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PostSubject: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:28 am

"SOLDIER'S RETURN"


The son of Mrs. Whipple returns to Walnut Grove after serving in the Civil War. To forget his painful past, he takes morphine. His addiction to this eventually ends up killing him.















This was an interesting episode. Mrs. Whipple is so sweet... it was sad to see how her son's problem affected her... she wanted so much to help him.




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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:44 am

I can't watch this episode. Seeing him by the tree towards the end and knowing he's dead is just too disturbing. A good message, just hard to watch.


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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:45 pm

I don't remember Granville grabbing Roy, Jr. by the arms like that. Could it be that TBS deleted a scene to make room for the commercials ? No, they would never do that (hah hah!).
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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:33 pm

I Don't like this Episode Very Much


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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:51 pm

I didn't like it...maybe because I didn't have sound.
But it did seem very..sad.
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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:50 pm

I do like it. But it is so sad that it hurst me every time I watch it. Miss Whipple is a so lovely old lady that it makes me sad to see her to lost her only son. Blue

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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:22 pm

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I Don't like this Episode Very Much
JW- I've noticed you've made general comments like this about a couple episodes. Can you try to explain why you feel a certain way about a particular episode? What did you like or not like about it?
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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:34 pm

I liked it that they gave Mrs. Whipple a slightly different role in this episode. It was nice learning more about her.

I never look forward to watching this episode as it's not all that uplifting.

Pa: "What are you learning about in history?"
Laura: "The same thing: dead people."

I had to laugh when Charles and Grenville are playing the violin and banjo. Charles is holding the violin *so* low. That would make it difficult to play!
I'm also amused that when the cameras zoom out that Charles's violin mysteriously has moved up a great deal!


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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:01 am

I never did think ML's fiddle "playing" was convincing.


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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:36 pm

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I never did think ML's fiddle "playing" was convincing.

Me neither, but Isaiah's harmonica playing wasn't much better. You know who did look convincing was Doc Baker on his accordian.


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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:43 pm

Hahaha....Yes! It's noticeable that Michael Landon doesn't play the fiddle in real life. It's just the same for Isaiah... Laughing

But Doc Baker looks very believable in his accordion performance. Could he play it in real life? scratchead

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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:34 pm

Holding the fiddle way low is a Cajun thing......if you ever see any Cajun entertainers, you will see them holding it low....almost to their stomachs.......
Watch Doug Kershaw singing "Diggy Liggy Lo"
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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:53 pm

I have a hard time with this episode, too. I wonder what it was like for the younger actors (specially, MSA), working this this kind of story. Does anyone know if she's ever talked about it? I read her book, but I'm drawing a blank at the moment as to whether or not she mentioned it there.





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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:12 am

Rhonda wrote:
Holding the fiddle way low is a Cajun thing......if you ever see any Cajun entertainers, you will see them holding it low....almost to their stomachs.......
Watch Doug Kershaw singing "Diggy Liggy Lo"
Huh?





Yeah. but Charles was suposed to be a real "Yankee", so he couldn't play the fiddle in the Cajun way... HeeHee

P.S: Love "Diggy, Liggy Lo" Wink

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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:09 am

I don't really like this Episode. Just too sad..


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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:55 pm

It is hard to say that this is an episode that I really like, but in a way I do really like it. By that I mean that it is a very moving episode (I was crying at the end) and a very powerful episode, but because it is so heavy it is not one that I think we necessarily should really "like" - I think it is one that we should be touched by, though, and for me it really does that. In my opinion, this is a much better episode about drug addiction than Albert's morphine addiction. It is about so much more than just Granville's drug addiction. And it is really a surprising episode for a LHOTP episode, to me. It seemed that once Granville admitted his cowardice to Mrs. Whipple that everything really would turn out okay, he would go and talk about everything with Roy, Jr. and his ma, he would beat the morphine addiction, etc. So it is shocking to find out what happened to him, but I think that makes the point so much better than if everything just turned out all rosy. I really love Granville's funeral, too, with Revd. Alden commenting that Granville was searching for God's peace all these years, etc. It is just so sad that he could not find that peace.
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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:36 am

I re-watched this episode this afternoon. I also think it is supposed to be a story about the Vietnam veterans in the USA in the 1970's and not just about a Civil War veteran. I guess it can apply to anyone who has been involved in a war. So sad but really an excellent episode.
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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:47 pm

amyk wrote:
I re-watched this episode this afternoon. I also think it is supposed to be a story about the Vietnam veterans in the USA in the 1970's and not just about a Civil War veteran. I guess it can apply to anyone who has been involved in a war. So sad but really an excellent episode.

You've made the point. I think that Michael Landon thought of all people who is involved in a war. This was my fist idea about this episode when I watched it for the first time.

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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:41 am

I also liked that Mrs. Whipple got a big part in this episode. She was such a cute little old lady and I thought she was a good actress, too. It would have been nice to see her under happier circumstances in a later episode.
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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:13 pm

This was ok, episode. I didn't know, the guy from Empty Nest was guest on LOTHP.


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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:49 am

Ya,That's him. It was a good esp to do.It's just not one you can watch over and over again ya know.


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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:34 pm

I've never been able to watch this episode all the way through, too scary and a little depressing. For some reason I can watch Home Again but not this one, probably because Albert lives and I know Granville Whipple doesn't in this episode.
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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:37 pm

littlehousefan200 wrote:
I've never been able to watch this episode all the way through, too scary and a little depressing. For some reason I can watch Home Again but not this one, probably because Albert lives and I know Granville Whipple doesn't in this episode.

yes,It's very depressing.


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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:03 pm

But I actually feel like this one affects me more than HOME AGAIN and really shows a big reality about drug abuse and how it is not always so easy to just "kick the habit". I really think this is a powerful episode and I therefore really like it even if it may be depressing.
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PostSubject: Re: "SOLDIER'S RETURN"   Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:57 pm

Not my favorite episode....but the addiction after Civil Wartime was true. Very sad
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