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An immigrant family provides an example of thankfulness and a reminder that freedom isn't free after a property tax increase leaves most of Walnut Grove in no mood to celebrate the United States' 100th birthday.

Director:

William F. Claxton

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »
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Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Charlotte Stewart ... Eva Beadle
Karl Swenson ... Lars Hanson
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
William Schallert ... Snell
Theodore Bikel ... Yuli Pyatakov
Bonnie Bartlett ... Grace Snider Edwards
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An immigrant family provides an example of thankfulness and a reminder that freedom isn't free after a property tax increase leaves most of Walnut Grove in no mood to celebrate the United States' 100th birthday.

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This episode takes place in 1876. See more »

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Yuli states that he and his family have only been in the USA for 6 months, and that none of them knew any English until his son Viktor started school. Yet Viktor speaks perfect English with a perfect American accent, even when alone with his parents. See more »

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All are taxed!
8 April 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

With mention of booming business for construction people, there's also bad news too. The government has raised the property taxes (sound familiar?) and everyone suffers. The guest stars in this show is a German family who just moved into the area. He wasn't aware when he bought the house that there was a lot of unpaid taxes on it. He has to pay the back taxes or get out!

My favorite part of this episode is Harriet Olsen scenes. I loved how she opened the mail as she talked about the fairness of taxes until she realized that even SHE has to be taxed! But the funniest part of the entire episode was the scene of Mr. and Mrs. Olsen in the church/school house. Harried was so prideful that she had to make sure the auditor (played by William Scharlett from the Patty Duke show and another timeless character actor) knew just how much they had. That was classic Olsen comic relief.

The lesson in this episode was an important one. We do gripe and complain a lot, but even today we have a lot more freedom than many other countries do and we should think are stripes and stars for the things we have!

Indecently, Mary made a flag, but I don't recall ever seeing it again after this one episode...


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English

Release Date:

17 March 1976 (USA) See more »

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