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He Was Only Twelve: Part 2 

James continues to linger in a coma, weeks after being shot during a bank robbery in Sleepy Eye. Charles refuses to believe his son is virtually dead and, as the weeks pass, becomes ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Charles Ingalls
... Caroline Ingalls
... Laura Ingalls Wilder
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
... Nels Oleson
... Almanzo James Wilder
... James Cooper Ingalls
Melissa Francis ... Cassandra Cooper Ingalls (as Missy Francis)
Wendi Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls
Brenda Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls
... Dr. Hiram Baker
... Reverend Robert Alden
... Albert Quinn Ingalls
... Old Man
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James continues to linger in a coma, weeks after being shot during a bank robbery in Sleepy Eye. Charles refuses to believe his son is virtually dead and, as the weeks pass, becomes verbally abusive to his family and friends. Unable to deal with mounting pressure by the others to let James die in peace, Charles leaves home and takes his adopted son with him. In the woods, Charles builds an altar and prays to God for a miracle. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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10 May 1982 (USA)  »

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This would be Karen Grassle's last appearance in the series proper, as Caroline Ingalls.She would not feature again until the TV movie special,"The Last Farewell ", which concluded the story and series. See more »

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Charles Ingalls beard looks real at first with the appropriate graying. In the ending it's definitely fake and black. See more »

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Charles Ingalls: God isn't going to let my son die.
Dr. Hiram Baker: What happened in Sleepy Eye had nothing to do with God! It was a bank robbery. Your son happened to be there at that moment. There's no one to blame except the man who shot him.
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Summary for Little House on the Prairie He was only Twelve
28 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I loved this episode!! It is something that I can really relate to with my son. It seemed as if Charles had to trust God with everything he had. He had to ignore the unbelief of all of those around him. He was strong enough to stand alone. I was moved by how he solely trusted in his creator. I personally think this is a great finale. This episode is one of his finest because it displays continued perseverance and love. People need to see a man of integrity and faith who cares with his whole heart and actually believes that God is mighty to save. Cried all the way through since I have experienced this standing in faith for 5 years and it spoke volumes to my heart. That's why I loved this episode.


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