216 The Troublemaker: Pa is Matlock

June 5, 2018

Pa’s righteous rage is back this week when Miss Beadle is fired for being unable to control the behaviors of some older boys in class, and the school board hires a tyrannical psychopath named Mr. Applewood in her place. Poor Laura takes the brunt of his wrath until the savior of Walnut Grove (Charles Ingalls) eloquently Matlocks (it’s a verb now) the fuming Mr. Applewood right outta town.

We discuss the crazy things teachers are expected to put up with, our frustration with some continuity issues in Little House (where’d Miss Beadle’s fancy house go?), and how inappropriate it would have been for Charles to be in Miss Beadle’s apartment alone with her.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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215 The Runaway Caboose: Julie Hates the 4th of July

May 22, 2018

This week, we have a train to catch! Mr. Edwards adopted son Carl is a real idiot and endangers the life of his family’s farm animals, Laura, Mary and himself (twice) because he is the absolute WORST. Laura is kind of a liar, and Mary is… well… a pushover. Mr. Edwards and Charles are on a race against time to save the lives of their children and several other train passengers, and we get several action-packed scenes worthy of a low-budget Indiana Jones film.

Julie explains to us why Independence Day is her least favorite holiday. We spend the last 10 minutes talking about food. Amy reveals some of her biggest life regrets. That’s about it.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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214 A Matter of Faith: … and Pies

May 8, 2018

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Ingalls clan gives Ma a weekend to herself so she can bake pies and nearly die of an infection. If not for the brave antics of the family cow and Ma’s feverish (mis)interpretation of the scriptures, she just might have.

Amy and Julie get into it again about what is really happening in this episode, and Marissa questions faith in general. We find a few historical inaccuracies and talk in depth about our own disgusting wound stories (so you might want to skip the last 10-15 minutes if you are squeamish.)

Special Thanks to our nurse researchers Courtney Schuman and Nicole Ellsworth for answering our many questions.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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213 The Pride of Walnut Grove: A Tale of Two Sisters

May 1, 2018

Walnut Grove’s star student Mary Ingalls qualifies to represent her town at a math competition in the big, swanky city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Laura struggles with feelings of resentment towards her sister who seems to do everything perfectly while Mary suffers under the immense burden of maintaining her “perfect” status in the eyes of her hometown.

Amy, Julie, and Marissa discuss the psychology behind coming in second place, test anxiety, and the importance of white noise machines.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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212 The Talking Machine: Lovestruck/Lightning Struck

April 24, 2018

This week Laura gets struck by lightning and love for another actor that has played Lucille Ball’s son at some point. Nellie also has her sights set on the same boy and will stop at nothing to take him away from Laura.

In addition, Amy and Julie reveal that they spent much of their early teens "catfishing" people in chat rooms. Marissa makes us question life by explaining that Ben Franklin’s kite experiment might not have gone exactly as history lets us believe. Finally, we all agree that the world needs Julia Stiles to make a comeback.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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211 His Father’s Son: Revenant on a Budget

April 17, 2018

Spoiler Alert: Amy might give an important plot point away from the film Annihilation. She has no idea though because she hasn't seen it. We’re sorry.

Mr. Edwards deeply desires to form a strong bond with his eldest adoptive son, John Jr. John, Jr. wishes for the same thing; however, Mr. Edwards likes hunting and John cannot BEAR to shoot another living thing. John, Jr. loves reading and writing poetry, but Mr. Edwards cannot read and is very embarrassed about it. Mr. Edwards decides to force the issue and make John accompany him on a weekend hunting trip, and things escalate really quickly.

Amy, Julie, and Marissa discuss how society should broaden its definitions on what it means to be “manly.” We all unpack a lot of complicated issues and go off into a million tangents about movies with scary predators. Julie challenges us to write our versions of “Old Dan Tucker.” Also, do bears like bread?

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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210 The Gift: It’s Difficult to be a Pro at a Con

April 10, 2018

This week, Mary is tasked with ordering in a new Bible as a gift for Reverend Alden’s birthday, but is underwhelmed by the selection available within the Sunday school kids’ budget. Laura is immediately impressed with an ad in a catalog promising to double your money by selling homeopathic remedies. She works on convincing Mary that this is a smart move. Unfortunately, they can’t move any of the products on their hands despite Laura slowly morphing into a tiny con woman.

Laura is annoying us right now, and Amy is real salty about life in general. Julie challenges everyone to go as low as you can go with our voices to some mildly comical effect. We all discuss our various schemes for faking sickness to stay home from church or school. Most importantly, Julie and Marissa admit that Reverend Alden can be pretty cool sometimes. And that, to Amy, is the greatest gift of all.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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209 At the End of the Rainbow: Not All That Glitters is Gold

April 3, 2018

“I think gold is made for kings and pharaohs―that's what I am. ― Big Sean

Welcome back to a half hour spent in Walnut Grove where all of life’s problems are neatly solved in less time than it takes to bake a potato in an oven. Today, Laura and her buddy Jonah make a discovery that will make them very wealthy. Laura’s imagination takes a wild and gloriously glittery turn, and we love every ridiculous second of it.

In addition, Marissa teaches Amy and Julie a few facts about the California gold rush, and together we learn more about the various types of wetlands than one could ever wish to know. We all discuss what we would buy if we suddenly came into some money as well as the times we thought we were about to get rich before reality rudely set in. Finally, we discover that there is a companion Bob’s Burgers episode to every episode of Little House on the Prairie.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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208 The Campout: Not Your Average Float Trip

March 27, 2018

Have you ever wondered how the Olesons and Ingalls families would behave with each other if they were stuck in the wilderness together with a merderous dog? Join us this week and find out! Hint: It’s as crazy as it sounds.

Amy, Julie, and Marissa discuss out past camping adventures (none of them are positive.) Marissa links this episode to an episode of Bob’s Burgers which is suspiciously similar, Julie airs out some past grievances about her social struggles growing up, and Amy announces her idea for a low-fi Little House video game. (We are collecting resumes from all interested game developers.)

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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207 P2 Remember Me: What Happened to the Third Puppy?

March 20, 2018

We’re back with the bittersweet conclusion to “Remember Me” where Pa struggles to find a home for all three Sanderson children, Laura struggles to find a home for the third puppy, and Mr. Edwards struggles to find the courage to open his heart to love again. Viewers are also delightfully treated with an introduction to another of Harriet’s wealthy and impeccably dressed family members, Miss Minerva Farnsworth.

In addition, Marissa poses an ethical quandary to Amy, and Julie asks an interesting question to our male listener (listners?) about facial hair.

For more articles, photos, and other resources on each episode, visit our weekly companion blog here.

Special Thanks to David Rose Publishing for allowing us use of his iconic theme for the Little House on the Prairie show. (Composition Credit) © 1974 David Rose Publishing Co. | (Master Recording Credit) ℗ 2010 David Rose Publishing Co.

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