Little House on the Prairie

Season 3 Episode 7

Journey In The Spring (1)

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 15, 1976 on NBC

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  • A very moving episode which showcased Michael Landon's superb acting ability to perfection as Charles Ingalls must come to terms with the death of his beloved mother.

    When Charles receives a letter from his father, Lansford, telling him that his beloved mother, Laura Colby Ingalls, has passed away in Wisconsin, Charles sets off to see his father, Lansford, as soon as he is able.

    After several years, Charles is unimpressed by the thoughts and feelings of his brother, Peter, and his wife, Eliza, who is Caroline's sister. They tell him he has had a wasted trip as all the old man wishes to do is die and be with his wife. Eliza, however, is far warmer and understanding than her husband.

    Visiting his father for the first time in almost five years, Charles mourns deeply for his mother and must cope with his father's attempted suicide at the same time. Finally, he encourages the older man to return to Walnut Grove with him, at least for a visit.

    Stunning work by Michael Landon, who was always one of the most capable actors on television when it came to showing depth of feeling.
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