Little House on the Prairie

Season 6 Episode 17

The Werewolf Of Walnut Grove

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Unknown on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: Where was Carrie when Bart walked up to Laura, Albert and Cleanerce, when that white stuff came out of Alberts mouth? She normally sat in the front row.

    • listen to the disrespectful chant that Bart sings to Eliza Jane. This is taken directly form Laura Ingalls Wilder's book The Long Winter, and it was originally made up by Laura and her friends because they disliked Eliza Jane.

    • For the first time in this episode, we hear Almanzo's full name. Eliza Jane calls him "Almanzo James Wilder" as he's about to storm out of his house after learning that his sister has been bullied by one of her students.

    • Eliza Jane is the first Walnut Grove teacher to encounter a serious, job-threatening issue with a student since Miss Beadle in Season 2's Troublemaker.

    • This is the first episode where we see recent graduate Nellie Oleson sitting in at the school board. Nels Oleson is nowhere to be seen during this crucial meeting, where they're deciding whether or not to expel Bart. Apparently, the writers brought in Nellie and eliminated Nels for the sake of convenience, so she and her mother could be difficult and refuse to cooperate with what needed to be done--in this case, expelling Bart.

    • When Laura and Albert are working on the big rock to scare Bart, Caroline and baby Grace come out to see how they're doing. Notice that Grace has some kind of pants underneath her prairie dress, and they look almost like flannel pajama bottoms, which obviously did not exist back then.

    • Albert is the second Ingalls child to get a black eye from a bullying male student. This also happened to Mary in Season 4's Bully Boys, with Bubba Galendar. In both cases, the Ingalls parents basically shrug it off without getting very upset, which is very uncharacteristic of them.

    • Nitpick: Bartholomew offers to pay Clarence $1.00 to do a class project for him, then backs out of the promise when Clarence gives him a finished project. Clarence had been hoping to buy his mother a birthday present with that money, but said that he couldn't after Bartholomew stiffed him. Later in the episode Clarence jokes to Bartholomew about Albert turning into a werewolf on the night of the full moon. He bets Bartholomew $1.00 that he will be too scared to go to the Ingalls house and see it. How was Clarence going to back up this bet when he obviously had no money?

  • Quotes

    • Miss Wilder: I apologize, not only for myself, but for the school board, which allowed themselves to be bullied by a wealthy fool.
      Bart: You watch what you say about my Pa!
      Miss Wilder: How did you know I was talking about your father? Was it the word wealthy, or the word fool?

    • Laura: I hear your sister's leaving.
      Almanzo: Yeah.
      Laura: Does that mean you'll be leaving, too?
      Almanzo: Yes.
      Laura: I wish you didn't have to.
      Almanzo: (long pause) I don't want to leave, but my sister's all alone......and I feel a responsibility.
      Laura: Oh. (sad, looks down) I'll miss you.
      Almanzo: I'll miss you too, Beth.
      Laura: You will?
      Almanzo: Yeah.

    • Eliza Jane: (after Bart knocks her chair over) Pick up my chair!
      Bart: Pick it up yourself.
      Eliza Jane: Pick it up now, or--
      Bart: Or what? What are you gonna do, expel me? I don't think so.
      Eliza Jane: (long pause, she is stunned) Class, today we're going to work on decimals for the more advanced students.......(goes to write on the blackboard, starts to cry) I'm sorry, I'm not feeling well today. Class dismissed.

    • Bart: (after Almanzo breaks up a fight with him, Laura, and Albert) You stay out of this!
      Almanzo: You were going to fight a girl?
      Bart: Not her. Him! (points to Albert, goes after him)
      Almanzo: Whoa, whoa, wait a minute! He's half your size!
      Bart: You're not! (goes to punch him, Almanzo beats him to it)

  • Notes

    • Note the excellent makeup of the werewolf - Albert. Hmmmm, wasn't Michael Landon in the 1957 movie "I Was a Teenage Werewolf". Notice any resemblance between him then and Albert now in this episode?

  • Allusions