|Land of the Lost|
|Season 1, Episode 2|
|Air date||September 14, 1974|
|Written by||David Gerrold|
|Directed by||Dennis Steinmetz|
Original Series, Season 1, Episode 1: "Cha-ka"
Original Series, Season 1, Episode 3: "Dopey"
The Sleestak God was written by David Gerrold, is episode two of Season one of the of the original Land of the Lost TV series.
In the cave, the Marshalls are making brooms and traps. Rick sends Will and Holly to the water hole to fill the family's collapsible plastic water jugs.
Will leads Holly on a "shortcut" and we see them crossing a stone bridge over a deep crevasse. Ominous ring-modulated synthesizer sounds introduce us to a new location -- an ancient temple -- and an Allosaurus (Big Alice). Will and Holly return across the stone bridge to tell Rick about the set they've found.
In the jungle, Cha-ka is hopping around, still wearing his splint, and hides behind some rocks to watch Rick and Holly's approach. Rick stops to signal Rick in Morse code, using a mirror, saying "I'm telling him about the lost city." Rick signals back that he will meet them at the crevasse, and they go to fill their water jugs. Cha-ka limps along to follow them.
Will and Holly discover Pakuni footprints in a patch of red sand and follow them, walking off the set to the right. Unbeknownst to them, Cha-ka is following at a distance, leaving a second set of Pakuni footprints along with Will and Holly's footprints.
The humans enter the same set again from the left, noticing a second set of Pakuni and two sets of human footprints, and Will realizes they have been tracking themselves in a circle. Holly insists that he is wrong, pointing out that there are new Pakuni prints, and they head off again to the right.
The third time around they stop and hide behind a rock as Cha-Ka enters the scene, and they jump up to greet him. He runs off and they chase after him, Will catching up with him as he suddenly comes across a Triceratops (called "Spike.") Will and Paku flee as Spike charges and they rejoin Holly. The three hide behind a rock as Spike gallops past like a city bus. Cha-ka agrees that he is Will and Holly's "fa-rend," but still does not know how to shake a hand presented to him. Will and Holly give Cha-ka water from their canteen, and Will uses his knife to cut off Cha-ka's splint. They leave Cha-ka, but he follows them.
The group reaches the crevasse again and crosses. Rick is not there to meet his children as planned. Rick and Holly attempt to return to the lost city, losing their way and discovering a different set of stone structures, with words scrawled on a wall saying "BEWARE OF SLEESTAK." Cha-ka has been warning them about "Su-rees-a-takk-a" (Sleestak) and flees.
As the Marshall children find their way back to the original lost city location, the Sleestak emerge from the second location and carry them off. Cha-ka, menaced by Alice, returns to the stone bridge, where Rick has finally arrived. Cha-ka is able to convey to Rick that his children are in trouble, and Rick follows Cha-ka to the lost city.
In an interior Sleestak cave location, made menacing with a fog machine, Will and Holly are hanging in a net over a pit. They hear a distant roaring; apparently there is a hungry beast in the pit waiting to devour them (the "Sleestak God.") The two figure out how to swing their net to the edge of the pit, and leave the net. Before they can complete their escape the Sleestak return, hissing menacingly.
Cha-ka has brought Rick to the lost city entrance, and shows him the dropped plastic water containers. Alice wanders by and they hide. When the danger passes, Cha-ka shows him a torch and conveys that Rick must use it in the lost city. Alice chases them and they enter the lost city, where the dinosaur cannot follow them.
Rick leads Cha-ka through a maze of tunnels with sparkling walls, menaced by approaching Sleestak. Rick is able to drive them off with the torch, and follow his children's voices to the cavern where they are again hanging over the pit. Cha-ka uses the torch to keep the Sleestak at bay. Rick gives Will a knife to cut the net. They accidentally drop the torch into the pit and the resulting brilliant red floodlight and deafening roaring sound effect drives away the Sleestak. Cha-ka has apparently stolen Rick's lighter again. Everyone escapes.
The group heads back across the crevasse. Cha-ka has learned to shake hands, although his version involves slobbering on the hand as he holds it. Rick points out that the children still have not filled the water containers, much to their dismay.