The Talking Machine

She Humiliated Me . . . With Science! (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: The Talking Machine Airdate: January 14, 1976 Written by Harold Swanton Directed by Victor French SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Nellie is bested by Laura in matters of love, so she plans a humiliation far exceeding anything else she’s done so far.Continue reading “The Talking Machine”

The Spring Dance

The Love of Willie Oleson; or She’s My Cherry Pie (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: The Spring Dance Airdate: October 29, 1975 Written by Gerry Day Directed by William F. Claxton SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Laura fakes a love affair with Willie to get a boy’s attention. Meanwhile, Grace Snider does the exact sameContinue reading “The Spring Dance”

Ebenezer Sprague

Blah Humbug (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Ebenezer Sprague Airdate: September 24, 1975 Written by Hindi Brooks Directed by Victor French SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: It’s yet another old-man best friend for Laura when she teaches an asshole to love. RECAP: We open on Mr. Nelson the Gray-Haired Dude driving down the thoroughfare, accompanied byContinue reading “Ebenezer Sprague”

Survival

That’s Enough History, Mr. Anders; or When Charles Thaws Out, You’re Fucked (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Survival Airdate: February 26, 1975 Written by John Hawkins Story by John Hawkins and Preston Wood Directed by William F. Claxton SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: The Ingallses find themselves snowed in with an insane and evil U.S.Continue reading “Survival”

Plague

“When Charles says you’ll be fine, you will.” “Yeah, not like when Doc says it and it’s the kiss of death.” (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Plague Airdate: January 29, 1975 Written by Michael Landon Story by William Keys and Michael Landon Directed by William F. Claxton SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Everybody in townContinue reading “Plague”

Doctor’s Lady

Don’t Cry Out Loud, Mr. Hanson In Which Doc Baker is Propositioned by a Hot Young Woman and the Vestiges of His Heterosexuality are Destroyed Forever (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: Doctor’s Lady Airdate: January 22, 1975 Written by Arthur Heinemann Story by Arthur Heinemann and Ann Beckett Directed by Lewis Allen SUMMARY INContinue reading “Doctor’s Lady”

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 Award

Stupid Mary; or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Skip My Final (a recap by Will Kaiser) Title: The Award Airdate: December 11, 1974 Written by Michael Landon Directed by William F. Claxton SUMMARY IN A NUTSHELL: Stupid Mary almost burns down the barn while studying for a test. Ma freaks out and forbidsContinue reading “The Award”

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”

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”