This year Pa finally has a good crop… but so did everyone else so everyone sells their crops at a loss. To make a little extra, Pa and Mr. Edwards accept a dangerous side-hustle freighting blasting oil through mountainous terrain to the railroad. Joining them on their journey is Henry Hill, a black man who has successfully completed this dangerous venture many times before; and Murphy, a racist fool.
We also go off into some deep rabbit holes as we discuss important topics like black representation on prime time network TV today – and less important topics like Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Branson, Missouri. Julie also forces us to reveal some embarrassing moments. It’s a good one.
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Pa’s righteous rage is back this week when Miss Beadle is fired for being unable to control the behaviors of some older boys in class, and the school board hires a tyrannical psychopath named Mr. Applewood in her place. Poor Laura takes the brunt of his wrath until the savior of Walnut Grove (Charles Ingalls) eloquently Matlocks (it’s a verb now) the fuming Mr. Applewood right outta town.
We discuss the crazy things teachers are expected to put up with, our frustration with some continuity issues in Little House (where’d Miss Beadle’s fancy house go?), and how inappropriate it would have been for Charles to be in Miss Beadle’s apartment alone with her.
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