Little House on the Prairie

Season 5 Episode 5

There's No Place Like Home (1)

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 09, 1978 on NBC
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There's No Place Like Home (1)
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Living in Winoka has become nearly intolerable for the Ingalls family, but Charles is reticent to leave because of poor prospects back in Walnut Grove.

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  • A sweet old man who is a friend of Albert's win's 5, 000 in the lottery and the Ingalls family must return to Walnut Grove but Charles refuses to leave Mary behind in Winoka.moreless

    7.0
    The big lottery carries a huge five thousand dollar prize and an old, down-on-his-luck friend of Albert's named Toby Noe wins it. Mr. Standish is more than willing to part him from it in his saloon and gambling hall as drinking and gambling are Toby's favourite things. When the old man begins to lose most of his capital, Jonathan tries to intercede and ends up being fired. The Ingalls family wish to return to Walnut Grove but leaving Mary behind is too much for Charles so what will they do? Finally, the decision is made that back to the country they must go. Albert is devastated at the thought of losing them but will not show it. A young man has his pride.moreless
  • Part 1 (60 minutes) Charles decides to move his family back to Walnut Grove

    9.1
    Part1: (60 minutes)

    In the first episode of a two-part story, Charles Ingalls refuses to withstand any more humiliation from his new employer Standish (Leon Charles) after the hateful man cheats a heavy-drinking oldster (Ray Bolger) out of a lottery prize.

    The Ingall’s, Olesons, and Garveys decide they have had enough of the city life and decide to leave Winoka to return to Walnut Grove. The Ingall’s family ask Albert if he would like to come with them.

    They get home and discover a town that is badly in need of repair. With a lot of hard work, they're able to get the town back to its old self.

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Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (1977 - 1981) (as Patrick Laborteaux)

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Linwood Boomer

Linwood Boomer

Adam Kendall (1978 - 1981)

Ray Bolger

Ray Bolger

Toby Noe

Guest Star

Jodean Lawrence

Jodean Lawrence

Josie

Guest Star

Herb Armstrong

Herb Armstrong

Harold

Guest Star

Leon Charles

Leon Charles

Standish

Recurring Role

Donald Elson

Donald Elson

Fred

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This episode features the second instance on the show where Nels Oleson gets drunk. The first time is during Season 4's Castoffs.

    • The hats the firemen wore were plastic, but plastic was not invented/discovered back then.

    • When Caroline is talking to Laura and apologizing for Charles being so angry earlier, Laura says "I didn't do anything wrong!" Actually, though, she made a very disrespectful comment right to Mr. Standish's face,and no matter what her reason was, it was wrong to do that to an elder. She can't say that she didn't do anything wrong--and yet Caroline didn't call her on that. In fact, she actually agreed with Laura by saying "I know." Plus, Standish was her parents' employer. It wasn't until the 1920's that worker rights became a serious issue in the United States. Until then, employees had little to no protection and could be fired at any time, based on the employer's own discretion, even if it was morally wrong. In a town like Winoka, where Standish carried a great deal of influence, Charles and Caroline could have both been fired for their daughter's disrespect and may have had a very difficult time replacing those jobs.
      Reply: While all of this is true, it's very possible that Caroline just assumed that Mr. Standish was being overly dramatic when he complained about Laura's rudeness. That's happened numerous times before with Nellie and Mrs. Oleson making up lies about Laura's "bad behavior," so maybe by this point, Caroline just figured that it was another situation like that.

    • Nitpick: Mr. Standish confronts Charles about Laura's "bad" behavior and refers to Laura as "that redheaded girl of yours." Laura's hair isn't red.
      Reply Melissa Gilbert (Laura) is absolutely a red head!

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Mary: Pa?
      Charles: Mary, what on Earth are you doing up at this time?
      Mary: I wanted to talk to you.
      Charles: Is there something wrong?
      Mary: No, it's, it's just we don't get much of a chance to talk alone, just you and I.
      Charles: Well sure, come on. We'll sit over here by the window. It's a lot cooler. A lot noisier, too.
      Mary: I used to love to sit outside with you in the summer and listen to all the night sounds. I remember that time you went away with Mr. Edwards, you were gone so long, and we all missed you so.
      Charles: Well, I missed you too.
      Mary: I'll never forget what you told us when you went away. You said, no matter how hard it was being away, as long as we held each other in our hearts, it wouldn't be like we were really apart. We'd have our love, and we could hold it inside us, like we were really holding each other. (pauses) Ma came to see me tonight.
      Charles: She, uh, she shouldn't have done that, she's tired--
      Mary: Pa, Pa let me finish, please. Pa, you've always done what you felt was right for us, you and Ma both, and I love you for it, but, there comes a time when you have to do what's right for you.
      Charles: I am. I'm.....I want my family together, I don't want my children spread out all over the face of the Earth.
      Mary: Pa, look at me. Look at me. I'm not a child anymore Pa. I'm a woman, I've got my own life, and I'm gonna be happy. I'm a teacher Pa, doing what I love, that's why I'm all right here, but not you Pa, not you. I can't be happy knowing you're staying here because of me. That's not fair to either one of us.
      Charles: (kisses her hand) Where does the time go? Here you are a woman, and, seems like yesterday I was holding you in my arms, you were just a baby.
      Mary: I'll hold you in my heart, Pa.
      Charles: I'll miss you, darling. I love you.
      Mary: I love you.

    • Laura: (overvoice) If I had a remembrance book, I would mark down that this was the most exciting night of my life - not because of the fireworks, but because we were going home!

    • Nels: (after Standish gives him an order) Do it yourself.
      Standish: What did you say?
      Nels: I said do it yourself.
      Standish: Are you drunk?
      Nels: I don't care if I'm drunk or sober, I'm still telling you to do it yourself. And don't tell me you're firing me, because I quit!

    • Caroline: Laura, your Pa didn't mean to be so harsh with you today.
      Laura: Well, then, why was he? I didn't do anything wrong! That Jeb Standish is a brat and a bully, and a whole bunch of other things I can't even say.
      Caroline: I know.
      Laura: And Pa just stood there and let Mr. Standish treat him like dirt....I was ashamed of Pa.
      Caroline: Don't you ever say that! Not ever! Do you know how difficult it is for a man like your Pa to take that?
      Laura: Well, why did he, then?
      Caroline: For you, and for me. For our family. Because he has us, and he has to make do. That's why he was so harsh with you, because he was hurt and angry inside. If your Pa was on his own, he would give that Mr. Standish a proper dressing down, I can guarantee you that. Ashamed! If anyone should be ashamed, it's you, for judging your Pa so harshly!

    • Toby: I can't believe I lost it all.
      Albert: It's okay, Toby. There are just some people in this world who shouldn't gamble, and you and I are two of them.

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