Little House on the Prairie

Season 1 Episode 4

Mr. Edwards' Homecoming

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 02, 1974 on NBC
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While Charles is traveling in Mankato, he meets up with a drunken Mr. Edwards and encourages his longtime friend to return with him to Walnut Grove. Isaiah adjusts quickly with the Ingalls, bunks in the barn, and even lands a job at the mill. Caroline has the "opposites attract" theory in mind when she sets him up with the shy and reserved Grace Snider, and sure enough, the two of them quickly develop a relationship. The whirlwind romance is soon threatened, however, when Grace discovers a painful truth about her new love interest.moreless

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  • Episode 4 - Mr. Edwards' Homecoming - My Review

    8.0
    This episode mainly focuses on Mr. Edwards.



    When Charles goes to Manketo, he runs into his old friend Mr. Edwards. Mr. Edwards is in a fight in a bar at Manketo and Charles takes him out before anything else happens. He asks Mr. Edwards to come with him to Plum Creek and Mr. Edwards agrees. Back in Plum Creek, the Ingalls are happy to see Mr. Edwards again. Laura is in bed because she has a high fever. Mr. Edwards makes a confession to Charles, saying that he used to be married once, and had a daughter like Laura named Alice, but she died because of Small Pox. Mr. Edwards starts working with Charles in the town, where he meets Grace Snider, a woman who works at the post office opposite where they work. Ms. Snider finds Mr. Edwards a little odd, especially when she thinks he’s drinking while he’s at work. They soon become friends, and their friendship turns into love. They have a lot of nice moments, but things take a turn when Mr. Edwards tells Ms. Snider that he doesn’t believe in God. However, after Caroline has a talk with him, he changes himself for Ms. Snider.



    This episode started off really well, and was entertaining throughout, except towards the end where Ms. Snider and Mr. Edwards have a fight. It sort of dragged on a little after that. Apart from that, I found the scenes when Mr. Hansen thinks that Ms. Snider has a drinking problem really funny, and Mr. Edwards’ ‘Old Dan Tucker’ song was amusing.



    Overall, a nice episode but not one of the best.moreless
  • When Charles runs into his old friend, Mr. Edwards, in Mankato and persuades him to visit, Caroline and the girls are delighted to see him again.

    8.5
    Charles runs into Mr. Edwards, very drunk and in the middle of a tavern brawl, while on business in Mankato. After sobering up his old friend, he persuades him to travel back to Walnut Grove to visit the family. The girls, most particularly Laura, are thrilled to see him and he seems equally pleased.



    When it looks as though he won't stay long, Caroline decides to try a little bit of match making with the local postmistress, the widowed Grace Snider, who takes quite a shine to Mr. Edwards, even if he is a little rough around the edges. Such a pity then that a general discussion about what to do on a sunny Sunday can change this blossoming relationship so easily ...



    Terrific episode and great to see the talented Victor French join the cast.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

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)

Sidney Greenbush

Sidney Greenbush

Carrie Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Robert Swan

Robert Swan

Bartender

Guest Star

Lloyd

Lloyd

Driver

Guest Star

Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson

Mr. Lars Hanson

Guest Star

Bonnie Bartlett

Bonnie Bartlett

Grace Snider

Recurring Role

Victor French

Victor French

Mr. Edwards

Recurring Role

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Viewers will  noticed that Mary is wearing the pink and purple dresses which she wears until the last episode of season 2 while Laura is wearing the dresses Mary wore during the pilot movie and 3 episode of season 1

    • Early in the episode, while trying to convince Mr. Edwards to come home with him, he reminds Mr. Edwards of a promise he made to Laura to come and visit her. It's heavily implied that they haven't seen each other since the pilot, and in the final scene of that episode, Mr. Edwards made absolutely no mention of coming to visit the family. In fact, as they were saying good-bye then, it was obvious that they all had a feeling it would be the last time they saw one another. Therefore, Charles' comment doesn't make sense. Even if he wrote to the family, he didn't know where they lived, and they didn't know where he was, either.

    • The Ingalls family met Mr. Edwards in Kansas and encountered him again, according to Laura's books, one more time in Dakota Territory. Though a memorable character, he was not the constant fixture in their lives that the series portrays. His identity is largely unknown, including his first name. Any episode that includes Edwards is largely fictional.

    • Notice that when Mr. Edwards shows up in the final scene at Church, Grace is so happy that she starts singing about a second off-key from everybody else. It is very noticeable and quite funny.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Grace and Mr. Edwards are having a drink of water out of his jug, which looks like a whiskey canister, when Mr. Hanson approaches)
      Grace: Mr. Hanson! (wipes her mouth and returns the jug to Mr. Edwards) Well, I better get back to work!
      Lars Hanson: I never knew her to drink.
      Mr. Edwards: Well, you know, it's always them quiet ones.
      Lars Hanson: Ya.

    • Man: (when Charles walks toward a drunken Mr. Edwards) Grab a chair. He's crazy!
      Charles: Edwards? (Mr. Edwards goes to punch him, Charles grabs him) Edwards, it's me, Ingalls!
      Mr. Edwards: Ingalls?
      Charles: Ingalls.
      Mr. Edwards: Ingalls. My only friend.

    • Mr. Edwards: (about Grace) She's a God-fearing woman, and I'm not. It's as simple as that. Oh, I'm not saying there's no God. I'm just saying he ain't never got no time for me, so I ain't got no time for him.
      Caroline: Don't you believe in anything?
      Mr. Edwards: Yes, ma'am. I believe in me. But that's not enough for Widow Snider.
      Caroline: Is it enough for you?
      Mr. Edwards: You tell me something, ma'am. Tell me why God let my wife and daughter die. (long silence, Caroline says nothing) Well, I'll be gone before you get back from Church tomorrow. I hate good-byes, so it's better all around if I'm just gone.
      Caroline: Mr. Edwards, do you understand what you're doing? You're punishing God! And if you go on punishing him for what happened in the past, you're not going to have any room for the future. I'd feel so sorry if you did that.

    • Charles: What did you girls learn in Sunday School today?
      Mary: Susan Zigler passed a note to Freddy Hopkins, and it made Amanda Butterfield jealous!
      Charles: I meant about religion.

    • Caroline: Mr. Edwards, since you work right across from the post office, I was wondering if you would mind stopping by and picking up our mail before closing time.
      Mr. Edwards: Oh, I'd be glad to.
      Laura: But that's our job!
      Mary: We always do that!
      Caroline: Hush now. Sometimes the freight wagons are late, or it comes after the girls have already started home, and then we don't get our mail until the next day.
      Mr. Edwards: Oh, I'd be glad to do that, no trouble at all.
      Caroline: Thank you.
      Mr. Edwards: Come along now, girls, we don't want to be late. (they leave)
      Charles: You know, Caroline, that was really a very good idea. I mean, it wouldn't do to have those letters accumulate the way they've been pouring in one or two a month.

    • Mary: You're gonna be all right.
      Caroline: Sure, she is. It's just a flareup with your old tonsils.
      Laura: Is Doctor Baker gonna operate on me?
      Caroline: He might take them out, but not while they're infected. Not until you're all better.
      Laura: Then I don't know which to wish for: getting better, or staying like this.

    • Charles: (about Isaiah and Grace) I can't think of two people who are more different.
      Caroline: Everybody knows opposites attract.
      Charles: I always wondered why you went for a shy, sophisticated, educated man like myself.
      LONG PAUSE
      Caroline: Charles, what did you say?
      Charles: (kisses her, turns out the light) I said good night, dear.

    • Caroline: Mr. Edwards! What a wonderful surprise!
      Mr. Edwards: Yeah, well, you know me, like a bad penny, always showing up.

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