Little House on the Prairie: Season 8, Episode 14

The Legacy (25 Jan. 1982)

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A present-day couple buy an antique, folding-leaf table with a large "I" branded on it and are curious to learn about its origins. The story focuses on Charles' efforts to patent the table ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Ingalls Wilder (credit only)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor) (credit only)
Nels Oleson (credit only)
Almanzo James Wilder (credit only)
Willie Oleson (credit only)
Allison Balson ...
Nancy Oleson (credit only)
Melissa Francis ...
Cassandra Cooper Ingalls (as Missy Francis)
Wendi Turnbaugh ...
Brenda Turnbaugh ...


A present-day couple buy an antique, folding-leaf table with a large "I" branded on it and are curious to learn about its origins. The story focuses on Charles' efforts to patent the table and have it mass produced. However, a ruthless businessman is successful in a bid to steal the patent and snare an ill-gotten profit, forcing Charles to realize that his family, and not the tables, are his greatest legacy. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Jack: Did you ever want to do something different, just for the sake of doing it?
Charles Ingalls: Well, like what?
Jack: Just... Different... Something like... Well... Important-like. Leaving your stamp so's the world know you'd been there.
Charles Ingalls: You wanta be famous, Jack?
Jack: Nothing like that. Well, maybe just a little bit. I mean... You get born... You grow up... You get married, you build a house or two, you have children. And you work at whatever you can to pay for it all... and the kids grow up. They move away. Suddenly, ...
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A Legacy
17 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a pretty unique episode this time. Charles and his friend, Jack (who is an old friend that we've never seen before) is sensing that something's about to happen to him. He's regretting the way his life has turned out and wishes he had more to live to his grown children and wife. As it turns out, Jack dies from a massive heart attack in the night while he and Charles are camping out on their way home. Charles feels awful, especially after he sees how Jack's children are treading his widow. He's even more disturbed when the children are successful at taking her from the farm she loved.

Charles has made some tables and is selling them in Minneapolis. The store manager he is selling them to is very impressed and wants more of them - many more. This is a perfect opportunity for Charles to leave behind his legacy - his mark on the world.

The most interesting part is the before and after that takes place modern day. It's interesting to see how Charles' table turned out - and perhaps just a little of his legacy was left behind!

Note: Since Laura Ingalls Wilder was such a famous author and woman, I would think that these tables would have been documented which would have made them to go much higher at an auction since the auctioneer would have stated, "This table was made by the father of Laura Ingalls Wilder...Just a thought.

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