It's love at first sight between Doc Baker and a beautiful, though much younger, Kate Thorvald, Harriet Oleson's visiting niece; but when Kate happily consents to become his wife, Doc's ... See full summary »

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It's love at first sight between Doc Baker and a beautiful, though much younger, Kate Thorvald, Harriet Oleson's visiting niece; but when Kate happily consents to become his wife, Doc's concerned friends wonder if the May-December romance and the harsh reality of sharing a prairie-doctor's life will give the genteel, city-bred girl second thoughts and result in heartache for both of them. Written by shephed1138

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Mary Ingalls: Laura, are you asleep? Laura, answer me! Are you asleep?
Laura Ingalls: Why do you do that?
Mary Ingalls: Do what?
Laura Ingalls: Tell me to answer you if I'm asleep. Because if I'm asleep, I would have to wake up to answer you and then I wouldn't be asleep anymore.
Mary Ingalls: You know your right. For now on, I'll ask you if you're awake.
[Later]
Mary Ingalls: Laura, are you awake?
Laura Ingalls: No.
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The marriage that could have been
19 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first "Dr. Baker" episode. It is a sweet episode that focuses on his love life (the only time he ever does fall in love). Dr. Baker meets a young woman, probably about twenty years old, and immediately falls head over heels for her. The fact that she's so young does keep him from giving into his feelings at first, but soon he gives in to her pleadings and allows himself to fall in love.

Mrs. Olsen is surprisingly pleasant in this episode. Though she makes it known that she doesn't like Dr. Baker robbing the cradle, her niece convinces her she's a grown woman and can make her own decisions. Harriet gives in, and even laughs about it. Then when they announce their marriage,

Dr. Baker really struggles with his right to marry a young woman. He would take so much away from her. I think by the end, though, his fiancée is sure that in the end he'll make the decision that she doesn't want him to make.

The entire episode is sweet, but you can't help but to be sad for the way the entire situation. But reality is reality and in truth, I think he showed his true love by walking away instead of marrying her.

Gotta love this show!!!


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