Mary worries that she'll disappoint Walnut Grove if she doesn't place first in the state mathematics competition after the community pays her way to represent them; meanwhile Laura's feelings of jealousy towards her older sister are soothed and she begins to feel more grown-up after her wise Pa asks her to take charge of the Ingalls household while Caroline accompanies Mary to Minneapolis. Written by
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Mr. Hanson says to Mary at her house before she leave for the trip, "You will all make us proud." During the trip, Mary dreams about what Mr. Hanson said, and it comes up as, "You will make us proud, Mary." No where in the first statement did he use her name. See more
They're pretty proud of you anyway.
You mean even though I came in second best?
We're proud because you ARE the best!
Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.10