Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 6

If I Should Wake Before I Die (23 Oct. 1974)

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Certain that only her funeral will bring her distant children and grandchildren to Walnut Grove for a long overdue visit, Amy Hearn convinces Doc Baker and the Ingalls to fake her death and... See full summary »

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Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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Certain that only her funeral will bring her distant children and grandchildren to Walnut Grove for a long overdue visit, Amy Hearn convinces Doc Baker and the Ingalls to fake her death and happily makes plans to celebrate her eightieth birthday ... at her wake! Written by shepherd1138

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While Amy Hearn is trying to convince Charles and the doctor to hold her wake before she dies, the doctor's eyeglasses keep going from his eyes to his hands with each camera change. See more »

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Dr. Hiram Baker: What do I say you died of?
Amy O'Hara Hearn: I'm eighty years old on Sunday. Surely you can think of something!
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Goodbye Girls, I'm Going To Boston
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A bit odd, but it worked...
6 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some will find this episode a bit odd, but it's yet another episode that makes this show so endearing.

Amy is about to turn eighty years old, and she's grieving the death of her friend who died after learning her children were to busy to show up for her birthday. Amy has every intention of making sure this doesn't happen to her! So, what does she do? She convinces Charles and Dr. Baker in a quite humorous manner to help her fake her death. That way her kids will come to her funeral and she'll be able to see them once more before she dies.

A series of events keep the Ingalls' and Dr. Baker on their toes as they prepare the way. And Amy is probably the only woman to ever show up at her own wake!

Though the story is a light one, there's a pretty emotional scene at the end. All kidding aside, I think this is becoming truer and truer as people are too busy to see their family and soon find themselves at their loved one's funeral saying "I wish I could see him once more..."


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