Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 20

Child of Pain (12 Feb. 1975)

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The Walnut Grove community intervenes after a badly-beaten Graham Stewart is found unconscious on the floor of his cabin, the victim of his father, John's, drunken rage. While Graham ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
John Stewart
Johnny Lee ...
Graham Stewart
Wayne Heffley ...


The Walnut Grove community intervenes after a badly-beaten Graham Stewart is found unconscious on the floor of his cabin, the victim of his father, John's, drunken rage. While Graham recovers at the Ingalls' farm, John Stewart reluctantly agrees to let Charles Ingalls help him dry out and, in the process, begins to face the root of the anger that drives him to drink and hurt the son who loves him. Written by shepherd1138

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Caroline Ingalls: We came here to help the boy. All I hear talk about is punishing the father.
Mr. Kennedy: He's earned punishment!
Caroline Ingalls: Hurt the father and you hurt the boy. Because he loves his father. Destroy the father and you destroy the boy.
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The First Recollection Of Child Beating On Television!!
26 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The opening plot of "Child Of Pain" had Graham Stewart preparing for the evening supper. John Stewart -- a predictable drunk -- demanded Graham Stewart to supply him whiskey at the supper table. The youngster destroyed both bottles of the whiskey. John Stewart took a leather belt to his back instead of his behind -- in a drunken matter. Miss Beadle took Graham Stewart out of school to see Dr. Baker. Dr. Baker -- along with Charles Ingalls and Miss Beadle -- noticed the welts on Graham Stewart's back from his pa's leather belt. Little did they know the beatings became a repeated pattern in the home. Graham Stewart -- without warning -- received up to six beatings in the last month from a drunken father.

The town council later had a discussion of what to do with John Stewart. Mr. Kennedy wanted the father in jail for child beating. The other members wanted him tarred and feathered to a pulp. Caroline Ingalls believed differently about John Stewart. Later, Graham Stewart was severely injured from the beatings of his father. Charles Ingalls later took Graham Stewart out of the home; he then took the child to Dr. Baker's Office after the severe beating from his pa.

John Stewart demanded that he see Graham Stewart. Charles Ingalls said no; he eventually grabbed John Stewart by the coat and took him to see Graham Stewart and witness the abuse he did to his boy. Caroline Ingalls took care of Graham Stewart; Charles Ingalls took charge of caring for John Stewart. Charles Ingalls believed -- with reluctance -- every person had something decent in terms of character. From there, he and Charles Ingalls improved on the place -- first by removing the whiskey from the house, then started drinking water, planting a corn crop, and finally having a discussion with Reverend Alden. By then, John Stewart realized he could not avoid the issue for his actual abuse of Graham Stewart: Lucy Stewart died after giving birth to Graham Stewart. The End Result: A Fat 10 from the 1974-1975 Television Season!! An A!!

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