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LOOK BACK TO YESTERDAY December 12, 1983
Albert and Charles head to the university where Albert plans to attend
and become a doctor. Albert really enjoys the campaus and really wants
to be accepted. Charles not sure how he'll pay for it, is glad to hear
that Albert may be elgible for a scholarship. Albert had been getting a
lot of nose bleeds and eventually collapses. Charles takes him to a hospital
where they learn Albert is really sick and that out he has a blood disorder
that there is no cure for, luekemia. It was said that it was only
a matter of time before he was gone, and he decided he wants to spend the
remainder of his days back home, in Walnut Grove. Railway unions and the
Co-op are fighting again, and Charles, as head of the Minnesota division,
uses Walnut Grove as his headquarters as he convinces neighbouring towns
to form their own union. The talks fail, especially in Walnut Grove, until
Albert, sick and heavy with pain, gets up and speaks. The townspeople realize
the strength of sticking together and decide to go ahead with a deal that
Charles had set up with a freighting company. Albert finds out that
the school still does their annual trip to the time capsule set at the
top of a mountain, and together with Laura, climb the mountain where the
children add some seeds to the capsule to commerate the Co-op success.
The episode closes with the children, Laura, and Albert holding hands praying
for their town.
- There has been many arguements over whether Albert dies or not at the
end of this episode, but the fact is that the people behind this episode
INTENDED for it to be concluded that he dies soon after. Considering the
fact that Pa says in one scene that Albert cannot come back to the town
meeting when he's a man 10 years later because he won't live that long,
there is no other conclusion that they intend to be made from this. If
however, they make a sequel to this series and have Albert still alive
and explain that he survived, then we can conclude differently. Still though,
if we consider the times that they lived in, there would be no cure to
his ailment. The only thing they could say that helped him recover would
be God. Remember that in the 2nd part of "He
Was Only Twelve", God healed James.
Contributed by HYPER, July 1, 1997.
- The fate of Albert is one of the series' most talked about subjects.
Having seen this episode many times, it is very plain and clear (at least
to this writer) that Albert never died in "Look Back To Yesterday".
In fact, he is still living in the very last scene where he makes it to
the top of the mountain. There are still people who say Albert died. If
he did, then maybe the producers should have shot an epilogue deplicting
his death. But since that never happened, one must assume that Albert was
miracuously cured by either God or Mr. Montague, gone on to medical school
to seek his Masters' degree, and returned to the town as Laura said in
"Home Again", either before or after Walnut Grove was destroyed
in "The Last Farewell", though in my Timeline I have Albert returning
home before the town's destruction. Whatever his fate might have been,
one thing is for sure..."Look Back To Yesterday" is the final
time we see Albert in the series.
Contributed by Hiphats, July 7, 1997.
- In this episode, we once again see Melinda (remember the girl who was
locked in the freezer in "The Reincarnation
Of Nellie"?)...only now her name is Michelle (it is the same
actress). Looks like either her parents died and someone else adopted her
or she changed her name in secret!
Contributed by Hiphats, July 10, 1997.
Correction: Sorry to nitpick, but I believe her
name was "Belinda", not Melinda.
Contributed by D. Wright, October 14, 1997.
- In a scene from "Look Back To Yesterday", Laura is telling
Almonzo about an incident of old. She says Albert, me, and a boy named
Andy Garvey.... Why did she say this? Almonzo knew who Andy Garvey was!
They knew each other.
Contributed by James M, October 13, 1997.
- I never could understand why the other children weren't more INSISTENT
when getting blamed for something Nancy did. I've never known a child to
not want to insust on getting it right if blamed for something he or she
didn't do! She got away with it way too long!
Contributed by Cyndi, November 9, 1997.
- I saw no reference to whether
Albert died or remained living, and I didn't hear Laura say that he returned
and became a doctor.
Contributed by Catherine, December 25, 1997.
- ADDITIONAL: Laura explains in the epilog of "Home
Again" that Albert did recover from his addiction to morphine,
and that he returned to Walnut Grove and became the best doctor they ever
had. This is the problem: Did Albert die in this episode, or did he survive,
and if he did survive, when does he come back to be the doctor? Walnut
Grove is destroyed in "The Final Farewell."
Contributed by Alex Trenta, February 21, 1998.
When Albert goes to the school, he is glad
to hear that the school does their annual field trip of climbing to the
top of the mountain and add to the time capsule waiting there. Later, Laura
decides to join the class with Albert as they make their trip. She comments
to Albert that this is a lot more work than the last time she climbed it,
when they were both kids. Didn't she ever take the class on this field
trip when she was the teacher?
Contributed by Alex Trenta, April 12, 1998.
your nitpick to this episode!
BLESS ALL THE DEAR CHILDREN December 17, 1983
When a women loses her baby she kidnaps Rose and pretends Rose is hers. Almonzo,
Laura and Mr.Edwards set out on a long search that ends with a happy ending:
The Wilders get Rose back, and they leave another orphan they discovered
along the way with a women.
- Michael Landon says in the beginning "It was the winter of '96"...
If that was so, Rose (Laura and Almanzo's daughter)would be 10 years old.
Contributed by Janet S, September 8, 1997.
your nitpick to this episode!
THE LAST FAREWELL February 2, 1984
The town discover that the town of Walnut Grove, and the surrounding
farms were not built on homestead land, but built on land that the government
owned, and later sold to a developer. The developer, seeing that Walnut
Grove was a prosperous town, told the townspeople they could remain on
the land but be working for him or leave. The town, angry that the
town they built with their own sweat and love, was no longer theirs, decided
the developer could have the land (which he owned) but not the town (which
they owned). They decided to take what was theirs, and destroy the rest.
The townspeople blew up the town and houses with dynamite. When
the developer returned to claim the town, along with several mayors from
other towns that he now owned, he was shocked as his plans of owning a
prosperous town and businesses were now destroyed and there was nothing
he could do (it was perfectly legal to destroy their own buildings). Compounded
to this, the mayors of the other towns stated that if the developer tried
to take over their towns, the same thing would happen there. The people
of the late Walnut Grove cheered as the realized that Walnut Grove did
not die in vain.
- In the episode, HOME AGAIN, a
2 hour special in which Albert was a morphine addict, Laura's voiceover
said something about him one day becoming the best doctor in Walnut Grove
(assuming he went to med school and returned as the town dr.). However,
in this film they blew up the town and all moved away. This is besides
the 2 hour special in which Albert had contracted a terminal illness!!
Contributed by Nathan, May 30, 1997.
- One more thing about Albert's absence...since his death was never deplicted
or mentioned in the series or post-series movies, it could be one of two
things...either Albert came back as a doctor before the events in "The
Last Farewell", or after, in which case he went on to medical school
to seek his Masters degree, then returned to a ruined Walnut Grove years
later (after "The Last Farewell") as a doctor and possibly helped
rebuild the town.
Contributed by Hiphats, June 29, 1997. Corrected
June 30, 1997.
- Face it, producers of movies make errors. They meant Albert to die--that's
pretty obvious. They aren't God, and not everything they do has to be totally
consistent--hence the existence of the nitpick pages in the first place.
Contributed by Rachel G, August 17, 1997.
- Either I was seeing things or I was going nuts. When I first saw The
Last Farewell on its original release date, I could have sworn I saw Charles
Ingalls and the most recent owner of the little House blow it up together.
Then when I wacthed the replay of it the house was the only surviving house
in Walnut Grove. I'm confused, what really happend here. Please let me
know before I go bonkers.
Contributed by Mark H, October 9, 1997.
- ANSWER: The
following buildings were not blown up in The Last Farewell (according to
someone who worked on the show): The Ingalls/Carter Home; The Ingalls/Carter
Barn; The Church/Schoolhouse. A cast member owns the Ingalls house, and
the other buildings are still standing on the land.
Contributed by Jennifer Slegg, December 24, 1997.
- I'm a little confused about something that was said in The Last Farewell.
Charles tells the guy sitting in the wagon with them that Carolyn hasn't
been to Walnut Grove in 3 years. But when they get to Lauras house, and
we see Rose, she definitly isn't over 3 years old. She looks more like
2 to me. But she was born when Almonzo had his stroke, and Carolyn and
Charles were still living in Walnut grove. So they moved after she was
born. So how old was Rose when they came back to blow up the town?
Contributed by Donna, December 13, 1997.
- Why didn't they blow up
the Ingalls's previous house? That I thought would be the last house blown
up, but it never was.
Asked by Catherine, December 25, 1997.
- In this episode Laura and
Almonzo blow up their home. It is the same home Almanzo and Eliza Jane
lived in when she was the school teacher of Walnut Grove. However, that
original house was blown away in a storm. There was an episode right after
the storm, where Charles and Almanzo build Laura their own "Little
House" to replace the one blown away in the storm. How could the house
still be standing in the last episode?
Asked by Wanda L, December 25, 1997.
- ANSWER: Actually, Laura and Almonzo lived in three different
houses after they were married. Their first home, the house the Eliza Jane
gave them, did blow down in "Days of Sunshine,
Days of Shadow." At the end of that episode, Charles and Almonzo
build a "Little House" and Laura was happy to just have a new
home. In "Times are Changing"
Almonzo expands the house and adds a couple of new rooms for Jenny and
Rose. In the episode "May I have this
Dance" Laura and Almozno inherit the larger home which they turn
into a boarding house. Its this house that we see them blow up at the end
of "The Last Farwell."
Answered by Alex Trenta, February 21, 1998.
- Okay, I hope I'm in the
right episode here... Anyway, why is Walnut Grove all of a sudden on the
Mesabi Iron range? They are one compleatly different sides of the state!
Unless that range is a lot longer than I thought, I think they made a mistake.
Contributed by The Watland's, December 27, 1997.
- Did anyone else notice Laura's
nose job in the last season? It bothers me so much that I can hardly watch
the latest episodes. I can't believe they let her do that. By the way,
has anyone out there been to Mansfield? Is it worth the trip?
Contributed by Kelvin, December 27, 1997.
- Real story about Walnut
Grove: Town's location was moved but not because it was blown up....the
river flooded. The new site of the town is about two miles from the original
Contributed by Shorty 18, February 14, 1998.
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