Little House on the Prairie

The Werewolf Of Walnut Grove

Season 6, Ep 17, Aired
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  • Episode Description
  • A school bully causes so much trouble that Miss Wilder decides to resign. Laura and Albert take it on themselves to intervene.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dean Butler

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

  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Patrick Labyorteaux

    Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (1977 - 1981) (as Patrick Laborteaux)

  • Lucy Lee Flippin

    Eliza Jane Wilder (1979 -1980)

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • There's a new boy in school, his name is Bart and he is trouble with a capital "T".

    By Lady_Lancaster, Jun 01, 2011

  • This episode features the criminally underrated Lucy Lee Flippin as "Ms. Wilder." "Bart Slater" is a bullying, boorish, overgrown son of a well-to-do farmer. After school, he slugs an eighty-pound Albert Ingalls. Zeldamo Wilder steps in to save him.

    By LHOTPaddict, May 12, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Miss Wilder: I apologize, not only for myself, but for the school board, which allowed themselves to be bullied by a wealthy fool. Bart: You watch what you say about my Pa! Miss Wilder: How did you know I was talking about your father? Was it the word wealthy, or the word fool?

    • Laura: I hear your sister's leaving. Almanzo: Yeah. Laura: Does that mean you'll be leaving, too? Almanzo: Yes. Laura: I wish you didn't have to. Almanzo: (long pause) I don't want to leave, but my sister's all alone......and I feel a responsibility. Laura: Oh. (sad, looks down) I'll miss you. Almanzo: I'll miss you too, Beth. Laura: You will? Almanzo: Yeah.

    • Eliza Jane: (after Bart knocks her chair over) Pick up my chair! Bart: Pick it up yourself. Eliza Jane: Pick it up now, or-- Bart: Or what? What are you gonna do, expel me? I don't think so. Eliza Jane: (long pause, she is stunned) Class, today we're going to work on decimals for the more advanced students.......(goes to write on the blackboard, starts to cry) I'm sorry, I'm not feeling well today. Class dismissed.

    • Bart: (after Almanzo breaks up a fight with him, Laura, and Albert) You stay out of this! Almanzo: You were going to fight a girl? Bart: Not her. Him! (points to Albert, goes after him) Almanzo: Whoa, whoa, wait a minute! He's half your size! Bart: You're not! (goes to punch him, Almanzo beats him to it)

    Notes (1)

    • Note the excellent makeup of the werewolf - Albert. Hmmmm, wasn't Michael Landon in the 1957 movie "I Was a Teenage Werewolf". Notice any resemblance between him then and Albert now in this episode?

    Trivia (8)

    • Nitpick: Where was Carrie when Bart walked up to Laura, Albert and Cleanerce, when that white stuff came out of Alberts mouth? She normally sat in the front row.

    • listen to the disrespectful chant that Bart sings to Eliza Jane. This is taken directly form Laura Ingalls Wilder's book The Long Winter, and it was originally made up by Laura and her friends because they disliked Eliza Jane.

    • For the first time in this episode, we hear Almanzo's full name. Eliza Jane calls him "Almanzo James Wilder" as he's about to storm out of his house after learning that his sister has been bullied by one of her students.

    • Eliza Jane is the first Walnut Grove teacher to encounter a serious, job-threatening issue with a student since Miss Beadle in Season 2's Troublemaker.

    • This is the first episode where we see recent graduate Nellie Oleson sitting in at the school board. Nels Oleson is nowhere to be seen during this crucial meeting, where they're deciding whether or not to expel Bart. Apparently, the writers brought in Nellie and eliminated Nels for the sake of convenience, so she and her mother could be difficult and refuse to cooperate with what needed to be done--in this case, expelling Bart.

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