Little House on the Prairie: Season 4, Episode 18

The Inheritance (6 Feb. 1978)

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In this episode, Charles receives word of an inheritance from an eccentric uncle. Soon, the whole town is abuzz, eagerly helping the initially reluctant Ingalls family spend the promised ... 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)
Otto Ripley
Michael Prince ...
Roger Whitehead


In this episode, Charles receives word of an inheritance from an eccentric uncle. Soon, the whole town is abuzz, eagerly helping the initially reluctant Ingalls family spend the promised money. As the debt rises, so does Charles' discomfiture...until the consequences of the blessing make it feel more like a curse. Written by slllinker

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Caroline wouldn't give Charles the trunk because it was a birthday present. He said, "My birthday is not for 3 weeks!" 3 weeks prior to his birthday (January 10) would be Christmas, so she should have given it to him as a Christmas gift. See more »


Lars Hanson: Charles, where are you going?
Charles Ingalls: I'm going home. I don't have to work anymore. Haven't you heard, I'm rich!
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All that glitters isn't gold
18 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a rather unusual episode of Little House on the Prairie. In this episode, Charles learns that a rich relative died and left his estate to him. It's something we all wish for. Charles is a bit leery about it at first, but all his family and friends get excited and pretty much force him to make promises. Incidentally, Jonathan and Andy start treating their friends differently as well. Mrs. Olsen acts like Charles and Caroline are their new best friends - that's enough to make you sick!

I really think Charles and Caroline were way out of character in this one. Charles has a pretty strict philosophy against buying things on credit, so when he buys a church organ before getting a cent, it's just a little hard to swallow.

Mrs. Olsen's nervous trick near the end is enough to make a person want to hurl, of course she tries to tell Charles that she didn't want to but is very upset when the auction doesn't go as planned.

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