James continues to linger in a coma, weeks after being shot during a bank robbery in Sleepy Eye. Charles refuses to believe his son is virtually dead and, as the weeks pass, becomes verbally abusive to his family and friends. Unable to deal with mounting pressure by the others to let James die in peace, Charles leaves home and takes his adopted son with him. In the woods, Charles builds an altar and prays to God for a miracle.
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This would be Karen Grassle's last appearance in the series proper, as Caroline Ingalls. She would not feature again until the TV movie special,"The Last Farewell ", which concluded the story and series. See more
Mr. Ingalls appears from the loft stating he was able to feed James broth with some "device" the doc gave him. The only means of feeding comatose patients is with feeding tubes or IV. They cannot take food by mouth. See more
God isn't going to let my son die.
Dr. Hiram Baker
What happened in Sleepy Eye had nothing to do with God! It was a bank robbery. Your son happened to be there at that moment. There's no one to blame except the man who shot him.