Little House on the Prairie

Season 7 Episode 5

The Silent Cry

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 20, 1980 on NBC
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The Silent Cry
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The orphanage in Sleepy Eye faces a difficult situation when two young brothers meet with a potential adoptive family. The younger child refuses to speak and shows symptoms of emotional trauma, so the family is only interested in taking the older child. Rather than be separated, the boys run away to the nearby blind school, where the kindly Houston agrees to help. Although the aging Houston would love to adopt them himself, it creates problems that he cannot handle by himself, so Charles and Jonathan must intervene.moreless

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  • Great Episode

    9.5
    I loved this episode. This is one of the ones i had skiped many times but , i was flipping thru the channels and Little House was on and since it was this episode or disney chanel junk, i kept this on. I loved it ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! This story showed a story that would have been near impossible with regular characters. Houston tried so hard ! ! ! ! ! I loved this episode. I cried several times. This episode is under rated ! ! ! ! ! ! I really enjoyed watching it and will watch it again !moreless
Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Linwood Boomer

Linwood Boomer

Adam Kendall (1978 - 1981)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen

Jonathan Garvey (1977 - 1981)

David Hollander

David Hollander

Michael

Guest Star

Dub Taylor

Dub Taylor

Houston

Guest Star

Elizabeth Hoffman

Elizabeth Hoffman

Miss Mason

Guest Star

Ivan Bonar

Ivan Bonar

Mr. Case

Recurring Role

Michelle Downey

Michelle Downey

Susan

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • goof (maybe): At the end when Adam is talking to Houston, the old man hurries out. Adam turns and seems to follow him with his eyes. Hmmm, it's brief and Adam could have been using his hearing, judge for yourself.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Actress Elizabeth Hoffman who plays Miss Mason in this episode, will later return in Season 8 as the same character in The Reincarnation of Nellie (1).

    • This episode reflects the attitude of many adoptive parents in the 19th century, who were unwilling to bring a disabled child into their family. We saw Albert go through some of this scrutiny in the flashbacks he experienced during Season 6's The Family Tree.

    • David Faustino (best known for Married... with Children) portrays the boy who can but won't speak.

    • This story takes place in and around Sleepy Eye. The only townsfolk are Jonathan Garvey, Adam and Albert.

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