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Rev. Alden creates a stir in Walnut Grove when he falls in love with elderly parishioner Anna Craig. Mrs. Oleson objects to the relationship and gives the good preacher a choice: Either call off the impending marriage or get fired!

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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
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Rev. Alden creates a stir in Walnut Grove when he falls in love with elderly parishioner Anna Craig. Mrs. Oleson objects to the relationship and gives the good preacher a choice: Either call off the impending marriage or get fired!

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22 October 1979 (USA)  »

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Although Rev. Alden and Mrs. Craig are married in this episode, there is only one other episode (The Faith Healer, Ep.6.10) in which she is referred to and she is never seen again. Many fans consider this a plot hole left ambiguous. See more »

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Anna Craig: I have a confession to make, if I may, Reverend.
Reverend Robert Alden: Of course you may. That's what reverends are for.
Anna Craig: Well, I... I love a particular neighbor of mine very much.
Reverend Robert Alden: I see.
Anna Craig: It's you.
Reverend Robert Alden: [laughs nervously] That's... that's very Christian of you, Mrs. Craig. Um... I of course, care about you, in that pure, platonic, rational affection between two of God's creatures.
Anna Craig: Oh, no Reverend! It's not platonic, and it's not rational! It's a love that surpasseth all understanding.
Reverend Robert Alden: Oh Dear... Uh... The way the Lord ...
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Blessed Assurance
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Written by Fanny Crosby (as Fanny J. Crosby) (1873)
Tune by Phoebe P. Knapp (1873)
Portion sung by Dabbs Greer in the church
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Even Preachers can fall in love!
18 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After years and years and...well, years...of being single, there was finally a woman that just may become the preacher's wife. Of course, meddling Mrs. Oleson just may have something to say to stop the marriage from happening. The start of the courtship was a bit awkward as the widow simply admitted her strong feelings to the preacher. He was so frightened he got up and ran away!

But when their courting became open, Harriet Oleson was so against it that she went to the widow and warned she would see the reverend never preached again if it went on. Just as Reverend Alden was about to propose, the widow breaks up with him! It was a very sad time and he questioned God why it was happening. But their breakup was short-lived when Reverend got sick and had to be cared for. When Harriet caught the two kissing, she told Nellie they were "making love," and immediately reported them...

But things aren't always as they seem. A twisted relationship revelation soon occurs - something I still have trouble believing...I count the whole scene as nothing but a glitch in the writing - the writer's must have been terribly sick that day and couldn't come up with a better solution to the problem!

Anyways, outside of her being mentioned once in a future episode, the preacher's wife was never seen or heard from again.


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