Little House on the Prairie: Season 6, Episode 22

Sweet Sixteen (25 Feb. 1980)

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On Eliza Jane's recommendation, Laura gets her first teaching job out of town. Almanzo offers to drive her to and from the school, and their relationship continues to blossom. But a hitch ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
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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On Eliza Jane's recommendation, Laura gets her first teaching job out of town. Almanzo offers to drive her to and from the school, and their relationship continues to blossom. But a hitch is thrown into the whole thing when he sees one of Laura's students touching her in a seemingly romantic fashion, causing a misunderstanding that could jeopardize their relationship. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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The one where they kiss
14 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's the moment I've been waiting for - the episode where Laura and Almanzo finally get together has arrived! Laura becomes a school teacher by default and lands her first teaching job. Her luck is really big in this one because it just so happens that Almanzo is going to be driving her back and forth to the town where she will be doing her teaching!

Laura gets to have a new dress, had, and shoes. She wears her hair up and looks really grown up. Almanzo doesn't notice until he comes to pick Laura up after a week of teaching and it only gets better from there!

The romance between Laura and Almanzo is simple and sweet. I just love their story. Laura Ingalls Wilder, in her books, wrote about their courtship. Like in the show, Almanzo was driving Laura back and forth - but in a sleigh. I don't remember where he was driving her back and forth from. Also in the book, Laura wasn't too keen on marrying Almanzo because he was a farmer. She didn't want to marry a farmer.

The ending to this story is THE moment! It's a sweet scene that will make you cry.

I have a couple gripes: 1. Charles and Caroline weren't asked for permission to test/certify Laura for teaching. Knew were they asked for permission to marry their fifteen year old daughter. I believe Mary had to ask permission. 2. The last scene always bothers me - about Charles and Caroline wanting to be grandparents. It's kind of sad that deceased little Adam Jr. was so soon forgotten...

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