Little House on the Prairie - Season 4

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Episode Guide

  • I'll Be Waving As You Drive Away (2)
    3/13/78
    8.4

    Charles brings a sullen Mary to Iowa so that she can study at a school for the blind. In Walnut Grove, financial crisis has come upon the town. The Ingalls and the Olesons and other families are preparing for the possibility that they will have to start a new life elsewhere.

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  • I'll Be Waving As You Drive Away (1)
    3/6/78
    9.8

    The Ingalls family faces new trials when business slows to a halt at the mill, and a visit with Mary to a specialist reveals devastating news.

  • A Most Precious Gift
    2/27/78
    7.2
    Charles and Caroline are thrilled to be expecting their fifth child, but Caroline causes anxiety for both herself and Charles by becoming obsessed with delivering a son. Meanwhile, Carrie believes she is going to be a mommy when she brings some some dead eggs and attempts to hatch them herself.
  • The Stranger
    The Stranger
    Episode 19
    2/20/78
    7.4
    An work-obsessed man, who is unable to pay any attention to his son Peter's troubling behavior, sends the boy to his cousin Nels Oleson for the summer. The idea is to expose Peter to some human values that were representative of his father's childhood, but with Harriet's constant pampering and Peter's self-pitying attitude, Nels decides that Charles is a better candidate for this job. Charles does what he can to support and guide the child, but the real challenge will be getting through to Peter's father, the only man capable of saving his son.moreless
  • The Inheritance
    The Inheritance
    Episode 18
    2/6/78
    6.6
    Charles inherits the entire estate of a wealthy uncle. Within 24 hours, the Ingallses, who are seemingly rich, suddenly become Harriet Oleson's best pals. They are pressured to make various contributions throughout the community, and they even receive newspaper article offers to chronicle this tremendous change in their lives. Things get even worse when this newfound fortune threatens the family's relationships with their real friends.moreless
  • Be My Friend
    Be My Friend
    Episode 17
    1/30/78
    5.5
    While playing near the creek, Laura finds a note inside a bottle that simply reads "Be my friend." She begins searching for new messages each day, and before long, this "friend" starts sending more than just letters, which prompts Charles to get involved.
  • I Remember, I Remember
    1/23/78
    8.0
    On the cold, rainy evening of his wedding anniversary, Charles is stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken wagon wheel. While Caroline and the girls wait at home--with a special celebration dinner all prepared--Caroline passes the time by reminiscing with her daughters about her youthful beginnings with Charles. The stories revolve around young Caroline's efforts to woo the socially inept Charles, who initially didn't know quite how to express his romantic feelings.moreless
  • Whisper Country
    Whisper Country
    Episode 15
    1/16/78
    7.4

    Reverend Alden offers Mary her first temporary teaching position in a small, rural community. Mary is unprepared for the mysterious gloom that hangs over the children, and the leading citizen who opposes education.

  • The Rivals
    The Rivals
    Episode 14
    1/9/78
    7.7
    Charles and Jonathan depart from Walnut Grove on a business trip that will greatly increase their incomes, but they both have a change of heart when they regret the extensive time being spent away from their families. Meanwhile, Laura develops a huge crush on a classmate and finds herself requesting help from Nellie. Laura's desperate efforts lead to personal humiliation, but just like her father, she is about to learn an important lesson about being herself.moreless
  • Freedom Flight
    Freedom Flight
    Episode 13
    12/12/77
    3.5

    An American Indian arrives in Walnut Grove with his tribe, seeking medical attention for his ailing father. Doc Baker provides his best treatment for the Chief, but when certain community members to refuse to let them stay in town temporarily, Charles proposes a secret plan with Doc Baker to keep the tribe safe.

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  • Here Come The Brides
    12/5/77
    8.4
    Adam Simms and his son Luke move into town. Adam and Miss Beadle quickly fall in love, while Luke and Nellie develop a whirlwind romance of their own. Luke is a decent young man and very loyal to Nellie, but when Harriet does not approve of his "farm boy" status, the young couple make secret plans to elope.moreless
  • Meet Me At The Fair
    Meet Me At The Fair
    Episode 11
    11/28/77
    8.7
    The Ingalls and Oleson families are spending the day at a county fair, and there is plenty of fun and excitement in store for everyone. While sparks fly between Mary and a smooth-talking balloonist, Caroline and Harriet face off in a pie-baking contest, and Charles and Nels enter a gritty competition of their own. As for Laura, she wastes all her spending money in a surprising way, and Carrie faces serious danger when Laura fails to supervise her.moreless
  • The Fighter
    The Fighter
    Episode 10
    11/21/77
    6.6
    Fourteen years after being abandoned by his wife and son, a famous boxer named Joe Kagen passes through Walnut Grove. When a fighting match goes horribly wrong, Doc Baker and the townspeople learn that the ailing man, who sacrificed his family for his career, will only survive if he agrees to never enter the boxing ring again. It is a difficult decision, and ultimately, it is one that he cannot make by himself.moreless
  • The High Cost Of Being Right
    11/14/77
    7.7
    Jonathan Garvey is convinced that he has a great crop coming up, but as he is celebrating with his family at the dinner table, a fateful fire burns their entire barn down. With all their plans destroyed, Alice has a plan to help them get back on their feet, but Jonathan's pride threatens their marriage.moreless
  • The Aftermath
    The Aftermath
    Episode 8
    11/7/77
    6.6
    Jesse and Frank James hide out in Walnut Grove. The people of Walnut Grove find out who they really are when bounty hunters come looking for them.
  • To Run And Hide
    To Run And Hide
    Episode 7
    10/31/77
    7.5
    After miscarrying two babies, Beth Novack is thrilled to be experiencing a healthy pregnancy, but when her loving husband takes a dangerous tumble from the roof one afternoon, she becomes a widow within 24 hours. Devastated that he could not save his patient, Doc Baker decides to retire from doctoring and pursue a farming career. Obviously, his shoes are very difficult to fill, which the community quickly learns when his replacement, Doctor Logan, arrives in town.moreless
  • The Creeper of Walnut Grove
    10/24/77
    7.3
    Laura and Andy are determined to find out who has been robbing the mercantile and stealing food from people. The "Garvey and Ingalls Detective Agency" is officially in business, but it ultimately causes more harm than good.
  • The Wolves
    The Wolves
    Episode 5
    10/17/77
    8.0
    Laura and Andy come across an injured female wolf and her pups. When they bring them back to the Garveys' barn, Jonathan reluctantly agrees to let them stay until Doc Baker nurses the mother back to health. As the town gradually finds out what's going on, they are concerned that more wolves will show up, threatening their families and livestock.moreless
  • The Handyman
    The Handyman
    Episode 4
    10/3/77
    7.5
    Charles begins building a kitchen onto the back of the house, but a sudden business trip leaves him unable to complete the job. This brings a charismatic handyman named Chris into their midst, and while Charles is away, the man bonds with Caroline and the girls. Needless to say, this causes several rumors to sweep around town, and nobody is more affected than Mary, who fears that Chris may be breaking their family apart.moreless
  • My Ellen
    My Ellen
    Episode 3
    9/26/77
    6.9
    A trip to the swimming hole with Mary and Laura sets the stage for tragedy when a fierce undercurrent takes 11-year-old Ellen Taylor's life. As the girl's mother withdraws in denial, she blames Laura for the accident and alienates everyone around her. With Eloise now disconnected from the entire Walnut Grove community, Laura attempts to cheer her up with a home visit and some flowers, but the woman's emotionally unstable condition puts Laura in some real danger.moreless
  • Times Of Change
    Times Of Change
    Episode 2
    9/19/77
    9.7
    When Charles gets the opportunity to visit Chicago on business, he hopes to turn it into a romantic getaway for him and Caroline, but he ends up escorting Mary, who longs to visit her fiance John. As father and daughter navigate a city that is very different from their simplistic Walnut Grove, unexpected revelations are on the way for both of them.moreless
  • Castoffs
    Castoffs
    Episode 1
    9/12/77
    4.8

    Laura is devastated to find her beloved dog dead in the barn. Charles brings home a stray named Bandit to curb his daughter's pain, but Laura refuses to bond with the new dog. Meanwhile, the Walnut Grove townspeople have mixed reactions to the idea of welcoming an eccentric new woman into their community.

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