Bundle up, because this week we weave a tale of the Ingalls family stranded on the road in an abandoned cabin while they wait out a torrential blizzard. During this time, they must keep their spirits up, fend off starvation, deal with a “renegade” Sioux lurking in the forest nearby, and above all… survive the overwhelming hatred that consumes the US Marshall stranded with them.
This week we also discuss the commonly used TV trope of bottle episodes, commercials in the 1970s, US Government and Native American relations, the Donner Party, and how Germans were duped into immigrating to the state of Missouri.
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Top 10 Bottle Episodes on Television
TV Commercials from 1975 (when this episode originally aired)
Amy's Favorite Scene from Fantastic Mr. Fox
Book About the Donner Party (some good winter readin')
How to Survive a Blizzard
How to Deal with a Racist Person
Cryability for this Episode
This week Pa holds the equivalent of a Tupperware party for corn all thanks to a bushy-chested ginger named Joe Coulter with a college degree and big ideas. When a tragedy strikes on Joe’s journey home, Pa must venture out on a one-man search party while the rest of the Walnut Grove farmers stew in a growing rage fest of sweat and bitterness.
Amy, Julie, and Marissa talk all things 127 Hours, Titanic, Castaway, things that spook horses, and why corn is one of the largest and most problematic crops in the United States today. Amy also gives a lot of unwanted advice about how to act around pregnant women, leaving notes about where you are going, and sugar consumption. Enjoy!
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Cryability for This Episode
This week, Amy and Julie introduce Marissa to the world of Christian romance novels, we all talk about Downton Abbey way too much, and (most importantly) a stylish young woman catches the eye of Doc Baker. She’s got amazing outfits, recognizes a woke bae when she sees one, and is a genuinely lovely person. We are just as taken with Kate Thorvald as the doc.
The only problem is, Doc Baker is at least 20 years her senior and has extensive sun damage. Will Hiram Baker’s bachelor lifestyle come to an end? Will Mr. Hansen get over his jealousy now that his best buddy suddenly has less time for him? Will Harriet Oleson (Kate’s aunt) allow the two lovebirds to get married? Find out all of this and much more on this week’s episode.
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Cryability for This Episode
Join Amy, Julie, and Marissa as we leave the little house in the big woods of Wisconsin to the untamed Kansas plains where we must weather wolves, possible skirmishes with native tribes, wildfire, and Pa's many mood swings. Airing in March 1974, the pilot made-for-TV-film is the perfect introduction to our favorite pioneer family and their adventures to come.
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Where in the World is Montgomery County, KS?