The Ingalls and others from Walnut Grove go to the fair. Mary finds her friend Patrick who happens to be working for the balloon show. Since somehow a pickpocket has stolen his wallet, his ... See full summary »



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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)
Cass McCray (as Dick De Coit)
Michael Morgan ...
Shell game barker
Dick Armstrong ...
Helen E. Hintz ...
Little Old Lady (as Helen Hintz)


The Ingalls and others from Walnut Grove go to the fair. Mary finds her friend Patrick who happens to be working for the balloon show. Since somehow a pickpocket has stolen his wallet, his coworker, Cass McCray agrees to take Mary around and buy her some goodies. Laura plays a shell game and quickly uses up her money. To make some more, she agrees to sit in the dunking booth. After she has sat there for 30 minutes, Nellie comes along to taunt her. At the same time, Laura realizes that two guys are coming that are sure to have a good arm, so she tells Nellie that the game is rigged and she just has to act scared and if she wants, she'll let Nellie work the second half of her hour. Sure enough, Nellie goes down on the first shot. Caroline is trying to get her entries registered in the canned vegetables and so Carrie has to wait with her. Charles and Nels rope and ride a wild mule and win some money. Her parents ask Laura to take Carrie to the merry-go-round. While they are in line, ... Written by Anonymous

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28 November 1977 (USA)  »

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When Patrick is hanging under the balloon trying to bring it back down with Carrie in it, tire tracks from the camera truck can be seen in the grass. See more »


Patrick: It was all my fault.
Cass McCray: Your fault?
Patrick: Yeah. I cut them. I didn't know she was in there.
Cass McCray: You cut them? What for?
Patrick: I was mad... jealous... I'm sorry.
Cass McCray: Sorry wouldn't have patched a hole in that balloon if you had torn it. It's lucky for you it's alright or I would have had your skin for it!
Mary Ingalls: He risked his life to save it.
Cass McCray: No. He wasn't trying to save the balloon. He was trying to be a hero.
Mary Ingalls: And all you care about is your balloon. Well, you just go to your balloon and leave us alone.
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another of my faves
8 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First issue:

There are these two boys. Patrick is your typical Mary-type boy. He's a farmer, ordinary, and goes to school in Walnut Grove. There's nothing extraordinary about him, but he is a really nice boy. the second boy (or man) is Cass. He's dreamy. He runs the balloon stand. He is a slick talker and really into Mary. He's charming, but as it turns out he's a real jerk. Mary pics the right one in the end.

Second issue:

There a pick pocket at the fair. Several people find their money stolen such as Willie and Patrick. But the joke is on the pick pocketer at the end, probably the best part of the entire episode!

Third issue:

All Carrie wants to do is ride the horse ride. Laura is told by her father to put Carrie on the ride. The first time she leaves, she wants to see the balloon take off. The second time, she goes after their dog. Poor Carrie gets into some mischief.

This is a fun episode. It shows the lighter side of life. I'm sure fun days like this were very few and far between for Pioneers back then, so it's refreshing to think that maybe...just maybe...once in a blue moon they could get away from the hard life and just enjoy themselves.

By the way, there are several uncredited people in this episode. I don't think the lady carrying the suitcase is identified, as well as some of the barkers and some other unknown people at the fair.

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