Little House on the Prairie: Season 7, Episode 2

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Part 2 (29 Sep. 1980)

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Eliza Jane fibs and says that she is getting married to Harve Miller who had come to help Almanzo take care of their property while Almanzo was working on the new land. She says this so ... See full summary »



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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Eliza Jane fibs and says that she is getting married to Harve Miller who had come to help Almanzo take care of their property while Almanzo was working on the new land. She says this so that Laura will take over the Walnut Grove school and she won't have to go away to teach. Since she is leaving, that leaves the house for Almanzo and Laura. They decide to get married on Adam and Mary's anniversary so that the men can help each other remember when it is! When Charles goes to get the priest he sees Harve Miller in town and asks if he wants to surprise Eliza Jane and have a double wedding, but Harve tells him that he got married to someone last Sunday and Eliza Jane knew it. Charles doesn't spoil the news. Written by Anonymous

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The portrait on the desk where Eliza Jane Wilder writes in her diary is actually a photo of the real Laura Ingalls Wilder. See more »


In this episode, set in 1885, Charles tells Almanzo, "Being positive is being wrong at the top of your voice." It is a paraphrase of an entry from Ambrose Bierce's "Devil's Dictionary," first published as "The Cynic's Word Book" in 1906. See more »


Almanzo James Wilder: Mr. Ingalls, no disrespect, but do you have any idea what your daughter's like?
Charles Ingalls: I think so, she's a lot like me.
Almanzo James Wilder: Well again, no disrespect so, but that must be mighty hard on Mrs. Ingalls.
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What I Did For Love.
29 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Previously on Little House, Almanzo purchased a big plot of land for he and his future wife, Laura. Eliza Jane tried putting the moves on Harve Miller, who she saw as a real hunk, as well as her first chance. Almanzo was subsequently cheated out of his land when the man who sold it to him cut off his irrigation system, resulting in it becoming a great big dust bowl. Because of this, Almanzo decided that he was no damn good for Laura right now and decreed they would postpone the wedding. So things were bleak for Mr. Wilder, but Miss Wilder got the surprise of her life when Harve invited HER to dinner for a change the next night, with a mighty important question to ask her. There could be some light at the end of the tunnel, because Caroline remembers the teaching position Laura had been offered, and with both her and Almanzo working, they could make ends meet. Naturally, Almanzo had to find a problem with this. He couldn't swallow his pride and let the little woman help out financially. He put his foot, but she also put hers down, taking the job, so there! Meanwhile, Harve and Eliza Jane sit down to dinner, where Harve professes his love...for another woman! You could say he was a jerk, but then he didn't know how EJ felt about him. Well, she decided to tell him...after he'd left, but she managed to track him to Sleepy Eye and told him right then and there that she loved him. Regardless, he was marrying that other woman on Sunday. Heartbroken, Eliza Jane rode away, leaving that poor man's Don Juan in the dust.

That night, Laura saw Almanzo ride up to the house. It seems he finally came to his senses and wanted to talk...well, that's half right. Almanzo still hasn't forgotten his pride, the two begin acting like children and she gives back the engagement ring! Well, can't say I'm too surprised. Who would want to marry Almanzo with his attitude, but then who would want to marry Laura with her's? Love is such a strange thing. I'll bet Cupid's sorry he ever showed his face in Walnut Grove. All may not be lost, however. When writing in her diary, Eliza Jane wished for a way to help her loved ones, and then it hit her! She raced to tell Almanzo the news, and even though Harve clearly blew her off, Eliza Jane never told anybody and let them assume they were still in love, so she fibs about Harve wanting to move to St. Louis and get married and with her leaving, the Walnut Grove school would need a teacher. With the prospect of Laura staying in town, Almanzo finally warmed up to the idea so he grabbed the ring and rode like the wind to catch up with Laura, bound for Radner. Aboard the stage, Laura had the misfortune of sitting across from a couple who couldn't keep their lips off each other. Get a room, you two. Fortunately, Almanzo caught up, admitted he was as stubborn as a mule, laid out the whole plan and once again proposed to Laura, and she accepted. Hallelujah! They race off to Sleepy Eye where Charles and Caroline were celebrating with Adam and Mary their wedding anniversary. To mark the occasion, Almanzo and Laura decide to get married right that day, so he and Adam can remind one another of their anniversaries. As Charles and Hester Sue seek out a preacher, they run into Harve, who reveals he was already married. Charles confronts Eliza Jane and, after hearing her reasoning, agrees to keep the secret. And so, at long last, Almanzo and Laura were pronounced man and wife, and all were very happy.

A beautiful end to a terrific two-parter. Going in, we all knew Laura and Almanzo were going to tie the knot, but they kept the suspense going all the way to the end. Things were tough at times, but through all their struggles, all their hardships, they never lost hope, and are finally together, but this won't be the end of their childish spats. There's plenty more of those on the way. Dean Butler, Melissa Gilbert and James Cromwell were all very good, but the one that stands out the most is Lucy Lee Flippin. What a sacrifice Eliza Jane made for her brother. That is extremely noble. I have to say that Eliza Jane Wilder is A-Okay in my book. Glad to see everything worked out in the end, as it always does, so check out this episode, as well as the rest of Season 7. It had its share of great episodes (To See the Light, A New Beginning, Portrait of Love, Blind Justice, The In-Laws), crappy episodes (The Nephews, Divorce Walnut Grove Style, Oleson vs. Oleson, Goodbye Mrs. Wilder) and taboo episodes (Sylvia, The Lost Ones). While not one of the series' best, Season 7 is still a worthwhile crowd pleaser. Check it out.

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