Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 5

The Wolves

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 17, 1977 on NBC
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Laura and Andy come across an injured female wolf and her pups. When they bring them back to the Garveys' barn, Jonathan reluctantly agrees to let them stay until Doc Baker nurses the mother back to health. As the town gradually finds out what's going on, they are concerned that more wolves will show up, threatening their families and livestock.moreless

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  • Laura and Andy Garvey come across an injured female wolf who has a couple of cubs and are determined to nurse her back to health in spite of resistence from several quarters.moreless

    5.0
    When Laura and Andy find what they believe is a injured dog with puppies, they are determined to nurse the mother back to health, even when they find out that the 'dog'is in fact a wolf. Charles and Jonathan are justifiably worried about what may happen if the restof the town find out as there are wolves attacking livestock all around Walnut Grove.



    As time goes on, the mother wolf begins to heal and Andy and Laura are clearly attached to the animal. The townsfolk, however, want to destroy the animal and her offspring which seems very cruel to the children who can see no harm coming from the animals.



    People change their minds about the wolves, however, when they realise that their problem is in fact a pack of feral dogs.



    Not much of interest in this one, except for the care of the wolf and her pups taken by the children.moreless
  • Pretty good episode.

    5.6
    While Carolione and Charles are away Mary is asked to watch Laura and Carrie.one day while playing Andy and Laura find A hurt mother wolf and two baby wolves.Andy keeps them at his house.

    Meanwhile there is A pack of wild dogs on the loose killing peoples livestock.It gets out that the Garveys have wolves and some of the towns men

    blames the wolves for the killings and threatens to kill them.Andy brings them over to Laura\\\'s house just then the wild dogs attack all of the kids hide in the Ingalls barn in the end the mother wolf ends up getting killed saving Andy\\\'s life.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Lindsay Greenbush

Lindsay Greenbush

Carrie Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Sidney Greenbush

Sidney Greenbush

Carrie Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen

Jonathan Garvey

Recurring Role

Don 'Red' Barry

Don 'Red' Barry

Larabee

Recurring Role

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Andy Garvey

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Laura suggests making a run from the barn after the attacking dogs have quieted down, Mary states that they can't because it's too dark to see where the dogs are. However, when they release Bandit so that he can go run for help, there appears to be plenty of light outside. Also, when the wild dogs then start digging under the barn walls, the viewer can see the sun brightly shining on them (this action was probably filmed earlier, however).

    • Supposedly, Larabee and Mrs. Olsen put the word out to all the men in town about gathering a posse to confront Garvey about his wolves, yet only two men show up to "back up" Larrabee.

    • Listen closely to the crying of the baby wolves. It is the exact same sound of the crying that the puppy named Lady did in the Disney animated classic Lady and the Tramp, at the beginning of the movie, when she was spending her first night with her new owners. If you've seen the film, you'll recognize the sound right away. They also used this "crying" track in Season 2's Remember Me, with the pups that Mary and Laura brought home.

    • Notice that thought Mary and Carrie fall face first into the dirt while running to the barn, they are colmpetely clean when they enter it.

    • Watch for the spectacular unscripted wipe out when Mary and Carrie run to the barn, the always clumsy Carrie loses her balance and trips Mary up, causing Mary to fall, and she drives Carrie's face into the dirt with her momentum.
      Reply: Carrie doesn't trip Mary. If you watch closely, you'll notice that the reason Carrie falls is because she is standing perfectly still when Mary runs by at top speed and grabs her by the hand. Carrie is pretty much jerked off her feet, and she can't run as quickly as Mary. She falls accordingly (as anyone in that situation would), and because Mary never lets go of her hand, she goes down with her. Just the same, it is a great unscripted moment that adds to the excitement of the scene, and both girls did a good job of getting in the moment.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • Actor Jack Lilley, here playing one of the men who comes to confront Jonathan about the wolf pups, played the stagecoach driver in almsot every episode that called for a stagecoach. One notable exception: he didn't portray the driver who was killed in Season 6's The Third Miracle.

    • The song that the kids sang was "Oh, Susanna" by Stephen Foster (1847). It's also the song that Charles plays on the fiddle at the end of the book.

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