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.” ____________________________________________________ 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...

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Post 46:
“Little Girl Lost”

Post 46:  “Little Girl Lost”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — January 11, 1983 – EXCELLENT “While all the girls are bug hunting, Carrie falls down a hole. Everyone from town comes to help her get out. This one man who used to be a drunk supervises. Caroline is going crazy. Finally they find a mine and get her out. Mr. Hanson and the drunk are friends.” ____________________________________________________ From Tracy — Here’s an episode that will have you pondering the following issues: “Where in the hell did they ever find bellows that big?” (Who the hell knows? Maybe Mr. Hanson?) “I think engineering is sexy!” (It is, dear reader it IS!) “Is Miss Beadle trying to kill her students?” (Well duh.) “Can Carrie be any...

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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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