Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 6

The Creeper of Walnut Grove

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 24, 1977 on NBC
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The Creeper of Walnut Grove
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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.

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  • Robberies have been taking place in Walnut Grove and Laura and Andy are determined to unearth who is responsible.

    5.0
    Another "Laura and Andy" episode, and really, quite as dull overall as the previous one. The two kids were both terrific actors on the show, most particularly Melissa Gilbert, but it seems as though when an episode centres around them, they are given weak scripts, which is a shame because they are both capable of much more.



    In this episode, robberies are taking place around Walnut Grove, mostly foodstuffs, by a person who is nicknamed "The Creeper." Laura and Andy are recent converts to crime fiction novels and feel that all their reading gives them the required skills and knowledge to solve the case. And so, "The Garvey and Ingalls Detective Agency" is born and the two youngsters to do their utmost to apprehend the villain.



    It's a nice ending but a rather slow-moving and predictable episode all round.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)

Bernard Behrens

Bernard Behrens

Bailey

Guest Star

Johnny Doran

Johnny Doran

Timothy

Guest Star

Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen

Jonathan Garvey

Recurring Role

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Andy Garvey

Recurring Role

Hersha Parady

Hersha Parady

Alice Garvey

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Charles opens the hen house we see that the bucket spills on him is water not paint but when he comes in the house he has paint on him which seems unusual.

    • When Laura and Andy go to the Farrell's to tell Timothy that he has won the college scholarship, they find out that he's not home that he's working. So they talk to Bailey instead. When Laura and Andy get ready to leave, they hear some clucking. They go to the shed, and Laura realizes that it's Mathilda, her mother's best laying hen. If you look closely and if you know the difference between hens and roosters, you can see that is NOT a hen, but it is a rooster. Hens have little combs on their heads, while roosters have big ones.

    • There is a scene with Timothy and his father Bailey, who is still recovering from a heart attack, but is seen eating ham and eggs. Since ham and eggs are very full of cholesterol, this is obviously not the ideal meal for a man in Bailey's condition to have.

    • In one scene, Nellie refers to her Aunt Victoria as a "bore," but it's not entirely clear, and you have to listen very carefully to be able to tell that this is what she's saying. If you didn't know any better, you might think she is actually saying a 5-letter word that rhymes with "bore" and describes an immoral woman!

    • Normally a very sweet and mild-tempered man, Nels shocks audiences by actually yelling at Laura and Andy--something he never does in any other episode of Little House with any children other than those in his own family! It's very surprising to watch Nels furiously shoo Laura and Andy out of the store, then yell at them again later, when they attack Mrs. Oleson in the middle of the night.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Laura: Nellie! Willie!
      Andy: You want to help us catch the creeper?
      Nellie: Why should we help you?
      Andy: Well, your store was robbed, wasn't it?
      Laura: Think of how proud your parents will be.
      Willie: They already are.
      Laura: Yeah, but this will give them a reason.

    • Charles: (after Laura is responsible for making his hair green) And furthermore, I'm going to assign you extra chores. That includes Saturdays and Sundays!
      Caroline: Charles, not Sundays.
      Charles: All right. If she can't work, then she can sit. You'll sit up in the loft and read the Good Book!
      Laura: For how long?
      Charles: Until my hair gets back to normal! That's how long!
      Laura: That long?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Though the episode ends on a sweet note of neighborly assistance, one does wonder what happened to Mr. Farrell after Charles, Jonathan and Nels leave town at the end of the season and Hansen has his stroke. This is another example of a neighbor who is never seen again.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Andy Garvey references Allan Pinkerton in this episode. Pinkerton, a Scotland native, emmigrated to the United States and served as a spy for the Union during the Civil War. He fought in the bloody Battle of Antietam, and in 1862, he foiled an assasination attempt on then president Abraham Lincoln. After the war, he founded the Pinkerton Detective and Security Agency, which is still in existence today.

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