Little House on the Prairie

Season 5 Episode 12

Blind Journey (1)

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 27, 1978 on NBC
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Blind Journey (1)
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Former fighter Joe Kagen settles in Walnut Grove and would like to attend Sunday services, but the color of his skin is off-putting for certain community members. As all this is going on, Mary and Adam's school building in Winoka is sold to someone else, prompting them to move their school elsewhere. Miraculously, there is a place in Walnut Grove that can belong to them, but with no money for transportation, they must all make the journey by foot.moreless

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  • Harriet and others like her don't want the African American former boxer, Joe Kagan, to be allowed to attend church services and Mary and Adam get some bad news about their school for the blind.moreless

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    Joe Kagan is a God-fearing man and he wishes to attend Sunday services with the rest of the Walnut Grove community but Harriet Oleson and others disapprove wholeheartedly of the idea. Eventually, it gets down to a vote and Mr. Kagan is accepted into the congregation.



    Meanwhile, in Winoka, Mary and Adam hear the awful news that the school building is to be sold, leaving nowhere for the blind students to go. Reverend Alden comes to the rescue when he offers Lars Hansen's former home, a massive structure, as a suitable site. Needless to say, everyone is delighted and the Ingalls family are thrilled that Mary will be returning to Walnut Grove, even though the sheer number of people means that many will have to make the journey on foot.



    Terrific episode and great work from Katherine MacGregor in her usual faultless portrayal of Harriet Oleson.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (1977 - 1981) (as Patrick Laborteaux)

Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

Reverend Alden

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Leon Charles

Leon Charles

Mr. Standish

Recurring Role

Moses Gunn

Moses Gunn

Joe Kagan

Recurring Role

Don 'Red' Barry

Don 'Red' Barry

Larrabee

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Caroline makes a comment to Charles that if Mr. Hanson were still alive, the whole issue with Joe Kagen would be resolved by now, and Harriet Oleson wouldn't be getting away with manipulating the situation. However, as I recall, Mr. Hanson was never able to overtake Harriet before--for that matter, nobody was, and she almost always got her way, like in Season 1's The Voice of Tinker Jones and Season 4's Castoffs.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Doc Baker: All those in favor of Mr. Kagen's application for membership, please signify by raising your right hand. (only Doc Baker, Charles, and Jonathan raise their hands) It's a standoff.
      Nels: Wait a minute, Harriet. The votes aren't all in yet. (raises his hand)
      Doc Baker: The ayes have it! (Harriet angrily storms out)
      Jonathan: Oh, Nels, thank you!
      Charles: Nels, you're all right.
      Reverend Alden: Congratulations, Nels! You'll get your reward in Heaven!
      Nels: Well, I hope you're right, Reverend, because it's gonna be hell on Earth when I get home....

    • Nellie: Mother says that colored people are that way because they bear the mark of Cain, and they're never going to get into Heaven. Is that right, Father?
      Nels: Of course not!
      Harriet: How dare you contradict me!
      Nellie: Well, she also says that colored people don't have souls, because they're not made in the image of God.
      Nels: Oh. Oh, so you've actually seen God, Harriet?
      Harriet: Well, not yet. But everyone knows He's a white man!
      Nels: I don't know it. I don't know that He's any color at all! One thing I'm absolutely sure of is that He doesn't care what color a person's skin is, as long as his spirit is pure.
      Harriet: Don't listen to your father, Nellie. He'll poison your mind with heresy. Now come along!

    • Harriet: I simply don't understand why we have to bother voting again. It's just a big waste of time.
      Nels: What have you got against Joe Kagen?
      Harriet: Nothing. Nothing personal. He's a good enough darkie, I suppose, as darkies go. It's a matter of principle.
      Nels: What principle is that, Harriet?
      Harriet: Oh, for Heaven's sake, don't you know your Bible? It explicitly says "Look not upon me because I am black."
      Nels: That's from the Psalm of Solomon, Harriet. It's supposed to be a love song, not hate propoganda! The quote goes on to say "I am black because the sun hath darkened me," and it also says "I am black but beautiful."
      Harriet: And that only goes to show that even the devil can quote the Bible!
      Nels: I know....

    • Charles: There's two things that the blind should approach with caution: buzz saws and buying horses.
      Mary: What's wrong with the horses, Joe?
      Joe: I don't know where to begin, Mary. They wouldn't make glue, and if they did, it wouldn't stick.
      Charles: You couldn't make it to the outskirts of town with that team.
      Adam: You trying to tell me that only a blind man would buy those horses?
      Charles: That's what I'm trying to tell you.

    • Alice: That's terrible.
      Caroline: It's Mr. Standish that's terrible.
      Jonathan: That sounds just like that lowdown, ornery skunk! Sorry, Reverend. I guess that sounds like name-calling, but you ain't ever met Mr. Standish.
      Reverend Alden: No I haven't, but from what I've heard, you may be doing an injustice....to the skunk!

    • Carrie: I hate dubishon!
      Albert: What's dubishon?
      Carrie: Arithmetic.
      Laura: (laughs) Carrie, it's division!
      Carrie: I still hate it.
      Albert: I like it.
      Carrie: That's because you're always getting A's. I'm going to the outhouse!

    • Harriet: Are you gonna miss me?
      Nels: Like a crutch.
      Harriet: What did you say?
      Nels: Um, very much, dear. Very much.

    • Reverend Alden: Now, we're discussing the application of Joe Kagen for membership in our Church.
      Charles: What it all boils down to is, is this the Church of God or the Church of Harriet Oleson?
      Harriet: How dare you!

  • NOTES (2)

    • In an eerie bit of foreshadowing, Alice Garvey is seen cleaning the inside of the second floor bedroom windows at the new blind school. Her inability to open one of these windows during the blind school fire would contribute to what happened to her in the episode May We Make Them Proud.

    • Racism and nasty comments abound and this is quite a powerful story raising a very real problem that unfortunately still thrives today. But this episode shows community spirit and watch out for all the jokes, many involving Mrs. Oleson.

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