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Home Again: Part 1 

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 »


Michael Landon


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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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


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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Release Date:

7 February 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 drug addiction, Caroline (Karen Grassle) does not appear at all, even in the scenes in Burr Oak and is only referred to. See more »


Burr Oak, Iowa was the "city" in this episode. The real Burr Oak is a small, unincorporated community. See more »


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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A needed jolt for Season 9
12 March 2012 | by Dphilly521See all my reviews

The return of Charles and Albert Ingalls in "Home Again" makes us realize how lacking certain episodes during Season 9 were without them. If the characters had been exhausted and needed a break, this terrific and inspiring two-part episode shows that they were only temporarily exhausted with a huge breath of fresh air to welcome them back despite a very touchy storyline.

Perhaps it is hard to believe that Albert, the righteous hero of numerous previous episodes within the series, has allowed himself to succumb to the peer pressure of street thugs and get himself involved with such a dangerous drug. Albert is however an important central figure to highlight here and in my opinion the message is much more powerfully conveyed than if, say, Willie Oleson had become the addict.

Our interest is sparked almost immediately with the presence of Michael Landon and the knock at the door of Janes and Son by the police officer just a few minutes in. An even more immediate tastebud-tingler occurs for those of us who are "Father Murphy" fans as well: Mister Rodman has crossed over to the other show, yet is just as villainous! A classic cameo appearance by Charles Tyner.

Matthew Laborteaux is excellent as usual. Albert eventually beats the addiction and survives, although the message is clearly sent that he was lucky. That speech in the classroom near the close is worthy of memorization.

It is no coincidence that "Look Back to Yesterday" is also one of the strongest episodes as "Little House" nears its conclusion. The presence of Charles and Albert proves to be very powerful, and their chemistry with the other main characters makes the whole cast stronger.

Repeated viewings of this scary yet triumphant problem-solver rarely if ever make us sorry to go "Home Again".

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