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Season 7

7.01 Laura Ingalls Wilder: Part I  (138)

7.02 Laura Ingalls Wilder: Part II  (139)

7.03 A New Beginning  (140)

7.04 Fight Team Fight!  (141)

7.05 The Silent Cry  (142)

7.06 Portrait Of Love  (143)

7.07 Divorce, Walnut Grove Style  (144)

7.08 Dearest Albert, I'll Miss You  (145)

7.09 The In-Laws  (146)

7.10 To See The Light: Part I  (147)

7.11 To See The Light: Part II  (148)

7.12 Oleson Vs Oleson  (149)

7.13 Come Let Us Reason Together  (150)

7.14 The Nephews  (151)

7.15 Make A Joyful Noise  (152)

7.16 Goodbye, Mrs. Wilder  (153)

7.17 Sylvia: Part I  (154)

7.18 Sylvia: Part II  (155)

7.19 Blind Justice  (156)

7.20 I Do, Again  (157)

7.21 The Lost Ones: Part I  (158)

7.22 The Lost Ones: Part II  (159)

Season 7 DVD cover

Starring: Michael Landon (1-12,14-221), Karen Grassle (1,2,4,6-13,142,16-20,221), Melissa Gilbert (1,2,4,6-9,103,11,12,14,16-20,221), Melissa Sue Anderson (2,3,5,6,9-11,15,19,221), Lindsay Sidney Greenbush4 (1,2,4,6-9,11,12,142,16-20,221). Executive Producer: Michael Landon. Produced by Kent McCray (1,2,4,5,7,8,10,11,13,17-19,21,22), William F. Claxton (3,6,9,12,14-16,20). Developed for Television by Blanche Hanalis. Based Upon the "Little House" Series of Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Richard Bull (Mr. Oleson 1,3,4,6,7,10-13,16,17,19), Katherine MacGregor5 (Mrs. Oleson 1,3,4,6,7,10-14,16-20,22), Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson 1,2,6,7,9-13,18-20,22), Jonathan Gilbert6 (Willie Oleson 1,4,6-8,11-13,16-18,20,22), Merlin Olsen (Jonathan Garvey 3,5,9,10,15,21), Patrick Laborteaux7 (Andy Garvey 1,3,9,21), Steve Tracy (Percival Dalton 1,6,9-13,208), Kevin Hagen (Dr. Baker 1,4,13,16-20,22), Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden 1,6,12,14,17,19,20,22), Linwood Boomer (Adam Kendall 2,3,5,6,10,11,19,229), Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder 1,2,4,6,7,9,11,12,14,16,19,20,2210), Matthew Laborteaux7 (Albert 1-9,11,12,14,16-22).

Don Balluck (Executive Story Consultant), David Rose (Music), Kent McCray (Associate Producer 3,6,9,12,14-16,20), Ted Voigtländer A.S.C. (Director of Photography 1,2,6,7,9,12,13,15,17,18,21,22), Haskell Boggs A.S.C. (Director of Photography 3-5,8,10,11,14,16,19,20), Walter M. Jefferies (Art Director), John Loeffler (Editor 1,3,7,9,11,12,14,16,18,20), Jerry Taylor A.C.E. (Editor 2,4-6,8,10,13,15,17,19,21,22), Don Webb (Set Decoration), Miles S. Middough (Assistant Director 1,2,6,7,9,12,13,15,17,18,21,22), Maury Dexter (Assistant Director 3-5,8,10,11,14,16,20), Reid Rummage (Assistant Director 19), Susan Sukman11 (Casting), Marvin Coil A.C.E. (Supervising Editor), Allan Snyder S.M.A. (Makeup), Larry Germain C.H.S. (Hair Stylist 1-17), Gladys Witten (Hair Stylist 18-22), Mike Termini (Men's Costumer), Richalene Kelsay (Women's Costumer 1,2), Linda Taylor (Women's Costumer 3-22), Dean Wilson (Property Master), Edward P. Ancona (Color Consultant), Ron Housiaux (Key Grip), Lon Massey III (Gaffer), Kenneth Hunter (Camera Operator), Erika Wernher (Script Supervisor), Reid Rummage (Second Assistant Director 1-18,20-22), James E. Benjamin (Second Assistant Director 19), 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), Gary Wohlleben / PMS (Production Controller), Photographed with Panavision Equipment®, An NBC Production In Association with Ed Friendly.

Copyright © MCMLXXX [1980] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (1-13)
Copyright © MCMLXXXI [1981] by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (14-22)

1 Credited across all episodes, but only appears in those indicated.
2 Only appears with back to camera in episode 14, possibly a double.
3 Voice-over only on episode 10.
4 Carrie is played jointly by twin actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush.
5 aka Scottie MacGregor.
6 Jonathan Gilbert is the brother of Melissa Gilbert (who plays Laura).
7 Matthew and Patrick Laborteaux are brothers.
8 Credited on episode 22 but does not appear.
9 Only appears in long-shot in episode 22, possibly a double.
10 Credited on episode 10 but does not appear.
11 aka Susan McCray.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Part I

Episode# 7.01 (138)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast September 22, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: James Cromwell (Harve Miller), Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder). Special Guest Star: Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder). Featuring: Chris Shaffer (Matt Gray). 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 sister, Eliza Jane, starts dating an old friend of his, Harve Miller. Laura is delighted when she gets offered a teaching position in Radnor, but Almanzo makes it clear that he wants her to be a housewife when they are married and forbids her from taking the job. Meanwhile, Almanzo buys some farming land from Matt Gray, but Gray then deliberately blocks off the water supply to the land – which he controls – to force Almanzo to sell the plot back at a price advantageous to him. At the restaurant, Nellie is shocked when she finds out from Dr. Baker that she is pregnant.

Harve Miller: Eliza Jane Wilder's new boyfriend
Eliza Jane tries to improve her look

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Part II

Episode# 7.02 (139)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast September 29, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: James Cromwell (Harve Miller), Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder). Special Guest Star: Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder). Co-Starring: Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Alvy Moore (Storekeeper), Edmund Stoiber (Reverend Hartwig). Featuring: Judy Sardo (Mary Allenby), Kyle Williams (John Allenby), Jack Lilley (Stage 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.

As expected, due to lack of water, Almanzo's crop dies. With money tight, but against Almanzo's wishes, Laura decides to move away and accept the teaching job in Radnor she was offered. The pair argue, cancel their wedding plans, and stop talking to each other. Meanwhile, Harve Miller has met another woman and breaks off the relationship with Eliza Jane. However, in order to help smooth things out, she maintains to Almanzo that she intends to marry Harve and move away. With a local school job now free, Laura has no need to move to Radnor, and the pair's wedding is back on. The couple are married in the blind school.

Laura and Almanzo have a difference of opinion about a woman's place in the world
Laura leaves town for her new teaching job

A New Beginning

Episode# 7.03 (140)
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast October 6, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Harry Carey Jr. (Sheriff Pike), Med Flory (Pete Rawlins), John Dukakis (Tim Mahoney), Milton Selzer (Elija Pattman). Special Guest Star: John Larch (Arthur Mahoney). Co-Starring: Stuart Nisbet (Jenkins), Paul Larson (Pendergast), Cal Bowman (Abel Thorn), Scott Garrett (Hiram). Featuring: Cliff McLaughlin (Punk #1), Shane Barmby (Punk #2), Ben R. Scott (Punk #3), John Clay Scott (R. J.), Arnold Roberts (Minister), Al Hopson (Drunk).

Trying to start a new life after the death of his wife, Alice, Jonathan Garvey and his son, Andy, move to Sleepy Eye and start a freight business. The business ends up the victim of a gang of thieves, but the sheriff seems afraid to act. Garvey accepts the position of deputy and begins his own investigations. It turns out the gang is secretly under the control of a self-appointed local law-enforcer, Pete Rawlins, who is taking a cut of the proceeds. Garvey exposes Rawlins, who is arrested. The headstrong leader of the gang is subsequently shot dead when he attempts to rob the town bank.

Jonathan comforts his son Andy
Working for the town or for himself: Pete Rawlins?

Fight Team Fight!

Episode# 7.04 (141)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast October 13, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: William Traylor (Pete Ellerbee), Terrence O'Connor (Sandra Ellerbee), James Jarnagin (Dan Ellerbee). Featuring: Ron Doyle (Referee), Josh Davis (Clyde). 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.

Pete Ellerbee, a ex-footballer, comes to town and begins to coach the local team, which includes his son – who is less interested in football than his father would like – as well as Willie Oleson and Albert Ingalls. Single-minded Ellerbee's grueling regime takes its toll and the boys' schoolwork begins to suffer. Later, pressure from Ellerbee persuades Albert to play despite sustaining an earlier injury and Charles has to intervene to take the suffering boy out of the game. Albert decides that his priority is his studies and that for him football should only be for fun.

Pushy coach, Pete Ellerbee
Dan Ellerbee and Albert during a game

The Silent Cry

Episode# 7.05 (142)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast October 20, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Ivan Bonar (Mr. Case), David Hollander (Michael). Special Guest Star: Dub Taylor (Houston). Co-Starring: Elizabeth Hoffman (Miss Mason), George Dickerson (Mr. Rooney), Barbara Beckley (Mrs. Rooney), David Faustino (Josh). Featuring: Al Dunlap (Doc Higgs), Michelle Downey (Susan).

An the Sleepy Eye orphanage, two brothers are up for adoption. However, the younger brother appears to be mute, so the prospective parents, the Rooneys, only want the older boy. To avoid being split up, the brothers run away and are hidden by the blind-school's sympathetic janitor, Houston. Eventually, Houston, having grown very attached to the boys, tries to adopt the pair himself, but the idea is rejected by the orphanage. However, after Houston later gives an impassioned speech to the adoption board, the younger boy starts speaking again, and the Rooneys decide to adopt both brothers.

A man with love to spare: Houston Lamb
Orphan brothers Josh and Michael hiding in the dark

Portrait Of Love

Episode# 7.06 (143)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast October 27, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Madeline Stowe (Annie Crane), Jim Antonio (Victor Crosby), Ward Costello (Jeremy Unger), Constance Pfeifer (Marge Crosby), Paul Napier (Sorrell Crane). Special Guest Star: Mariclare Costello (Helen Crane). Featuring: Richard Neilson (Malcolm Cole), Jeanne Determann (Mrs. Barnsdale), Jack Lilley (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.

Blind Annie Crane is a talented artist and the next big upcoming thing. Annie's estranged birth mother tries to arrange a reunion, but Annie refuses, embittered by memories of being abandoned by her as a child. However, Caroline tricks the two into meeting. When Annie discovers her mother is now also blind, the pair settle their differences.

Blind artist Annie Crane, played by Madeline Stowe
Annie's adoptive mother, Helen Crane, played by Mariclare Costello

Divorce, Walnut Grove Style

Episode# 7.07 (144)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast November 10, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder), Tisch Raye (Brenda Sue Longworth). Co-Starring: Alvy Moore (Storekeeper), Eve Brent Ashe (Olga Tuttle). Featuring: Eric Taslitz (Timothy), Gillian Grant (Susan), Patrick Armstrong (Steven). 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.

Due to a misunderstanding, Laura comes to believe that Almanzo is having an affair with a friend from his youth, Brenda Sue Longworth. The disagreement ends up with an all-out catfight in front of the school, much to the amusement of Laura's pupils, and Laura returns to live with her parents. Charles arranges a meeting between all parties, and Laura comes to understand the root cause of the disagreement – a song title.

Almanzo's old friend, Brenda Sue Longworth
Laura after her street fight with Brenda Sue

Dearest Albert, I’ll Miss You

Episode# 7.08 (145)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast November 17, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Suzy Gilstrap (Leslie Barton), Diane Shalet (Mrs. Barton). Co-Starring: Martin Rudy (Dr. Marx), Olan Soulé (Mr. McGinnis). Featuring: Dan Priest (Conductor), Jamie Seibert (Timmy), Gillian Grant (Heather), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster), Dan Caldwell (Photographer), Dorothy Butts (Maid). 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 becomes pen pals with a girl in Minneapolis named Leslie. Both of them make up stories about themselves to appear more attractive to the other: Albert pretends to be an accomplished sports player, as does Leslie, who hides the fact she's confined to a wheelchair. Through the correspondence, Albert finds himself falling in love, and tricks Charles into letting him accompany him to a meeting in Minneapolis. He meets Leslie face to face and, despite all the deceptions, both reaffirm they love each other just the same.

Albert reads a letter from his pen pal
Leslie Barton, Albert's pen pal

The In-Laws

Episode# 7.09 (146)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast November 24, 1980, NBC

Guest Star: Eddie Quillan (Kavendish). Co-Starring: Terrence Evans (Horace Choate), Patricia Herd (Emma Choate). Featuring: Dan Priest (Conductor), Don Brenon (Cooley), Chad Cowgill (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.

Charles and Almanzo race from Walnut Grove to Sleepy Eye to see who knows the fastest route. Almanzo gets stuck on a hill and is forced to move his goods in two batches. However, a passing family appropriates his unattended first batch of goods, and he is forced to spend time tracking them down. Meanwhile, Charles becomes bogged down in a river and ultimately finds his way blocked by a fence; he has to double back. To save their pride, the pair both claim timely journeys to Caroline and Laura... but Caroline has spoken to Jonathan Garvey in Sleepy Eye and knows the truth.

Almanzo thinks he knows a shorter route to Sleepy Eye
Charles with his unhelpful hitch-hiker, Mr. Kavendish

To See The Light: Part I

Episode# 7.10 (147)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast December 1, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Peter Hobbs (Mr. Davis), Linwood Boomer (Adam Kendall). Co-Starring: Kenneth G. Patterson (Dr. Raymond), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Sunshine Parker (Parley), Patrick Cranshaw (Manuel Barton). Featuring: Michelle Downey (Susan Goodspeed), Giselle Seibert (Marcy), D. White1 (Jason), Dago Dimster (Boy #1), Clarke Gordon (Judge), Grant Owens (Gardner), John Otrin (Orderly), Jo B. Cummings (Mrs. Davis), Peter James Griggs (Foreman), Diane Hill2 (Nurse #1), Bruce Stidham (Customer #1).

1 aka De'voreaux White.
2 aka Diane Hardin.

In Sleepy Eye, Adam is caught in a nitro-glycerin explosion and this restores his sight. He meets a new circle of friends in the legal business and begins to study to enter law school. But, Mary worries she's gradually losing him to the sighted world. Back in Walnut Grove, Harriet Oleson begins to worry that she's overweight following some comments from husband Nels.

Adam realizes he can see again
Hester-Sue listens to Mary's apprehensions about Adam's new, sighted life

To See The Light: Part II

Episode# 7.11 (148)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast December 8, 1980, NBC

Guest Stars: Donald Petrie (Alan Barton), Donald Hotton (Professor Mayfield), Linwood Boomer (Adam Kendall). Co-Starring: Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Sid Conrad (Doctor). Featuring: Kate Williamson (Nurse #2), Anne Hall (Miriam), Peter Forster (Gray), Michelle Downey (Susan Goodspeed), Dago Dimster (Boy #1), Giselle Seibert (Marcy), D. White1 (Jason), Brian Loeb (Man #1), Troy Melton (Man #2), Jack Lilley (Driver).

1 aka De'voreaux White.

The restored-to-sight Adam travels to Minneapolis to begin a round of entrance exams for law school. However, one evening, he is robbed and left unconscious in the driving rain and develops a serious fever; he thus misses the subsequent exams. Mary travels over and manages to convince the law school to allow Adam to sit the tests he missed, which he passes with flying colors. In Walnut Grove, Harriet Oleson is worried about appearing overweight to a cousin of hers who is coming to visit after many years. However, when the cousin arrives, she is now considerably larger than Harriet.

Mary worries while Adam studies law
Harriet is laced into a corset by Nellie

Oleson Vs Oleson

Episode# 7.12 (149)
Written by Chris Abbott
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast January 5, 1981, NBC

Guest Stars: Richard Bull (Mr. Oleson), Katherine MacGregor1 (Mrs. Oleson). Co-Starring: Kay Howell (Elizabeth Smith), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster). Featuring: Rod McGaughy (Man #1), Robert Balderson (Man #2), Jaye Durkus (Man #3), Brenda Turnbaugh (Baby Grace).

1 aka Scottie MacGregor.

An equality-for-women campaigner comes to Walnut Grove looking for signatures for a petition. The men of the town refuse to sign, including Charles Ingalls and Nels Oleson, who is in the middle of yet another split from Harriet. The womenfolk move out of their houses and rally together in the church, leaving their men to cook, clean and look after the children. The men eventually get fed up with the role reversal and, led by Charles, cave in and sign the petition.

Charles fails in his attempts to feed baby Grace
Harriet Oleson tries to spy on the husbands' camp in disguise

Come Let Us Reason Together

Episode# 7.13 (150)
Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast January 12, 1981, NBC

Guest Stars: E. M. Margolese (Benjamin Cohen), Bea Silvern (Edna Cohen), Katherine MacGregor1 (Mrs. Oleson), Richard Bull (Mr. Oleson), Alison Arngrim (Nellie), Steve Tracy (Percival). Featuring: Dan McBride (Mr. Reilly), Jack Lilley (Stage Driver).

1 aka Scottie MacGregor.

When Percival's parents visit Walnut Grove for the upcoming birth of Nellie's baby, Percival reveals that his real name is Isaac Cohen, much to Harriet's consternation. Percival's father, Benjamin, is devoutly Jewish, which brings him into conflict with Harriet and her Christian beliefs. When Nellie gives birth, she unexpectedly has twins – a girl and a boy – so Nellie and Percival compromise and agree to raise their son, named Benjamin, in the Jewish faith, and their daughter, Jennifer, as a Christian.

Percival's parents: Edna and Benjamin Cohen
Percival talks with his father, Benjamin

The Nephews

Episode# 7.14 (151)
Written by Chris Abbott
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast January 19, 1981, NBC

Guest Stars: Woody Eney (Royal Wilder), Aileen Fitzpatrick (Millie Wilder). Co-Starring: Ham Larsen1 (Myron Wilder), Rossie Harris (Rupert Wilder). Featuring: Jack Lilley (Stage Driver), Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster).

1 Spelled as "Larson" on credits.

Almanzo's brother and sister-in-law, Royal and Millie Wilder, dump their two exasperating sons onto Laura and Almanzo and go off on a vacation. The boys' constant prank-playing tests their aunt's and uncle's patience to the limit and the latter are only too pleased when the boys' parents come to collect them.

The two nephew horrors
Almanzo and Laura survey their plucked chickens

Make A Joyful Noise

Episode# 7.15 (152)
Written by Kathleen McGhee-Anderson
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast January 26, 1981, NBC

Guest Stars: Mel Stewart (Hertzell Lundy), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Keith Mitchell1 (Timothy). Special Guest Star: Moses Gunn (Joe Kagan)2. Co-Starring: Starletta DuPois (Freda). Featuring: Simeon Holloway (Minister), D. White3 (Gideon), Randy Gray (Wayne), Tyrrell Winfrey (Organist). Elisha Rapson (Student)4.

1 aka Keith Coogan.
2 This is the last episode for Moses Gunn as Joe Kagan.
3 aka De'voreaux White.
4 Uncredited on episode's titles; this entry has been taken from the Internet Movie Database and has not been verified.

Joe Kagan moves to Sleepy Eye to help with Jonathan Garvey's business. He also tries to resume his romance with Hester-Sue, but in the meantime she has become close to another man, businessman Hertzell Lundy. However, both Mary and Kagan tell Hester-Sue that they don't think Lundy is right for her. After she sees how sympathetically Kagan handles a misfit boy at the blind school, Hester-Sue finally changes her mind – she jilts Lundy at the altar and gets engaged to Kagan.

Joe Kagan with Hester-Sue
Hester-Sue tries to get a reaction from Timothy, played by Keith Mitchell/Coogan

Goodbye, Mrs. Wilder

Episode# 7.16 (153)
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast February 2, 1981, NBC

Guest Stars: Katherine MacGregor1 (Mrs. Oleson), Walker Edmiston (Mr. Stohler). Co-Starring: Dennis Dimster (Ralph Parker), Cletus Young (Cole Parker). Featuring: Gillian Grant (Hildy), Terry Wagner Otis (Waif), Patrick Armstrong (Jed). Clay Greenbush2 (School Kid)3, Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)3, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)3.

1 aka Scottie MacGregor.
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.

An inspector finds deficiencies in the way the school is run and refuses a state grant until things are improved pending a second inspection. In particular he suggests that French, and art appreciation, are added to the syllabus, and a uniform introduced. Laura, the teacher, resigns over these changes and Mrs. Oleson takes over. The kids plan a mutiny during the second inspection but Laura learns of this and stops it. After the inspection and approval of the grant, Laura returns to her job and reverts the changes.

The students, including Albert and Willie, in their school uniforms
Un, deux, trois... Mrs. Oleson teaches French

Sylvia: Part I

Episode# 7.17 (154)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast February 9, 1981, NBC

Guest Stars: Royal Dano (Mr. Webb), Olivia Barash (Sylvia Webb). Special Guest Star: Richard Jaeckel (Irv Hartwig). Featuring: Terry Nani (Boy #1), Bradley Greene (Boy #2), Carl Pitti (Man #1). Elisha Rapson (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.

Albert becomes close friends with a girl in school, Sylvia Webb. However, one day, Sylvia is raped by a masked assailant, but her overbearing father insists on keeping it quiet. When the girl collapses at school, an examination from Dr. Baker reveals that the she is pregnant. Albert insists to his father that he has nothing to do with the girl's state.

Sylvia Webb and her controlling father
The masked rapist strikes

Sylvia: Part II

Episode# 7.18 (155)
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast February 16, 1981, NBC

Guest Stars: Royal Dano (Mr. Webb), Olivia Barash (Sylvia Webb). Special Guest Star: Richard Jaeckel (Irv Hartwig). Featuring: Terry Nani (Boy #1), Bradley Greene (Boy #2). Elisha Rapson (Student)1.

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

A rumor that Albert is responsible for Sylvia Webb's pregnancy begins to freely circulate, expedited by Mrs. Oleson's gossip on the switchboard. A love-struck Albert declares his intention to marry Sylvia and take on the baby, and the two plan to elope. Eventually, Albert manages to convince Sylvia's father that he isn't the one who made Sylvia pregnant, but the girl has already run off and is holed up in a barn. When Sylvia is found, she is on the brink of being attacked by the masked rapist for a second time. The mystery man – who turns out to be a local blacksmith called Hartwig – is shot dead. However, in the melee, Sylvia suffers a bad fall; she later dies in the arms of a broken-hearted Albert.

Sylvia and her love Albert plan to run away
Albert with the local blacksmith, Mr. Hartwig, played by Richard Jaeckel

Blind Justice

Episode# 7.19 (156)
Written by Carole and Michael Raschella
Directed by Maury Dexter
Broadcast February 23, 1981, NBC

Guest Stars: Jeff Corey (Edgar Mills), Peter Hobbs (Mr. Davis), John Zaremba (Judge). Special Guest Star: Dub Taylor (Houston). Co-Starring: James E. Brodhead (William Sykes), William S. Forester (Dr. Howard Ruddy), Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Barbara Collentine (Edna Mills), William Bramley (Jed Finley). Featuring: Vivian Brown (Secretary), Michelle Downey (Susan), Jack Lilley (Stage Driver), Peter James Griggs (Bailiff), Don Brenon (Foreman), Marion Scherer (Blonde). Ruth Foster (Mrs. Foster)1, 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.

Adam Kendall graduates from law school but cannot find legal work in Sleepy Eye, so he and Mary move to Walnut Grove and set up shop there. Adam's first client is Edgar Mills, a man who has been deceiving local residents into buying worthless parcels of land. At the trial, Mills is found guilty of fraud but Adam reveals that Mills has a terminal illness and only carried out the deception to obtain money to support his family after his death. Given the circumstances, Mills is spared a custodial sentence and the residents of Walnut Grove all pledge to financially support his wife and children.

Adam with shady property-seller, Mr. Mills
Adam in the courtroom

I Do, Again

Episode# 7.20 (157)1
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by William F. Claxton
Broadcast March 2, 1981, NBC

Guest Star: James Gallery (Ed Poulsen). Co-Starring: Sarah Miller (Eunice Poulsen), Dolores Albin (Ada Phipps), Hugh Warden (Amos Phipps). Featuring: Robin Harlan (Myra Louise), Duane LaDage (Henry Poulsen), Win Michaelsen (Steven Poulsen), Steven Spencer (Richard Poulsen), William Benedict (Reverend Lyman). Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)2.

1 This is the last 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.

Both Laura and Caroline announce that they are pregnant. However, in Caroline's case, it is a false alarm and merely the onset of the menopause. Both Caroline and Charles are saddened by the realization that they cannot now produce a son of their own. To cheer themselves up, they attend the wedding of a friend in Wisconsin and, while there, decide to renew their own vows, too, in a double ceremony.

Almanzo and Laura have news to celebrate
Charles and Caroline renew their wedding vows

The Lost Ones: Part I

Episode# 7.21 (158)1
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast May 4, 1981, NBC

Guest Stars: George McDaniel (Alvin Cooper), M. E. Loree (Sarah Cooper), Ivan Bonar (Mr. Case), Jason Bateman (James Cooper)2, Missy Francis3 (Cassandra Cooper)2. Special Guest Star: E. J. Andre (Jed Cooper). Co-Starring: Ketty Lester (Hester-Sue), Elizabeth Hoffman (Miss Mason). Featuring: Dan Priest (Conductor), Herb Armstrong (Halstead). Elisha Rapson (Student)4.

While on a wagon delivery run, Charles and Albert travel alongside the Cooper family, who are on their way to join their Uncle Jed on a gold hunt. However, an accident en route kills both the Cooper parents, leaving their young son and daughter, James and Cassandra, orphaned. The elderly Uncle Jed feels unable to take on the kids. The blind school and local orphanage also prove to be dead ends. Reluctantly, Charles sends the pair on their way to the state orphanage in Minneapolis. However, he has a sudden change of heart and races off to intercept the train the kids are traveling on. Taking the kids back to the Ingalls cabin, Charles vows to have a fresh search for a family for them.

1 This is the last episode for Merlin Olsen as Jonathan Garvey and Patrick Laborteaux as Andy Garvey.
2 This is the first episode for Jason Bateman as James Cooper and Missy Francis as Cassandra Cooper.
3 aka Melissa Francis.
4 Uncredited on episode's titles; this entry has been taken from the Internet Movie Database and has not been verified.

Charles, Cassandra and Albert just after the Cooper parents' death
Orphaned siblings: James and Cassandra Cooper

The Lost Ones: Part II

Episode# 7.22 (159)1,2
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Michael Landon
Broadcast May 11, 1981, NBC

Guest Stars: Len Wayland (Isaiah Tompkins3), Jason Bateman (James Cooper), Missy Francis4 (Cassandra Cooper). Co-Starring: Barbara Tarbuck (Beth Tomkins3), Randy Norton (Seth Tomkins3). Elisha Rapson (Student)5, Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)5, Wendi Turnbaugh (Grace Ingalls)5.

1 This is the last regular episode for Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls/Kendall, but she would return for The Reincarnation Of Nellie and A Christmas They Never Forgot in Season 8.
2 This is the last regular episode for Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson/Dalton, but she would return for The Return Of Nellie in Season 9.
3 Presumably the surnames here are supposed to be consistently either "Tompkins" or "Tomkins".
4 aka Melissa Francis.
5 Uncredited on episode's titles; these entries have been taken from the Internet Movie Database and have not been verified.

A strict couple, the Tompkins, visit the Ingalls and adopt the orphaned James and Cassandra. However, the Ingalls, particularly Charles, find the departure of the kids a wrench. In their regimented new home, James and Cassandra are not happy. This is compounded by the Tompkins' existing son, who takes a dislike to his new siblings and plots to get rid of them. After being wrongly accused of the theft of some money, James takes Cassandra and runs off. They are eventually found by Charles who then decides to keep the pair himself, despite his already crowded home.

James and Cassandra with their strict new parents: Beth and Isaiah Tompkins
Cassandra and James prepare to run away
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