Little House on the Prairie: Season 5, Episode 17

Dance with Me (22 Jan. 1979)

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Charles and Jonathan are picking up a freight delivery for Mr. Olesen when they bump into Toby Noe, an old friend from Winoka. Charles convinces him to come visit them in Walnut Grove. Toby... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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Charles and Jonathan are picking up a freight delivery for Mr. Olesen when they bump into Toby Noe, an old friend from Winoka. Charles convinces him to come visit them in Walnut Grove. Toby comes to visit. He goes to church with the Ingalls the next day and when he's greeting people at the door, Rev. Alden tells Charles they need to have a meeting to find someone who can play their new organ instead of Harriet. Toby can play, so he agrees to play that very morning. Unfortunately, he's a spirited player and Miss Amanda Cooper fusses at Rev. Alden for that 'un-church-like' music. Toby finds her spirited and it's love at first sight. He tries everything to make her like him. At the same time, Laura is trying with Albert's help to get Jason, a boy at school, to like her. Unfortunately, Laura and Toby both go to the annual barn dance alone, but they both end up with the partner they want. Written by Anonymous

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22 January 1979 (USA)  »

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Amanda Cooper: [Toby is singing "Beautiful Dreamer" outside her house. She hurries outside, very upset] Mr. Noe... Mr. Noe! This harassment has got to stop!
Toby Noe: I'm not harassing you. I'm courting you.
Amanda Cooper: Well, I have no wish to be courted. Now, will you please get off my veranda?
Toby Noe: [singing] Beautiful Dreamer...
Amanda Cooper: Go home, you exasperating man!
Toby Noe: [singing] Beautiful...
Amanda Cooper: All Right. You can come to tea tomorrow.
Toby Noe: [singing quietly] Beautiful Dreamer...
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Beautiful Dreamer
Written by Stephen Foster
Played by dance band
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Beautiful Dreamer
4 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode starts out with a stow-away on the train Charles and Jonathan are expecting a shipment on. They chase a box with legs, only to discover that It's Toby Noe, an old friend from Winoka. They invite him to come back to Walnut Grove. What starts out as a happy occasion soon turns into an annoying occasion as Mr. Noe is actually pretty demanding and obnoxious. He puts away food like there's no tomorrow, is in love with a woman who does not love him back, and is quickly wearing out his welcome.

There's also a pretty strange sub-plot about Laura and a boy she likes. I thought the boy looked more like a girl and didn't think he was Laura's type at all (of course, I am more for the blondish type farmers who start with the letter 'A'...)

This episode is a light-hearted comic story and one I'm pretty fond of.

When I hear this song, I think of Adam Cartwright playing it on his guitar...

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