Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 10

The Fighter

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 21, 1977 on NBC

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  • A very good episode which introduces us to the excellent recurring character of Joe Kagan, played wonderfully by Moses Gunn.

    Joe Kagan is an old boxer nearing the end of his career. His wife and son have deserted him and his shiftless manager is stealing money from him without him knowing. He comes to Walnut Grove willing to fight any man. If the other man wins, a purse of 50 dollars is theirs but mostly, it's Joe.

    Nellie talks Nels into fighting, even though it is clear that Nels is far from enthusiastic. Needless to say, Nels is down in just a few seconds but old Joe's luck has run out and he loses the next round. With that, his manager decamps and he decides to stay in Walnut Grove. That is the long and the short of it but it was a very good episode and a good introduction, even if the ending was somewhat predictable.
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