The Ingalls, Garveys, Olsens, and Albert get back to Walnut Grove to find it run down and in shabby condition. Lars Hansen found Walnut Grove over 50 years ago, and now that it is in this poor condition, and he suffered a stroke, he is much like the town--on its last leg. The Ingalls and the Garveys go to the farms around town to let everyone know of their plans to fix the town up to restore it to its former glory. Written by
Did You Know?
, the actor who played the towns founder Lars Hanson, died of a heart attack eight days before this episode aired. At the end of this episode, there is a voice-over from Laura mentioning that Lars Hanson died four months later (which was likely related to the stroke Hanson had while the Ingalls were in Winoka). The episode, with Hanson dying, was completed prior to Swenson's death, so the voice-over of Hanson's death is purely coincidental. See more
Dr. Baker mentions to Charles & Jonathan that Mr. Hanson had no children. In Little Girl Lost, Lowdy was Hanson's son-in-law or boyfriend of a daughter. See more
I can't believe anyone can be that thirsty!
Albert Quinn Ingalls
I'm sure you can't. You've never done anything to get that thirsty about.
References The Wizard of Oz
Joy to the World
Lyrics by Isaac Watts
Music by Lowell Mason
(1836) See more