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.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
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.moreless
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.moreless
When an eccentric old woman loses her home, Laura and Albert intervene.
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.
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.moreless
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.moreless
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.
Charles and Jonathan leave Walnut Grove on a profitable business trip. Meanwhile, Laura develops a crush on a classmate.
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.moreless
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.moreless