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... Charles Ingalls
... Caroline Ingalls
... Laura Ingalls
... Mary Ingalls
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
... Nels Oleson
... Reverend Robert Alden
... Dr. Hiram Baker
... Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
... Eva Beadle Simms
... Lars Hanson
... Otto Ripley
Michael Prince ... Roger Whitehead
... Jonathan Garvey
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In this episode, Charles receives word of an inheritance from an eccentric uncle. Soon, the whole town is abuzz, eagerly helping the initially reluctant Ingalls family spend the promised money. As the debt rises, so does Charles' discomfiture...until the consequences of the blessing make it feel more like a curse. Written by slllinker

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6 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Caroline wouldn't give Charles the trunk because it was a birthday present. He said, "My birthday is not for 3 weeks!" 3 weeks prior to his birthday (January 10) would be Christmas, so she should have given it to him as a Christmas gift. See more »

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Charles Ingalls: You want them to pity us and then feel happy for us.
Harvey Woods: Exactly. And look at you. Look at this farm. You're prosperous!
Charles Ingalls: Well I'm sorry that we're not as poor as you'd hoped!
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All that glitters isn't gold
18 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a rather unusual episode of Little House on the Prairie. In this episode, Charles learns that a rich relative died and left his estate to him. It's something we all wish for. Charles is a bit leery about it at first, but all his family and friends get excited and pretty much force him to make promises. Incidentally, Jonathan and Andy start treating their friends differently as well. Mrs. Olsen acts like Charles and Caroline are their new best friends - that's enough to make you sick!

I really think Charles and Caroline were way out of character in this one. Charles has a pretty strict philosophy against buying things on credit, so when he buys a church organ before getting a cent, it's just a little hard to swallow.

Mrs. Olsen's nervous trick near the end is enough to make a person want to hurl, of course she tries to tell Charles that she didn't want to but is very upset when the auction doesn't go as planned.


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