Little House on the Prairie

Season 5 Episode 1

As Long As We're Together (1)

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Sep 11, 1978 on NBC
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Poor economic conditions have forced many of Walnut Grove's residents to move elsewhere. Charles and Caroline settle their family in the bustling town of Winoka, where they manage a hotel that's located near Mary and Adam's blind school.

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  • The Ingalls family are forced to leave Walnut Grove due to the terrible economic conditions which are present and decide to settle in Winoka which is where Mary and Adam are teaching at the school for the blind.moreless

    9.5
    When the Ingalls family arrive in the bustling city of Winoka, the only good thing from Charles's perspective is that they can now be close to Mary again. We see Albert (as Albert!) for the first time and soon, Charles and Caroline find employment co-managing a large hotel owned by the unpleasant Mr. Standish, who also owns quite a few of the other buildings and businesses in town, including the saloon, the noise from which drives Charles insane as he is used to the peace and quiet of country living and has always greatly disliked the city.



    He is not afraid to take on a couple of the less savoury locals, particularly when they don't behave in a gentlemanly way towards Caroline and soon, thimgs are looking up immeasurably when the Graveys and the Oleson's arrive to settle in Winoka as well as they too have lost everything in Walnut Grove.moreless
  • The Ingalls family are forced to leave Walnut Grove due to the terrible economic conditions which are present and decide to settle in Winoka which is where Mary and Adam are teaching at the school for the blind.moreless

    9.5
    When the Ingalls family arrive in the bustling city of Winoka, the only good thing from Charles's perspective is that they can now be close to Mary again. We see Albert (as Albert!) for the first time and soon, Charles and Caroline find employment co-managing a large hotel owned by the unpleasant Mr. Standish, who also owns quite a few of the other buildings and businesses in town, including the saloon, the noise from which drives Charles insane as he is used to the peace and quiet of country living and has always greatly disliked the city.



    He is not afraid to take on a couple of the less savoury locals, particularly when they don't behave in a gentlemanly way towards Caroline and soon, thimgs are looking up immeasurably when the Graveys and the Oleson's arrive to settle in Winoka as well as they too have lost everything in Walnut Grove.moreless
  • Poor economic conditions cause the Ingall’s to move closer to Mary. Mary is now teaching at the School for the Blind.

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    Poor economic conditions cause the Ingall’s to move closer to Mary.

    Mary is now teaching at the School for the Blind.

    Charles and Caroline take a job of Hotel Manager and Cook. Caroline becomes exhausted with full time job and raising a young family and Charles is not found of the busy city lifestyle.



    The Garvey’s and the Oleson’s also move to the city.

    Mrs Ingall’s and Mrs Garvey decide to start up a school, since the only school in town is an expensive Private School. They organise to teach in the section of the local stables. Mrs Oleson sends her children to the Private School, much to the dismay of Mr Oleson.

    Laura meets a boy Albert and later catches him stealing from their hotel.

    Charles becomes friends with Albert, he finds out he is an orphan.



    It’s Mary’s 16th Birthday Charles sells his fiddle to buy Mary a gift. At her party, Mary gives Pa his fiddle back. Laura gives Mary a card. Mary is so proud of Laura writing the letter in Braille. Almost everyone is in tears, including Mrs. Oleson, when Mary announces that she has nothing to wish for, since she has everything that she could possibly want.

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Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (1977 - 1981) (as Patrick Laborteaux)

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Linwood Boomer

Linwood Boomer

Adam Kendall (1978 - 1981)

Cletus Young

Cletus Young

Harlan

Guest Star

Anne Ramsey

Anne Ramsey

Mrs. Schiller

Guest Star

Jodean Lawrence

Jodean Lawrence

Josie

Guest Star

Leon Charles

Leon Charles

Standish

Recurring Role

David Hooks

David Hooks

Mr. Ames

Recurring Role

Donald Elson

Donald Elson

Fred

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Goof/nitpick: When Charles leaves Mary at the school with Adam when they first arrive in Winoka, he is leaving without his hat on. When he closes the door and is outside again, the hat is magically on his head.

    • The "farewell" scene between Charles and Jonathan at the start of this episode was clearly filmed on a soundstage, and not outside at night, as viewers are supposed to believe. The stage lights are so bright that beads of sweat are clearly visible on Merlin Olsen's forehead, and the shadows are far too clearly defined and contrasted to have been filmed in moonlight.

    • In the scenes where Laura is helping Albert get his dime out of the hole, her braids are messier, and she has several loose strands of hair flying every which way. Shortly after that, when Albert is thanking her and offering to give her half of the dime, her hair is magically tidied up, as if it were re-braided.

    • The scene where the entire hutch falls on top of Carrie is a little too ridiculous, even for television. It is almost impossible that she did not get crushed to death. She didn't even sustain an injury--she just crawled out without a scratch or a tear in her eye. Furthermore, it happened literally five seconds after Caroline put Laura in charge of baby Grace and left the room to go to work. Judging from the extremely loud sound the hutch made when it came crashing down, it's virtually impossible that Caroline was far enough away after just five seconds not to hear it and come running back. For that matter, you probably could have heard the crash anywhere in the hotel; it was that loud.

    • In episodes like this, now that Carrie is older, you can really tell the difference between actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush just by their voices. Lindsay's voice is clearly more high-pitched when she's playing Carrie, while Sidney is quieter and delivers her lines in a calmer tone. After a while, it's very noticeable and easier to tell the twins apart, especially when they switch in the middle of a scene. For example, when Carrie first comes up to Laura and says, "Laura, I have to go!" it is Lindsay, and when Carrie comes to Laura a second time and says "Laura, I can't wait much longer," it is Sidney. You can tell by their voices that it's two different girls.

    • This is the first and only episode where we hear one of the Ingalls daughters swear, and it comes out of little 7-year-old Carrie's mouth (although she didn't know it was a bad word).

    • This is the first appearance of Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh as baby Grace. They continued to share the role up through Season 8, which is when they "retired from Hollywood and started kindergarten." Both girls grew up to be kind young women and happy mothers, and they are both devout Christians in real life. They both say that they absolutely love being connected to the Little House TV series, They have a program called "Memories of Grace" that they still use when they speak publicly about their experiences on the show.

    • Sidney Greenbush, who played Carrie in the scenes where she had to go to the bathroom really badly and ultimately wets her pants, says that this was always one of her least favorite episodes. Sidney didn't think it was very realistic that a child Carrie's age couldn't get to a bathroom on her own.
      Reply: It's understandable why Sidney would feel this way, but remember also that it wasn't a matter of Carrie not being able to get to a bathroom on her own. It was the fact that she was in a new, strange place, and her parents ordered her to stay with Laura. She was, after all, only about seven or eight years old--not old enough to roam around a town like Winoka by herself. Any human being--young or old--would go in their pants if they were withheld from a bathroom long enough.

    • Matthew Laborteaux makes his first appearance in the series as Albert Quinn, but it's not his first appearance on the show. As many fans know, he portrayed Charles Ingalls as a child in flashback sequences in Season 3's I Remember, I Remember and Journey in the Spring. When Michael Landon wanted to cast Matthew in this role, the casting director reminded Landon that viewers would remember Matthew's previous role, but Landon, who knew that Matthew was perfect for the part, simply said, "I don't care," and the rest is history!

    • The Ingalls family did move to Dakota Territory after Mary lost her sight, but the town was not Winoka. They were founding members of the town of DeSmet and never returned to Walnut Grove. Starting with this episode, the Ingalls family's story is so creatively dramatized, it becomes almost unrecognizable when compared with the real family's life.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Charles: There's just one thing. We're gonna need an extra room. We have some children.
      Mr. Thomas: Wait a minute. You never mentioned anything about children.
      Caroline: Oh, well, they're so polite. and quiet. Why, they wouldn't be any trouble.
      Mr. Thomas: Oh, I've never heard of children like that.

    • Adam: (working with his blind students) All right, now if you know what this sound is, shout it out. (rips paper in half)
      Students: You're ripping paper!
      Adam: Right. Right. Now, this next one, some of you know, and some of you don't. Listen carefully. (snaps his fingers)
      Mary: (from doorway) You're snapping your fingers!
      Adam: Right! (looks over and smiles) Mary. Mary! (hugs her) When you didn't answer my letter, I was afraid you weren't coming.
      Mary: I didn't get your letter. Didn't you get mine?
      Adam: No. It doesn't matter. You're here. (they kiss)
      Blind Student: That sounds like kissin'!

    • Albert: Fire! Fire! The Winoka School is burning down!
      Jeb: Come on, let's watch it! (everyone runs to look)
      Willie: I hope that's the only school!
      Mrs. Oleson: Oh, Willie!

    • Kid: Standish, how come you always win?
      Jeb: Never gamble with the son of a gambler.

    • Carrie: Ma, I have to go so bad!
      Caroline: All right, Laura will take you. There's a water closet at the end of the hall, upstairs.
      Laura: You mean, you go inside?!?!?
      Caroline: That's right!
      Laura: Boy, this really is the city!

    • Caroline: (when Charles is upset about being degraded in front of her earlier) We got some good news today. Alice got the stable livery owner to give us part of the barn for a schoolhouse. We're going to make the announcement at Church tomorrow.
      Charles: (sarcastically) That's great news. My children will be going to school in a stable. That's really good news.
      Caroline: Charles, look at me. People who take advantage of others just demean themselves. They deserve our pity, not our anger. (pauses) There's another thing. Look at me. You said that you'd be happy anywhere as long as we're together. Well? We're together.

    • Carrie: (after dropping her food on her lap) Oh, damn!
      Caroline: Don't ever let me hear you talk like that!
      Carrie: (stunned and embarrassed) I'm sorry.
      Laura: She doesn't know it's wrong, Ma. We heard stuff like that all night from the saloon.
      Caroline: Oh, that saloon!
      Charles: Well, it's there, and there's nothing we can do about it. Now, Carrie, the next time you hear a word, and you don't know if it's a good word or a bad word, you come and ask me, all right?
      Carrie: (close to tears) Yes, sir.
      Laura: She could ask me, Pa.
      Charles: Why? Do you know all the bad words?
      Laura: No, sir.
      Charles: Well, it's a good thing for you that you don't.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Albert, played by Matthew Laborteaux. Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary) said in a previous interview that Laborteaux actually has a form of autism, but he overcame much of it by the time he was on the series. "He was a great kid, and so brilliant," Anderson once said.

    • This is the very first time that a season of Little House opened with a special 2-part episode. From this point on, every single new season of the show premiered that way.

    • The name of Albert was a tribute to a friend of Michael Landon's, whose son Albert was struck and killed by a car while riding his bike.

    • Carrie Ingalls has speaking parts in four scenes in this episode, probably more than in any other episode, other than "The Godsister".

    • First Appearance of Albert (Matthew Laborteaux), who will later become part of the Ingalls family

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