Joe Kagen gives up his failing farm and moves to Sleepy Eye, where he helps one of Mary's students.



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy (as Keith Mitchell)
Laura Ingalls Wilder (credit only)
Caroline Ingalls (credit only)
Randy Gray ...
Simeon Holloway ...
Ketty Lester ...
Hertzell Lundy
Gideon (as D. White)


Timothy is a little blind boy who thinks he is above everyone and he acts like he isn't blind which causes problems. He doesn't want to be there so he refuses to participate in choir or anything even though he can sing very well. Joe Kagan is helping out in Sleepy Eye so he stops by and helps out with the child when he can. He is also interested in Hester Sue. Hester Sue is about to marry a funeral director who Joe doesn't approve of because she is not in love with him and he is not right for her. He tries to show her the error of her ways before it is too late. Written by Anonymous

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26 January 1981 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Moses Gunn first appeared as boxer Joe Kagan in season 4, episode 10, The Fighter, Ketty Lester played his long-suffering wife, Janie. Ms. Lester later debuted as Hester Sue Terhune in season 5, episode 12, Blind Journey. She would play this character for the remainder of the series. See more »


In the opening scene, there is a large black hair or piece of fluff visible over Joe Kagan's hat. It does not move when he does, revealing that it was trapped inside the camera lens whilst the scene was filmed. See more »


Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
Music by John Hughes
Lyrics by William Williams
Translated from Welsh by Peter Williams
Tune by Thomas Hastings
Sung by church choir
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A Feel Good Episode
20 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another one of those feel good episodes. No main characters are involved. Mary, Hester Sue, and Joe Kagen are the three main characters in this episode. We first met Joe in "The Fighter" when he was actually married to a character played by the actress who played Hester Sue. Later, he returned to Walnut Grove as a farmer trying to become a member of Walnut Grove's church, then helped Charles transplant the blind school to Walnut Grove. Joe and Hester Sue started a love/hate relationship.

It was nice to see Mary, Hester Sue, and Jonathan again. I really miss them not being more regular on the show (especially Jonathan and Mary). And in this episode, Joe was a GREAT guy! He took a little boy trying to face the fact that he was blind and angry at being abandoned. He gave that boy an outlet for his anger while trying to convince Hester Sue that he was the man for her.

My favorite episode is Timothy's solo near the end when they sang "Go Tell it on the Mountain." He was wonderful! By the way, the actor who played Timothy will return in the final season as the youngest Carter boy who moves into the Ingalls house.

Another wonderful episode!

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