Little House on the Prairie

Season 2 Episode 7

The Spring Dance

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 29, 1975 on NBC
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Laura and Grace Snider are both in low spirits when they are left with no dates for the spring dance. Feeling that Grace is underappreciated by Isaiah Edwards, Caroline uses memories of her courtship with Charles to provide her friend with strategies to make Isaiah jealous. Laura overhears their conversation and applies it to her own experiences--so while Grace devotes her time to "wooing" Doc Baker, Laura poses as Willie Oleson's girlfriend to earn the attention of a boy at school. When their ruthless attempts backfire and the dance draws nearer, Caroline comes up with an idea that just might work better.moreless

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  • Springtime In Walnut Grove

    The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer, and love is in the air. Must be spring in Walnut Grove! With the upcoming annual spring dance, Laura Ingalls and Grace Synder both fear that they won't have dates for the dance. Caroline tells the girls that jealousy made Charles jealous when they were courting. Both Grace and Laura decide to give it a try. Laura flirts with Willie Oleson and Grace flirts with Dr. Baker. Will everything work out? Will the girls get the guy of their interest to ask them to the dance?moreless
  • The Spring Dance is getting closer and neither Laura nor Mrs. Snyder have been asked to go along, which obviously calls for drastic measures.

    Grace Snyder and Laura are both down in the dumps because the annual Spring Dance is getting ever closer and neither of them have a date. Both the older woman and the young girl decide whom it is they wish to ask them and so, each in their own way, set about making the object of their affections jealous so that they may ask them after all. Grace uses Doc Baker as 'bait' while Laura strikes a bargain with Willie Oleson in return for some prized marbles.

    Needless to say, things don't go as planned until Caroline steps in with some good, common sense advice and tells them to ask the gents in question themselves, which seems a sound proposition, especially when it actually works!

    Quite dull in places but I did enjoy the work of young Jonathan Gilbert who had a lot of screen time and performed very well as a most reluctant Willie.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

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

Charlotte Stewart

Charlotte Stewart

Miss Eva Beadle/Mrs. Simms (1974 - 1978)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Clay O'Brien

Clay O'Brien

Henry Henderson

Guest Star

Victor French

Victor French

Mr. Edward

Recurring Role

Bonnie Bartlett

Bonnie Bartlett

Grace Snider

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Laura and Willie are walking and Doc Baker passes by them, Willie asks Doc Baker for a ride and Doc Baker gives Willie the ride. Laura is just left standing there as Doc Baker drives Willie home. It seems surprising that Doc Baker would just leave Laura standing there without offering her a ride home after he agreed to give Willie a ride home.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Caroline: (about how she tried to make Charles jealous many years ago) And so I had to track him down, admit my deceptions, and ask him to the dance myself.
      Laura: But the girls aren't supposed to do the asking!
      Grace: Isaiah would never let me hear the end of it!
      Caroline: Well, swallowing your pride doesn't give you indigestion.

    • Willie: (at the fishing hole) We've got dibs on this spot, Henry.
      Laura: There's enough room for everyone.
      Henry: First is first.
      Willie: Two's company, three's a crowd, and four and five is nine!

    • Charles: I thought you were all through with your homework, Half Pint.
      Laura: We're having a Bible quiz in Sunday School.
      Charles: Oh, good. I'll ask you a few questions to see if you can answer them. Where do they mention baseball in the Bible?
      Laura: Baseball?
      Charles: Mm hmm.
      Laura: I didn't know they played baseball in the Bible.
      Charles: Mm-hmm. The very first line in the Book of Genesis--"In the Big Inning!" (laughs)
      Caroline: Charles!
      Charles: All right, let me try another one. What time of day did God create Adam?
      Laura: What time?
      Charles: Just before Eve. (dead silence in the room) Just before Eve. (no laughter, Charles clears his throat uncomfortably) I think I'll go outside and smoke my pipe......

    • Laura: Recess is almost over, and you haven't held my hand once!
      Willie: I had to go to the outhouse.
      Laura: You always have to go to the outhouse!
      Willie: I can't hold your hand all the time!
      Laura: You have to if you want the Aggie and all your other marbles back.
      Willie: Don't forget the Cloudie!
      Laura: I didn't, but you're not keeping up your end of the bargain!
      Willie: I can't hold hands all the time! My hand gets wet!

    • Caroline: What's the matter, Laura?
      Laura: Well, I've been thinking. You can hear a lot of fairy tales and stories, but you never really know how tragical things are unless you feel them yourself. Now I know how Cinderella felt when nobody asked her to the ball.

    • Mr. Edwards: (to Nels Oleson) Hey, we missed you at the poker game last night!
      Harriet: Some people spend their time with more worthwhile pursuits.
      Mr. Edwards: Well, so would I, if I could think of one.

    • Willie: I bet you want me to do something mean to my sister.
      Laura: No, just a favor.
      Willie: What kind of favor?
      Laura: You have to pretend like you like me--like you're my beau.
      Willie: That's not a favor, that's a chore!

    • Charles: (about the popcorn) This needs more salt.
      Caroline: You should have said something before you ate it all!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Filming Locations: Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.

    • Actor Clay O'Brien (Henry) appeared in many Disney productions, including The Apple Dumpling Gang. He was a favorite child actor of John Wayne, and as a result, he garnered many small roles in westerns. He grew up to become a champion rodeo rider and holds seven records in Free Roping.