Little House on the Prairie

Look Back to Yesterday

Season 0, Ep 0, Aired 12/12/83
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  • Episode Description
  • Charles and Albert make an unexpected visit to Walnut Grove, and they are both thrilled to be back. Unfortunately, the town faces tremendous financial difficulties, just as college-bound Albert receives some devastating news of his own. Elsewhere, little Jason Carter longs to kiss a little girl at school.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dean Butler

    Almanzo James Wilder (co-star prior to season 7)

  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Dabbs Greer

    Reverend Alden

  • Kevin Hagen

    Dr. Hiram Baker

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Why kill off Albert?

    By snake63, Apr 02, 2014

  • With the series losing a bit of steam at the end of Season 9, it ends with a silent whimper with the loss of Albert Ingalls in this very painful to watch episode.

    By allisen1988, Apr 19, 2007

  • (see previous summaries)

    By skrizza_whut, Jul 28, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Sarah: (when Laura is near tears because of Albert) Laura, I could finish this if you would rather. Laura: No, that's all right. It helps to keep busy. You know, I keep thinking this is all just a dream, and I'm going to wake up. Sarah: I know. Jeb and Jason haven't known Albert for very long, but that didn't make it any easier to tell them. I think it's easier for a child to accept an adult dying, but when it's somebody like Albert.......

    • Amy: Jason Carter, I wouldn't kiss you if you were the last boy on Earth! (runs away) Jason: (to Jeb) See what you've done? Jeb: I didn't do nothing! Jason: You heard her. She said she wouldn't kiss me if I was the last boy on Earth. Jeb: And you believe that? Jason: You think she was lying? Jeb: Of course I do. Jason: (eyes light up) Yeah! Jeb: Now all you have to do is wait for the rest of us to die! (laughs and leaves) Jason: Thanks a lot, Jeb!

    • Albert: Mr. Carter? Mr. Edwards agreed to give our team a rematch. What do you say? John: (smiles) I'm gonna do it, snake ball and all. Albert: (smiles, looks at Jenny, and tugs fondly on her braid) Come on. (the two of them leave) Mr. Edwards: I can't believe it. The boy wants to play baseball. Charles: He wants us to treat him like nothing's wrong, and that's what we're gonna do. That's exactly what we're gonna do.

    • Albert: I wanted to go back out and help with the farm! Why didn't somebody wake me up? Laura: Well, I asked Pa not to. I didn't think you needed to be in that hot sun. Albert: It's really not that bad. I enjoy working and talking with everybody. Laura: Albert, you've got to get some rest. Why is it that you have to be doing something all the time? Mr. Montague: If both of you will excuse me, I have to get these chapters on the afternoon stage. Albert: Mr. Montague, would you mind giving me a ride into town? Mr. Montague: Why, no, not at all. I'll bring the buggy around to the front. (leaves) Albert: Laura, the things I want to do, I can't put off until tomorrow! Pa understands that. I just wish you could.

    • Albert: (reading a letter from the college) "I proudly award you a four-year scholarship to the University of Minnesota School of Medicine." I made it. I made it! Charles: Darn right, you did. Albert: You know something? I really think I would have made a fine doctor. Charles: I know you would have. And I'm gonna tell you something. You've been the greatest son a man could ever have, I'll tell you. Albert: You weren't so bad yourself. (they hug)

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    Notes (8)

    • This is the second time in the series that Albert addresses the children at the Walnut Grove School about the importance of living life to the fullest and making good choices. He did this previously, in Season 9's Home Again, Part 2.

    • If the young man playing Miss Plum's fiance Vance Reed looks familiar to you, it's because he is Cooper Huckabee, the actor who also appeared in Season 2's Troublemaker as one of Miss Beadle's problematic older students. It's been eight years since Huckabee appeared last, but when they show close-ups of his face, you can see that he looks exactly the same as he did back then, when he was just a big, immature schoolboy.

    • Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson) did not appear in this episode.

    • Note that while Almanzo had longer hair in seasons 6 through 8, his hair is now the shortest it's ever been. It is a very significant difference, especially now that he's wearing his hat less often.

    • Goof/Nitpick: In the scene where Albert and Pa arrive in Walnut Grove at Laura and Almonzo's house, we're treated to a close-up of Melissa Gilbert as she hugs Matthew Laborteaux. She's clearly wearing 80's style, peach colored plastic ball-style earrings with butterfly closures on the back. They look totally out of place in this scene, as the plastic in particuar wouldn't have been available in that time period.

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    Trivia (9)

    • In the last scene, when Laura and Albert are on top of the mountain, there are two close-ups of when they raise their hands together. The first time, you can see that the sleeve of Laura's dress is unbuttoned, and the second time, her sleeve is buttoned up.

    • Notice the scene where Albert comes back to Walnut Grove for the first time since his illness was revealed, and everyone is there to greet him. Melissa Gilbert (Laura) confessed in her 2009 memoir, Prairie Tale, that she had been out drinking the night before, and she was still hung over as she filmed this scene. She says it's particularly noticeable when she goes to hug Albert, and the camera zooms in on her face. To this day, she still feels a little guilty about it.

    • Notice the scene after the baseball game, after Albert has collapsed and Doc Baker is caring for him at Laura's house. When Charles says to Albert, "You don't want anyone to be ignoring your advice when you're a doctor, do you?" Albert says, "Of course not," sits up, and the blood comes pouring out of his nose. But in the very next shot, when Charles runs over to put the cloth to his son's nose, there is clearly no blood on Albert's shirt. The way it came pouring out, though, there's no way he couldn't have gotten any on his clothes.

    • Twin toddlers Michelle and Jennifer Steffin make their debut as baby Rose here, and they appeared in all three of the final Little House movies. However, because they were hired as extras and did not have speaking roles, they did not appear in the credits. Today, Michelle works in a warehouse, and Jennifer is a medical assistant with children of her own.

    • Young actress Shonda Whipple, who plays Jason's love interest Amy Bryant, is the same little girl who was in Season 9's Home Again, Part 2, only in that episode, her name was Tami Cook.

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    • champagnedrinker Jun 09, 2014

      How come, when Albert & Melissa are talking in the school at lunch time - the children are all outside, there are several bonnets hanging by the door. Surely the girls would have had to put them on?