Little House on the Prairie

Season 2 Episode 21

Soldier's Return

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

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  • Mrs. Whipple's son comes home after serving in the Civil War, affected what we would call post traumatic stress disorder.

    I have never been a fan of LHOTP episodes that introduce an episode-centric character to the plot, only to kill him/her off at the end of the episode. The writers expectation that we should "get into" these storylines is asking an awful lot of fans who love the insular world of Walnut Grove and want to follow the lives of its regular inhabitants. Here, the late great Richard Mulligan (Soap, Teachers), plays Mrs. Whipple's son, a shell-shocked and morphine addicted Civil War veteran. The plotline is pretty much inappropriate for this series, however, in a post-Vietnam era, I can understand why the writers put out this episode. Not recommended.