Little House on the Prairie

Season 5 Episode 15

The Craftsman

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Jan 08, 1979 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (1)

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  • Isaac is a master craftsman with wood and does some beautiful work but he is also Jewish and when Albert befriends him, difficulties arise at school.

    Isaac is very old, a widower with one son who misses his wife a great deal. He is also the best wood craftsman for many miles around, taking great pride in each individual piece. After his son moves away to marry, Isaac takes Albert under his wing and begins to teach him exactly what can be done with wood. Albert thoroughly enjoys the lessons and the budding friendship with the old man. He learns more than just craftsmanship from him too.

    Unfortunately for Albert, racism and bigotry are alive and well in Walnut Grove and he finds himself teased and bullied by his classmates for associating with 'The Jew'. Naturally, it is Harriet Oleson who leads the charge.

    When Isaac becomes ill, he starts to make a very special coffin with Albert's help. What Albert doesn't realise is that it is for Isaac himself as he is having heart problems and he knows his time is near.

    Albert is very sad when his friend passes away but he is determined to finish the coffin and do a fine job of it.

    A lovely episode which shows us how friendships can be formed no matter what the barriers.
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