Little House on the Prairie: Season 2, Episode 17

Troublemaker (25 Feb. 1976)

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When teacher, Miss Beadle, is deemed unable to control some of the rowdy, older boys in her class, Mrs. Oleson convinces the Walnut Grove school board to replace her with a firmer, male ... 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)
Hannibal Applewood
Jack McCulloch ...
George Jackson
Sean Kelly ...
Sven Jacobsen
Herman Stone


When teacher, Miss Beadle, is deemed unable to control some of the rowdy, older boys in her class, Mrs. Oleson convinces the Walnut Grove school board to replace her with a firmer, male hand. But the new schoolmaster tries to bully his students into submission and singles little Laura out as a troublemaker, blaming and punishing her for the slightest infraction even when she isn't the one responsible. Written by shephed1138

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Hannibal Applewood: I have seen the likes of you before. You want the children to toll the line, but you're afraid to discipline them! There must be order! There must be routine! There must be rules! And those rules must apply to all students! You cannot alter those rules, you cannot change order. I must have ORDER!
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Goodbye Miss Beatle?
23 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When some older boys start to cause trouble, Miss Beatle is replaced by a man that most of the school board thought would do a better job at handling the disciple problem.

The man was a monster and crazy, to say the least. He immediately deemed Laura a problem child and picked on her for everything. I thought Charles should have stepped in much earlier than he did, actually. The man was a monster and should have been fired immediately. Mrs. Olsen lost a lot of my respect in this episode as well (not that she had much of it to begin with). What she did to Laura was incomprehensible! She's done some mean and spiteful things, but that was a little much - even for her!

I won't give away the things that Laura was accused of or the punishments she got, but let me tell you that if my child had been treated like that, the teacher would have been getting what for really fast! Anyways, Charles stepped in and restored peace and order. Everything returned to normal.

As for Mr. Crabapple - or whatever his name was - I hope he never got another teaching job again!

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