Little House on the Prairie

Gambini The Great

Season 8, Ep 6, Aired 11/9/81
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  • Episode Description
  • In the wake of a frightening near-death experience, ruthless daredevil "Gambini the Great" agrees with his wife's advice to retire, but when his oldest son refuses to carry on the family business, Gambini disowns him, then chooses to maintain the position until his younger son is old enough to take over. The next stop for Gambini's act is Walnut Grove, and as they practice in town, Willie and Albert are both influenced by the shocking stunts that they witness. Albert's thoughtless disregard for his own safety prompts Charles to take action, but nothing can stop Gambini from making his own decisions for his family, and as the night of the big show draws near, everyone is about to learn a painful lesson.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dean Butler

    Almanzo James Wilder (co-star prior to season 7)

  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Dabbs Greer

    Reverend Alden

  • Jason Bateman

    James Cooper/Ingalls (1981 - 1982)

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Roll out the Walnut Grove "circus music"...again...and then throw in a sprinkle of Italian accents, a pinch of star-eyed townsfolk, and an overdose of bad acting, and you have a recipe for a particularly bad LHOP episode!

    By millerem99, Jul 09, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Charles: ((about Albert) My son's going to be a doctor, not a patient.

    Notes (3)

    • Stephen Manley, who portrays Marco here, went on to play a teenaged Mr. Spock in the movieStar Trek III: The Search for Spock.

    • Jeri Taylor is better known for shaping the Star Trek Universe with her work on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. She even wrote the "bible" on Captain Janeway with her "Offical" Star Trek novel-Pathways & Mosaic.

    • This episode makes a strong statement about hero worship -- worshipping entertainers (such as Gambini) vs. following the paths of true heroes (i.e., Dr. Baker).

    Trivia (2)

    • When Gambini escapes from being tied up in the creek and is under water for over a minute, he finally breaks the surface and walks up to the praise of the on-lookers. Note that he isn't breathing hard, nor does he appear overexerted in any way.

    • Actress Martha Nix plays a sweet, quiet new student named Amy in this episode. Amy is never seen again, but Nix also appeared three years ago, in Season 5's The Sound of Children, as a girl named Holly. Ironically, in that Season 5 episode, Nix's character was a little girl who had a huge crush on the older Albert, but he wasn't interested. Now, in this episode, it's Albert who really likes her, and although she's nice to him, she's not all that lovestruck.

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