Little House on the Prairie: Season 2, Episode 14

The Pride of Walnut Grove (28 Jan. 1976)

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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 ... 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)
Hiram Potter
Beth Howland ...
Gracia Lee ...
Mrs. Bell
Monitor #1
Peggy Drier ...
Monitor #2


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 Carolyn accompanies Mary to Minneapolis. Written by shepherd1138

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28 January 1976 (USA)  »

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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 »


Charles Ingalls: They're pretty proud of you anyway.
Mary Ingalls: You mean even though I came in second best?
Charles Ingalls: We're proud because you ARE the best!
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.10 (2009) See more »

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16 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The highest grade on a math test is going to send Mary to the state finals. She's very happy when she gets the news, but her father informs her that they just cannot afford to send her. Mary is ashamed and doesn't want Miss Beadle to know the truth. Laura, however, blabs and tells Mary's reason. The school board gets together and offers to pay Mary's tuition. Surprisingly, Charles swallows his pride and allows it to happen.

There's not really much to this story. Parts of it are a bit lame, though the Laura/Charles story line is pretty cute. I always laugh when I watch the part where Mary is registering and they ask her for her last name. The woman looks it up on a piece of paper then tells her to get in Isle A-I for Ingalls...I think they could have figured that one out for themselves, especially since they did make it to a final testing competition.

Though some may be disappointed at the ending, I think it's just what was called for. We don't always get what we want in this life, but as long as we do our best, we are winners.

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