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  • Hello and Goodbye

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    S 9 : Ep 22 - 3/21/83

    Mr. Montague, a renowned author who is undergoing research for his next book, moves in with Laura and Almanzo at their newly implemented boarding house. He proves to be quite an interesting and unexpected addition to the Walnut Grove community. Meanwhile, Mr. Edwards faces a moral dilemma when Philip Rogers--the biological father of his recently adopted son Matthew--shows up to reclaim the boy.moreless
  • May I Have This Dance?

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    S 9 : Ep 21 - 3/14/83

    Laura receives an unexpected inheritance from an ailing friend, which promises huge changes for the Wilder family. Meanwhile, young Willie is finally ready to graduate and propose to his girlfriend, if only he can find the courage to tell his parents that he doesn't wish to attend college.moreless
  • For The Love Of Blanche

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    S 9 : Ep 19 - 3/7/83

    On his way back from Sleepy Eye, Isaiah Edwards meets up with a dying old man, whose last request is for Isaiah to take care of his 3-year-old Blanche. It isn't until later that Isaiah realizes that this "little girl" is actually an orangutan! Most of Walnut Grove is happy to welcome Blanche into their community, but the trouble starts when Harriet Oleson gets involved.moreless
  • Once Upon A Time

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    S 9 : Ep 15 - 1/24/83

    After substituting for Etta Plum at Walnut Grove's school, Laura realizes that being a housewife is not enough for her restless spirit. She begins writing a book of anecdotes about her life on the prairie, and after she wins a contest, she has a real chance at getting it published - but of course, there's a catch.moreless
  • The Older Brothers

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    S 9 : Ep 14 - 1/17/83

    The Older Brothers is a gang that used to have a notorious reputation. First they hold up Mr. Edwards but end up losing the money. Then they try to get ransom money for Mr. Edwards, but that doesn't go very well, because when Almanzo and John Carter try to pay the ransom, the sheriff mistakes or rather accuses them of being the Older Brothers, so he puts them in jail. When they realize that there is a reward being offered for their capture, they turn themselves in for the money, but they are in for a surprise.moreless
  • The Return Of Nellie

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    S 9 : Ep 8 - 11/15/82

    The Olesons are absolutely thrilled to learn that Nellie is returning home for a visit, but Nancy is not too pleased about sharing the spotlight. Tension flies as Nellie receives all kinds of attention from everyone in town, and despite Nellie's efforts, Nancy refuses to build any relationship with her older sister. Nancy's resentment and loneliness prompt her to run away to the woods, where she gets lost and faces serious danger.moreless
  • Little Lou

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    S 9 : Ep 5 - 10/25/82

    A kindly dwarf named Lou becomes the single father of a baby girl when his wife dies in childbirth. To honor her dying wish, he abandons his job as a circus performer and looks for something that would allow his daughter to live normally. Lou ends up in Walnut Grove and forms a friendship with John Carter, who nearly lands him a position at the bank...until someone interferes and creates even bigger problems for Lou.moreless
  • Welcome To Olesonville

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    S 9 : Ep 3 - 10/11/82

    While cleaning out a home in Walnut Grove that she recently purchased, Harriet comes across a bearer's bond that apparently requires everyone in town to pay her $10,000 each. She makes it clear that she isn't going to take their money from them, but she has always dreamed of turning Walnut Grove into "Olesonville," and just in case anyone objects, she has the perfect threat to wave in their faces.moreless
  • A Promise To Keep

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    S 8 : Ep 19 - 3/1/82

    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.

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  • Second Chance

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    S 8 : Ep 16 - 2/8/82

    Sam Terhune arrives in Walnut Grove looking for work, and finds favor with all of the townsfolk - except for his ex-wife, Hester Sue.

  • Stone Soup

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    S 8 : Ep 13 - 1/18/82

    Charles and Almanzo jump at an opportunity to make money taking a delivery to Arizona, although it means being away from home for an extended time. Meanwhile, a pregnant Laura struggles to keep her newly planted orchard alive during a severe drought.

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  • No Beast So Fierce

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    S 8 : Ep 12 - 1/4/82

    A young boy with a stuttering problem is befriended by James.

  • Wave of the Future

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    S 8 : Ep 10 - 12/7/81

    Harriet is pressed to transform the Walnut Grove restaurant into a chain called "Mrs. Sullivan's." Meanwhile, Charles is left to gather the slack at home with Caroline so in-demand as one of the cooks.

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  • For The Love of Nancy

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    S 8 : Ep 9 - 11/30/81

    A new student named Elmer joins the class in Walnut Grove, and while he is a sweet kid who gets along well with the other children, the students can't help but snicker over his obesity. Essentially clueless about the person she really is, Elmer can't take his eyes off the beautiful Nancy, who agrees to be his girlfriend as a malicious effort to satisfy her own ulterior motives. While he is originally good-natured about the fat jokes, Elmer finally makes a drastic choice of his own after enduring too much verbal torment from Nancy.moreless
  • Chicago

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    S 8 : Ep 8 - 11/23/81

    Charles travels to Chicago to comfort a deeply grieving Mr. Edwards, whose son John Jr. had died in a tragic accident. But that grief soon gives way to rage when it becomes apparent John Jr.'s death was no accident. Charles and Mr. Edwards enlist the aid of the editor of the newspaper where John Jr. worked to uncover the truth.moreless
  • Dark Sage

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    S 8 : Ep 4 - 10/26/81

    When Doc Baker's workload becomes too much for one person, he requests a new graduate to help him. He gets more than he expected when the new arrival turns out to be black.

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  • The Nephews

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    S 7 : Ep 14 - 1/19/81

    Almanzo gets suckered into watching his brother Royal's two bratty boys.

  • Dearest Albert, I'll Miss You

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    S 7 : Ep 8 - 11/17/80

    Albert tries to impress a penpal he figures he'll never see.

  • Author! Author!

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    S 6 : Ep 14 - 11/26/79

    When Mary's pregnancy is announced, Caroline's parents arrange a visit to witness the birth of their great-grandchild. Unfortunately, when her mother dies en route, Caroline is left to deal with her father Frederick, whose world now feels empty and meaningless.

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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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  • Enchanted Cottage

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    S 5 : Ep 21 - 2/26/79

    Mary begins to see a bright light every time she stands in front of a window. The possibility of regaining her vision is there, but she and Charles must pay a visit to Mary's eye specialist in Sleepy Eye to get a definite answer. While they are away, Laura and Albert start working on a surprise project for Mary, and the Ingalls family becomes concerned about Adam's strange behavior recently.moreless
  • 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 Handyman

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 10/3/77

    Charles begins building a kitchen onto the back of the house, but a sudden business trip leaves him unable to complete the job. This brings a charismatic handyman named Chris into their midst, and while Charles is away, the man bonds with Caroline and the girls. Needless to say, this causes several rumors to sweep around town, and nobody is more affected than Mary, who fears that Chris may be breaking their family apart.moreless
  • Little Women

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    S 3 : Ep 15 - 1/24/77

    As a special school activity, Miss Beadle allows the children to create group skits that they will later perform for their parents. Mary and Laura team up with Nellie and Ginny Clark, a lonely young girl whose widowed mother has been neglecting her daughter's emotional needs. Meanwhile, Willie is having trouble getting the other boys to perform "Tom Sawyer" with him.moreless
  • The Monster Of Walnut Grove

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 11/1/76

    On Halloween night, Laura and Mary get permission from their parents to walk into town and pull off a little prank at the mercantile. Laura's imagination runs wild when she peeks into the Olesons' window and witnesses Nels committing an unspeakable crime. Scarred by what she has seen, Laura can't seem to get anyone to believe her.moreless
  • The Collection

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 9/27/76

    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.

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  • Soldier's Return

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    S 2 : Ep 21 - 3/24/76

    Mrs. Whipple is beside herself with excitement when her only son returns home. But Granville is wrestling with demons from his days in the war.

  • The Gift

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 12/17/75

    Reverend Alden's birthday is coming up, and the Sunday School children have raised enough money to purchase a gift. School treasurer Mary is elected to order the gift and present it to the Reverend, but with only $1.67 to spend, it's obvious that they can't afford anything fancy...until Laura coaxes Mary into taking a dangerous gamble to double the money.moreless
  • Ebenezer Sprague

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 9/24/75

    When Walnut Grove builds its very first bank, the cold and heartless Mr. Sprague settles in to run it. Charles tries to get on the man's good side right off the bat, but Mr. Sprague has been in the banking business long enough to sniff out these kinds of things, and after refusing to take the bait, he proceeds to turn Charles down flat when he requests an important loan. Meanwhile, Laura forms an unlikely bond with Mr. Sprague at the fishing hole, and against all odds, the two remain blatantly unaware of each other's identity--that is, until fate takes a turn and puts this budding friendship to a harsh test.moreless
  • Family Quarrel

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    S 1 : Ep 16 - 1/15/75

    After having a huge argument with his wife in the mercantile, Nels leaves the house and moves into a hotel room down the street. To the surprise of everyone in the town, the problem worsens, and the town wonders if this is the end for the Olesons.

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