Emily seeks help from an author (John Mulaney) when her favorite tree is threatened.
With Sue gone to Boston, Emily and Austin are distraught. The town plans to build railroads through Amherst and Emily discovers that her favorite tree is going to be chopped down.
After reading Walden, she and George seek out Henry David Thoreau for help. Emily is disappointed to find that he is disinterested in her cause, but her father nevertheless decides to protect her tree on her behalf.
- Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson
- Toby Huss as Edward Dickinson
- Adrian Enscoe as Austin Dickinson
- Anna Baryshnikov as Lavinia Dickinson
- Ella Hunt as Sue Gilbert
- Jane Krakowski as Mrs. Dickinson
- Samuel Farnsworth as George Gould
- Gus Birney as Jane Humphrey
- Chinaza Uche as Henry
- Sophie Zucker as Abby Wood
- Allegra Heart as Abiah Root
- Kevin Yee as Toshiaki
Special Guest Star
- Peggy Cosgrave as Mrs. Thoreau
- Abra Tabak as Thoreau's Sister
- Vince Edgehill as Conductor
- Emma Roos as Passenger #1
- Skyler Gallun as Passenger #2
- Clinton Clark as Passenger #3
- The episode's title and themes are based on "Alone, I cannot be", poem #298 by Emily Dickinson.
- In the very beginning of the episode, Emily recites the last stanza of her "The gentian weaves her fringes" poem after she finishes reading Thoreau's "Walden; or, Life in the Woods"