Little House on the Prairie

Season 8 Episode 19

A Promise To Keep

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 01, 1982 on NBC
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Mr. Edwards has returned to alcohol to soothe the pain of his deceased son, and his wife takes the other children and leaves him. Laura wants Mr. Edwards to be godfather to her baby, but the alcoholism threatens to ruin this as well.

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  • old man tucker --- hmmmph!

    10
    who is the new grace edwards, and why was she replaced? ... i'm confused - how many families did he have? ... he was single, then married someone & picked up john jr. along the way & some other kid? then, someone burned in a fire (along w/ mary's baby? -- fire set by albert?) anyway -- since his wife's name in this episode is 'grace,' i'm gonna guess that he didn't hook up w/ yet another woman named grace ... so, why replace the original? i liked the first one so much! she was so pretty, w/ a beautiful smile, and had an all around 'comforting' look about her ... much like caroline ingalls. ... in other news, did the young 'alicia' bug the hell out of anyone?- signed, #1 mrs. olesen fan -- 4 eva!

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  • Albert and Mr. Edwards both fall off the wagon.

    4.3
    What can I say about this episode? Mr. Edwards gets drunk...again. Tragedy strikes Isaiah yet another time when his wife rejects him on account of his chronic alcoholism, which has ressurected itself after the death of his son, John Jr. Of course, Edwards is so hung up on his own grief he can't be there for the needs of his wife and two remaining children. This always irked me, the combination of irresponsibility and selfishness on the part of Mr. Edwards towards his surviving family coupled with the fact that John Jr. was just a royal pain in the butt in so many ways. Alicia and Carl had lost their father and later their mother, and now Mr. Edwards was inflicting more suffering on them. Way to go, Isaiah! Nah, I don't buy it this time.

    The episode's high point came when Albert fell out of the wagon driven by a drunken Mr. Edwards. It was hilarious to watch, and I wish I had it on DVD to watch in slow motion. Should have held on there, Albert! Unfortunately, the Ingalls equally star-crossed adopted son recovers nicely and stays around for more episodes.moreless
Dean Butler

Dean Butler

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

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

Reverend Alden

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

James Cooper/Ingalls (1981 - 1982)

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Hal Burton

Hal Burton

Driver

Guest Star

Richard Lilley

Richard Lilley

Man #1

Guest Star

Duane Tucker

Duane Tucker

Workman

Guest Star

Ruth Foster

Ruth Foster

Mrs. Foster

Recurring Role

Victor French

Victor French

Isaiah Edwards

Recurring Role

Kyle Richards

Kyle Richards

Alicia Edwards

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: At the end of the episode during Rose's baptism we see Albert standing without any clutches or cane. This may have taken place several weeks after the accident but Albert suffered from a compound fracture which takes a long time to heal.

    • Corinne Camacho appeared in two Little House episodes: this one, and Season 4's My Ellen. Ironically, in both shows, she baked a chocolate birthday cake with white candles, was grieving the death of a child, and had a strained relationship with her husband.

    • The first few scenes of the episode, which are filmed with Grace, Isaiah, Carl, and Alicia in their house, uses the exact same house sets used for Laura and Almanzo's house (before it was destroyed by the tornado a couple episodes ago). If you look closely, they are all sitting at the table and eating cake in what would be Almanzo's parlor. Any regular viewer of the show will recognize it right away.

    • With this episode, audiences may notice that John Sanderson-Edwards (Grace and Isaiah's oldest adopted child) unintentionally brought out some of the worst in Isaiah. Back in Seasons 2 and 3, when the boy was younger, Isaiah became angry and standoffish when John wanted to be a writer instead of following in his adoptive Pa's footsteps, and now that John has been killed, Isaiah has turned to drinking to fill the void.

    • This is the second time an Ingalls family member has asked Mr. Edwards to be the godfather to their baby. Charles and Caroline asked him to do the honors with their newborn son in Season 1's The Lord is My Shepherd, and Laura requests that he be that special person to baby Rose in this episode.

    • Bonnie Bartlett played the role of Grace Snider/Edwards throughout the series, up until this episode. Corrine Comacho steps in to play the part for Grace's final appearance in the show. Comacho is the same woman who played the grieving mother of a drowned child in the Season 4 episode My Ellen.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Isaiah: I can't count the number of times I'd drink just for the sake of drinking. I mean, I would toast anything. I'd toast the sunrise, the sunset. I'd go ahead and drink with the moon! You know, I had bottles stashed everywhere. I even had one in the outhouse! I guess I figured that if nobody saw me, it made it all right.
      Laura: I was always taught that no matter how hard you try to hide things from people, there's always someone who knows what you're doing.

    • Reverend Alden: Isaiah, don't be afraid to ask for God's help. That's why He's here.
      Isaiah: I'm ashamed to ask Him. Why would He want to help me?
      Reverend Alden: I asked myself that question once. Isaiah, over 30 years ago, I was exactly where you are now. I'd lost everything.
      Isaiah: Whiskey had you, too?
      Reverend Alden: (nods) God helped me. He gave me the strength. He made me work for it, but He held my hand, and I held His. Isaiah, take His hand.
      Isaiah: I want to. I truly want to.
      Reverend Alden: Take it.

    • Almanzo: Laura has something she'd like to say for the both of us.
      Laura: Well......this dinner tonight isn't just because Manly's going on a trip. It's really for another reason. We talked it over, and Manly agrees with me that the one person, outside of my own family, who's has the most influence on me......is you, Mr. Edwards. I can't count all the things you've taught me, all the laughter and tears of growing up. You shared all those things with me, and I want Rose to share in them, too. That's why I--we--would like you, Mr. Edwards, to be our daughter's godfather.
      Mr. Edwards: Well, wait a minute now. A guy like me ain't no godfather. You sure about that, Laura?
      Laura: I've been sure of it since the day she was born, and now that you're here, it's perfect. Will you?
      Mr. Edwards: Well, I'll try to make you proud.

    • (Charles storms into Mr. Edwards' hotel room, and he is drunk)
      Mr. Edwards: Charles.......I was just gonna have a drink, Charles. With everything that's happened, you could probably use one just as much as me.
      Charles: (walks up to him and throws the alcohol bottle against the wall) My son might lose his leg because of your drinking!
      Mr. Edwards: It was an accident, Charles. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
      Charles: Isaiah, what's happened to you?
      Mr. Edwards: This happened. I lost my son, my wife. Grace sent me on my way. Said she doesn't want me near her or the children.
      Charles: Why?
      Mr. Edwards: Because i drink! If I can't find whiskey, I drink cough remedies. I drink!
      Charles: Then why in God's name wouldn't you stop?
      Mr. Edwards: Because I can't. Don't you understand that? I can't!
      Charles: All I understand is that your drinking cost you your family, and it almost cost me my son's life! Go away, Isaiah. I don't want you near me or my family ever again. (leaves)

    • Mr. Edwards: How's Albert?
      Laura: Doc Baker says he's going to be fine.
      Mr. Edwards: Did your Pa send you out here?
      Laura: I came out here because I thought I might be able to help you.
      Mr. Edwards: I'm not worth helping.
      Laura: Mr. Edwards, I can't just let you leave like this. You mean too much to me. You are a very special person in my life. You were always there when I needed a friend.
      Mr. Edwards: Everything's lost. Grace, the family, and now your Pa.
      Laura: Maybe I am the only one who still cares, but if I'm willing to help, you should at least be willing to try.
      Mr. Edwards: Laura, why are you doing this?
      Laura: Because I owe you one. (smiles) You taught me to spit, remember?

    • Grace: Isaiah......I want you to pack your bags and leave.
      Isaiah: What?
      Grace: I've had enough, and so have the children. Just pack your bags, and get out of here.
      Isaiah: This is my house! (grabs her and shakes her) This is my house, and I'm not leaving!
      Grace: (crying) What are you gonna do, hit me? That's the only thing left that you haven't done to me and the children! (long pause) Isaiah, you said this was your house, but you're wrong. I moved in here with a man, someone I loved with all my heart. He was a wonderful father. But he went away and left you behind. Just go, for your own good, and for ours.

    • Alicia: I'm sorry, Carl.
      Carl: Don't start making excuses for Pa, like Ma does, because I don't want to hear it!
      Alicia: I wasn't. I just wanted you to know......I feel as bad as you do.
      Carl: I couldn't even invite my friends to my birthday because I knew......I knew he'd be drunk again. I hate him!
      Alicia: Carl, don't say that! You don't really mean it.
      Carl: I do mean it, Alicia. I hate him!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Young actress Kyle Richards reprises her role as daughter Alicia Edwards for the last time, but David Kaufman is a different actor from the one who played middle son Carl in previous seasons.

    • Featured character: Mr. Edwards

    • This episode marks the return of Mr. Edwards for the remainder of the series. Remember that Victor French was absent from Seasons 4, 5, 6, and 7 because he was working on Carter Country, and Jonathan Garvey was like a replacement for him during that time. Edwards now serves as a friend and father figure to many people in town, and he is also the foil of several of Mrs. Oleson's insults, delivering a snappy comeback whenever she says something inappropriate (kind of like Nels does under his breath every once in a while).

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