EXTRA: The 1975 Walnut Groovy Awards

Since there isn’t another Little House blog currently being written that’s quite as self-indulgent as this one, probably, I thought I’d bestow some awards upon our Season One personnel. The individual awards are based solely on my opinion; but the story rankings at the bottom are an aggregate of the whole family’s views.  I knowContinue reading “EXTRA: The 1975 Walnut Groovy Awards”

Founder’s Day

The Load of Bull (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Founder’s Day Airdate: May 7, 1975 Written by John and Ward Hawkins Story by Byron Twiggs and Ward Hawkins Directed by William F. Claxton SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: A huge insane old idiot is an asshole to everyone, but Charles feels sorry for his wife,Continue reading “Founder’s Day”

Circus Man

Full O’Shit (a recap by Will Kaiser) NOTE: I want to dedicate this one to my late friend Billy, a Little House fan who loved Red Buttons. I miss you, buddy. – WK Title: Circus Man Airdate: February 5, 1975 Written by Ward Hawkins Story by Preston Wood and Ward Hawkins Directed by Victor FrenchContinue reading “Circus Man”

Family Quarrel

Harriet the Suffragette (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Family Quarrel Airdate: January 15, 1975 Written by Ward Hawkins Directed by William F. Claxton SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Nels moves out on Harriet, and she and Caroline become friends. Mary and Laura hug Nellie and Willie. Nels has a stupid dog for some reason. RECAP:Continue reading “Family Quarrel”

Christmas at Plum Creek

“Do you see what the tree’s decorated with?” “Yah. Sexcorn.” (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Christmas at Plum Creek Airdate: December 25, 1974 Written by Arthur Heinemann Directed by William F. Claxton SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: The Ingallses all get each other stupid Christmas presents. Laura gives Bunny to Nellie to buy Ma aContinue reading “Christmas at Plum Creek”

The Lord is My Shepherd: Part One

Mother’s Milk . . . or Murder? or, You Couldn’t Wear a Floppy Bonnet in a Serious Situation Like This (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: The Lord is My Shepherd [Part 1] Airdate: December 18, 1974 Written and directed by Michael Landon SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Ma has a baby boy, but Laura praysContinue reading “The Lord is My Shepherd: Part One”

The Voice of Tinker Jones

Reverend Alden: Prince of Liars (a recap by Will Kaiser) TITLE: The Voice of Tinker Jones AIRDATE: December 4, 1974 Written by Tony Kayden and Michael Russnow Directed by Leo Penn SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: The Walnut Grovesters go to war with each other over whether to put up a church bell. A local hearing-impairedContinue reading “The Voice of Tinker Jones”

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”

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”

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”