When a school in a nearby town is in need of a temporary substitute, 15-year-old Laura finally gets her start as an teacher. For the first time, Almanzo seems to notice that she is growing up.moreless
Fed up with his overbearing wife and his lack of authority over the children, Nels packs up and heads out for an indefinite period of time. While running a mobile mercantile of his own, he stays at a boarding house owned by Molly Reardon, a beautiful Irish woman who shows him the respect and appreciation that he's never had at home.moreless
Almanzo and Eliza Jane get a visit from their kid brother Perley Day, but after a few days with him, they quickly remember why the boy has been so estranged from the family over the years.moreless
Two men make a profit by selling tainted meat to the Walnut Grove community. As sickness sweeps through Walnut Grove, the victims are confined to the blind school, and with time running out to help them, Charles and Jonathan go out to retrieve some medicine.moreless
When an eccentric old woman loses her home, Laura and Albert intervene.
Charles and Jonathan leave Walnut Grove on a profitable business trip. Meanwhile, Laura develops a crush on a classmate.
Reed hits a cold streak when he performs poorly during a softball game, then loses a holdup suspect during a foot chase the next day. A priest asks for assistance trying to prevent bloodshed between rival Hispanic juvenile gangs. A domestic abuse calls leads to a familiar individual.moreless
On Christmas Eve, a rescue mission Santa finds himself in handcuffs after being mugged. A businessman's decision to drive home drunk after an office party results in a fatal accident. A desperate single mother is detained for shoplifting. The young daughter of a Native American couple goes missing at night while camping in a mountainous area.moreless
A drunken woman leads officers on a high speed pursuit. A boy with a photographic memory witnesses a burglary, then later spots the suspect while in the back of the squad car. Two drunk men shoot at a box of dynamite in a residential neighborhood. A disgruntled customer phones in a bomb threat to a beauty school.moreless
Malloy and Reed investigate a series of severe beatings of workers at local factories. A wino encounters misfortune after robbing a liquor store for two dollars.