Little House on the Prairie

Season 3 Episode 19

The Wisdom Of Solomon

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 07, 1977 on NBC
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An 11-year-old black child named Solomon Henry feels oppressed by his heritage's lack of opportunity in life. He runs away from his mother and older brother to pursue his dream of attending school somewhere. He comes across Charles Ingalls in Mankato, secretly hitches a ride in the back of his wagon, and eventually becomes a guest in the Ingalls home. As he helps out around the farm and goes to school in Walnut Grove, Solomon's optimistic attitude is a true inspiration to the whole family, but he struggles to open up about his real life.moreless

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  • Great quote

    7.5
    One quote from this episode I have repeated to others who say they don't see color, or that others get things they want, like jobs, etc.

    As Solomon said, 'Would you like to live to be a 100 and be black or 50 and be white?" Mr. Ingall's didn't answer and neither have any I have asked that question.



    I did cringe at some of the comments, but they were fitting to the time.moreless
  • A young African-American boy named Solomon wants more out of life and he intends to get it.

    6.5
    Solomon Henry (played by Todd Bridges from Diff'rent Strokes') is a young black boy who seeks a better life for himself. He runs away from his mother and ends up in Mankato where he spies Charles Ingalls and his wagon and decides to hitch a ride to a new future.



    Arriving in Walnut Grove, Solomon sees the kind of life that he seeks right in front of him, there for the taking. He soon finds himself involved in the local school and sees a far brighter future ahead of him. When he ends up staying with Charles and his family, he is even more determined than ever that he will have the future he wants.



    This episode showed us all just how lucky we are to have what we have and also what can be achieved with a strong spirit and determination. The premise of the episode and the lessons learned were excellent, but I would have preferred a stronger script to showcase Solomon's story even more.moreless
  • *Very special and cringe-inducing episode of LHOTP!* Todd Bridges (Willis from "Diff'rent Strokes") guest stars as a young Black boy who wants to go to school and is told he can't. Boarding at the Ingalls, he touches the family, especiallymoreless

    7.0
    The issue of race comes to Walnut Grove and while there are some special moments here, there are also times when I wanted to jump out of my skin. Example: When Laura walks into the barn and sees Solomon (Todd Bridges, AKA Willis on "Diff'rent Strokes"), she rubs his skin to prove to herself that he is a "real-life Negro" (a phrase repeated by Laura in excruciating abundance). The saintliness of the Ingalls' family is a bit much regarding taking in a strange boy, regardless of color, but particularly given the times and environment, but anything is possible, of course. It's a strange episode: half-uncomfortable and half-interesting in a historical context.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

Charlotte Stewart

Charlotte Stewart

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

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Todd Bridges

Todd Bridges

Solomon Henry

Guest Star

Maidie Norman

Maidie Norman

Mrs. Henry

Guest Star

David Downing

David Downing

Jackson Henry

Guest Star

Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim

Nellie Oleson

Recurring Role

Jonathan Gilbert

Jonathan Gilbert

Willie Oleson

Recurring Role

Bryce Berg

Bryce Berg

Boy

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