Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 3

100 Mile Walk (25 Sep. 1974)

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When their wheat crop is ravaged by a hailstorm, the discouraged Walnut Grove men leave town to search for work. During his long walk, Charles meets Danny Peters, a flamboyant hard rock ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Peters
Jacob Jacobsen (as Richard O. Hurst)
Celia Milius ...
Willa Sweeney (as Celia Kaye)
Elna Jacobsen
Bill Zuckert ...
Tom Cassidy
Danny Peters
Dee Anne ...
Peggy Peters
Terry Lumley ...
Connie Faraday


When their wheat crop is ravaged by a hailstorm, the discouraged Walnut Grove men leave town to search for work. During his long walk, Charles meets Danny Peters, a flamboyant hard rock miner who recommends Charles for the well-paying but dangerous job of 'powder monkey', part of a 2-man hole drilling team needed to hand-set blasting charges in a rock quarry. Meanwhile, back in Walnut Grove, Caroline organizes the women to try to salvage what they can of the damaged wheat. In the end, though separated by distance and circumstance, the pioneer families work together to meet the challenge of unpredictable prairie life. Written by shepherd1138

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Willa Sweeney: This is a waste! We're not going to get enough to make any flour. And then we're all going to go hungry.
Caroline Ingalls: We certainly will go hungry, Willa. If we all work like you do. You're gonna have to try harder.
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Pa's first trip away from home.
2 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, we see Pa's first trip away from home. He had a huge wheat field, which would bring his family a huge profit. In fact, Charles made his girls figure out the cost and it was over two thousand dollars! The price seemed a bit steep to me, but I don't know enough to debate the issue either way. But like it happens to the Ingalls, they lose the whole field in a hailstorm.

Pa must leave. His family will go hungry without money and he must find that work wherever he can. He's walking in boots that are falling apart, and meets the first of two companions on the road. His new friend, Jack Peters, offers him a piece of rawhide. Later that night when the two had settled around a roaring fire and were eating stew (though I doubt they would have been bringing along the fixings for such a meal), they meet their second companion. A big man by the name of Jacob Jacobson. While talking, Jack Peters tells them about a dangerous job that's open. They are using dynamite to blow up rock.

The remainder is merely them working hard and remembering their families whom they've left behind. Three go, but only two return. I'll leave that a mystery who doesn't get to go home to his family.

Meanwhile, Caroline comes up with a plan on harvesting the wheat the way Ruth did in Boaz's field. They work about as hard as the men, and obviously the children didn't go to school since all hands would be needed for the job.

The episode ends with a sad, yet relieved, tone as Charles has to deliver some sad news before going on home to kiss his girls.

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