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Season 6

6.01 Back To School: Part I  (114)

6.02 Back To School: Part II  (115)

6.03 The Family Tree  (116)

6.04 The Third Miracle  (117)

6.05 Annabelle  (118)

6.06 The Preacher Takes A Wife  (119)

6.07 The Halloween Dream  (120)

6.08 The Return Of Mr. Edwards  (121)

6.09 The King Is Dead  (122)

6.10 The Little House Years  (123 - 3‑hour special)

6.11 The Faith Healer  (124)

6.12 Author! Author!  (125)

6.13 Crossed Connections  (126)

6.14 The Angry Heart  (127)

6.15 The Werewolf Of Walnut Grove  (128)

6.16 Whatever Happened To The Class Of '56  (129)

6.17 Darkness Is My Friend  (130)

6.18 Silent Promises  (131)

6.19 May We Make Them Proud  (132 - 2 hours)

6.20 Wilder And Wilder  (133)

6.21 Second Spring  (134)

6.22 Sweet Sixteen  (135)

6.23 He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Part I  (136)

6.24 He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Part II  (137)

Season 6 DVD cover

Starring: Michael Landon, Karen Grassle (1-8,10-241), Melissa Gilbert (1-8,10-241), Melissa Sue Anderson (3-6,8,10,12,17,19,22-241), Lindsay Sidney Greenbush2 (1-7,10-12,14-241). Executive Producer: Michael Landon. Produced by Kent McCray (1,2,4,6-11,13,16-20,22-24), William F. Claxton (3,5,12,14,15,21). Developed for Television by Blanche Hanalis. Based Upon the "Little House" Series of Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Richard Bull (Mr. Oleson 1,3,5,6,9,11-15,17-243,4), Katherine MacGregor5 (Mrs. Oleson 1-6,9,11-244), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson 1-6,11-15,17,19-21,23,244), Jonathan Gilbert6 (Willie Oleson 1-3,5-7,11,14,15,18-244), Merlin Olsen (Jonathan Garvey 1,2,4-7,9,11,13,16,19,20,23), Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey 5,6,9,11,13,19), Patrick Laborteaux7 (Andy Garvey 1-3,5,6,9,11,13,15,18-20,22,248), Matthew Laborteaux7 (Albert 1-7,9-24), Kevin Hagen (Dr. Baker 1,4,69,11-13,15,17-20,23,244), Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden 6,11,12,14,19,204), Linwood Boomer (Adam 4-6,8,10,12,17,19,22-24), Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder 1,2,5,11,14,15,18,20,22-24), Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder 1-3,5,11,12,14,15,18-20,22).

John T. Dugan (Executive Story Consultant), David Rose (Music), Kent McCray (Associate Producer 3,5,12,14,15,21), Ted Voigtländer A.S.C. (Director of Photography 1-3,8-10,13,14,17,19,21,23), Haskell Boggs A.S.C. (Director of Photography 4-7,11,12,15,16,18,20,22,24), Walter M. Jefferies (Art Director), John Loeffler (Editor 1,2,16,18,20,22,24), Clay Bartels (Editor 3,5,9,13,14), Jerry Taylor A.C.E. (Editor 4,6-8,11,12,15,17,19,21,23), Don Webb (Set Decoration), Miles S. Middough (Assistant Director 1-3,8,9,13-15,17,19,21,23), Maury Dexter (Assistant Director 4,5,7,12,16,22,24), Reid Rummage (Assistant Director 6,11,18,20), Susan Sukman10 (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), Dean Wilson (Property Master), Edward P. Ancona (Color Consultant), Ron Cardarelli (Key Grip 1-9,11-14), Ron Housiaux (Key Grip 15-24), Lon Massey III (Gaffer), Kenneth Hunter (Camera Operator), Erika Wernher (Script Supervisor), Reid Rummage (Second Assistant Director 1-5,7-9,12,14-16,21-24), John C. Breschard (Second Assistant Director 6), James B. Greer (Second Assistant Director 11,13,17-20), Vince Gutierrez (Sound Effects Editor), Fred Prior (Music Editor), Kay Suffern (Negative Cutter), Frank Meadows (Sound Recording), M. Curtis Price C.A.S. (Sound Recording 7,9,11,12,14-24), Gary Wohlleben / PMS (Production Controller), Photographed with Panavision Equipment®, An NBC Production In Association with Ed Friendly.

Copyright © MCMLXXIX [1979] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (1-16)
Copyright © MCMLXXX [1980] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (17-24)

1 Credited across all episodes, but only appears in those indicated.
2 Carrie is played jointly by twin actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush.
3 Credited for episode 2 but only appears in the reprise from the first episode.
4 Credited for episode 10 but only appears in old footage.
5 aka Scottie MacGregor.
6 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
7 Matthew and Patrick Laborteaux are brothers.
8 Only appears briefly in episode 24, back to camera.
9 Uncredited on episode 6.
10 aka Susan McCray.

Back To School: Part I

Episode# 6.01 (114)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast September 17, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder)1, Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder)1, Katherine MacGregor2 (Mrs. Oleson), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson). Featuring: Dan McBride (Customer #1), David Murdock (Customer #2), Sunshine Parker (Workman), Rod McGaughy (Jack). Maggie Munro (Student)3, Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)3, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)3.

1 This is the first episode for Dean Butler as Almanzo Wilder and Lucy Lee Flippin as Eliza Jane Wilder.
2 aka Scottie MacGregor.
3 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Mr. and Mrs. Oleson give their daughter Nellie her own restaurant-cum-hotel. But Nellie is incompetent in the kitchen, so Caroline Ingalls takes on the job of cook. Meanwhile, a new teacher, Miss Wilder, starts at the school. Laura is immediately smitten when she meets Miss Wilder's brother, Almanzo, a man several years her senior. At Mrs. Oleson's invitation, Almanzo reluctantly agrees to a dinner date with Nellie, but Laura has mischievously laced the food with a liberal dose of cayenne pepper!

New teacher, Miss Wilder, played by Lucy Lee Flippin
Eliza Jane Wilder with her brother, Almanzo

Back To School: Part II

Episode# 6.02 (115)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast September 24, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder), Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder), Katherine MacGregor1 (Mrs. Oleson), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson). Maggie Munro (Student)2, Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2, Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)3.

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

Laura starts to study for an exam, required for her to enter her desired career of teaching. Nellie – vengeful after the pepper prank – lends her some books to help, but they are for the wrong topics, so Laura does poorly. The two angry girls fight each other in the mud of the local river. Riding by, Almanzo breaks up the brawl and takes the soaking-wet Laura to his house to change clothes. Charles barges in on the situation and instinctively punches Almanzo, although he then realizes he has misread things and apologizes.

Almanzo Wilder, played by Dean Butler
Nellie after her mud fight with Laura

The Family Tree

Episode# 6.03 (116)
Written by Vince R. Gutierrez
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast October 1, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Michael Pataki (Quinn), John Zaremba (Judge Adams). Co-Starring: Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Richard Lockmiller (Jacob), Tiger Williams (Simon). Featuring: Orville Sherman (Headmaster), Dolores Mann (Mrs. Tilley), Ken Letner (Mr. Tilley), Naomi White (Receptionist). 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.

At school, the kids are looking into their family trees – this causes Albert to remember his own dark past. He has become so attached to the Ingalls that he asks Charles to adopt him officially. First, they must face Albert's real father, Jeremiah Quinn, who wants his son back to help on his farm. When all attend the court offices, Albert meets Mr. Quinn alone and feigns blindness in front of him; Quinn tells him he can stay with the Ingalls. This confirms to Albert that his father does not love him as Charles does. Elsewhere, the Olesons are having trouble with their new inside toilet.

Dreaming of his past: Albert
Albert feigns blindness to test his father

The Third Miracle

Episode# 6.04 (117)
Teleplay by John T. Dugan, story by Kenneth Hunter
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast October 8, 1979, NBC

Co-Starring: Leslie Landon1 (Marge), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue). Featuring: James Jeter (Blacksmith), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Troy Melton (Stage Driver), Alex Sharp (Rider #1), Carl Pitti (Rider #2). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2.

1 Leslie Landon is the daughter of Michael Landon.
2 Uncredited on episode's titles.

A coach in which Mary and Adam are traveling leaves the road and overturns. As the only member of the coach party left mobile, Mary tries to find her way back to the road to summon help. When Mary and Adam fail to arrive at their destination, Charles and Jonathan set out to find them. They eventually find Mary, having been alerted to her location by a fire started by her dropped glasses. Meanwhile, back in Walnut Grove, Mrs. Oleson reneges on a deal to buy some honey from Laura and Albert at a given price. To get revenge, Albert also sells Mrs. Oleson the bees' nest but doesn't tell her that she's transporting it back home at the the time of day when the bees are most active; Mrs. Oleson and Nellie are attacked by the angry swarm.

Mary frantically searches for help after the crash
Pregnant coach passenger, Marge, played by Leslie Landon

Annabelle

Episode# 6.05 (118)
Written by Del Reisman
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast October 15, 19791, NBC

Guest Stars: Harriett Gibson (Annabelle), Billy Barty (Owen). Special Guest Star: Ken Berry (London). Co-Starring: Wendy Schaal (Christie), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue). Featuring: D. White2 (Roscue), Michelle Downey (Susan), The Great John L (Strong Man). Circus Acts: John Hayes (Stilt Clown), Robert Wexler (Clown #1), Carl Carlsson (Clown #2), Danny Rees (Clown #3), Nate Stein3 (Rope Walker), Dorothea Sabina Nock (Rope Walker), Tara The Elephant, Carol Buckley (Elephant Trainer), Moore's Mongrels (Dog Act), Bob Yerkes (Tumbler), Russ Saunders (Tumbler), Paula Crist (Tumbler), Sandy Gross (Tumbler). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)4, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)4, Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)5.

1 Sources (e.g. IMDb) which list an airdate of May 1, 1980, for this episode would seem to be incorrect.
2 aka De'voreaux White.
3 aka Nathan Stein.
4 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.
5 Uncredited on episode's titles.

A circus comes to town. Nels Oleson discovers that the circus' "fat lady" is his estranged sister Annabelle, of whom Nels has always been ashamed because of her weight. Meanwhile, Laura finds out Almanzo is escorting another girl, Christie, to the circus – the same girl who has underpaid her for some dressmaking. Nels takes part in the circus performance as the ringmaster and takes the opportunity to publicly announce how proud he is of his sister, and the pair are reconciled. In the same performance, Laura gets revenge on Christie by coming on as a clown and soaking the girl.

Annabelle, Nels' estranged sister
Nels Oleson as the ringmaster

The Preacher Takes A Wife

Episode# 6.06 (119)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast October 22, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: William Schallert (Dean Harmon), Iris Korn (Anna), Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden). Co-Starring: Jon Lormer (Jeremy Tyler). Featuring: Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), 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.

Reverend Alden creates a stir when he falls in love with elderly widow Anna Craig. Mrs. Oleson disapproves and manages to talk Anna out of marriage. The whole saga makes the reverend ill, but Anna nurses him back to health and their romance is rekindled. Mrs. Oleson then writes to the church authorities and they send Dean Harmon to investigate. Harmon turns out to be an old flame of Mrs. Oleson who, ironically, had broken off their own relationship as he found it difficult to serve both God and a woman. After a heart-to-heart with Harmon, Mrs. Oleson drops her objections to the marriage.

Late-life romance: Robert Alden and Anna Craig
Rev. Alden and Dean Harmon

The Halloween Dream

Episode# 6.07 (120)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast October 29, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Philip1 Carey (Commander Kaiser), Frank de Kova (Chief Kilowatt), Henry K. Bal (Chief Sly Fox). Featuring: Dick Alexander (Sergeant), George Aguilar (Brave #1), Bryson G. Liberty (Brave #2), Ramon Chavez (Brave #3), Rosa Hamilton (Tiny Pebbles), Dawn Biglay (Tana), Clint Lilley (Son of Running Bull), Hiawatha Hood (Chief Big Wolf).

1 Misspelled as "Phillip" on credits.

Albert dreams he and Laura – in Red Indian Halloween costumes – are taken captive by an Indian tribe who are expecting a cache of guns ready for their upcoming battle with the army. Under cover of night, Laura and Albert escape but, at the army's request, they agree to go back and deceive the Indians into believing the guns have been intercepted. However, the guns have already arrived safely, so the returning pair of kids are staked out. Once again, they escape, this time with Albert taking the reins of a speeding wagon!

Albert as an Indian
Laura as an Indian

The Return Of Mr. Edwards

Episode# 6.08 (121)
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast November 5, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards)1, Kyle Richards (Alicia Edwards). Special Guest Star: Victor French (Mr. Edwards). Co-Starring: Eddie Quillan (Shorty).

1 This is the last episode for Bonnie Bartlett as Grace Snider/Edwards, although the character would return in Season 8's A Promise To Keep though played by Corinne Michaels.

Trying to save his daughter from an accident, Mr. Edwards badly injures his legs. Fearing he is crippled for life and will be a burden to his family, he falls into severe depression. His wife, Grace, writes to the Ingalls for help. Charles and Laura travel over and, after Laura seems to revive Edwards' spirit, he suggests a hunting trip. But, it soon transpires that Edwards has other plans, and twice Charles has to stop him from trying to commit suicide. In desperation, Charles pretends to have been injured in a gun accident, and Edwards is forced to hobble out for help, shocking him back to his old, irascible self.

Alicia Edwards: saved from injury by her pa
Mr. Edwards tries to shoot himself

The King Is Dead

Episode# 6.09 (122)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast November 12, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars [sic]: Leo Gordon (Milo Stavroupolis). Special Guest Star: Ray Walston (Hart). Co-Starring: Nora Meerbaum (Anna Stavroupolis), John Robert Yates1 (Hans Mueller). Featuring: Jennifer Rhodes (Nurse), Charles Julian (Bookie), Lee Generaux (N. D. Man), Frank X. Alten (Swamper), Roy Gaintner (Farmer #1), Warner McKay (Postal Clerk), Jack Lilley (Jack), Carl Pitti (Carl).

1 aka Jack Yates.

A wrestling promoter persuades Jonathan Garvey to compete in his competition in Mankato. Garvey wins the preliminary bout, but the man he beats, Milo Stavroupolis, tells him the fight was rigged and designed to lengthen the odds on his opposition – a champ – in the final. Milo offers to take Garvey's place in the final if Garvey will feign an injury. Many of the residents of Walnut Grove have bet on Garvey to win, including Mrs. Oleson, who has risked the money entrusted to her as church treasurer. Stavroupolis – who was only taking part in the scam to support his sick wife – ends up winning, but dies right after the fight.

Jonathan Garvey hits the canvas
Milo Stavroupolis, after winning, with Jonathan and Charles

The Little House Years

Episode# 6.10 (123)1 – 3 hours
Written by Michael Landon [new footage]
Directed by Michael Landon [new footage]
Broadcast November 18, 19792, NBC

Starring: Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, Lindsay Sidney Greenbush, Brenda / Wendi Turnbaugh, Matthew Laborteaux, Linwood Boomer. Shawna Landon3 (Young Girl In The Library)4.1

1 This is a special episode wrapping a selection of (very lengthy) old clips in new footage of the Ingalls family reminiscing over Laura's diary entries. The new footage features Charles, Caroline, Laura, Mary, Carrie, Grace, Albert and Adam; all other roles credited (apart from "Young Girl In The Library") are only in the old clips: The Town in alphabetical order: Alison Arngrim, Richard Bull, Jonathan Gilbert, Dabbs Greer, Kevin Hagen, Katherine MacGregor, Charlotte Stewart, Karl Swenson. Guest Stars in alphabetical order: Ernest Borgnine, Walter Brooke, Victor French, Arthur Hill, Richard Hurst, Don Knight, Jan Sterling.
2 I can find no original evidence that this episode was aired on November 15, 1979, as suggested by e.g. Wikipedia, IMDb and Epguides.
3 Shawna Landon is the daughter of Michael Landon.
4 Uncredited on episode's titles; this entry has been taken from the Internet Movie Database and has not been verified.

The Ingalls look through Laura's journal and this prompts them to remember past events, such as their arrival in Walnut Grove; Pa leaving home to take on dangerous work in a quarry; Laura's "discovery" of gold; the birth and death of Laura's little brother; Laura's argument with Nellie Oleson over Bunny the horse; and the visit of Laura's grandpa.

The Little House Years title card
Laura peruses her journal
Caroline remembers
Shawna Landon at the library reads... guess what?

The Faith Healer

Episode# 6.11 (124)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast November 19, 1979, NBC

Guest Star: Tom Rosqui (Matthew). Special Guest Star: James Olson (Reverend Danforth). Co-Starring: Francesca Jarvis1 (Hilda), Joey Seifers (Timothy), Roy Gunzberg (Stablemaster), Marian O. Gibson (Mrs. Adams). Featuring: James Jarnagin (Boy #2), Mike T. Powert (Boy #1), Hank Kendrick (Crippled Man), Jim Wiers (1st Man), Carol Norton (Near-Blind Woman), Fred Ashley (N. D. Man). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2.

1 Misspelled as "Jarvin" on credits.
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

A traveling minister, Jacob Danforth, comes to Walnut Grove on a "healing" crusade and attracts a large attendance at his meetings where some people appear to make miraculous recoveries. Despite the death of a young boy treated by Danforth, Reverend Alden's flock remains reduced and so he prepares to leave town. Then, on a trip to Sleepy Eye, Charles discovers Danforth "curing" the same people as in Walnut Grove. Charles exposes Danforth in front one of his meetings. The Reverend Alden stays on.

The Reverend Danforth will heal you!
Danforth with the boy he failed to cure of appendicitis

Author! Author!

Episode# 6.12 (125)
Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast November 26, 1979, NBC

Guest Star: Barry Sullivan (Frederick Holbrook). Featuring: Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Dan Priest (Station Master)1, Babs Bram (Dowager), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Ron Chapman (Bates). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2.

1 Not credited on some copies of the episode.
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Caroline hears that her parents are coming for a visit, but her mother dies during the long train journey and arrives in a coffin. Caroline's father, Frederick, is devastated, until the family – enjoying his tales of when Caroline was young – persuade him to write his autobiography. Charles gets the manuscript accepted, but the deal turns out to be with a paid vanity press. But, to keep Frederick happy, the whole family secretly chips in to have the book printed. Meanwhile, heavily pregnant Mary gives birth to Charles' and Caroline's first grandson: Adam Charles Holbrook Kendall.

Caroline's father, Frederick Holbrook
Frederick reads the first copy of his book

Crossed Connections

Episode# 6.13 (126)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast December 10, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Royal Dano (Harold), Sam Edwards (Bill Anderson), Marie Denn (Alice's Mother). Featuring: Dave Morick (1st Technician), Tom Pletts (Customer), Sandy Gibbons1 (Gregory), John Flynn (2nd Technician), Todd Keller (Lineman).

1 aka Sanford Gibbons.

The telephone comes to Walnut Grove, and, as the switchboard operator, Harriet Oleson listens in on all the conversations. Jonathan Garvey has inherited some money and has a phone installed as a surprise for his wife, Alice. Harriet overhears a secret from Alice's past about a previous marriage and broadcasts it. This sends Jonathan to Minneapolis to meet the man, whom he finds to be a rather sad figure. Albert and Laura, with the help of the local bank manager, teach Harriet an expensive lesson when they make sure she overhears a phony share tip.

Harriet Oleson hard at work on the switchboard
Alice Garvey's first husband, Harold

The Angry Heart

Episode# 6.14 (127)
Written by Del Reisman
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast December 17, 1979, NBC

Guest Stars: Timothy Wead (Tod Dortmunder), Susan French (Virginia Davenport). Special Guest Star: Malcolm Atterbury (Brewster Davenport). Co-Starring: Richard Donat (Joe Dortmunder), Mary Hamill (Edna Dortmunder), Ricky Segal (Young Tod). Featuring: Gene Dynarski (Jebediah), John Furlong (Cop), Clyde A. Harper (Gambler), Richard Kennedy (Sheriff), Rod McGaughy (Driver). 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.

A tearaway teen, Tod Dortmunder, is sent to live with his grandparents in Walnut Grove when his mother can no longer cope with him. After stealing a watch and twice lashing out at his grandfather, he is taken on by Charles Ingalls for hard work on his farm until Charles considers the boy has paid his debt. Charles discovers that a large part of the Tod's attitude has been caused by the abusive nature of his father when the boy was young.

Tod Dortmunder being taught a lesson by Charles
Tod in jail

The Werewolf Of Walnut Grove

Episode# 6.15 (128)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast January 7, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Sandy Ward (Bart Slater), Patricia Donahue (Mrs. Slater), Tod Thompson (Bartholomew Slater). Co-Starring: Alan R. Peterson (Clarence), Elmore Vincent (Old Man), Harry Pugh (Jenkins). 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.

At school, pupil Bart Slater begins to bully not only the other kids but also the teacher, Miss Wilder, who is reduced to tears and is on the verge of leaving. Albert and Laura try to scare Slater into submission using a werewolf costume, although Carrie gives the game away. Albert and Laura's next plan is to get all the kids to stand together and jointly give Slater a beating. This time the idea works – Slater apologizes to Miss Wilder and starts to behave himself.

Miss Wilder reduced to tears in class
Werewolf, or Albert?

Whatever Happened To The Class Of ’56

Episode# 6.16 (129)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast January 14, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Liam Sullivan (Dillon Hyde), Lynn Benesch (Amy Sawyer), James Gallery (Arnie Cupps), Phillip Pine (Winthrop Morgan). Co-Starring: Mary Elizabeth Corrigan (Clementina Hyde), Lynn Cartwright (Florence Platz), John Lawrence (Jacob Platz), Jean Howell (Hattie Cupps), Damian London (Waiter), Conrad Bachmann (Farmer), Colin Drake (Senator), John Wyler (Clerk), Lynn Seibel (Bellboy), Woody Tracy (Bellboy), Ken Norris (Thaddeus Sawyer), J. Edward McKinley (Conductor). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)1, The Lowpriest (Child)2, Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2.

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

Both Charles and Caroline have business in Milwaukee: Charles to attend a Grange meeting, and Caroline to attend a school reunion. Both enjoy a rare taste of city high life, but feel like fish out of water with their old friends who seem to have been more financially successful than they have but nevertheless have rocky marriages and attitude issues. Charles and Caroline come to the conclusion that it's they, the Ingalls, who are really the successful ones – with their loving family.

Caroline dressed for the city
Charles and Caroline in their hotel room

Darkness Is My Friend

Episode# 6.17 (130)
Written by Vince R. Gutierrez
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast January 21, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: James McIntire (Jake), Jonathan Banks (Jed), Larry Golden (Abel). Co-Starring: J. S. (Joe) Young (Head Guard), J. Edward McKinley (Conductor), Wayne Grace (Guard), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Toni Mele (Kim). 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.

Adam is out of town, so Laura goes to keep Mary company overnight at the blind school. During the night, Laura and Mary are taken hostage by a trio of escaped convicts. One of the convicts has a gunshot wound, so Laura is sent to fetch a doctor, but instead goes and tells her father, Charles, what has happened. Charles poses as Dr. Baker to gain entry to the school, and then manages to overcome the villains.

Mary and one of the escapees in the blind school
Mary is taken hostage by one of the criminals

Silent Promises

Episode# 6.18 (131)
Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast January 28, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Lou Fant (Nathan Page), Alban Branton (Daniel Page). Featuring: Gaye Nelson (Sara). 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 starts to teach sign language to a deaf boy, Daniel. During the teaching, Daniel plants a kiss on Laura and expresses his love for the girl. Laura then faces the difficult task of explaining to the boy that she only wants a teacher-pupil relationship. Meanwhile, Albert builds a doghouse for Bandit although the dog isn't interested in using it.

Daniel Page, played by Alban Branton, who was deaf in real life
Laura teaches Daniel sign language

May We Make Them Proud

Episode# 6.19 (132) – 2 hours
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast February 4, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: John Zaremba (Judge Adams), Merlin Olsen (Jonathan Garvey), Hersha Parady (Alice Garvey)1, Kevin Hagen (Dr. Baker). Co-Starring: Tobias Andersen (Hank Mays), Bill Calvert (Clay Mays), Paul Barselou (Herb Gooder), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue). Featuring: D. White2 (James), Dago Dimster (Tim), Naomi White (Secretary), Gil Lamb (Harlan Potts), Tom Kindle (Jason), Dan McBride (Henry), Ken Hill (Lawyer), Michelle Downey (Susan). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)3, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)3.

1 This is the last episode for Hersha Parady as Alice Garvey.
2 aka De'voreaux White.
3 Uncredited on episode's titles.

Albert and a friend experiment with smoking a pipe in the basement of the blind school. This causes a fire which tragically destroys the building and claims the lives of Alice Garvey and Mary's and Adam's baby. Mary becomes catatonic, Jonathan Garvey hits the bottle, and Albert wrestles with his guilty secret. Mary snaps out of her shock when she hears the lullaby from a music box Albert has given her as a gift. Meanwhile, Albert's friend confesses to Charles about the pipe-smoking. However, Albert himself has run off to his birth-father's house, not aware that the man died some time ago. Charles and Jonathan eventually catch up with the boy and persuade him it was all an unfortunate accident and he shouldn't blame himself.

Charles and Caroline in the ruins of the blind school
Mary cradles her dead baby
Charles tries to snap Jonathan Garvey out of his depression
Charles with Albert: a boy with a secret

Wilder And Wilder

Episode# 6.20 (133)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast February 11, 1980, NBC

Guest Star: Charles Bloom (Perley Day Wilder). Co-Starring: Stacy Sipes (Penelope Parker), Kay Howell (Mrs. Parker), Bill Cross (Mr. Parker), James Jeter (Blacksmith). 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.

Almanzo's brother, Perley Day, comes to town. Worried about the age gap between Laura and Almanzo, Charles hopes Laura's feelings will shift to the younger Perley Day. However, Perley Day recklessly races an injured horse just to win a bet, and Almanzo has to act urgently to prevent the horse being permanently crippled. Charles comes to realize that Almanzo is the better man for Laura after all. Meanwhile, Albert falls for a girl at school, but she has eyes only for Andy Garvey.

Almanzo and Laura
Perley Day Wilder

Second Spring

Episode# 6.21 (134)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast February 18, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Suzanne Rogers (Molly Reardon), Tom Clancy (Dan Reardon), Richard Bull (Mr. Oleson). 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.

Nels Oleson finally loses patience with his wife, and, to get out of the house as much as possible, begins a solo traveling sales business operating from a wagon. During a stopover, he finds himself falling in love with his attractive young Irish landlady, Molly Reardon. Eventually, Nels' conscience catches up with him and he confesses to Molly that he is already married. Nels returns home, and he and Harriet make up.

Harriet and Nels Oleson have yet another argument
Molly Reardon

Sweet Sixteen

Episode# 6.22 (135)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast February 25, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Lucille Benson (Miss Trimble), Parley Baer (Mr. Williams), Tim Maier (Chad Brewster), Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder). Co-Starring: Jonathan Woodward (Tommy Dobkins), Kimberly Woodward (Ruby Dobkins), Elizabeth Howell (Martha). Maggie Munro (Student)1.

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

Laura gets a temporary teaching job out of town. With Almanzo ferrying the girl to and fro each weekend, the pair have the opportunity to get to know each other better. Later, misreading a situation between Laura and one of her male students, Almanzo lashes out, sending the student flying across the room. Acting on Almanzo's behalf, Charles explains to Laura that Almanzo was simply jealous and not to hold his actions against him. Subsequently, at the local church dance, Almanzo apologizes in person about the incident and he and Laura share their first kiss.

Schoolmarm Laura Ingalls
Almanzo and Laura kiss for the first time

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Part I

Episode# 6.23 (136)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast May 5, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Steve Tracy (Percival Dalton)1, Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson). Special Guest Star: Dub Taylor (Houston). Co-Starring: Michael Prince (Mr. Carter). Featuring: Dan McBride (Customer #1), Dee Croxton (Secretary), Dean D'Annibale (Butcher Boy). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2.

1 This is the first episode for Steve Tracy as Percival Dalton.
2 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

Almanzo proposes to Laura, but Charles thinks she is too young and asks her to wait until she is 18. Almanzo suggests the pair elope, but Laura won't leave Walnut Grove. Feeling rejected, Almanzo uproots to Sleepy Eye. Meanwhile, Adam's father has died insolvent and this cuts off the funding for the rebuilding of the blind school. However, Laura finds a disused courthouse in Sleepy Eye which fits the bill, but the rent seems prohibitive. Elsewhere, a consultant, Percival Dalton, arrives to sort out the business mess at Nellie's restaurant. As a first step, he suggests bringing Caroline into the business more and temporarily renaming the place to "Caroline's".

Percival Dalton, the man faced with teaching Nellie to cook
Nellie gets eggsperience in the kitchen

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Part II

Episode# 6.24 (137)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast May 12, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Steve Tracy (Percival Dalton), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder). Special Guest Star: Dub Taylor (Houston). Co-Starring: Alvy Moore (Mr. Crowley), Robert Wexler (Mr. Pims), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Nancy Grahn (Saloon Girl). Featuring: Michelle Downey (Susan Goodspeed), Dan McBride (Customer #1), Bob Ulrich (Customer #2). Rafael Moscatel (Little Boy)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.

In Sleepy Eye, Almanzo finds out about the large bill for the new blind school, and he begins to work in all weathers to secretly help pay it off. The toil takes its toll and Almanzo develops pneumonia. Laura visits him on his sickbed; the pair sort out their differences, and Almanzo eventually recovers. Meanwhile, at the restaurant, Nellie and her coach, Percival, begin to fall for each other; this culminates in Nellie proposing marriage. The two marry in an open-air ceremony with Dr. Baker officiating. At the wedding, Charles tells Almanzo and Laura that he is reducing the waiting time before they can marry to one year.

Almanzo, sick with pneumonia, is visited by Laura
Nellie and Percival decide to get married
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