Little House on the Prairie

Season 7 Episode 7

Divorce, Walnut Grove Style

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 10, 1980 on NBC

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  • Newlyweds Laura and Almonzo have trouble adjusting to married life--things escalate when she suspects Almonzo loves someone else.

    The beginning of this episode has Laura serving a less than stellar dinner to Almonzo. He's unhappy, but after all, she works hard all day too, she reasons, and having leftovers (again) isn't really the end of the world, is it? Then as Laura tries to grade papers, Almonzo starts playing his guitar, and a fight ensues when she asks him to keep the noise down. The following day, a girl Almonzo dated (briefly) visits town, and when Laura sees her talking to him in the town square, she goes ballistic, making a scene in front of the girl (Brenda Sue) and storming home. A fight ensues, and Laura retreats to the Ingalls farm, where she announces, "I'm leaving Almonzo!" The next day, after a talking-to from her Ma and Pa, Laura goes back to her house and finds no Almonzo, but does find a note that says, "My Only Love, Brenda Sue Longstreth". It's in Almonzo's handwriting and of course Laura assumes the worst, not knowing that it's just the title of a song that Brenda Sue had published in the big city. Laura sees Brenda in the town square and literally attacks her, pummeling her senseless. Ma, who witnesses the attack, and Pa, force her home, where the three of them ask Almonzo to explain exactly what's going on. He does, Laura looks like a fool, they kiss and make up, and it's on the the next episode.

    I very much dislike this episode. After two years of having her do everything possible to capture Almonzo's heart, Laura is suddenly turned into (by the writers), a screaming fishwife, who, frankly, no man would want to be married to. Watch several of the episodes that follow this one, and you're sure to notice her change in personality. At this point in the LHOTP series, Michael Landon played a huge part in the scriptwriting and production of each episode; I'm disappointed at the way he allowed Laura to devolve into such a shrew. Watch, too, for a decline in her "personality". Laura's character became less interesting and multi-dimentional in the last three years of the show.

    The only "funny" part of this episode at all is the recurring "gag" about the broken window. Don't go out of your way to see this one, unless you want to see two (supposedly) grown women in engaged in a fistfight.