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The Return of Mr. Edwards 

When Isaiah Edwards loses his will to live after a crippling logging accident, a letter to Walnut Grove from his worried wife, Grace, brings Charles and Laura back to the big woods to try to help their old friend.

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:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls Kendall
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Linwood Boomer ... Adam Kendall
Bonnie Bartlett ... Grace Snider Edwards
Kyle Richards ... Alicia Sanderson Edwards
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Eddie Quillan ... Shorty
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Storyline

When Mr. Edwards severely injures his legs saving Alicia from a potentially deadly accident, he becomes very morose about his condition. Grace calls in Charles and Laura to help her husband snap out of his deep depression. However, it is a task that is easier said than done because Mr. Edwards is determined to kill himself. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1979 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Victor French left Little House between 1977 and 79. He starred as a small town cop in the Tv show Carter Country. After the series ended, he returned to little house on the prairie, French was surprised when Michael Landon agreed to his returning as Edwards. This is his first episode as Edwards, episode 8 of Season 6, then in Episode 8 of Season 8, taking up the role again full-time in episode 19 of Season 8. See more »

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"In this story, Mr. Edwards loses a leg and tries to kill himself. Yet, after he comes back to the show as a regular, he has both legs through the end of the series." While Mr. Edwards does refer to himself as being 'half a man,' he still has both of his legs, with one of his legs being broken, not missing. This can be witnessed when he is getting off of a horse and both of his feet are firmly on the ground despite using a crutch. See more »

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Laura Ingalls: No matter where they are or what they're doing, women always end up in the kitchen.
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Hi, Mr. Edwards!
22 August 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

It's so good to see the return of Mr. Edwards. It seems the family's done well since leaving Walnut Grove about two years ago or so. Though Carl is missing from this episode, I think we can assume Mr. Edwards' bitterness over the accident that left him crippled (temporary, so it seems)sent him away. When Charles and Caroline learn how emotionally crippled Mr. Edwards is, Laura and Charles head for a visit. The reunion is bitter sweet. Mr. Edwards makes everyone more upset.

But suddenly he has a change of heart. He comes to the dinner table acting cheerful, though nobody questions the personality change that's suddenly occurred. If we thought he was cheerful before, he's double now.A Always a bad sign, but Charles and Laura take him on a hunting trip. There we learn what's really going on. Mr. Edwards wants to kill himself - put everyone out of their misery. Can Charles convince Isiah to live?

This is a good episode that helps us remember why we love Mr. Edwards so much. Though he doesn't do his laugh, we do get to hear his Ol' Dan Tucker song.


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