Little House on the Prairie

Season 3 Episode 10

The Bully Boys

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Dec 06, 1976 on NBC
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The innocent townspeople of Walnut Grove have no idea what they're in for when the three Galender brothers settle in. While the oldest two run up large bills at the mercantile and the mill, the youngest boy causes big problems at school. At first, everyone attempts to take Reverend Alden's advice and give the Galenders a chance, but when their crimes turn violent, the community must decide how far their religious loyalties can take them.moreless

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  • the galenders come to walnut grove

    10
    i wish that "that woman"" wasn't so chummy to the galenders,and nellie was so romantic to bubba. they lied to everyone even the . bullying everyone,taking mercandice,lumber,ect without paying for it.
  • The Galendar brothers are not exactly the type of people we are used to seeing in Walnut Grove.

    4.5
    When the three Galendar brothers arrive in town, Mr.Hansen, Charles, Nels and others go out of their way to make them welcome, extending credit for goods and assisting in a variety of ways. The three repay the generosity of the townsfolk by bulling the children, lying and trying to take liberties with Caroline.



    Reverend Alden counsels a 'turn the other cheek' approach which drove me absolutely insane and sent out the wrong message to viewers, particularly young ones and I wasn't at all impressed by that as it seemed that he was condoning their appalling behaviour.



    When he finally saw sense, quite a bit of damage had been done and it was a case of too little, too late, so I wasn't impressed with the way this one was handled at all. Also, I remember how difficult Charles found it to settle his family in the town; they were not extended any credit or shown any special favours so this irked me a little as well.



    Nor my favourite episode as I didn't like the lack of moral message being sent.moreless
  • Three devious brothers arrive in town and are accepted by everyone but soon the truth becomes crystal clear. As all the townsfolk are bullied into submission the reverend who has been preaching to turn the other cheek sees the light and the wrongdoers aremoreless

    10
    On the Biography Channel, Michael Landon stated that he wasn't into making religious themed shows, but more shows about doing the right thing. As I watched this episode tonight that thought caught me up in a storm. At the start the townsfolk are opening themselves up to the newcomers. Even as the show progresses and the evilness of the brothers comes to light the town goes into the try-to-understand-their-situation mode. After everyone's other cheek is bruised and the Reverend gets an earfull from Charles it becomes apparent that a true threat is in their midst and the congregation comes together to defeat their adversary. The town has done or tried to do the right thing throughout the whole show. To me it was a well written, entertaining, and had a moral thread throughout. Some may call it fluff or whatever, but shows like this are refreshing and give my soul a shot of life.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)

Rayford Barnes

Rayford Barnes

Bert Henderson

Guest Star

Geoffrey Lewis

Geoffrey Lewis

Sam Galinder

Guest Star

Michael LeClair

Michael LeClair

Bubba Galinder

Guest Star

Victor French

Victor French

Mr. Edwards

Recurring Role

Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim

Nellie Oleson

Recurring Role

Jonathan Gilbert

Jonathan Gilbert

Willie Oleson

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Although Mr. Edwards is seen in this episode during the church scene, his wife and children are not.

    • It seems that Miss Beadle was never, ever around whenever Bubba started trouble in the schoolyard. He knocked one little girl to the ground with a ball, gave Mary quite a black eye, and pushed Laura to the ground more than once. You'd think that in light of what was going around about the Galender brothers at the time, the teacher would be paying closer attention to the boy's behavior at school. Furthermore, Miss Beadle was absolutely nowhere to be seen when Mary hit Bubba with her lunch pail, and the rest of the kids all attacked him at the same time. Even more, when Caroline was assaulted by the two older boys in another scene, there was NOBODY in eye's reach ANYWHERE in town. Not very likely.

    • Early in the episode, right before Bubba gives Mary a black eye, he throws the ball right at a girl named Cindy, knocking her to the ground. Then the other kids kind of just walk over calmly and crouch down next to her to see if she's okay, without looking all that concerned over the fact that she is face-down on the ground and not moving. Their reactions don't match up quite right in this case, and if you look closely, the little girl doesn't get up from that position until the bell rings several minutes later.

    • This is one of just several episodes that shows how even though Mary seems ultra sweet and quiet on the outside, she can really lose her cool when irritated badly enough. She lost it in The Handyman and Whisper Country, and back in Season 2's Troublemaker, she surprised viewers by getting right in Nellie Oleson's face and threatening to slap her. It seems that Season 4 was a time where Mary really started to let her inner rage show more; even besides the episodes listed above, there were quite a few others where Mary had the tendency to yell and get upset. In this episode, it's really quite shocking how she wallops Bubba in the face with her lunch pail with a force that could have easily left the kid unconscious in real life.

    • This is probably the only episode in the series where someone gets smacked in the face, and it actually makes a loud, hard noise. That's what happens when Bubba strikes Mary, and then later on, when Mary hits Bubba in the face with her lunch pail.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Mary: We're not putting up with your bullying anymore, Bubba.
      Bubba: Oh yeah? Well, first you better go talk to your papa, because if I remember, my brothers taught him real good how to belly crawl!

    • Edwards: (speaking to Charles, after he is beaten up by the Galinders) You should have said something Charles, you don't go up against roughnecks like that without a two-by-four.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Actor Michael LeClair is one of those child actors of the 70's whose face is widely recognized, but whose name is rarely known. He appeared in dozens of bit parts on various TV programs, including Quincy, Shazam!, The Waltons, and several ABC After School Specials. He left acting in the mid-1980's.

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