Caroline and the girls can't help but think the worst when Charles begins to behave mysteriously and later lies about the amount of time he has spent doing carpentry work for their lovely, young neighbor, the widow Elizabeth Thurman.

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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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Caroline and the girls can't help but think the worst when Charles begins to behave mysteriously and later lies about the amount of time he has spent doing carpentry work for their lovely, young neighbor, the widow Elizabeth Thurman.

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Laura states at the end that they used the dishes every night after that, yet you never see them again. See more »

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Mary Ingalls: Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly.
Laura Ingalls: What?
Mary Ingalls: Just thinking about widows. Black widows. Pa was wrong. They are alike. They invite their prey into the parlor, and before they know it, they're trapped.
Laura Ingalls: Just like Pa.
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An Affair of Dishes
2 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't one of my favorite episodes. In the beginning, Mary is traveling with her father to the Widow Thurman's house with a set of new dishes all the way from...England maybe? Apparently her husband had ordered them for her before his death, built the house, worked on the woodwork, etc. Her husband seemed to have hung the moon.

Mary thinks her mother would love these dishes, but Charles thinks there are more important things than these impractical dishes. Now, I've never really known Caroline to be vain but for some reason she went goo- goo after hearing about the dishes. Charles then gets it in his head to secretly continue working for the pretty, young widow in exchange for the dishes.

What follows his filled with white lies, affair suspicions, and a nasty tongue from Mrs. Olsen. Mary and Laura's actions were quite surprising. You'd think they would be a little less suspicious, and Caroline's catching her husband in the act was rather good.

The worst part of this episode comes at the end when Laura states they used the dishes every night after that, when in fact the dishes are never seen again.


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