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Starring Michael Landon (as Charles Ingalls) & Karen Grassle (as Caroline Ingalls)

Season 6 (NBC) (1979-80)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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NBC Mondays 8:00-9:00pm Eastern

Two new regular cast members added:
Dean Butler as Almanzo Wilder, Laura's future husband
Lucy Lee Flippin as Eliza Jane Wilder, a schoolteacher

6.1 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
BACK TO SCHOOL (Part 1)
17-Sep-1979
Written & Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Sunshine Parker .... Workman
Dan McBride .... Customer #1
David Murdock .... Customer #2
There is a new teacher in Walnut Grove...Ms. Wilder. Her brother, Almonzo, is Laura's love. She schemes to have him drive
her to school, and she carves their names in a tree. Everything is going fine until Nellie invites Almonzo to dinner.
Laura is crushed. However, she gets back at Nellie when she volunteers to make dinner, and instead of using cinnamon in
the cinnamon chicken, she uses red pepper. Nellie had said that she made the dinner, so Almonzo no longer comes near her.

6.2 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
BACK TO SCHOOL (Part 2)
24-Sep-1979
Written & Directed by Michael Landon
Laura has fallen in live with Almanzo and wants him to notice her. She decides to take the graduation test so that she
may graduate, and therefore, appear older. She turns to Nellie for help. Nellie loans her the books she needs to study for
the examination. However Nellie is still upset about the Almanzo chicken fiasco so she gives Laura the wrong study tips.
Laura discovers this during the examination and fails. She confronts Nellie and they get into a fight, rolling in a big
mud puddle. Almanzo seperates them and takes Laura home with him to help her clean up Nellie goes home and tells Caroline
and Charles about the fight, and about Laura leaving with Almanzo. Thinking the worst, Charles drives over to his place
and punches Almanzo because he believes Almanzo has taken advantage of his daughter, as Laura is dressed in Almanzo's
robe while waiting for her clothes to dry. Almanzo doesn't blame Charles for wanting to protect his little girl. Laura
yells at both of them and declares she is a woman not a child.

6.3 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
THE FAMILY TREE
1-Oct-1979
Written by Vince Gutierrez
Directed by William F. Claxton
Guest Cast:
Ken Letner .... Mr. Tilley
Dolores Mann .... Mrs. Tilley
Michael Pataki .... Jeremy Quinn
John Zaremba .... Judge Adams
Richard Lockmiller .... Jacob
Tiger Williams .... Simon
Orville Sherman .... Headmaster
Naomi White .... Receptionist
As an assignment, each student must trace their family tree. Albert, being adopted has no idea who his family is. Nellie
and Willie give Albert a hard time, and this persuades him to go find his father. After finding his fathers grave, Charles
adopts Albert and Albert now has a family to put in his family tree.

6.4 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
THE THIRD MIRACLE
8-Oct-1979
Teleplay by John T. Dugan; Story by Kenneth Hunter
Directed by
Guest Cast:
Leslie Landon .... Marge
James Jeter .... Blacksmith
Troy Melton .... Stage Driver
Alex Sharp .... Rider #1
Mary saves the life of a pregnant woman and her unborn child after a terrible stagecoach accident.

6.5 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
ANNABELLE
15-Oct-1979
Written by Del Reisman
Directed by William F. Claxton
Guest Cast:
Harriett Gibson .... Annabelle
Ken Berry .... London
Wendy Schaal .... Christie Norton
Billy Barty .... Owen
D. White .... Roscue
Carol Buckley .... Elephant Trainer
Tara The Elephant .... Herself
The Great John L. .... Strong Man
Sandy Gross .... Tumbler
Paula Crist .... Tumbler
Russ Saunders .... Tumbler
Bob Yerkes .... Tumbler
Dorothea Sabina Nock .... Rope Walker
Nate Stein .... Rope Walker
John Hayes .... Stilt Clown
Robert Wexler .... Clown #1
Carl Carlsson .... Clown #2
Danny Rees .... Clown #3
A circus has come to town. All the children are helping set up. However, Nels is staying away from the circus. The fat lady,
Annabelle, is his long lost sister. No one believes him except Harriet, who makes it very clear that she doesn't want
anyone to know. Harriet makes Nels be the announcer of the circus, and as he announces the fat lady, he says, "My sister,
Annabelle." These three words put the siblings back together for years to come.

6.6 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
THE PREACHER TAKES A WIFE
22-Oct-1979
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Maury Dexter
Guest Cast:
William Schallert .... Dean Harmon
Iris Korn .... Anna Craig
Jon Lormer .... Jeremy Tyler
Mrs. Craig likes Reverend Alden, and invites him for dinner. They want to get married but Mrs. Oleson interferes and
threatens them that if they get married she will take away Reverend Alden's job. In the end, Mrs. Craig and Reverend
Alden marry.

6.7 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
THE HALLOWEEN DREAM
29-Oct-1979
Written & Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Philip Carey .... Commander Kaiser
Frank DeKova .... Chief Kilowatt
Hiawatha Hood .... Chief Big Wolf
Henry K. Bal .... Chief Sly Fox
Dick Alexander .... Sargeant
Dawn Biglay .... Taha
Rosa Hamilton .... Tiny Pebbles
Clint Lilley .... Son of Running Bull
George Aguilar .... Brave #1
Bryson G. Liberty .... Brave #2
Ramon Chavez .... Brave #3
Albert dreams that he and Laura are captured by Indians.

6.8 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
THE RETURN OF MR. EDWARDS
5-Nov-1979
Written by Arthur Heinemann
Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Kyle Richards .... Alicia Edwards
Eddie Quillan .... Shorty
Charles and Laura rush to the aid of Mr. Edwards.

6.9 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
THE KING IS DEAD
12-Nov-1979
Written & Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Ray Walston .... Jimmy Hart
Leo Gordon .... Milo Stavroupolis
Nora Meerbaum .... Anna Stavroupolis
John Rupert Yates .... Hans Mueller
Carl Pitti .... Carl
Lee Generaux .... N.D. Man
Frank X. Alten .... Swamper
Jennifer Rhodes .... Nurse
Charles Julian .... Bookie
Warner McKay .... Postal Clerk
Roy Gaintner .... Farmer #1
A con artist convinces Jonathan that he's good enough to become the next world champion wrestler.

6.10 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
THE FAITH HEALER
19-Nov-1979
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Maury Dexter
Guest Cast:
James Olson .... Reverend Jacob Danforth
Marian O. Gibson .... Mrs. Adams
Tom Rosqui .... Matthew Dobbs
Joey Seifers .... Timothy Dobbs
Fred Ashley .... N.D. Man
Francesca Jarvin .... Hilda
Hank Kendrick .... Crippled Man
Carol Norton .... Near Blind Woman
Roy Gunzberg .... Stablemaster
Jim Weirs .... Man #1
Mike T. Powert .... Boy #1
James Jarnigin .... Boy #2
A faith healer comes to Walnut Grove, and people prefer him over Reverend Alden and Doc Baker. It turns out that he is
fake, and as a result of this, a boy dies of a ruptured appendix because the father believed in the faith healer.

6.11 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
AUTHOR, AUTHOR
26-Nov-1979
Written by Carole & Michael Raschella
Directed by William F. Claxton
Guest Cast:
Barry Sullivan .... Frederick Holbrook
Babs Bram .... Dowager
Ron Chapman .... Bates
Dan Priest .... Station Master
While Caroline's parents are traveling on the train from the Big Woods to Walnut Grove, Caroline's mother dies. When her
father reaches the Ingall's farm, he is in so much grief that he takes to the sod house for weeks. The only person who
can get him to come out is Albert, when he invites him to go fishing. While fishing, Caroline's father tells Albert
stories about when he was raising his children in the Big Woods. Charles persuades him to write them down but they only
problem is that the publisher wants $32.00 to publish the book. The Ingalls work very hard to raise the money, and everyone
is happy when the book gets published. Caroline's Pa then returns to the Big Woods as a published author.

6.12 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
CROSSED CONNECTIONS
10-Dec-1979
Written by Don Balluck
Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Royal Dano .... Harold
Marie Denn .... Alice's Mother
Sanford Gibbons .... Gregory
Tom Pletts .... Customer
Todd Keller .... Lineman
Dave Morick .... First Technician
John Flynn .... Second Technician
Because of an eavesdropping Harriet, Jonathan Garvey learns his wife, Alice, was previously married. Angry and hurt, he
punishes her with silence, and ultimately leaves. While on a delivery with Charles, Jonathan anonymously meets Alice's
ex-husband and learns how he ruined his life. Jonathan realizes how much his wife means to him and returns home to ask
for her forgiveness.

6.13 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
THE ANGRY HEART
17-Dec-1979
Written by Del Reisman
Directed by William F. Claxton
Guest Cast:
Richard Donat .... Joe Dortmunder
Mary Hamill .... Edna Dortmunder
Timothy Wead .... Tod Dortmunder
Malcolm Atterbury .... Brewster Davenport
Susan French .... Virginia Davenport
Gene Dynarski .... Jedediah
John Furlong .... Cop
Mary Gross .... Edna
Clyde A. Harper .... Gambler
Richard Kennedy .... Sheriff
Ricky Segal .... Young Tod
A long time ago a boy named Todd had a drunk Pa who beat him up. Now aged 17, Todd visits his grandparents in Walnut Grove.
He is mean to all the residents, hits his grandfather, and finally steals Charles' watch and goes to Mankato. Charles has
him put in jail overnight, and then makes him work at his farm. Todd learns his lesson and becomes nice.

6.14 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
THE WAREWOLF OF WALNUT GROVE
7-Jan-1980
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Guest Cast:
Patricia Donahue .... Mrs. Slater
Sandy Ward .... Bart Slater
Tod Thompson .... Bartholomew Slater
Harry Pugh .... Jenkins
Elmore Vincent .... Old Man
Albert and Laura decide the best way to deal with the Walnut Grove's bully is to convince him that the full moon turns
Albert into a dangerous warewolf.

6.15 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CLASS OF '56
14-Jan-1980
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Mary Elizabeth Corrigan .... Clementina Hyde
Liam Sullivan .... Dillon Hyde
Lynn Benesch .... Amy Sawyer/Phillips
Ken Norris .... Thaddeus Sawyer
Lynn Cartwright .... Florence Platz/Garner
John Lawrence .... Jacob Platz
Jean Howell .... Hattie Cupps/Simpson
James Gallery .... Arnie Cupps
Phillip Pine .... Winthrop Morgan
Colin Drake .... Senator
Conrad Bachmann .... Farmer
J. Edward McKinley .... Conductor
Damian London .... Waiter
Lynn Seibel .... Bellboy
Woody Tracy .... Bellboy
John Wyler .... Clerk
Charles and Caroline go to a farmers convention where they hope to get reacquainted with old friends. There, Charles tries
to convince the small farmers to stand up to the big collective farms. Caroline becomes upset when she sees how unhappy her
friends have become, one of whose husband flirts with her. They are happy to leave the convention and return home to their
little house full of love.

6.16 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
DARKNESS IS MY FRIEND
21-Jan-1980
Written by Vince Gutierrez
Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Jonathan Banks .... Jed (Frank of "Wiseguy" fame)
Larry Golden .... Abel
James McIntire .... Jake
Toni Mele .... Kim
J. Edward McKinley .... Conductor
J.S. 'Joe' Young .... Head Guard
Wayne Grace .... Guard
It was a dark and stormy night when escaped convicts took refuge at the blind school. With Hester Sue and Adam out of town,
Laura and Mary are held captives, along with the blind students. Sent to fetch a doctor, Laura gets her Pa. Charles pretends
to be Doc Baker and is able to disarm the escaped convicts.

6.17 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
SILENT PROMISES
28-Jan-1980
Written by Carole & Michael Raschella
Directed by Maury Dexter
Guest Cast:
Alban Branton .... Daniel Page
Lou Fant .... Nathan Page
Gaye Nelson .... Sara
A deaf boy is able to communicate when Laura teaches him sign language. He falls in-love with her and Laura pretends to
love him back so as not to hurt him. However, she can't live with that lie and tells him the truth.

6.18/6.19 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
MAY WE MAKE THEM PROUD (2hr. episode)
4-Feb-1980
Written & Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Bill Calvert .... Clay Mays
Tobias Andersen .... Hank Mays
Gil Lamb .... Harlan Potts
Paul Barselou .... Herb Gooder
John Zaremba .... Judge Adams
Dan McBride .... Henry
Dago Dimster .... Tim
Ken Hill .... Lawyer
Tom Kindle .... Jason
Naomi White .... Secretary
During a picnic at the blind school, Albert and a friend accidentally leave a smoking pipe in the basement. Later that
night, a fire erupts throughout the school. Caught and killed in the blaze are Alice Garvey and Mary's baby. Mary goes
into a state of shock. Albert blames himself for the deaths but is afraid to come forward. Jonathan Garvey is having a
hard time dealing with his wife's death and blames God. Charles talks to Jonathan and helps him deal with his loss. When
Albert tries to comfort Mary, he brings her out of her shock. Frightened, he runs away. Jonathan finds him and is able
to help Albert deal with the guilt.

6.20 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
WILDER AND WILDER
11-Feb-1980
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Maury Dexter
Guest Cast:
Charles Bloom .... Perley Day Wilder
Stacey Sipes .... Penelope Parker
Bill Cross .... Mr. Parker
Kay Howell .... Mrs. Parker
James Jeter .... Blacksmith
Almanzo's youngest brother Perley comes to Walnut Grove. Always the troublemaker, Perley breaks his promise to be good and
injures one of Almanzo's best horses. Then Almanzo tries his best to save the horse and Charles gains a new respect for
him. Almanzo begins to see Laura through new and interested eyes, and Laura is ecstatic.

6.21 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
SECOND SPRING
18-Feb-1980
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by William F. Claxton
Guest Cast:
Tom Clancy .... Dan Reardon
Suzanne Rogers .... Molly Reardon
Unable to tolerate Harriet any longer, Nels decides to travel out of town to peddle his goods. While on the road, he meets
the lovely young caretaker of a boarding house, Molly Maguire. They hit it off and Nels continues to make his trips out of
town. Nels kisses Molly, and gives her jewelry, telling Harriet he lost it. Then Charles catches Nels kissing Molly. In the
end, Nels has to tell the truth that he is happily married...mostly happy, anyway. When Nels returns home, he and Harriet
have a newfound appreciation for each other.

6.22 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
SWEET SIXTEEN
25-Feb-1980
Written by John T. Dugan
Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Parley Baer .... Mr. Williams
Jonathan Woodward .... Tommy Dobkins
Kimberly Woodward .... Ruby Dobkins
Lucille Benson .... Miss Trimble
Elizabeth Howell .... Martha
Tim Maier .... Chad Brewster
A neighboring town is in need of a temporary teacher and Laura is given the opportunity to fill the position at
Mrs. Trimble's school. Almanzo offers to drive her to the school and begins to notice how grown-up Laura was becoming.
When Almanzo becomes jealous after misinterpreting a situation, Laura realizes that she finally has his affection.
Almanzo gives Laura a beautiful floral scarf and finally asks her to dance. Later at a town church social at Nellie's
restaurant, they open up to each other and a new romance begins to blossom.

6.23 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT (Part 1)
5-May-1980
Written & Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Dub Taylor .... Houston Lamb (new recurring character)
Michael Prince .... Mr. Carter
Dee Croxton .... Secretary
Dan McBride .... Customer #1
Almanzo is totally in love with Laura and asks for her hand in marriage. Charles disapproves of the marriage and tells
Almanzo to wait two years till Laura is eighteen. Almanzo doesn't want to wait and forces Laura to choose between him
and her father. When she chooses to respect her Pa's wishes, Almanzo leaves town and breaks Laura's heart. Mrs. Oleson
hires Percival Dalton to train Nellie in the restaurant business. Though trying to keep his temper in check, Nellie goes
too far and Percival tells her off. Strangely enough, Nellie fall in-love with him. Adam learns that his father has died
and he won't be able to build a new blind school in Walnut Grove. Trying to take her mind off of Almanzo, Laura helps Mary
and Adam set-up the new blind school in Sleepy Eye...where she encounters Almanzo.

6.24 [--] Little House On The Prairie:
HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT (Part 2)
12-May-1980
Written & Directed by Michael Landon
Guest Cast:
Dub Taylor .... Houston Lamb
Alvy Moore .... Mr. Crowley
Robert Wexler .... Mr. Pims
Nancy Grahn .... Saloon Girl
Dan McBride .... Customer #1
Bob Urich .... Customer #2
After working many long hours, Almanzo falls ill. Laura rushes to his side and learns that he had been secretly helping
with the rent for the blind school. Though seriously ill, he eventually pulls through with Laura by his side. Nellie
makes an effort to learn from Percival and attract his attention. Before Percival leaves town, she reveals her love for
him. In turn, he reveals his love for her and asks her to marry him. Charles, after reconsidering, tells Almanzo
to wait one year to marry Laura.

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