Little House on the Prairie

Season 1 Episode 9

School Mom

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 13, 1974 on NBC
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When Miss Beadle is injured in an accident, Caroline is asked to fill in temporarily at the school. While teaching, Caroline sympathizes with Abel Makay--an older student who is quiet, withdrawn, and reluctant to learn.

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  • Caroline is asked to temporarily return to teaching when Miss Beadle injurs her ankle in an accident.

    8.0
    When the young school teacher, Eva Beadle, is slightly injured in an accident, Doc Baker insists that she stay home and rest. This means that the children of Walnut Grove need a temporary teacher and the school board approach Caroline and ask her to take on the task. She does so reluctantly, but finds herself getting more excited as the day of her first classes draws nearer.



    The children prove to be difficult at first, but with her experience as a teacher and as a mother, she is able to help them learn, particularly a young man named Able who needs all the time and attention she can give him. When she enlists the help of the students in Able's education, Harriet Oleson is appalled and decides to take over the teaching responsiblities herself. The trouble is, only Nellie and Willie show up for school!



    A very good episode with lots of good moral lessons for younger viewers.moreless
  • Another great episode!

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    After school, a boy runs around all the students outside with a snake in his hands scaring everyone. While Ms. Beadle is on her carriage ready to leave, the boy runs up in front of the horse, scaring it as well. The horse starts running haphazardly, and Ms. Beadle falls down and sprains her ankle. The town members of the Board come to Caroline and ask her to fill in as the school teacher while Ms. Beadle recuperates.



    When Caroline starts teaching on her first day, she asks a grown boy named Abel Makay to read from the book. Not knowing that Abel cannot read (because he feels humiliated that children much younger than him laugh at him for starting school so late, and feeling humiliated) Caroline feels bad when Abel runs away from class after the students start laughing at him. She asks him to give school another chance, and makes the children interact with him in such a way that he actually starts learning. Just when Caroline thinks she’s made progress, Mrs. Olsen comes barging inside class and rudely remarks Caroline in showing favoritism to Abel, along with insulting him as well. Abel leaves feeling more humiliated than ever, and so does Caroline before giving her resignation immediately. Can Caroline convince Abel to go to school again, even after what he’s been though?



    I loved this episode!! You really feel sorry for Abel Makay. Most of us know what it feels like to be an outsider once in a while, and if someone can just make us feel better, we feel less scared. This is exactly how Abel felt, and the way Caroline proposed ideas to the children to help him were interesting. You really hate Mrs. Olsen for what she does here, but then again, her character is to be taken negatively in this show anyway. In the end, you feel as proud as Caroline, because you can really relate to that. Dirk Blocker acted flawlessly as Abel. Because of all this, I rate this episode 10/10.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Charlotte Stewart

Charlotte Stewart

Miss Eva Beadle/Mrs. Simms (1974 - 1978)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Lindsay Greenbush

Lindsay Greenbush

Carrie Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

James Vincent McNichol

James Vincent McNichol

Harry Baker

Guest Star

Dirk Blocker

Dirk Blocker

Abel Makay

Guest Star

Kelly Thordsen

Kelly Thordsen

Baker Makay

Guest Star

Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim

Nellie Oleson

Recurring Role

Tracie Savage

Tracie Savage

Christy Kennedy

Recurring Role

Jonathan Gilbert

Jonathan Gilbert

Willie Oleson

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Miss Beadle's horse is tied up to the post while she sits in her carriage as the boy with the snake chases the girls. However, when the children get beside the carriage, the horse is not tied up, gets spooked, and runs off with Miss Beadle.

    • The whole reason Miss Beadle is involved in the carriage accident and sprains her ankle is because one of the male students pulls out a snake and chases the other children around the schoolhouse with it, and the noise spooks the horses. When Laura ran past the horses, screaming at the top of her lungs, that's what finally triggers the accident. Since when has rough-and-tumble tomboy Laura been that terrified over a snake??? This wasn't a matter of Laura being a little shocked and scared--she was absolutely screaming bloody murder, and that doesn't match up with her character at all. It would have made more sense if Mary or Nellie had reacted that way, not fearless Laura.

    • Thanks to Mrs. Oleson's trademark meddling, Caroline resigns from the teaching position in Walnut Grove. Her daughter Laura does the same thing for the same reason six years later, in Season 7's Goodbye, Mrs. Wilder.

    • Goof: At the end of this episode we see Able read a letter to Caroline from the class. When he finishes the students start clapping. We see Able put the letter down and clap also.
      The next shot is a close up of Caroline.
      Then we go back to the whole class again, we see the letter is back in Able's hand and we see him put it down again and start clapping.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Mr. Hanson: (after Caroline quits teaching) Would you mind telling us why?
      Caroline: Would it be all right if I answered your question with a question?
      Mr. Hanson: You betcha. You ask anything you want.
      Caroline: Suppose you were in your mill, working on a special order, and someone walked in--
      Mr. Hanson: Oh, I don't let anyone in my mill while I am working. That is my rule.
      Caroline: Suppose that person came in anyway and, in the process, threw a rock between your millstone and destroyed everything you would trying to do.
      Mr. Hanson: I would grab that man by the back of his pants and throw him out into the street!
      Caroline: That idea did occur to me. But sadly, I am a lady, and the other person involved was also a lady.
      Doc Baker: Is that what happened? Like a rock between a millstone?
      Caroline: Everything I was trying to do was destroyed,
      in much the same way.

    • Ma: I think I just lost the student who needs me most.
      Laura: But Ma, he's just dumb Abel!
      Ma: What did you say??
      Laura: (taken aback) I said...he's just dumb Abel.
      Ma: Laura, I'm ashamed of you!
      Mary: It's just a nickname, Ma. It's what all the kids call him.
      Ma: Well, it's a cruel nickname. And the next one I hear from my child or any other is going to get her mouth washed out with soap, the strongest soap I can find!

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