Little House on the Prairie

Season 5 Episode 2

As Long As We're Together (2)

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Sep 18, 1978 on NBC
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Life in Winoka grows increasingly difficult for the Ingalls family as they try to adjust to city life. Meanwhile, Caroline and Alice open a new school in a barn for their children.

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  • Mary's 16th birthday is fast approaching and a surprise party is planned. Charles finds himself bonding with a young orphan named Albert who is in desperate need of attention and affection.moreless

    8.5
    Young Albert begins to form a strong attachment to Charles as the two spend more and more time together. The boy clearly enjoys having a father figure around and Charles certainly enjoys the role.



    Mr. Standish continues to make life difficult for the Ingalls family (and most others) but the most important thing on everyone's mind is Mary's upcoming 16th birthday. With no money to buy her a gift, Charles pawns his beloved violin but when Caroline sees it in the shop window, she immediately buys it back and Mary's gift is, as it has always been, the sound of her father playing the fiddle to her on her birthday. Albert comes to join the party and it's clear that he will be around, come what may.moreless
  • A gret episode *****SPOILERS******

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    Charles and Caroline are annoyed by the treatment by Mr. Standish they do this to keep their family near Mary. Caroline and Alice find out the only school is a very expesicve private school $ $ $. The get a barn an start a school for families who cannot afford the Winoka School.

    Harriet wants Nelllie and willie to go to the private school and so she takes a job as a bar maid Charles connects with Albert. They plan a suprise party for Mary's birthday. Pa can't get an advance for his pay so he sells his fiddle and buys albert his reading lamp(that he previously stole and showed charles that he was an orphan on the streets polishing shoes and living under a staircase. he stole the lamp to read.). He brought Ma the $ $ $ $ $ to buy her a hat from a coustmer's shop. Ma sees the fiddle that pa sold and talks to the store's owner. Later, Mary and Adam head over to the hotel for Mary's suprise party.Harlan(who harased Ma)and glover harras Mary and Adam. Pa sees and gets in a fight. Nels and Johnathan come out and help charles. Johnathan hurts glover and harlan and they promise not to bother them again. He gets a job from mr. standish. Mary is worried and when Pa comes back, they all pretend that pa is not hurt(she's blind) she gets Pa's fiddle back to him. It is very heartwarming and Albert walks in when Mary is reading Laura's card. Mrs. Olson cries. Mary says she doesnt have anything to wish for she has everything in that very room. She wishes and Pa Plays his fiddle. Alert slowly opens up to them and it is a happy ending.

    This was a great episode i liked it when Harriet was cryying and Willie asks to cut the cake.moreless
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

Jodean Lawrence

Jodean Lawrence

Josie

Guest Star

Adam Gunn

Adam Gunn

Jeb Standish

Guest Star

Leon Charles

Leon Charles

Standish

Recurring Role

David Hooks

David Hooks

Mr. Ames

Recurring Role

Donald Elson

Donald Elson

Fred

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • If Mary's party was a surprise how was Caroline able to tell Mary about the fiddle?

    • How can Mary's birthday cake feed 14 people? It is way too small for that many people.

    • Goof: Albert attempts to steal a kerosene lamp, which Charles later buys for him. One problem: Albert didn't steal (and Charles didn't buy) any kerosene to actually light the lamp.

    • Mary reads Laura's birthday card out loud, and at the end it reads, "You're the best sister in the whole world. Love, Laura." The girls then hugged and cried. One has to feel sorry for younger sister Carrie, who was sitting right next to them through all this.

    • Laura's birthday card to Mary says "I want to let you know that I love you. I don't think I've ever told you that before. I guess kids don't say it all that often to each other." This obviously implies that Laura never said "I love you" to Mary, and that's absolutely not true. While the girls certainly didn't say it constantly, there were episodes like Season 1's The Raccoon, where Laura's exact words were "Mary, I love you" (and I'm sure there were other episodes too, but that one sticks out the most).

    • Pay attention to the moment right after Harlan makes a horribly condescending comment about Mary to Charles. Charles "punches" Harlan in the face, yet it's clear his fist doesn't even make the slightest contact. Also, the editors failed to even insert the legitimate sound of a punch to the face; there was a very, very slight one, but you could barely hear it, and it came about half a second late. Yet when Harlan stands up, blood is pouring out of his nose. The whole thing plays like a "practice" scene for the real thing.

    • Notice Melissa Gilbert (Laura)'s face when Harriet says, "Oh, what a funny little cake!" She looks as if she is about to laugh, even though it would make more sense for her to appear insulted by this comment. Then, a few seconds later, Caroline says, "Don't worry, Mrs. Oleson, you won't have to be quiet for long," and Laura bursts out laughing. It's obvious that Gilbert was holding that in for a long time, all throughout the scene.

    • Harlan seems intent on sexually harassing the Ingalls women; first Caroline, and later Mary. Notice he doesn't give the same treatment to the women at the saloon. With Mrs. Olsen, he's actually somewhat tender, helping her down the last couple of steps, and guiding her politely toward the head barmaid on her first day of work. Fear of losing his job can't be the reason: at the hotel, while dining with Mr. Standish, he makes suggestive remarks about Caroline to him, even though Caroline works for Standish, too.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Albert: I'm a bastard.
      Charles: Now, what kind of talk is that?
      Albert: Well, that's what they call you when you don't have a Pa.
      Charles: I know what the word means. I just don't like it.
      Albert: Well, neither do I!

    • Charles: All right, what do you want?
      Glover: Steak, two eggs, coffee.
      Charles: What about you?
      Harlan: I want a steak, three eggs, and a side order of biscuits. You got honey?
      Charles: Yeah, we've got honey.
      Harlan: Give me some honey with them biscuits, and......aren't you gonna write any of this down?
      Charles: Why? Are you gonna forget it?

    • Charles: (when Harlan is harrassing his daughter and son-in-law) Mary, Adam, I want you to go into the hotel. I'll be there in a minute.
      Mary: Pa, you come with us.
      Charles: Don't you worry, darling, I'll be right in. You two go ahead. (Mary and Adam leave)
      Harlan: That's a fine lookin' little blind girl you got there, Ingalls. Fine lookin'. (Charles pauses, punches him in the face)

    • Adam: Sweet sixteen, huh? You better be getting married soon, young lady, or they'll be calling you a spinster.
      Mary: Well, maybe some charming young man will ask me.
      Adam: I'm sure he will....once he gets the nerve up.

    • Laura: Oh, I almost forgot! I made this card for you.
      Mary: It's in Braille!
      Laura: Uh-huh. Adam loaned me a Braille writer.
      Mary: (reading aloud) "Dear Mary, you know I'm not good with words the way you are, but I just wanted to let you know that I love you. I don't think I've ever told you that before. I guess kids don't say it to each other very often. Well, you're 16 now, so you're not a kid anymore. So I can say it. You're the best sister in the whole world. Love, Laura." (now crying, Mary hugs her sister) I love you.
      Charles: (in tears himself) Hey, if you two don't stop all that hugging and kissing, you're gonna have nothing left but wax for icing on that cake. Now, make your wish.
      Mary: (to Laura) I love you. (turns back around to her cake) I have nothing left to wish for. I have everything I could possibly want right here in this room. God bless you all. (blows out candles)
      Willie: When can we cut the cake? I'm hungry!
      Mrs. Oleson: (crying) Oh, Willie!

    • Caroline: Mary wants to open her presents.
      Charles: Well, let's get to opening!
      Mary: I have to admit......I already know what's in the package. Ma and I talked it over, and well, I hope you understand. (opens box, pulls out the fiddle Charles pawned) I know what you were trying to do, but the greatest present you could give me is to hear you play this fiddle on my birthday. It always has been. I love you, Pa.

    • Mrs. Oleson: "These are not Crow's Feet."
      Barmaid: "Really?"
      Mrs. Oleson: "Yes, really! These are laughter lines."
      Barmaid: "Honey. Nothing's that funny."

    • (Albert is caught stealing the papers and money for them, he then lies about why he took them)
      Laura: "Did you ever hear anyone make up an excuse like that?"
      Charles: "Uh hum, yeah. You."

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