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Season 2

2.01 The Richest Man In Walnut Grove  (25)

2.02 Four Eyes  (26)

2.03 Ebenezer Sprague  (27)

2.04 In The Big Inning  (28)

2.05 Haunted House  (29)

2.06 The Spring Dance  (30)

2.07 Remember Me: Part I  (31)

2.08 Remember Me: Part II  (32)

2.09 The Camp-Out  (33)

2.10 At The End Of The Rainbow  (34)

2.11 The Gift  (35)

2.12 His Father's Son  (36)

2.13 The Talking Machine  (37)

2.14 The Pride Of Walnut Grove  (38)

2.15 A Matter Of Faith  (39)

2.16 The Runaway Caboose  (40)

2.17 Troublemaker  (41)

2.18 The Long Road Home  (42)

2.19 For My Lady  (43)

2.20 Centennial  (44)

2.21 Soldier's Return  (45)

2.22 Going Home  (46)

Season 2 DVD cover

Starring: Michael Landon, Karen Grassle (1-15,17-221), Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, Lindsay Sidney Greenbush2 (1-15,17-221). Executive Producer: Michael Landon. Produced by John Hawkins (1,3,5-14,16-18,20-22), B. W. Sandefur (2,4,15,19). Developed for Television by Blanche Hanalis. Based Upon the "Little House" Series of Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The Town: Richard Bull (Mr. Oleson 1,3-11,13,17,20,21), Kevin Hagen (Dr. Baker 4,6-8,11,12,15,21), Katherine MacGregor3 (Mrs. Oleson 1-11,13,14,17,19-21), Karl Swenson (Mr. Hanson 1,3,4,7,8,11,14,17,19,20,22), Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden 1,4,7,8,11,15,20-22), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle 1-4,6-11,13,14,17,20), Ted Gehring (Mr. Sprague 3,10,19).

B. W. Sandefur (Co-Producer 1,3,5-14,16-18,20-22), John Hawkins (Co-Producer 2,4,15,19), David Rose (Music), Kent McCray (Associate Producer), Ted Voigtländer A.S.C. (Director of Photography 1,3,5,7,8,10,12,13,17,18,22), Haskell Boggs A.S.C. (Director of Photography 2,4,6,9,11,14-16,19-21), Walter M. Jefferies (Art Director), Jerry Taylor (Editor 1,3,5,7,8,10,13,14,16,19-21), John Loeffler (Editor 2,4,6,9,11,12,15,17,18,22), Don Webb (Set Decoration), Miles S. Middough (Assistant Director 1,3,5,7,8,10,12,13,17,18,22), Maury Dexter (Assistant Director 2,4,6,9,11,14-16,19-21), Edward R. Morse (Casting), Marvin Coil A.C.E. (Supervising Editor), Allan Snyder S.M.A. (Makeup), Larry Germain C.H.S. (Hair Stylist), Andy Matyasi (Men's Costumer), Richalene Kelsay (Women's Costumer), Edna Bullock (Music Editor), Edward P. Ancona Jr. (Color Consultant), Charles Knight (Sound Recording), Dave Dockendorf (Sound Recording 1-11,13-22), Jay Harding (Sound Recording 12), Photographed with Panavision Equipment®, Processed by Consolidated Film Industries, Sound by Glen Glenn Sound, An NBC Production In Association with Ed Friendly.

Copyright © MCMLXXV [1975] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (1-13,15)
Copyright © MCMLXXVI [1976] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (14,16-22)

1 Credited across all episodes, but only appears in those indicated.
2 Carrie is played jointly by twin actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush.
3 aka Scottie MacGregor.

The Richest Man In Walnut Grove

Episode# 2.01 (25)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast September 10, 1975, NBC

Guest Star: Kelly Thordsen (Baker Makay). Featuring: Jim Jeter (Hans Dorfler), Queenie Smith (Mrs. Whipple), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Tracie Savage (Christy Kennedy).

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).

The lumber mill closes when a major customer declares bankruptcy, leaving Mr. Hanson unable to pay Charles. In turn, this means the Ingalls can't pay their bill at the Oleson mercantile. With Mrs. Oleson leaning heavily on them, the whole Ingalls clan has to take on extra work to discharge the debt.

Charles digs a ditch for money
Caroline ploughs a field

Four Eyes

Episode# 2.02 (26)
Written by B. W. Sandefur
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast September 17, 1975, NBC

Guest Star: Ford Rainey (Dr. Burke). Co-Starring: Brian Richards (John Stacey). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Tracie Savage (Christy Kennedy). Cindy Moore (Tall School Girl)2.

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; this entry has been taken from the Internet Movie Database and has not been verified.

Teacher Miss Beadle and the Ingalls become concerned about Mary's poor performance in school, until Charles realizes that she has a problem with her eyesight. Now fitted with glasses, Mary is teased by the Oleson kids. Upset, Mary then refuses to wear her glasses... That is, until she meets the handsome boyfriend of the similarly bespectacled Miss Beadle.

Mary's sight being tested
Mary with her new specs

Ebenezer Sprague

Episode# 2.03 (27)
Written by Hindi Brooks
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast September 24, 19751,2, NBC

Guest Star: Ted Gehring (Ebenezer Sprague). Featuring: Janice Carroll (Mrs. Kennedy), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Ed Crick (Mr. Taylor), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Jonathan Gilbert3 (Willie Oleson), James Killmond (Johnny), Lloyd "Sunshine" Parker (Freight Man), Tracie Savage (Christy Kennedy), Donna Anderson (Woman).

1 Sources (e.g. IMDb) which list Haunted House for this date would seem to be incorrect.
2 I can find no original evidence that this episode was aired on November 19, 1975, as suggested by e.g. IMDb.
3 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).

Laura is shocked to discover that her amiable fishing friend is none other than Walnut Grove's new banker, miserly Ebenezer Sprague, and is upset when he accuses her of befriending him simply to secure a loan for her family. On reflection, he regrets his attitude and buys Laura's school a new set of textbooks to say sorry.

Tight-fisted Ebenezer Sprague
Laura with Jack the dog

In The Big Inning

Episode# 2.04 (28)
Written by B. W. Sandefur
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast October 1, 1975, NBC

Guest Star: Victor French (Mr. Edwards). Special Guest Star: Gregory Walcott (Slick McBurney). Co-Starring: Karl Lukas (Jebediah Mumfort), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Snider), June Dayton (Margaret Mumfort). Featuring: Chuck Hayward (Cosby), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)2.

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
2 Uncredited on episode's titles.

It's the annual baseball game between Walnut Grove and Sleepy Eye. Walnut Grove believe they have found a new secret weapon in the form of Jebediah Mumfort. When Mumfort's strait-laced wife finds out that people are gambling on the outcome of the game, she forbids her husband to take part. Caroline Ingalls intervenes and promises any winnings to the church; Mumfort is allowed to play, and Walnut Grove goes on to win the game.

Charles makes a new bat for the game
Walnut Grove doesn't look like winning

Haunted House

Episode# 2.05 (29)
Teleplay by Ray Goldrup and John Hawkins & B. W. Sandefur, story by Ray Goldrup
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast October 8, 19751,2, NBC

Guest Star: John Anderson (Amos Pike). Featuring: Steffen Zacharias (Jamie Dent), Lisa Lyon (Lilly Baldwin), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert3 (Willie Oleson), Karen Nicoletti (Jane).

1 Sources (e.g. IMDb) which list The Camp-Out for this date would seem to be incorrect.
2 I can find no original evidence that this episode was aired on September 24, 1975, as suggested by e.g. IMDb.
3 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).

Egged on by Nellie and Willie, Laura dares to investigate the local "haunted house". She finds a reclusive old man, Amos Pike, who can't accept the death of his wife, a beautiful actress, many years previously. Although he's initially hostile, the man's confidence is gradually won by Laura. She helps him to stop deluding himself that his wife will still return home someday, and to start living a fuller life.

Laura hiding in the old house
Sad Amos Pike

The Spring Dance

Episode# 2.06 (30)
Written by Gerry Day
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast October 29, 1975, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Snider), Clay O'Brien (Henry Henderson). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson). David Prowse (Sawmill Foreman)2, Clay Greenbush3 (School Kid)4.

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; this entry has been taken from the Internet Movie Database and has not been verified. I am dubious about the identification of Dave Prowse as being in this episode.
3 Clay Greenbush is the brother of Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (who play Carrie).
4 Uncredited on episode's titles; this entry has been taken from the Internet Movie Database and has not been verified.

Laura wants to be invited to the annual spring dance by Henry Henderson, while Grace Snider hopes she will be asked by Mr. Edwards. However, both Henry and Mr. Edwards are making no moves. Caroline suggests a plan that she once used on Charles – "make him jealous"... But the results this time are not as Caroline remembers and Charles has to jog her memory. In the end, both Laura and Grace do the asking!

Willie Oleson, Laura and Henry Henderson play marbles
Mr. Edwards with the widow Grace Snider

Remember Me: Part I

Episode# 2.07 (31)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast November 5, 1975, NBC

Guest Star[sic]: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Snider), Radames Pera (John Jr.)1. Special Guest Star: Patricia Neal (Julia Sanderson). Co-Starring: Brian Part (Carl)1, Kyle Richards (Alicia)1, Jim Goodwin (Tyler)2. Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert3 (Willie Oleson). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)4.5

1 This is the first appearance of the Sanderson kids, who would be adopted by the Edwards: Radames Pera (John Jr.), Brian Part (Carl) and Kyle Richards (Alicia).
2 In some copies of this episode, this credit appears to have been added afterwards and reads "Jim Goodman" (instead of "Goodwin").
3 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
4 Uncredited on episode's titles.
5 Sheldon Allman (Jason Anders) and Gerry Gaylor (Sylvia Anders) are credited but do not appear. Likewise, Irene Tedrow (Minerva Farnsworth) is credited on some copies of this episode.

A widowed mother, Julia Sanderson, learns she has terminal cancer and, with no close relatives to care for her three children, gets Charles to promise to find them a new home after she dies. Meanwhile, Laura and Mary rescue some puppies from being drowned, and the relationship between Mr. Edwards and Grace Snider begins to blossom.

Patricia Neal as Julia Sanderson
Julia Sanderson appeals for a home for her three children: John, Carl and Alicia

Remember Me: Part II

Episode# 2.08 (32)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast November 12, 1975, NBC

Guest Star[sic]: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Snider), Radames Pera (John Jr.). Co-Starring: Brian Part (Carl), Kyle Richards (Alicia), Sheldon Allman (Jason Anders), Irene Tedrow (Minerva Farnsworth). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Gerry Gaylor (Sylvia Anders), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)2.3

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
2 Uncredited on episode's titles.
3 Patricia Neal (Julia Sanderson) is credited but only appears in flashbacks to Part I.

After Julia Sanderson's death, her three children are temporarily looked after by Grace Snider with help from Mr. Edwards. When Charles is unable to find someone to adopt all three children, he has to make the difficult decision to place them in separate homes. At the very last minute, Mr. Edwards makes a monumental move – he marries Grace, and they take on all three children.

Charles at Julia Sanderson's grave
Grace Snider and Isaiah Edwards get married

The Camp-Out

Episode# 2.09 (33)
Teleplay by Gerry Day, story by Joseph Bonaduce
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast November 19, 19751,2, NBC

Guest Stars: Katherine MacGregor3 (Mrs. Oleson), Richard Bull (Mr. Oleson). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert4 (Willie Oleson). Cindy Moore (Tall Schoolgirl)5.

1 Sources (e.g. IMDb) which list Ebenezer Sprague for this date would seem to be incorrect.
2 I can find no original evidence that this episode was aired on October 8, 1975, as suggested by e.g. IMDb.
3 aka Scottie MacGregor.
4 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
5 Uncredited on episode's titles; this entry has been taken from the Internet Movie Database and has not been verified.

After she concludes that Laura and Mary will have the upper hand over Nellie in a practical science project, Mrs. Oleson invites herself along on the Ingalls' camping trip. While out by themselves, Laura and Nellie accidentally fall into a river and are swept downstream. They eventually come to a stop just yards from certain death. The ever-spiteful Nellie accuses Laura of engineering the whole incident in an attempt to drown her!

Laura and Nellie finally escape from the river
Harriet Oleson and a wet Nellie

At The End Of The Rainbow

Episode# 2.10 (34)
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast December 10, 19751, NBC

Featuring: Shane Sinutko (Jonah), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert2 (Willie Oleson).

1 This episode was scheduled for October 22, 1975, in many listings but postponed for World Series Baseball.
2 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).

While Laura is fishing with her friend Jonah, they think they have discovered gold and the two friends spend all their waking hours digging it out of the riverbed. Laura fantasizes about her family becoming wealthy and lording it over the destitute Olesons. However, on attempting to deposit their treasure at the bank, Mr. Sprague delivers some very unwelcome news: the booty is pyrites – fool's gold – and worth nothing at all.

Laura pans for gold
Laura dreams - she's rich; Nellie and Willie are poor
Laura dreams - the Olesons near the breadline
Laura dreams - the Ingalls are rich

The Gift

Episode# 2.11 (35)
Written by Rocci Chatfield
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast December 17, 1975, NBC

Co-Starring: Lurene Tuttle (Agnes Molson). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Anne Gee Byrd (Mrs. Hobson), David Byrd (Faubus), Michael Fiore (Bertie), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Peter Haas (David), Cindy Moore (Cissy), Eve McVeagh (Mrs. Hillstrom), Heather Totten (Miss Ames).

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).

Mary is entrusted with the money collected for Reverend Alden's birthday. Hoping to increase the amount, Laura persuades Mary to invest in a door-to-door medicine-selling scheme of dubious worth. The girls sell nothing, but Reverend Alden allows them to save face by saying that the box the medicines came in makes an excellent present – a case for his Bible.

Laura feigns poverty in order to sell the quack remedy
Reverend Alden likes the new case for his Bible

His Father’s Son

Episode# 2.12 (36)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast January 7, 1976, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards), Radames Pera (John Jr.). Co-Starring: Brian Part (Carl), Kyle Richards (Alicia), Neil Russell1 (Len Coty), E. J. Andre (Amos Thoms), Peter Haas (Tad Coty).

1 aka Bing Russell.

Trying to interest his newly adopted son, John Jr., in more "manly" pursuits than reading and writing poetry, Isaiah Edwards buys a rifle for the lad's birthday and stubbornly insists that the two of them go hunting. During the trip, a dangerous encounter with a bear leads Mr. Edwards and John Jr. to understand a thing or two about each other.

Mr. Edwards' birthday present to his son John is not exactly welcome
Can John bring himself to fire?

The Talking Machine

Episode# 2.13 (37)
Written by Harold Swanton
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast January 14, 1976, NBC

Guest Star: Eric Shea (Jason). Special Guest Star: George Furth (Hannibal Godfrey). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson). Clay Greenbush2 (School Kid)3, Cindy Moore (Tall Schoolgirl)3.

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
2 Clay Greenbush is the brother of Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (who play Carrie).
3 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Laura and Nellie compete for the affections of a new schoolboy named Jason. When Laura seems to be gaining the edge, Nellie uses a new-fangled cylinder recording machine to trick Laura into revealing her innermost thoughts about Jason; she then plays the recording in school to embarrass Laura. However, a second attempt by Nellie to discourage Laura and Jason backfires on her.

Nellie tricks Laura into revealing her secret thoughts
Nellie in trouble with Miss Beadle

The Pride Of Walnut Grove

Episode# 2.14 (38)
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast January 28, 19761, NBC

Co-Starring: John Howard (Hiram Potter). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Beth Howland (Clerk), Gracia Lee (Mrs. Bell), Doris Martin (Monitor #1), Peggy Drier (Monitor #2), Ricky Segall (Small Boy). Mindy Dow (Mary O'Donnell)2, Cindy Moore (Tall Schoolgirl)2.

1 Sources (e.g. IMDb) which list an airdate of August 2, 1979 (!), for this episode would seem to be incorrect.
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Mary enters a state mathematics competition but Charles can't afford to pay the travel expenses necessary for her to take part. The town council foots the bill but Mary worries she will let them down by not winning. Mary comes second in the contest, but the town gives her a hero's welcome home just the same.

Mary and her mother in their hotel room in Minneapolis
Caroline and Mary at the prize-giving

A Matter Of Faith

Episode# 2.15 (39)
Written by B. W. Sandefur
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast February 4, 1976, NBC

Co-Starring: Kenneth Tobey (Barrett), K. T. Stevens (Mrs. Cullers), John Alderson (Turnbull), Morgan Jones (Brad Cullers), Moosie Drier (Junior Barrett). Featuring: Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Alan Decker (Toby Cullers).

Alone in the house while the rest of the family are away enjoying themselves on a trip, Caroline scratches herself on some wire. A serious infection develops which sends Caroline into a delirious fever. Summoning up enough energy to consult her Bible, she reads, "And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off." Inspired by this, she painfully cuts out the wound with a hot knife just in time to save herself.

Karen Grassle as Caroline Ingalls
A delirious Caroline suffers the worst of the weather

The Runaway Caboose

Episode# 2.16 (40)
Teleplay by John Hawkins, story by Ernie Durham
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast February 11, 1976, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Seán McClory (Sandy Nelson). Co-Starring: Don Collier (Schultz), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards). Co-Starring: Arch Johnson (Shell), Brian Part (Carl). Featuring: Parley Baer (Diamond), Larry J. Blake (Asa Dunn), Paul Bryar (Kelly), James Chandler (Hotchkiss), Robert Hoy (Fireman), Skip Riley (Jim Fox), Troy Melton (Homer Greenwood), Jerry Gatlin (Steve Ames), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie).

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).

At a station, Carl Edwards, Laura and Mary explore a railway car. Without warning, the car begins to move and is soon on a crash course with an oncoming express train. Racing against time on horseback, Charles manages to board the speeding express train and engineer a tricky link-up between the train and the freewheeling car – and the day is saved.

The kids frantically try to apply the brake
Pa Ingalls to the rescue!

Troublemaker

Episode# 2.17 (41)
Written by John Hawkins
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast February 25, 1976, NBC

Guest Star: Richard Basehart (Hannibal Applewood). Co-Starring: Jack McCulloch (George Jackson), Sean Kelly (Sven Jacobsen), Cooper Huckabee (Herman Stone). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson). Clay Greenbush2 (School Kid)3, Cindy Moore (Tall Schoolgirl)3, Maggie Munro (Girl)3.

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
2 Clay Greenbush is the brother of Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (who play Carrie).
3 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Miss Beadle is relieved of her duties as teacher when the school board decides she cannot control the older children. Hannibal Applewood, a strict disciplinarian, is appointed in her place. Believing he has identified Laura as the center of the trouble, Mr. Applewood begins to pick on her. Feelings run high and Charles convinces the rest of the school board to think again and Miss Beadle is reinstated.

A sacked Miss Beadle is visited by Charles
New teacher Mr. Applewood, played by Richard Basehart

The Long Road Home

Episode# 2.18 (42)
Written by John Hawkins
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast March 3, 1976, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Richard Jaeckel (Murphy). Special Guest Star: Lou Gossett (Henry Hill). Co-Starring: Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards), Radames Pera (John Jr.), Brian Part (Carl), Kyle Richards (Alicia), John Mitchum (Sam Benson), Bill Quinn (James Frazer), Robert Doyle (Homer), Frank Ferguson (Calder), Larry Golden (Bodeen). Featuring: Guy Raymond (Conductor), Judson Pratt (Sam Wallace), Jim Boles (Garvey).

When their grain fails to sell for the expected price, Charles and Mr. Edwards are forced to take on extra work – they make up a foursome transporting two carts of highly volatile nitroglycerin explosive over rough roads. The task isn't made any easier by racial tensions within the team, or by an encounter with bandits...

Mr. Edwards, Henry Hill and Charles
Racial tension - Henry Hill, played by Lou Gossett, and Murphy, played by Richard Jaeckel

For My Lady

Episode# 2.19 (43)
Written by B. W. Sandefur
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast March 10, 1976, NBC

Guest Star: Mariette Hartley (Elizabeth Thurmond). Featuring: Richard Collier (Burnside), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson).

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).

To surprise Caroline with a new set of china, Charles secretly takes on a woodworking job for an attractive young widow, Elizabeth Thurmond. A suspicious Caroline comes to believe there's more going on than woodworking behind closed doors. Mary and Laura try to put Charles and Elizabeth off of each other but then, just as Caroline is about to tackle Charles over the rumors, he presents her with the china.

Widow Elizabeth Thurmond
Caroline Ingalls - cheated on?

Centennial

Episode# 2.20 (44)
Written by John Hawkins
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast March 17, 1976, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), William Schallert (Snell). Special Guest Star: Theodore Bikel (Yuli Pyatakov). Co-Starring: Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards), Radames Pera (John Jr.), Kelly Thordsen (Baker Makay), Ike Eisenmann (Viktor Pyatakov), Rayford Barnes (Taylor), Brian Part (Carl), Kyle Richards (Alicia). Featuring: Lisa Pera (Fanya Pyatakov), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)2.

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
2 Uncredited on episode's titles.

It is 1876 and Walnut Grove prepares to celebrate the nation's centennial, but the party is threatened with cancellation when taxes suddenly go up. A Russian immigrant, Yuli Pyatakov, whose family has been forced out of their house, nevertheless gives an impassioned speech about what it's like to live in America, and that he loves his new land despite its faults. The townsfolk are inspired to resume their celebrations.

Mr. Edwards, Yuli Pyatakov and Charles receive unwelcome news about taxes
Theodore Bikel as Yuli Pyatakov

Soldier’s Return

Episode# 2.21 (45)
Written by B. W. Sandefur
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast March 24, 1976, NBC

Guest Stars: Richard Mulligan (Granville Whipple), Queenie Smith (Mrs. Whipple). Co-Starring: Michael-James Wixted (Roy Jr.), Kelly Jean Peters (Vera Collins). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Eddie Hice (Roy Collins), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson).

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).

Decorated Civil War hero, Granville Whipple, returns to Walnut Grove to resume his career as a music teacher. He meets a boy whose critically injured father he had abandoned during the Battle of Shiloh. Granville's guilt causes him to relapse into an old morphine addiction. Eventually, he decides to clear his conscience by relating the truth of the incident to the boy. But, as Granville is riding over, he is killed by a falling tree while stopping for a fix of morphine.

Richard Mulligan as the troubled Granville Whipple
Whipple's nightmare

Going Home

Episode# 2.22 (46)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast March 31, 1976, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), E. J. Andre (Matthew Simms), Lurene Tuttle (Anna Simms). Co-Starring: Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards), Radames Pera (John Jr.), Brian Part (Carl), Kyle Richards (Alicia).

When a tornado hits, the Ingalls lose their crop and their buildings are badly damaged. A heartbroken Charles dejectedly decides to move the family back to the woods of Wisconsin, and he agrees the sale of the farm to an elderly couple. Later, realizing he had been too autocratic in making his decision to move, and had not been considering his family, Charles changes his mind and decides to stay. Meanwhile, John Edwards and Mary discover they have feelings for each other.

A crushed Charles Ingalls
Nervous sweethearts - John and Mary
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