Grab a bowl of applesauce and sit down to this crackerjack of an episode! Walnut Grove is gearing up to play in the annual baseball game against the town of Sleepy Eye. The problem: they have a lousy pitcher (ahem, Nels.) The solution: They find one in mild-mannered Jebidiah Mumfort. A new character also saunters into town by the name of Slick McBernie, and he, along with his truly remarkable moustache, are immediately inducted into out Hottie Hall o’ Fame. Listen to find out how the game ends… I bet you can’t guess.
We talk hot-heads, hotties, and a hot-tempered Jesus in this episode about “America’s Favorite Pastime.” We also spend almost the entire last half of this podcast episode talking about the upcoming Winter Olympics BECAUSE WE CAN!
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This week Walnut Grove gets a shiny new bank with a less-than-friendly banker (whom we all immediately like.) Pa makes some more poor financial decisions, Ma attempts to raise more money for the school’s textbook fund without using her womanly wiles, and Laura makes fishing buddies with a middle-aged man without knowing his name which makes us question Ma and Pa’s parenting methods.
We also discuss Gilmore Girls (again), Mr. Worldwide (Pitbull), how embarrassing our pets can be, and what qualities make a good banker.
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This week, the entire Ingalls family is concerned about Mary. Her grades are suddenly failing, and Pa is the only one smart enough to figure out that she needs glasses. That entire mystery takes most of the episode to solve. After her eyes are opened to a whole new world via glasses, she is immediately terrorized by the Oleson kids who tell her she will never get married now that glasses have turned her into a hideous monster. Mary decides she'd rather fail at school than be a spinster so she hides her glasses. Thankfully, a dopey version of Ryan Gosling swings by to make out with Miss Beadle (who also wears glasses) proving to Mary that maybe the Oleson kids are just mean and have no idea what they are talking about.
Amy, Julie, and Marissa delve into subjects like body image, what personal "flaws" plagued us when we were teenagers, and how we learned we finally needed glasses. We also talk about how depressing Planet Earth can be and how washing your face with oil can possibly solve acne issues.
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Welcome to Season 2! This week, Hansen’s Mill is forced to close due to some unforeseen circumstances leaving the Ingalls family in debt to the Mercantile and on Harriet’s bad side. The whole family manages to rally together to earn enough money while keeping the family farm up and running so that they can clear their debt and purchase caffeine and sugar until the mill reopens.
In addition, we talk about various lighthearted subjects like murdering spouses, poverty, what we ate when we were broke, and the kindness of strangers/friends/co-workers during our lean times.
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Happy New Year and Happy We’ve Made It Through Season 1! And boy was it a journey! Together we have weathered fires, ensorcellment, plagues, angry farmers, murders of hungry crows, rabies, blizzards, hailstorms, explosions, and Johnny Johnson.
In addition to reflecting on some of the highlights of Season 1, we discuss how Pa meets the future version of himself in a struggle that on the surface seems like a case of fragile masculinity, but ends up being something much deeper. Amy, Julie, and Marissa discuss getting older, what events we’d enter in the Walnut Grove Founder’s Day, and why the pie baking contest is deeply flawed. But most importantly, we learn that sometimes it is more important to be kind that right.
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Note: Marissa teared up, and that is a big deal.