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Child of Pain 

The Walnut Grove community intervenes after a badly-beaten Graham Stewart is found unconscious on the floor of his cabin, the victim of his father, John's, drunken rage. While Graham ... See full summary »


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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
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Charlotte Stewart ... Eva Beadle
Karl Swenson ... Lars Hanson
Harris Yulin ... John Stewart
Johnny Lee Johnny Lee ... Graham Stewart
Wayne Heffley ... Mr. Kennedy


The Walnut Grove community intervenes after a badly-beaten Graham Stewart is found unconscious on the floor of his cabin, the victim of his father, John's, drunken rage. While Graham recovers at the Ingalls' farm, John Stewart reluctantly agrees to let Charles Ingalls help him dry out and, in the process, begins to face the root of the anger that drives him to drink and hurt the son who loves him. Written by shepherd1138

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12 February 1975 (USA) See more »

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The lamp in the Ingalls bedroom has a shadow which disappears when Charles puts it out, but the light is clearly from a studio light as the lamp could not be casting its own shadow. See more »


Charles Ingalls: I sure miss my wife. When'd you loose yours?
John Stewart: A long time ago.
Charles Ingalls: What was her name?
John Stewart: Lucy.
Charles Ingalls: How'd she die?
John Stewart: What's the difference?
Charles Ingalls: Nothing to me, I just wondered... What'd she die of?
John Stewart: She died giving birth to the boy.
Charles Ingalls: I guess that's why you blame him for her death.
John Stewart: Why I what?
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child abuse
25 August 2015 | by jvanderwalt5See all my reviews

This is one of the episodes in season 1 I think anyone must watch it takes on a serious subject child abuse and alcholism. This episodes is heartbreaking bc even though Grahams father beats him and abuse him when he's drunk he never remembers doing this to his son when he's sober and the boy still loves his father.He doesn't even want to be taken away form his dad.Its really sad. Wheb your an alcholic its not easy to get cured as we can see in this episode.And the only way you can get cured is by someone watching your every move or in todays case (rehab). The withdrawal symptoms imo is the worst as you can see in this episode you begin to hallucinate and see things and just like drugs that's the reason its so hard to quit bc of the withdrawal symptoms. Once your through the first gate(hallucinations,and withdrawal symptoms) it goes better.But it takes a lot of willpower and the help of someone else to get through it. This episodes just like all the others are crammed full of life lessons. The first one we see is that even his father beats him unfairly he still loves him 2nd if you start to drink for whatever reason its not going to fix the problem its just going to make ir worst. And 3dly never judge a person always try to help him/her first bc you don't know the bkack story. Now continue to episode 21

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