Amelia Bevins is a new girl at school. Laura asks her to go home with her the afternoon of her first day at school to work on their essays and they go by the Blind School on the way home. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Ingalls
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Alice Garvey
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
Albert Quinn
Bess Bevins (as Kate Woodville)
Julie Anne Haddock ...
Dr. Moore
David Hooks ...
Mr. Ames


Amelia Bevins is a new girl at school. Laura asks her to go home with her the afternoon of her first day at school to work on their essays and they go by the Blind School on the way home. When they get there, Laura and Albert and Andy start making fun of the over-weight man who has started working there. Amelia makes an excuse and runs off. Unbeknownst to them, it's her father. Before they leave, Adam comes out and introduces Mr. Bevins and Laura realizes her mistake. That evening when Mr. Bevins goes home, he overhears his daughter telling his wife how her father embarrasses her because of his weight. He makes up a job on the railroad that will give him a lot of more money and convinces the people at the blind school that he has no family in town but could save the money he's been spending on the room if they'll let him stay in his storage room. They notice that he only works outside on the roof late at night and he works inside all day, but he says it's cooler that way. When he ... Written by Anonymous

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2 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Caroline Ingalls: The point isn't rather you knew or not, is it? The point is that we should never make unkind remarks about anyone.
Laura Ingalls: It wasn't just me.
Caroline Ingalls: Oh , you know better than to make up an excuse like that.
Laura Ingalls: Yes ma'am, I know.
Caroline Ingalls: I'm sure that when you seem Amelia tomorrow you'll apologize.
Laura Ingalls: What will I say?
Caroline Ingalls: You thought up the jokes, I'm sure you can think up the apology.
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A man's love for his child supersedes all else in his life.
12 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

When the Bevins family comes to Winoka, Mr. Bevins gets a job as a handyman at the blind school run by Adam and Mary. Extremely obese Mr. Bevins (Cliff Emmich) is ridiculed by the townspeople, but accepted by the blind students who see only his kindness and concern for others. His daughter Amelia (Julie Ann Haddock) is ashamed of her father's appearance and no one in town is aware of her relationship to her father.

When Bevins has a nasty fall, Amelia must come to terms with her feelings and her past behavior and show her love for her father. Then the little girl finally realizes that love is greater than appearance.

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