Little House on the Prairie: Season 3, Episode 8

Fred (29 Nov. 1976)

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To save him from Farmer Parsons shotgun, Laura takes a cantankerous billy goat in trade for doing chores for Mrs. Parsons, names him Fred, and finds, much to her dismay, that mischievous Fred's constant companion is trouble.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Arthur Space ...
Phineas Jenks
Rufe Parsons
Brian Part ...


To save him from Farmer Parsons shotgun, Laura takes a cantankerous billy goat in trade for doing chores for Mrs. Parsons, names him Fred, and finds, much to her dismay, that mischievous Fred's constant companion is trouble.

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Caroline Ingalls: Oh Charles, I forgot to tell you! There's a goat...
[Charles is butted by goat]
Caroline Ingalls: the barn.
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Church In The Wildwood
Written by William S. Pitts (1857)
Portion sung by Rufe Parsons
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The Most Hilarious Episode!!
13 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The opening episode of "Fred" had a billy goat that nailed everyone's rears suddenly and unexpectedly. The animal in question was about to be shot to death. Farmer Parson was originally planning to pay Laura Ingalls 40 cents for her 4 days of work on their farm. Laura Ingalls made a proposition to Farmer Parson: she would take the goat home in lieu of accepting the 40 cents.

Laura took Fred the goat to the Ingalls' home. Caroline had some reservations about having Fred at their home. Naturally, she placed the goat outside the barn for the night. Meanwhile, Charles Ingalls endured 3 miserable days working in the swamp for Phineas Jenks. Caroline Ingalls told Charles Ingalls to head for the tub after a hard day's work in the swamp. Little did Charles Ingalls knew that Fred was inside the barn waiting for him. He was kicked in the rear. This arrangement was the start of the downfall of Fred staying at the Ingalls' home.

Charles did not find anything funny about Fred the goat kicking him in the rear. The girls knew this malarkey would not fly at home. By morning, Fred the goat ate a half a bushel of oats and ate the stalks that were meant for selling to Phineas Jenks. Charles Ingalls told Laura Ingalls to have Fred gone from the house the same day ... no ifs, and, or buts.

Laura Ingalls and Willie Oleson had a discussion during recess about Fred. She told him the goat would be useful for the purpose to make cheese or to make purses. Willie Olseon took Fred -- by surprise -- to Mrs. Oleson's home. Mrs. Oleson was doing laundry when Fred arrived unexpectedly at their home. Fred would kick Mrs. Oleson's rear after she untied the rope from the post. Mrs. Oleson was irritated about the mud on her clothes; moreover, she blamed Laura Ingalls for her careless control of Fred the goat.

Fred the goat would arrive unexpectedly at Mr. Edwards' "secret place" later in the episode. His "secret place" was his plan of making "turpentine." That plan backfired miserably as he drank the "turpentine" at the "secret place." Fred would eventually consume that concoction. Fred would eventually nail Mr. Edwards in the rear. He told Laura and Johnnie that he would the love the goat with biscuits and gravy if he ever saw that goat again in his sight.

Dr. Baker would become the next target of Fred the goat. He would arrive in his office as usual. Fred the goat would nail him in the rear ... and into the creek. Dr. Baker would say "Well that's very funny -- Mr. Edwards!!" in a sarcastic manner. That plan did not work at all.

Laura and Johnny had one last hope of placing Fred in a sensible home. Fred the goat was in the school house. Reverend Alden was preparing for Sunday's church services as Fred was in the building. Fred the goat would nail Reverend Alden in the rear. That plan did not work at all. The goat would roam free into the prairie. The goat would eventually devour the crops inside Phineas Jenks's wagon. Phineas Jenks was surprised the goat devoured his crops without warning. He approached the Ingalls' residence to ask him to fulfill another supply of weeds in the swamp; but the arrangement would have a twist at the end of the episode: Charles Ingalls demanded that he wanted to be paid 12 dollars in advance. He worked in the swamp for the last time on behalf of Phineas Jenks. This episode earned a Solid 9 for its originality and its spontaneity. A Recommended Episode From The 1976-1977 Television Season!!

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