Mr. Edwards has returned to alcohol to soothe the pain of his deceased son, and his wife takes the other children and leaves him. Laura wants Mr. Edwards to be godfather to her baby, but the alcoholism threatens to ruin this as well.moreless
While out of town for the purchase of some new horses, Charles stays at the home of a wealthy but dysfunctional family.
When Doc Baker is assisting with an outbreak of mountain fever in a nearby town, Mr. Edwards helps and inadvertently passes the disease to his daughter Alicia.
On Christmas Eve, Miss Beadle lets the schoolchildren go home early. This proves to be disastrous as a blizzard has already begun.
When Reverend Alden falls ill while collecting donations for a struggling town, he is taken in by an ex-convict named Caleb Hodgekiss and his loving wife. Caleb consent to help by visiting Walnut Grove.moreless
Feeling pleased and hopeful about the success of his current crop, Charles is devastated when the elements dash all his dreams.
Everyone in Walnut Grove is excited about the upcoming 100th birthday of the United States of America, and to commemorate the occasion, the town is planning a community picnic, complete with games, fireworks, and a brand-new flagpole.moreless