Little House on the Prairie: Season 3, Episode 9

The Bully Boys (6 Dec. 1976)

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Following Reverend Alden's lead, the Walnut Grove townsfolk try to turn the other cheek when the bad behavior of the recently arrived Galender brothers causes tempers to flare, until a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
George Galender
Michael LeClair ...
Bubba Galender (as Michael Le Clair)


Following Reverend Alden's lead, the Walnut Grove townsfolk try to turn the other cheek when the bad behavior of the recently arrived Galender brothers causes tempers to flare, until a series of incidents begins to reveal the trio's more sinister nature. Written by shepherd1138

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6 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Actor Geoffrey Lewis who plays Sam Galender in this episode would later return in season 9 as a cartooned version of Cole Younger. See more »


Isaiah Edwards: Someone oughta take a switch to'em, and a big'un. Back in Duvall County, we had some fellas who wouldn't do nothin' but take them down to the creek and...
Lars Hanson: No, no, I've seen this sort of thing before. They get tired and then they move on. That is better, that way nobody gets hurt.
Isaiah Edwards: But...
[Hanson walks away]
Isaiah Edwards: 'Least you coulda done was let me finish my story. It was a pip.
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Onward Christian Soldiers
Music by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Sung by church congregation
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Reverend Alden!
8 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Remember how rough and tuff Dabs Greer could be in some of his old western shows? Well, we get a hint of that younger Dabs in this one. But he did what had to be done when three brothers come into town planning on taking, taking, taking. The youngest brother, Bubba is in school, forced to attend by his brothers. He's none too happy about it but he does it. But while there, he roughs Mary up. Of course, Mary could NEVER tell her father because she'd be seen as a snitch. Then he befriends Nellie (is Nellie EVER nice before she married?) because she promised him all the candy he wanted if he was.

The other two brothers run up a large bill in the Mercantile (isn't it interesting that Harriet won't allow Charles credit, but three strange, rude men walk into her store and she bends over backwards for them?), talk Mr. Hansen into a wagon load of lumber, and lie to the Reverend. But probably the worse thing he does is mess with Caroline Ingalls.

Michael Landon showed his Little Joe qualities when he went storming half-cocked into a situation that got him into trouble. And Reverend Alden acted like one of Dabs Greer's characters when he shoved a man against a wall and demanded the leave town IMMEDIATELY! And did I mention that the kids of Walnut Grove school set Bubba straight on a few things as well?

Wonderful performance by all!

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