Little House on the Prairie: Season 4, Episode 21

I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away: Part 1 (6 Mar. 1978)

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Long hours studying by candlelight for the state teacher's exam results in tired, blurry eyes for Mary Ingalls, prompting a routine visit to the eye doctor; but when Charles is told that ... See full summary »

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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Long hours studying by candlelight for the state teacher's exam results in tired, blurry eyes for Mary Ingalls, prompting a routine visit to the eye doctor; but when Charles is told that Mary's worsening sight is just the beginning of a much more serious problem, the concerned father can't bring himself to tell his beloved daughter that she will, most certainly, soon be completely blind. Written by shepherd1138

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Charles calls Lars Hanson "Carl" when greeting him at the mill. See more »

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Charles Ingalls: I wanted to talk to you. See, your Mother and I have been hoping and... praying, but it was the scarlet fever and it weakened the nerves in your eyes.
Mary Ingalls Kendall: It'll get better, won't it, Pa? My eyes will be alright again.
Charles Ingalls: The doctor thinks that it'll get worse
Mary Ingalls Kendall: Pa?
Charles Ingalls: He uh... He feels that... your gradually going to lose your sight.
Mary Ingalls Kendall: Blind? I'm gonna be... blind?
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Blindness
19 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most famous episodes of the entire series. It's a landmark episode that really starts a lot of changes in the show. From here on out, Walnut Grove, the family, and the cast are no longer the same. This is the last episode we will ever see Miss Beatle in - actually the next episode will be the last episode...We say goodbye to Mary as a member of the Ingalls household. After this episode, she will never live in that little house again.

The episode starts out light with Luke Sims coming down with the measles, so of course his step-mother has to stay home with him. That means the kids will be out for two weeks. This is the build up to the entire story. Mary meets Seth, a nice looking, sweetheart of a man and she falls in love. But before their relationship can ever really start tragedy strikes. She is going blind.

This story is so heart-wrenching. We have to watch Charles and Caroline struggle with this, then we eventually see everyone else struggle with this as well. Melissa Sue Anderson does an excellent job in this episode. In fact, she wrote an article in Guidepost all about her experience with learning her part in being blind.

And if you don't think the first part of this two-part episode was depressing enough, just wait to watch the second part. It starts out heart-wrenching, but never fear...it ends in classic Little House style!


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