Little House on the Prairie

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Season 6, Ep 14, Aired 11/26/79
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  • Episode Description
  • When Mary becomes pregnant again, Caroline's parents arrange a visit to witness the birth of their great-grandchild. Unfortunately, when her mother dies en route, Caroline is left to deal with her father Frederick, whose world now feels empty and meaningless. Eventually, he discovers a whole new passion in life, but he'll need the help of his entire family to make it possible.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Melissa Sue Anderson

    Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Matthew Laborteaux

    Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

  • Linwood Boomer

    Adam Kendall (1978 - 1981)

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Adam Jr

    By tcwjra, Apr 02, 2012

  • Caroline's father sinks into depression following the death of his wife, only to have his spirit renewed when a publisher wants to buy his manuscript--but there's a catch.

    By ceosmom, Nov 09, 2006

  • Caroline's mother and step-father are coming for a visit to be there for the birth of Mary's baby but things go terribly wrong on the journey.

    By Lady_Lancaster, May 29, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Adam: (to his pregnant and exhausted wife) I had a relative once who gave birth to triplets. Mary: (looks horrified) Triplets?? Are you sure? Adam: Nah, I guess she must have miscounted. Mary: Adam, that's not funny!

    • Laura: Guess who's coming to visit! Adam: The stork! Laura: No, that's the right reason, but the wrong person. Grandma and Grandpa Holbrook! Mary: Really? Wow! Adam, we haven't seen them since we left the Big Woods! Laura: We were just babies then ourselves, and now they're coming to see your baby! Adam: Yes. Many, many babies! Laura: Many babies? Mary: Don't worry, he's just joking. (sighs) I hope.

    • Mary: (in bed with Adam, who's sleeping) Adam? Adam. Adam: Hmm? Mary: Adam, let's have a picnic. Adam: (half-asleep) Okay. Saturday. Mary: No, right now, right here. Just the two of us. Adam: I must be dreaming. I could have sworn you just asked me if we could have a picnic right now, in the middle of the night. Mary: No, you're not dreaming. I did say it. Adam: Mary, there is a time for jokes and a time for picnics, and neither one is at this hour of the night. Mary: But Adam, I'm starving. There's cold chicken in the kitchen that's just calling me! Adam: You can have it for breakfast in a couple hours. Mary: But Adam, my stomach's growling so much, I'll never be able to fall asleep. (snuggles close to him) Please? (kisses his neck) Please? Adam: I must be crazy. (gets out of bed, goes downstairs, gets the food, comes back up) Should we do this family style, or should we just dig in? Mary? (she's asleep) Mary? Whose idea was this???

    • Nellie: (to Caroline at the restaurant) What are you doing here? You only work weekends. Caroline: Oh, well, I was hoping that I might work every day for a while. Nels: That would be wonderful! Nellie: I don't know, Father. I'd hate to disappoint my regular customers. Nels: Disappoint them? Nellie: I set a very high culinary standard during the week. My cuisine has made a name for itself as far away as Mankato. Nels: Yes, it's a name I can't repeat in front of Mrs. Ingalls. Nellie: My customers swear by my cooking! Nels: That's what I just said.

    Notes (1)

    • Mary gives birth in this episode.

    Trivia (11)

    • When Albert express reluctance to read a "boring" book, Caroline tells him that she had to read the same book when she was in school, too, offering little sympathy. We find out that the book in question is Silas Marner, first published in 1861. Caroline Quiner Ingalls was born in 1839, so unless she was still going to school when she was 22, it's unlikely she would have read this book until adulthood.

    • When Charles takes Albert and Laura to Sleepy Eye to sell his plow, Albert asks if he and Laura can walk around, and Charles says yes before proceeding to walk into a store. Why would he give his kids permission to leave the wagon and horses unattended in the middle of a large, crowded city like that? It could have been stolen, for one thing, and with so many people around, the horses could have easily gotten spooked and taken off running. This seems irresponsible on Charles' part.

    • The story Albert and Laura tell to raise money for their grandpa is the same story Andy and Albert told to get to stay at a boarding house for free in Season 5's Men Will Be Boys.

    • Albert and Laura manage to help raise money for their grandpa by posing as poor orphans in another town, and it's Albert who leads Laura through the whole thing and pulls it off. Laura tried something similar to this in Season 2's The Gift, but she failed miserably. If only she had known Albert then!

    • Laura says that she and Mary were just babies when they left their grandparents in the Big Woods, but that's not true. They left in the pilot episode, when the girls were about 8 and 10 years old, respectively, so this doesn't make sense. Reply: It's very possible that Laura was speaking figuratively and was just trying to say that she and Mary were very young when they saw their grandparents last.

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