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Mr. Stark has gotten himself so far in debt that he has lost his mind. He goes home and shoots his wife and daughter. Then he goes off and ends up at Laura's house. He mistakes Laura and ... See full summary »

Director:

Maury Dexter

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dean Butler ... Almanzo James Wilder
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Hester-Sue Terhune
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Allison Balson ... Nancy Oleson
Stan Ivar ... John Carter
Pamela Roylance ... Sarah Reed Carter
Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy ... Jeb Carter
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jason Carter
Shannen Doherty ... Jenny Wilder
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Mr. Stark has gotten himself so far in debt that he has lost his mind. He goes home and shoots his wife and daughter. Then he goes off and ends up at Laura's house. He mistakes Laura and Jenny for his wife and daughter, but when he sees Rose, he thinks that his daughter has had a baby. Written by Anonymous

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Laura takes the baby from Mr. Stark you can see the baby's leg sticking out from the blanket is plastic revealing that its a doll and not a real baby. See more »

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Dark
26 November 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This is a pretty dark episode about a man who finally cracks when his dishonest ways keeps him from getting money his family needs. He's also not happy that his daughter is seeing a boy he doesn't approve of. Out of anger, he flips and shoots his wife and daughter.

What follows is a night of terror when the man holds Laura, Jenny, and Rose hostage while Almanzo and the other men are out looking for him.

I'm disappointed that it doesn't show Jenny catching up with the men to tell them what happened. I'm also disappointed that it didn't show the family reunion scene. I think Almanzo needed more air time and moments where he was shown to be a loving husband/father/uncle. But I guess Laura is the star of the show...


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