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Season 5

5.01 As Long As We're Together: Part I  (90)

5.02 As Long As We're Together: Part II  (91)

5.03 The Winoka Warriors  (92)

5.04 The Man Inside  (93)

5.05 There's No Place Like Home: Part I  (94)

5.06 There's No Place Like Home: Part II  (95 - 1½ hours)

5.07 Fagin  (96)

5.08 Harriet's Happenings  (97)

5.09 The Wedding  (98)

5.10 Men Will Be Boys  (99)

5.11 The Cheaters  (100)

5.12 Blind Journey: Part I  (101)

5.13 Blind Journey: Part II  (102)

5.14 The Godsister  (103 - 1½ hours)

5.15 The Craftsman  (104)

5.16 Blind Man's Bluff  (105)

5.17 Dance With Me  (106 - 1½ hours)

5.18 The Sound Of Children  (107)

5.19 The Lake Kezia Monster  (108)

5.20 Barn Burner  (109)

5.21 The Enchanted Cottage  (110)

5.22 Someone Please Love Me  (111)

5.23 Mortal Mission  (112)

5.24 The Odyssey  (113)

Season 5 DVD cover

Starring: Michael Landon, Karen Grassle (1-10,12-15,17-21,23,241), Melissa Gilbert (1-21,23,241), Melissa Sue Anderson (1-6,9,12,13,16-18,21,231), Lindsay Sidney Greenbush2 (1-21,23,241). Executive Producer: Michael Landon. Produced by Kent McCray (1,2,4,5,7,9,14,15,17,19,20,24), William F. Claxton (3,6,8,10-13,16,18,21-23). Developed for Television by Blanche Hanalis. Based Upon the "Little House" Series of Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Richard Bull (Mr. Oleson 1-3,5-9,12,13,15,17,19-21,23), Katherine MacGregor3 (Mrs. Oleson 1-3,5-9,11-13,15,17,19-21,23), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson 1-3,5-8,11-13,15,17-20,23), Jonathan Gilbert4 (Willie Oleson 1-3,55,6-8,11-13,15,17-20,23), Merlin Olsen (Jonathan Garvey 1-3,5,6,8,10-15,17,19,20,23), Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey 1-8,10-14,19-21,23), Patrick Laborteaux6 (Andy Garvey 1-8,10-14,19,20,23), Matthew Laborteaux6 (Albert 1-21,23,24), Kevin Hagen (Dr. Baker 6-8,12,13,15,16,18,20,21,23,24), Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden 6,9,12,13,17,19,20), Linwood Boomer (Adam Kendall 1-4,6,9,12,13,16-18,21,23).

John T. Dugan (Executive Story Consultant), David Rose (Music 1-14,157,16-24), Kent McCray (Associate Producer 3,6,8,10-13,16,18,21-23), Ted Voigtländer A.S.C. (Director of Photography 1,2,4,5,7,9,14,158,17,19,21,24), Haskell Boggs A.S.C. (Director of Photography 3,6,8,10-13,16,18,20,22,23), Walter M. Jefferies (Art Director), Jerry Taylor (Editor 1,2,4,6,7,11,13-16,19,21,24), John Loeffler (Editor 3,5,8,9,10,12,17,18,20,22,23), Don Webb (Set Decoration), Miles S. Middough (Assistant Director 1,2,4,6,7,9,14,15,17,19,21,24), Maury Dexter (Assistant Director 3,5,8,10-13,16,18,20,22,23), Susan Sukman9 (Casting), Marvin Coil A.C.E. (Supervising Editor), Allan Snyder S.M.A. (Makeup), Larry Germain C.H.S. (Hair Stylist), Mike Termini (Men's Costumer), Richalene Kelsay (Women's Costumer), Vince Gutierrez (Sound Effects Editor), Robert Gutknecht (Music Editor), Edward P. Ancona (Color Consultant), Frank Meadows (Sound Recording), Dave Dockendorf (Sound Recording), Reid Rummage (Second Assistant Director), Gary L. Wohlleben (Production Controller), Photographed with Panavision Equipment®, Processed by Consolidated Film Industries, Sound by Glen Glenn Sound, An NBC Production In Association with Ed Friendly.

Copyright © MCMLXXVIII [1978] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (1-14)
Copyright © MCMLXXIX [1979] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (15-24)

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 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
5 Appears very briefly in episode 5, running out of the hotel room.
6 Matthew and Patrick Laborteaux are brothers.
7 David Rose won an Emmy for his music for episode 15.
8 Ted Voigtländer won an Emmy for his cinematography for episode 15.
9 aka Susan McCray.

As Long As We’re Together: Part I

Episode# 5.01 (90)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast September 11, 19781, NBC

Guest Stars: Leon Charles (Standish), Cletus Young (Harlan). Co-Starring: David Hooks (Mr. Ames), Anne Ramsey (Mrs. Schiller), Richard S. Fullerton (Glover). Featuring: Jodean Lawrence (Josie), Frederic Downs (Mr. Thoms), F. William Parker (Sheriff), Donald Elson (Fred), Michelle Downey (Sue). David Murdock (Customer)2, Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2.

1 Sources (e.g. IMDb) which list an airdate of July 3, 1980 (!), 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.

The Ingalls, along with the Olesons and Garveys, have all moved to Winoka to escape the financial hardships of Walnut Grove. Mary and Adam both have teaching jobs at a local blind school, while Charles and Caroline get live-in jobs running a hotel owned by Miles Standish, an aggressive and ill-mannered local businessman. The Ingalls also befriend Albert, a light-fingered street urchin who lives rough.

Charles and Caroline are sad to leave Walnut Grove
Living on his wits: street orphan Albert, played by Matthew Laborteaux

As Long As We’re Together: Part II

Episode# 5.02 (91)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast September 18, 1978, NBC

Guest Stars: Leon Charles (Standish), Cletus Young (Harlan). Co-Starring: David Hooks (Mr. Ames), Jodean Lawrence (Josie), Donald Elson (Fred), Richard S. Fullerton (Glover). Featuring: Adam Gunn (Jeb Standish), John Joseph Thomas (Spence), Charles Alvin Bell (Mr. Davis), Michelle Downey (Sue). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Ivan Wideman (Thomas)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

The Ingalls plan a surprise party for Mary's birthday, and Charles sells his fiddle to a junk store to get enough money for a present. Caroline then spies the instrument in the store window and secretly buys it back. A pair of thugs harass Adam and Mary, and start a fight with Charles when he intervenes. Charles is bloodied and bruised but Garvey finds those responsible in the saloon and beats them up in return. At her party, Mary presents the fiddle back to her father.

Nasty local business owner, Mr. Standish
Nels Oleson and Jonathan Garvey find a beaten Charles

The Winoka Warriors

Episode# 5.03 (92)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast September 25, 1978, NBC

Guest Stars: John Ireland (Frank Carlin), Leon Charles (Standish), Brad Wilkin (Tom Carlin). Co-Starring: Peter Canon (Mr. Hoskins), J. Andrew Kenny (Luke), Glenn Robards (Snyder). Featuring: Adam Gunn (Jeb Standish), John Joseph Thomas (Spence), Ivan Wideman (Thomas), Michelle Downey (Sue). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Clay Greenbush2 (School Kid)1.

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

With Jonathan as coach, the new public school puts together a football team, The Winoka Warriors, and challenges the undefeated private school to a game. Both sides attempt to unbalance the match in their own favor. But it is Tom Carlin, a disillusioned attendee of the blind school, who becomes the Warriors' secret weapon, and helps the underdogs on to victory.

Andy, Laura and Albert have some doubts about their team's chances
Team talk from Mr. Garvey

The Man Inside

Episode# 5.04 (93)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast October 2, 1978, NBC

Guest Stars: Cliff Emmich (John Bevins), Kate Woodville (Bess Bevins). Co-Starring: Julie Anne Haddock (Amelia), Walker Edmiston (Dr. Moore), David Hooks (Mr. Ames). Featuring: Sam Edwards (Postman), Hap Lawrence (Smitty), Michelle Downey (Sue), Ivan Wideman (Thomas), David Murdock (Apple Vendor). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Laura and the kids make fun of an obese man, Mr. Bevins, without realizing he is the father of a new friend in their gang, Amelia. Thinking his daughter is thus ashamed of him, Bevins moves out of his home and pretends that he's found work out of town. In fact, he begins to live secretly in a storeroom at the blind school, where he has a handyman job. Then, Bevins has an accident and becomes critically ill, but he has no will to get better. Amelia tearfully expresses her love for her father at his bedside and the man begins to recover.

Fat man: John Bevins
Bevins with his daughter, Amelia

There’s No Place Like Home: Part I

Episode# 5.05 (94)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast October 9, 1978, NBC

Guest Star: Leon Charles (Standish). Special Guest Star: Ray Bolger (Toby Noe). Co-Starring: Jodean Lawrence (Josie), Donald Elson (Fred), Herb Armstrong (Harold). Featuring: Adam Gunn (Jeb), John Joseph Thomas (Spence), Harlan Green (Fire Captain), Frank D'Annibale (Man #1). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Fed up with his boss, Standish, Charles contemplates returning to Walnut Grove but is reluctant to because of Mary's post at the blind school. Meanwhile, both Jonathan Garvey and Nels Oleson lose their jobs with Standish and decide to return home. Mary tells her father not to stay in Winoka simply for her sake, so now all three families prepare to leave. On their last night, Standish's son accidentally sets off some fireworks which are being stored in the saloon, and the place burns. Watching the spectacle gives Charles, Jonathan and Nels great pleasure. Meanwhile, there's a lesson in money-management to be learned for lottery winner Toby Noe.

Prizewinner Toby Noe (played by Ray Bolger): another Standish victim
Standish gets his comeuppance

There’s No Place Like Home: Part II

Episode# 5.06 (95) – 1½ hours
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast October 16, 19781, NBC

Guest Star: Karl Swenson (Mr. Hanson)2. Featuring: Ancel Cook (Caulder), Michelle Downey (Sue), Ivan Wideman (Thomas). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)3, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)3.

1 Sources (e.g. IMDb) which list an airdate of January 15, 1981 (!), for this episode would seem to be incorrect.
2 This is the last episode for Karl Swenson as Mr. Hanson.
3 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

The Ingalls, Garveys and Olesons head back to Walnut Grove. Charles invites street-urchin Albert to come back with them. Apart from a few weeds and cobwebs, the old place doesn't seem too different, and everybody sets about tidying things up. However, Mr. Hanson, Walnut Grove's founder, has been crippled by a stroke brought on by the erstwhile decline of his town. Despite his illness, Hanson finds the strength to attend the first service in the restored church. A few months later, Hanson dies, but now a contented man.

Caroline Ingalls, after some hard cleaning
Poor old Lars Hanson

Fagin

Episode# 5.07 (96)
Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast October 23, 1978, NBC

Featuring: Kraig Metzinger (Denzil), Hal Riddle (Judge), James Mendenhall (Fair Official). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Laura becomes jealous of the extra attention her father pays to new family member, Albert, especially after the boy is given a new calf, dubbed Fagin, to raise for the county fair. On the eve of the fair, after overhearing Charles and Caroline talking about Laura's jealousy, Albert runs away, leaving Laura to take care of Fagin. The next day, Fagin wins, but Laura bestows the honor on "her brother" Albert who has sneaked along to see how the calf fares.

Laura with her new adopted brother, Albert
Laura presenting Fagin the calf at the show

Harriet’s Happenings

Episode# 5.08 (97)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast October 30, 1978, NBC

Guest Stars: King Moody (Otto Schiller), Ike Eisenmann (Erich Schiller). Special Guest Star: John Hillerman (Murdock). Co-Starring: Lisa Perá (Maria Schiller). Featuring: Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Laurie Beach (Jenny Crawford), Stacey O'Brien (Sarah Fuller), Carl Pitti (Customer). Maggie Munro (Student)1, Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Sterling Murdock arrives in Walnut Grove and starts a newspaper, "The Pen & Plow". He installs his cousin, Harriet Oleson, as writer of the paper's gossip column, the spiteful contents of which upset several residents. When Mrs. Oleson suggests Charles Ingalls secretly fathered adopted son Albert outside his marriage, Charles has had enough and exposes the work of Murdock and Mrs. Oleson in church on Sunday – Murdock and his rag are forced out of business.

Libeled by Mrs. Oleson: Erich Schiller, played by Ike Eisenmann
Mrs. Oleson and her editor, Mr. Murdock (played by John Hillerman), are exposed in church

The Wedding

Episode# 5.09 (98)
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast November 6, 1978, NBC

Co-Starring: Lou Fant (Reverend Corliss), David Hooks (Mr. Ames). Featuring: Michelle Downey (Susan), Ivan Wideman (Thomas), Gina Smika1 (Elizabeth), Robert Ackerman (Manager), Christopher Bowman (George), Michael P. Alan (Peter). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2.

1 aka Gina Smika Hunter.
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Adam proposes to Mary, and she accepts. However, Mary starts to have doubts when she considers how hard it is going to be for her and Adam to care for a baby given they are blind. During a picnic, the kids from the blind school are caught in a sandstorm. Mary winds up saving one of the girls, and so comes to realize she does have what it takes to be a mother. In the end, the wedding goes on, and the couple are delighted to find that Reverend Alden has traveled from Walnut Grove to officiate.

Caught in a dust storm: Mary and Adam
Adam and Mary get married

Men Will Be Boys

Episode# 5.10 (99)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast November 13, 1978, NBC

Co-Starring: Charles Cooper (Constable), Dorothy Konrad (Mrs. Channing), Gus Peters (Cooper). Featuring: Ancel Cook (Caulder), Will Hunt (Postmaster), Pat Cranshaw (Spokes), Jack Perkins (Lundstrum). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Albert and Andy seem in a rush to take on grown-up responsibilities, so their fathers, Charles and Jonathan, challenge them to survive on a week-long hike alone in the woods. But the men follow on behind in secret to check the kids are OK. Every obstacle which presents itself to the boys is successfully overcome, which is more than can be said for their fathers, who fare poorly and end up wet and hungry most of the time.

The Laborteaux brothers playing Albert Ingalls and Andy Garvey
Jonathan and Charles later have a run-in with the law for being peeping Toms!

The Cheaters

Episode# 5.11 (100)
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast November 20, 1978, NBC

[No additional cast.]

Andy Garvey's grades at school are falling, so Nellie Oleson shows him how to cheat in tests. Albert Ingalls' grades are also falling, but for a different reason: to be popular with the other kids. Laura finds out and rats on both boys to her father, Charles. Charles has a "quiet word" with Andy, and the boy then confesses in front of the whole class. Andy's parents realize they are partly responsible, having pushed their son too hard. Charles has another quiet word, this time with Albert, and thus fixes that problem too.

Andy Garvey, played by Patrick Laborteaux
The kids in school: Andy Garvey, Willie Oleson, Nellie Oleson, and Albert Ingalls

Blind Journey: Part I

Episode# 5.12 (101)
Teleplay by John T. Dugan, story by Carole and Michael Raschella and John T. Dugan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast November 27, 1978, NBC

Guest Star: Leon Charles (Mr. Standish). Special Guest Star: Moses Gunn (Joe Kagan). Co-Starring: Don "Red" Barry (Larrabee), David Hooks (Mr. Ames). Featuring: Donald Elson (Fred), Michelle Downey (Sue), Ivan Wideman (Thomas). Jack Lilley (Townsman)1, Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

The blind school in Winoka is bought by Mr. Standish, who turns the occupants out. However, Mr. Hanson's old house in Walnut Grove is available, so the school decides to move there, with glory-seeking Mrs. Oleson volunteering to sponsor the renovation project. Joe Kagan and Charles transport the kids from Winoka by wagon, with Mrs. Oleson along as "help". On the arduous journey, Mrs. Oleson experiences problems with Kagan's color.

Joe Kagan, played by Moses Gunn
Joe Kagan and Charles in the Winoka saloon

Blind Journey: Part II

Episode# 5.13 (102)
Teleplay by John T. Dugan, story by Carole and Michael Raschella and John T. Dugan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast December 4, 1978, NBC

Guest Star: Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue)1. Special Guest Star: Moses Gunn (Joe Kagan). Co-Starring: Don "Red" Barry (Larrabee), Bill Quinn (Conductor). Featuring: Marcus Wyatt2 (Samson), Michelle Downey (Sue), Ivan Wideman (Thomas).

1 This is the first episode for Ketty Lester as Hester-Sue Terhune.
2 aka Marcus Chong.

On their way to Walnut Grove, the kids from Winoka merge with a set of pupils from another blind school – mostly black, to Mrs. Oleson's further annoyance. Continuing the difficult journey, Joe Kagan begins to flirt with the leader of the other school, a single lady called Hester-Sue. All eventually arrive in Walnut Grove, the long trip having seemingly mellowed Mrs. Oleson's attitudes to black people considerably.

Mrs. Oleson and racial harmony...
Hester-Sue Terhune, played by Ketty Lester

The Godsister

Episode# 5.14 (103) – 1½ hours
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast December 18, 1978, NBC

Guest Star: Dolph Sweet (Swaggart). Special Guest Star: Tom Clancy (Shaughnessy). Co-Starring: George D. Wallace (Perkins), Burke Byrnes (Watkins), William Wintersole (Henderson). Featuring: Patrick Sullivan Burke (Head Angel), Carl Pitti (Len) and E. J. Andre (St. Peter). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)1.

1 Voice-over only. Uncredited on episode's titles.

Jonathan Garvey and Charles get a job putting up telephone poles away from home. Carrie misses her father, and everybody else is too busy to play with her, so she invents an imaginary twin friend, and the pair play together in a fantastical dreamscape each time Carrie sleeps. Meanwhile, in the telephone-pole gang, everybody has to work extra hard in order to earn a bonus. The work finishes, literally, with a bang – a still, that the cook has been secretly using to make booze, blows up in a spectacular fashion.

Jonathan Garvey witnesses the wonder of the telephone
Both Greenbush twins together for the only time: Carrie and her alter ego
Carries in wonderland
Heaven, Little House style

The Craftsman

Episode# 5.15 (104)1,2
Written by Paul Wolff
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast January 8, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Alvin Kupperman (Aaron Singerman), Frank de Kova (Brower), Don "Red" Barry (Larrabee). Special Guest Star: John Bleifer (Isaac Singerman). Co-Starring: Tony Becker (Zeke), Christian Berrigan (Lem). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)3, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)3.

1 Ted Voigtländer won an Emmy for his cinematography for this episode.
2 David Rose won an Emmy for his music for this episode.
3 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Albert becomes an apprentice to a Jewish carpenter, Mr. Singerman, but his classmates bully him and accuse him of being a Jew-lover. Albert learns to take pride in his work and, when Mr. Singerman dies at the end of the summer, Albert follows his tradition of planting an acorn to grow a tree to repay the earth for the one he used in his carpentry.

Isaac Singerman at prayer
Singerman and Albert

Blind Man’s Bluff

Episode# 5.16 (105)
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast January 15, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Bert Kramer (Timothy), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Belle), Ronnie Scribner (Jordan), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue). Featuring: Maureen Lee (Mrs. Herzog), Wesley Grant1 (Mr. Herzog), Michelle Downey (Sue), Vince Tortell (Thomas), Lisa Scribner (Hannah).

1 aka Wesley Bishop.

Laura is horrified to witness a fall that blinds her friend, Jordan. The boy's sight later returns but he continues to feign blindness in order to encourage his quarreling parents not to divorce – a plan which works. However, Jordan has a second accident and fractures his skull. The boy eventually comes out of his coma, and with normal sight... but claims he remembers nothing right from the day of his first accident. Laura is unsure whether this is the truth or just Jordan's way of releasing himself from having to fake blindness forever.

Laura and Jordan after his accident
Jordan Harrison: faking or not?

Dance With Me

Episode# 5.17 (106) – 1½ hours
Written by Paul Wolff
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast January 22, 1979, NBC

Guest Star: Eileen Heckart (Amanda). Special Guest Star: Ray Bolger (Toby Noe). Co-Starring: Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Ysabel MacCloskey (Widow Mumford), Sean Frye (Jason), Al Eisenmann (Ned), Dan Priest (Dispatcher). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Toby Noe, a friend the Ingalls met in Winoka, is staying with the family. When spirited spinster Amanda Cooper catches his eye, Toby sets out to woo her, but she is determined to keep him at arm's length. Meanwhile, at school, Laura is making a play for a boy, Jason. But the path of love is not easy and both Toby and Laura end up going to the annual barn dance alone but, by the end of the evening, each is with the partner they want.

Toby Noe goes a-courting Amanda Cooper
Toby Noe, played by Ray Bolger

The Sound Of Children

Episode# 5.18 (107)
Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast February 5, 1979, NBC

Guest Star: Ellen Regan (Miss Elliott). Special Guest Star: Philip Abbott (Giles Kendall). Co-Starring: Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Dain C. Turner (Eli). Featuring: Martha Nix (Holly), Michelle Downey (Susan), Vince Tortell (Thomas), Christopher Bowman (Benjamin), Naomi White (Miss Bennett). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Mary discovers she is pregnant. On hearing the news, Adam's estranged father uncharacteristically decides to pay a visit. He invites Adam and Mary to return to New York with him and for Adam to enter the lucrative legal profession. Sadly, Mary suffers a miscarriage, and Adam's father suddenly loses interest. It turns out that helping his blind son was not so much his agenda as ensuring contact with his future grandchild. Meanwhile, young Albert has a crush on a new temporary schoolmistress, but is put off when he finds out she is engaged.

Mary after losing her baby, with her mother
Adam with his father, Giles

The Lake Kezia Monster

Episode# 5.19 (108)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast February 12, 1979, NBC

Special Guest Star: Hermione Baddeley (Kezia). Featuring: John Miranda (Flint).

Desiring a summer residence, Mrs. Oleson buys the house by the lake currently occupied by Kezia Horn. As a compromise, Mrs. Oleson agrees that Kezia can stay on if she acts as her maid. Andy Garvey, Laura and Albert hatch a plan to drive the Olesons away: they get Kezia to concoct a story about a monster that inhabits the lake and then dress up as the monster. The plan works and the Olesons run away screaming.

The Lake Kezia monster
The kids after playing their prank, with Kezia

Barn Burner

Episode# 5.20 (109)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast February 19, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Jeff Corey (Judge Parker), Don "Red" Barry (Larrabee). Special Guest Star: Moses Gunn (Kagan). Co-Starring: Joan Tompkins (Adele Larrabee), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), James O'Connell (Bates), Larry Golden (Matt), Tony Becker (Zeke), Christian Berrigan (Lem). Featuring: Brett Ericson (Tod), Carl Pitti (Carl), Ruth Foster (Woman #1).

Jud Larrabee breaks a price agreement decided with his fellow farmers, mainly because of his dislike of black farmer Joe Kagan. Outraged, Jonathan Garvey confronts Larrabee in front of his family. Later, buoyed up by drink, a vengeful Larrabee storms off to the Garvey house, but young Andy is the only one home and Larrabee lashes out at him. When the Garveys return, they find their barn in flames; Larrabee is arrested as the likely culprit. However, Andy confesses he could have accidentally started the fire himself while dazed. Larrabee is found guilty of the assault of Andy although not guilty of barn-burning. Larrabee's wife takes their sons and leaves him.

Accused: Jud Larrabee
Hiding a secret? Andy Garvey.

The Enchanted Cottage

Episode# 5.21 (110)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast February 26, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Nathan Adler (Dr. Fromm). Featuring: Michelle Downey (Susan), Vince Tortell (Thomas), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster).

Mary is overjoyed when thinks her sight may be gradually returning, but Adam is privately worried how this will affect their relationship. Meanwhile, Laura and Albert fix up Mr Edwards' old shack as a new home for Mary and Adam, but they decorate it in some unwanted bright-pink paint donated by Mr. Oleson. In Mankato, it is confirmed that Mary's sight is not coming back – she has a condition where she is interpreting radiant heat as being able to "see" light. The girl is devastated, but Laura and Albert present their lurid shack to her anyway.

Mary senses light again
Laura in the enchanted cottage

Someone Please Love Me

Episode# 5.22 (111)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast March 5, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Charles Cioffi (Harper), Jenny Sullivan (Leslie), Kyle Richards1 (Samantha), Bobby Rolofson (Thomas). Co-Starring: Eddie Quillan (Gargan), Edwin Owens (Sandy). Featuring: Bill McLean (Clerk).

1 Kyle Richards had previously played Alicia Edwards, and would do so again.

During an out-of-town trip to buy some horses, Charles stays with breeder Brett Harper. Harper is emotionally withdrawn from his unhappy family and is trying to lose himself in work and whiskey, blaming himself for the death of one of his sons in a riding accident. Charles temporarily takes the role as the patriarch of the household while he encourages Harper out of his melancholia.

Troubled Brett Harper
Charles with Harper's wife, Leslie

Mortal Mission

Episode# 5.23 (112)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast March 12, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Matt Clark (Seth Berwick), Jerry Hardin (Slade), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue). Co-Starring: Charles Parks (Virgil Fenton), Peter Kilman (Garth Fenton), Carolyn Conwell (Bess), Bradley Greene (Nate Berwick). Featuring: Dan Priest (Stationmaster), Richard Lockmiller (Rawlings), David Rode (Ethan), Vince Tortell (Thomas), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

When many townsfolk become seriously ill after eating anthrax-infected mutton, the blind school is turned into a makeshift hospital. Charles and Jonathan, among the few who have not fallen sick, rush to get Dr. Baker's urgently needed medicines from the railway station at Springfield. But after collecting them, they are held up and their wagon stolen. On foot, Charles and Jonathan track down the wagon and attempt to steal it back, but are captured by the thief. However, they treat the thief's son – who also has anthrax – and are released with the medicines.

Doctor Baker diagnoses anthrax!
Charles and Jonathan attempt to steal back the medicines

The Odyssey

Episode# 5.24 (113)
Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast March 19, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Steve Shaw (Dylan), Melinda Cordell (Gwen), Ken O'Brien (Ferret), J. S. (Joe) Young (Zacc McCabe). Co-Starring: Jim Driskill (Snake), Bill Ewing (Hearst), John Steadman (Jasper), Bill Quinn (Conductor), Gavin Mooney (Stationmaster), Maurice Hill (Editor). Bob Miles (Train Bouncer)1.

1 Uncredited on episode's titles; this entry has been taken from the Internet Movie Database and has not been verified.

Laura and Albert help their friend Dylan, who is terminally ill, to realize his dream of seeing the ocean before he dies. The kids begin their journey west by jumping a ride on a train. Charles races to retrieve them, but the children instead persuade him to come along and help out. In San Francisco, William Randolph Hearst, the famous newspaper magnate, gives them a lift to the coast, and Dylan finally sees the ocean. Hearst pays for their fare home in exchange for being allowed to print their story.

Albert on lookout during the train journey
Ill Dylan finally sees the sea
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