Gideon Hale is a 9-year-old boy with a speech impediment; he stutters. Everyone at Walnut Grove School tease the boy, except for James. James decides to take Gideon under his wing and become his long-sought-after friend. However, when Gideon's back is turned, James (albeit reluctantly) goes along with the teasing. Unfortuately, James is unaware that Gideon is listening in. Gideon realizes that James is just like everyone else and, in tears, runs away. When their son fails to return home, Mr. and Mrs. Hale become very worried and enlist the Ingalls to help search for the boy. James realizes what he has done and is deeply sorry. Charles decides that, to get his mind off what he did, James should come along with him on a delivery run to Sleepy Eye. Along the way, a feral wolf tags behind the Ingalls wagon, staying with them at a camp. Later, in Sleepy Eye, two robbers overhear that Ingalls has thousands of dollars in his possession (payment from the delivery run) and plot to rob them ... Written by
Brian Rathjen <email@example.com>
Did You Know?
In a 1982 episode, the stuttering character "Gideon Hale", was played by Peter Billingsley. Peter is best known for his character "Ralphie", in the movie A Christmas Story. He is also know as "Messy Marvin" in the early commercials for Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. See more
When Caroline finds Gideon who has been missing for days his hair is combed neatly and his clothes in perfect condition. See more
I wouldn't worry, I think the odds favor it
[to James when he hopes Gideon is home safe