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Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (1983)

Albert Quinn Ingalls wants to be a doctor. But soon he discovers that he is fatally ill. He decides to spend the rest of his life in Walnut Grove. Meanwhile children from school are preparing for their traditional climbing of the mountain.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Almanzo Wilder
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Nels Oleson
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Dr. Hiram Baker
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Willie Oleson
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After production ended on the long-running "Little House on the Prairie" series, three made-for-TV movies helped wrap up the series. The first of these, "Look Back to Yesterday," depicts Albert's heroic battle with an ultimately fatal illness. Albert interviews at the University of Minnesota, where he plans to study medicine. Albert (unbeknownst to anyone else) suffers from unexplained nosebleeds and is always tired. His family later finds out about the nosebleeds, and a physician from Mankato informs Charles the symptoms point to a deadly form of leukemia, and that Albert has a short time to live. Albert adamantly states his wishes to live out what may be his final days in Walnut Grove; he falls in love with childhood friend Michelle Pierson (who also plans to attend the University of Minnesota to study education) and spends many of his hours with his beloved sister, Laura. Laura, however, is in denial that her brother will soon die, and wants her equally-beloved brother to rest. ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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12 December 1983 (USA)  »

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A farm, ahol élünk: Emlékek  »

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Curiously, like the season nine, two-part episode "Home Again", which dealt with Albert's criminality and drug addiction, this special TV movie does not feature 'Caroline' (Karen Grassle) at all, even though her son is dying of cancer. See more »

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Dr. Baker tells Albert to go to the hospital in Mankato due to his nose bleeds. Seconds later Albert sits up and has a nose bleed, yet he has no blood on his clothes or the bed. See more »

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Albert Ingalls: What's wrong with you people? What's happened to all of you?
Zack Taylor: Just who are you to ask that kind of question?
Albert Ingalls: My name's Albert Ingalls. The man who's trying to help you is my father.
Zack Taylor: Well, that don't make you something special. Go on back to the big city with your old man. We don't need no kid not grown telling us what for. Come back in ten years when you're a man!
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Follows Little House on the Prairie (1974) See more »

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One of the Sadest
1 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Though it's sort of a "revisit" to an earlier episode, it's still really good. If I remember correctly, Charles Ingalls Jr. basically died from the same thing. I believe they both died from leukemia. It's interesting that Charles didn't mention this when the doctor told me. I half-expected him to say "Not again" or something like that - but he didn't.

So, Albert is just about to start medical school. Charles has gotten a new job and is being sent back to Minnesota for a month. After visiting the University, Albert and Charles head to Walnut Grove to relive old memories.

Walnut Grove is having some sort of baseball tournament. We see all the old cast there - except Harriet Oleson, whom we will not be seeing again because the actress had moved on. Things haven't really changed that much since the ending of Season Nine, but I guess they wouldn't have since (I understand) these three movies were done very soon after the closing of the season. I'm assuming they sort of had to do them since they didn't finish season nine and probably had contract obligations to finish...The baseball game is a side-story. Other side stories: Jason wanting to kiss a girl (the one he tried to impress with the glasses in Season Nine), and trouble with the farmers selling their crops to the grange.

The story is a sad one. I've only seen it a few times because it's just too awful to watch. I'm thankful they ended the movie before "the event."

If my son was dying, I know I would moved Heaven and Earth to be there. I think Caroline would have found somebody to watch the children so she could come be with her dying son. I'm sorry, but I just couldn't buy that. But since Karen Graslie didn't have a contract, she probably wasn't able to play in this episode. I'll be happy to see her return for the final movie.


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