Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder (2)

Season 7, Ep 2, Aired 9/29/80
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  • Episode Description
  • Almanzo's dreams of building a home do not go as planned, forcing him to postpone the wedding. Laura has a way for them to earn some money, but his rejection of her idea starts a feud between them.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Melissa Sue Anderson

    Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

  • Linwood Boomer

    Adam Kendall (1978 - 1981)

  • Michael Landon

    Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

  • Alison Arngrim

    Nellie Oleson/Dalton (1974 - 1981)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Almanzo: Oh, I see. You want me to apologize and say how wrong I was, and how right you were. Well, I'm not gonna do it! I'm not gonna knuckle down just so you'll be happy! There's gonna be a lot more to our marriage than that! Laura: Well, who says we're getting married? Almanzo: I am! You're wearing the engagement ring I gave you, aren't you? The one I still make payments for every month! Laura: (takes ring off) Here, take it! You shouldn't be buying things on credit, anyway! Almanzo: I didn't hear you complaining when I gave it to you. Laura: Well, I didn't hear you complaining about payments when you gave it to me!

    • Almanzo: (about Laura) Mr. offense, but do you have any idea what your daughter is like? Charles: I think so. She's a lot like me. Almanzo: Well, again, no offense, sir, but that must be mighty hard on Mrs. Ingalls.

    • Eliza Jane: (to Laura about her fight with Almanzo) How long are you two gonna keep this up? Laura: You'll have to ask your brother that. Eliza Jane: I did. He told me to ask you. Laura: Well, you can tell him that it will last until he comes to his senses and realizes that we all have a life to live. I'm a teacher, I have the opportunity to teach, and I'm going to!

    • Almanzo: There's nothing worse than trying to talk to a stubborn person. Charles: Oh, so you talk to yourself a lot, do you, boy? Let me tell you something. You're just as stubborn as my daughter, and in this case, even more so.

    • Eliza Jane: (overvoice) Dear Diary: my brother was married today. I've never been happier in my life. (pause) Really, I haven't.

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    Notes (5)

    • Featured characters: Laura, Almanzo, and Eliza Jane

    • This is the final appearance of Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder) as a regular cast member. She only came back for three episodes after this: Season 7's A Wiser Heart (where she had a major role) and Season 8's Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow, Parts 1 and 2.

    • Much of the narration in this episode comes from Eliza Jane through her diary. She also provides the overvoice at the end, an honor that was usually given to Laura.

    • Dean Butler as Almanzo Wilder was credited a guest, (as he is a main part of the story).

    • The town (credits) were represented by only Nellie, Adam and Albert, but there were plenty of co-stars.

    Trivia (9)

    • Laura says in a narrative that it was "nearing the mid-year school break" and almost time for her to begin teaching at Radnor. However, mid-year school break would be winter, and the clothing everyone is wearing and the landscape suggests that it is late spring or early summer.

    • When Charles and Almanzo are eating together during lunch break, Charles tells him that positive means "wrong at the top of your voice." This was the second time this expression was used on the show, the first instance during Season 5's Lake Kezia Monster between Kezia and Reverend Alden.

    • When Laura excitedly runs into the schoolhouse to tell Eliza Jane that she accepted the Radford teaching position, she calls her Eliza, which seems odd, since she is essentially "student teaching" under her. However, in a later scene, Laura goes back to calling her Miss Wilder.

    • This episode marks the fact that Laura and Almanzo share a wedding anniversary with Mary and Adam, which is obviously completely fictional, since the real Mary Ingalls never got married.

    • Goof: When Laura and Almanzo are having their big argument, he yells at her, "It's a real diamond in there, you know, not just glass!" But later, when he catches her on the stagecoach, he takes out the ring, and its just a plain gold band.

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