Post 21:
“Love”

Post 21: “Love”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — November 29, 1982 – GOOD “A blind girl named Jane comes to Walnut Grove. She starts liking Mr. Edwards. She has a chance to see again & she get and operation. She gets her sight back. And he tells her that she’s too good for him & she leaves.” ____________________________________________________ From Anne — Leave it to Little House to exploit blindness for drama. It seems like 10% of Little House episodes feature a young blind woman — be it Mary Ingalls herself, a blind artist played by Madeline Stowe, or this episode, about an old friend of Laura’s named Jane who develops a thing for grizzly old Mr. Edwards. Quite a bit of beard-stroking ensues. Jane’s beard fetish, smoky voice and devil-may-care...

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Post 20:
“Family Quarrel”

Post 20: “Family Quarrel”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — November 29, 1982 – GOOD “Mr. & Mrs. Oleson get in a fight & she dumps eggs on him. One man tries to make a pass at Harriet so Nels will be jealous. Caroline & Charles finally get them back together.” ____________________________________________________ From Tracy — Does anyone ever think that LHOP gets too goody-two-shoes for it’s own good? Caroline being so worried about what she might have done to avert the fight is a fine example. If the characters were actually a little more falliably human, she would be laughing as loud as Charles about the fight and even reveling in it a little. I also found out the one thing that’s wrong with Michael Landon. His goofy, screeching laugh. But as...

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Post 19:
“The Voice of Tinker Jones”

Post 19: “The Voice of Tinker Jones”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — November 24, 1982 – FAIR “The community wanted a bell & Mrs. Oleson wanted to buy it so it could have her name on it. Other people wanted everybody to buy it. This tinker made a bell with the help of all the kids.” ____________________________________________________ From Anne — Bring on the cheese! Here’s one of those episodes where the kids say “YEAH!” in unison as they all agree to help the deaf tinker (with his Prince Valiant haircut) make a bell for the church and stop the adults from fighting about the bell and how it will be funded. I was sort of excited to hear swearing in this episode. Hot-headed Kennedy calls it a “damn bell” — in front of Caroline, no less! Not sure...

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