Little House on the Prairie

Season 6 Episode 18

What Ever Happened To The Class Of '56?

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Jan 14, 1980 on NBC
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What Ever Happened To The Class Of '56?
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Charles and Caroline take a trip to Milwaukee for a school reunion. Although they are excited to mingle with old friends, they are disappointed to learn what has really become of their former classmates.

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  • Nice to see Charles and Caroline as not "Ma and Pa"

    5.0
    Not the best show, predictable as stated, but one nice aspect was seeing Charles and Caroline laughing and hugging in and out of bed and acting like a married couple, not just parents of 4 children. It showed another side of them, although making everyone so unlikable wasn't needed, just a few would have been sufficient, it got the point across, money really doesn't buy happiness.
  • Charles and Caroline decide to attend their 25th school reunion but are disappointed with what they find.

    4.0
    It is 25 years since Charles and Caroline left school and they are both very excited about the fact that they are to attend their reunion. Funnily enough, the location is exactly the same as where a farmers' convention is being held that Charles wishes to look in on so plans are made and off they go.



    Both of them are saddened by what they see at the reunion, and even more so by what they hear as former classmates fall all over themselves to see who can pretend to have achieved the most in the last quarter of a century. Naturally, they are almost all lying and that saddens the Ingalls as they feel their achievements of a home, a family, crops and animals can stand up to any of the others.



    I was very bored by this episode. It was predictable right from the outset and I never like it when any episode of a good show is so easily figured out barely before it has begun. Ah well, better luck with the next one!moreless
  • Charles and Caroline travel back home for their 25th high school reunion (and a Grange convention), and find that everyone is not what they appear to be.

    6.5
    Charles is invited to attend a Grange convention, and conveniently it's at the same time and in the same town as his and Caroline's 25th high school reunion. They're excited to see old class mates, although they're somewhat intimidated by the fact that most everyone in attendance seems to be more successful than they are. Many of the classmates, however, prove to be unhappy, lonely, abused, neglected, bored, and not at all wealthy, but merely putting on airs. Charles and Caroline leave believing that hiding the truth doesn't make anyone happy, and that raising a wonderful family is success enough. This episode rings true today...how many of us have been to a reunion where an attendee or two didn't brag about his/her imagined happiness, wealth, or success?



    One thing about this episode...the attendees of a 25th high school reunion in the 1870's would have been about 40 years old. Some of the actors hired for the reunion scenes are easily 50+!moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Lindsay Greenbush

Lindsay Greenbush

Carrie Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Sidney Greenbush

Sidney Greenbush

Carrie Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Liam Sullivan

Liam Sullivan

Dillon Hyde

Guest Star

James Gallery

James Gallery

Arnie Cupps

Guest Star

Phillip Pine

Phillip Pine

Winthrop Morgan

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: The graduates in the "Class of '56", twenty-five years later, would have been about forty years old. Many of the actors hired to play the alumnus in this episode appear to be between 50 and 60 years old--impossible, unless they went to school until they were in their mid 20's or 30's!

    • It is surprising that Charles would want to represent Walnut Grove at the Grange convention again after his experience in Season 3's Times of Change. He seemed thoroughly disgusted with the corruption and vice he witnessed there, and because Charles is a man of principle, it's surprising that he went back.

    • Nitpick: Charles and Caroline supposedly graduated from school. However, Laura mentions in Back to School, Part 2 that Charles dropped out of school at age 12 to be the "man of the house" and help support the family.

    • The fountain in the Milwaukee scenes is the very same fountain used in Season 4's Times of Change, when Charles and Mary go to Chicago. You also see it in Season 9's Marvin's Gardens, when Almanzo and Laura take their niece Jenny for specialized treatment after an accident.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Caroline: It's just so exciting. I wonder if Dillan has changed much.
      Charles: I doubt it. He's probably just as big of a pain in the butt as he ever was.

    • Caroline: I wonder what I should wear.
      Charles: Oh, I don't think you need to wear anything.
      Caroline: What?
      Charles: Well, it says right there on the bottom of the invitation: "Dress optional."
      Caroline: Charles!

    • Caroline: (after Dillon was trying to flirt with her) Charles was right, Dillon, you are a pain in the butt.

    • Charles: (about their children running out to greet them) I want to tell you, if that's not successful, I don't know what is.

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