Albert becomes a pen pal with a paraplegic girl.



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Ingalls Kendall (credit only)
Suzy Barbieri ...
Leslie Barton (as Suzy Gilstrap)
Dorothy Butts ...
Dan Caldwell ...
Ruth Foster ...
Gillian Grant ...
Martin Rudy ...
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As part of a school project, Albert becomes pen pals with a girl in Minneapolis named Leslie (Suzy Gilstrap). Both of them fabricate stories about themselves to appear more attractive to the other; Albert postures as a tall athlete, while Leslie portrays herself as a ballerina and hides her paraplegia which confines her to a wheelchair.

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17 November 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Albert becomes pen pals with Leslie, it is around 1880 to 1881. Leslie tells Albert in her letters that she is captain of the basketball team. This is impossible, since basketball was not invented until 1891, ten years after Albert and Leslie became pen pals. See more »


Albert Quinn Ingalls: Can I call you Pa again?
Charles Ingalls: Yeah. But not in front of the conductor.
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Should not happen
11 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Laura gives her students a class assignment to be pen pals with students in Mankato, Albert falls for the thirteen year old girl who writes him. Feeling impressed by her letter, he feels he must embellish on his letter to her – something Laura does not approve of. He talks Laura into letting him send the letter, but Laura lets him know she does not approve. The truth is, both Laura and his new friend are lying about who they are. I don't really care for her. I think she's rather snobby, and the look she has on her face when Albert comes to talk to her…well…she needed to good spanking or something! It's that reason I just couldn't believe there was really love between them. The relationship was built totally on lies! Some good father/son stuff here. I always love it when Charles has to make himself look good in front of his kids. His discovery of Albert on the train is priceless!

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