Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 8

The Aftermath

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 07, 1977 on NBC
6.5
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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.

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  • A little bit of history, combined with a lot of fiction actually makes for an interesting episode as Jesse and Frank James hide out in Walnut Grove following a robbery in a nearby town.moreless

    8.5
    Miss Beadle wants the class to do an assignment on the causes of the American Civil War. This raises some contentious issues among the citizenry as the war has not been over all that long and feelings are still running very high.



    Meanwhile, Jesse and Frank James, wanted for a plethora of crimes, arrive in town and hide out after a big robbery. They rent a large house and Mary Ingalls ends up running errands for them as they have artful excuses as to why they can't do these things for themselves.



    Some rather disorganised bounty hunters arrive in search of the men and the people of the town are soon aware of who their 'guests' are, but decide not to hand them over to the authorities.



    Meanwhile, Bobby Ford, a student at the school is proving very difficult with regard to the Civil War assignment. Bobby has all kinds of issues with a large number of things, including the rights and wrongs of the war.



    Six years after the setting of this episode Robert (Bobby) Ford, would shoot Jesse James dead.



    An interesting episode, even if accuracy was stretched to the limit! I guess that is what television is all about. Some terrific acting by the guest stars and several of the principals as well. Definitely worth watching on a number of levels.moreless
  • One of the straight westerns that sort of works but its resemblance to a typical "Bonanza" episode makes it a non-sequiter for the series.

    5.6
    After a famous robbery, Frank and Jesse James hide in Walnut Grove while bounty hunters are in pursuit.



    You can almost see Michael Landon get excited on learning that the James Brothers staged a well-known hold up in Northfield, Minnesota (not particularly close, but not that far from Walnut Grove) and deciding to incorporate a more classic "western" into his series. At the same time, this show was produced at about the same time that the country was re-evaluating history and motivations behind it - sometimes from a rather simplistic 70s perspective. The messages here aren't bad for a more modern time, even Miss Beadle's class assignment on the motivatons behind the Civil War are interesting (if hopelessly innacurate for the time period the series is set in).



    Its just not seamless, and season 4 seems to show the beginnings of a corruption of the show's cohesive quaities ("My Ellen", and "The High Cost of Being Right" are not stories from the 1800s). There is no doubt that Hollywood became successful with westerns, not "midwesterns" but integrating the two doesn't quite work.



    There is no gunplay here, but the idea that a gang of bounty hunters (loosely knit reward hunters not often even licensed in the 19th century) could somehow keep the town hostage in their pursuit of the James's is a little out there, and while its a nice idea to make Frank a kind and intellectual character, it just doesn't wash with history. Actually, I think the idea of outlaws on the run could have worked without the baggage of Jesse James - the sense of reality would have been better and the coincidences not so hard to swallow.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)

Michael Conrad

Michael Conrad

Broder

Guest Star

Dennis Rucker

Dennis Rucker

Dankworth

Guest Star

Frank Marth

Frank Marth

Lewis Ford

Guest Star

Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen

Jonathan Garvey

Recurring Role

Hersha Parady

Hersha Parady

Alice Garvey

Recurring Role

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Andy Garvey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • There is a little goof that Melissa Anderson makes in this episode when she's referring to the men that she's working for. The men are Mr. Hobbs and Mr. Dankworth, but she calls them Mr. Dankworth and Mr. Dobbs!

    • Charles says that the Civil War has only been over for 11 years when he expresses his concern to Mary over Miss Beadle's intent to teach on it. That would make this episode take place in 1876 (since the war ended in 1865). Laura Ingalls was born in 1867, two years after the end of the war. If this episode takes place in 1876, she should only be nine years old, which she is not--she is about 11 right now. Another problem is over a year ago, Walnut Grove was celebrating our country's centennial.

    • The house that Frank and Jesse are renting is Mr. Pike's from Haunted House (ep #29)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Doc Baker: I'm told you have a sick man here. Dankworth: Yes, sir, my partner has swamp fever. Uh, it's an old, familiar problem; ain't no trouble at all. Doc Baker: It's no trouble? Mr. Ingalls mentioned some accompanying convulsions, and that just doesn't sound right. I think he should be examined. Dankworth: Well, I don't plan to argue medicine with a doctor; the fact is, I've wanted him to be examined all along, and I still do. Doc Baker: Well, then. Dankworth: Well, see, that brings up a little controversy. You see, Mr. Hobbs has an unreasonable distrust for doctors, and, uh, I can't seem to talk him out of it. Why, the only way he'd let a medical man within two feet of him is for me to bound him hands and feet and then sit on him!

    • Mary: (ending narration) The James brothers made good their escape and none of us ever saw them again; except Bobby Ford, who would see Jesse on another day, his last day, six years later.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Mary Ingalls, has said in previous interviews that she really enjoyed these self-described "rugged western" types of episodes, as opposed to the lighter, fluffier stories that were used for many episodes. She says she liked both types, but episodes like this were especially fun for her.

    • John Bennett Perry is the father of renowned Friends actor Matthew Perry. He was well known in the late 1970's and early 1980's as the handsome face of Old Spice men's after shave.

    • Veteran character actor Michael Conrad, as lawman Broder, is perhaps best known for playing Sgt. Phil Esterhaus in the long-running cop drama "Hill Street Blues". As roll sergeant, he ended each morning's officer meeting with the phrase that became a 80's pop-culture sensation: "Let's be careful out there."

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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      The episode, though fictional, is based on the real James brothers. But, the actors cast were patterned after the actors who played Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid in the 1969 movie.

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