Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 4

Mr. Edward's Homecoming (2 Oct. 1974)

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While in Mankato, Charles is surprised to find Isaiah Edwards, the mountain man befriended by the Ingalls family on their journey to Minnesota. The two men return to Walnut Grove together ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
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Sunshine Parker ...
Driver (as Lloyd 'Sunshine' Parker)


While in Mankato, Charles is surprised to find Isaiah Edwards, the mountain man befriended by the Ingalls family on their journey to Minnesota. The two men return to Walnut Grove together to find young Laura sick in bed and a worried Mr. Edwards promises to stay until she recovers. But Mr. Edwards' deep concern for Laura stems from a devastating personal loss and he cannot forgive the one he holds responsible. Will the Ingalls' friendship and a budding romance with postmistress Grace Snider help Mr. Edwards come to terms with his past or will he leave Walnut Grove for good? Written by shepherd1138

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2 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Charles Ingalls: What did you girls learn in Sunday School today?
Mary Ingalls: Susan Zigler passed a note to Freddie Hoffman. And it made Amanda Butterfield jealous.
Charles Ingalls: I mean about religion.
Mary Ingalls: Oh.
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Mr. Edwards
3 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two new cast members are introduced in this episode. Actually, we met Victor French (who plays Mr. Edwards) in the premier movie. The Ingalls family are very glad to see him again. He was the only family they had when they were settled in the wild hills of Kansas!

The focus of this episode is Mr. Edwards. It's revealed in this episode that he had been married and lost his wife and daughter to sickness. We learn through the episode that he blames God. It's Caroline's sweet spirit that gets through to him to give God another chance.

We also see the start of the crude courting of Mr. Edwards to the Widow Snider who runs the post office. This episode has some tension in it, so for comic relief we have Grace drinking from a whiskey jug that Mr. Hanson believes contains an alcoholic beverage. Mr. Edwards does nothing to correct him.

Another introduction in this episode is the famous song, "Ol' Dan Tucker." and the hymn that was sung a lot, "Bringing in the Sheaves."

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