Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 10

The Raccoon (20 Nov. 1974)

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Blaming herself when Laura's doll breaks during a game of catch, Mary is delighted to give her sad, little sister an abandoned, baby raccoon. After Pa reluctantly agrees to let her keep him... See full summary »

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Blaming herself when Laura's doll breaks during a game of catch, Mary is delighted to give her sad, little sister an abandoned, baby raccoon. After Pa reluctantly agrees to let her keep him, Laura names him "Jasper", teaches him tricks and tries to keep the mischief-maker out of trouble. But one day, Jasper bites Jack, the Ingalls' dog, and disappears into the woods. When Charles later shoots a snarling, rabid raccoon who is killing the chickens and begins to watch Jack for signs of rabies, a tearful Mary reveals a terrible secret... Jasper had also bitten Laura who made Mary promise not to tell. Written by shepherd1138

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Laura Ingalls: He got lonesome out there, pa. He didn't know anyone. I'm the only one he's got. What are you gonna do, Pa?
Charles Ingalls: I'm gonna build him a cage.
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Befriending Wild Animals
11 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mary brings home a baby raccoon after she accidentally causes her doll to literally lose her head. Charles doesn't want to keep the raccoon at first, but everyone else gangs up on him. Everything goes great for awhile. Laura's even allowed to take Jasper to school for show and tell. But then one Sunday, Jasper destroys the house. That's it as far as Charles was concerned. He takes Jasper to the woods and drops him off.

Jasper is back by the time he returns. His heart melts at the sight of Laura and her friend, so he agrees to build a cage. Unfortunately, he can't keep the worst from happening. Before all's said and done, Laura and Jack are bitten and Jasper is soon killed.

But that's only half of the story. The hardest part of the entire episode is when Mary has to tell her father that Jasper bit Laura. Her tearful confession makes you want to cry!

Though this episode has nothing on Ol' Yeller, we still can't help but to watch and wait to see what happens to Jack. The mood is tense and quiet, as if they are just waiting for something to happen.

Of course, another tearful scene happens at the very end. AT first you're like "Oh man!" Then you're like "Oh wow!" Yep, it's your typical Ol' Yeller without the sad ending...

I don't notice anything bad in this episode. The way Charles throws down the rifle does make me cringe a bit. I wondered what would have happened had the rifle gone off?

By the way, I think the whole Jack acting wild thing was really overrated. Jack barks when anything comes into his past. I don't know why Charles automatically jumped to the conclusion that Jack had rabies...


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