We’re back with the bittersweet conclusion to “Remember Me” where Pa struggles to find a home for all three Sanderson children, Laura struggles to find a home for the third puppy, and Mr. Edwards struggles to find the courage to open his heart to love again. Viewers are also delightfully treated with an introduction to another of Harriet’s wealthy and impeccably dressed family members, Miss Minerva Farnsworth.
In addition, Marissa poses an ethical quandary to Amy, and Julie asks an interesting question to our male listener (listeners?) about facial hair.
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Amy, here. I flubbed up big time and accidentally overwrote Part II of "Remember Me." We are unable to re-record this session until this weekend.
I'm very sorry for the mistake and have taken precautions that will allow me to recover files like this in the future.
Thank you for your understanding and grace as we are taking on this giant learning curve of producing our own podcast.
This week we meet Julia Sanderson, widowed mother of three, who learns she hasn’t much time left in life. With admirable courage and a smoky-smooth voice, she makes preparations for her children with Charles Ingalls help. Mary and Laura also rescue three puppies that look suspiciously like Jack.
In the first several minutes of this episode, we learn the Jeff Scale origin story as well as meet who is arguably one of the worst residents of Walnut Grove. Amy and Marissa discuss whom they would leave their children with in the event of their death. (Hint: Julie might end up with a lot of children.) We also learn a lot about the early developments of cancer treatment and discuss how rainy funeral scenes are extremely cliché.
(Trigger Warning: This episode deals with losing a parent to a terminal illness.)
Special Thanks to our nurse researcher Courtney Schuman for answering our questions.
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Aaaaand we’re back! Thank you to everyone for sticking with us on our two-week hiatus while Amy and Julie were in Aruba.
Love is in the air this week when Laura (and Grace Snyder) attempt to get the men in their lives to ask them to the annual Spring Dance. After taking some of Ma’s shoddy advice, both Laura and Grace end up getting themselves into more than they signed up for.
We introduce two exciting, new segments: Marissa’s Outrage Corner and Doc Baker’s Book Club. In addition, we get some fantastic gift ideas for our meat-loving loved ones in our life.
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History of the chalkboard.
Everything you just gotta know about marbles.
A History of Dance.
This week everything gets a little creepy when Laura is taunted into approaching the run-down mansion of the town hermit and possible murderous maniac Amos Pike. The two quickly develop an odd relationship, and Laura spends every afternoon in his house cleaning–AND HER PARENTS DO NOT CARE. After Laura learns the truth about Amos’ absent wife, she shoulders the very-adult responsibility of breaking the tragic news to him and becoming his therapist even the he clearly needs some professional help to sort through his complicated grief.
In addition to discussing this signature Victor French episode, we argue about the color of a dress in a painting, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, and how much we love short stories. What you won’t hear is the 3 minutes of Julie yelping and shrieking at every little noise while we were recording this episode…
Notes: We will be live-tweeting the prime-time airing of the Winter Olympics opening ceremonies on Friday, February 8 at 8 p.m. ET. Follow us on Twitter here. Also, we will be taking a two-week break but will return Tuesday, February 26th.
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Best Haunted Houses in the US.
Famous Actresses and Actors from the 1800s
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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.