Little House on the Prairie

Season 2 Episode 19

For My Lady

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 10, 1976 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

out of 10
61 votes
  • Is Charles Ingalls having an affair with a comely widow? Harriet Oleson has the town, and quite possibly Caroline Ingalls, believing it.

    A wealthy (and completely proper) young widow in town, played by Mariette Hartley, hires Charles to complete some odd jobs around her mansion that her late husband never finished. While Mary is visiting her Pa at the house, the widow recieves a new shipment of beautiful china. In wondering aloud what she should do with the "old" set, Mary suggests that Charles buy them for Ma. Charles declines for the sake of being thrifty, but overnight changes his mind and offers to complete an additional project at the home in exchange for the dishes. He tells no one in the family, wanting to surprise his wife. Unfortunately, he tells a few white lies about his whereabouts to protect his secret, but is spotted by Caroline at the widow's home and in town doing special errands for her. Of course Mrs. Oleson pounces on the opportunity to start a rumor of an extramarital affair. In the end of course Charles presents his very grateful, humbled and relieved wife with the beautiful dishes, all rumors are put to rest, and all is well.
  • Where's the dishes?

    You never did see them again, I thought I did once in the next show but that's it. After all the trouble and secrets, were they not "special" anymore?

    Some consistencies are understandable, some not as much.

    I loved Mariette Hartley but they did have her seem a bit worldly to be in Walnut Grove all alone. What happened though with the gossip unfortunately happens a lot even today and it was handled well.
  • What is Charles up to with The Widow Thurman...?

    Charles visits the Widow Thurman and finds her house in need of quite a bit of repair as her late husband didn't take very good care of it. The payment for the job is to be a new set of dishes for Caroline but it is a very big job for such a relatively small reward. Charles, being the good man that he is, decides to do it anyway and sets to work.

    Unfortunately, the town gossips, lead by Harriet Oleson, also set to work with their tongues wagging about what is going on, particularly when Charles makes excuses for his absences, including a trip to Sleepy Eye which doesn't actually take place.

    Mary and Laura are uncomfortable about the nasty rumours they are hearing, but it is even worse for Caroline, who has to bear the brunt of the gossip. Needless to say, all the gossips are firmly put in their place when they find out the real truth.

    Terrific episode and a good showcase for actors we don't see as often as others in the series.
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