Little House on the Prairie: Season 6, Episode 8

The Return of Mr. Edwards (5 Nov. 1979)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Family, Romance
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When Isaiah Edwards loses his will to live after a crippling logging accident, a letter to Walnut Grove from his worried wife, Grace, brings Charles and Laura back to the big woods to try to help their old friend.



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rod McGaughy ...
Eddie Quillan ...
Vince Tortell ...


When Mr. Edwards severely injures his legs saving Alicia from a potentially deadly accident, he becomes very morose about his condition. Grace calls in Charles and Laura to help her husband snap out of his deep depression. However, it is a task that is easier said than done because Mr. Edwards is determined to kill himself. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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5 November 1979 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


While the electric chair was introduced in New York in 1890, information given in previous episodes shows that this takes place in at least 1891. In season 5's There's No Place Like Home: Part 2, Lars Hanson told Doc Baker he had settled there and founded Walnut Grove 50 years ago. A sign shown at the end says Lars founded the town in 1840, which would put The Return of Mr. Edwards in 1891 or later. See more »


Shorty: Tell them if they don't start working, you'll start singing!
Isaiah Edwards: Good thing for you, Shorty... you're short!
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Hi, Mr. Edwards!
22 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's so good to see the return of Mr. Edwards. It seems the family's done well since leaving Walnut Grove about two years ago or so. Though Carl is missing from this episode, I think we can assume Mr. Edwards' bitterness over the accident that left him crippled (temporary, so it seems)sent him away. When Charles and Caroline learn how emotionally crippled Mr. Edwards is, Laura and Charles head for a visit. The reunion is bitter sweet. Mr. Edwards makes everyone more upset.

But suddenly he has a change of heart. He comes to the dinner table acting cheerful, though nobody questions the personality change that's suddenly occurred. If we thought he was cheerful before, he's double now.A Always a bad sign, but Charles and Laura take him on a hunting trip. There we learn what's really going on. Mr. Edwards wants to kill himself - put everyone out of their misery. Can Charles convince Isiah to live?

This is a good episode that helps us remember why we love Mr. Edwards so much. Though he doesn't do his laugh, we do get to hear his Ol' Dan Tucker song.

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