Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 11

The Voice of Tinker Jones (4 Dec. 1974)

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A deaf-mute traveling tinker may have the only solution after Rev. Alden's request for a new church bell starts the Kennedys and Olesons feuding over who will donate the bell and who will take the credit.



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Episode cast overview:
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Wayne Heffley ...
James Jeter ...
Hans Dorfler (as Jim Jeter)


A deaf-mute traveling tinker may have the only solution after Rev. Alden's request for a new church bell starts the Kennedys and Olesons feuding over who will donate the bell and who will take the credit.

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The bell that is made and installed in the church by Tinker Jones in the episode "The Voice of Tinker Jones" is missing from all town scenes in the future 2-part episode "The Lord is My Shepherd". See more »


Hans Dorfeler: [Discussing the new Church bell] Mr.Ingalls were a poor community, if we accept the gift of the bell that way it won't cost us anything.
Lars Hanson: so if you want a new church that should also be for free?
Hans Dorfeler: Hanson that's not true
Mr. Kennedy: Not exactly for nothing Hanson, your going to be standing over there waiting to sell the lumber!
Lars Hanson: Mr.Kennedy, if you would keep a cival tongue in your head we might get something accomplished HERE!
[He says this with anger]
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Out of the mouth of Babes
12 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is an excellent example of how a church can split in half over the silliest things. In my church, it was chairs vs. pews. In this one, it was who provides the bell. One thing leads to another, and soon there's an all-out war. Unfortunately there is only one church in the town of Walnut grove. So, either you go to that church or you don't go at all.

Eventually, the Ingalls family were the only ones who still came. The children even started fighting among themselves. Then help came from a very unexpected source.

This is the only episode we ever see Tinker Bell in, which is unfortunate because I think his character was a great asset. He cannot say a word, yet his heart causes everyone he sees to like him. Sometimes, the only way to fix a problem is to just do it. How many times do we learn that the hard way?

The children, even Nellie and Willie, help Tinker to make the bell. They are all excited, anticipating having their families back together. Not only do they help Tinker Bell, but they give him their own toys so they can bring peace in their town once more.

The ending is heart-warming. My heart swells every time I watch it. Gone is the anger and hurt feelings. You can't help but to be moved at what the children did. The subject of this episode makes this one of my favorites in Season 1.

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