Little House on the Prairie

Season 9 Episode 19

For The Love Of Blanche

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 07, 1983 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • According to Almanzo early in the episode, Mr. Edwards' adopted son Matthew went with John Carter on a trip to Minneapolis. This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. What reason would a grown man have to take a mute 10-year-old child on a trip with him, especially when he has school? We can assume that Matthew probably stayed with the Carter family while Mr. Edwards was away at the beginning of the episode, but that still doesn't explain why John would take the child with him on a business trip. It's just plain odd.

    • This is the second time in the same season that the twin girls playing baby Rose are emotionally distressed in front of the camera, for the sake of getting footage for certain scenes. This was also done in Season 9's A Child With No Name, when Rose's character was ill. Young Grace Ingalls was also seen crying uncontrollably in previous seasons, which is all very disturbing to watch.

    • Jenny tells Jeb and Jason that if it weren't for Blanche calling out during the fire, baby Rose would have been killed. However, while watching the fire scene, it's clear as day that Rose's screaming was what got Jenny's attention.

    • It's pretty unlikely that the fire at the Wilder home didn't spread more quickly than it did by the time Jenny finally came running in. She was paralyzed with fear and shock for several seconds before she went to put the fire out, and in that time, realistically, the whole house could have easily been up in flames.

    • After Jenny puts out the fire, the shot of the table from Jenny's front doesn't look like it had been burned. In the next shot from Jenny's back, you can tell the tablecloth is burned more than from the other angle. Also, you would think that as big as the fire was, it would have burned a lot more than just a small piece of the tablecloth.

    • In the scene where Mr. Edwards is talking to Almanzo outside of the mercantile, Almanzo's hair is brushed neatly over to the right side for the whole conversation. When Edwards steps of the mercantile porch and Almanzo turns toward his direction, his hair is covering his forehead and messy, but there was no sign of any wind blowing to make it that way.

    • While I don't mind Eddie Quillan as a character actor persay {he is funny}, I do take offense to him being portrayed as 3 differing characters throughout the Little House series. Couldn't Michael Landon {or whoever was responsible} cast someone else so it was less distracting to the plot? Eddie played all three characters as a sarcastic, crotchety old geezer. I seriously doubt Buffalo Bill was like that. Besides, he toured Europe throughout 1889 {supposedly when this episode took place, if you follow the timeline}.

    • Goof/Nitpick: When the sheriff goes to shoot Blanche and cries out she ran off up a tree, with him only firing one shot... he had many other bullets and Blanche was on the ground and a small orangutan is not believed to move so quickly. So this is actually unlikely. But this point like her coming from Africa, pulls away from the good storyline, so consider it nitpicking.

    • Goof: Blanche is an orangutan. Buffalo Bill says he stayed in Africa for 40 years before moving back to the United States. But orangutans come from Borneo and Samutra... Pongo: Pygmaeus (Borneoan Orangutan)
      Pongo abelii (Sumatran Orangutan)
      Therefore a very unlikely scenario for an orangutan being in Africa, more so in the 1880's! And why didn't they use a chimpanzee?

  • Quotes

    • Mr. Edwards: (about Blanche) Would you mind keeping an eye on her for me? I'm not talking about all day--Jenny's gonna help out after school.
      Reverend Alden: Oh, I'd be glad to. Where is she now?
      Mr. Edwards: Oh, well, she's not here. She's at home taking a nap.
      Reverend Alden: Mr. Edwards, you can't leave a 3-year-old alone.
      Mr. Edwards: Yeah, well, see, Blanche is kind of special......
      Reverend Alden: I don't care how special she is! When they're 3, you've got to watch them!

    • Nancy: (about Blanche) Ugh, it slobbers! How can you sit next to it?
      Jenny: I sat next to you, didn't I?

    • Mrs. Oleson: You mean, you know this monkey?
      Mrs. Edwards: It ain't a monkey. This here is some sort of ape!

    • Mrs. Oleson: (about Blanche the orangutan) Why is it looking at me like that?
      Mr. Edwards: Maybe she thinks you're related!

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