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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Charles Ingalls
... Caroline Ingalls (credit only)
... Laura Ingalls Wilder (credit only)
... Mary Ingalls Kendall
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
... Jonathan Garvey
... Adam Kendall
... Albert Quinn Ingalls
Ivan Bonar ... Mr. Case
... Michael
... Houston Lamb
... Miss Mason
George Dickerson ... Mr. Rooney
Barbara Beckley ... Mrs. Rooney


Two young brothers, deserted by their parents and desperately trying to stay together, run away from the Sleepy Eye orphanage on the eve of an adoption that will separate them, and find an unlikely ally in grumpy old handyman, Houston Lamb. Written by shepherd1138

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20 October 1980 (USA)  »

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This episode is a remake with the exact same story line from Bonanza (S14E10) which was also written and directed by Michael Landon. The title was The Sound of Sadness. See more »


Houston Lamb: Well... I guess folks think I'm gettin' senile.
Michael: What's senile?
Houston Lamb: Well, that's a pruddy good question. I 'spect it's a word that most folks use so they won't have to pay no mind what old folks think. You know what I mean?
Michael: [after some small talk] Well, most folks don't pay no mind to what we think either, Guess that makes us all three senile, don't it?
Houston Lamb: [smiles] Yeah, I reckon so.
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Bring back the Ingalls Family!
29 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Save for the first episode of this season, we haven't really seen anything about Laura or Caroline or the other main characters this season. I'm not sure what the producers and writers were doing here - were they at a loss on what to do here - but I don't like it! After the awesome two part episode that opened the season, we watched a story about the Garvey's leaving Walnut Grove and trying to settle in Sleepy Eye (we briefly saw Adam and Mary, along with Nels and Harriet). In the show following that, Albert is concentrated on and we see most of the Ingalls family, but it was mainly about a down and out football coach and Albert happened to be the star. I suppose we can count it as an Ingalls story, but I'm not too satisfied with it. Now we're seeing a story taking place in Sleepy Eye about Houston, who we met in the finals two episodes of the previous season. Charles and Albert are involved in this story but I don't qualify that as an Ingalls' story...

I know the next story also has little involvement with the Ingalls family. Why so many stories in a row that take away from the Ingalls family? They have their heart-warming moments but I like the episodes better when the family is heavily involved in the story line...

In this story, two orphan boys who don't want to be separated run away. The youngest brother can't speak because of all the trauma he's experienced lately. They end up on the farm of Houston where they hid out. Charles discovers where they are but doesn't tell Jonathan, who's acting more like Sheriff than deputy in this episode. Then they team up and work together to see if they can keep the two together.

The story is sweet and someone may shed a tear at the end of the story.

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