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  • Make A Joyful Noise

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    S 7 : Ep 15 - 1/26/81

    Former boxer Joe Kagan moves to Sleepy Eye to help with the maintenance of the blind school while Adam and Houston are out of town. Joe is still in love with Hester Sue, but she is being courted by another man.

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  • A New Beginning

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    S 7 : Ep 3 - 10/6/80

    Jonathan and Andy Garvey move to Sleepy Eye in a quest to rebuild their lives. Jonathan decides to become a deputy sheriff to clean up the town of crime, but his job is a dangerous one that ultimately threatens his young son.moreless
  • Wilder And Wilder

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    S 6 : Ep 22 - 2/11/80

    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.

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  • The King Is Dead

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    S 6 : Ep 12 - 11/12/79

    Jonathan Garvey is tricked into believing that he is a good wrestler in order to scam the local residents of Walnut Grove, who stand to lose a lot of money on the rigged match. Mrs. Oleson is betting heavily too - with the church funds - for which she is treasurer. An aging former legend has to prove to Jonathan that he has been set up before all his friends lose their bets.moreless
  • Annabelle

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    S 6 : Ep 5 - 10/15/79

    Nels Oleson is humiliated when he sees his estranged sister Annabelle as "the fat lady" in a traveling circus that comes to Walnut Grove. Meanwhile, Laura is unhappy when Almanzo begins dating a rude young woman named Christy.

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  • Mortal Mission

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    S 5 : Ep 23 - 3/12/79

    Determined to make it through the winter season, a pair of men earn money by selling tainted meat to the Walnut Grove community. Several townspeople later become infected with anthrax, including Laura, Albert, Adam, Alice, and Nels. 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.

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  • Barn Burner

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    S 5 : Ep 20 - 2/19/79

    Trouble erupts when a local farmer, who is hateful and bigoted, refuses to set a fair price for wheat, since black farmers would be entitled to the same price. The whole thing escalates when the farmer assaults Jonathan's young son and is later accused of setting fire to the Garveys' barn.moreless
  • The Lake Kezia Monster

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    S 5 : Ep 19 - 2/12/79

    When an eccentric old woman loses her home, Laura and Albert intervene.

  • Dance With Me

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    S 5 : Ep 17 - 1/22/79

    While coming home from a business trip, Charles and Jonathan run into former Winoka buddy Toby Noe, whom Charles invites to return with them to Walnut Grove.

  • The Craftsman

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    S 5 : Ep 15 - 1/8/79

    Lonely after his grown son moves back east to start a life of his own, a widowed old craftsman named Isaac Singerman hires Albert Ingalls as his apprentice. As the two work together and become close friends, Albert feels the effects of antisemitism.

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  • The Cheaters

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    S 5 : Ep 11 - 11/20/78

    Now that she is the new teacher in Walnut Grove, one of Alice Garvey's biggest worries is her son Andy, who is currently her weakest student. Alice reluctantly agrees to let Nellie Oleson tutor him, but this ends up being a grave mistake.moreless
  • Men Will Be Boys

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    S 5 : Ep 10 - 11/13/78

    Exasperated by Albert's and Andy's attitudes toward school and personal care, Charles and Jonathan present them with a wager that hinges on their return to Sleepy Eye and back - all by themselves.

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  • Fagin

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    S 5 : Ep 7 - 10/23/78

    Charles brings home a baby calf for aspiring farmer Albert, who is delighted to take care of the animal and enter it in the upcoming county fair. As Charles and Albert's relationship starts to really resemble the bond between a father and son, Laura feels threatened and doubts her place in the family.moreless
  • A Most Precious Gift

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    S 4 : Ep 20 - 2/27/78

    Charles and Caroline are thrilled to be expecting their fifth child, but Caroline causes anxiety for both herself and Charles by becoming obsessed with delivering a son. Meanwhile, Carrie believes she is going to be a mommy when she brings some some dead eggs and attempts to hatch them herself.moreless
  • The Inheritance

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    S 4 : Ep 18 - 2/6/78

    When Charles learns that he's inherited the estate of a wealthy uncle, the Ingalls family find themselves on the brink of a new way of life.

  • The Rivals

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    S 4 : Ep 14 - 1/9/78

    Charles and Jonathan leave Walnut Grove on a profitable business trip. Meanwhile, Laura develops a crush on a classmate.

  • Freedom Flight

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    S 4 : Ep 13 - 12/12/77

    An American Indian arrives in Walnut Grove with his tribe, seeking medical attention for his ailing father. Doc Baker provides his best treatment for the Chief, but when certain community members to refuse to let them stay in town temporarily, Charles proposes a secret plan with Doc Baker to keep the tribe safe.

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  • The High Cost Of Being Right

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    S 4 : Ep 9 - 11/14/77

    Jonathan Garvey is convinced that he has a great crop coming up, but as he is celebrating with his family at the dinner table, a fateful fire burns their entire barn down. With all their plans destroyed, Alice has a plan to help them get back on their feet, but Jonathan's pride threatens their marriage.moreless
  • The Aftermath

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    S 4 : Ep 8 - 11/7/77

    Jesse and Frank James hide out in Walnut Grove. The people of Walnut Grove find out who they really are when bounty hunters come looking for them.
  • The Creeper of Walnut Grove

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 10/24/77

    Laura and Andy are determined to find out who has been robbing the mercantile and stealing food from people. The "Garvey and Ingalls Detective Agency" is officially in business, but it ultimately causes more harm than good.moreless
  • The Wolves

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 10/17/77

    Laura and Andy come across an injured female wolf and her pups. When they bring them back to the Garveys' barn, Jonathan reluctantly agrees to let them stay until Doc Baker nurses the mother back to health. As the town gradually finds out what's going on, they are concerned that more wolves will show up, threatening their families and livestock.moreless
  • My Ellen

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 9/26/77

    A trip to the swimming hole with Mary and Laura sets the stage for tragedy when a fierce undercurrent takes 11-year-old Ellen Taylor's life. As the girl's mother withdraws in denial, she blames Laura for the accident and alienates everyone around her. With Eloise now disconnected from the entire Walnut Grove community, Laura attempts to cheer her up with a home visit and some flowers, but the woman's emotionally unstable condition puts Laura in some real danger.moreless
  • Castoffs

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 9/12/77

    Laura is devastated to find her beloved dog dead in the barn. Charles brings home a stray named Bandit to curb his daughter's pain, but Laura refuses to bond with the new dog. Meanwhile, the Walnut Grove townspeople have mixed reactions to the idea of welcoming an eccentric new woman into their community.

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  • The Long Road Home

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    S 2 : Ep 18 - 3/3/76

    Charles, Mr. Edwards, and two other men take a job that involves handling and transporting explosives. They must deal with many things along the road, including prejudice.
  • A Matter Of Faith

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    S 2 : Ep 15 - 2/4/76

    Caroline decides to stay home while Charles takes the kids on a trip. She thinks she is going to have some peaceful time to herself until a minor scratch on her leg flares into a major infection. Alone and with no immediate help available, Caroline turns to the Bible for comfort, only to stumble across the words "If thy leg offends thee, cut it off..."moreless
  • The Pride Of Walnut Grove

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    S 2 : Ep 14 - 1/28/76

    When Mary qualifies for a state-wide mathematics contest, the town rallies together to help cover the expenses. While Caroline accompanies her oldest daughter on the trip to Minneapolis, Laura delights in the opportunity to step up and take care of her father and younger sister at home.moreless
  • Nine Lives

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 2/15/73

    While working at a mining site, Caine makes friends with an old Irish prospector. The prospector's cat is accidentally killed and Caine offers to help him find a new one. On their way to find it, they get trapped in a very deep well.moreless