Little House on the Prairie

Season 8 Episode 5

A Wiser Heart

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 02, 1981 on NBC

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  • Emerson, Arizona, and Philandering Profs, oh my!

    This episode was a change of pace from prairie life and tragedy plots which is one reason it was especially enjoyable. Observing Laura's adventures as she takes the summer course, along with the abuse she takes at her job, make for a riveting story. The only plot line that I find puzzling in this episode is Eliza Jane's resistance towards Mort's (the comical, bumbling schoolteacher) advances. Granted, she would much rather land the handsome and philandering professor, but it seems out of character that EJ, perpetually desperate to abandon her old-maid status, would refuse ANY man, especially a seemingly pleasant and humorous fellow teacher like Mort. He's no bigger of a goof than ol' Harv was! Further troubling is Eliza Jane's insistance on pursuing the married professor, esp. as the first time she ever meets him is in a restaurant where he is sharing a romantic dinner with a woman much more attractive than she. EJ also refuses to believe her own sister-in-law's claims, so she appears even more delusional. We are led to believe in previous episodes that, while she is always pathetic, Eliza Jane at least is a scrupulous woman when it comes to morality.