While out of town for the purchase of some new horses, Charles stays at the home of a wealthy but dysfunctional family.
This is really the first time that Charles openly mentions his son Charles Jr's death from Season 1. He talked about it very briefly in Season 4's A Most Precious Gift, but this time, he initiates it and lets out his true feelings about what happened to his son.
Leslie: Brett was a wonderful husband, devoted to his children. He spoiled them too much, but he loved them, especially Michael. He was our oldest. A beautiful boy. Could steal your heart in a minute. He went everywhere with his father. Brett would put him in front of him in the saddle, and they'd ride half the day. And one morning, the horse stumbled. It was no one's fault. Our son died that night.
Charles: My wife and I lost a son, Charles Jr, about five years ago.
Leslie: How does a person ever get over it?
Charles: Oh, I don't think you ever get over something like that. I suppose that's why faith is so important to me. I just don't think a person can handle something like that alone.
Leslie: Are you married, Mr. Ingalls?
Leslie: You have such a way with children. You must have some of your own.
Charles: Oh yeah, I've got four girls and a boy.
Leslie: Do you have them believing in dragons, too?
Charles: Well, as long as I can, I will.
Leslie: I haven't seen the children this happy in a long time.
Charles: Well, you know how it is when a stranger comes along and plays really hard with your kids, then goes his merry way down the road, and the kids expect you to play that hard with them every day.
Leslie: The only other stranger they know is their father.
Charles: (after Brett hits his son) You had no right to do that! I asked the boy to go riding with me. If it was wrong, it was my fault.
Brett: You have no right to tell me how to discipline my son.
Charles: I do if you don't treat him like a son! Anybody can have a child. That doesn't make them a father.
Leslie: How does a person get that kind of faith?
Charles: By wanting it bad enough.
Thomas: (calling) Mr. Ingalls, we found the dragon! Come see!
Charles: (stands up, then turns and looks back at Leslie) You can even find a dragon if you believe hard enough.
Kyle Richards plays Samantha Harper in this episode. Richards had the recurring role of Isaiah and Grace Edwards' adopted daughter Alicia in Seasons 2 and 3, and one episode each for Seasons 6 and 8, respectively.
This is a remake of the 1968 Bonanza episode "A Dream to Dream."
With the exception of Laura's overvoice at the end, this episode does not feature any of the Ingalls (except Charles, of course) or the Walnut Grove townspeople. This is the very first time that Charles appears in an episode without any of his family members.
Featured character: Charles Ingalls
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