Little House on the Prairie

Going Home

Season 2, Ep 22, Aired 3/31/76
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  • Episode Description
  • Feeling pleased and hopeful about the success of his current crop, Charles is devastated when the elements dash all his dreams.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Dabbs Greer

    Reverend Alden

  • Melissa Sue Anderson

    Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

  • Karl Swenson

    Mr. Lars Hanson (1974 - 1978)

  • Michael Landon

    Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • An excellent way to end Season 2 as good fortune turns to great failure and the Ingalls family just may have to leave Walnut Grove.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Apr 11, 2011

  • Probably the best episode of Season 2 and among the series' best.

    By Mac-Ale, Dec 01, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Charles: Did you finish your supper already? Laura: I wasn't hungry. Charles: That doesn't sound like you. Laura: I'm just too sad to eat, I guess. Charles: Just because you're sad, that's no reason to starve yourself. Laura: You didn't eat, either. Charles: (long pause) No, I guess I didn't. Laura: (runs and hugs him) Please, Pa, let us stay here! Charles: Half-Pint, we can't. I tried. I want you to know that. Laura: But we can do it, Pa! I know we can! I'm bigger now, and I can work like Mary does. You even said yourself that when this family pulls together, we can do anything. Please, Pa, just try! Charles: Half-Pint, I can't. I want you to understand. Laura: I do. I do understand. You quit trying. We could've done it together, but you quit trying!

    Notes (3)

    • Filming Locations: Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.

    • In this episode, Charles' entire crop of "corn as high as your head" is destroyed. This would lead the viewer to believe that he's decided to stick with growing corn, a crop intorduced to him in season 2's Money Crop. However, just four episodes before Going Home aired, Charles and Isaiah Edwards were attempting to sell their bumper crop of wheat ("The Long Road Home") at market. Apparently, the writers couldn't make up their minds which crop he was growing!

    • A tornado impacted the Ingalls family in this episode. Laura would come close to being killed by a tornado a second time in Season 8's Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow, Part 2.

    Trivia (8)

    • Mary and John Jr express their romantic feelings in this episode, when the character of Mary is only 13 years old. In a 2006 interview, Melissa Sue Anderson stated that she "couldn't really get into the idea of being in love at such a young age," and that actor Ramades Pera (John, Jr.) was "more interested in making our scenes work than I was."

    • In this episode, Laura turns to the devout Reverend Alden for support with her family's troubles. In Season 1's The Lord is My Shepherd, Part 1 Laura had a similar heart-to-heart with the Reverend after her baby brother died--although in that episode, she didn't tell the Reverend exactly what she was upset about.

    • Early in this episode, when Mr. Edwards attempts to offer Charles some comfort and understanding, Charles quickly balks, "No, you don't understand! You still have your crop!" It's certainly very out of character for Charles to speak this way to a friend, and what's more, Charles was aware of the turmoils that Mr. Edwards went through in losing his wife and daughter--pain that arguably goes well beyond having your crops destroyed. Charles should not have instantly assumed that Mr. Edwards didn't understand his troubles, and it was not like him to behave that way.

    • Charles Ingalls displays a rare, defeated attitude in this episode, in which he's ready to just "chuck it all" and leave Walnut Grove. It seems uncharacteristic of him, until you realize that in very recent episodes his crop had failed to sell (The Long Road Home), and his property taxes were doubled (Centennial). The tornado in this episode, and the damage it causes, seems to understandably push him over the edge.

    • Charles states that he's "going home to Wisconsin, because that's where I'm from," after the tornado devastates his home in this episode. However, the real Charles Ingalls was from Cuba, New York. He lived there and in Elgin, Illinois, until he married Caroline Quiner in 1860. The writers could have kept this episode historically correct by simply changing the word "Wisconsin" to "Illinois."

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