Little House on the Prairie: Season 8, Episode 17

Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow: Part 1 (15 Feb. 1982)

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The marriage between Almanzo and Laura faces its first stern test when he falls seriously ill with diphtheria and later suffers a crippling stroke. Eliza Jane arrives to help care for her brother, but makes matters worse by babying him.

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The marriage between Almanzo and Laura faces its first stern test when he falls seriously ill with diphtheria and later suffers a crippling stroke. Eliza Jane arrives to help care for her brother, but makes matters worse by babying him.

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Almanzo James Wilder: Nothing's going to do me any good! I'm a cripple, and that's how I'm going to be for the rest of my life!
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23 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shows are so good at showing the better times in marriage, but when the rough times come, this really shows how much a couple loves each other. Caroline said it best in the second part when she said, "Why is all this happening to THEM?" I think that's one of the most profound statements in the whole two part episode. The answer is simple - we don't know why.

It started with a simple cold, but because his immune system was weak, the mild case of diphtheria Almanzo had turned into a bad case. He would have been fine if a hail storm hadn't come, causing Almanzo to panic and run outside (by the way, I hate the part when Almanzo shoves a pregnant Laura out of the way...). Almanzo's faith is destroyed - not just because of his being paralyzed, but also because they were up to their necks in debt. Almanzo has given up.

Let's add to the fact that Eliza Jane came back to "help," which made matters ten times worse. This is the final episode we see her in, thank God! She is way too mother-hennish and needy. What she did to Almanzo is awful! I felt so bad for Laura. I can't give too much of the episode away because it's good and full of new things happening. It's probably my favorite episode.


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