While out of town to buy horses, Charles Ingalls boards with Brett Harper, a man who is emotionally withdrawn from his unhappy family and trying to lose himself in work and whiskey, blaming... See full summary »

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Laura Ingalls (credit only)
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Mary Ingalls (credit only)
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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
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Bret Harper
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Caroline Ingalls (credit only)
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Clerk
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Samantha Harper
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Thomas Harper
Jenny Sullivan ...
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While out of town to buy horses, Charles Ingalls boards with Brett Harper, a man who is emotionally withdrawn from his unhappy family and trying to lose himself in work and whiskey, blaming himself for the accidental death of his oldest son in a riding accident four years earlier. Written by shepherd1138

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5 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Kyle Richards, who had previously played Mr. Edwards young adopted daughter, returns as another child in this episode. See more »

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When Leslie reminds Brett about the picnic, a modern light fixture is clearly seen in the ceiling over her left shoulder. In addition, numerous modern electrical outlets are seen as Charles walks through the house. See more »

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Gargan: Sandy, get movin'. We've got a lot of work today.
Sandy: You want it right or you want it quick?
Gargan: You want to get paid, or you want to get fired?
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10 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charles is the only regular cast member we see in this episode. He travels to buy some horses, ten in fact, and encounters a troubled family. But then, what else is new? He's always encountering a troubled family!

This family lost a son in an accident, and since then the father has been biter and unloving toward his wife and two other children. Charles comes in and shows the wife what it's like to be cherished - in a total innocent way...

Well, for me I think Charles is towing the line. Remember the episode where Nels has a little fling after leaving Harriet? Well this could have ended up the same way. I doubt that back then a married man would have taken a married woman and her children on a picnic without raising some eyebrows. More so, I doubt that he would have been in the house alone with her when her husband wasn't there. The whole thing was a little too intimate for my tasted...It made me really nervous. Though his interference worked,and all ended well in the end...I still thing Charles did a few no-no's.


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