Little House on the Prairie

Season 6 Episode 11

The Return of Mr Edwards

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 05, 1979 on NBC
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The Return of Mr Edwards
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Isaiah Edwards narrowly saves his daughter Alicia from a falling tree, but not without being crushed himself. Unsure of how to bring him back around, his wife Grace writes to Charles for help. Things eventually get a little better when Charles and Laura arrive for a visit, but Isaiah has a secret that nobody else knows - and it could destroy his relationship with each of them.moreless

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  • We finally see Mr. Edwards after such a long time but he is not the same jovial man we remember.

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    We are not told a great deal about the 'how' or 'why' things are as they are for the Edwards family when they are suddenly thrust upon us again but we see Mr. Edwards working at a lumber site and his young daughter, Alicia, is almost crushed by a falling tree which lands on Edwards himself, causing him severe leg injuries.



    The family seem to be quite prosperous as we see them in a nice house that is well furnished but as time passes after the accident, Grace finds her husband more and more difficult to deal with. In her desperation, she writes and tells Charles, who immediately makes the trip to visit his old friend, taking Laura with him.



    Edwards is certainly less than pleased to see them and is, in fact, extremely belligerent towards them both, especially Charles. It is a little hard to believe when he suddenly leaves his sickbed and joins everyone for a meal while he, Charles and Laura plan to go hunting.



    Of course, the whole thing is a sham and Edwards, sick of being an invalid, attempts to shoot himself but Charles is too smart for him.



    To be honest, I lost interest in this one quite early in the piece. The whole thing seemed forced and the characters, uncomfortable with each other in a way that wasn't part of the plot. Certainly not the best episode of the show I have seen.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Linwood Boomer

Linwood Boomer

Adam Kendall (1978 - 1981)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Bonnie Bartlett

Bonnie Bartlett

Grace Edwards

Recurring Role

Kyle Richards

Kyle Richards

Alicia Edwards

Recurring Role

Victor French

Victor French

Mr. Edwards

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Carl Edwards does not appear in this episode, and it's a stretch to believe that he wouldn't be around at all. He was still young at this point--probably about 13 or so--which is not old enough to be off by himself. If the original actor couldn't be there, you'd think they'd at least get someone else to play the part. They don't even explain where he is.

    • A shocking scene from this episode finds Charles slapping Laura in the face--an action that we have never seen Charles take before with his children. Even though he tried his best to justify it later, it's still a shock to watch.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Laura: (watching the Edwards family together and happy again) It's almost like a miracle, isn't it, Pa?
      Charles: Not almost, Half-Pint. Not almost.

    • Mr. Edwards (talking with Laura for the first time in almost three years): Look at you there, still wearing them braids. When are you gonna put your hair up? (Laura shrugs her shoulders) Hey, wait a minute here now. Wait just a minute. You got yourself a beau. You got a beau sparking you? (Laura tries not to laugh) Huh? Do you? I found you out, didn't I, huh? Anybody special?
      Laura: Not really. Nobody's special as you.
      Mr. Edwards: Well, I've always been kind of a modest man, but you've gotta admit there ain't many like me.

    • Laura: Come on, let's go show your Pa! (Alicia shakes her head) Why not?
      Alicia: He doesn't like when I go in his room. I don't like going in there, either.
      Laura: Well, people need visitors when they're sick. It cheers them up.
      Alicia: Not Pa. He doesn't like me to look at him. He shouts at me sometimes. It scares me, Laura.
      Laura: It'll be all right.
      Alicia: Maybe he blames me.

    • Laura (to Mr Edwards): If you were a gentleman you would say hello.
      Mr Edwards: If you were a lady you would have knocked.

    • Laura: No matter where they are or what they're doing, women always end up in the kitchen!

  • NOTES (1)

    • We haven't seen Mr. Edwards or his wife Grace since Season 3, but the two of them return for this episode, along with Kyle Richards, who plays their youngest child Alicia. Older sons John and Carl do not appear. The character of Grace comes back one last time in Season 8, but she's played by a different actress then, so this is the last time we see the memorable Bonnie Bartlett in the role.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • In different scenes of this episode, both Mary and Laura recall the time when Mr. Edwards braved a vicious blizzard to bring them Christmas presents one year. They are obviously referring to the pilot episode 6 years ago.

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