With the sudden intensity of a prairie storm, typhus is unleashed on an unsuspecting Walnut Grove, teaming Charles with Doc Baker and Reverend Alden, who work together to the point of ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Eric Boulton


With the sudden intensity of a prairie storm, typhus is unleashed on an unsuspecting Walnut Grove, teaming Charles with Doc Baker and Reverend Alden, who work together to the point of exhaustion tending to the community's sick and dying; but when new victims begin to pour in from the surrounding countryside the desperate men know they must find the source of the plague if they expect to stop the deadly epidemic. Written by shepherd1138

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29 January 1975 (USA)  »

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Leslie Landon, Michael Landon's daughter, is seen as a sick girl in the church in this episode. She will perform in several future episodes as well. See more »


Caroline Ingalls: I didn't want to say anything in front of Carrie.
Charles Ingalls: What's the matter?
Caroline Ingalls: Well I was reading her a story last night and uh... it was about a rabbit... and uh... she started to cry and said she loves rabbits and doesn't think we should eat them.
Charles Ingalls: [laughs] Alright. If that's all I can get, I'll keep it a secret.
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Very memorable episode
20 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having watched this show since I can remember, there are so many memorable episodes. Isn't it amazing how you can watch some TV shows over and over and over, and never grow tired of them? This is one of those shows!

The episode starts up with cornmeal being bought. It doesn't take a genus to figure out that the fact that someone else besides Mr. Hansen is selling cornmeal now, and of course Mr. Hansen isn't happy.

As the show progresses, Laura gets a toothache and has to have a tooth pulled. Then in her child-like mind, she tries to figure out how much money she'd have if she lost every single teeth to the tooth fairy. Then she could buy every piece of candy in Olsen's store. Well, says Mary, she couldn't eat them without any teeth!

Then we get to the heart of the episode. A young family is suddenly thrown into tragedy when first the little boy, than the mother gets sick. It doesn't take long for Dr. Baker to figure out that they have a disease on their hands. The plague seems to get more and more out of control as he, Charles (who picked up a sick couple while out hunting) and Reverend Alden (who couldn't seem to stay away), work night and day to save the citizens of Walnut Grove.

Then when Mr. Edwards comes in, it turns personal. The desperately pray to figure out what the source of the disease is. Dr. Baker, after all, is convinced that some thing is causing all these people to be sick. Being an anti-mouse person myself, I always cringe when they discover the truth. Then they set fire to the barn. Being an sulfur smelling hater as well, I can only imagine how badly everything smelled for awhile!

This is another excellent episode with good acting by everybody involved. The most moving scene is probably the the father holding his dead son under the tree. The conversation always makes me cry. He knows the truth, but he's not ready to face it.

Also notice in this episode Leslie Landon. She's Michael's daughter and played in the first of several episode as the sick little girl who knew she'd go to heaven if she died in church.

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