Little House on the Prairie: Season 7, Episode 1

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Part 1 (22 Sep. 1980)

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Almonzo buys land for he and Laura to begin their life together on, but Laura is upset over his refusal to allow her to teach after they are married. Meanwhile Miss Wilder falls for a friend of Almonzo's.



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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)
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
Steve Tracy ...


Almanzo tries to buy some land but the man who sales it to him cheats him by blocking off the water source that goes towards that land. Knowing his crop won't grow Almanzo will fail to pay off the land by the end of the year and will lose it back to the owner. He had planned to get married to Laura and build their first home and have their first land. Now, he wants to wait but Laura wants to take a teaching job to help raise some money but he wants to be the sole provider for their family. So, she gives him back his ring. Written by Anonymous

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22 September 1980 (USA)  »

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[Nellie has stomach pains]
Mrs. Oleson: Do you know what I think it is? I think it's that strange food you make for your husband!
Nellie Oleson: But he likes it, and it doesn't make him sick!
Mrs. Oleson: Well, of course HE likes it - he's used to it! He's Jewish. A person can get used to ANYTHING! Look at the cannibals... they eat each other, and they think it's just dandy!
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Almanzo and Laura are now officially engaged. Laura, in her grown-up hair do is now more of a teacher's assistant than a student. She's excited about her upcoming marriage to Almanzo.

Almanzo is pretty excited too. He buys some land and plans to build a house, but the first thing he does it plant crops so he can pay the land off. To help at the Mill and with his chores, Almanzo asks a friend that he met in Sleepy Eye to help him out. Harve is a sweet, kind- hearted man and turns the head of Eliza Jane.

Eliza Jane falls madly in love with Harve. She writs about him in her diary, which, the the way looks old. That struck me as odd...

There's only one problem: Laura cannot ever teach because she's getting married. Laura is excited when she gets a letter accepting her as teacher for a job, but when she shows Almanzo, he is not excited so she throws the letter way.

A problem develops with the land, and the confrontation with the land owner is something to watch. I LOVE the scene where Charles confronts him...

A sub-plot is with newly married Nellie Oleson-Dalton. She is not feeling well, and though it's obvious to the viewer what's wrong, Mrs. Olsen doesn't have a clue. The result is rather humorous.

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