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Little House on the Prairie

Reincarnation of Nellie, Part I

Episode: 157 | Aired: October 05, 1981

After Nellie and Percival move to New York, the Olesons decide to adopt a young girl who is the spitting image of a young Nellie.

Growin' Pains

Episode: 159 | Aired: October 09, 1981

James does everything to emulate Albert. While trying to shave, he accidentally breaks Albert's razor. After stealing a new one, he runs away after the truth is discovered.

Reincarnation of Nellie, Part II

Episode: 158 | Aired: October 12, 1981

The Olesons new adopted daughter, Nancy, is a bratty, mean girl who makes Nellie look like an angel. The schoolchildren of Walnut Grove decide to teach her a lesson

Dark Sage

Episode: 160 | Aired: October 26, 1981

Dr. Caleb Ledoux is the new doctor in Walnut Grove. With the exception of the Ingalls family, the residents of Walnut Grove are not welcoming because Caleb is black. Even Doc Baker is unable to get past his prejudice. It is only after Dr. Ledoux saves a young pregnant woman's life and her newborn that the residents of the town accept the talented doctor.

A Wiser Heart

Episode: 161 | Aired: November 02, 1981

Laura's expedition to a literature seminar is marred by a rude professor who treats her badly.

Gambini The Great

Episode: 162 | Aired: November 09, 1981

A maturing circus performer is making a great impact on the children of Walnut Grove, with negative results.

The Legend of Black Jake

Episode: 163 | Aired: November 16, 1981

After Nels is taken hostage by a couple of thugs, he becomes outraged when he discovers Mrs. Oleson won't pay the demanded ransom.


Episode: 164 | Aired: November 23, 1981

Charles ventures to Chicago to help Mr. Edwards uncover the truth about the death of his son.

For The Love of Nancy

Episode: 165 | Aired: November 30, 1981

The children of Walnut Grove are merciless when it comes to teasing the new overweight boy.

Wave of the Future

Episode: 166 | Aired: December 07, 1981

Mrs. Oleson decides to make some adjustments to the restaurant, making the customers very unhappy. Charles and Nels partner to open a competitive restaurant across the street. The success of the place forces Mrs. Oleson to close the doors to her restaurant.

A Christmas They Never Forgot

Episode: 167 | Aired: December 21, 1981

The Ingalls family and other Walnut Grove residents are snowed in for Christmas. They all share great memories.

No Beast So Fierce

Episode: 168 | Aired: January 04, 1982

James develops a new friendship with Gideon, a boy who stutters. But when James is caught mocking Gideon, their friendship is in jeopardy.

Stone Soup

Episode: 169 | Aired: January 18, 1982

Laura turns to Willie to help her deal with teaching and managing Almanzos orchard in his absence.


Episode: 170 | Aired: January 25, 1982

Charles is enraged to discover someone has stolen his table designs and is reproducing them. Though he hoped to have the tables become his legacy, he figures out that his true legacy is his family.

Uncle Jed

Episode: 171 | Aired: February 01, 1982

The Ingalls familys custody of James and Cassandra is in jeopardy when a relative comes to town wanting to take the children.

Second Chance

Episode: 172 | Aired: February 08, 1982

Hester-Sue's former husband has come back to ask her for another chance, claiming to have abandoned drinking and gambling.

Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow, Part I

Episode: 608 | Aired: February 15, 1982

After Almanzo recovers from a critical sickness, he is stricken by a stroke.

Days of Sunshine, Days of Shadow, Part II

Episode: 609 | Aired: February 22, 1982

Despite the birth of baby Rose, Almanzo is morose about his disabilities.

Promise To Keep

Episode: 173 | Aired: March 01, 1982

Mr. Edwards ventures back to Walnut Grove after his marriage is destroyed by his alcoholism. He almost destroys another relationship after his drunken stupor causes an accident that almost kills Albert.

A Faraway Cry

Episode: 174 | Aired: March 08, 1982

Caroline receives a plea for help from a friend who is pregnant and living at a gold prospector's camp where there is an outbreak of influenza.

He Was Only Twelve, Part I

Episode: 175 | Aired: May 03, 1982

During a trip to Sleepy Eye, James is shot in the middle of a bank robbery.

He Was Only Twelve, Part II

Episode: 176 | Aired: May 10, 1982

Realizing that James may never recover from a gunshot wound, Charles brings his son to a homemade altar in the woods to pray that God will deliver a miracle.