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Journey in the Spring: Part 1 

After a letter from Wisconsin brings the sad news of his mother's death, a grieving Charles travels back to his boyhood home in the big woods, hoping to convince his heartbroken father to return with him to Walnut Grove.

Director:

Michael Landon

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Jan Sterling ... Laura Colby Ingalls
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Young Charles Ingalls
Arthur Hill ... Lansford Ingalls
Mark Lenard ... Peter Ingalls
Hersha Parady ... Eliza Ingalls
Brian Part Brian Part ... Carl Sanderson Edwards
Kyle Richards ... Alicia Sanderson Edwards
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Brewster
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After a letter from Wisconsin brings the sad news of his mother's death, a grieving Charles travels back to his boyhood home in the big woods, hoping to convince his heartbroken father to return with him to Walnut Grove.

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During a flashback a young Charles mentions his sister, Lydia, however, she never appears in the series nor is she ever even mentioned, other than than here. His other sister, Polly appears briefly as a child in the season four episode I Remember, I Remember, also in a flashback, but like Lydia, is never featured or mentioned again anywhere in the series run. See more »

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When Charles and Carrie are showing Caroline the turkey, Caroline says "That's a fine turkey" when her lips don't match what she is saying. See more »

Quotes

Laura Ingalls: I just can't believe it. She doesn't know.
Mary Ingalls: I guess not.
Laura Ingalls: Pa surely told him we were going to have the turkey for supper.
Mary Ingalls: That's it! That's just gotta be it. Pa told her we were going to HAVE him for supper, not have HIM for supper.
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Poor Grandpa
4 May 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

The episode starts on a sad note. Charles' folks are in their house. His mother is bed-ridden, and after hearing a letter from Charles, dies peacefully.

The news is very upsetting to Charles and he feels he needs to be close to his family. So he travels to the Big Woods with the intention of bringing his father home to live out the rest of his days.

Carrie really seems to be getting a lot of air time this season. Not only did she get her own episode in Little Girl Lost, but in the Halloween episode, she got a nice long scene at the beginning. Now in this two-part episode she gets to learn all about turkeys.

I think my favorite part of this episode is seeing Charles as a little boy. Amazingly, that part is played by Matthew Labyorteaux, who later plays his adopted son, Albert Ingalls.

Another guest star that later becomes part of the series is Hersha Parady, who later returns to play Alice Garvey.

This first part focuses on Charles' father and his inability to accept the fact that his wife was gone. His brother, Peter can't do anything with him and gets angry at Charles when Charles says he's there to do something. Then his father tries to kill himself by setting his house on fire.

The show ends on sort of a happy note, but there is still a sadness surrounding the episode. Now we must wait until part two to see how grandpa fare in all this.


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