Little House on the Prairie: Season 2, Episode 12

His Father's Son (7 Jan. 1976)

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Trying to interest his newly adopted son in more "manly" pursuits than reading and writing poetry, Isaiah Edwards buys a rifle for John Jr.'s birthday and stubbornly insists that the two of... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Brian Part ...
Len Coty (as Neil Russell)
E.J. André ...
Amos Thoms (as E.J. Andre)
Peter Haas ...
Tad Coty


Trying to interest his newly adopted son in more "manly" pursuits than reading and writing poetry, Isaiah Edwards buys a rifle for John Jr.'s birthday and stubbornly insists that the two of them go turkey hunting, even though the sensitive teenager has made it plain that he doesn't want to go. But a life-threatening situation during the hunt and a secret revealed afterward, result in a life-changing event for both of them. Written by shepherd1138

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7 January 1976 (USA)  »

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John Sanderson Edwards: I wrote you a letter yesterday. I'd like to read it to you.
Isaiah Edwards: There ain't no need for that.
John Sanderson Edwards: Yes there is. Isn't there?
Isaiah Edwards: [Cries] Yeah.
John Sanderson Edwards: Dear Mr. Edwards. It's seems so funny writing that - Mr. Edwards. I want so much to just say Pa or Dad or something, but I can't. Not unless I know that you want me to, and I just don't feel like you do. I guess it's because I'm not the kind of son you want. Maybe I could be someday. I'll try. I'll try as hard as I can to make you proud of me. But I'm afraid. Because...
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A Very Memorable Episode!
12 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode we see with the Edwards as a married couple raising three kids. This episode focuses on the oldest child, John Jr. and Isiah as they learn to become father and son. It's John's birthday and everybody wants to get him the best thing. Mr. Edwards get's tired of seeing John just sitting around reading and longs to do the things with him any father would.

He schedules a hunting trip. John has let both his Ma and Pa know how he feels about hunting - he doesn't like it. But Isiah just won't listen. He longs to have John be the son he's always wanted.

His forcing hunting on John gets him into trouble when a bear attacks him. Earlier that morning, John had given Isiah a letter explaining his feelings, but Isiah just pretended to read it then stuffed it in his pocket. we soon learn why. John is overcome by guilt because he feels he's not normal.

I won't give the ending away, but get your tissues ready because it's a tear jerker! This really brings father and son close together.

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