Little House on the Prairie

Season 6 Episode 14

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 26, 1979 on NBC

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  • Caroline's father sinks into depression following the death of his wife, only to have his spirit renewed when a publisher wants to buy his manuscript--but there's a catch.

    Caroline's parents send a telegram stating that they're coming to Walnut Grove to visit and await the birth of Mary's baby. En route, Caroline's mother dies. Caroline finds out when she rushes out to meet the covered wagon and is greeted by Charles, her father, and a coffin.
    In the ensuing weeks, grandpa Holbrook spirals into a deep depression. Laura and Albert and their youthful exuberance help bring him back from the edge. They even encourage him to write down the funny stories he has told them about his childhood. Charles decides the stories are good enough to be published, and secretly sends them to a publishing house. They accept it for publication and Charles tells grandpa the good news. Days later, legal contracts arrive and Charles and Caroline are chagrined to discover that the company wants about $30 to publish the books. They don't have the heart to tell grandpa that his dream won't come true, and instead everyone works very hard to raise the needed funds. Eventually the books are published and shipped to Walnut Grove. Caroline's father is thrilled, because he'll "be remembered". Look for the scene where Mrs. Oleson, in a usual display of petty jealousy, refuses to buy any of the books to resell in her store. Her mind changes, however, after Albert thanks her for NOT buying the books because in them, his mother is "naked in public". Of course, Mrs. Oleson rushes to Charles, saying she's "changed her mind and wants to by all the books". Flash forward to her reading in bed and discovering that Caroline was indeed naked once in public because her diaper had fallen off. Priceless.

    Mary also gives birth in this episode to the son who will later die horribly in the episode "May We Make Them Proud".