Little House on the Prairie: Season 3, Episode 7

Journey in the Spring: Part 2 (22 Nov. 1976)

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Life in Walnut Grove with Charles, Caroline and three active grandchildren seems to be just the tonic Grandpa Ingalls needs to help him recover from his wife's death until a broken promise ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Arthur Hill ...
Lansford Ingalls
Brian Part ...
Carl Sanderson Edwards (credit only)
Alicia Sanderson Edwards (credit only)
Robert Gibbons ...
Jim Boles ...


Life in Walnut Grove with Charles, Caroline and three active grandchildren seems to be just the tonic Grandpa Ingalls needs to help him recover from his wife's death until a broken promise after a terrible accident reopens an old wound and drives a wedge between him and granddaughter Laura. Written by shepherd1138

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22 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Laura Ingalls: We got a problem, Pa.
Charles Ingalls: What is it?
Laura Ingalls: Carrie and the turkey.
Charles Ingalls: Looks alright to me. He'll look even better in a couple weeks on the dinner table.
Laura Ingalls: Well, that's the problem. Carrie doesn't know he's gonna be ON the table. She thinks he's gonna be AT the table.
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Edited into Little House Years (1979) See more »

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Grandpas are people too
6 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode picked up where the previous one let off. Grandpa Ingalls is now living in the soddy with his son and family. He recently lost his wife and is still trying to adjust with being alone. Laura takes her grandpa under her wings and tries to make him happy.

The first thing she does is tell her grandpa about her problem with Carri and the turkey. She had told her father earlier, but he'd said it was no big deal. Laura knew differently. Grandpa did something about it.

She then helped grandpa fix up the soddy. They were happy. She decided to show grandpa how well she could ride Bunny. But a tragic turn of events causes a rift between her and her grandfather. Their relationship just may be severed forever! It's pretty sad when a little girl looses her best friend - especially to something she cannot understand. I remember as a little girl befriending a couple pigs that my dad had bought. He told me one day he was going to shoot them and take them to market. I was horrified and he sent me up to the house.

The hardest part of this episode was that Laura's running through the field was the exact picture of me that day. Tears streaming down my face, then freezing in my steps when the first shot rang out. My heart broke in that moment. I think that's why this episode is so hard for me to watch.

I won't reveal what happened after that, but Laura's true character of getting people to do what they need to do shines through in this episode. We see this character trait grow over the next few seasons, even to the point where we know who wears the pants in the Wilder household!

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