Laura and Carl come across an ex-miner who has seen the ill-effects of the search for gold and lives like a hermit. However, this causes Mary to worry she will let down the whole town if she fails to win, but her return to Walnut Grove dispels her fears. Meanwhile, despite Charles' best efforts, Caroline cannot stop thinking about the children. Mrs. Oleson's distant cousin, Sterling Murdoch, comes to Walnut Grove to start the town's first newspaper, "The Pen and the Plow." Adam reveals to Mary that he is also blind. So Caroline moves out of the house and organizes other wives in a mass 'walk out' from their matrimonial duties. The movie was originally intended to air in December 1983 but was not aired until December 1984, 10 months after the official series finale. The majority of the episodes run approximately 50 minutes (not counting commercials, they have since been edited for syndication to accommodate more commercial time). When the circus comes to town, Nels discovers that his estranged obese sister, Annabelle, whom he was always ashamed of when they were kids, is the Fat Lady, and seeks to avoid anyone knowing this. 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. When Standish refuses to give Charles a pay advance, he sells his fiddle to get enough money for the hat without telling Caroline. A talk with her Pa helps her to decide that honesty will be best for both her and Daniel. The congregation members in Walnut Grove agree to the Reverend's suggestion that the house become a new school for the blind. Eliza Jane falls in love with Harve Miller (James Cromwell), a friend of Almanzo's who has come to live in Walnut Grove. 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. 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. "Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow: Episodes 2 & 3". Willie graduates and his mother expects him to go on to college, but Willie has fallen in love with his girlfriend Rachel Brown, and wants to marry and take over the running of the family's restaurant. When she sees the change in Timothy, she calls off her wedding, and tells Joe there might be a chance for them yet. The Olesons get themselves invited onto the Ingalls family campout, after Nellie complains that it will give Laura and Mary an advantage for the school holiday project of leaf-collecting. Mary is excited when she gets a pair of glasses from a doctor in Mankato, but her excitement fades when Nellie and Willie cruelly tease her, even though Miss Beadle also wears glasses. Charles and Mr. Edwards are forced to take dynamiting jobs for the railroad to fund the surgery. 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. However, after a talk with her father, she goes back with Charles, and at a church meeting Mary takes on her opponents, and it emerges that Miss Peel cannot read, which is why she misquotes the Bible. The men realize that they were wrong about Busby, and Laura later gives Busby a picture book. 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. Andy also does pretty well on the final on his own with a higher grade than Nellie. Mrs. Olesen is upset and Mrs. Garvey reveals why Nellie's final exam was so much lower than her other work. Mr. Edwards has become prosperous owning a logging business. Though weak and seriously ill, Albert is determined to spend the rest of his time in life doing all he can. Nellie discovers that Laura has "borrowed" a music box from her room and decides to blackmail her. Laura makes the mistake of telling Nellie and Willie, and they have some fun at Laura's expense. Former lovebirds John and Mary soon find their lives headed in separate directions, especially for John Jr., who has a new girlfriend. Albert is unofficially adopted in this episode. 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. As Lassiter walks off in defeat, Reverend Alden loudly proclaims that Walnut Grove did not die in vain, prompting a huge celebration. Mary, who has recently gone blind, is sent to a blind school in Iowa, where she meets Adam Kendall. Then it was renewed for a ninth season better known as Little House: A New Beginning from September 27, 1982 to March 21, 1983. Nellie gives Laura some bad advice and she fails the exam miserably. 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. He sets up as a music teacher and soon has many pupils, including Nellie and Mary. Albert appears and is welcomed at Mary's party. Laura is tricked into adopting a "unique" billy goat, named Fred, but he quickly becomes unpopular when he helps himself to the Ingalls family's crops and exhibits a particularly unpopular behaviour. Guest star: Leslie Landon as Pam, the other dishwasher. 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. She goes to care for Almanzo and, with the matter of the 'other woman' cleared up, they make up. When O'Neil wants to strictly enforce the terms of their deal, threatening the Ingalls' prospects, the businessmen of Walnut Grove, who have seen Charles's willingness to work, come to his aid. Mrs. Oleson finagles a job writing a column for the fledgling newspaper, and soon pens scandalous stories about the residents of Hero Township. Later at the circus, Nels announces [as the ring master] to all in attendance that Annabelle is his sister and how proud he is of her. When Miss Beadle is injured and ordered to rest by Doc Baker, Caroline is invited by the school board to take over as substitute teacher of the Walnut Grove School. ... Sign in; Little House on the Prairie - Season 8 Episode 11. Alden falls in love with a member of his congregation and marries her, but almost comes at a cost when Mrs. Oleson attempts to tear their relationship apart, distressing the Reverend to illness. Guest Star: Laura has taught Matthew, Jenny and Mr. Edwards sign language and Matthew has become accepted by many of the adults and children of the town. While in Mankato, Charles encounters a drunken Mr. Edwards in the midst of a bar fight and takes him back to Walnut Grove. Mrs. Oleson finds an old Walnut Grove Bearer Bond and, claiming that she is owed over $14,000 in unpaid interest, uses it to have the town renamed Olesonville. In the second Christmas episode, Laura is all grown up and expecting her first child with her husband Almanzo Wilder (Dean Butler). During the episode May We Make Them Proud, Adam Jr, the son of Adam Kendall and Mary Ingalls Kendall, died in a fire at the school for the blind. Unfortunately, in a rush to complete her chores, Ma accidentally scratches her leg on some baling wire. The railroad is coming to Walnut Grove, and with it the promise of jobs and economic growth. Sarah's father eventually sees the error of his ways and lets Sara and her family stay in Walnut Grove. Jason begins doing odd jobs for an aging woman, Ruthy Leland (Vera Miles). Adam and Mary make a surprise visit to Walnut Grove for Christmas. He flies into a terrible rage and shoots his wife and daughter, and takes off. Mar 23, 2015 - Mykites - LIttle house on the prairie episode: Blizzard However, as they appear before the judge, Charles helps them realize that their love for each other is more important than their differences, and they are reconciled. A Harvest of Friends. He is soon leaving this large blind school to accept a better teaching position at a smaller school in Winoka. En route, they stop at the University of Minnesota where Albert plans on pursuing his medical endeavors; they then reunite with family and old friends in Walnut Grove. 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. James is shot and critically wounded, and the doctor tells Charles that the injuries are potentially fatal. 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 just wants to be a spectator and tells his girls that it is the taking part that is important, not the winning. Laura, unaware of the danger, visits the Edwards' home and helps nurse her friend back to health. When Mr. Webb finds out that Sylvia is still seeing Albert, he grabs his shotgun and goes to the Ingalls' house. Later, Charles is devastated to see his dear friend Mr. Edwards sick with the typhus, but something Edwards says helps Charles and the Doc find the source of the disease: cornmeal that has been contaminated by rats. However, his experiences with the people of Walnut Grove, especially Mary, bring about a change of heart. After Almanzo's recovery, Charles tells him and Laura they must wait one year [rather than two] before they marry. Little House on the Prairie went on to have several joyous moments in honor of Christmas. The loss of her dream incites Eliza Jane to strike out for a new life elsewhere and to bring Laura and Almanzo back together by allowing Laura to take the teaching job in Walnut Grove, along with the house which goes with it. A young orphan boy, Sam, stows away in their wagon and becomes a key player in the search and its happy outcome. This page was last edited on 1 January 2021, at 11:23. James and Cassandra's grand-uncle Jed comes to Walnut Grove to visit them. Carrie becomes heartsick for her Pa when Charles and Jonathan take jobs on a telephone crew and must be away for weeks. Seeing her anger, Almanzo is inspired to pitch in and help rebuild the house. Although she is initially suspicious and cautious, Hester Sue eventually gives in to her feeling that she still loves him, and it is not long before they plan to re-marry. Guest stars: Geoffrey Lewis, Robert Donner, Timothy Scott. Meanwhile, Mrs. Flannery, a childless elderly friend of Laura's, passes away after gifting her big house to Laura and Almanzo, who set about turning it into a boardinghouse, and Willie and Rachel move in as their first boarders. Joe Kagan gives up his farm and moves to Sleepy Eye to work with Jonathan Garvey in his freight business and hoping to persuade Hester-Sue to marry him. They resolve to keep it a secret, especially from Nellie and Willie, and the two friends spend all their spare time digging it out. Caroline nurses her and sees loathingly to her husband Horace's basic needs until he threatens her with bodily harm after which she lashes back with a fire torch. When Fagin wins, Laura gets the ribbon, but then says that she wants to give it to "my brother Albert," which brings him to tears. Picking up where the previous season left off, the Ingalls family moves to Winoka, where Mary teaches at a new blind school established by Adam Kendall. Meanwhile Almanzo and Mr. Carter travel to San Francisco for the Grange with a series of humorous adventures including the culture shock of a Japanese hotel, bathhouse, and eating with chopsticks, getting arrested after a false accusation by the very old lady who pick-pocketed them, and sneaking home aboard a dingy cattle car with a single apple to split. 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 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 Nellie talks with Miss Beadle, she and Luke run away to have a very short-lived marriage (about 10 minutes). 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. The Olesons surprise the Ingalls and Garvey families when they move to Winoka as well. Anna is reunited with her baby, telling Laura she will keep the name Grace. Movies. Then Laura sees Almanzo in town with a saloon girl and thinks he has found a new girlfriend. Although Laura started a family, she joined the Ingalls for Christmas. John is offered a scholarship in Chicago that will allow him to live his dream of becoming a writer. Mrs. Oleson immediately forecloses on the Ingalls farm, but their friends in town come up with a plan to help them keep it. Despite the death of a young local boy whom he had treated, Danforth is asked to replace Reverend Alden who prepares to leave. The men are all reluctant to sign, including Nels, who is in the middle of another big disagreement with Harriet. Nels later reminds Harriet that his mother similarly opposed their marriage, and he says he has never regretted it. She reluctantly agrees to changes which the publishers want to make, but Jenny convinces Laura that the new version is not as good as her original and should not be published. Both episodes were written by Michael Landon. He leaves the lamp by the barn which catches on fire. Caroline makes Laura apologize to Nellie and Almanzo. Meanwhile, a Russian immigrant, Yuli Pyatakov, receives an unexpected large bill for back-taxes on his new farm. When Albert and Andy boast they can become self-sufficient, Charles and Jonathan decide to take them on a camping trip to put that claim to rest. On Charles' and Caroline's anniversary, Charles is stuck on the road in the rain with a broken wagon wheel, making him late home for their celebration meal. Unable to compete in the professional circuit, he travels to small towns and takes challengers for money. Hodgekiss volunteers to get the donations from Walnut Grove, but plans to take the donations for himself. Almanzo punches the student out of jealousy then thinks he has no chance of Laura falling in love with him. Laura and Nellie vie for the affections of a new schoolboy named Jason (. When he drunkenly causes an accident that nearly kills Albert, Charles angrily tells his old friend to leave town. Nels brokers a truce between Benjamin and Harriet with the suggestion that a boy should be raised in the Jewish faith and a girl should be raised as a Christian. When Nellie teases Laura about having Albert as a brother, Laura socks Nellie in the eye. In an interview years later, producer Kent McCray confirmed the intention was always that Albert died of his illness, although it was never depicted on-screen and contradicted the epilogue of the episode “Home Again” which acknowledges that Albert returned to Walnut Grove years later as a doctor. Nels and Harriet Oleson both go a bit too far in what they say during one of their squabbles, and they decide to separate, with Harriet taking the children back east. Albert spends much time with her and they fall in love. Pete begrudgingly resigns to making football practice less severe, after nearly destroying his marriage and family life. James remains comatose after a successful operation to remove the bullet. Guest Star: The telephone comes to Walnut Grove when Harriet Oleson buys the local franchise, and, as the switchboard operator, Harriet listens in on all the phone conversations. 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. So Laura runs away from home and climbs a mountain, where she prays to God that she should take the place in Heaven of her baby brother so that the baby may come back to life. While she is climbing up a hillside, her old glasses fall out of her pocket and the lenses magnify the sunlight and soon start a fire, which acts as a signal for Charles and Jonathan, who are searching for them. Andre) tells Charles he is too old to take care of them, Charles feels he has a responsibility to find a new home for them. Adam returns from New York City to announce that his father has offered to finance the rebuilding of the school, and has insisted that it be named "The Alice Garvey and Adam Kendall Jr. School for The Blind". Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society (SD), Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association Announces LauraPalooza 2019: All Roads Lead to Laura. Later, through working two jobs, Almanzo becomes gravely ill with pneumonia. Sylvia and Albert meet secretly and plan to elope. Miss Beadle and Doc Baker discover that a boy in school named Graham Stewart gets beatings from his alcoholic father John (, A university-educated farmer named Joseph Coulter (, While returning from a spring family trip to Mankato, the Ingalls receive a twofold warning from a Federal Marshal (. Mr. Edwards, and later, Almanzo and John, become mixed up with the criminal activities of a bumbling gang of outlaws. When the baby dies soon afterwards, Laura is crushed with guilt, and Reverend Alden advises that she needs to get closer to God. Nancy tricks her new brother Willie into locking a classroom rival in the ice-house all night. Albert has a dream in which they are mistaken for real Indians and taken to the camp of a tribe which believes Albert is the son of an Indian chief. While at Nellie Oleson's birthday party, Nellie pushes Laura and hurts her ankle. To encourage him to stay, Charles gets him a job at Hanson's Mill, while Caroline quietly sets him up with widow Grace Snider. When Laura accidentally breaks her toy doll while playing catch with Mary, Mary finds an orphaned baby raccoon and takes it home, where Laura decides to take care of it. But then he finds out that his health is failing, so he tells the children he will let them stay with the Ingalls. Later on the television show, Mary and Adam moved to New York after Adam regained his […] Eventually, seeing the bad effect it is having on others, Charles and Mr. Edwards realize that they have riches enough, in the shape of their loving families, and they decide to go home. Mrs. Oleson is suddenly keen to socialize with them, and other people treat them differently as well. Charles is seriously injured while on a hunting trip with Laura. The series began on the NBC network on September 11, 1974, and ended on May 10, 1982. Along the way, he takes lodgings in Tracy and meets a beautiful Irish woman named Molly. Laura offers to teach sign language to a deaf boy, Daniel, and his widowed father. Meanwhile, Albert builds a doghouse for Bandit, who seems not to understand its purpose. However, when the state official returns, he says the funding will only be provided if the new curriculum subjects are those Laura wanted, so Mrs. Oleson steps down and Laura is reinstated as the teacher. 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