Post 47:
“Fred”

Post 47:  “Fred”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal —

January 15, 1983 – GOOD

“Laura gets a goat for a pet. He butts Mr. Edwards, Mrs. Oleson, Doc Baker, Reverend Alden, Pa, & the old owner. It gets drunk and Pa says she has to get rid of it. She lets it go. When she is allowed to keep it, she looks for it and finds it with some Nanny goats. She leaves it. The goat is named Friendly Fred.”

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From Anne —

Maybe if Laura had lived in an era when she could’ve watched all the goats-screaming-like-humans internet videos she could stand, she wouldn’t have needed a pet goat. But Laura could never resist: feral raccoons, rabid dogs, epileptic horses, I don’t know. This time, a highly impolite goat, ironically named Friendly Fred.

If memory serves, the musical interludes in this episode do a great job foreshadowing the indiscriminate butting. Ma is the only one spared.

And for all the Little House episodes involving alcohol and drugs, this one is at least funny. In my journal, the goat episode is sandwiched between one about Pa’s manic depressive dad, and one about three bullies who terrorize W.G. Every TV series needs a tipsy goat episode. Even Walking Dead.

Believe it or not Fred has a Wiki page.

And here’s another blog about LHP and their Fred post. It’s called is called WTF Little House on the Prairie?

They also did a video spoof of this show:

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From Tracy —

Goats scream like humans? Oh I had to look that up. But first I found this video where an angry billy goat is terrorizing a whole town:

Then I found the mother of all compilations of goats screaming and talking and bitching up a storm:

It sent chills right through my spine.

Anyhoo, back to the episode. I remember this episode and not liking it one bit. I can’t believe Young Anne gave it a “Good” rating. WTF indeed. Jack the dog is way cuter and almost gets kicked by Mr. Ingalls after a Fred attack. I remembered thinking as a kid that this was a throwaway episode. Maybe I only liked the tragedy of LHP.

If I had to think of the things that I liked about this episode it would have to be the tremendously goofy Spanish bullfight music and the happy ending. Oh and all the butt shots.

 

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