Little House on the Prairie

Season 9 Episode 22

Hello and Goodbye

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 21, 1983 on NBC
6.6
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Hello and Goodbye
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Mr. Montague, a renowned author who is undergoing research for his next book, moves in with Laura and Almanzo at their newly implemented boarding house. He proves to be quite an interesting and unexpected addition to the Walnut Grove community. Meanwhile, Mr. Edwards faces a moral dilemma when Philip Rogers--the biological father of his recently adopted son Matthew--shows up to reclaim the boy.moreless

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  • Should have had a better ending!

    7.6
    The show I thought should have had a better ending then this. As we see a new character being introduced as he would become the cook and butler at the new inn that Laura and Almonzo run. And that he is a bit of a comic relief. Why didn't indeed was he introducted earlier. As he would had been a big improvement to the series. Meanwhile, Mr Edwards may lose his adopted son to his birth father. But Mr Edwards feels that his son may need to go with his birth father as Matthew, that's his name is growing close to his birth father. In the end, Mr. Edwards moves into the Wilder Inn.moreless
  • An interesting goodbye to the regular run of the series.

    6.5
    Again a time of change in Walnut Grove, Matthew leaves Edwards and the Wilder's boarding house fills up.



    Again, an entertaining episode of the series, but again filled with a puzzling sense that almost every season 9 episode stands on its own without a lot of continuity. Laura and Almanzo set up the boarding house (yet another "large" house in the tiny town of Walnut Grove that they inherit in the previous episode). Willie and his new wife have moved in, along with the fairly funny character of Mr. Montague -- expert in writing, traditional and herbal medicine, furniture appraisal, the languages of Mandarin and rudimentary "baby talk" from Cypress among countless things. This is the "hello". The "goodbye" is in the form of Matthew's real father coming to meet his son and eventually take him with him, leaving Mr. Edwards alone once again. Perhaps what is most puzzling about Matthew is the fact that after the struggle to claim him in the "Wild Boy" episodes, he is not referred to again until now, even when Edwards has a romance with Jane Canfield ("Love") or when Charles takes over Edwards' house to help break Albert's morphine addiction in "Home Again". Still, it is a sad moment when Edwards is again left alone in life and this subplot along with the comedy of Mr. Montague is generally well-acted.



    This episode is somewhat odd in that it seems to set up the hope of another season of episodes, as Edwards moves into the boarding house with Mr. Montague as a perfect comedic foil. I wonder if this "ensemble" idea was at least a possibility that Landon and the producers wanted to leave open. The Montague character does appear in the "Look Back to Yesterday" TV movie.moreless
Dean Butler

Dean Butler

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

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Stan Ivar

Stan Ivar

John Carter (1982 - 1983)

Pamela Roylance

Pamela Roylance

Sarah Carter (1982 - 1983)

Katherine MacGregor

Katherine MacGregor

Harriet Oleson

Sherri Stoner

Sherri Stoner

Rachel Brown

Guest Star

Jonathan Hall Kovacs

Jonathan Hall Kovacs

Matthew Rogers

Guest Star

Jim Lau

Jim Lau

Proprietor

Guest Star

Jack Lilley

Jack Lilley

Stage Driver

Recurring Role

Ruth Foster

Ruth Foster

Mrs. Foster

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Mr. Montague tells Doc Baker that he trained at the Mayo Clinic. This would seem unlikely, since the Mayo Clinic didn't open its doors until 1890. Even if the viewer believes that Mr. Montague (who is approximately in his 40's) just completed his medical training, which is unlikely as it is, he couldn't have trained at Mayo, if this episode takes place in the late 1880's.

    • Although Mr. Edwards adopted Matthew fairly early in the season, the young actor was used very sparingly, appearing only in 4 episodes: the 2-parter The Wild Boy, Part 1 of Home Again, and now this episode. Many times during the season, you would have never been able to tell that Mr. Edwards had a child unless you were a regular viewer.

    • Viewers will be as baffled as Laura and Almanzo when they see how Mr. Montague miraculously causes baby Rose to stop crying on demand. She literally goes from screaming to being completely calm within one second, and in one single shot, which seems virtually impossible, but it was somehow captured on film.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Nancy: You're Mr. Montague, the famous writer!
      Mr. Montague: That is correct.
      Nancy: Then you know how I must feel. Pouring your entire soul into your writing, and then having somebody tell you it's no good.
      Mr. Montague: I have never had that experience.

    • Almanzo: You know, I don't know if it was such a good idea taking Mr. Montague in as a boarder.
      Laura: Why?
      Almanzo: I don't know. He's kind of strange.
      Laura: He's a writer.
      Almanzo: So? You're a writer, and you're not strange.
      Laura: Almanzo, he seems nice enough. Besides, I think he's kind of funny.
      Almanzo: Funny? I never met such a know-it-all in all my life! No matter what anyone else does, he does it better. I tell you, he acts like he's perfect.
      Mr. Montague: (walking in) It's not an act, Almanzo. I am perfect. It is a cross I must bear. (to Laura) Bacon crisp. Two eggs, cooked exactly two and a half minutes.
      Laura: Certainly. (Baby Rose starts crying hysterically from her high chair)
      Mr. Montague: Ooh-ka, wa-wa. Noo? No-kah! (Rose stops crying immediately) A rudimentary form of baby talk I picked up on the island of Cyprus. I'll be at the table.
      Laura: (stunned) Maybe he is perfect!

    • Mr. Rogers: (about Matthew) I don't understand. What is he--
      Mr. Edwards: It's called sign language. He can't talk no other way.
      Mr. Rogers: But there was nothing wrong when he was a child. He was already beginning to talk.
      Mr. Edwards: Seems somebody at the workhouse wanted to teach Matthew a lesson, so they forced lye down his throat.

    • Mr. Edwards: I'll tell you something, Mr. Montygoo--
      Mr. Montague: Montague!
      Mr. Edwards: Oh. Yeah, yeah. Whatever. Say, I think you and I have a lot in common.
      Mr. Montague: I hope not!

    • Nancy: (upset and overdramatic after Mr. Montague's criticism) I'm going to kill myself! (runs upstairs)
      Harriet: (walks in from storeroom) Here you are, Mr. Montague. We had everything that was on your list.
      Mr. Montague: Thank you. Put it on my bill.
      Harriet: Yes, certainly......where's Nancy?
      Mr. Montague: I believe she said she was going upstairs to commit suicide. Good day.

    • Mr. Montague: (reading Nancy's essay) Your Miss Plum was very generous in giving you a passing grade.
      Nancy: You hate me, too!
      Mr. Montague: Oh, not yet, but if I spent some more time with you, I'm very sure it could develop into that.

  • NOTES (10)

    • This is the first time in four years that a season of Little House did not end with a two-part finale episode. The last time they ended with a regular one-hour episode was in Season 5's The Odyssey. Seasons 1, 2, 5, and 9 are the only ones not to conclude with a 2-part special.

    • This is the only full season of the series that does not feature Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls) in a single episode. She does not appear in any of the three Season 10 movies, either.

    • As the series concluded, Melissa Gilbert (Laura) is the only actress to appear in almost every episode of Little House, missing only 8 throughout the entire 10-year run.

    • This is the only season of Little House that goes the entire year without featuring the entire Ingalls family in at least one episode. Mary was largely absent in Seasons 7 and 8, but she at least appeared a couple times in both.

    • This ends up being the final appearance of Katherine MacGregor as Harriet Oleson. Sadly, the character was not featured at all in the three "Season 10" movies, because MacGregor was traveling out of the country.

    • John is the only member of the Carter family to appear in this season finale episode. Sarah, Jeb, and Jason are the only main cast members from Season 9 who are not in this episode; everyone else is accounted for.

    • You may recognize Robert Casper (Mr. Montague) as the actor who appeared in Season 2 of the popular 1980's children's series Punky Brewster. In the 5-part season finale entitled Changes, he starred in Parts 4 and 5 as a kindly rich man who almost adopted Punky. His role in that show was certainly a lot more humble than Mr. Montague!

    • This episode marks the third family of Mr. Edwards' that falls apart--and interestingly, he lost each family in a different way. His first wife and daughter died from an illness, and Mr. Edwards' alcoholism prompted his second wife Grace to divorce him and take their adopted children with her. This time, Mr. Edwards loses his adopted son Matthew when the child's real father returns for custody.

    • Featured characters: Mr. Edwards and Sherwood Montague

    • Mr. Montague, what a character! He is not intending to make you laugh, but he will make you smile at the very least. He is just 'perfect'. (see also Quotes & Goofs)

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