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.

  • 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
    Episode 19
    2/20/78
    6.7
    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
    Episode 18
    2/6/78
    6.2

    When Charles learns that he's inherited the estate of a wealthy uncle, the Ingalls family find themselves on the brink of a new way of life.

  • 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.
  • 1/23/78
    8.0

    On the evening of their 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.

  • 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
    Episode 14
    1/9/78
    7.7

    Charles and Jonathan leave Walnut Grove on a profitable business trip. Meanwhile, Laura develops a crush on a classmate.

  • 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
    8.2

    Nellie Oleson falls in love with a pig farmer, to the horror of her mother.

  • Meet Me At The Fair
    Episode 11
    11/28/77
    8.3
    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
    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
  • 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
    Episode 8
    11/7/77
    6.2
    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
    Episode 7
    10/31/77
    6.8
    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
  • 10/24/77
    7.2
    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
    Episode 5
    10/17/77
    7.7
    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
    Episode 4
    10/3/77
    7.2
    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
    Episode 3
    9/26/77
    6.7
    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
    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
    Episode 1
    9/12/77
    4.7

    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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