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Mary's normally sparkling grades begin to plummet when she can't see the school blackboard.
It's time to play ball in Walnut Grove! After losing badly the previous year, the team knows that they need to find a more reliable pitcher than Nels Oleson, and Jebediah Mumfort's golden arm seems to be heaven-sent as he is immediately placed on the team. Everything is going beautifully until Walnut Grove becomes overly confident of their ability to win it all, and bets are made, prompting Mr. Mumfort's no-nonsense wife to forbid him from playing amidst such silly gambling. She is a woman who fiercely holds her ground with this, but Mr. Mumfort is a talent that the team cannot afford to lose, so they must pull together to make the betting concept seem more appealing to Mrs. Mumfort.moreless
Miss Beadle is asked to resign when she is unable to handle certain students. The school board hires a man in her place with rigid ideas of discipline.
Charles agrees to do some work for a wealthy, attractive widow, which triggers suspicion in Caroline.
Everyone in Walnut Grove is excited about the upcoming 100th birthday of the United States of America, and to commemorate the occasion, the town is planning a community picnic, complete with games, fireworks, and a brand-new flagpole.
Mrs. Whipple is beside herself with excitement when her only son returns home. But Granville is wrestling with demons from his days in the war.
Feeling pleased and hopeful about the success of his current crop, Charles is devastated when the elements dash all his dreams.