Little House on the Prairie: Season 9, Episode 20

For the Love of Blanche (7 Mar. 1983)

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Mr. Edwards is left in care of a baby orangutan named Blanche, whom Mrs. Olesen wants destroyed after it attacks Nancy at school.



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Episode credited cast:
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Allison Balson ...
Lindsay Kennedy ...
David Friedman ...
Leslie Landon ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Collier ...
Ruth Foster ...
Don Michaelson ...
Mr. Paine


Mr. Edwards is left in care of a baby orangutan named Blanche, whom Mrs. Olesen wants destroyed after it attacks Nancy at school. Willie helps Mr. Edwards with a plan to fool his mother and sister, but when Mrs. Olesen finds out about the ruse, he orders the sheriff back to finish the job. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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This episode is set in/around 1889. The real Buffalo Bill was born in 1846 so he wouldn't be as old as he is depicted, and sources indicate the real Buffalo Bill died in 1917, not 1889. See more »


Etta Plum: Class, this is Blanche. She's an orangutan. One of the smartest of the ape families.
Nancy Oleson: It's a gorilla.
Etta Plum: No, Nancy. Believe me, I wouldn't have a gorilla in class.
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What do you do with a monkey?
30 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has really taken a funny side with Mr. Edwards' character. Again, he's found himself into some trouble. While traveling back to Walnut Grove, he comes upon a man called Buffalo Bill. Rather he is the Buffalo Bill or not is never established, though it's not from lack of trying! Mr. Edwards promises the dying man to take care of his "little girl." Boy, is he surprsied!

When he gets to Walnut Grove, Blanche manages to surprise a few other folks with his kissing (Harriet and Reverend Alden for two). Almanzo let's Jenny watch Blanch after school, and she even gets to take the monkey to school. That turns into a problem when he hits Nancy back after she hits him.

My favorite part is the first "shooting" of blanch. That is so ingenious of Mr. Edwards, but I've often wondered - are they really THAT smart to do that?

Anyway, this is definitely one you should see if you haven't! It's the last comical episode.

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