After eleven year old Ellen Taylor accidentally drowns while swimming on a hot summer day with the Ingalls girls, her grief-stricken mother, Eloise, first blames Laura for asking Ellen to ... See full summary »

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... Charles Ingalls
... Caroline Ingalls
... Laura Ingalls
... Mary Ingalls
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
... Nels Oleson
... Reverend Robert Alden
... Dr. Hiram Baker
... Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
... Cal Taylor
... Jonathan Garvey
... Eloise Taylor (as Corinne Michaels)
Ken Johnson ... Busby
Mia Bendixsen ... Ellen Taylor
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After eleven year old Ellen Taylor accidentally drowns while swimming on a hot summer day with the Ingalls girls, her grief-stricken mother, Eloise, first blames Laura for asking Ellen to go to the pond with them and then, unable to accept the reality of her little girl's death, begins to imagine that Laura is Ellen. Written by shepherd1138

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Eloise Taylor: I asked God for a miracle today. I prayed by my baby's grave. I asked him to make her alive today. He can do that. He's done greater things than that.
Reverend Robert Alden: Eloise, it's not...
Eloise Taylor: Don't tell me it's not my place to question God. They're covering my baby out there with dirt. It'll be so dark... My Ellen was always so afraid of the dark. God doesn't care about me and God doesn't care about Ellen. Don't you come around here no more. No more!
Cal Taylor: Eloise...
Reverend Robert Alden: It's alright. I'll go.
Eloise Taylor: [Picks up bible] And take your ...
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It's like a psychological thriller!
22 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

This episode left me speechless. It's so intense and - yes - scary. But in a brilliant and captivating way! The acting is, as usual, really good and I love how consistent Michael Landon dealt with the topic of loss and death. To let go isn't very easy... My goodness, the acting of Ellen's mom is so good and intense, I can't find words! It's also really believable and the directing is clever. After like 5 minutes, something really shocking is happening and that's... wow. An incredible episode! It deserved a total rating of at least 8/10. My rating is 10. But pay attention! It might be a very scary and harsh episode for children. So be careful.


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