Little House on the Prairie Season show reviews & Metacritic score: The Ingalls and Oleson families are spending the day at a county fair, and there is plenty of fun and excitement in store for everyone. While he tries his hand at farming, a new physician, Dr. Logan, accepts a call to replace him. Working with Callahan (M. Emmet Walsh), deputy editor of the newspaper John Jr. was working for, their enquiries rouse their suspicions over the circumstances of his death, and lead them to uncover political and business corruption which John Jr. was investigating. 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. The children of Walnut Grove pool their money to buy Reverend Alden a birthday gift and entrust Mary with the cash. Seeing her anger, Almanzo is inspired to pitch in and help rebuild the house. Charles and Jonathan set out to discover the truth about the fire and to track down Albert, and it is Jonathan who convinces Albert that it wasn't his fault that the two had died. Charles has had enough and exposes the work of Murdoch and Mrs. Oleson in church on Sunday, clearing up the lie about the Schiller family (they could read German), then chastises the rest of the town for reading the newspaper. Eventually, Laura and the other school children scheme together to play a trick on Nancy at the school's charity bazaar and seem to succeed in teaching her a lesson. When Grace Snider falls ill, Laura and Mary persuade Mr. Edwards to stay and look after the girls, but he discovers that they, and especially Carrie, can sometimes be hard work. Almanzo refuses to accept this, and tells Laura he plans to leave Walnut Grove and asks her to defy her father and go with him, but she refuses. When it's time to make a wish and blow out the candles, everyone is brought to tears when Mary says, "I have nothing to wish for! When the Garveys return home, they find their barn in flames, and Larabee is fingered as the likely culprit. Season 4 Episode 22 48m. This season is also known as Little House: A New Beginning. However, the first of the post-series movies, "Little House: Look Back to Yesterday", features Albert's diagnosis with a fatal blood disease (presumably leukemia) before being able to achieve a degree in medicine. However, it soon transpires that Edwards has other plans, and twice Charles has to stop Edwards from trying to commit suicide. The Ingalls can't make ends meet so they move to the city to find work. When Michael Landon decided to leave the show, it got this new name, the focus was put on the characters of Laura and Almanzo, and more recurring characters were added. After the funeral, Ellen's grief-stricken mother blames Laura for the tragedy and rebuffs the efforts of several people to cheer her up. The congregation members in Walnut Grove agree to the Reverend's suggestion that the house become a new school for the blind. Laura has a crush on a new boy in school named Johnny Johnson, an older student in her class (Mitch Vogel) but Johnny only wants to be her friend, while he is romantically attracted to Mary who has no interest in him. He completes the sale of their homestead to the Carter family from New York, and is given a farewell party by his friends. Jason begins doing odd jobs for an aging woman, Ruthy Leland (Vera Miles). Laura and Almanzo clash again over their different aspirations for their marriage, and this is aggravated when Laura comes to believe that Almanzo is having an affair with one of his former girlfriends, Brenda Sue. Eventually, it is discovered that a boy named Timothy Ferrel was the burglar all along, stealing to support himself and his ill father. Albert and Willie see what she is doing and get her into trouble with Laura, but Nancy blames Elmer who decides to quit school, so the boys have to put things right. However, its wild instincts surface and Jasper bites Laura and Jack, and runs away. The school district's superintendent comes to Walnut Grove, looking for someone who can replace a teacher who has fallen and broken her leg. Sales dry up and Charles decides that his greatest legacy will be his children. Having learned that Almanzo is working in Sleepy Eye, Caroline suggests Laura go there to help set up the new blind school, but she runs into opposition from the grouchy caretaker who holes himself up in the building and the irascible rent collector. When the drought continues, Almanzo loses his crop and the land. Rivals Laura and Nellie have their eye on the 25-year-old New York native, and are determined to do anything to snare him. The original episodes of season 5 aired from September 11, 1978 to March 19, 1979. The situation is saved by a popular mute coppersmith, 'Tinker' Jones (Chuck McCann), who enlists the help of the local children in making their own bell. The Wolves. Initially against it, Charles is persuaded by the girls and Caroline to let them keep it and Laura names him Jasper. Then, when the Ingalls girls have their own party with their friends from school, Laura exacts her revenge on Nellie. Mrs. Oleson refuses to send her children to school in a barn. He invites Mary to come with him and teach there as well. Her parents decide to send her off to a blind school in Iowa. Just before he is set to go on trial for theft, Nancy falls down a well, and Little Lou is the only one who can reach inside to save her. The former Walnut Grove residents continue to adapt to life in Winoka. My Ellen. Louisa gives birth to a healthy baby boy but then dies in childbirth. Former lovebirds John and Mary soon find their lives headed in separate directions, especially for John Jr., who has a new girlfriend. Adam proposes to Mary, and she accepts. But for one particular family, it will not be a merry Christmas. Nellie passes but not with the excellent grades she and her mom are used to her having. When Doc Baker makes an impassioned plea at the next church service and is supported by the congregation, Dr. Ledoux decides to stay. When heavy rains make it impossible to plant their crops, the Ingalls and Edwards families head west to pan for gold. Meanwhile, back in Walnut Grove, many are forced to consider the real possibility of having to start a new life elsewhere as the town's economy erodes and work becomes scarce. When they return home, they agree that they are the ones who are really successful and prosperous – with the love of their family. When Annabelle visits the Blind School, Nels' shame is still apparent. Almanzo's wandering younger brother, Perley Day, comes to stay, and Charles hopes Laura's feelings will shift to him, until it emerges that he is a troublemaker who doesn't care about injuring a horse, only winning bets. Together, they manage to get Charles to Sam's cabin and then they go out to find medical help. In church on his birthday, the Reverend finds a silver lining to the cloud over Mary and Laura's heads. Charles takes her to an optometrist and she initially appears to need a stronger lens, but the vision still worsens a few days later. Guest stars: Theodore Bikel as Yuli Pyatakov, William Schallert as Snell. Guilt-ridden Laura runs to find Bandit and bonds with him. a law to allow married women to own property, "USFL scrambling for radio and TV coverage",, Lists of American drama television series episodes, Lists of American Western television series episodes, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, After the sudden death of her dear friend, 80-year old "Miss Amy" Hearn (. This worries Mary, who starts to believe Adam will not want to stay with a blind wife now that he has rejoined the world of the sighted. Back at the school. Fortunately, a friend he has made allows him to stay at his house and be attended by his doctor. They resolve to keep it a secret, especially from Nellie and Willie, and the two friends spend all their spare time digging it out. Mary decides to 'lose' her glasses, until she sees Miss Beadle's handsome boyfriend. Michael Landon directed 89 episodes of “Little House on the Prairie” and his character, Charles Ingalls, was #4 on TV Guide’s 2004 list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.” And this is one of the many reasons why we love Pa Ingalls. Mrs. Oleson reports Rev. Mrs. Oleson demands that the sheriff make sure Blanche is dead this time, but the ape hides in a tree until the arrival of the zookeeper, who convinces the sheriff and Mrs. Oleson to let Blanche live. Carrie becomes heartsick for her Pa when Charles and Jonathan take jobs on a telephone crew and must be away for weeks. Nellie exploits Laura's guilty feelings, but then Laura makes a discovery which leads to a comeuppance for Nellie, and Bunny becomes Laura's horse again. In desperation, Charles pretends to have been injured in a gun accident, and Edwards has to walk out for help, shocking him back to his old, irascible self. Jack has a job as a powder monkey in a quarry, and enables Charles and Jacob to get work there too, where the hard and dangerous work is well paid. After exploring various possibilities, Charles is persuaded by Albert to take the children back to Walnut Grove to search for a foster family there. However, this results in the changes in ownership of Bunny not following their correct sequence. Reverend Alden gets badly hurt while on his way to collect donations for a struggling town in another part of his parish. Later, Eliza Jane is dismayed when she finds out the truth about the professor, but when Mort stands up for Laura against the professor, Eliza Jane says she will support Mort's application for a vacant teaching post at her school in Minneapolis, and they leave together on the train. Don't have an account? In the United States, the episodes aired from September 12, 1977 to March 13, 1978. This causes Quinn to tell him he can stay with the Ingalls, which confirms to Albert that his father does not love him as Charles does. Mary becomes bitter over her predicament and having to rely on others for basic needs. Eventually, when Doc Baker is unavailable for a call, Charles has to resort to desperate measures to enable Dr. Ledoux to attend to a pregnant mother experiencing complications during childbirth. After the death of his father, Joseph Strokes, the half-breed son of a Sioux Indian and a white woman, moves to Walnut Grove. He flies into a terrible rage and shoots his wife and daughter, and takes off. Previously, Caroline had scratched her leg on a piece of baling wire, and the minor scratch turns into a serious infection. During his long walk, Charles meets Jack Peters 'powder monkey', a flamboyant hard rock miner who recommends Charles for the well-paying but dangerous job, part of a 2-man hole drilling team needed to hand-set blasting charges in a rock quarry. In its original NBC telecast, Bless All the Dear Children ranked 18th of 65 programs in the weekly Nielsen ratings, with an 18.2 rating and 27% share of the audience. Things turn deadly when a pack of feral dogs advance on the barn, trapping Andy, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and Bandit inside, leaving them to rely on Jonathan, and even more so, Bandit and the mother wolf, to save them from being mauled. Mary soon becomes convinced that her Ma and Chris are becoming romantically involved, and she freely expresses her opinions. Albert cleverly offers Mrs. Oleson their main beehive for the full amount promised, and she accepts. She goes to care for Almanzo and, with the matter of the 'other woman' cleared up, they make up. Charles convinces Albert to attend the livery school. Nels' cousin sends his 12-year-old son, Peter, to Walnut Grove after the boy's behavior grows unmanageable. Now, Joe's biggest challenge is to figure out how to keep his son from making the same mistake he did. Charles and Albert travel with the Cooper family, parents Alvin and Sarah, 11-year-old James and 8-year-old Cassandra, while on a delivery run. A new school year in Walnut Grove begins with a new teacher, Miss Eliza Jane Wilder as Alice Garvey stepped down from being the teacher at the end of the school year. However, they are saddened by the state of some of the marriages of their old friends. Hester Sue's ex-husband, Sam Terhune, comes to Walnut Grove claiming he has reformed himself from his drinking and gambling and asking for a second chance with her. Episode Recap Little House on the Prairie on As Lassiter walks off in defeat, Reverend Alden loudly proclaims that Walnut Grove did not die in vain, prompting a huge celebration. Then the townspeople learn that a land development tycoon, Nathan Lassiter (James Karen), has acquired title to all the land in Hero Township, which they had believed to be homesteading land. Larabee's wife, as a result of his hatred of many people, takes their sons and leaves him. In real life, Laura did not start writing the 'Little House' books until she was in her fifties, encouraged to do so by her daughter Rose, who was by then herself a successful journalist and author. Meanwhile, Mary is heavily pregnant, and soon gives birth to Charles' and Caroline's first grandson, Adam Charles Holbrook Kendall. Back in Walnut Grove, little Carrie, who misses her father and craves Charles and Jonathan take a job on a … Despite a friendly welcome from the Ingalls, other citizens are indifferent or openly hostile, while Doc Baker gives his new assistant only menial tasks. Charles and Albert return to Walnut Grove after Albert has repeated run-ins with the law for curfew violations and theft. The 1st Annual Charity Picnic is held at The Harriet Oleson Institute for the Advancement of Blind Children to raise funds to extend the building. S4 E2 48m. Camp resident Helen Andruss is due at virtually the same time as Louisa and she and her husband Sherman are distraught over the possibility of a breech birth - an almost always fatal condition at the time. Charles is elected to represent the farmers of Hero Township at a Grange convention in Milwaukee to consider a proposal that farming machinery should be bought directly from manufacturers, saving money for the farmers. After Julia Sanderson's death, her three children stay with Grace, with help from Mr. Edwards. Laura and Almanzo's daughter Rose is baptized and Mr. Edwards becomes her godfather. Miss Beadle is relieved of her duties as schoolmistress when the town council decide she cannot control the older students. A new pupil, Bartholomew "Bart" Slater, bullies Miss Wilder, the schoolteacher, and the other children, especially Albert. So Laura helps the resourceful Albert in an attempt to bring down the bully by creating a papier-mâché, "What Ever Happened to The Class of '56?". He insists that Harriet pay for it herself by getting a job, which she does- as a barmaid at Standish's bar. When Christmas comes around, all the Ingalls are caught up in the secrecy and excitement. Both episodes were written by Michael Landon. Charles refuses to accept Doc Baker's prognosis that James will not recover, because he believes God has told him James will be healed. Reverend Alden speaks with Kezia, who decides to leave Walnut Grove because no one is accepting of her, and it is up to Laura to get everyone to change their minds before it is too late. Charles explains to Laura that Almanzo acted out of jealousy, which means that he is now returning her feelings for him. After losing two previous pregnancies to miscarriage, Louisa is once again pregnant and desperately ill, with a cruel husband who hates children and only sees wives as someone to cook and clean. This initiates a custody battle between McQueen and Mr. Edwards. Meanwhile, Charles gives Albert a different lesson in cheating...cheating within the heart, as he is trying to barely pass or make just fair/satisfactory grades in school to be more popular. In the end, Nellie gets her comeuppance, as well. Season 4, Episode 8 – The Aftermath However, on the wedding day, some surprise visitors show up, and Hester Sue sadly realizes that, despite his good intentions, Sam has not changed. Times of Change. She has accepted her condition and is ready to go on with her new life with Adam in Winoka. Soon after, Laura walks into Andy's house and catches him red-handed stealing his mom's test while the parents are away at Sleepy Eye to shop. Charles visits grief-stricken Mr. Edwards in Chicago after his adopted son John Jr. dies in an apparent street accident. They had wanted to marry but she was taken away by her strictly religious father who is deeply embittered because his wife went off with another man. With Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson. However, Laura persuades him to stay, and he works on the farm with Almanzo and sobers up. The girls all hide underwater until they go away. Little House on the Prairie: Season 4 is a DVD box set which includes all of the episodes from season four in the Little House on the Prairie television series.It was released in region one format on February 17, 2004 and in region two on May 26, 2008. "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away, Part 1", "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away, Part 2". She does not feel the same but, when she sees Almanzo with yet another lady-friend, she considers seeking consolation with Daniel. Harper's alcoholism has taken a deep toll on the family, which is coming apart because of the lack of a strong head of the household. Charles and Almanzo also oppose it, even though they believe in equality and joint ownership in their own marriages. When boxer Joe Kagan's career seems to be going nowhere, he chooses to continue boxing rather than keep his family with him. When Caroline finds out the truth, she prepares for a showdown with Mary, but there is another surprise in the offing for her, and mother and daughter are reconciled. In denial, Charles does not tell his daughter until a few days before she wakes up and finds, to her horror, she is completely blind. A young orphan boy, Sam, stows away in their wagon and becomes a key player in the search and its happy outcome. A lawyer visits to tell Charles that he is the heir to the extensive estate of his late Uncle Ned, who owned a business— Ingalls Carriage Company —and a large house in St Louis. When Laura arrives home, she finds old Jack dead in the barn. Jeremy says that while in Walnut Grove, Spotted Eagle will be called Joseph Stokes. Mrs. Oleson opposes his plans and cruelly insults Rachel, and when Willie stands up to his mother and defends Rachel against her, she vows not to show up at the wedding. Nellie has been mis-treating Bunny, who was Laura's horse until she sold it to Mr. Oleson (in "Christmas at Plum Creek"). However, his impassioned intervention on behalf of the boys produces a change in Josh which changes the minds of the couple previously wanting to adopt only Michael, and they agree to take Josh too. Almanzo visits her, but their talk turns into another argument. His daughter Amelia was rumored to have been kidnapped by some Indians. Ray Bolger returns as the happy-go-lucky-who-turned-bankrupt Toby Noe. At his trial, there are several surprising developments, including Andy's confession about leaving the lamp by the barn on a windy night, which prompts the judge to throw out the barn burning charge. 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