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Dearest Albert, I'll Miss You 

Albert becomes a pen pal with a paraplegic girl.


Michael Landon


Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls Kendall (credit only)
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Albert Quinn Ingalls
Suzy Barbieri Suzy Barbieri ... Leslie Barton (as Suzy Gilstrap)
Diane Shalet Diane Shalet ... Mrs. Barton
Martin Rudy Martin Rudy ... Dr. Marx
Olan Soule ... Mr. McGinnis
Dan Priest ... Conductor
Jamie Seibert Jamie Seibert ... Timmy
Gillian Grant Gillian Grant ... Heather


As part of a school project, Albert becomes pen pals with a girl in Minneapolis named Leslie (Suzy Gilstrap). Both of them fabricate stories about themselves to appear more attractive to the other; Albert postures as a tall athlete, while Leslie portrays herself as a ballerina and hides her paraplegia which confines her to a wheelchair.

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17 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Albert becomes pen pals with Leslie, it is around 1880 to 1881. Leslie tells Albert in her letters that she is captain of the basketball team. This is impossible, since basketball was not invented until 1891, ten years after Albert and Leslie became pen pals. See more »


Laura Ingalls Wilder: I was just checking to see if you'd grown overnight. Apparently from the first line in your letter you are... uh... six feet, one inch tall?
Albert Quinn Ingalls: I can explain.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: And you're the fastest and tallest and most popular boy in Walnut Grove!
Albert Quinn Ingalls: If you'll just let me explain...
Laura Ingalls Wilder: And obviously the bravest since only yesterday, you saved your sister's life by leaping onto the back of a runaway horse, and you practically tore his ears off trying to get him to stop?
Albert Quinn Ingalls: Now, will you just listen for a minute and stop ...
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Should not happen
11 October 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

When Laura gives her students a class assignment to be pen pals with students in Mankato, Albert falls for the thirteen year old girl who writes him. Feeling impressed by her letter, he feels he must embellish on his letter to her – something Laura does not approve of. He talks Laura into letting him send the letter, but Laura lets him know she does not approve. The truth is, both Laura and his new friend are lying about who they are. I don't really care for her. I think she's rather snobby, and the look she has on her face when Albert comes to talk to her…well…she needed to good spanking or something! It's that reason I just couldn't believe there was really love between them. The relationship was built totally on lies! Some good father/son stuff here. I always love it when Charles has to make himself look good in front of his kids. His discovery of Albert on the train is priceless!

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