Season 4

Castoffs


Synopsis:
Kezia Horn has moved to Walnut Grove - and she’s living in an old burned down house. The only thing left of the house is the chimney - but with Kezia’s imagination it’s a wonderful house. While most of the children like Kezia right away, several of the adults dislike her, and refuse to let her be part of their community. When Jack dies, Laura is miserable, and Pa decides to bring home a new dog - Bandit. But Laura refuses to have anything to do with him.
Carrie moments:
- Carrie is helping Ma bake a cake. She's putting on the chocolate forsting - and can't resist to taste it! But ma sees her.
- Carrie seems to like Bandit right away. Together with her Pa and Mary she tries to convince Ma to let him come inside - and when Ma agrees she’s the one who hurries to the door to let him in.
- When they are discussing what to the name the new dog, Carrie suggests the name Tom, since Sally has a dog named Tom. But Mary says Sally has a cat! Carrie says “Oh, yeah…” and looks a bit embarrassed. (Tom was also the name Carrie chose for the turkey in season 3)

Times of Change


Synopsis:
Mary receives a letter from John, which makes her really wish she could go to Chicago for a big dance he’s telling her about. But when Charles is chosen to represent the district at the grange’s meeting which is held in Chicago, and asks Caroline to go with him - she instead wants Mary to go.
Carrie moments:
- Carrie and Laura are running home from school, and Carrie is getting a bit behind. But as soon as they catch up with Mary, Laura stops running, and Carrie soon catches up too.
- When Laura says how wonderful it is that Pa will be representing the district at the grange’s meeting Carrie says “It sure is!….But what is a grange?”.

My Ellen


Synopsis:
Mary, Laura, Carrie and their friend Ellen go swimming. But when Carrie discovers some boys who are spying on the older girls, Laura, Mary and Ellen dive under the water to hide. But Ellen never surfaces again. Her mother blames Laura for what happened, and a guilty Laura decides to bring her some flowers on her way to school. She cuts across Busby’s property, even though she’s been warned about him. The hours go by, but Laura never shows up at school.
Carrie moments:
- Carrie is having a hard time keeping up with the other girls on the way home to Ellen‘s. When she finally catches up, Laura gives her a bit of a hug, and Carrie looks really happy.
- When the three older girls once again start running, Carrie complains “don’t we ever walk anywhere?!”.
- Carrie has stopped swimming earlier than the others, and when she’s wandering around on the shore she spots the two boys. She asks what they are doing, and they tell her they are going fishing and are looking for a pole. Carrie says Laura has a pole to lend them, and calls out to Laura. The boys run off - and Carrie is smiling happily. You get the feeling she knew exactly what she was doing.
- On the way to school Mary tells Carrie she has to walk faster, and Carrie replies that she wants to be late for school, since she doesn’t have a present for Miss Beadle. Mary then says her present can be from both of them - but this time Laura objects - it’s not fair since she is only giving Miss Beadle flowers. So Mary says that the present can be from all three of them - but now Carrie objects. It’s not fair that Laura has both a present and flowers to give Miss Beadle. Mary finally gives up on them - “sisters!”.

The Handyman



Synopsis:
Charles has started building a kitchen, with a water pump! But then Mr. Hanson gets a big order, and Charles has to leave Walnut Grove. When Chris Nelson, a handyman, shows up looking for a job, Caroline is happy to hire him to finish the kitchen. The girls also like him a lot - until Mary hears Mrs. Oleson gossiping about Ma and Chris.
Carrie moments:
- When the girls come home they notice the wall is gone - and Carrie asks “where did it go, Ma?”. Laura says it flew away - and both she and Carrie start pretending to fly. Carrie is really having a lot of fun in this scene!
- Outside the girls are playing a game, which seem to be about not letting Carrie get the water bucket. All three seems to be having a great time - until Carrie falls into the creek. When Ma comes out, Laura is quick to defend Carrie - saying it wasn’t her fault. But Ma isn’t angry, just worried Carrie got hurt. Carrie says she’s all wet, and Ma helps her inside. Ma comments on Carrie getting her new sun bonnet wet - Carrie started wearing it at the beginning of this season.
- After meeting Chris, Laura and Mary together with Ma go inside, but Carrie stays a while. Chris notices that, and sits down and winks at her, and Carrie does her best to wink back - and then runs off.
- At dinner, Chris has made a little wood figure who can dance -and gives him to Carrie. She seems to really like both “dancing man” and Chris!
- When Chris is playing Pa’s fiddle, Laura and Mary start dancing, but Carrie stays at the table and makes her wood figure dance to the music.
- When Pa comes home, Carrie tells him all about the handyman. She says his name is Uncle Chris, and he made a dancing man!
- After school Mary wants to go home, but Laura wants to stay and play - and Carrie says “me too!”.

The Wolves



Synopsis:
While Charles and Caroline are away for a few days, Laura and Andy find an injured dog with puppies, and decide to take care of them. Jonathan tells them it’s actually a wolf they’ve found - but agrees that they can keep them in his barn - but only until the mother is ok again. But when Mr. Larabee (who’s never gotten along with Jonathan) finds out about it, he is convinced the wolf is responsible for the death of two of his sheep, and decides to do something about it.
Meanwhile, a pack of wild dogs have come to Walnut Grove….
Carrie moments:
- When Mary asks Laura what she’s doing up in the tree, Laura angrily replies “what does it look like I’m doing?!” and Carrie immediately responds “building a tree house!”.
- Poor Carrie can’t be having too much fun while Ma and Pa are away, since Mary and Laura aren’t able to get along at all. Mary asks Carrie where her sister is, but Carrie says she doesn’t know - but offers to get her, and runs out to call for Laura. But then the wild dogs come running down the hill towards her! Poor Carrie! She must be terrified! Luckily, Mary also hears the dogs, and runs out, takes Carrie by the hand, and together they run for the barn. But they fall on the way - and it looks like a really nasty fall for little Carrie! But she’s able to get up and continue running.
- When Mary and Carrie get to the barn, Carrie runs right into Laura’s arms. When Laura has to leave her to go help Mary, Carrie moves directly into Andy’s arms instead. No wonder she’s so scared, with the angry dogs being just outside!
- Even though they have to stay in the barn for a really long time, Carrie doesn’t seem to complain much about it. She just says she’s hungry and asks if they can go back to the house - and is told no.
- When they’ve all climbed up on the left, Carrie ducks into Mary’s lap. Later she’s sitting in next to Laura while holding the puppies.

The Creeper of Walnut Grove


Synopsis:
Timothy is a bright boy who dreams of becoming a doctor. But his father is in bed after having a heart attack, and Timothy is desperately trying to find a job - but no one is hiring. Laura and Andy are both into detective stories, and when several thefts happen in Walnut Grove they decide to figure out who the creeper is.
Carrie moments:
- Carrie is helping Mary churn butter.
- Carrie says she wants to be a detective too! But Laura tells her she can be a spy instead - which makes Carrie really happy. She’s not sure what a spy is, but after Laura explains it to her, she happily starts spying!

To Run and Hide


Synopsis:
Beth Novak is pregnant, and Doctor Baker is extra concerned since she’s lost two babies before. When her husband Stanley falls down from the roof he at first seems to be all right. But in the evening he collapses - and dies before Doctor Baker can operate on him. Feeling guilty, Doc decides to retire and become a farmer instead.
Carrie moments:
- When Doc Baker gives Carrie and Mary a sack of apples, Carrie becomes sad, since she thinks it means Doc dosen‘t like them and never wants to see them again! Why? Because Ma has said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
- Carrie and Mary goes to see if Doc needs any help (Pa has sent them), and when Mary goes to help him with the horses, Doc goes to stand next to Carrie - who right away holds his hand.
- Mary says Carrie has a tummy ache, but when Doc asks Carrie where it hurts, she first shrugs, and then says it doesn’t!

The Aftermath



Synopsis:
The children of Walnut Grove are studying the civil war - a subject that’s still very sensitive in the area. News about the two James brothers reaches Walnut Grove. They are the only ones still on the run of their gang - and Frank has been shot. Meanwhile two strangers come to town, and hire Mary to run errands for them.
Carrie moments:
- At the mill, Carrie and Laura seems to be having fun together! Looks like they‘re eating berries. In a couple of scenes they are also playing “hand-clap“ games together.

The High Cost of Being Right


Synopsis:
Jonathan is really excited about this year's crop - it's the best one he's ever had! But then his barn burns down, with the entire crop. He is having a hard time finding a job - but instead Alice gets a job at the post office. However Jonathan is not happy about it at all and demands that she doesn’t take the job.
Carrie moments:
- EPISODE WITHOUT CARRIE

The Fighter


Synopsis:
When Joe Kagan refuses to quit boxing, even though his wife, who’s worried about his health, begs him, she decides to take their son and leave him. 14 years later Joe comes to Walnut Grove to be part of a boxing match there.
Carrie moments:
- Episode does not contain many scenes with Carrie…

Meet Me at the Fair



Synopsis:
Everyone is going to town for a fair! Mary is meeting Patrick there - but is also courted by Cass; an older boy who runs the balloon stand. When Patrick gets angry with Cass he lets loose the balloon - not knowing Carrie has fallen asleep inside it!
Carrie moments:
- Carrie wants to go on the carousel, but she has to wait while Ma enters her preserves. She comments that it’s sure taking a long time, but other than that she is being really patient - although very eager to go on the carousel!
- Look how happy she is when Pa comes! Hopeful, she says she wants a ride - but Pa has other plans, and instead goes to find one of her sisters to take her.
- Laura is told to take Carrie for a ride on the carousel, but when she sees the long line, she tries to convince her not to go. But Carrie still wants to go. Laura then asks if she wouldn’t rather see the balloon show - but Carrie says no.
- When Laura goes off to watch the balloon, Carrie promises to stay. At least Bandit is there to keep her company - but he soon runs off too! “Not you too!” Carrie calls after him.
- But when Laura returns, Carrie is once again at the end of the long line - she explains to Laura that she didn’t have any money, so she had to step back. Poor Carrie! She came so close to getting to ride the carousel - if only Laura had remembered to give her the money for the ride!
- When they meet Ma and Pa, Carrie says she wants to ride the carousel - but Pa thinks she has had enough rides already. Carrie objects “I haven’t had any”…
- Once again Laura is told to make sure Carrie gets to ride the carousel - but when it’s finally her turn Laura runs off to catch Bandit, without leaving any money for Carrie. This time Carrie decides she’s had enough and wanders off. She climbs into the hot air balloon, and falls asleep inside.
- When Carrie notices she’s high up in the air, she seems really happy! She doesn’t look scared at all - at least she FINALLY got to go on a ride!
- When Carrie is saved, she tells Pa she’s fine and “that was fun, Ma!”. She sure is wet though….

Here Come the Brides


Synopsis:
A new boy, Luke Simms, starts school. Nellie really likes him, But Mrs. Oleson doesn’t think he’s suitable for her daughter, and forbids Nellie to see him. She also insists that Miss Beadle does something about it - so Miss Beadle goes to talk to Luke’s father, Adam. But while Nellie is falling in love with Luke, Miss Beadle realizes she has feelings for Adam.
Carrie moments:
- Outside the school house Carrie is jumping rope with some of the older girls (not Laura & Mary)
- Carrie is running out of the school house together with Laura - who suggests they’ll race home!

Freedom Flight


Synopsis:
A group of Indians come to Walnut Grove, in need of a doctor for their chief. Charles goes with Doc Baker to meet the chief. But many of the others in Walnut Grove dislike the Indians, and decide to force them to leave. So Charles decides to hide them on his property.
Carrie moments:
- Of course scared by what‘s happening in town, Carrie grabs Laura‘s arm as she hears the bell ring and sees all the men running towards the church. She later tries to hide behind Laura.
- When the family are about to go to church, Mary is holding Carrie’s hand, and lifts her up onto the wagon.

The Rivals


Synopsis:
Charles and Jonathan enter a contest which might win them a freighting contract. They will be gone for at least a week. Meanwhile Laura falls for Jimmy Hill, and decides she doesn‘t want to be a tomboy anymore.
Carrie moments:
- When Pa says he’ll be away for at least a week, Carrie says that’s too long. She later tells Ma she doesn’t want him to go away.
- On the way to school Carrie says “Laura, we’re gonna be late for school!” when her sister keeps walking too slowly.
- Carrie isn’t being very loyal when Laura drops her apples - she’s laughing just like the other kids.
- When Mary says she’s glad Pa is home again, Carrie says “me too!” - and she sure is looking very happy to see him!
- When Laura makes a homerun, Carrie is cheering, and then runs up to give Laura a hug.
- On their way home from school, Mary whispers something to Carrie, and takes her hand, and they both start running.

Whisper Country


Synopsis:
Mary gets a 2-month teaching job in a small isolated community. But Reverend Alden warns her - the people there don’t really like strangers. The previous teacher stayed only 4 days. He suspects Miss Peel - a lady with very strong opinions who doesn’t like schools - had something to do with it. But Mary still decides to take the job.
Carrie moments:
- Episode does not contain many scenes with Carrie…

I remember, I remember


Synopsis:
The family is getting read to celebrate Charles and Caroline’s anniversary. While waiting for Charles to come home, Caroline tells the girls about when she and Charles were young and first met.
Carrie moments:
- Carrie has picked a beautiful bouquet of flowers for Ma and Pa. When Mary asks if she left any Carrie replies “a whole bushel!”.
- Carrie is arranging her flowers while Laura is setting the table. But the vase falls over, and Laura gets annoyed at her little sister.
- Carrie doesn’t seem too happy with the way Laura is treating her flowers - and when Ma thanks her for the flowers, Carrie makes a face at Laura.

Be My Friend


Synopsis:
Laura finds a bottle in the creek, containing the message "If you find this, be my friend". She tries to follow the creek, but it seems to go on forever. How is she ever going to be able to find her new friend?
Carrie moments:
- When Laura is told to go upstairs after she’s been late for supper, Carrie comments “Laura‘s gonna get it“.

The Inheritance



Synopsis:
- When Charles inherits a large sum of money, the whole town starts treating the family differently. Charles is soon convinced to start spending the money - even before he has received it.
Carrie moments:
- Ma is fixing one of Laura’s old dresses for Carrie. But Carrie complains that she never gets a new dress. She also doesn’t like that the pins are hurting her. Carrie will however never wear this dress in any other episode. Also, notice that Carrie has her hair up in this scene.
- Carrie really seems to like her new red dress! She‘s dancing and spinning around as they are walking home.
- Carrie doesn’t seem too happy with that man touching her dress. She looks down, and then goes to stand besides Ma.

The Stranger


Synopsis:
When Peter Lundstrom is expelled from school for cheating and stealing, his father refuses to obey his mother-in-law and try to get Peter back into the school. Instead he wants Peter to learn the things he himself learned as a boy, growing up on a farm. So he decides to send Peter to his cousin Nels Oleson in Walnut Grove.
Carrie moments:
- Episode does not contain many scenes with Carrie…

A Most Precious Gift



Synopsis:
Mrs. Simms is pregnant, and soon Caroline finds out she’s also pregnant. But more and more she starts to obsess about having a boy. She is convinced that Charles wants a son. Meanwhile Carrie has taken care of 3 bird eggs.
Carrie moments:
- Carrie finds 3 bird eggs in a tree, and shows them to Pa. But when he tells her she was wrong to take them she says she didn‘t mean anything bad, and that she‘ll put them back. But Pa tells her it‘s too late now - they won‘t hatch. At first Carrie feels really guilty, but then she decides she can be their mommy!
- At recess Carrie stays behind to talk to Mrs. Simms - to ask if people have babies the same way birds do, and how long it will take before it hatches. When Laura calls to her “Carrie, we’re waiting!”, Carrie calls back “coming” and thanks Mrs. Simms and runs outside.
- Carrie decides to find out if her eggs are boys or girls, and ties a ring to a string and holds it above the eggs. Is that Ma’s wedding ring she has borrowed ?
- Looks like Carrie likes Mr. Garvey! When he says she’s going to be his girl for a little while she’s happily nodding. She also tells him about the eggs, and he helps her put the eggs up high in an “empty” nest in his barn.
- Carrie wakes up in the middle of the night and looks for her eggs under her pillow. Then she remembers where they are, and goes out to the barn, and climbs the ladder - where she discover the eggs have now hatched. Amazed she looks at the baby birds and says “I’m a Mommy!”.

I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away


Synopsis:
Mary starts having trouble seeing, even when she’s wearing her glasses, and Charles decides to take her to a specialist. The specialist have sad news for him - Mary will become blind…
Carrie moments:
- Episode does not contain many scenes with Carrie…



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