In the opening scene, Zeb tells us that Esther has been in hospital 'for months'. According to the show's own chronology, however, she has been there for more than three years. Her last appearance came in The Ferris Wheel, which took place in mid 1937, and we are now in the second half of 1940.
Opening Narration: A house alone has little meaning. It's the people that live there who bring it to life and give it character. All during my grandmother's absence our house and everyone in it seemed to long for her return. Grandpa never stopped hoping that she would come home, and finally there came a day when his prayers were to be answered.
Closing Narration: My grandmother had finally come home, and once again she became her old self, giving us the benefit of her wisdom and love. That old house will always live in my memory, especially when it comes time to say, "Goodnight."
The German episode title is "Ein schweres Schicksal", meaning "A Serious Fate".
Ironically, this episode not only marks Ellen Corby's return to the series after her crippling stroke that occurred during production of the fifth season, but it also marks Will Geer's final performance as Grandpa Zeb before his untimely death just weeks after this episode was filmed.