Little House on the Prairie: Season 8, Episode 18

Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow: Part 2 (22 Feb. 1982)

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Almonzo's continued morose outlook on life during his recovery from a crippling stroke, not to mention Eliza Jane's pampering, takes its toll on the Wilder marriage. Not even the birth of ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Allison Balson ...
Melissa Francis ...
Cassandra Cooper Ingalls (as Missy Francis)
Wendi Turnbaugh ...
Brenda Turnbaugh ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nathan Adler ...
Mr. Jackson
Dee Croxton ...
Mrs. Jackson


Almonzo's continued morose outlook on life during his recovery from a crippling stroke, not to mention Eliza Jane's pampering, takes its toll on the Wilder marriage. Not even the birth of the couple's daughter, Rose, seems to help matters. Then, a massive tornado destroys the Wilder home, and Laura is badly injured; she recovers, but goes into shock when she sees a pile of rubble instead of the slightly damaged home she thought was there. Laura becomes severely depressed, leading Almonzo to finally realize his outlook has rubbed off on his wife; he makes good on a promise to change his attitude 180 degrees and rebuild not only their home but what was a crumbling marriage. In the end, the Wilder marriage becomes stronger for the "Days of Sunshine, Days of Sorrow" they had just went through. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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At the end, Almanzo walks nothing happened to him, but according to the real Rose Wilder, in her writings, her father walked with a limp, the rest of his life, from the Diphtheria. See more »


Almanzo James Wilder: I know it's small. We'll all be living in one room for awhile.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: I'm used to that.
Almanzo James Wilder: You'll have to fetch the water from the well because there's no pump in the kitchen like before.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: I'm used to that too.
Almanzo James Wilder: And we're gonna be down right poor for a time. But the Farmer's Almanac predicts a good year. Cool summer, mild winter.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: If the Almanac says it's so, it's so.
Almanzo James Wilder: We're right back where we started, you might say. But the land is ours. And nobody can take it away from us.
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Awesome Conclusion
23 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This second part picks up in the depressing tone the previous part left off. Things are pretty bad for Laura and Almanzo. Eliza Jane is still an annoying wrench who needs to get back on the train and leave. I just cannot stand how she is treating Laura and Almanzo! Almanzo even has thoughts of dying because he doesn't think life is ever going to get better - but that's after things get much, much worse.

Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse, a tornado comes and destroys the Wilder home. Charles, Caroline, and Almanzo decide not telling her the truth was best because she was under so much pressure. But when she's feeling better, she discovers the truth for herself.

Finally, Almanzo gets a wake-up call. In probably the best scene in all of Little House history, Almanzo wakes up and see's the sunlight! He loves Laura so much and shows her in the best way possible - a way that leaves Eliza Jane with nothing...

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