The Winoka Blind School would retain Mary and Adam while its administrator would retire. Mr. Edwards leads a harried but courageous effort to save the two men's lives. Eventually, James and Cassandra run away, and after Mr. Tompkins declines to help in searching for them, Charles sets off with Almanzo and Adam. The men are all reluctant to sign, including Nels, who is in the middle of another big disagreement with Harriet. Charles and Mr. Edwards, and later Albert, against Charles' orders, set out to track down the villains. Laura and Mary come back up, but Ellen becomes trapped under the surface; she drowns and dies as a result. Charles decides to surprise Caroline with a romantic holiday in Mankato for just the two of them. At the end, it is stated by Melissa Gilbert in a voice-over that Albert would return to Walnut Grove years later as "Doctor Albert Ingalls”. In the aftermath, he bitterly resigns himself to life as a 'cripple', and Laura welcomes the arrival of Eliza Jane. Charles and Mr. Edwards are forced to take dynamiting jobs for the railroad to fund the surgery. 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. Laura has to battle all kinds of adversity and needs a pep-talk from her Pa when she begins to feel sorry for herself. After Almanzo's recovery, Charles tells him and Laura they must wait one year [rather than two] before they marry. An art exhibitor is impressed by Annie's work and arranges for her pictures to be publicized. 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. Patrick helps to rescue her, and Mary finally chooses him over Cass. The promise of becoming rich is realized by only a lucky few, which leads to ill-feeling, lawlessness and even deaths. Nels takes a job at the saloon and they move into the rooming house next door, all of which are also owned by Standish. The blind school in Sleepy Eye has been taken under the control of the state, so Hester Sue moves to Walnut Grove to help Caroline run the restaurant and hotel. This devastates Caroline, who has tried to birth a surviving true male heir for Charles and fears she is worthless to him now because this is now impossible. Almanzo agrees, and he and Laura are married at the Blind School in Sleepy Eye, which happens to be the same day as Adam and Mary's anniversary. Nellie and Mrs. Oleson don't help matters when they share Mary's suspicions. Class is dismissed and everyone but Andy and his mom leave, but a moment later, Laura walks back in and speaks up about what Nellie had done to Andy. After he steals Charles' pocket watch and strikes his grandfather, Charles offers to help reform Tod by having him work on his farm. "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away, Part 1", "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away, Part 2". After Rose recovers, Laura acknowledges that she had been wrong and that Doc Baker is a good doctor, and she persuades him to stay. Meanwhile, Albert falls for a new girl in town, but she only has eyes for Andy. The Ingalls, Oleson, and Garvey families are all set to return home. After another argument, Laura breaks their engagement. Charles and Caroline travel to Joannaville for the wedding (without the children, because it would be too much to pay for the train tickets). Just before Christmas in 1896, Laura and Almanzo and Mr. Edwards are shopping for gifts in Mankato when Rose is kidnapped by a grief-stricken mother, prompting a desperate search. With Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson. Sylvia's father decides that they must leave Walnut Grove. The Ingalls can't make ends meet so they move to the city to find work. However, Dr. Logan proves to be ill-tempered and has no compassion for his patients, prompting Charles to go all out to convince Dr. Baker that he really is a good doctor and that the people of Hero Township need him. In its original NBC telecast, The Last Farewell finished 9th of 59 programs in the weekly Nielsen ratings with a 22.0 rating and 32% share of the audience. Note: The episode title is a play on the 1970s series Love, American Style. 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 and Mr. Edwards set off on a race against time to prevent a head-on collision with another train. Then an obesely overweight boy, Elmer, joins the school and is teased by his classmates, but he is a bright student and Nancy exploits his attraction to her. Meanwhile, Laura becomes depressed when she goes to ask Almanzo to the circus, only to find out that he is already taking a rude, snobby and snooty young woman named Christie, for whom she has been mending a dress. Charles and Mary take jobs to obtain gifts for their loved ones, but Laura cannot think of what to give or how to raise money, until she realizes she has something of value in her horse, Bunny, which Nels Oleson (Richard Bull) wants to buy for Nellie. Then Charles has the idea of trying to get it published. 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. Charles assumes Jack knew his time was coming and decided to spare everyone the sadness of watching him die, but Laura feels guilty about neglecting him. Meanwhile, Laura and Andy use the Confederate money to decorate the inside walls of their new clubhouse. Then Sylvia is sexually assaulted in the woods by a masked assailant, but Mr. Webb, fearful of the townspeople's reaction, insists she keep it a secret. With Nellie graduating, Laura (now 15) also meets Eliza's brother Almanzo (in his late 20s), who has a remarkable effect upon her, and she is overjoyed when Almanzo tells her they should have nicknames just for each other: "Manly" and "Beth". This divides opinions in the town, with strong feelings on both sides, causing Reverend Alden to feel he is to blame and so he decides he should leave. The Wolves. Nellie passes but not with the excellent grades she and her mom are used to her having. Caroline hires a handsome young handyman named Chris Nelson (Gil Gerard) to complete the job. A devastated Mr. Edwards decides he will move into Laura's new boarding house, where a multi-talented English writer named Sherwood Montague (Robert Casper Lilley) has also taken up residence. He flies into a terrible rage and shoots his wife and daughter, and takes off. However, the eye doctor discovers that Mary is only experiencing a rare condition in which her senses perceive the heat in sunlight as light [now known as, When many Walnut Grove townsfolk, including Laura, Albert and Adam, become seriously ill after eating, Laura and Albert's friend from school Dylan-(. Charles and Albert go on a delivery run for Jonathan Garvey, and they travel with the Cooper family (parents Alvin and Sarah, 11-year-old James and 8-year-old Cassandra) who are on their way to join Alvin's Uncle Jed on a gold claim. Meanwhile, despite Charles' best efforts, Caroline cannot stop thinking about the children. This causes Mary and John much heartache, as they must decide whether to remain together or risk a separation for the sake of John's career. Mrs. Oleson's distant cousin, Sterling Murdoch, comes to Walnut Grove to start the town's first newspaper, "The Pen and the Plow." Directed by Victor French. When Charles' mother passes away, he travels to Wisconsin and persuades his father, Lansford Ingalls (Arthur Hill), to go back with him to Walnut Grove. While out hunting, Charles finds some more victims, so, having been exposed, he joins Doc Baker and Reverend Alden, quarantined in the church, which is set up as a makeshift hospital. But when Charles is annoyed by the attitude of an aging lumberjack (. Carrie has also inherited Laura's pigtail hairstyle in light of Laura no longer wearing them, showcasing that she has matured to about the same age as Laura at the start of the series. Joe starts doing odd jobs at the blind school, and he befriends and helps a blind boy called Timothy (Keith Mitchell) who has failed to respond to Hester-Sue. (This episode features one of the first looks at the softer side of Nellie's personality.). However, when she wants her compliant husband elected as mayor, she encounters unexpected opposition from some of the town's oldest inhabitants. He is soon leaving this large blind school to accept a better teaching position at a smaller school in Winoka. He has become so attached to the Ingalls family that he asks Charles to adopt him. Laura and Carl come across an ex-miner who has seen the ill-effects of the search for gold and lives like a hermit. Christmas Day brings some surprises, and Carrie learns the meaning of Christmas. After being caught in an explosion at Jonathan Garvey's freight warehouse, Adam regains his sight after suffering a second concussion that undoes the blinding effects of the first, and revives his ambition to be a lawyer like his father. Everyone enters the church singing. When Annabelle visits the Blind School, Nels' shame is still apparent. It becomes clear that John Jr. was murdered, and Charles and Edwards and Callahan bring the villains to justice. Caroline, Almanzo, Laura and Hester Sue recall Christmas memories from when they were children. He is staying with the Ingalls family, eating them out of house and home, when the spirited spinster Amanda Cooper catches his eye. When the friends finally take it to the bank for safe keeping, Mr. Sprague delivers some very unwelcome news. At the orphanage in Sleepy Eye, Harriet's wish is realized when she finds a young girl named Nancy who reminds her of Nellie and of Harriet herself as a child. Eventually, Mary confronts Chris with her suspicions and tells him he must leave, only to find out later it was a misunderstanding. Eventually, Nels tells Molly he is married and that they cannot see each other anymore. Times of Change. Note: The story angle of the constant "unsuccessful" attempts to install a new window was previously done by Michael Landon in a Bonanza episode titled The Flapjack Contest. Former lovebirds John and Mary soon find their lives headed in separate directions, especially for John Jr., who has a new girlfriend. While Caroline has to learn how to deal with Harriet Oleson (Katherine MacGregor), the rich part-owner of Oleson's Mercantile, Laura learns how to deal with the Olesons' spoiled daughter, Nellie (Alison Arngrim). After being nursed back to health by Charles, Joe decides to stay in Walnut Grove and make a new living as a farmer. Laura continues to clash with Eliza Jane, who wants them all to move to Minneapolis. Then, needing a plough and wheat seeds to make a crop, he has a disappointing first encounter with the Olesons, and makes a tough deal with the feed and seed merchant, O'Neil. Guest star: Ernie Hudson as a ditch worker. Harriet becomes very depressed, and Doc Baker suggests she and Nels adopt, but it takes a visit from Cassandra to revive Harriet's spirits. A young orphan boy, Sam, stows away in their wagon and becomes a key player in the search and its happy outcome. Laura's grief becomes anger against Lansford, which makes him go away without warning, but that brings about a change of heart in a repentant Laura. Laura and her new friend, Andy Garvey, find an injured mother wolf trying to tend to her pack of pups. Mary wins a place in a statewide math competition, but when Charles cannot afford the cost of the trip to Minneapolis for her and Caroline, Laura is pleased to play a role in getting the town council to foot the bill. Mary drops out of the race when she realizes Elmer is the best person for the job. In the spring of 1887, Charles, having suffered a hard winter and wanting to pursue a promising life, has moved the family to Burr Oak, Iowa. Little House on the Prairie Season show reviews & Metacritic score: At Thanksgiving, the Ingalls family share stories of their favorite memories. 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. Meanwhile, back in Winoka, the school for the blind's building was sold from under them to Mr. Standish who planned to move the destroyed saloon and hotel there. Mr. Edwards has become prosperous owning a logging business. Together, they manage to get Charles to Sam's cabin and then they go out to find medical help. Bobbie takes Anna back with him, while her father chooses to stay alone in the woods. Laura and Albert temporarily get back at Mrs. Oleson, but she responds by writing a story suggesting Charles fathered Albert outside his marriage. 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. Directed by Michael Landon. Don't have an account? Laura is invited by Eliza Jane to attend a college class on 'Great American Writers' in Arizona, and on the train she meets a man, Mort, who is going to the same class and who takes a liking to Eliza Jane. Walnut Grove celebrates Founder's Day, and in the competitions Caroline, Laura and Mary find themselves up against the Olesons. The former Walnut Grove residents continue to adapt to life in Winoka. James and Cassandra settle in happily with the Ingalls family. The Ingalls family (apart from … The Garveys arrive and move in right behind the Ingalls family, though Jonathan initially cannot find a job. Jeremy says that while in Walnut Grove, Spotted Eagle will be called Joseph Stokes. Initially, Matthew is angry that his parents abandoned him as a baby, but, after learning why they did it and receiving a gift of his late mother's Bible, Mr. Edwards helps him to decide to leave town to live with his father. Fearing his reaction, Anna had managed to keep secret that she was pregnant and even that she had given birth, but then realized that she could not keep the baby while staying with her father. Although many in Walnut Grove think he's a homicidal maniac who lives in a haunted house, brave Laura Ingalls befriends mysterious hermit, Amos Pike, and soon discovers the truth behind both the rumors and the old man's reclusive life. Annie's mother, married to her second husband, tells him not to reveal the fact that she is also blind, but the truth comes out when she is reunited with her child, who reveals that she suffered a bout of scarlet fever, and Annie's biological father passed away (possibly due to contracting the fever as). Charles goes to the school and poses as Doc Baker, and he manages to overcome the villains. Andy also does pretty well on the final on his own with a higher grade than Nellie. Soon, the whole town is abuzz, eagerly helping the initially reluctant Ingalls family spend the promised money. When the drought continues, Almanzo loses his crop and the land. 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. Trying to start a new life after Alice's death, Jonathan moves to Sleepy Eye and buys a freight business. His boss, an unscrupulous professional wrestling promoter persuades Jonathan to compete for a large money prize in his shady wrestling competition in Mankato, duping him into facing the current champion Hans. Watch Little House on the Prairie episodes, get episode information, recaps and more. The Ingalls and other townspeople make various attempts to get them to settle their differences. and the Terms and Policies, With Caroline and Hester Sue run off their feet at the restaurant, Harriet signs up with a franchise which promises greater efficiency and more profit, and the restaurant is renamed "Mrs. Sullivan's Kitchen". She does not feel the same but, when she sees Almanzo with yet another lady-friend, she considers seeking consolation with Daniel. With Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson. 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. Her father in particular is quite enraged, claiming that her late mother had a devil in her which killed her upon Sylvia's birth, and it lives on through her. Nels then plots his own escape and his revenge upon Harriet, which gets out of hand when it leads to several other members of the community also being kidnapped. Unfortunately, many are unable to get home and the men of Walnut Grove must organize a search party. 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. Encountering a steep hill, Charles and Albert (with James and Cassandra in the back of their wagon) descend safely, but Alvin loses control of his wagon which overturns, killing him and Sarah instantly. Albert and Laura get the help of the bank manager, Mr. Anderson, in teaching Harriet an expensive lesson, which includes Harriet giving her share of Oleson's Mercantile to Nels, making him the sole owner. Episode Recap Little House on the Prairie on Helen's birth is indeed a breech and the baby dies. She and Charles travel to visit the eye doctor for tests, while Adam struggles with the possibility of Mary regaining her vision and what that might mean for their future. 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. Feeling lost and abandoned, Mary battles anger and self-pity at a school for the blind. Mary, Laura, Nellie, and Willie visit Kezia and find out what a unique yet kind person she is. Charles confronts Murdoch about his newspaper, but his complaints fall on deaf ears. Meanwhile, Charles has his own problems with Laura as he tries to fit a new picture window in the house. Laura continues to remind her grandfather Lansford of his deceased wife, and their relationship continues to grow. Later, Almanzo reluctantly has dinner with Nellie, who serves his favourite cinnamon chicken, but stand-in cook Laura has maliciously loaded it with cayenne pepper. The families return home to Walnut Grove, only to find the town in disrepair and a dispirited and disabled Lars Hanson declining after a stroke. When she learns that a German student, Erich Schiller, beat Nellie in the school spelling bee, Mrs. Oleson claims that the lad's German immigrant parents are illiterate. 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