Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 16

I Remember, I Remember

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Jan 23, 1978 on NBC
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On the evening of their anniversary, Charles is stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken wagon wheel. While Caroline and the girls wait at home--with a special celebration dinner all prepared--Caroline passes the time by reminiscing with her daughters about her youthful beginnings with Charles.


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  • A good episode, but I do wish they'd have hired a different actor to play young Charles given that he ends up permanently being Albert later on.

    The tendency of this show to 'recycle' it's guest stars on a very regular basis was one of the few things that irked me constantly. They overdid it with Matthew Labourteaux, they did it with Alicia Edwards (played by Kyle Richards) and with many of the townspeople. The American acting industry is enormous, surely they could find different people to play these roles, especially when they air in episodes which are relatively close together.

    Anyway, on to the episode. It's Charles and Caroline's wedding anniversary. Charles is away, but due back any minute and Caroline enjoys reminiscing with her daughters about how the two first met and were attracted to each other. A nice little trot down memory lane but spoiled by the re-casting of "Albert". Enjoyable, nonetheless.moreless
  • Albert as Young Charles, again?

    So this episode was supposed to be remembered as the way Charles and Caroline first met one another all those years ago. However, it's best remembered to me as the one where Matthew Laborteaux made his second appearance, but not as Albert Quinn Ingalls, mind you. He instead appeared as the one and only Charles Ingalls for the second time in two seasons.

    I'm going to assume here that the producers (basically meaning Michael Landon himself) never expected this series to go into syndication for all these years and that anyone would notice that Matthew Laborteaux was playing young Charles for the second time mind you and then appeared just 7 episodes later as Albert. I mean it could have easily made more since if Albert had been related to Charles Ingalls by DNA, but it's just a television show, so I should not really care as much as I do, but I am.

    Now, with all that behind me, it was great to see how Caroline and Charles met and how they felt about each other as children. It made clear just how much these two have depended on each other for most of their lives and how much they still love on another no matter the obstacles they have had to face. This episode made it clear just how much hardship Charles had to endure as a child also.

    Even with Young Charles/Albert, this episode was steeped in what the majority of Little House episodes had, lots of love and family. I even enjoyed it despite the fact that it was a flashback episode. It was a wonderful opportunity to see a young Charles and young Caroline and being able to watch their love the beginning blossom made for a great hour of family programming.

    Final Grade: B-moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Lindsay Greenbush

Lindsay Greenbush

Carrie Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Young Charles Ingalls

Guest Star

Nicolas Coster

Nicolas Coster

Lansford Ingalls

Guest Star

Virginia Kiser

Virginia Kiser

Charlotte Holbrook

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • When Ma is showing Laura the beads Pa gave her as a child, there is a large amount of rain dripping outside the window. Moments later when she goes outside, the rain vanishes and even Charles' hat brim is completely dry.

    • Notice the flashback sequence where Mr. Watson is "disciplining" young Charles in the classroom, and all the school children are looking in the windows from outside. (It's the part where Charles runs away when he leaves the room, despite Caroline's pleas for him to stay.) Mr. Watson is supposed to be whipping Charles with his pointer, but the pointer is obviously nowhere near Charles' body, and in fact, you can totally tell that the actor playing Mr. Watson is just banging it against the desk.

    • The flashback sequences show Caroline with a younger sister named Eliza Ann, and an older brother named Henry. In real life, Caroline was one of seven children--four girls and three boys. There was also a half sister named Charlotte.

    • In this episode, we learn that it was a town dance that brought Charles and Caroline together romantically when they were younger. However, in Season 1's The Love of Johnny Johnson, it was allegedly a one-on-one picnic that represented their first date. That's not the story we see in this episode.

    • Caroline tells the girls that she and Charles lived near the Oconomowac River as children. It's correctly pronounced "o-CON-a-moe-wok", but Karen Grassle really butchers the name, pronouncing it more like "Oh-ka-NAH-ma-wak". It sounds like she's just making a guess as to how the word is pronounced. Simple research on the writer's part could have prevented this.

    • Audiences may notice that the child version of Charles Ingalls (played by Matthew Laborteaux) is a bit more strange and psychotic than anything else. Every time he gets angry at his brother or a classmate, he lowers his head and starts waving his arms in a circular motion, and he rams into people head-first, like a billy goat. It's actually quite humorous to watch, and it doesn't quite establish Charles as a tough kid, which is probably what they were trying to depict.

    • In this episode's flashbacks, we see Charles' parents Lansford and Laura Ingalls, who are portrayed quite differently from Season 3's Journey in the Spring, where Lansford was a controlling downer of a man who wore his wife down emotionally. In this episode, however, he seems sweeter, gentler, and a good father and husband.

    • In the flashback, young Charles states that he was 12. However, in Season 1's The Love of Johnny Johnson, Charles tells Laura that he was 15 when he met Caroline.

    • Charles Ingalls was four years older than Caroline. In this episode's flackback sequences, however, the actress playing young Caroline actually looks to be a bit older than a very young Matthew Laborteaux, who portrays Charles.

    • At the end of the episode, when Charles finally makes it home, he looks totally dry. I guess this is plausible since he was driving the wagon; however, the ground outside of the house when Caroline runs out to greet him is totally dry also, and the Anniversary sign hanging on the door frame doesn't look like it was wet either.

    • Young Caroline is depicted quite differently in this episode's flashbacks than in the flashbacks of Season 8's A Christmas They Never Forgot. In that episode, Caroline recalled her struggles to accept her mother's new husband, and in that flashback, we could see that Caroline dressed and behaved more like a spoiled, slightly bratty rich kid. In this episode, however, Caroline (who is about the same age as she was in the other flashback) wears much more modest clothes, is more shy and sweet, and certainly does not live in the fanciest of houses.

    • In the flashbacks, when Mr. Watson is whipping young Charles for the third time (and young Caroline is watching from the window), you can totally tell that Mr. Watson is whacking the desk, not Charles. If you look closely, the stick is not even anywhere close to Charles when Mr. Watson is "whipping" him.

    • In this episode's flashbacks, we learn that Charles has a sister named Polly. However, we never get to see her as an adult in the series; we only meet Charles' older brother Peter in Season 3's "Journey in the Spring, Part 1."

    • When Caroline tells her daughters about a cruel teacher that she once had as a child, Laura says that she is glad to have never had a teacher like that. She did, though, for a brief time in Season 2 ("Troublemaker"), when the coldhearted Mr. Applewood came to replace Miss Beadle.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Mr. Watson: I don't know what you mean?
      Lansford: I mean the way you have been treating him.
      Lansford: I think that we all would appreciate a little less mischief from you Mr. Charles and more applications to your studies.
      Charles: Yes Sir.
      Lansford: Now why don't you go on in the house then. We'll be going to the Berry Festival without you
      Charles: Yes Sir.

    • Young Caroline: I told Harold that I already had a partner for the dance.
      Young Charles: Oh. Who is it?
      Young Caroline: Charles Ingalls! Do I have to say it myself?
      Young Charles: What?
      Young Caroline: (sighs) Will you be my partner?
      Young Charles: I...I guess so.
      Young Caroline: You can't guess so! Yes or no!
      Young Charles: Yes. I gotta go! (runs away)

    • Young Charles: I'm sorry.
      Young Caroline: What for?
      Young Charles: For not taking your sugar candy. I was a dummy.
      Young Caroline: What?
      Young Charles: I was a real dummy.
      Young Caroline: What makes you say that?
      Young Charles: My brother.
      Young Caroline: What? (Charles leaves)
      Peter: (when young Charles comes back to him) What did you say?
      Young Charles: What you told me to say, that I'm a dummy. A real dummy.
      Peter: Wow, you've just graduated from dummy to jackass!

    • Peter Ingalls: What's the matter with you?
      Young Charles: I don't know how to dance.
      Peter Ingalls: That's okay! I don't wanna dance with you anyways.

    • Lansford: Charles, Mr. Watson here tells me that you roped the outhouse door shut with him inside. Is that true? (Charles nods) Then you know what to expect. (Lansford takes out a belt, then hands it to Mr. Watson, who whips Charles multiple times; Lansford quickly takes belt away from him) That's more than enough. Charles understands the wrongdoing of his actions, and the consequences that will follow. He won't repeat it. (Charles shakes his head) And nor will you repeat your actions against my son, Mr. Watson.
      Mr. Watson: Well, naturally, a boy his age will over embellish—lie, even.
      Lansford: Charles never said a word to me, but his brother did. And I am telling you that if I ever hear from anyone that you laid a finger on my son without proper justification, I will come to your school and personally thrash you in front of your entire class. Do I make myself clear?

  • NOTES (6)

    • This is one of Matthew Laborteaux (Albert)'s favorite episodes ever, and it's definitely his favorite from Season 4.

    • Sorrell Booke, who plays Mr. Watson in this episode, was best known as the greedy Boss Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard.

    • Robin Muir, who plays Charles' younger sister Polly in the flashback sequences of this episode, also appeared as one of Miss Amy's grandchildren in Season 1's If I Should Wake Before I Die.

    • Adam Gunn, who plays Mr. Watson's bratty son Harold, went on to portray Jeb Standish, the spoiled, loudmouthed son of a slick businessman in Winoka, for a few episodes in Season 5. Both of Gunn's characters are bratty, conceited children who have a father in high-power, and both times, he butts heads with Matthew Laborteaux's character.

    • In the previous season, actress Katy Kurtzman (who plays young Caroline here) portrayed Laura's stuttering friend Anna in The Music Box.

    • Matthew Laborteaux is seen as Young Charles, before he was to become a regular as Albert Quinn Ingalls.