Little House on the Prairie: Season 7, Episode 21

The Lost Ones: Part 1 (4 May 1981)

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After their parents are killed in an accident, Charles finds himself in charge of two young children.



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
Ketty Lester ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Ingalls Kendall (credit only)
E.J. André ...
Ivan Bonar ...
Melissa Francis ...
Cassandra Cooper (as Missy Francis)
Laura Ingalls Wilder (credit only)
Caroline Ingalls (credit only)


Charles and Albert are driving an extra wagon for the Cooper family and the Cooper kids are riding with them. Unfortunately, The Coopers' wagon has a terrible accident and both of their parents die. Charles takes the kids on to their uncle who they were all going to live with but he lives in a mining community and can't take care of two kids and keep earning a living. (It would've been different if their parents were still alive.) So, Charles takes the kids home with him until he can find a place for them to live. Written by Anonymous

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Albert Quinn Ingalls: The worst is the fighting.
Charles Ingalls: What fighting?
Albert Quinn Ingalls: The big over the little. It never seems to let up unless you can beat everybody else. I couldn't beat everybody else 'cause I was too little. I tried. By the time I ran away, I didn't trust anybody or anything. I don't have to tell you how I was. Anyway, that's what's gonna happen to them. Leastwise James.
Charles Ingalls: I'm gonna try to stop that train!
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25 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another one of those change of LHOTP feel...

Other then a short appearance at the beginning of the first episode of Season 8, we have already seen the last of Mary and Adam (oh, and a special Christmas episode). Jonathan and Andy are making their last appearance in this episode as well. He never goes away just never appears on the show again. Actually, I believe he left to go start "Father Murphy." And we see the edition of two to the Ingalls' Family household.

I have mixed feelings on this one. I really like Albert, so I'm okay with them taking him in. He and Charles just seemed to click. But this seems to be just a bit too much. Charles falls for these two orphaned children and keep seem to give them over to strangers. He risks his life and Albert's by pulling the wagon on the tracks, having faith the train would stop in time. As the first part of this episode ends, he makes a promise to the kids that he will find them a home.

At the same time, I can see why Charles takes them in. Two little kids like that really do need a good family and people who will love them. That's all Charles really wants for them. And I can't blame him much after what Albert tells him about the orphanage. It's a good episode, but James and Cassandra didn't change the show for the better!

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