Little House on the Prairie

Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Feb 25, 1976 on NBC

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  • There is no doubt about Miss Beadle's excellence as a teacher, but when she has trouble controlling some of the older, bigger boys in the school, the Board decide to replace her with a male teacher instead.

    It's very hard to teach when several of your older male students are deliberately being disruptive, as Miss Beadle soon finds out, to her cost. When it is found that some of the bigger boys are out of control, the School Board, regretfully, decide that Miss Beadle will have to be replaced by a male teacher who will be able to deal with the issue.

    Mr. Applewood turns out to be a very strict disciplinarian indeed. Even young Laura finds herself getting into trouble for minor infractions of the rules. When Charles finds out, he approaches the teacher, who manages to smooth it all over, and, as a result, will not listen when Laura says that things haven't changed. Mr. Applewood, however, soon oversteps the mark completely and it isn't long before Miss Beadle is reinstated.
  • Seems like Walnut Grove's new teacher has a serious anger management issue.

    When sweet Miss Beadle can't handle the flood of testosterone that's invaded her schoolroom when the older boys return from harvest, the school board votes to oust her in favor of a male who can get the job done. Little do they realize that their new hire has a serious anger management problem, which manifests itself in an outpouring of rage on unsuspecting and unoffending Half Pint. Harriet meddles in the mix and escalates the already unfortunate series of events by putting the idea in Mr. Applewood's – the new teacher – head that Laura used to be the teacher's pet.

    An episode that stands out in my mind from the time I was a kid, this season two treat is Little House at its best, with the Olson and Ingalls kids getting into it physically, tension when the scary new teacher arrives, and hilarity when Applewood fails to incite fear into the older boys.
  • Another excellent episode from Season Two.

    Another excellent episode from Season Two. After a series of practical jokes by classmates, Ms. Beadle resigns from the school. The school board determines a male teacher would be better suited for the class. Hannibal Applewood arrives the following week, and on recommendation from the Olesons, proceeds to torment Laura as much as possible, even suspending her from class for something she didn't do. When Charles realizes Applewood's true nature, he has Mary and Laura go to school without their homework intentionally so he can catch the mean teacher in the act. But the true "troublemaker" of the episode's title turns out to be two older students who caused the trouble in the first place. Eventually, Applewood is driven out of Walnut Grove by the Town Council..