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Little House on the Prairie
Season 8, Episode 14
Title.thelegacy
Episode 814
Air date 25 January 1982
Written by Vince Gutierrez
Directed by Michael Landon
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Synopsis

Charles and a friend, Jack, deliver some tables, hand-made by Charles, to a store in Minneapolis, for which Charles makes a few "as a hobby". After Jack dies suddenly on the return trip, Charles decides he wants to do something to be remembered for, and he agrees to move to the city to work full-time on producing the tables for a trial period before selling the farm and moving the entire family. Things go well at first, until a big furniture manufacturer copies the table and under-prices them, and sales dry up. Charles decides that his greatest legacy will be his children. But later, one of his tables with his 'CI' mark is bought as a prized antique at an auction in 1982.

Cast

Cast Member

Character Portrayed
Karen Grassle Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert Laura Ingalls Wilder
Missy Francis Cassandra Ingalls
Jason Bateman James Ingalls

Quotes

Charles (to Addison Fisk): Is this how you make your living? Stealing another man's design?
Addison Fisk: Stealing? That's a rather serious charge.
Charles: Well, what would you call it?
Addison Fisk: Get to the point, Ingalls. What do you want? Money? Forget it. Not a dime.
Charles: Suppose I take you to court?
Addison Fisk: Fine. Who knows? You might even win, that is, after all the appeals. It might drag on for some time, and court costs are very expensive. But if that's what you want, I can afford it. Can you? Let's be philosophical about this, Ingalls. Times have changed. We're in the industrial age now. There's money to be made, too much to be concerned with certain niceties. Look, you've had a good run, you've made a little money. Now it's my turn. Business is business. It's only a design. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm busy.
Charles: It's my design! It has my mark on it!
Addison Fisk: Not anymore.

Charles (to Caroline): I know it won't be easy for everyone, moving to Minneapolis, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I can't pass it up.
Caroline: Charles, I can't believe you're serious! You're ready to just give up the farm and everything we've worked for?
Charles: Yes, I am.
Caroline: But you're a farmer! You've always been satisfied with that.
Charles: I'm not anymore.

Charles: (to Sven) You want to know why I started all this, all this working? Because I wanted to be remembered. To have my initials on some piece of furniture. I wanted strangers to remember me. I didn't even give my own children a chance to remember me. With the way I was, they would never even know me.

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