Post 45:
“Bunny” and “The Race”

Post 45:  “Bunny” and “The Race”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — January 7, 1983 – EXCELLENT “Nellie somehow gets Laura’s horse. She whips it and it runs off. Nellie falls and she is temporarily paralyzed.Then she gets Laura to do her homework for her. She gets well and doesn’t tell anyone so they will continue to serve her. Laura finds out and pushes her down a hill. Ha, Ha!” ____________________________________________________ From Anne — The prairie is sometimes sunshiny, sometimes sadistic.  In this pair of episodes, sadism triumphs. First, Nellie abuses a poor steed named Bunny.  Then she abuses her family, Laura and anyone who’s ever had a disability by faking paralysis. Then it’s Laura’s turn to inflict pain for fun! In an epic way. Laura’s peeping at Nellie while...

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Post 44:
“The Pride of Walnut Grove”

Post 44: “The Pride of Walnut Grove”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — December 27, 1982 – GOOD “Mary wins a math contest and goes to Minniapolis (sic) for a state contest. Meanwhile, Laura tries to act like Ma. She keeps house, bakes, etc. Since Walnut Grove paid for her trip Mary feels she has to win. She is 1st runner up & they have a party anyway.” ____________________________________________________ From Anne — Welcome to the prairie, where there is nothing digital. Especially Little House video content. Tracy says that NBC or whoever holds the license for the LHOP TV episode canon has scoured the world wide web, erasing any clip, blip or full episode. We’re going from memory, gals! Let’s see just how deeply Little House embedded itself in our collective memory...

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Post 43:
“The Blizzard”

Post 43: “The Blizzard”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — December 23, 1982 – EXCELLENT “Miss Beadle sends the kids home from school. She doesn’t know it’s turning into a blizzard. The mothers come and find no children at school. They start search parties and find everyone. Mr. Edwards doesn’t come back till the morning. One guy dies. At the end Charles reads a Bible part.” ____________________________________________________ From Tracy — In honor of the horrid crappyness of the current winter, we bring you this Little House episode . . . which rocks. I think I must have play acted it a dozen times with friends. We would tilt our bodies forward with our hands outstretched like we were walking into a blinding wind. We did this even in the summer. And then we got to live...

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Post 42:
“The Gift”

Post 42: “The Gift”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — December 22, 1982 – POOR “Mary & Laura want to buy Reverend Alden a gift. They send away for a medicine set to sell so they can get more money. They can’t sell any medicine so Nellie buys a Bible.” ____________________________________________________ From Anne — How entrepreneurial were you as a kid?  I was a social entrepreneur, starting a veterinary practice for ailing stuffed animals, and a public advocacy “Be Kind to Animals” campaign, involving leaflets drawn in crayon inserted into sandwich baggies left in mailboxes. But I certainly wasn’t a dope pusher, like Mary and Laura are in this disappointing episode.  Pyramid schemes on the prairie?  Give me a break. It’s amazing that...

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Post 41:
“The Talking Machine”

Post 41: “The Talking Machine”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — December 21, 1982 – EXCELLENT “Laura starts to like this scientific kid named Jason. Nellie likes him, too. To get his attention, she buys a talking machine. It doesn’t work, so she records Laura saying mushy stuff about Jason and plays it for the class. Jason writes on the bard “Jason loves Laura” and later they carve their names in the sweetheart tree.” ____________________________________________________ From Tracy — I agree with Young Anne. THIS EPISODE SERIOUSLY ROCKS. It has everything. Let’s examine the checklist: √ Great dialogue and use of old fashioned words like “passel” and “gullywhopper” √ Heroic curly headed boy √ Pa being even more wonderful than usual √ Insanely cool...

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Post 40:
“A Matter of Faith”

Post 40: “A Matter of Faith”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — December 20, 1982 – FAIR “Charles and the kids go on a camping trip. Before they leave, Ma cuts herself. Later she is alone, she loses the cow, because she faints. She make it back to the house and has to cut her sour (sic) open. Charles finds her and Doc Baker comes.” ____________________________________________________ From Anne — Crap, what started out as a spa day (well, sort of; she still had to bake 20 pies) … turns into an emporium of delirium for poor old Ma. Lancing one’s own leg is not a popular spa treatment, even on the hardscrabble prairie. This sore has indeed gone quite sour.  Hope that pus is not the secret ingredient in any of Ma’s pies. The joke’s on Rev. Alden if so....

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Post 39:
“In the Big Inning”

Post 39: “In the Big Inning”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — “December 18, 1982 – EXCELLENT Walnut Grove forms a baseball team. They find a really good pitcher. They play against Sleepy Eye. W. G. is up, it’s last inning, bases loaded. They meet 4 runs to win. Charles is up. He gets a homer.” ____________________________________________________ From Tracy — Of course Young Anne would love this episode. It has baseball in it. Something she loves dearly. Well, only if it involves the Chicago Cubs. Now I remember feeling disappointed that this was going to be a sports focused LHOP until I saw Mr. Mumford pitch. Then they had me. Because there’s nothing Young or Middle Aged Tracy likes better than an underdog story. Laura and Pa’s expressions after Mr. Mumford...

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