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Season 3

3.01 The Collection  (47)

3.02 Bunny  (48 - part 1 of 2)

3.03 The Race  (49 - part 2 of 2)

3.04 Little Girl Lost  (50)

3.05 The Monster Of Walnut Grove / Halloween Story  (51)

3.06 Journey In The Spring: Part I  (52)

3.07 Journey In The Spring: Part II  (53)

3.08 Fred  (54)

3.09 The Bully Boys  (55)

3.10 The Hunters  (56 - 1½ hours)

3.11 Blizzard  (57)

3.12 I'll Ride The Wind  (58)

3.13 Quarantine  (59)

3.14 Little Women  (60)

3.15 Injun Kid  (61)

3.16 To Live With Fear: Part I  (62)

3.17 To Live With Fear: Part II  (63)

3.18 The Wisdom Of Solomon  (64)

3.19 The Music Box  (65)

3.20 The Election  (66)

3.21 Gold Country  (67 - 2 hours)

Season 3 DVD cover

Starring: Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert (1-16,18-211), Melissa Sue Anderson, Lindsay Sidney Greenbush2 (1-9,11-16,18-211). Executive Producer: Michael Landon. Produced by John Hawkins (1-8,10-21), B. W. Sandefur (9). Developed for Television by Blanche Hanalis. Based Upon the "Little House" Series of Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The Town: Richard Bull (Mr. Oleson 1-5,9,11,14,16,19-21), Ted Gehring (Mr. Sprague 1), Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden 1,4,8,9,15,16), Kevin Hagen (Dr. Baker 1-4,8,9,11,13,16,18), James Jeter (Hans Dorfler 3), Katherine MacGregor3 (Mrs. Oleson 1-3,5,8,9,11,14,16,18-20), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle 2,4,5,8,9,11,13-16,18,20), Karl Swenson (Mr. Hanson 3,4,9,11,13,16).

B. W. Sandefur (Co-Producer 1-8,10-15), John Hawkins (Co-Producer 9), David Rose (Music), Kent McCray (Associate Producer), Haskell Boggs A.S.C. (Director of Photography 1,4,8,11,12,14-19), Ted Voigtländer A.S.C. (Director of Photography 2,3,5-7,9,10,13,20,21), Walter M. Jefferies (Art Director), Jerry Taylor (Editor 1,4,8,11,12,14-18,21), John Loeffler (Editor 2,3,5-7,9,10,13,19,20), Don Webb (Set Decoration), Maury Dexter (Assistant Director 1,4,8,11,12,14-19), Miles S. Middough (Assistant Director 2,3,5-7,9,10,13,20,21), Susan Sukman4 (Casting 1,5-7,9,11-14,16-21), Edward R. Morse (Casting 2-4,8,10,15), 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 1-5,8-21), Jay Harding (Sound Recording 6,7), Photographed with Panavision Equipment®, Processed by Consolidated Film Industries, Sound by Glen Glenn Sound, An NBC Production In Association with Ed Friendly.

Copyright © MCMLXXVI [1976] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (1-12)
Copyright © MCMLXXVII [1977] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (13-21)

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.
4 aka Susan McCray.

The Collection

Episode# 3.01 (47)
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast September 27, 1976, NBC

Guest Star: Victor French (Mr. Edwards). Special Guest Stars: Johnny Cash (Caleb Hodgekiss), June Carter Cash (Mattie Hodgekiss). Co-Starring: Hope Summers (Addie Bjornesen), Kyle Richards (Alicia Edwards). Featuring: Queenie Smith (Mrs. Whipple). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles.

Reverend Alden gets badly hurt while on his way to Walnut Grove to collect urgent donations for a town which has been destroyed by a prairie fire. Caleb Hodgekiss, an ex-convict, finds the Reverend and takes him to his house where his wife nurses him. Hodgekiss offers to gather the donations but secretly plans to keep the money himself. However, his experiences with the honest folk of Walnut Grove bring about a change of heart.

Reverend Alden hurt in his carriage
The very mighty Johnny Cash as Caleb Hodgekiss

Bunny [part 1 of 2]

Episode# 3.02 (48)1
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast October 4, 1976, NBC

Guest Stars: Eric Shea (Jason), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson). Featuring: Jonathan Gilbert2 (Willie Oleson). Ott (Bunny)3.

1 This story is a two-parter with The Race, below.
2 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
3 Uncredited on episode's titles; this entry has been taken from the Internet Movie Database and has not been verified.

Nellie Oleson is apparently paralyzed after falling from Bunny, the horse that used to belong to Laura. However, Nellie is feigning injury and starts to exploit Laura's guilt over the incident and runs her ragged demanding errands. However, Nellie's ruse is exposed and, as punishment, Mr. Oleson gives Bunny back to Laura.

Nellie Oleson - but how injured is she really?
Laura pushes the malingering Nellie down a hill in her wheelchair

The Race [part 2 of 2]

Episode# 3.03 (49)
Written by John V. Hanrahan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast October 11, 1976, NBC

Guest Stars: Walter Brooke (Sandler), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson). Featuring: Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Jack Lilley (Jack), Carl Pitti (Carl). Ott (Bunny)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.

Despite Nellie Oleson's recent naughtiness (see last episode), her mother buys her an expensive new horse. The local township horse race is looming and Laura wants to compete, but first she has to take on mucking-out work in order to pay for a new set of shoes for her horse, Bunny. Nellie is going to compete too and her mother donates a valuable family heirloom as the prize, confident she will get it straight back. It's a close race, but Laura just pips Nellie to the post. Good-naturedly, Laura gives the prize back to Mrs. Oleson.

Laura with her horse, Bunny
Some comfort from Pa for Laura

Little Girl Lost

Episode# 3.04 (50)
Written by Paul W. Cooper
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast October 18, 1976, NBC

Guest Star: Victor French (Mr. Edwards). Special Guest Star: John Ireland (Wendell Loudy). Co-Starring: Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards), Brian Part (Carl Edwards). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Carl Pitti (Man). Cindy Moore (Tall Schoolgirl)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.

Carrie falls down an old mine shaft while out collecting butterflies for school. Wendell Loudy, a drunken and jobless old engineer – with whom Mr. Hanson has a ongoing feud over the death of an old flame – is instrumental in helping the menfolk rescue Carrie before the crumbling mine collapses. Loudy, having proved himself competent, is forgiven by Hanson and offered a job.

Mr. Hanson is forced to remember a painful event
Drunken Wendell Loudy redeems himself

The Monster Of Walnut Grove aka Halloween Story

Episode# 3.05 (51)1
Written by John Hawkins
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast November 1, 19762, NBC

Co-Starring: Brian Part (Carl Edwards), Milton Parsons (Thaddeus Moon). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert3 (Willie Oleson), Jack Lilley (Homer Bjorgsen), Cindy Moore (Sarah). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)4.

1 This episode was seemingly originally called Halloween Story, the title being changed in re-runs/syndication to allow for non-Halloween showings.
2 The Hunters was billed erroneously for this date in a few areas in original listings.
3 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
4 Uncredited on episode's titles.

Nels Oleson has yet another argument with his wife and vents his frustration by beheading a dressmaker's dummy in lieu of her. However, Laura is watching from outside the window and misinterprets the decapitation as being real! Nellie Oleson and her brother Willie decide to play along to have some fun at Laura's expense, but Laura has the last laugh.

Mr. Oleson takes a sword to his wife... or does he?
Laura is watching...
Mrs. Oleson's head on a platter
Nightmare time!
Willie and Nellie in the cellar
Nels not looking his best

Journey In The Spring: Part I

Episode# 3.06 (52)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast November 15, 1976, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Jan Sterling (Laura Colby Ingalls), Matthew Laborteaux1 (Young Charles). Special Guest Star: Arthur Hill (Lansford Ingalls). Co-Starring: Mark Lenard (Peter Ingalls), Hersha Parady2 (Eliza Ingalls), Brian Part (Carl Edwards), Kyle Richards (Alicia Edwards). Featuring: Jim Boles (Brewster). Carl Pitti (Carl)3, Carlena Gower (Amelia Ingalls)3.

1 Matthew Laborteaux would go on to play regular Albert in Season 5 onwards.
2 Hersha Parady would go on to play regular Alice Garvey in Season 4 onwards.
3 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Charles' mother passes away after a long illness, and he travels back to Wisconsin to handle the funeral arrangements. His father, Lansford, becomes very depressed and, after an argument with Charles, tries to kill himself by setting his house on fire. Charles rescues Lansford and talks him into coming to Walnut Grove to sort out his emotions.

Charles Ingalls' mother, Laura
A young Charles Ingalls, played by Matthew Laborteaux

Journey In The Spring: Part II

Episode# 3.07 (53)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast November 22, 1976, NBC

Guest Star: Victor French (Mr. Edwards). Special Guest Star: Arthur Hill (Lansford Ingalls). Co-Starring: Brian Part (Carl Edwards)1, Kyle Richards (Alicia Edwards)1. Featuring: Robert Gibbons (Clerk), Jim Boles (Brewster). Ott (Bunny/horse)2.

1 Only appear in long-shot.
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; this entry has been taken from the Internet Movie Database and has not been verified.

When Laura's horse has a bad accident, Grandpa Lansford assures Laura he can save the animal. Charles sees that the horse is beyond hope and destroys it. Believing he broke his word, Laura takes against Lansford. Feeling he only causes trouble, the old man quietly leaves on foot. Laura, now feeling guilty about her attitude, goes after him and grandfather and granddaughter are reconciled.

Lansford Ingalls with his granddaughter, Laura
Lansford comforts Laura when her horse dies

Fred

Episode# 3.08 (54)
Written by Robert Vincent Wright
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast November 29, 1976, NBC

Guest Star: Victor French (Mr. Edwards). Co-Starring: Arthur Space (Phineas Jenks), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards), Don "Red" Barry (Rufe Parsons), Brian Part (Carl Edwards). Featuring: Joan Tompkins (Mrs. Parsons), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Bryce Berg (Boy). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)2.

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

Laura takes on a pet goat, which she names Fred, to prevent it being put to sleep. The goat proves to be a handful – being particularly fond of savagely butting people – and Charles orders Laura to get rid of it. After several failed attempts to palm the animal off, Laura releases it into the company of a herd of wild goats.

Laura with the titular Fred
Mrs. Oleson incurs Fred's wrath

The Bully Boys

Episode# 3.09 (55)
Written by B. W. Sandefur
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast December 6, 1976, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Roy Jenson (George Galender), Michael Le Clair (Bubba Galender). Special Guest Star: Geoffrey Lewis (Sam Galender). Co-Starring: Rayford Barnes (Bert Henderson). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson). Cindy Moore (Tall Schoolgirl)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.

The three loutish Galender brothers arrive in Walnut Grove and proceed to make nuisances of themselves. At school, when Mary takes the youngest Galender to task, she is thumped in the face. Meanwhile, the two older brothers pester Caroline and beat up Charles when he complains. In church, Reverend Alden publicly shames the brothers and the collective menfolk run them out of town.

Mary after an encounter with one of the Galender brothers
Caroline is harassed by two of the Galenders

The Hunters

Episode# 3.10 (56) – 1½ hours
Written by Harold Swanton
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast December 20, 19761, NBC

Guest Star: Victor French (Mr. Edwards). Special Guest Star: Burl Ives (Sam Shelby). Co-Starring: Johnny Crawford (Ben Shelby), Paul Brinegar (Glover). Featuring: Michael Rougas (Dr. Canby).

1 This episode was billed erroneously for November 1, 1976, in a few areas in original listings.

While out on a remote hunting trip with Laura, Pa Charles is seriously injured in an accident with a gun. Leaving her father, Laura sets off for a cabin where an elderly blind trapper, Sam, lives. After moving Charles to the cabin, Laura and Sam then set out on a long, wobbly journey to fetch help. After getting lost in the forest several times, the incongruous pair eventually find Mr. Edwards and summon assistance.

Charles is injured while out hunting with Laura
Laura with blind Sam Shelby, played by Burl Ives

Blizzard

Episode# 3.11 (57)
Written by Paul W. Cooper
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast January 3, 19771, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), John Carter (Ted McGinnis), Luana Anders (Lottie McGinnis), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards). Co-Starring: Don Dubbins (Jim Bowers), Helen Stenborg (Betty Bowers), Brian Part (Carl Edwards), Kyle Richards (Alicia Edwards), Robert Gibbons (Mason). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert2 (Willie Oleson), Johnny Timko (Henry McGinnis), Christopher Page (Joey Bowers), Aaron Fletcher (Peetrie). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)3.

1 I can find no original evidence that this episode was aired on December 27, 1976, as suggested by e.g. Wikipedia and Epguides; a re-run of At The End Of The Rainbow was shown.
2 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
3 Uncredited on episode's titles.

A surprise pre-Christmas snowstorm hits Walnut Grove so teacher Miss Beadle dismisses her class early so everyone can get home. The weather worsens and the kids fail to arrive at their various homes. A search is organized and the children are found one by one and returned to the school where a makeshift rescue center has been set up. For most, the outcome is a happy one, though Christmas will be a sad time for one family – a father, Ted McGinnis, has died in the storm.

Caroline Ingalls and Grace Edwards anxiously wait for news
Death in the snow - Ted McGinnis

I’ll Ride The Wind

Episode# 3.12 (58)
Written by Harold Swanton
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast January 10, 1977, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards), Radames Pera (John Jr.). Co-Starring: Walker Edmiston (Deering), Brian Part (Carl Edwards), Kyle Richards (Alicia Edwards).

John is offered a university scholarship in Chicago that will allow him to live his dream of becoming a writer. He and his sweetheart Mary, who are on the verge of marriage, must decide whether to remain together as farmers in Walnut Grove or risk a separation for the sake of John's career. After much soul-searching, everybody eventually agrees that John must be true to himself and he departs for Chicago.

Mary and John steal a kiss
John makes a point to his father

Quarantine

Episode# 3.13 (59)
Written by John Hawkins
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast January 17, 1977, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards). Co-Starring: Rance Howard (Simpson), Marshall Kent (Dr. Quimby), Brian Part (Carl Edwards), Kyle Richards (Alicia Edwards). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Dick Farnsworth (Wall), Alex Sharp (Burman), Ray Guth (Dixon). Cindy Moore (Tall Schoolgirl)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.

Mr. Edwards accidentally brings a fever to Walnut Grove and all families are put into quarantine. Mr. Edwards' daughter, Alicia, also develops the fever and Laura, unwisely disobeying the restrictions, briefly visits her. When Laura later exhibits a red rash, she too goes into quarantine with the Edwards. Dr. Baker is away and Charles journeys to fetch him. Meanwhile, the Edwards family has recovered and Dr. Baker explains that Laura's own rash is simply from poison ivy.

Little Alicia Edwards has the fever
Mr. Edwards and Laura in quarantine

Little Women

Episode# 3.14 (60)
Teleplay by Dale Eunson and B. W. Sandefur, story by Dale Eunson
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast January 24, 1977, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Warren Vanders (Harold Mayfield), Kay Peters (Della Clark). Co-Starring: Roger Bowen (Samuel Mason), Rachel Longaker (Ginny Clark), Brian Part (Carl Edwards), Kyle Richards (Alicia Edwards). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Bryce Berg (Teddy), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster). Jack Lilley (Townsman)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.

Mrs. Oleson rewrites Alcott's "Little Women" to ensure her daughter Nellie is the shine-out star in Walnut Grove's school play, and cuts down the roles intended for Mary, Laura and their friend Ginny. However, on the day, little Ginny steals the show when she reveals she has used an idea from the book to help her introverted mother come out of her shell.

Angelic Ginny Clark, played by Rachel Longaker
Nellie in an unconvincing wig (almost as bad as Ginny's)

Injun Kid

Episode# 3.15 (61)
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast January 31, 1977, NBC

Guest Stars: George Murdock (Jeremy Stokes), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards). Co-Starring: Ivy Jones (Amelia), Willie Aames (Seth). Featuring: Caesar Ramirez (Joseph), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Vincent Cobb (Omaha), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Bryce Berg (Boy). Clay Greenbush2 (School Kid)3, Jack Lilley (Stage Driver)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 befriends Joseph Stokes, the son of a Sioux Indian, who has moved to Walnut Grove. Joseph's grandfather virtually disowns him because the boy is the product of a mixed marriage – a Native American father and a white mother – and is not shy about sharing his bigotry. Things are no better at school, where Joseph is picked on. However, the boy finds the courage to stand up to the bullying and, for doing this, his grandfather comes to respect him.

Joseph "Spotted Eagle" Stokes
Joseph's father, Jeremy, with Charles

To Live With Fear: Part I

Episode# 3.16 (62)
Written by B. W. Sandefur
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast February 14, 1977, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), Ivan Bonar (Dr. Mayes). Co-Starring: Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards), Darrell Zwerling (Horace Benson), Brian Part (Carl Edwards), Kyle Richards (Alicia Edwards). Featuring: Naomi Ross (Nurse Johnson), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Sheldon Coburn (Dr. Washburn), Ralph Smiley (Conductor). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)2.

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

Mary takes a kick from a horse and a severe internal infection sets in. Dr. Baker orders that Mary be sent away for an operation, which is performed, but her condition worsens and a further procedure is deemed necessary. Charles is struggling to pay the doctors' bill so, to get enough money, Charles and Mr. Edwards depart to work on building railroads.

Charles' new night attire
Mary is ill with an infection

To Live With Fear: Part II

Episode# 3.17 (63)
Written by John Hawkins
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast February 21, 1977, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards), James Shigeta (Sam Wing), Ivan Bonar (Dr. Mayes). Special Guest Star: John McLiam (Harris). Co-Starring: James Sikking (Franklin), Darrell Zwerling (Horace Benson), M. P. Murphy (Clancy). Featuring: Naomi Ross (Nurse Johnson), Cordy Clark (Sarah Mulligan), Paul King (Chinese Workman), Sheldon Coburn (Dr. Washburn).

Charles and Mr. Edwards find work in blasting a railroad tunnel. Desperate for the money from a completion bonus, Charles plays fast and loose with safety and starts using excessive amounts of explosives. The tunnel collapses and Charles almost loses his life, but is dug out by Mr. Edwards and the other workers. Mary eventually recovers and all return to Walnut Grove.

Charles and Mr. Edwards arrive at the tunneling site
Charles trapped in the tunnel

The Wisdom Of Solomon

Episode# 3.18 (64)
Written by Scott Swanton
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast March 7, 1977, NBC

Guest Star: Todd Bridges (Solomon Henry). Co-Starring: Maidie Norman (Mrs. Henry), David Downing (Jackson Henry), Frederic Downs (Kramer). Featuring: Don Pedro Colley (Dr. Tane), Russ Marin (Man), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Bryce Berg (Boy). Cindy Moore (Tall Schoolgirl)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.

Solomon Henry, a cheeky 11-year-old black boy, runs away from home because he is tired of being treated as part of an underclass. Claiming he has no family, he is taken in by the Ingalls. Much to Mrs. Oleson's horror, Charles takes Solomon to start at the local school. After a period of reflection, Solomon comes to realize he will never fit in on an equal par with white society and leaves Walnut Grove for home.

Solomon Henry, played by Todd Bridges
Solomon and schoolmistress Miss Beadle

The Music Box

Episode# 3.19 (65)
Written by Robert Janes
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast March 14, 1977, NBC

Guest Star: Katy Kurtzman (Anna Gillberg). Featuring: Fred Stuthman (Judge), Lidia Kristen (Mrs. Gillberg), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson). Maggie Munro (Girl)2, Daniel Selby (Winston)2.

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

Laura is disappointed with her birthday present and, acting on impulse, steals a music box from Nellie – a deed which later gives her nightmares. Nellie finds out and blackmails Laura into being nasty to Anna, a friend who has a stutter. Feeling guilty, Laura confesses everything to her parents. Nellie's father is then told the whole story and Nellie is punished.

Laura with the stolen music box
Laura's nightmare I
Laura's nightmare II
Stuttering Anna Gillberg

The Election

Episode# 3.20 (66)
Written by B. W. Sandefur
Directed by Victor French
Broadcast March 21, 1977, NBC

Guest Stars: Charles Aidman (Sam Dobkins), Eric Olson (Elmer Dobkins). Co-Starring: Mitzi Hoag (Ellen Dobkins), John Herbsleb (Joel Turner), Dermott Downs (Kenny Bagby). Featuring: Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Jonathan Gilbert1 (Willie Oleson), Leslie Landon2 (Kate), Michael Landon Jr.3 (Jim), Wade Alberty (Steve). Cindy Moore (Tall Schoolgirl In White Dress)4, Maggie Munro (Student)4.

1 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
2 Leslie Landon is the daughter of Michael Landon.
3 Michael Landon Jr. is the son of Michael Landon.
4 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

The school kids hold a campaign for class president. The scheming boys arrange for two girls to be nominated, Nellie Oleson and Mary Ingalls. However, this is a ruse to split the girls' vote so the boys can ensure their usual target for bullying, slow-witted Elmer Dobkins, will win. Assorted dubious electioneering practices follow. On the day, Elmer gives an impassioned speech about bullying and Mary withdraws from the race and gives her support to Elmer. In the end, Willie Oleson gets the casting vote between Nellie and Elmer; fed up of his sister, he votes for Elmer.

Elmer Dobkins with Miss Beadle
Willie Oleson has been bribed with a cigar!

Gold Country

Episode# 3.21 (67) – 2 hours
Written by John Hawkins and B. W. Sandefur
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast April 4, 1977, NBC

Guest Stars: Victor French (Mr. Edwards)1, Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards). Special Guest Star: E. J. André (Zachariah). Co-Starring: Larry Pennell (Griffin), Wil Albert (Mr. Delano), Larry Golden (Reverend Phillips), Robert Forward (Harlan), Brian Part (Carl Edwards)2, Kyle Richards (Alicia Edwards), Vernon Weddle (Anderson). Featuring: Steve Shaw (Sam Delano), Alan McRae (Angus Thoms), Vanna Salviati (Mrs. Delano), Sparky Watt (Mr. Sawyer), Dick Armstrong (Grady Jennings), Brian Libby (Jake). Barbara Cason (Nellie)3, Carl Pitti (Carl)3, Connor Quinn (Boy 1 Panning)3, Mark Stanoch (unknown)3.

1 This is the last episode for Victor French as Mr. Edwards until The Return Of Mr. Edwards in Season 6 due to a disagreement with Michael Landon.
2 This is the last episode for Brian Part as Carl Edwards, although the character would return in Season 8's A Promise To Keep though played by David R. Kaufman.
3 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Prolonged rain washes out the Ingalls crop, so, along with the Edwards, they head off the try their luck panning for gold in Dakota. Once there, the kids discover a half-mad old miner who warns about the way greed for gold changes people for the worse. After several encounters with bandits, coupled with the general seediness of the lifestyle, Charles realizes his family is riches enough, and everybody returns to Walnut Grove.

The Ingalls on their way to Dakota
Zachariah, the old miner who's seen it all
Charles and Mr. Edwards hunt for gold
Mr. Edwards versus the robbers
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