This first episode sans Pa (Michael Landon) quickly turns into an episode of Gilmore Girls – if the Gilmore Girls lived on the prairie in the 1870s and involved fire, horses, and poverty. Will Mary ever manage to untangle herself from her web of lies and repair her relationship with Ma? Will Laura ever get some sleep? Will Julie finally come around to Rev. Alden? (Spoiler Alert: She won’t.)
Join Julie, Marissa, and Amy as we discuss this new dynamic in the Little House and delve deep into tangents on candy and the cost of vanilla beans. What more could you possibly want?
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Mary Ingalls is the 1870s Rory Gilmore.
This week we witness how Walnut Grove nearly self-destructs over a church bell but is saved by the town's children and a mute tinker. Amy unsuccessfully tries to draw parallels between Walnut Grove and South Park, Julie uncovers a secret romance, and Marissa… well, you’ll just have to wait and find out. It’s a big deal.
We apologize for the background noise. Marissa's dog Luna was really into her treat, and Amy couldn't figure out how to edit it out.
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This week, Mary attempts to cheer Laura up by bringing home a fully-grown baby trash panda. Carrie is running around somewhere. We don’t see much of her. Willy and Jack try to warn everyone that a raccoon is a horrible pet; but, of course, no one listens to them.
Tragedy plagues the second half of the episode. Chickens are needlessly massacred. A rabid raccoon attacks Pa in the barn. Pa nearly shoots Jack in the face. Laura and Jack are potential zombies. And Jasper the raccoon DESTROYS a homemade pie. This episode is harrowing.
Special thanks as always to our medical expert Courtney Schuman.
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After the future Walnut Grove serial killer causes Miss Beadle to get severely injured in an accident involving some dramatic stunts, the town begs Ma to be the school’s substitute teacher while Miss Beadle recovers. After reluctantly accepting the gig, Ma struggles to win over the students with her athletic prowess and build up the confidence of a giant, balding man-kid so he can read. Meanwhile, Carrie is babysat by the “Nelsons.” (We all know “Nelsons” is a codename for a family of wolves in the forest. Seriously, no one watches this kid.)
This episode is sure to delight with plenty of Mrs. Oleson and Ma battles, average looking clay figurines, and Carolyn’s swiftly changing moods. Marissa and Amy get into a very long tangent on the little we know about the history of public education, Julie delights us with her dramatic gasps throughout, and we see evidence of a town ghost who haunts the church/school
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