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There's No Place Like Home: Part 2 

The Ingalls, Garveys, Olsens, and Albert get back to Walnut Grove to find it run down and in shabby condition. Lars Hansen found Walnut Grove over 50 years ago, and now that it is in this ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Ingalls
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Willie Oleson
Alice Garvey
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
Adam Kendall


The Ingalls, Garveys, Olsens, and Albert get back to Walnut Grove to find it run down and in shabby condition. Lars Hansen found Walnut Grove over 50 years ago, and now that it is in this poor condition, and he suffered a stroke, he is much like the town--on its last leg. The Ingalls and the Garveys go to the farms around town to let everyone know of their plans to fix the town up to restore it to its former glory. Written by Anonymous

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16 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Karl Swenson, the actor who played the towns founder Lars Hanson, died of a heart attack eight days before this episode aired. At the end of this episode, there is a voice-over from Laura mentioning that Lars Hanson died four months later (which was likely related to the stroke Hanson had while the Ingalls were in Winoka). The episode, with Hanson dying, was completed prior to Swenson's death, so the voice-over of Hanson's death is purely coincidental. See more »


Dr. Baker mentions to Charles & Jonathan that Mr. Hanson had no children. In Little Girl Lost, Lowdy was Hanson's son-in-law or boyfriend of a daughter. See more »


Nellie Oleson: I can't believe anyone can be that thirsty!
Albert Quinn Ingalls: I'm sure you can't. You've never done anything to get that thirsty about.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Joy to the World
Lyrics by Isaac Watts (1719)
Music by Lowell Mason (1836)
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Back to life
2 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

When this part of the two-part episode over, Charles and Caroline are getting ready to leave. There's excitement, but Charles is a bit upset. Surprisingly, Caroline is taking the news of leaving her first born behind very well. This has always bothered me a bit, but then we need to focus on Charles. He cries as he says goodbye to Mary. Caroline's actions are a bit disappointing.

But there's another reason Charles doesn't really want to leave. Mary isn't the only person he's leaving behind. There's a boy who's tugging at his heartstrings, and Charles uses great psychology in talking Albert to go to Walnut Grove with him. When they arrive there, it's a whole new feeling to the show. Mr. Hansen, whom we've come to love during the first four seasons of the show, is now old and dying. In fact, this is his last episode. Dr. Baker and Reverend Alden return. And there we have the core of the show for the rest of this season.

Watching the town die at the end of Season 4 was sad, and watching it come back to life gives us hope and something to look forward to. We watch the town wake up and begin to come alive as there is talk about the store opening, the church, and the school. What else does a town possibly need?

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