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He Was Only Twelve: Part 2 

James continues to linger in a coma, weeks after being shot during a bank robbery in Sleepy Eye. Charles refuses to believe his son is virtually dead and, as the weeks pass, becomes ... See full summary »

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James continues to linger in a coma, weeks after being shot during a bank robbery in Sleepy Eye. Charles refuses to believe his son is virtually dead and, as the weeks pass, becomes verbally abusive to his family and friends. Unable to deal with mounting pressure by the others to let James die in peace, Charles leaves home and takes his adopted son with him. In the woods, Charles builds an altar and prays to God for a miracle. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Last show broadcast under the "Little House on the Prairie" title. See more »

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Charles Ingalls beard looks real at first with the appropriate graying. In the ending it's definitely fake and black. See more »

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Charles Ingalls: God isn't going to let my son die.
Dr. Hiram Baker: What happened in Sleepy Eye had nothing to do with God! It was a bank robbery. Your son happened to be there at that moment. There's no one to blame except the man who shot him.
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Too Much!
24 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've never liked this episode. It's just a little too far-fetched and so un-Little House on the Prairie. The message of this show has always been to accept what is and thank God for what we have. In this episode, Charles is almost saying that God will make James better OR ELSE! I felt so sorry for the family who had to deal with this. When Little Cassandra started to cry - James' own flesh and blood - and beg Caroline to let her go away so she didn't have to watch James die, you know Charles has gone off.

Don't get me wrong. I am a strong Christian and I believe strongly in the miracles of Jesus Christ. But I think the message of God and His love could have been just as strong if we had watched the family accept James' condition and let him die. The message isn't true to life. Bad things happen and we just have to accept what is instead of hoping for what may never happen...I don't think they should have EVER stopped praying for his healing, but I think there comes a point when we have to say "Let Your will be done."

With all that said, this was supposed to be the final episode of Little House on the Prairie. Indeed, this is the last time we see James, Cassandra, and Carrie. Albert returns in a couple episodes in Season 9 as does Charles. Caroline and Albert appear in a made-for-television post movie. Due to popular demand, Little House was brought back for one final part-season. Because most of the regular Ingalls' cast moved on, it just wasn't the same as before. Laura and Almanzo did great, but they just weren't enough to keep the show alive.


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