Little House on the Prairie: Season 5, Episode 10

Men Will Be Boys (13 Nov. 1978)

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While their fathers secretly trail them, young Albert Ingalls and Andy Garvey set off to prove their mettle as men by accepting a challenge to live by their wits during a week-long, overland walk from Walnut Grove to Sleepy Eye and back.

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Mary Ingalls (credit only)
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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
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Ancel Cook ...
Caulder
Charles Cooper ...
Constable
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Spokes (as Pat Cranshaw)
Will Hunt ...
Postmaster
Dorothy Konrad ...
Mrs. Channing
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While their fathers secretly trail them, young Albert Ingalls and Andy Garvey set off to prove their mettle as men by accepting a challenge to live by their wits during a week-long, overland walk from Walnut Grove to Sleepy Eye and back.

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Charles Ingalls: Now come on, clean out the coop.
Albert Quinn Ingalls: Do you have to do those kind of things when you come home from a days' work?
Charles Ingalls: Of course I don't!
Albert Quinn Ingalls: Why?
Charles Ingalls: Because it's different, that's why!
Albert Quinn Ingalls: In what way?
Charles Ingalls: Albert, try to understand. I'm supporting a family! I'm doing a man's work!
Albert Quinn Ingalls: Is chopping firewood a man's work?
Charles Ingalls: Yeah.
Albert Quinn Ingalls: Is clearing a pasture man's work?
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Into the wilderness
2 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Albert's just moved in and already he was living like a pig. When he comes home one day after a hard days work, Charles decides to confront him and lay down the law. But Albert feels he shouldn't have to do chores because he's doing a man's work. Charles gets angry when Albert's debate starts going on his side instead of the adult's, so he commands Albert to clean out the coop. Meanwhile, Jonathan is having similar problems with Andy. Andy doesn't want to go to school anymore. When Alice gives Jonathan the evil eye, he decides he must forbid Andy from doing anymore work so perhaps he'll stop dreaming.

Then Charles hashes out "the plan." It all sounds good when talking about it. They'll send the boys out into the wilderness for three days and secretly follow them. But they don't realize how good Albert is of making his way. Though Albert cheats a bit, he still makes it through the wilderness challenge. The fathers, though...well, they don't do so well!

The episode is heart-warming, showing the lighter side of the rough wilderness. It's another one of my favorites!


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