Little House on the Prairie

Season 2 Episode 21

Soldier's Return

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 24, 1976 on NBC

Episode Recap

Granville, Mrs.Whipple's son, returns home from the Civil War. He seems like a well-mannered man; he takes to the Ingalls family, and begins to give music lessons to the children of Walnut Grove. But Granville has a secret, he is addicted to Morphine and when he suffers withdrawal he is plagued with nightmares about his best friend who died in battle. Granville can bare it no longer when he comes face to face with Roy's son, Roy Jr. He begins to take the Morphine again, and when he runs out; he breaks into Doc Baker's office and steals some. As he sleeps, Mrs.Whipple comes in and takes the morphine and is about to toss it into the fire, when Granville stops her. Granvile breaks down and tells his mother about his guilt and how he ran out on Roy and that the drugs help. Mrs.Whipple says she only wants to see him happy, and Granville knows the only way to do that is to tell Roy Jr. about what truly happened in the war. Doc Baker and Charles discover the break-in and ride out to Misses Whipple's home; Charles and Mrs.Whipple ride out to see if they can find Granville. And unforunately, they find the broken solider underneath a tree symbolizing an apparent suicide. The episode closes at Granville's funeral and as Roy Jr. plays the bugle we can tell now, and in the words of Reverend Alden, "This soldier...has finally come home."