Little House on the Prairie: Season 6, Episode 17

Silent Promises (28 Jan. 1980)

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Episode credited cast:
Mary Ingalls Kendall (credit only)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
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Laura takes a job tutoring a deaf boy named Daniel, teaching him how to communicate through sign language. Daniel makes more than an academic breakthrough - he develops a huge crush on Laura! Laura doesn't know quite what to do, and makes some mistakes along the way in dealing with her situation. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Mrs. Oleson: [fighting over Willie] He's my child! I bore him!
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: Well you bore me all the time! That doesn't make you my mother!
Mrs. Oleson: Nels! You know what I mean!
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Good intentions gone wrong
9 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Laura had no idea that her good intentions to help a deaf young man would be mis-interrupted as something more. Nor did she ever expect to have such trouble with her pupil...

When Daniel and his father rode into town, he was told to stay in the wagon and out of the way. But curiosity brought him into the path of a run-away horse - a result of a dirty trick by Willie Oleson. Laura, who's talking to Almanzo, rushes out to push him out of the way. Almanzo is right behind her. When she begins feeling sorry for the young man, she offers to teach him how to speak with his hands - something Daniel's father thinks is impossible.

But it works! She even convinces Daniel's father that it works! And the time she spends teaching Daniel draws her closer to him. He falls in love with her. The problem? Laura doesn't feel the same way!

While struggling with the fact that she has to tell Daniel no - she doesn't love him, she goes to Almanzo for comfort only to get another big blow to her ego - he's going on a date and even teases Laura that she has a boyfriend! So to spite Almanzo and because she can't break Daniel's heart, Laura gives in and accepts the ring he's offered her.

Laura has to do some fast growing up in this episode, and the "talk" Charles has with her near the end isn't sweet and kind. He gives her the facts of life: Sometimes you have to hurt people and tell them the truth. That's life. Get over it! Laura wants sympathy from Charles but gets none...

Though it's not one of my favorites, any episode with Laura and Almanzo in it has to get a pretty good rating...

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