Little House on the Prairie

Season 5 Episode 22

Someone Please Love Me

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 05, 1979 on NBC
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Episode Summary


While out of town for the purchase of some new horses, Charles stays at the home of a wealthy but dysfunctional family.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Role Reversal from The Handyman

    Charles again, got to be the "fixer-upper" for a family, he always had a way of turning alcoholics into decent men in under 60 minutes. : ) I liked how he brought up his son and interacted with the children. I think although a bookend of sorts to "The Handyman", Caroline got to show more emotional leverage, Charles was presented as being more unaware of what was going on with the wife and her feelings. I did think it was odd he said he was in "No hurry" to get home...not like Charles but I guess even he likes a break.

    My favorite parts were with the children, his games, "find the dragon" and the simplicity of childhood I miss...we should all still look for dragons and not on video games.moreless
  • Kyle Richards playing Samantha Harper.

    I always wonder why they could not find another actress to play Samantha Harprer Kyle did do a great job but because she had a big part playing Alicia you think Michael Landon would have gotten some other actress to play the Samantha.
  • A little out of place since it only features Charles Ingalls and takes place outside of Walnut Grove.

    This isn't one of my favorite Little House episodes. It's not horrible, but it plays more like a Highway to Heaven episode; family in need, Michael Landon saves the day.

    I do like the way Charles Ingalls is portrayed: a good man, father, husband. A man of simple faith. The contrast of course is that Mr. Harper has a huge ranch and lots of money but is extremely unhappy. He drinks because he lost a son - tragic, yes, but Charles lost a son too and has learned to live with it.

    My biggest complaint with this episode is probably the way it ends. It wraps up too nice & neat to be realistic. But, maybe the point is just that there is hope, no guarantees.moreless
  • Charles does business for a wealthy business man whose wife and children are suffering from emotional neglect.

    Chalk this one up as a teaser for "Highway to Heaven" as Charles is once again exalted for his angelic demeanor (especially compared to his abusive, alcoholic boss). Is it realistic? Nah, but that never stopped "LHOTP" before. What I found disappointing was that the caliber of writing wasn't up to their typical standards. This episode vaguely struck me as the male counterpoint to "The Handyman" in an earlier season when Caroline had the temptation of an admirer while apart from Charles. This time it was the unhappy wife who seemed to be crushing on Charles. I wasn't moved or particularly interested in this one.moreless
  • Charles tries to help heal the cracks in a broken family and finds himself an admirer in the process.

    Charles goes out of town to buy some horses for an elderly man. The owner of the horses, a man named Harper, is a hard drinking man who seeks solace in alcohol due to the death, several years earlier, of his young son, an accident for which he blames himself.

    Meanwhile, Charles is a guest of the Harper family and the two remaining Harper children (one of whom is Kyle Richards, who is usually playing Alisha Edwards) enjoy all the fatherly attention that he bestows on them. It seems that Mrs. Harper, whilst professing to deeply love her husband, is strongly attracted to Charles as well. Of course, Charles is able to re-unite the family and they have a child two years later, whom they name "Charles".

    This one was a bit dull and somewhat cheesy but my biggest problem with it was that once again, we have a person playing a different role from the one we are used to seeing. Young Kyle Richards played Alisha Edwards in many episodes and now, she turns up as one of the Harper children. The same thing happened with Albert (who used to be Charles) and with a plethora of other actors and actresses who have recurring guest roles, sometimes more than once in the same season, and always playing different characters. Surely Michael Landon could find new people to bring in instead of having those we are already familiar with. It is a constant thing and although I love this show, this aspect really annoys me.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • 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?
      Charles: Mm-hmm.
      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.

  • NOTES (4)

    • 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