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The Long Road Home 

When their grain doesn't sell for enough to see their families through the winter, Charles and Isaiah hire on with the railroad to haul a wagon-load of highly explosive nitroglycerin over a... See full summary »


Michael Landon


Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Richard Jaeckel ... Murphy
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Henry Hill (as Lou Gossett)
Bonnie Bartlett ... Grace Snider Edwards
Radames Pera ... John Sanderson Edwards
Brian Part Brian Part ... Carl Sanderson Edwards
Kyle Richards ... Alicia Sanderson Edwards
John Mitchum ... Sam Benson
Bill Quinn ... James Frazer


When their grain doesn't sell for enough to see their families through the winter, Charles and Isaiah hire on with the railroad to haul a wagon-load of highly explosive nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain road and, as their journey progresses, find themselves dealing with situations almost as volatile as the freight they so carefully carry. Written by shepherd1138

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Larry Golden, who appears briefly as "Bodeen", would return to the series in the season 3, two-part finale episode Gold Country, in the larger role of Rev. Phillips. Richard Jaeckel would return to star in season seven's controversial two-part episode "Sylvia". See more »


Isaiah Edwards: I guess you better write something for me. Let's see now... uh... Feel funny saying it to you.
Charles Ingalls: Come on. Dear Grace, that's an easy way to start.
Isaiah Edwards: Alright, dear grace. Uh... Tell her everything's fun and give the young one's a kiss and uh...
Charles Ingalls: And?
Isaiah Edwards: And I love her. Don't sit there grinning like a cat in a birdhouse. Write it down.
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4 October 2015 | by RedRainbowUnicorn23See all my reviews

Yes finally the first episode to future a person of color not counting the Indians.This is also the start of a lot of little house episodes that is going to tackle the touchy subject that is Racism. This episode just touches this subject by the one man don't want to work with the black man cause he's black The one white man doesn't want to drink from the same water canister then the black guy.(You now that kind of stuff)And I think it strikes hard in the end of the episode when the black guy couldn't ride inside the train but that he must go and ride outside.Luckely he had friends like Charles and Mr Edwards.They decided to go and sit with him outside(love that moment) And of course the most memorable line form this episode; White guy:"they kicked me out too,they discovered I'm Irish" laugh out loud funny.The wheat price fell through and they only get $7 instead of $47 as useal a busshel.So Charles must get a new job he and Mr edwards find something that pays $100 but its very dangerous. a good episode and totally worth the watch give it a go.

Now continue to episode 19

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3 March 1976 (USA) See more »

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