Prairie, a character who was, interestingly enough, killed in the blind school fire with Mary Ingalls Kendall's baby boy.

The children, Brad Savage and Heather McAdam, at this time were vets of TV as well.

Haven't seen Brad in anything lately, but he will perhaps always be known as the boy in Salem's Lot who had his friend or brother, now a vampire, scratching outside the window wnating to come in.

Savage would later appear to Lance Kewin.

Heather McAdam was a child actress.

Again, like the other review, I have difficulty remembering their adventures as well, the two kids who had to go for help.

Typical boy scout stuff, I do recall that. I think the boy was bitten by a rattle snake or fell off a cliff and injured his leg and coudln't run very well.

The girl, upon seeing some other campers, had to run to get to them as she was chased by wolves.

This was actually a three-parter, but for the life of me, I can't remember a lot that took place with the kids.

Seems like there should have been a rapids scene in there somewhere too.

But the gasoline bit was actually done somewhat well. Interesting that it emerges as the most memorable aspect of the show from two reviews.

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