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The Wolves 

Laura and Andy find a Mama in a trap and two pups nearby. They take the "dogs" home, only to find out they are wolves. At the same time, some dogs that used to be pets but were released to ... See full summary »


Michael Landon


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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Karl Swenson ... Lars Hanson
Merlin Olsen ... Jonathan Garvey
Don 'Red' Barry ... Jud Larabee
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
Hersha Parady ... Alice Garvey
Alison Arngrim ... Nellie Oleson


Laura and Andy find a Mama in a trap and two pups nearby. They take the "dogs" home, only to find out they are wolves. At the same time, some dogs that used to be pets but were released to the wild have gotten really wild and have been attacking some livestock in town. Charles and Caroline have gone out of town and Mary is left in charge of Laura and Carrie. She is under stress so she is a little too bossy and Laura runs to her tree house as often as possible or hangs out with Andy. They overhear that Jud Larabee (whose livestock was attacked) knows about their wolves and thinking they are responsible is going to come and kill the wolves. So, Laura and Andy move the wolves to Laura's barn. While out there, Carrie and Mary hear the dogs coming and they all go to the barn and end up trapped in the loft because the dogs burrow under the door and get in. The local farmers come to the rescue and kill the dogs and find out that the mama wolf actually saved Andy's life! Written by Anonymous

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17 October 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Mary, Laura, Carrie and Andy are in the barn for hours until Laura asks if they can leave. Mary says "It's too dark outside". Not even 5 minutes pass and there is a clip of the dogs (wolves) with the sun shining. See more »


Jonathan Garvey: There ain't nothin' we can do for her. She don't belong here.
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey: Why not? What's wrong with a wolf?
Jonathan Garvey: Well, it... it's not there's something wrong with them. It's...
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey: Pa?
Jonathan Garvey: Yeah?
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey: Don't you think she's one of God's creatures? Don't you always say that we gotta take good care of God's creatures? And that he made everyone for a very special reason? And that he loves them all the same?
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey: Yeah, I... I guess I did say something like that.
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Oh! Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by the children in the barn
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Cool episode!
22 June 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This is where we really get to know the Garvey family, who will be part of the show until the Blind School burns down and those left alive leave Walnut Grove (not going to say who's left...) In this episode, Andy Garvey and Laura befriend a dog and her pups after she's trapped. But everyone informs them that the dog is wolf, and no they cannot keep them!

We also see that Mr. Larabee, who I think is seen in other episodes, is a mortal enemy to Jonathan Garvey. He is actually right about the wolves, but he has ever intention of killing the wolves purposely kept alive...It looks like there may be a duel about to happen.,..But this is Walnut Grove, not Bonanza.

the girls have to fend for themselves since ma and Pa are both out of town. Mary is a bit bossy, but they all pull together at the end to fight off their wolves.

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