Little House on the Prairie

Season 2 Episode 8

Remember Me (1)

8
Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 05, 1975 on NBC
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Remember Me (1)
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After Doc Baker gives ailing widow Julia Sanderson a disheartening health prognosis, the woman scrambles to find a home for her three young children. She enlists Charles' help to find just the right couple, and when it appears that she will not survive long enough to finish the job, Julia asks Charles to make the final decision. Meanwhile, Mary and Laura, who rescued some newborn puppies after someone dumped them in the creek, have a responsibility of their own: to find adequate homes for the three adorable pups.moreless

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  • Doc Baker tells the widowed Julia Sanderson that she doesn't have long to live. Her only concern is her three young children.

    7.5
    Julia Sanderson is a widow with three lovely children and she is justifiably proud of them all. When Doc Baker tells her that she is terminally ill, her only thought is to find a loving home for them all. She enlists the help of Charles and the congregation of the Walnut Grove church to help her.



    Trouble begins when it is realised that Julia's time is shorter than was first thought and, to add to that, people who wish to adopt the children only want either the two boys or the little girl, not all three.



    When Julia dies, Charles is determined to honour his promise to her and find a home for all three chldren together. The proves more and more difficult as time passes.moreless
  • An im portahnt episode

    9.0
    Hello everybody! This crucial episode begins with Laura and Mary (in braids a real shocker) saving drowning puppies. Those puppies symbolize Julia Sanderson's children, John JR, Carl and Alicia. Julia is a widow who finds out she's dying. She asks how little she has so she can make the most of it. She tells her children and it is just an incredibly sad scene. She asks Charles, a giver to the community and well trusted, to find a good home for her children. The last scene is her funeral where she says in an over voice, "Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all." This is only the first part of a two parter.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

Reverend Alden

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson

Mr. Lars Hanson (1974 - 1978)

Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal

Julie Sanderson

Guest Star

Victor French

Victor French

Mr. Edward

Recurring Role

Bonnie Bartlett

Bonnie Bartlett

Grace Snider

Recurring Role

Radames Pera

Radames Pera

John Jr.

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • There is a scene in which Charles tells Julia how obliged he is to plow her field for her, saying that her late husband did a lot of favors for him over the years. Since this episode is in the second season of the show, the Ingalls family has only been in Walnut Grove for a couple of years, so this statement doesn't make that much sense.

    • Michael Landon authored the "Remember Me" poem that was read at Julia's funeral. Years later, at Landon's own funeral, Melissa Gilbert (Laura) read the poem out loud.

    • Patricia Neal, who guest starred in this episode, was married to author Roald Dahl, who penned such well-known books as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and "James and the Giant Peach".

    • The opening scene in this episode marks the first and only time that Mary ever wore braids in the entire series. This was done to keep her hair out of her eyes when she and Laura dove into the water to rescue the puppies.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Carl: Did we do something wrong, Ma?
      Julia: Oh no, nothing like that. I just want you to hear all I have to say and not interrupt, all right? Now, you remember when your father died, and where he went?
      Alicia: In Heaven?
      John: You're not supposed to talk.
      Julia: (smiles, puts her arm around Alicia) That's right. In Heaven! Now, some folks go there sooner than others, and God's decided that I'm going to see Him very soon.
      John: What are you saying? (long pause, starts crying) Oh my God, Ma!
      Julia: (angry) Now, just a minute, young man! I won't have you losing the Lord's name in vain in this house! I'll have none of that crying, either. There's no reason to cry for someone who's going to live in Heaven. You're crying for yourself, not for me! (John pulls himself together and stops crying) That's better. Now, I have a lot to do, and not a lot of time to do it. I need to find a home for all of you.
      Carl: I don't want to live with anyone else! Just you!
      Julia: God's made His decision. You love me, right?
      Carl: More than anything!
      Julia: If you love me, then you'll help me.

    • Julia: Alicia, is something wrong?
      Alicia: No, Ma.
      Julia: Come on, now. What is it?
      Alicia: It's just that I want something so bad, and I'm sure you'll say no--and it's making me all sad inside.
      Julia: Well, now, what makes you so sure I'll say no?
      Alicia: John said so.
      Julia: Your brother may be the oldest, but that doesn't mean he's always right.
      Alicia: You mean, you'll say yes?
      Julia: You haven't even told me what it is yet.
      Alicia: A puppy. Oh, Ma, I'll take care of him so he can be a good watch dog, so you won't be afraid at night. Please, Ma?
      Julia: Before I say anything, will you answer me something?
      Alicia: Yes, Ma.
      Julia: The truth?
      Alicia: The truth.
      Julia: Did your brothers tell you to ask me?
      Alicia: (pause) Yes, ma'am.
      Julia: (laughs and hugs her) All right, then, you may have the puppy.

    • Caroline: (about Julia's children) They're hard to say no to.
      Julia: Not hard--impossible! Oh, my husband was worse than me. He always claimed to be the tough one, but whenever they wanted something, they'd go to him.
      Caroline: Charles is the same way.
      Julia: It's harder to say no to them since their father died. It shouldn't be, I suppose, but it is.
      Grace: If I had children of my own, I could never say no. (chuckles) Of course, it doesn't look like there's ever gonna be any children unless I can get Isaiah to say yes!

    • Julia Sanderson: (written in a letter and read by Reverend Alden) Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all.

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