Post 59 – “Darkness Is My Friend”

Post 59 – “Darkness Is My Friend”

April 14  – EXCELLENT     “Laura stays the night at Mary’s. Some escaped convicts come. They order Laura to get a Doctor. She gets Pa. Finally, Pa knocks out this one guy and Laura hits this other guy over the head. Mary screams bloody murder. They get a reward and donate it to the blind school.” From Anne – I’ve always admired escaped prisoners. So much moxie, creativity and strategy required for a jailbreak. Especially from a train. With one of three wounded and bleeding. And while the convicts don’t have the matinee-star looks of the Jesse James brothers (featured in our last LHOP hostage episode), they’re a fine trigger for Mary’s expert caterwauling. I’m willing to bet that “Darkness is My Friend” (who came up with these episode titles, anyway?)...

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Post 58 – “The Aftermath”

Post 58 – “The Aftermath”

February 8 – GOOD     “Jesse James and his brother Frank come to W.G., but the town doesn’t know that they are outlaws. Mary runs errands for them. Also the class talks about the Civil War. This kid named Bob Ford is at school. The town discovers their true identity and doesn’t say anything to the bounty hunters because they are holding Mary hostage. Garvey lets the James brothers go. It says that Bob Ford killed Jesse James six years later (1882).” From Tracy – Once again, this is an episode I *thought* I remembered but then nope! How many freakin’ times did Mary get held hostage I wondered? It turns out THREE TIMES! The episode I thought I was watching was the one where the blind school is taken over by thugs. (EPISODE 128 • Darkness Is...

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Post 57: LHOP Behind The Scenes!

Post 57: LHOP Behind The Scenes!

Check out the link below to see some amazing on the set photos of Little House on the Prairie....

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Post 56:
And now for some random Little House on the Prairie dirt!

Post 56:  And now for some random Little House on the Prairie dirt!

Pilfered from one of those irresistible click-bait articles! I found these delicious “Behind-the-scenes secrets all Little House on the Prairie fans will want to know” — or perhaps wish they’d never found out. (Ed. Note – from Tracy – “My corneas are burning!” was one such reaction from me after reading some of these.) Still. Had to share: Actress Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) Passed Out From Heat Exhaustion On Set The women wore the traditional 1800’s styles, including stockings, petticoats, pinafores, and bonnets. The temperatures would range from the 90s to the 100s at the California ranch where the show was filmed, which made for a very warm workday. Both Alison Arngrim and an assistant director passed out on the first day of filming. The Crew Went Through...

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Post 55:
“The Wisdom of Solomon”

Post 55:  “The Wisdom of Solomon”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — January 25 – EXCELLENT     “A black kid named Solomon wants to work in exchange for an education. Pa lets him. But soon his brother comes to find him. On this last day of school, he gives a plaque that says “Bless this school.” I cried on that part.” From Anne — On the whole, Little House on the Prairie was about as white as a marshmallow blizzard. Except for Hester Sue. And a handful of earlier shows. Like this one. In which the N-word is used, multiple times. This episode, penned by a white dude, aired the same year as the miniseries Roots. I don’t know about you, but I remember the cultural force Roots exerted, with all the adults glued to the TV, and 7-year-old me totally freaked out by the whipping scenes....

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Post 54:
“The Music Box”

Post 54:  “The Music Box”

From 13-Year-Old Anne’s Journal — January 26 – EXCELLENT   “At Nellie’s party, Laura steals a music box. She has bad dreams. She breaks it and Nellie catches her with it. Nellie won’t tell if Laura does anything she says. Laura is friends with a girl named Anna who stutters. Laura and (won’t let) Anna be in the club because Nellie said. They make fun of Anna. Later Laura tells she stole and she doesn’t get in trouble.” ____________________________________________________ From Tracy — It’s only once in a lifetime I get to state the following: This episode of LHOP is practically psychedelic! It’s filled with dreams and long hair and strange sights! It has an awesome intro with more dolls and dollhouse miniatures you could ever want...

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Post 53:
The 40th Anniversary Interview!

This is from several years ago but still worth a watch. So sweet and funny!   And this video of Hersha Parady, the actress who played the doomed Alice Garvey holding a prop baby is too whacky to be believed. Unfortunately, she doesn’t pound it against anything in this clip:

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