School Mom

I Wish I Was Dumb Abel! (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: School Mom Airdate: November 13, 1974 Written by Ward Hawkins Story by Jean Rouverol Directed by William F. Claxton SUMMARY: Miss Beadle breaks every bone in her body, so Ma subs for her at the school. Possibly better known as “Dumb Abel.” RECAP:Continue reading “School Mom”

Ma’s Holiday

Caroline, That’s Enough (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Ma’s Holiday Airdate: November 6, 1974 Written by Dale Eunson Directed by Leo Penn SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Charles takes Caroline on a vacation to Mankato, but she ruins it by worrying about the kids. Mr. Edwards babysits, feeds everybody a rattlesnake, and shoots a holeContinue reading “Ma’s Holiday”

Town Party Country Party

Olga Nordstrom’s Lonely Hearts Club Foot (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Town Party Country Party Airdate: October 30, 1974 Written by Juanita Bartlett Directed by Alf Kjellin SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: A hobble-footed girl makes friends with Laura, but her insane father doesn’t want her to have fun. Pa rassles him and he relents.Continue reading “Town Party Country Party”

If I Should Wake Before I Die

The Soul of Patience; or, Go Tell Miss Amy Her Old Gray Roommate’s Dead (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: If I Should Wake Before I Die Airdate: October 23, 1974 Written by Harold Swanton Directed by Victor French SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: An insane old woman fakes her death to drive her children crazy.Continue reading “If I Should Wake Before I Die”

The Love of Johnny Johnson

“I don’t give a hoot for your dumb old Johnny Johnson!” (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: The Love of Johnny Johnson Airdate: October 9, 1974 Written by Gerry Day Directed by William F. Claxton SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Laura falls in love with an age-inappropriate idiot, but he only has eyes for uptight prissContinue reading “The Love of Johnny Johnson”

Mr. Edward’s [sic] Homecoming

“Is this the one where they play ‘Old Dan Tucker’ through the whole thing?” “That’s every Mr. Edwards episode.” (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Mr. Edward’s [sic] Homecoming Airdate: October 2, 1974 Written by Joel Murcott Directed by Michael Landon SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Charles bumps into drunken madman Mr. Edwards in Mankato andContinue reading “Mr. Edward’s [sic] Homecoming”

100 Mile Walk

Charles’s Boots Weren’t Made for Walking (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: 100 Mile WalkAirdate: September 25, 1974Written by Ward HawkinsDirected by William F. Claxton SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Hail damages everybody’s wheat fields, so Charles goes to work in a stone quarry, where a friend of his accidentally explodes. Meanwhile, Caroline bullies all theContinue reading “100 Mile Walk”

Country Girls

She’s Heeeeeeeere. . . .(a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Country GirlsAirdate: September 18, 1974Written by Juanita BartlettDirected by William F. Claxton SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Laura and Mary start school, where they’re mocked by cruel Nellie. Mrs. Oleson declares Egg Wars on Caroline. Laura learns to read in like three days. RECAP: We openContinue reading “Country Girls”

A Harvest of Friends

Feels Like the First Time(a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: A Harvest of FriendsAirdate: September 11, 1974Written by John Hawkins and William PutmanDirected by Michael Landon SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Having relocated to Walnut Grove, Charles falls out of a tree, and an evil Irish stereotype cheats him. RECAP: First things first: THE OPENING CREDITS!Continue reading “A Harvest of Friends”

Little House on the Prairie [Pilot]

If I Had a Remembrance Book . . . (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Little House on the PrairieAirdate: March 30, 1974Written by Blanche HanalisDirected by Michael Landon SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: The Ingallses drive from Minnesota to Kansas, make friends with Indians and Mr. Edwards, then get kicked out by the damn guvmint.Continue reading “Little House on the Prairie [Pilot]”