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The Richest Man in Walnut Grove 

Mr. Ingalls and his employer Mr. Hansen are anticipating a large income from a big job they have done. The Ingalls plan to pay their bill at the Mercantile store and more. Unfortunately, ... See full summary »

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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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Mr. Ingalls and his employer Mr. Hansen are anticipating a large income from a big job they have done. The Ingalls plan to pay their bill at the Mercantile store and more. Unfortunately, when Mr. Hansen learns that his client cannot pay, that means he cannot pay Mr. Ingalls and has to close his mill. With the bonus income lost, and the lack of regular income, the family has to think how they will pay their debts and keep up their other duties. Mr. Ingalls works for the livery owner, grooming and caring for the horses he owns. Once done there, he works for a local farmer to fix an irrigation system on his property. But, the women of the family want to help, too. Caroline and Laura plant a double crop of vegetables for the winter and plan to sell the eggs as they have been collecting. Mary plans to leave school temporarily to work for Mrs. Whipple, the seamstress, sewing assorted clothing items for ladies of the community. Laura continues in school, bringing home lessons to Mary so she ... Written by catnipper40

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10 September 1975 (USA)  »

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Charles is telling Reverend Alden that he doesn't like tea. However, Charles later complains to his family about not having tea. See more »

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Reverend Robert Alden: And Charles, try not to think too unkindly of his wife. There's good in all people. It's a little bit harder to find in some.
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Really defines what Little House is all about!
26 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When this episode begins, Charles is sure they are going to be getting plenty of money soon that they can pay off what they owe and still have money left over. But like always, something goes wrong. This time, the company the mill is expecting the money from has gone bankrupt.

But you can't keep a good man down! The Ingalls all pitch in together to earn the money. Harriet Olsen makes a huge scene. Nels is very upset and embarrassed by her, but Charles stands his ground and puts Mrs. Olsen in her place! Even Mary take a full time job sewing instead of going to school. In the evenings, she did the school work Laura would bring home.

And, like mother like daughter, Nellie was sure to make fun of Laura and her family every chance she got. In this season we see Nellie and Mrs. Olsen becoming more nasty.

The episode will make you cry. The father-daughter talk in the barn loft will turn your heart and wet your eyes. The romantic scene in the field will make you believe in love again. But truly, the whole spirit of this episode will make you feel rich!


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