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The Richest Man in Walnut Grove 

Mr. Ingalls and his employer Mr. Hansen are anticipating a large income from a big job they have done. The Ingalls plan to pay their bill at the Mercantile store and more. Unfortunately, ... See full summary »


Michael Landon


Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Charlotte Stewart ... Eva Beadle
Karl Swenson ... Lars Hanson
Kelly Thordsen ... Baker Makay
James Jeter James Jeter ... Hans Dorfler (as Jim Jeter)
Queenie Smith ... Mrs. Amanda 'May' Whipple
Alison Arngrim ... Nellie Oleson


Mr. Ingalls and his employer Mr. Hansen are anticipating a large income from a big job they have done. The Ingalls plan to pay their bill at the Mercantile store and more. Unfortunately, when Mr. Hansen learns that his client cannot pay, that means he cannot pay Mr. Ingalls and has to close his mill. With the bonus income lost, and the lack of regular income, the family has to think how they will pay their debts and keep up their other duties. Mr. Ingalls works for the livery owner, grooming and caring for the horses he owns. Once done there, he works for a local farmer to fix an irrigation system on his property. But, the women of the family want to help, too. Caroline and Laura plant a double crop of vegetables for the winter and plan to sell the eggs as they have been collecting. Mary plans to leave school temporarily to work for Mrs. Whipple, the seamstress, sewing assorted clothing items for ladies of the community. Laura continues in school, bringing home lessons to Mary so she ... Written by catnipper40

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Release Date:

10 September 1975 (USA) See more »

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Charles tells Reverend Alden that he could never have been a Reverend as he doesn't like tea. However, Charles later bitterly complains to his family about not having any. See more »


Harriet Oleson: I don't think it's fair that you take advantage of a friendship.
Caroline Ingalls: I can hardly take advantage of something that doesn't exist.
Harriet Oleson: Well, that's gratitude!
Caroline Ingalls: No, that's truth, Mrs. Olsen! My husband will be in to pay the bill in full at the end of the week!
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An Episode Everyone Needs to See
28 November 2017 | by stidwell-62355See all my reviews

To me, this is the best episode of Little House on the Prairie. It addresses poverty, hard work, family, and sacrifice. Our American society of today needs to revisit this episode. It is wonderful on all levels. I truly see why Charles Ingalls is the richest man in Walnut Grove.

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