Little House on the Prairie: Season 5, Episode 4

The Man Inside (2 Oct. 1978)

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Amelia Bevins is a new girl at school. Laura asks her to go home with her the afternoon of her first day at school to work on their essays and they go by the Blind School on the way home. ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Downey ...
Walker Edmiston ...
Dr. Moore
Cliff Emmich ...
John Bevins
Julie Anne Haddock ...
Amelia Bevins


Amelia Bevins is a new girl at school. Laura asks her to go home with her the afternoon of her first day at school to work on their essays and they go by the Blind School on the way home. When they get there, Laura and Albert and Andy start making fun of the over-weight man who has started working there. Amelia makes an excuse and runs off. Unbeknownst to them, it's her father. Before they leave, Adam comes out and introduces Mr. Bevins and Laura realizes her mistake. That evening when Mr. Bevins goes home, he overhears his daughter telling his wife how her father embarrasses her because of his weight. He makes up a job on the railroad that will give him a lot of more money and convinces the people at the blind school that he has no family in town but could save the money he's been spending on the room if they'll let him stay in his storage room. They notice that he only works outside on the roof late at night and he works inside all day, but he says it's cooler that way. When he ... Written by Anonymous

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2 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Caroline Ingalls: The point isn't rather you knew or not, is it? The point is that we should never make unkind remarks about anyone.
Laura Ingalls: It wasn't just me.
Caroline Ingalls: Oh , you know better than to make up an excuse like that.
Laura Ingalls: Yes ma'am, I know.
Caroline Ingalls: I'm sure that when you seem Amelia tomorrow you'll apologize.
Laura Ingalls: What will I say?
Caroline Ingalls: You thought up the jokes, I'm sure you can think up the apology.
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Shame on Laura
31 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Ingalls are still living in the city. Laura is no longer considered the new kid on the block, and when a new girl starts school she automatically befriends her. Unfortunately, Laura didn't show very positive side of her personality when she began making fun of the girls' father because he was really, really fat. The sad thing is the girl was ashamed of her father's weight. He had self-esteem issues, naturally, and even questioned why he had put on so much weight. His wife - still skinny and so pretty loved him just the way he was though. I thought she was sweet, and I suppose the daughter did finally learn her lesson.

The part where he falls through the roof always gets me though. The thought of swallowing nails...It's this episode that has always left me cringing when I see someone putting nails in their mouth...

So this is really the last episode we see the Ingalls' family "settled" in the town. I'm very excited to see them back on the prairie, though I am sad Mary won't be going with them...

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