Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 21

Money Crop (19 Feb. 1975)

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Fearing a swindle, angry Walnut Grove farmers vent their frustration on the anxious, pregnant wife of the man who promised them a good deal on hybrid corn and then doesn't show up with the ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Joseph Coulter
Art Lund ...
Tom Jorgenson
Trudy Coulter
Wayne Heffley ...
John Alderson ...
Henry Holbrook


Fearing a swindle, angry Walnut Grove farmers vent their frustration on the anxious, pregnant wife of the man who promised them a good deal on hybrid corn and then doesn't show up with the grain as agreed, unaware that an accident has overturned his fully-loaded wagon and left him lying seriously injured down a steep slope, just out of sight of the road. Written by shepherd1138

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Ted Gehring, who played the farmer Ed Stacy, would later come back to play the town banker, Mr. Sprague. See more »


Lars Hanson: Listen, when you get scared, you strike out against your best friend. You call him a thief. You picked on a pregnant woman. And you make her sick so she almost loses her ba-by! Well, tell me what kind of a man does that? No man. Cowards. Cowards without a backbone! You don't deserve good luck!
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22 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, I must point out that at the beginning of this episode Charles talks like he's been there for several years when in fact, this is the first season for the Ingalls' family, so this should be their first crop.

This episode is really about a man named Joseph Coulter, who thought that he had an answer for the farmers. Instead of growing wheat, they would start growing a special kind of corn. Strangely, after this episode, the idea seems to fizzle out. Charles jumps on the band wagon, but the other men are a bit hesitant. With a bit of prodding, they all agree.

While Mr. Coulter makes the trip to get the corn, the men ready their fields in extreme excitement. They basically drive Charles crazy. Unfortunately, on his way back to Walnut Grove, Joseph meets disaster and has an accident. The men grow restless and the more they fester, the more unbecoming they become. Soon, they are blaming Joseph and Charles, who went looking for Joseph when he didn't show up. They even hassle Joseph's wife, Trudy, who is very pregnant with their first child.

Though they all did a wonderful job in this episode, I especially admire Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary) and the way she spoke her mind to those men. Mrs. Olsen was also surprisingly sweet in this episode. She stayed on the side of the Ingalls-Coulter family and chased the men off with a broom. I always get so amused at how Nels stays quiet while she voices her thoughts!

It's also important to take notice of a couple faces in this episode I recognized. Ted Gehring (who played Ed Stacy) will come back in a couple seasons as Laura's friend the banker, Mr. Sprague. Julie Cobb (Trudy Coulter in this episode) would play Jill Pembroke in the first season of Charles in Charge.

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