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.
Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (1977 - 1981) (as Patrick Laborteaux)
Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)
Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)
Nellie Oleson/Dalton (1974 - 1981)
In this episode, Laura is interested in a classmate named Jason. In Season 2's The Talking Machine, and at the beginning of Season 3, Laura had a thing for a different boy at school, who was also named Jason (a.k.a the scientist).
Watch closely when the conductor, Charles, and Jonathan start chasing the man under the whiskey crate (Toby Noe). At first, when we get a shot of the conductor chasing him and Charles and Jonathan laughing as they follow behind them, you can clearly see that the conductor is within arm's reach of Toby, so he should have easily been able to grab onto the crate and stop him. However, in the very next shot, the conductor is a significant distance behind Toby as he's chasing him.
Goof: Laura had a peanut butter sandwich that she gave to Ned. Peanut butter wasn't introduced until 1890, when Laura was 23 years old!
Laura: Believe me, Toby, you don't want to know where Amanda Cooper lives.
Toby: But I do.
Albert: But Toby, she's mean, and she's sour. She's ornery--and those are her good points!
Charles: Half Pint, hey, come on, everybody's ready.
Laura: Do I have to go, Pa?
Charles: Once you get there, you're going to have a good time.
Laura: Can't I just stay home and take care of baby Grace?
Charles: Mrs. Terhoun is going to take care of baby Grace. You told me yourself, there's going to be a lot of girls there without beaus.
Laura: Yeah, Nellie Oleson, and the only reason the boys will ask her to dance is because she brings a ten pound bag of candy with her!
Charles: Lots of boys are going to ask you to dance, and besides, I want a dance with my best girl, too.
Laura: All right, I'll be right down.
Charles: That's my girl. (leaves)
Laura: (sarcastically) What a fun night. I get to dance with my brother and my Pa!
Amanda: All right, speak your piece. I need my sleep..
Toby: All right, I will. First of all, you're older than me, anyone can see that. I'm doing you the favor. Second of all, I'm better looking than you, so don't you dare call me ugly!
Amanda: I never said that!
Toby: That's all a lot of lies! Those aren't the real reasons you're trying to break us up. You're afraid of feelings, afraid of living. You're afraid of needing me.
Amanda: That's ridiculous!
Toby: Not so ridiculous as talking to that dumb cat!
Amanda: You have said your piece. You can go now.
Toby: I loved you. Spend the rest of your life talking to that dumb cat.
Toby: (after giving Amanda a brooch for her birthday) It's my way of saying that I've been looking for you my whole life.
Amanda: Toby......I want you to go home now.
Toby: Home? Why?
Amanda: I just want you to go home, that's all.
Amanda: I've been thinking about this for a long time, and we are just too different, you and I.
Toby: I don't know what you mean. You need me.
Amanda: I don't "need" anybody. Toby, you have been a tramp most of your life. Why, I could never settle down with anyone like that. Never.
Toby: But I'm working now, and I'm willing to work for all the rest of my days.
Amanda: It just wouldn't work. Now, there are a million reasons.
Toby: Well, name one. Up to now, you've been talking nonsense!
Amanda: I didn't want to say this, but you are forcing me to. Toby, you're too old for me. I mean it, you're too old, and um, anyway, the man I have in mind is much better looking than you are. I'm truly sorry that it has to end like this. (long pause, a heartbroken Toby stands up to go) Here's your brooch.
Toby: You keep it. It wouldn't look good on me, anyway. (leaves)
Jason: (while Laura's playing marbles with Albert) Laura?
Laura: Not while I'm shooting, Jason.
Jason: All right.
Laura: Darn! (to Albert) Your turn.
Jason: Um, Laura--
Laura: Albert's shooting.
Jason: Well, I have to ask you a question!
Laura: Can't it wait?
Jason: Well, no, it's kind of important.
Laura: Nothing's more important than a marble game. (shoots) Ah, gotcha!
Jason: Well, if you haven't got time for a question, then I'd just like to say that, uh....
Laura: That what?
Jason: You're a toadface! (storms away)
Charles: (about Toby) Caroline, he's driving me crazy. It's Amanda this, Amanda that. That's all I hear about is Amanda!
Caroline: Charles, you know what it's like, being in love. It's filled with suffering.
Charles: Who's suffering? The man eats like a horse! He doesn't offer to pay for anything. He just eats and eats and eats! I thought he was going to stay here for a few days.
Caroline: Oh, Charles, have some sympathy. After all, he's an old man.
Charles: Caroline, I'm going to be an old man before he leaves!
Reverend Alden: Charles, a few of us had better have a meeting after services. We've got to find somebody to play that new organ.
Charles: Well, I thought Mrs. Oleson volunteered for that.
Reverend Alden: That's the problem. If she plays, we'll lose half the congregation!
Toby: (eating voraciously at supper) Thank you, Charles! Don't mind if I do. Ah, I haven't eaten this much in years!
Charles: I haven't eaten that much in an entire year.
Toby: My father said that a good appetite is always a compliment to the cook.
Charles: I wish you wouldn't be so complimentary. Caroline, may I have another cup of coffee? It might help fill me up.
This was an extended episode (90 minutes).
Wendi Turnbaugh played baby Grace in the short scene where Ray Bolger (Toby Noe) had a heart-to-heart with her as she sat in her high chair. Wendi credits this as her favorite episode; even though she was so young, she remembers this important scene.
Seasons 5-10 of Little House were filmed on the exact same sound stage that The Wizard of Oz was filmed on. When Ray Bolger appeared in this episode, Melissa Gilbert told him how much she loved that movie, in which Bolger had played the Scarecrow. Bolger took Gilbert to an out-of-the-way section of the sound stage and told her to look down at the floor. Still visible was a faded portion of a painted yellow brick road! When her friends would visit the set, Gilbert was always sure to show them that spot.
Eileen Heckart, the actress who played Amanda Cooper, won an Oscar for the 1972 film Butterflies Are Free.
In this episode, acclaimed actor Ray Bolger reprises his role as Toby Noe for the final time in the series.
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