Little House on the Prairie

The Spring Dance

Season 2, Ep 7, Aired 10/29/75
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  • Episode Description
  • Laura and Grace Snider are both in low spirits when they are left with no dates for the spring dance. Feeling that Grace is underappreciated by Isaiah Edwards, Caroline uses memories of her courtship with Charles to provide her friend with strategies to make Isaiah jealous. Laura overhears their conversation and applies it to her own experiences--so while Grace devotes her time to "wooing" Doc Baker, Laura poses as Willie Oleson's girlfriend to earn the attention of a boy at school. When their ruthless attempts backfire and the dance draws nearer, Caroline comes up with an idea that just might work better.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Melissa Sue Anderson

    Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

  • Kevin Hagen

    Dr. Hiram Baker

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Charlotte Stewart

    Miss Eva Beadle/Mrs. Simms (1974 - 1978)

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The Spring Dance is getting closer and neither Laura nor Mrs. Snyder have been asked to go along, which obviously calls for drastic measures.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Apr 03, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Caroline: (about how she tried to make Charles jealous many years ago) And so I had to track him down, admit my deceptions, and ask him to the dance myself. Laura: But the girls aren't supposed to do the asking! Grace: Isaiah would never let me hear the end of it! Caroline: Well, swallowing your pride doesn't give you indigestion.

    • Willie: (at the fishing hole) We've got dibs on this spot, Henry. Laura: There's enough room for everyone. Henry: First is first. Willie: Two's company, three's a crowd, and four and five is nine!

    • Charles: I thought you were all through with your homework, Half Pint. Laura: We're having a Bible quiz in Sunday School. Charles: Oh, good. I'll ask you a few questions to see if you can answer them. Where do they mention baseball in the Bible? Laura: Baseball? Charles: Mm hmm. Laura: I didn't know they played baseball in the Bible. Charles: Mm-hmm. The very first line in the Book of Genesis--"In the Big Inning!" (laughs) Caroline: Charles! Charles: All right, let me try another one. What time of day did God create Adam? Laura: What time? Charles: Just before Eve. (dead silence in the room) Just before Eve. (no laughter, Charles clears his throat uncomfortably) I think I'll go outside and smoke my pipe......

    • Laura: Recess is almost over, and you haven't held my hand once! Willie: I had to go to the outhouse. Laura: You always have to go to the outhouse! Willie: I can't hold your hand all the time! Laura: You have to if you want the Aggie and all your other marbles back. Willie: Don't forget the Cloudie! Laura: I didn't, but you're not keeping up your end of the bargain! Willie: I can't hold hands all the time! My hand gets wet!

    • Caroline: What's the matter, Laura? Laura: Well, I've been thinking. You can hear a lot of fairy tales and stories, but you never really know how tragical things are unless you feel them yourself. Now I know how Cinderella felt when nobody asked her to the ball.

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    Notes (2)

    • Filming Locations: Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.

    • Actor Clay O'Brien (Henry) appeared in many Disney productions, including The Apple Dumpling Gang. He was a favorite child actor of John Wayne, and as a result, he garnered many small roles in westerns. He grew up to become a champion rodeo rider and holds seven records in Free Roping.

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