Little House: The Last Farewell (1984)

Episode transcripts for the TV show "Little House on the Prairie". Aired: September 11, 1974 - March 21, 1983.
Based on Laura Ingalls books series revolved around the adventures of the Ingalls family who owned a farm in Walnut Grove during the late 1800s.
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Little House: The Last Farewell (1984)

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[telephone ringing]


Yes, it is.

-[children clamoring]

Certainly. Put her on.

Aunt Tess?


Wait one second.

[children clamoring]

Aunt Tess?

I had to close the window.
I couldn'’t hear a thing.

How are you?

Oh, no.

Are you taking
your medicine?



You'’re coming when?


No, no, it'’s not a problem.

Of course, Charles would
love to see you.

It is so true.

Aunt Tess--


Aunt Tess,
you'’re talking nonsense.

Yes, I'’m sure.

The th of this month?

No, no, it'’s not a problem.

A-All right,
we'’ll see you then.

I will. I will.

Love you, too.


-[Charles] Caroline!
-In here!

-Caroline, I got it.
-Got what?

-My vacation with full pay.
-Oh, that'’s wonderful!

Oh, I couldn'’t believe it.
I got four weeks with pay.

I mean, I expected
two weeks, but four!

Oh, you deserve it.
You did a good job for them.

-When does
the vacation start?
-In two weeks, on the th.

-Yeah. Is something wrong?

No, no, nothing'’s wrong.

-Are you sure?
-Of course.
I'’m just surprised.

Well, me too. Yeah.
I wish the children
were out of school.

We could take a trip.

It'’ll still be nice just
to sit around this place

and relax for a month
in peace and quiet.

Oh, it'’ll be wonderful.

Hey, I wanna celebrate.
I wanna take you
to dinner tonight.

-Oh, Charles, we don'’t--
-And don'’t tell me we can't

afford it, '’cause we can.

Uh, did you get my suit
out of the cleaner'’s?

-I was going to pick it up--
-Don'’t worry about it.

I'’ll get it.
You start gettin'’ ready.

I want my best girl
to look beautiful tonight.

-[Caroline] Charles...
-Yeah, darlin'’?

I love you.

Oh, I love you, too.
I'’ll be right back.

[door opens, closes]


Oh, here we are.

-Oh, it looks good.

Ah. Thank you very much.

I can'’t believe
you ordered that appetizer.

Why not?
You have to try new things.

[scoffs] But snails?

Yeah, sounds
a little bit better

when they call them

Well, here it goes.

Out of the yard
and into my mouth.


Mm, it'’s all right.

I don'’t know what
all the fuss is about,

It kinda tastes
like a, um, a rubber ball
with garlic on it.

-Sounds wonderful.
-How'’s yours?

It'’s fine.

Somethin'’ botherin' you

I'’m fine.
And that is the third time
you'’ve asked me.

Well, because
after I'’ve lived
with you all these years,

I know when something'’s
bothering you.

Well, come on,
what is it?

Aunt Tess is coming
for a visit.

That'’s wonderful.
When is she coming?

On the th.

Of this month?

how could you do this?

-I mean,
how could you do it?
-Charles, please.

She'’s an old woman.
I couldn'’t say no.

What do you mean
you couldn'’t say no?

I--I have my first
vacation in two years,

and I have to spend it
with your Aunt Tess?

I can'’t stand
your Aunt Tess.

Charles, please,
people are staring.

Well, let '’em stare,
they don'’t know

what your Aunt Tess
is like.

You know,
it'’s gonna be just like
it was the last time.

She'’s gonna take over,
you know, rearrange
the furniture,

go in the kitchen and--
and then cook that,

tha-- that he-- health food
stuff she makes.

Charles, I won'’t let her
in the kitchen.

You can'’t keep her out
of the kitchen,
you know it.

Remember the last time,
she-- she cooked stuff

that tasted like weeds
and shrubbery.

Do you mind? We'’re trying
to enjoy our supper.

Well, do you mind?
I'’m trying to have
an argument with my wife.


How would you like
to step outside?

that'’s fine with me.

-Don'’t worry.

This is just gonna take
a minute.


[door thuds]

-Oh, thanks.

Charles, I wish you'’d wait
until tomorrow

to call Aunt Tess,
when you'’re
in a better mood.

I'’m in
a perfectly fine mood.
It'’s ringing.

Charles, it'’s late.
She'’s probably asleep.

What, your Aunt Tess?
Asleep? She never sleeps.

If she slept,
she'’d have to stop talking.

Hello? Oh. Aunt Tess?

Yeah. Yeah,
this is Charles.

Charles Ingalls.

Caroline'’s husband.

Yeah, yeah, uh,
yeah, well, here'’s--
here'’s why I called.



No, I-- I, I had no idea
it was that bad.


Uh, Aunt-- Aunt Tess,
you'’re not gonna die. I--

Yeah, but--



Yeah, I-- I can'’t wait.



I thought you were going
to tell her not to come.

You can'’t tell somebody
something if they don'’t stop

talkin'’ long enough
for you to tell them

what you wanna tell them.

I'’ll call her back.

No. No.
I can'’t tell her
not to come.

She'’s talkin' about dying,
it'’s her last chance
to see us.

She doesn'’t have
anybody else.

It'’s silly to waste this.
I'’m starvin'.

I'’ll put it in a pan
for you.

[chuckles] Thanks.

You know,
it just makes me so mad

when somebody makes you
feel so bad

you can'’t tell 'em
how you really feel
about them.

I wish she could'’ve heard
her on the phone.


-What'’s so funny?

I was just thinking about
what you said tonight

before you went outside.

Well, what'’d I say?

this'’ll only take a minute."

Oh. Well, I was right,
wasn'’t I?

[both laughing]

It'’s amazing
how short he looked
when he was sittin'’ down.


Oh, it won'’t be so bad,

The children love Aunt Tess,
and she is very good
with them.

It'’ll give us more time
to spend alone together.

Oh, it'’s true, I suppose.

They had a wonderful time
at her place last summer.

Oh, I know that.
It'’s just that...

It'’s just what?

Caroline, that'’s it.
-What'’s it?

Well, we-- we can'’t take
the children anywhere

because they'’ve got school.

They had a wonderful time
last summer with Aunt Tess.

She took good care of them,
didn'’t she?

Of course she did.

Well, let'’s let her
take care of them again.

-You just think about it?

You and I alone
for a whole month,

I mean,
we haven'’t had that in,

in, what, years?

Oh, Charles...

No. We couldn'’t!

What do you mean
we couldn'’t? Why not?

You can'’t think
of a good reason,
can you?

-Well, no.
-All right then.

All we have to decide now
is where we'’re gonna go.

Oh, Charles, there'’s only
one place in the world

I'’d wanna go.

Is it settled then?

Oh, yes! Yes! Oh...

Hey, Jeb, a bunch of us
are goin'’ swimmin'
at the quarry.

You wanna come?

Oh, I'’d like to,

but I gotta help my brother
with the rabbits.

Oh, come on,
we got a new swing rope up.

-It'’s really good.
-I don'’t know.

Ah, let Jason
take care of it today.

You'’re bigger than him,
what'’s he gonna do?

All right, I guess
it couldn'’t hurt this once.

You go on,
I'’ll tell him and catch up.


Jason, I got somethin'’
I gotta do.

Do you mind cleanin'’
the cages without me?

Yeah, I mind.

This rabbit business
was your idea to begin with.

Well, come Easter
you'’re gettin' half
the money.

-Aren'’t you?

Well, then,
just do me this one favor.

I wouldn'’t ask you
if it wasn'’t important.

Well, where are you goin'’?

Jason, it'’s so important,
I can'’t even tell you.

[sighs] All right,
but just this once.

-[Arnie] Come on, Jeb.

You'’re goin' swimmin'’
or not?


Jeb! That'’s not fair!

You said it was important!

Jeb! Jeb!

I hope you get water
in your ears.

I hope you get sick
and throw up.


could you do me a favor?

This letter came in
on the late stage for Laura.

Could you drop it
by her place for me?
It'’s from her pa.

Oh, sure. It'’s on my way.

Thank you, Jason.
And you have a nice day.

Yeah, it'’s too late
to have a nice day.


♪ When that I was
and a tiny little lad... ♪

-Hi, Mr. Montague.
-Good day, Jason!

-Hi, Ms. Wilder.
-Hi, Jason.

I got a letter for you.
Ms. Foster gave it to me.

Oh, thank you.
It'’s from my father.

You'’re still buying a rabbit
from me, aren'’t you?

Of course I am,
but don'’t you say
anything to Jenny.

I want it to be a surprise
for her on Easter.

I won'’t.
My lips are like
the envelope, sealed.

-See ya.

See ya.


-[Almanzo] What is it?

-[Laura] They'’re coming!
-[Almanzo] Who'’s coming?

[Laura] Ma and Pa.
They'’re coming for a visit!

Oh, Beth. Good news.

-Come on.
-All right.


My brother had somethin'’
more important to do.

He went swimmin'’.

Uh, you guys sure go a lot.

Ah! There you go, Rabbie,
all clean.

I'’m gonna get you
some water.

There you go.

Four more weeks till Easter,

then I won'’t have
to take care of you guys

and I'’ll have enough money
to buy whatever I want.

And I'’ll have my barn back.

Oh, hi, Pa.

Jason, where'’s your brother?


I thought you two shared
all the chores

in this business venture
of yours.

Yeah, so did I.

Well, you shouldn'’t let him
get away with it.

I can'’t do nothin'.
He'’s bigger than me.

I wish you guys
had me first.

Just poor planning
on our part, I guess.

-You want me to talk to him?
-Heck, no.

Then he'’d just get mad
and do somethin'’ to me.

Oh, come on now,
your brother'’s not
so bad to you.

How would you know?

Because you would tell me.
-The heck I would.

When older brothers
do somethin'’ bad to you,

the first thing
they tell you is
they'’ll do somethin' worse

if you tell.

I'’ll put a stop to that.

Well, that'’s all right.
I'’ll handle it.

-You'’re sure?
-[Jason] Yes, sir.

All right.
Well, I gotta get back
to work.

-[Jason] Pa?

-There is somethin'’
you can do.
-You name it.

Well, I'’d sure like it
if you and Ma

could make a younger child.

Then it wouldn'’t be so bad
if I had someone to pick on.

Well, son, I'’m gonna have
to talk to your ma
about that.

-Ah, thanks, Pa.
-You'’re very welcome.


You hear that, Herbie?

Ma and Pa might make
a younger child.

So then I can do
what Jeb does to me.

You know, hard pinchin'’

and pickin'’ my nose
and make him eat it.

Oh, yeah, lots of fun.


-Didn'’t you sleep at all?

I tried to, but I couldn'’t.

[sighs] Just too excited,
I guess.

A little anxious
to see Rose, huh,
Grandma? [chuckles]

Yes, I am, Grandpa.

-How about some breakfast?

I'’m not hungry,
but some coffee sounds good.

All right.
I'’ll find the butcher boy.

Are you sure you don'’t want
something else?

An apple if they look nice.

One apple and
a cup of coffee comin'’ up.

The Sioux reservations
were cut in half in '’ .

Now, most of that land went
to the trading-post owners.

Of course, they couldn'’t
do anything with it

until Sibley defeated
Little Crow in '’ .

At that point
the land was safe,

but it was
of very little value.

Now all of that changed.

Iron ore changed
all of that.

As you know,
the Vermilion Range
has been highly successful.

But there'’s been
an even bigger discovery
at Mesabi.

And that, gentlemen,
is why we'’re here.

That discovery has made
all the land around Mesabi

very, very valuable.

Oh, excuse me.

Yes, can I help you?

Uh, yeah, I--
I was just lookin'’
for the butcher boy.

I'’m sorry, I didn't know
this was a private car.

Oh, well,
he must be up front.

Thank you very much.
Again, I'’m-- I'm sorry.

Well, now that we'’ve found
the butcher boy,
where were we?

Ah, yes,
the new discovery
at Mesabi

has made all of this land
very valuable.

Naturally, Lassiter
and Company saw it coming.

We'’ve made deals with most
of the trading-post owners.

Uh, let me show you
on this map.

Uh, Drew.

We now own
all of the shaded areas.

That'’s a lot of property.

Yes, and we got it
for a song.

Some of these shaded areas
have towns in them.

That'’s right, Drew.

And I want you men
to check them all out.

The towns we want to own,
we'’ll own.

Drew, I want you to start
right there...

Walnut Grove.

Oh, Charles, look,
there'’s that old oak tree
you fell out of.

-[Charles] How can I forget?

Climbing up
after that silly kite.

That was
our first year here.

Our first year.

So many memories.

Hey, come on,
don'’t start cryin' yet.

I won'’t.

I take it you two
used to live around here.

[Charles] Yeah.

my wife hasn'’t been back

for about three years.

We'’re going to visit
our daughter

and our granddaughter.

-Where are you headed?
-Walnut Grove.

[Charles] Oh, really?
Is this your first time?

-You'’re gonna like it.

It'’s a nice town,
nice people.

I can'’t wait.

what time do you have?

Yes, let'’s see.
A little after : .

We'’re going to be early.
At least an hour.

Maybe I could get
the driver to stop
at their place.

I bet they haven'’t left
for town.

-Oh, Charles, let'’s try.
-And surprise them.

-All right.
Hey, driver! Driver!

[Charles] Wonder
if you could do me a favor.

My-- my daughter'’s place
is about

two miles up the road.

If you could drop
us off there,

it'’d save a trip
into town.

It'’s the first road
on the right.

You mean
the Wilder place?

-[Charles] That'’s right.
-Sure, I'’ll be glad to.

I appreciate it.

-Hey, we'’re all set.
-Oh, Charles.

Only two more miles!


Ah. There you go, darlin'’.



Here'’s your bag, mister.

Oh, thank you, driver.

-Nice travelin'’ with you.
-Well, same here.

-Hope you enjoy our town.
-So do I.

Well, we'’ll see you around,
I'’m sure.

[driver grunts]

Oh, Charles...

The house.

It'’s so big.

I told you.

I know, but...

Oh, I never dreamed
it was so...

It looks like a mansion.

Yeah, it'’s a might bigger
than the little house,
I guess.

Come on.

[Caroline] Almanzo! Oh!



You look wonderful!

Well, so do you.
What a surprise!

We weren'’t expecting you
this early.

Uh, it was kind of
a miracle, first time

in history
the stage was early.

-How you doin'’?
-Well, just fine, sir.

Where'’s Laura?

Well, she'’s still upstairs
gettin'’ ready.

She didn'’t sleep
all night.

Uh, that makes two of '’em.

Well, go on, go on,
go ahead.


My hat.

Just a few more minutes
and I'’ll be ready.

My hat.

You'’re gonna see
your grandma today.

That'’s why we're all dressed
up in our Sunday best.

We have to look special
for the most special grandma

in the world.

Oh, Rose,
you'’re gonna love her.

She'’s the most...


My baby...


I'’ve missed you so.

Me, too.

[Caroline] Rose.



It'’s so good to be home.



Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!

-Here'’s your bag, mister.
-Thank you, sir.

[driver grunts]

Anybody here?

I'’ll be right with you.

Yes, I do understand that,
doctor, yeah--

But the fact is--

-Excuse me.
-Uh, uh, just a moment.

I just wanted to check.
Do you have any
available rooms?

Yes, we do. Uh, I'’ll be,
uh, be just a moment,

Oh, there'’s no hurry,
I just wanted

to make sure you had a room.


I'’m sorry, doctor.

Uh, what I was saying
is that...

[sighs]'’s been over six months

since Harriet
went into the clinic,

and it seems to me
that we don'’t--

we don'’t know anything
more about her problem now

than we did then.

Yes, I, I-- I--

Yes, I understand
that, doctor.



All right.

Will you please tell
my wife that I'’ll--

I'’ll call her tonight?

Yes, I will. Thank you.



-Sorry to keep you waiting.
-That'’s perfectly all right.

I was just looking
at the menu.
How'’s the food?

Best restaurant
in Walnut Grove.

Of course,
it'’s the only one.

-It'’s good food, though.
-And the beds are firm,
I hope?

Well, see for yourself,
Mr.. uh...

-Coleson. Drew Coleson.
-Nels Oleson.

I'’ll get the key.

My wife and I
own this place.

She'’s been ill,
that'’s why I was
on the phone just now.

She'’s in the hospital
in Minneapolis.

I'’m sorry.

Yeah, we really miss her
around here.

This is my first trip
to your town.

-It'’s a nice place.
-How'’s business?

Very good, especially
since they started mining
over at Mesabi.

Oh, I'’m glad
to hear that.

You, uh, thinking
of doing some business here?

Yes, as a matter of fact,
I am.

What business are you in?

You might say
just about everything.

[violin music]

[music continues]

Thank you, thank you.

Pa, I missed hearing
you play.

Well, I'’m glad I thought
to bring my fiddle along.

I wish I could play
like that.
Don'’t you, Mr. Montague?

I did play
like that once.

-Yes, when I was
a small child.


Perhaps you'’d like to honor
us with a little tune.

Ooh, no, no, no, really.
It'’s been years.

-Well, I didn'’t think so.
But if you insist...

"Flight of the Bumblebee"]

[music continues]

Oh, dear,
I was quite rusty,
wasn'’t I?

N-- no. I-- I didn'’t think
you were rusty at all.

I-- I can'’t believe
you haven'’t played
in years.

Yes. [clears throat]

But the violin is a bit
easier for me to pick up

as opposed to, say,
the, uh, French horn.

A-- are you telling me
you play the French horn,

I play all the instruments,
including such ancient ones

as the sitar and the lyre.

[chuckles] Well,
that'’s, that's amazing!

Isn'’t it?
It certainly came in handy

when I was conducting
the London Philharmonic.


Uh, well, [clears throat]
Mr. Edwards,

perhaps you and I
should adjourn
for a game of checkers

and allow our hosts
some time with their family.

[chuckles] Yeah,
Mr. Montague is teachin'’ me

how to lose gracefully.

I'’ll see you in the mornin'.

Sure was a dumb song
you were playin'’.

-Yeah, sure was.

-Nobody can dance
a lick to it.

I told you
he could do everything.

Well, now I believe you.

-I better get to the dishes.
-I'’ll help you.

Nope. When I come
to your place,
I'’m not gonna help you.

[knocking on door]

I'’ll get it.

John, come on in.

I'’m not disturbing anything,
am I?

No, not at all. Pa'’s here.

-Charles, good to see you.
-[Charles] Hey, John.

Oh, it'’s good to see you.
How you'’ve been?

You remember my wife,
Caroline, don'’t you?

Yes. Ma'’am,
it'’s been a while.

Yes, it has.

Well, I won'’t take up
any of your visiting time.

I-- I just dropped by to see

if Isaiah could watch
the place for a week.

I'’ve got a shipment
to take up to Mesabi,

and Sarah'’s gonna go along
and do a story
on the new field.

I'’m sure he'd be glad to.
I'’ll go up and get him.

Almanzo, wait a minute.

Caroline, what do you say
we watch the house
for the week?

-Well, sure.

Don'’t you think
it'’d be kind of fun livin'

in the old place again?

Charles, I'’m not gonna
take the boys,

so I'’m not sure
it'’s gonna be as quiet
as you might like.

Oh, don'’t worry about that,
they'’re full grown.

They'’d be no trouble.

Come on,
it'’d be like old times.

For the week, huh?
What do you say?

Well... I'’d love to.


[Nancy] Father! Father!

[Nels] Yes, Nancy.

-[Nancy] Father!
-[Nels] What?

Jason'’s selling
Easter bunnies,
and I want one.

They'’re cents.

Well, you can'’t have one.

Why not?

You know perfectly well
why not.

You got a bunny last year,
and what happened to it?

I don'’t remember.

Well, let me refresh
your memory.

You played with it
for two days, and then
you forget about it.

You didn'’t give it
any water or food,
and it died.

Do you remember now?

It was only a rabbit.

It was a pet.

And pets
are a responsibility.

I'’m sorry, Jason.
I hope you understand.

I sure do, sir.

If I'’d known that,
I wouldn'’t have offered

to sell her one.

You'’re just like him.
You hate me, too.

I hate to say this,
Mr. Oleson,

but your daughter
is awful strange.

I know, Jason, I know.

See ya.

[carriage rattling]

-Mr. Oleson.
[Nels] Good morning,
Mr. Coleson.

-How ya doin'’ today?
-Oh, I'’m fine, thank you.

Say, I wondered if I might,
uh, use your telephone.

I'’ll get the operator
for you.

I'’m familiar
with switchboards.
I can get the number.

The call is rather private.

Suit yourself.
You know where it is.

Yes, thank you.

[telephone rings]

Hello? Yes, he is.

Who? Just a minute.

It'’s for you,
a Drew Coleson.

I'’ll take it.

Drew. No, no, no, no, fine.
Go ahead.

Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

How many?


All right.

Reserve me a room
at the hotel for Saturday.

They'’ll all be
in church on Sunday.

That'’s as good a time
as any to tell them.


Good news?

Excellent news.

Mr. Ingalls?

-Mr. Ingalls?
-[Charles] Huh?

Charles, what is it?

I'’m sorry, Caroline.

-Jeb, what is it?

Jason'’s not in his bed.

Well, he'’s probably
in the outhouse.

He'’s been gone
too long for that.

I'’m gettin' worried.

All right.
I'’ll go look for him.
You go on back to bed.


-Romantic, isn'’t it?

Be right back.

So you don'’t have to worry.

Nancy won'’t be gettin'
one of you.

And neither will anybody
else who doesn'’t promise

to take good care of you.

I know you'’re gonna miss me,
and I'’ll miss you, too.

But you'’ve got
to understand.

I need a way to make
some money to buy stuff
for my ma and pa,

so they'’ll see
that I'’m grown up.

Jason, you'’re not gonna
grow up at all

if you don'’t get some sleep.

What are you doin'’ here,
Mr. Ingalls?

Your brother woke me up.
He was worried about you.

He wasn'’t worried.
He just wanted to get me
in trouble.

Oh, come on now, Jason,
you don'’t mean that.

I sure do.

Don'’t take this wrong,
Mr. Ingalls,

but I know my brother
better than you do.

[chuckles] Well,
I'’m sure you do, Jason,

but I still think
he was worried about you.

I guess you'’ve never had
an older brother.

Oh, no, hold on.
That'’s where you're wrong.
I did, too.

And he treated you nice?

You know, sometimes.

But most of the time
he told me what to do

'’cause I was too little
to do anything about it.

You see, older brothers
are all alike.

A bunch of bullies.

Well, you know,

I think sometimes they do it
'’cause they're scared.

Scared of what?

Oh, scared that
maybe their Ma and Pa
might love

their little brother
more than they do them.

That'’s dumb.

Well, I don'’t think so.
Now just think about it
for a minute.

I mean, here-- here
was your brother.

He had the whole family
all to himself,

and along came you.

Now, you know
how moms and pops are
about little babies.

I mean,
they'’re pickin' '’em up
all the time,

tell '’em how cute they are,
give '’em all that lovin'.

That'’s enough
to make a body get
a little bit jealous,

I think.

I suppose. I never really
thought of it that way.

You really think
he was worried about me?

I'’m sure of it.

-You know what I think?

I think you and I
better get some sleep.

-You'’re right.
-Good boy.

-Mr. Ingalls.

I'’m glad we had this talk.

So am I, Jason.
Now, come on,
let'’s get to bed.


Jeb, Jeb, wake up.

Jason, I'’m sleepin'.
What do you want?

I just wanna tell you
not to be jealous.

What are you talkin'’ about?

You know, bein'’ jealous

because Ma and Pa love me
more than they do you.

I'’m sure they don't,

but thanks for worrying
about me.

[chuckles] I don'’t know
what you'’re talkin' about.

And I wasn'’t worried
about you.

Oh, come on,
sure you were.

Why else would you wake up
Mr. Ingalls

and have him come look
for me?

'’Cause I thought
he'’d give it to you good,
that'’s why.

Now go to sleep.


Why do kids listen
to grown-ups?

[Alden] Arvin Tidwell

will be celebrating
his th birthday
on Wednesday.

Now, I think he'’d like it
if some of his neighbors

would stop by that day.

Oh, Madge Thorn
had a baby girl yesterday--

little Lisa Jean.

Now, if any of you have
any old baby clothes,

I'’m sure Madge
and her husband

would appreciate
your droppin'’ them by.

And don'’t forget
the picnic after church.

And any of you here
who want to go,

but didn'’t bring any food,
don'’t worry,
there'’ll be plenty.

Oh, before
our closing prayer,

I would like you to meet
a stranger to our town,

Mr. Lassiter,
and he'’s asked if he
could make an announcement

that he says will be
important to our town.

Mr. Lassiter.

Thank you, Reverend.

And thank you
for allowing me this moment.

Well, I'’d like
to introduce myself.

My name is Nathan Lassiter,

and I'’m President
of Lassiter and Company.

We'’re what you might call

a land development company.

One of my men, Drew Coleson,
has been among you
for some time now

and has brought me back
glowing reports
about you all.

Now, this may come
as somewhat of a shock
to you,

but please hear me out.

As you know,
the land that this town
was built upon

was originally
reservation land,

but when the treaty
with the Sioux collapsed,

this land and, indeed,
much of the land

surrounding Hero Township
was divided up.

It was not homesteading land
as many of you believed.

[indistinct murmur]

What I'’m saying is

that it really boils down
to the fact

that Lassiter and Company
owns the property

upon which
this town has been built.

[indistinct murmur]

[Isaiah] What is this,
some kind of joke?

No, sir, it is not.

I have the deeds
to back it up.

Me and my family
have been here for years.

You'’re tellin' me
after all that work,
you own it?

Please, sir, please,
please listen to me.

I understand your feelings,
but we have no intention,

of course,
of forcing you all to move.

We understand
what you'’ve built here,

how hard
you'’ve worked for it.

And there'’s no reason
for you not to go

right on building.

Now, wait a minute,
what is all this talk about?

You want somethin'’,
what is it?

There'’s no reason for you
not to go on working

just as you'’ve
always worked, sir.

The only difference
is that you'’ll be working
for me

as salaried employees.

as salaried employees?

What is he talking about?

Quiet! Quiet, please!

Mr. Lassiter, as president
of the Town Council,

I think I speak
for all our members

when I say that
we didn'’t build
our lives here

to have it run
by some outsider.

You may think
we'’re just a bunch of hicks,

but hicks stick together.

We will fight this
in the court
until the bitter end!


As you wish, sir.

I shall leave copies
of the maps
and the deeds for you.

Please take them
to the Council.

You'’ll find
that they'’re genuine.

I shall return
at the end of the week

and make individual
working arrangements

with each
and every one of you.


[indistinct murmur]

[instrumental music]

[children clamoring]

I just don'’t know.
The deeds look legal,

but I can'’t believe
the law would uphold

something like this.

there'’s only one answer.
We need an attorney.

Anyone have a suggestion?

there'’s Burton and Davis.

That'’s the firm
my son-in-law used
to work for.

They'’ve got
a good reputation.

-All in favor.
-[All] Aye.

All right,
Burton and Davis it is.

I'’ll leave for Sleepy Eye
in the morning.

Charles, you know them.
Would you come with me?

I'’d be glad to.

What if these lawyers
say he'’s right?

what are we gonna do then?

is % of the law.

Now, if they want
to get tough, we'’ll show 'em

how tough we can get.

Now, hold on.

We just came from church,
and you'’re all set

to start fightin'’.

What do you want us to do,

Just, uh, say, "Come on in

and take everything
we'’ve worked for?"

Well, of course not.

But what I do say
is go through
the proper channels.

You know,
there are laws
in this country,

laws to protect the people.

And what if they don'’t?

They will.

Let'’s all bow our heads
and silently pray
for guidance

and for forgiveness
for our anger.


Well, gentlemen, I wish
I had better news for you,

but I'’m afraid
Mr. Lassiter and Company

has done quite a job
in setting this up.

You mean he has
a legal right to this town?

He can just come in
and take it over?

Legally, he has every right.
Morally, he doesn'’t.

However, the court will only
concern itself, I'’m afraid,

with the legal aspects
of the case.

I can'’t believe it.

I can'’t believe
the law would be
that unfair.

Neither could the Indians,

who were originally
given this land.

Then there'’s nothing
we can do?

Not legally.

I don'’t know
what to tell you.

I only wish
I could'’ve been
of more help.

Walnut Grove is not going
to give in without a fight,

that I can tell you.

Thank you for your time.

Charles, I know
there'’s gonna be trouble,

and I know Lassiter.

He can be rough,
very rough.

I know.

I finished the dishes.
Are you coming up?

In a few minutes.

Why are you cleaning
that r*fle?

Beth, we'’ve been
all through this.

You'’ve been through it!

I asked you not to buy it,
and you went

right ahead
and did it anyway.

Beth, I'’m not gonna let
someone come in here

and just take away
my property.

[sighs] He'’s not gonna
take it away.

He said you could work
on it same as always.

It'’s mine, it's not his.

I'’m not gonna be a sl*ve
on my own property.

And you'’d use that g*n
to stop him?

-Answer me!

Yes, I would if I had to!

[Jason] I don'’t know
what we'’re gonna do.

We haven'’t sold
a single rabbit
since this all started.

Folks ain'’t thinkin' much
about Easter right now.

Yeah. What do you think
is gonna happen?

-I don'’t know,
but I'’m scared.
-Yeah, me, too.

Hey, look.

That'’s Lassiter, all right.

He said he'’d be back today.

He'’s headin'
for the Wilders.

We gotta warn '’em in town.
Come on.

Reverend Aldin!

-What'’s wrong?
-Lassiter and his men.

We saw '’em ridin' over
to the Wilders.

It'’s started.

All right,
spread the word in town.

Tell '’em to go out
to Almanzo'’s place.

I'’ll head out there now.
And remember, "no g*n."

[horse neighs]

[g*n cocks]

Is that necessary?

We'’ll find out.

[horse snorts]

-Mr. Almanzo Wilder?
-That'’s me.

A pleasure.

Well, you have
quite a place here.

That'’s right.
And I intend to keep it.

Let'’s stop the thr*at,
Mr. Wilder.

I came here on business.

Now, I'’ve calculated
a salary--

I don'’t think
you heard me.

I said this is my place,
and I want you
off of my land.

You are being
rather foolish.

Of course I am.
I'’m nothin'
but a dumb farmer.

Now, get off my land!

I'’m afraid you give
Mr. Lassiter no choice.

This is a court order
for you to quit the premises

in hours.

Or what?

Or I'’m afraid you will be
removed bodily.

It'’s legal.

Yes, sir, quite a place.

Forty-eight hours,
Mr. Wilder.


Hey, get him,
get him off me!

Get him off me,
get him off me...

Don'’t take my land!

Just-- just hold him.
Just hold him.


Leave him alone!

Stay out of it!



[men grunting]

Let him go!

[men grunting]


[Rose bawling]


[Rose bawling]

Get off this property now.

I mean it.

Let'’s go.

We'’ll be back here
on Friday.

You tell them all that.

I came here to be fair,
but you wouldn'’t listen
to me.

Now you'’re gonna do
as I say and get out.

You tell them all that.

[horses galloping]



[indistinct conversation]

I'’ve heard these things
so many times.

He who lives by the sword
will die by the sword.

Well, somebody gotta have
a sword, don'’t they?

[indistinct conversation]

-Doc, how is he?
-A couple of broken ribs.

He'’ll be all right.
What'’s going on?

They'’re making plans
for Friday.

A show of force
when Lassiter comes
into town.


Yeah, I'’m afraid so.

The reverend tried
to talk them out of it,
but it'’s no use.

You can'’t bluff a man
like Lassiter,
you know that.

You gotta try, doc.

I'’m with you.

I don'’t understand
any of you.

No piece of land is worth
losing your life over.

You'’re right.
You don'’t understand.


Don'’t go to town Friday.

I have to.


Because it'’s my fight, too.

Walnut Grove
is still our home.

We watched our family
grow up here.

I just can'’t be turnin'
my back on it now.

You can'’t win.

I know.

But if folks don'’t stand up
to people like Lassiter,

it'’s just--
it'’s just like sayin'

"Go ahead,
take what you want."

And sometimes
you have to fight for
what you believe is right.

Our country was founded
on that belief.

You know what I'’m saying,
don'’t you?

Yes, I do.

I do.

[machine whirring]



[Jason] Ms. Plum?

Yes, Jason?

I have to use the outhouse.

I don'’t want anyone
going outside.

But, Ms. Plum, I have to.
I can'’t wait!

All right, but I want you
to come right back inside.

Yes, ma'’am.

[Etta] Jason!

Use the other door.

Yes, ma'’am.

Class, go on
with your reading.

[machine whirring]

You'’re not welcome here,

I want no trouble.

I'’ve got legal papers
for all of you here.

I said you'’re
not welcome here.

That'’s strong talk
considering the fact

that you'’re standing
in the middle of my street,
in my town.

I'’m surprised to see you
involved in this, Reverend.

I'’ve done my best
to stop this, Mr. Lassiter,
but I couldn'’t.

Now, I ask you all
to sit down peacefully

and discuss this matter.

There'’s nothing
to discuss.

This is my property.
I want you off it.

And how do you propose
to get us off?

Getting you off
isn'’t my job.

[horse neighing]

Good morning, gentlemen.
I'’m Colonel Forbes.

The town have
a spokesman or mayor?

I'’m Nels Oleson,
head of the Town Council.

Mr. Oleson,
I'’ve been sent here
to ensure

the peaceable takeover
of this property.


we have spent our lives
building this place up.

We are not going
to stand aside

and let it be stolen
from us.

I understand how you feel,
sir, and please believe me

when I say that
I don'’t like it
any better than you do.

But that doesn'’t
alter the fact that
I still have a job to do.

You better understand
we ain'’t gonna give up
without a fight.


I'’m Reverend Aldin.

There'’s a lot of anger
here today.

If we could just
sit down and talk...

Mr. Lassiter,
lives could be lost today

if you don'’t listen
to reason.

Law is reason, Reverend.

Colonel, get on with it.

I'’ve been instructed...

to have all residents
of Walnut Grove

be removed
from their business

by sundown today.

By God, you'’ve got
a fight on your hands.

Column, dismount!

Ready positions!


in the name
of the United States Army,

I demand
you give up your w*apon.

You can see, I have a lot
of young men in my command,

and their lives
are my responsibility.

Now, don'’t force me
to give an order

that'’ll create bloodshed.

Needless bloodshed.

You would only delay
the inevitable.

He'’s right.

I know how you all feel,
but he'’s right.

We can'’t f*re
against the Army.

It makes no sense
to die for a lost cause.

Sergeant, form a detail
to collect the w*apon.

They'’ll be kept
until you'’re ready to leave.

We'’ve made no preparations
to leave.

We'’ve got to have
some time.

They'’re to be
out of here today.

Give us till Sunday.

It'’s Easter.

Let us worship together
one more time

before we have to say

Colonel, I want them
out of here now!

We'’ll give you
till Sunday afternoon.

Thank you.

Please understand,

I'’m only doin'
as I'’m ordered.

Mount up!

Oh! Oh!

Thank heaven
you'’re all right.

I saw Lassiter go
by the house with soldiers.

What happened?

It'’s over.

Everybody has to be out
by Sunday afternoon.

Oh, no.

It'’s just so hard
to believe.

I know.

I talked to Almanzo,
he'’d like to go back with us

until he can get
another homestead together.

The poor boy,
he cried like a baby.


He isn'’t the first one
to have to leave
and start all over.

They'’ll make it.

We did.

That'’s right, we did.

I'’ve got some coffee on.

That sounds good.

We'’re gonna have a meeting
after services tonight.

The trouble'’s over though,
isn'’t it?

Oh, yeah,
uh, it'’s just a gathering

to see if anybody
needs help moving.

Lot to do in a short time.

I'’ll go over
and give Laura a hand.

[carriage rattling]

I hate to tell the Carters.
They love it here.

Sorry to be gone so long,

but I got another shipment.

I had to swing around
through Dawson

to pick it up.

Dynamite for the iron mine.

They'’re payin' double
to haul it.

Were the children good?

Yeah, they were fine.

Something'’s wrong, Charles.
What is it?

Are the children
all right?

Ah, your boys
are all right.

Look, why don'’t you come on
in the house,

and I'’ll tell you
all about it?

I'’m afraid he'll be here
in about an hour

to pick up the furniture.

[plates shatter]

[sobbing] I'’m sorry.
I just have to let it out.

I know. I know.
I'’ve already had my turn.

We'’ve been through worse,
you know?

-And we'’ve been just fine.
-I know that.

It'’s-- I don't know why...

I'’m just so angry.

Manly, I'’m really angry.

I know how you and Pa feel
about this land.

It'’s ours
and they'’re stealing it,
and I'’m really angry!

That Lassiter'’s
gonna come in
and use our house.

Our house!

I'’ve never been so angry
in my whole life!

Then let it out!
Just let it out!


[glass shattering]

All right, then,
the Turners will load

Ms. Foster'’s things
on their wagon.

[Turner] I don'’t know
if I have enough room
for all her things.

Well, there'’s plenty
of room in my wagon
if you need it.

Thank you, Isaiah.

I'’d like to take a moment
to talk to you.

Times like these test
our faith.

Why does God allow
a man like Lassiter
to exist?

Why doesn'’t the Lord
intercede on our behalf?

Now, we'’re good Christians.

Why are we the ones
to suffer at the hands
of a man like this?

They'’re not easy questions
to answer.

But the fact is...

evil does exist
in this world,

and it always will.

But I believe...

with God on our side...

we will survive...

and we'’ll prosper...

for faith and love are
the strongest w*apon
in the world.

We must hold those w*apon
high in times like these

just as we have
in the past.

We'’ve felt the power
of love in this town
many times.

When adversity struck,
we pulled together.

We have felt
the caring friends.

We have felt something...

that a man like Lassiter
will never feel.

And we thank God for that.

Well, I'’m feeling something
a little different,

And I'’ll tell you
what I'’m feeling. Anger!

Do you think I don'’t?

Do you think that just
because I am a minister,

I don'’t feel those things?

Of course, I do.

But he owns the land.

What good is it to worry
about something
that is past...

when we have the future
to look to?

[Isaiah] No,
Lassiter'’s got the future.

He moves in here
and runs the businesses

that we'’ve sweated over
for years.

Well, why let him?

There'’s something
we can do.

I got mad today,
really mad.

And you know what I did?
I busted some windows.

Yeah. It may sound silly,
well, maybe it is.

But they were our windows

and he'’s not gonna get them.

He owns the land.
Well, let him have it.

But he'’s gonna have
an awful lot of fixin'’ up
to do

before he starts runnin'’
our boarding house.

[John] Listen here.

You wanna do more
than bust a couple
of windows?

I got a wagon at my place
loaded to the gills

with dynamite
for the mine.

All right, by God.

Lassiter wants
to k*ll our town.

The least we can do
is bury it!

Well, what do you say?


That'’s right. Sunday.


Well, I think it would be
wise for you to be there.

Of course.

Oh, good. Good.

All right. We'’ll see you
there then. Buh-bye.

Mayor Stovale
will be there.

Good. That'’s all
of them, then.

I think it'’s smart
for all of them to see

what'’s happening
in Walnut Grove.

That'’ll make
the takeover of their towns
a whole lot easier.

They'’ll find out
for themselves.

Either work
for Lassiter and Company

or they get out.

I propose a toast.

To the king
of Hero Township.

I like that, Drew.
I like that a lot.

-That'’s the last of 'em.

I was so proud
of you tonight.

You should have been.

I kind of reminded myself
of you.


Yeah, you.

Yeah, I remember when things
got hard for us
for a while...

like, when we had to leave
our home in Kansas...

you never let it break you.

You'’d sure get mad,
but you'’d never give up.

We had your pa there.

Oh, I know.

I also know he
never could have done it
without you.

You are his strength.

All my life
I wanted to be like you.

So you see, I'’m the one
who should be proud...

'’cause if I didn't have
a ma like you...

I wouldn'’t be me.

You'’re right, you know?

They couldn'’t have done it
without us.

[both laugh]

[bell tolling]

Jeb, Jason,
get in the wagon.

I'’ll never forget
this little house.

Nor will I.


We'’re all set here.

I'’ll go see
how father'’s doin'.


Yes, right after church.

We should be home
by Thursday.

I will.

I will.

We love you.

I know. I'’ll tell him.

Give Aunt Tess
a hug for me.

Me, too.


Children all right?

They'’re fine.

They said to tell you
how sorry they are...

about the town.

Well, we better go.

Dear Lord...

we bury a friend today.

This town has been
our friend.

It'’s made us a family.

It'’s kept us together.

Wherever we go
in this world...

we will always remember
Walnut Grove.

It will always be home
to us.




[detonator creaks]

[detonator creaks]

[wind gusting]

[detonator creaks]

[detonator creaks]


Stop the coach.

What the hell?

Get up there.

keep the troops here.

I promise you,
you'’ll not get away
with this!

Get away with what?


I want every person here

On what charge?

They'’ve destroyed my town!

[Isaiah] Excuse me.

Our town.

Now, you might own
all of this land,

but what was on it
is ours,

to do with
what we saw fit.

[mayor ]
Is that right, Colonel?

That'’s right.
No law'’s been broken here.

[mayor ] Lassiter...

I don'’t know
how these other men feel,

but as mayor of Hinton,
I want you to know that

this is what
you'’re gonna get

if you try to take
over our town.

And that goes
for Tillman.

[mayor ] That goes
for all of us!

Thank God.

Did you hear?

Walnut Grove
did not die in vain!

[all cheering]

♪ Onward
Christian soldiers ♪

♪ Marching as to w*r

♪ With the cross of Jesus

♪ Going on before

♪ Christ the royal master

♪ Leads against the foe

♪ Forward into battle

♪ See His banners go

♪ Onward
Christian soldiers ♪

♪ Marching as to w*r

♪ With the cross of Jesus

♪ Going on before

♪ Onward
Christian soldiers... ♪
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