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For the Love of Blanche 

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:
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Almanzo James Wilder
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Willie Oleson
Lindsay Kennedy ...
Jeb Carter
David Friedman ...
Jason Carter
Leslie Landon ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Foster ...
Melinda 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 <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

7 March 1983 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Isaiah Edwards: Oh this ain't a monkey, this here's some kinda ape.
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What do you do with a monkey?
30 November 2013 | by 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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