Albert has fallen in with the wrong crowd so Charles quits his job and takes him home to Walnut Grove. Unfortunately, part of Albert's problem is that he has gotten addicted to morphine and... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Landon

Writers:

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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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dean Butler ... Almanzo James Wilder
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Hester-Sue Terhune
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Allison Balson ... Nancy Oleson
Stan Ivar ... John Carter
Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy ... Jeb Carter
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jason Carter
Shannen Doherty ... Jenny Wilder
Leslie Landon Leslie Landon ... Etta Plum
Claude Earl Jones ... Mr. Gibson
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Albert has fallen in with the wrong crowd so Charles quits his job and takes him home to Walnut Grove. Unfortunately, part of Albert's problem is that he has gotten addicted to morphine and he steals some from Doc Baker so the problems persist. Written by Anonymous

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TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1983 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Landon returns to the series to make his final appearance as Charles Ingalls( other than the seperate TV movie specials which later concluded the story) and is billed as "special guest star". Interestingly, although the episode is about her son, Albert's , problems with petty crime and drugs,Caroline (Karen Grassle) does not appear at all and is only referred to. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Bates: These boys, they don't want to change.
Charles Ingalls: My boy has already changed.
Sergeant Bates: What do you mean?
Charles Ingalls: He changed when he came to the city.
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Changed Albert
29 November 2013 | by Michelle PalmerSee all my reviews

This is the first of three very dark episodes in a row.

Albert is not adjusting well to city life, which is interesting since he lived on his own in the city before Charles came along. But he found some influential friends that weren't influencing him in the correct ways. A personality change was caused by drugs, as we'll soon learn.

Charles doesn't want Albert to go to the work house for three years, so he takes him back to Walnut Grove. I'm guessing he plans on leaving him there for Almanzo and Laura to raise, but he sticks around for awhile to make sure Albert adjusts alright.

Drug abuse is an awful thing. It has no loyalties or friends. Albert begins stealing from his friends and lying. Dr. Baker is a victim since he can provide (unknowingly, of course) Albert with the one thing he needs - morphine!


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