Little House on the Prairie

Season 1 Episode 18

Plague

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Feb 05, 1975 on NBC
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When the owner of the Feed & Seed begins selling corn meal at half the price Hanson is charging for flour, the townspeople snap up the bargain. Soon, however, an outbreak of typhus threatens the populace. Charles, Doc Baker and Rev Alden set up a makeshift hospital at the church as Doc Baker searches desperately for the source of the contagion.moreless

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  • When an outbreak of Thyphus threatens the community of Walnut Grove, Dr. Baker and Charles are in a race against time to find the course of the contagion.

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    Mr. Petersen, a local merchant, begins selling cornmeal for half the price of that set by Mr. Hansen. Naturally, the locals snap it up as they can, quite literally, get two sacks for their baking for the price of one.



    All is well until a young boy and his mother go down with a raging fever. At first, Doc doesn't know what is causing the strange fevers, but when a patient becomes covered in a nasty rash, he realises he is dealing with Thyphus and that the source needs to be found before many more people die.



    Meanwhile, the Ingalls family are safe from the illness, but as Charles has been exposed to it, he assists Doc Baker and the Reverend Alden as they set up a make-shift hospital in the church. After several deaths, the doctor is no closer to tracking down the source until a chance remark leads he and Charles to Mr. Peterson's barn, which is full of cornmeal sacks and crawling with rats. The building is burned downed and there are no new cases of the illness. This does not take away from the fact that many have died.



    A very heart-wrenching episode with superb acting by all regular and guest cast. Fantastic work all around.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

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

Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson

Mr. Lars Hanson (1974 - 1978)

Robert Foulk

Robert Foulk

Peterson

Guest Star

Bill Quinn

Bill Quinn

Carl Harper

Guest Star

Ivy Bethune

Ivy Bethune

Alice Harper

Guest Star

Victor French

Victor French

Mr. Isaiah Edwards (guest star prior to season 2)

Recurring Role

Leslie Landon

Leslie Landon

Leslie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The house that serves as the Boulton house in this episode also served as the Peters home in Season 1's 100 Mile Walk. Additionally, the Boultons' fireplace looks strangely similar to that of the Ingalls.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dr Baker: (he and Charles find the cornmeal shed full of rats, which confirms it is the source of the typhus) All this time it's a hundred yards away! We'll get Peterson to the church, burn this place to the ground.

    • Mary: I told Nellie her teeth would fall out, she didn't care, she'd just buy teeth like her mother has.
      Caroline: I didn't know Mrs. Oleson had store-bought teeth.
      Charles: Well, how can you tell? She never smiles!

    • Doc Baker: (before pulling Laura's tooth) Well, don't look so sad. You can put your tooth under your pillow, and the tooth fairy just might leave you a penny. What do you say about that?
      Laura: I'd just assume not have a penny.

    • Charles: Caroline's got a special supper goin'. How about joining us?
      Mr. Edwards: Oh well, thank you kindly, but you know, homecomings are kinda just for family.
      Charles: Edwards, when are you gonna learn that you ARE family?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Leslie Landon, daughter of Michael Landon, played the plague-stricken young girl in this episode. The two of them had a very tender and personal scene together, and Leslie once said that her father got so emotional the first time they filmed the scene, they had to re-shoot it, because it wouldn't have been realistic for Charles to be that way with a "neighbor's child" who wasn't even his own. Leslie has recalled the pride that she felt filming this episode, her first acting gig ever, and while she did go on to have several single-episode roles on the show before landing a recurring role for Seasons 9 and 10, this episode here is her fondest memory of working with her father.

    • Actors Matt Clark (Eric Boulton) and Helen Clark (Sylvie Boulton) are real-life husband and wife.

    • Actor Bill Quinn would go on to appear in three more Little House episodes: Season 2's The Long Road Home, Season 5's Blind Journey, Part 2, and Season 5's ,em>The Odyssey.

    • Filming Locations: Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.

    • This is the first episode in which Michael Landon's daughter, Leslie, makes an appearance. This is the only time that her real first name is used for her character's name.

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