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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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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10 March 1976 (USA)  »

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The Widow Thurmond's house will eventually become the school for the blind in season five. See more »

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When Mary and Laura hide behind some tree branches to sneak up to the Widow Thurman's house, duct tape holding the branches together is visible. See more »

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Caroline Ingalls: He has a very busy schedule.
Harriet Oleson: Is that what he told you?
Caroline Ingalls: What do you mean by that?
Harriet Oleson: Believe me, Mrs. Ingalls, I don't want to have to be the one to tell you; but since we're such good friends I feel I should be the one to tell you.
Caroline Ingalls: Please, Mrs. Olsen...
Harriet Oleson: Mrs. Ingalls, it upsets me so! I don't know why it is the wife is always the last one to know...
Caroline Ingalls: I know! I know everything!
Harriet Oleson: Did you know that Mrs. Thurman did not tell you the truth? Nor... nor did your husband.
Caroline Ingalls: I know already...
Harriet Oleson: Oh my Dear! You ...
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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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