Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983): Season 6, Episode 24 - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Part 2 - full transcript

Laura, trying to put her heartache over Almanzo aside, travels to Sleepy Eye to find a suitable building for the School for the Blind, but sees a saloon girl coming onto her one-time fiancé and assumes the worst. Almanzo gets wind of Laura's efforts to reopen the school and works to the point of exhaustion to raise the money to rent the building from its cantankerous owner, Houston. Laura learns that Almanzo is very ill and rushes to be at his side. In the end, Almanzo is able to raise enough money to allow Adam and Mary to rent the building as the new School for the Blind. Charles' impression about Almanzo being a "fine young man" is also confirmed, and he softens his stance on when the wedding can take place. Meanwhile, Nellie quickly finds she is very talented and a hard worker in the hospitality industry, something which amazes the Ingalls. However, she has a major problem expressing her growing romantic interest in Percival. When Percy announces that he is leaving, all Nellie can do is cry. Nels tells her that she must say something to Percy or risk losing him forever. Nellie takes the advice and rushes out to propose to Percy ... which is exactly what he hoped to hear. The two are married, and everyone wishes the couple well.

Almanzo: WHOA!

Laura: HI.

LAURA...

I'M LEAVING
WALNUT GROVE...

AND I WANT YOU
TO COME WITH ME.

I CAN'T.

NOT NOW.

I JUST NEED SOME TIME.

I GUESS YOUR
PA WAS RIGHT.

YOU'RE STILL
A LITTLE GIRL.

HYAH.



NELLIE, DEAR,
THIS IS MR.
PERCIVAL DALTON.

MR. DALTON,
MY DAUGHTER
NELLIE.

- HOW DO YOU DO?
- MS. OLESON.

I HATE THIS PLACE AND
I HATE COOKING AND
I HATE SHORT PEOPLE.

I ALSO HAVE A VERY
SHORT TEMPER.

WHY YOUR MOTHER
EVER BUILT THIS
PLACE FOR YOU,

I'LL NEVER KNOW.
YOU CERTAINLY
CAN'T COOK,

AND YOU CERTAINLY
HAVE NO RIGHT
TO BE DEALING

WITH THE PUBLIC.
AND AS PRETTY
AS YOU ARE,

YOU DON'T NEED
A RESTAURANT TO
CATCH A HUSBAND

IN THE FIRST PLACE.

GOOD MORNING.

MRS. INGALLS.

NELLIE, WHAT ON
EARTH HAPPENED?



SOMETHING WONDERFUL.

HE SAID I WAS PRETTY.

HE'S IN SLEEPY EYE.
HE WROTE
TO HIS SISTER,

BUT MADE HER PROMISE
NOT TO TELL LAURA.

YOU'RE SENDING
HER TO SLEEPY EYE

WHEN YOU KNOW
HE'S IN SLEEPY EYE?

MM-HMM.

CAROLINE, I DON'T
UNDERSTAND YOU.

I KNOW.

Houston:
LOOK HERE,
LITTLE LADY.

I WANT YOU TO GET
THIS STRAIGHT
RIGHT NOW.

I DON'T OWN THIS HERE
BUILDING. I'M JUST
THE CARETAKER HERE.

AND THE OWNER
WANTS 2 MONTHS
RENT IN ADVANCE.

HE'LL GET IT.
I TOLD YOU.

OH, YOU'RE JUST
LIKE ALL THEM
DADGUM WOMEN.

Boy: NEED
SOME MORE SOAP.

Laura: I'LL GET IT.

LOOK HERE, LITTLE
LADY, I'M TOO OLD TO
BE RUNNING AROUND HERE

SCREAMING
AND HOLLERING
AND TALKING.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, MR. PIMS IS
COMING HERE TODAY

TO SEE IF YOU
BRUNG THAT THERE
RENT MONEY.

I SAID I'D HAVE
IT BY NEXT WEEK.

WELL, I DON'T KNOW
ANYTHING ABOUT THAT.
YOU BETTER TALK TO HIM.

BETWEEN YOU AND ME,
HE AIN'T GOING TO
HOLD STILL FOR IT.

WELL, WE'LL
JUST HAVE TO
SEE, WON'T WE?

THERE'S NOTHING
I CAN DO ABOUT IT
UNTIL I TALK TO HIM,

SO WE MIGHT AS
WELL KEEP WORKING.

JUST LIKE
A DADGUM WOMAN.

I'LL END UP
CLEANING THIS
WHOLE DADGUM PLACE.

Almanzo: HI, BETH.

HI, MANLY.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING
HERE IN SLEEPY EYE?

WE'RE RENTING
THIS BUILDING FOR
THE BLIND SCHOOL.

NEEDS A LITTLE WORK, HUH?

WE'RE GETTING IT DONE.

WHAT BRINGS YOU HERE?

OH, I'M LIVING HERE NOW.

GOT A GOOD JOB
AT THE GENERAL STORE DOING
SOME CLERKING AND LOADING.

THAT'S GOOD.

HOW'S MY SISTER?

FINE.

JUST FINE.

Almanzo:
THAT'S GOOD.

HOW'S YOUR FAMILY?

THEY'RE FINE.

THAT'S GOOD.

- HOW ARE YOU DOING?
- HOW ARE YOU DOING?

WELL, LISTEN, I GOT
TO BE GETTING TO WORK.

ME TOO.

I'LL BE HERE
IN TWO WEEKS.

I'M GOING TO STAY
HERE FOR A WHILE.

I'M SURPRISED YOUR
PA'D LET YOU OUT OF
HIS SIGHT THAT LONG,

SEEING AS HE
LOVES YOU SO MUCH.

WELL, I'VE BEEN OUT
OF YOUR SIGHT FOR
LONGER THAN THAT,

AND YOU WERE SUPPOSED
TO HAVE LOVED ME.

I DIDN'T MAKE
THE DECISION,
IT WAS YOURS.

YOU MADE THAT CHOICE.

YOU DIDN'T GIVE
ME ANY CHOICE!

THAT'S GREAT.

I'M GLAD YOU'LL BE
BACK IN TWO WEEKS.

IT WILL GIVE US ANOTHER
CHANCE TO ARGUE.

DON'T COME AROUND,
AND YOU WON'T
HAVE TO ARGUE.

Houston:
OH, LITTLE LADY?

MR. PIMS WANTS
TO TALK TO YOU,
YOU HEAR?

IT'S THAT
INGALLS GIRL.

HOUSTON TELLS ME
YOU STILL HAVEN'T
PAID IN ADVANCE.

OH, I'M GOING
TO, NEXT WEEK.

YEAH? WELL, THAT'S
NOT SOON ENOUGH.

MR. PIMS, YOU'RE
NOT GOING TO BE ABLE
TO RENT THIS BUILDING

TO ANYBODY ELSE
IN ONE WEEK.

WELL, MAYBE
I COULD, AND
MAYBE I COULDN'T.

YOU JUST MAKE SURE
YOU HAVE THE $80 BY
SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

I, UH...

I WANTED TO TALK
TO YOU ABOUT THAT.

Laura: YOU SEE, I
WON'T BE ABLE TO HAVE
IT ALL BY SATURDAY.

I'LL HAVE MOST
OF IT, THOUGH.

YOU HAVE ALL OF
IT, OR YOU VACATE
THE PREMISES.

BUT, MR. PIMS, SOME OF
THE BLIND CHILDREN WILL
BE ARRIVING NEXT WEEK.

THEY DON'T HAVE
ANYPLACE ELSE TO GO!

WELL, NOW, I
DIDN'T ASK THEM
TO COME HERE.

YOU DID.

BUT THEY'RE BLIND.

JUST HAVE THE $80.

HMPH!

LIKE I TOLD YOU,
LITTLE LADY.

GOOD-BYE, ALMANZO.

HELLO,
MR. CROWLEY.

OH, HOW YOU DOING?

I GOT SOME CANNED GOODS
THAT NEED UNCRATING
IN THE BACK ROOM.

I'LL GET RIGHT TO IT.
DID TONY QUIT?

NOPE. HURT HIMSELF
CARRYING SOME ICE
UP TO McGINNEY'S.

BAD?

WELL, DOC SAID
IT'S BEST HE GET
SOMETHING EASIER.

WELL, IF YOU
NEED SOMEBODY,
I'M AVAILABLE.

YOU'VE GOT A JOB.

WELL, I SURE COULD
USE ANOTHER ONE.

I KNOW TONY WAS ALWAYS
DONE BY 10:00, SO IT
WOULDN'T BE ANY CONFLICT.

YOU MEAN YOU WANT
TO WORK FROM 3:00 IN
THE MORNING TILL 10:00,

THEN START
HERE AT 11:00?

AH, YOU'LL
KILL YOURSELF.

I'M STRONG, SIR,
AND I SURE COULD USE
THE MONEY RIGHT NOW.

I DON'T KNOW.

WELL, GIVE
ME A CHANCE.

IF I CAN'T HANDLE IT,
YOU CAN ALWAYS GET
SOMEBODY ELSE.

WELL...

WELL, ALL RIGHT.
I'LL GIVE IT A TRY.

THANK YOU, SIR.

NOW, UH,
START UNCRATING.

YES, SIR.

Laura, voice-over:
I WORKED HARDER THAT WEEK
THAN I EVER HAD IN MY LIFE,

BUT ALL THE WORKING STILL DIDN'T
KEEP MY MIND OFF MY PROBLEMS--

HOW TO GET TWO MONTHS'
RENT FOR MR. PIMS

AND HOW TO GET ALMANZO
WILDER OUT OF MY HEART.

1.30, .95,
AND 2.10.

2.10...

LET'S SEE.

ALL RIGHT, ALONG
WITH THE MONEY

THAT JONATHAN AND I
ARE GOING TO PUT IN...

50%...

IT ALL COMES
TO $60.15.

$20 SHORT.

WELL, I'M SURE
THIS MR. PIMS WILL
WAIT FOR THE REST.

OH, YOU'D HAVE
TO MEET HIM, MA.

THEN YOU
WOULDN'T
BE SO SURE.

GUESS ALL I
CAN DO IS TRY.

Nellie:
I THOUGHT YOU ALL
MIGHT LIKE SOME PIE.

I JUST MADE IT.
IT'S NICE AND HOT.

UH, NO,
THANKS, NELLIE,
NOT FOR ME.

Percival:
DON'T BE AFRAID,
MR. INGALLS.

YOU MIGHT BE
SURPRISED.

I'M...SURE
I WILL BE.

THANK YOU.

THERE YOU ARE.

THIS IS GOOD.

NELLIE, THIS
IS DELICIOUS!

THANK YOU! WOULD YOU
ALL LIKE A PIECE?

YES, PLEASE.

Nellie:
THERE YOU ARE.

THANK YOU.

NOW, IF YOU NEED
ANYTHING ELSE, I'LL
BE IN THE KITCHEN.

MMM! THANK YOU.

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

WHAT HAS GOTTEN
INTO HER? SHE WAS
ACTUALLY NICE.

IT'S PERCIVAL.

HE'S DONE
WONDERS WITH HER.

HE CERTAINLY HAS.

IT WILL NEVER LAST.
IT'S PROBABLY
TEMPORARY INSANITY.

[LAUGHING]

YOU'LL NEVER
GUESS WHO I SAW
IN SLEEPY EYE.

OH, I
COULDN'T GUESS.

ALMANZO.

Caroline:
YOU'RE JOKING!

Laura: NOPE.
HE'S WORKING THERE.

WHAT A SMALL
WORLD IT IS.

YOU TWO SEEING
EACH OTHER?

JUST ONCE.

IT WAS ENOUGH.

WE HAD AN ARGUMENT.

WHAT ON
EARTH ABOUT?

OH, HE SAID
SOMETHING ABOUT PA.

WHAT DID HE
SAY ABOUT ME?

Laura: WELL,
NOTHING BAD.

IT WAS JUST
THE WAY HE SAID IT.

I GOT ANGRY.
HE GOT ANGRY.

IT'S JUST OVER,
I GUESS...

AT LEAST
FOR HIM, ANYWAY.

JUST BECAUSE YOU
HAD ONE ARGUMENT,

THAT DOESN'T
MEAN IT'S OVER.

WELL, HE DIDN'T
COME BACK.

OF COURSE,
I TOLD HIM NOT TO.

Laura: BESIDES...
I CAN'T WORRY
ABOUT THAT ANYWAY.

I'VE GOT TO TRY AND TALK
MR. PIMS INTO LETTING US STAY.

I'M GOING TO DRIVE
OUT THERE FIRST THING
IN THE MORNING.

I'D BEST GET HOME
AND GET TO BED.

GOOD IDEA.
WE'RE TIRED, TOO.

YOU SURE YOU DON'T
WANT ME TO DRIVE YOU
IN TOMORROW MORNING?

I'M A BIG GIRL
NOW, REMEMBER?

YES, DEAR.
I REMEMBER.

GOOD NIGHT, ALL.

GOOD NIGHT, NELLIE.
THANKS AGAIN
FOR THE PIE.

- YOU'RE WELCOME.
- NIGHT, PERCIVAL.

NIGHT.

WELL, I'M GOING TO
TURN IN NOW, NELLIE.

DO THE REST OF
THOSE DISHES.

I WILL,
PERCIVAL.

GOOD NIGHT.

GOOD NIGHT...

MY PRINCE.

[PIANO PLAYING]

HI.

MORNING.

HEY, YOU'RE NEW.

YEAH,
TONY GOT HURT.

OH. WELL, I'M SORRY
FOR TONY, BUT YOU SURE
ARE AN IMPROVEMENT.

WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

ALMANZO, MA'AM, AND,
UH, MY ICE IS MELTING.

IT SURE IS, AND THAT
WATER IS AWFULLY COLD.

I GOT A LITTLE ON
MY BACK. WOULD YOU GET
IT OFF FOR ME, PLEASE?

- SORRY, MA'AM.
- THAT'S OK.

AHH. OH. THAT'S
REALLY NICE,

BUT COULD YOU
DO IT A LITTLE ON
THE MIDDLE THERE?

A LITTLE LOWER.

HI, LAURA!

WHAT TIME DO YOU
GET THROUGH WORKING?

NEVER, MA'AM.

IF YOU'LL EXCUSE ME.

HI, LITTLE LADY.

HI, EVERYBODY.

Adam: HESTER-SUE'S BRINGING
SOME OF THE CHILDREN
FROM THE TRAIN STATION.

THEY'LL BE HERE ANY MINUTE.

MR. PIMS
BEEN HERE
ONCE ALREADY.

DID YOU BRING
THE RENT MONEY?

ONLY $60.15.

I'M JUST GOING TO
HAVE TO GET HIM TO
WAIT FOR THE REST.

THAT $60,
THAT'LL DO IT.

WHAT?

WELL, HE
LOWERED THE RENT
TO $30 A MONTH,

SO THAT $60 YOU
GOT WILL DO IT.

WELL, WHAT IN THE WORLD
MADE HIM DO THAT?

AW, I DON'T KNOW,
LITTLE LADY.

MUST BE A GOOD HEART
BEATING IN THERE
AFTER ALL.

Hester-Sue:
WE'RE HERE.

ADAM! MARY!

I HAVE SUSAN GOODSPEED

AND NATHAN POLLARD
AND LITTLE ALEX.

HI.

ADAM, OUR
CHILDREN ARE BACK.

AND RICH LINDOWNEY
AND CARLA.

COME ON IN.
YOU HAVE TO SEE
THIS PLACE.

OH, IT'S BIG ENOUGH.

Adam: KIDS, IT'S A LOT
BIGGER THAN OUR OLD SCHOOL,

AND IT'S ALL BRICK WITH LOTS
OF CLASSROOMS AND BEDROOMS.

IT'S PERFECT.

IT STILL NEEDS
A LOT OF WORK,

AND MORE DESKS
AND CHAIRS,

BUT IT'S A START.

OH, IT'S WONDERFUL.

MR. KENDALL?

YEAH, SUSAN?

I...

I NEVER THOUGHT
I'D EVER BE WITH
YOU ALL AGAIN.

IT'S LIKE
A DREAM.

CAN WE ALL
THANK GOD?

WE MOST CERTAINLY CAN.

DEAR LORD...

WE JUST WANT
TO THANK YOU

FOR ALLOWING
US TO BE
TOGETHER AGAIN

AND FOR LETTING US
HAVE THIS WONDERFUL
NEW SCHOOL.

YOU PUT A LIGHT IN
OUR HEARTS, GOD.

IT'S BRIGHTER
THAN ANYTHING

WE COULD EVER SEE
WITH OUR EYES.

GOD BLESS
THIS SCHOOL.

AMEN.

[KNOCK ON DOOR]

Mary: LAURA?

YEAH?

JUST WANTED TO
SAY GOOD NIGHT.

GOOD NIGHT.

ARE YOU
ALL RIGHT?

I'M JUST TIRED,
I GUESS.

[CRYING]

HEY, NOW, COME ON.

WHAT'S WRONG?

HEY, SISTERS ARE
GOOD FOR TELLING
YOUR TROUBLES TO.

IT'S ALMANZO.

IT'S OVER, AND
I KNOW IT NOW.

IT JUST HURTS
SO MUCH.

HOW DO YOU KNOW
IT'S OVER?

BECAUSE...

I SAW HIM TODAY.

HE...

HE WAS WITH
A SALOON GIRL.

Laura: AND HE WAS
RUBBING HER BACK.

AND SHE WAS
LAUGHING, AND SHE
WAS ALL FANCIED UP

WITH FEATHERS
AND PAINT
ON HER FACE.

AND HER DRESS HARDLY
EVEN HAD A TOP.

AND IT WAS SO
SHORT IT HARDLY
EVEN HAD A BOTTOM.

IN FACT, IT WASN'T
EVEN A DRESS.

IT WAS MORE
LIKE A BELT.

[LAURA SOBBING]

I CAN'T IMAGINE ALMANZO
LIKING A GIRL LIKE THAT.

I COULDN'T EITHER
UNTIL I SAW HIM...

BUT HE DOES.

WELL, IF THAT'S THE KIND
OF WOMAN HE LIKES,

HE'S NOT WORTH
CRYING OVER.

I KNOW...

BUT I CAN'T HELP IT.

WHEN I SAW HIM WITH HER,
I JUST WANTED TO DIE.

LAURA...

YOU'LL BE ALL RIGHT.

HEY, HE'S NOT
THE ONLY MAN
IN THE WORLD.

I JUST WANT
TO GO HOME.

I DON'T WANT TO
BE WHERE HE IS

AND HAVE TO SEE HIM.

I JUST WANT
TO GO HOME.

I WANT TO GO HOME.

I WANT TO GO HOME.

MMM! THAT BREAD
YOU MADE SMELLS
WONDERFUL.

PERCIVAL SHOWED
ME A NEW RECIPE
LAST NIGHT.

HE'S SUCH
A WONDERFUL
COOK.

HE'S REALLY
WONDERFUL
AT EVERYTHING.

WELL, HE
SEEMS TO BE.

MRS. INGALLS,
COULD I ASK YOU
A QUESTION?

CERTAINLY.

WELL, DO MEN
EVER LIKE WOMEN

WHO ARE TALLER
THAN THEY ARE?

SOME MEN DO.

BUT MOST MEN
DON'T, DO THEY?

WELL, I DON'T
KNOW WHAT THE
PERCENTAGES ARE.

Nellie: WELL,
THEY CAN'T
BE VERY HIGH,

BUT I CAN'T THINK OF
A MAN IN WALNUT GROVE

WHOSE WIFE IS
TALLER THAN HE IS.

WELL, I THINK MOST
MEN ARE JUST TALLER
THAN WOMEN ARE.

Caroline:
I MEAN, A MAN MIGHT
LIKE A TALLER WOMAN,

BUT HE JUST
CAN'T FIND ONE.

I SUPPOSE,

BUT I DON'T THINK
PERCIVAL LIKES
TALLER WOMEN.

WELL, I...

I THINK IN HIS CASE,
HE'D BETTER LEARN TO.

MY BREAD'S
GETTING COLD.

STEW WILL BE
READY IN A MINUTE.

OH, ALL RIGHT.

THERE YOU ARE.

AH, THANK YOU.

YOUR STEW WILL BE
READY IN A MINUTE.

THIS BREAD'S COLD.

WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS
THE ONE TO COMPLAIN?

BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS
GOT A REASON.

THIS BREAD'S
NOT EVEN WARM.

WELL, IT WILL BE
AFTER YOU SWALLOW IT!

Percival: NELLIE!

GOOD AFTERNOON,
PERCIVAL.

IT WILL ONLY TAKE ME
A MOMENT TO HEAT IT UP.

Man: MA'AM?

WILL YOU TAKE
MY CHECK, PLEASE?

OH, CERTAINLY.

I'LL GET
YOUR CHANGE.

THERE YOU ARE.

I HOPE
YOU ENJOYED IT.

VERY GOOD.
I'LL BE BACK.

NELLIE?

YES?

ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?

OH, YES,
FINE, WHY?

YOU'RE WALKING
RATHER FUNNY.

FUNNY?

YOUR LEGS...

THEY'RE ALL BENT.

BENT?

OH, THEY ARE BENT,
AREN'T THEY?

Nellie: I MUST HAVE
FORGOTTEN TO, UH,
STRAIGHTEN THEM.

I KNOW WHY
YOU'RE DOING THIS.

YOU DO?

Percival: YES,
AND IT DOESN'T
BOTHER ME.

I'M USED TO
PEOPLE MAKING FUN
OF MY HEIGHT.

BUT, PERCIVAL,
I WASN'T!

Man: WHAT ABOUT
THAT HOT BREAD?

AM I GOING TO
GET THE BREAD?

COMING RIGHT UP!

AAH!

- HI, DARLING.
- HI.

YOU MUST BE BUSHED.

NOT THAT BAD.

THE WAGON?

YEAH, LAURA CAME
HOME EARLY.

WHAT HAPPENED?

NOW, WHY DON'T YOU
SIT DOWN FIRST.
WANT SOME STEW?

- NO.
- HOW ABOUT A CUP OF TEA THEN?

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, WHAT HAPPENED?

WELL...APPARENTLY
ALMANZO HAS A GIRLFRIEND.

OH, NO!

YEAH.

AND TO MAKE
MATTERS WORSE,
IT'S A SALOON GIRL.

- IS SHE SURE?
- YEAH.

Charles: SHE SAW
THEM TOGETHER.

OH, THAT POOR CHILD.

WELL, THAT'S WHAT
I'VE BEEN TRYING TO
TELL YOU ALL ALONG.

SHE'S JUST A CHILD.

IT'S A GOOD THING
I HELD FIRM,

AND LAURA DIDN'T
JUST HAPPEN TO
MARRY HIM.

BY THE TIME SHE FOUND
OUT ABOUT HIM, IT WOULD
HAVE BEEN TOO LATE.

HOW BAD WAS SHE?

OH, SHE WAS BAD.

SHE CRIED HER
LITTLE EYES OUT, AND
SHE FINALLY FELL ASLEEP.

Charles:
I'VE NEVER SEEN
HER SO UPSET.

I GUARANTEE YOU ONE THING--

MR. ALMANZO WILDER IS NOT
GOING TO GET AWAY WITH THIS.

I'VE GOT A SHIPMENT GOING
IN TO SLEEPY EYE ON FRIDAY.

I'M GOING TO PAY
HIM A LITTLE VISIT,

GIVE HIM A PIECE
OF MY MIND.

I REALLY DON'T SEE WHAT
GOOD THAT'LL DO AT THIS
POINT, CHARLES.

OH, IT'S GOING TO
DO ME SOME GOOD,

THAT'S WHAT IT'S
GOING TO DO.

NOBODY'S GOING TO HURT
ONE OF MY BABIES LIKE THAT

AND GET AWAY
WITH IT, CAROLINE.

NOBODY.

[THUNDER]

[HARMONICA PLAYING]

[COUGHING]

HOUSTON!

[COUGHING]

[COUGHING]

[COUGHING]

[KNOCK ON DOOR]

COMING.

LAND SAKES
ALMIGHTY! YOU'RE
SOPPING WET, BOY.

COME ON IN,
ALAMANZY.

WHEW! BOY!

[COUGHING]

[ALMANZO MOANS]

[COUGHING]

YOU DOING ANYTHING
ABOUT THAT COUGH?

NO.

HERE'S THE MONEY.

[COUGHING]

[CHOKING]

YOU OUGHT TO SEE
A DOC ABOUT THAT.

YOU HAVEN'T SAID
ANYTHING TO HER,
HAVE YOU?

YOU KNOW, THERE
WASN'T NO USE TO.
SHE WENT HOME.

I DIDN'T THINK
SHE WAS GOING HOME
TILL TOMORROW.

WELL, I EXPECT SHE
HAS TO GET BACK.

YEAH, WELL, THERE'S
NOTHING TO KEEP
HER HERE ANYWAY.

[COUGHS]

YOU OUGHT
TO DO SOMETHING
ABOUT THAT COUGH.

I HAVEN'T
GOT THE TIME.
IT'LL PASS.

I SAID, YOU
OUGHT TO SEE
A DOC ABOUT--

I SAID IT'LL PASS!

I GOT TO
GET TO WORK.

[COUGHING]

THAT DUMB KID THINKS
HE KNOWS EVERYTHING.

[COUGHING]

[LOUD THUD]

ALAMANZY! ALAMANZY!

ALAMANZY!

OH, MY LORD!

ALAMANZY!

OH, MY GOD!

LAURA, YOU REALLY
SHOULD TRY TO EAT
SOMETHING.

I CAN'T
EAT, MA.

I'M JUST
NOT HUNGRY.

YOU'RE LUCKY YOU'RE
BIGGER, LAURA.

WHEN I DON'T EAT,
I HAVE TO GO TO BED.

CARRIE,
JUST FINISH UP.

YOU WANT TO PLAY
SOME CHECKERS LATER?

NO, THANKS.

I KNOW YOU'RE ALL
TRYING TO HELP.

BUT I JUST--

[SOBBING]
I'M SORRY.

[WAGON APPROACHING]

PA'S BACK.

HI, EVERYBODY.

HI, PA.

- HI THERE.
- HI. CHICKEN'S STILL HOT.

YEAH, GOOD.
WHERE'S LAURA?

SHE JUST WENT UP.

WELL, THERE'S SOMETHING
I HAVE TO TELL HER,

AND I THINK YOU
OUGHT TO HEAR IT, TOO.
WHY DON'T YOU COME UP?

WE'LL BE RIGHT DOWN.

HALF-PINT,
I WANT TO
TALK TO YOU.

YES, SIR?

I WENT TO SLEEPY EYE
TODAY, AS YOU KNOW,

AND ONE OF THE REASONS
I WENT THERE WAS

BECAUSE I WANTED
TO TELL ALMANZO WILDER
WHAT I THOUGHT OF HIM.

I'VE HAD A LOT
OF BAD THOUGHTS ABOUT
THAT YOUNG MAN LATELY.

WELL, I'VE
BEEN WRONG...

VERY WRONG.

AND I THINK YOU
WERE WRONG, TOO.

REMEMBER WHEN YOU TOLD
ME YOU WERE SURPRISED

WHEN MR. PIMS LOWERED
THE RENT MONEY
ON THE BUILDING?

MM-HMM.

HE DIDN'T. ALMANZO
MADE HOUSTON PROMISE
NOT TO SAY ANYTHING,

BUT HE'S BEEN MAKING
UP THE DIFFERENCE
IN THE RENT MONEY.

THAT'S WHY HE'S
BEEN WORKING
THAT EXTRA JOB.

ARE YOU SURE?

VERY SURE.

NOW, I DON'T KNOW
WHAT'S GOING ON

BETWEEN ALMANZO
AND THAT WOMAN,

BUT I DO KNOW THAT
HE'S A VERY, VERY
SPECIAL YOUNG MAN,

WHO MUST HAVE
A GREAT DEAL OF
LOVE FOR YOU.

OH, PA...

I WANT TO
BELIEVE THAT.

THEN DO.

I JUST
WISH HE'D...

HE'D COME AND
TOLD ME HIMSELF.

I'M SURE HE WOULD
IF HE COULD.
HE'S VERY SICK.

WHAT?

WHAT IS IT?

HE HAS
PNEUMONIA.

HOUSTON'S TAKING
CARE OF HIM AT
THE BLIND SCHOOL.

I WANT TO GO
TO HIM, PA.

I KNEW YOU WOULD.
WE LEAVE FIRST THING
IN THE MORNING.

OH, GOD...

PLEASE LET HIM
BE ALL RIGHT.

PLEASE.

I LOVE HIM SO.

[KNOCK ON DOOR]

COME IN.

HOW IS HE,
HOUSTON?

HE'S
BURNING UP.

DOC HAD
TO SEND OUT
FOR SOME ICE.

AS SOON AS IT
GETS HERE, I'LL
PACK HIM IN IT.

ALMANZO?

ALMANZO.

I'M AFRAID HE
WON'T BE HEARING
YOU, LITTLE LADY.

HOUSTON, I'LL STOP
BY THE ICEHOUSE ON
THE WAY OUT OF TOWN,

SEE IF I CAN HURRY
THEM UP A LITTLE BIT.

THAT'S A GOOD
IDEA, SIR.

WHY, HOUSTON?

WHY DIDN'T HE TELL ME?

WHY?

I DON'T KNOW,
LITTLE LADY.

FOLKS IN LOVE DO
STRANGE THINGS.

I EXPECT THAT'S
THE REASON

WHY I NEVER
DID FALL IN
LOVE MYSELF.

ALWAYS AFRAID I
MIGHT DO SOMETHING
STRANGE.

OF COURSE, WHEN I
THINK ABOUT IT,

AIN'T NOTHING
MORE STRANGE

THAN BEING ALONE
YOUR WHOLE LIFE.

HE'S GOT TO
BE ALL RIGHT.

HE'S GOT TO.

IF HE COULD
ONLY HEAR YOU

AND KNEW HOW MUCH
YOU REALLY LOVED HIM,

HE'D FIGHT.
I GUARANTEE YOU.

IF HE COULD ONLY HEAR ME.

TALK TO HIS HEART,
LITTLE LADY.

YOU'RE A STRANGE
MAN, HOUSTON.

YOU'VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE,

BUT YOU TALK
AS THOUGH YOU KNOW

WHAT PEOPLE FEEL
IN THEIR HEARTS.

I GOT ME A HEART,
DON'T I?

ONLY DIFFERENCE IS...

I'VE BEEN ALONE
MY WHOLE LIFE...

UNTIL YOU AND
THE CHILDREN
CAME ALONG.

YOU ARE A SPECIAL
LITTLE LADY.

YOU'RE SPECIAL,
TOO, HOUSTON.

TALK TO HIS HEART.

TALK TO HIS HEART,
LITTLE LADY.

I LOVE YOU, ALMANZO.

I LOVE YOU.

AND NO MATTER
WHAT'S HAPPENED,

I'VE LOVED YOU.

AND I ALWAYS WILL.

[BELL RINGING]

I FIGURED I'D
FIND YOU HERE,
STILL WORKING.

HOW IS HE?

HE'S STILL RUNNING
A HIGH FEVER.
HE'S NOT CONSCIOUS.

OH, POOR BOY.

WE GOT HIM PACKED
IN ICE, TRYING TO
KEEP HIS FEVER DOWN,

WE SHOULD KNOW
PRETTY SOON.

WHY DON'T I GET YOU
[INDISTINCT]
AND GET YOU HOME?

YOU'VE BEEN
WORKING ALL DAY.

I'M READY.
I'LL BE RIGHT
WITH YOU.

WHEW...

I'M GOING
NOW, NELLIE.

ALL RIGHT. HAVE
A NICE EVENING.

I WILL, THANKS.

DONE.

HMM. ALL RIGHT.

THAT WAS 15 SECONDS
FASTER THAN
YOUR OLD RECORD.

LET'S TRY IT, HUH?

MMM! EXCELLENT.

I DON'T THINK YOU'RE
GOING TO BE GETTING

ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT
YOUR FOOD ANYMORE.

GO AHEAD, TRY IT.

THEY ARE GOOD.

I'M STILL NOT AS
FAST AS MRS. INGALLS,
THOUGH, BUT I WILL BE.

A COUPLE OF WEEKS,
AND I'LL BE ABLE
TO BEAT HER.

YOU COULD
TIME US BOTH.

NO, I COULDN'T.

WHY NOT?
JUST TO SEE.

I WON'T BE HERE.

WHY?

WELL, YOU'RE READY.

MY JOB IS DONE.

BUT I'M NOT READY.
YOU KNOW I'M NOT AS FAST

AS MRS. INGALLS.
YOU KNOW I'M NOT.

WELL, NOW, THAT'LL
COME WITH TIME.

YOU'RE MORE THAN
READY TO TAKE OVER

WHENEVER YOU WANT.

YOU'VE BEEN
A GOOD STUDENT.

Percival: I HAVE TO
ADMIT YOU'VE EVEN
SURPRISED ME.

THE DIFFERENCE IS...

WELL, IT'S
LIKE THE DIFFERENCE
BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT.

YOU DESERVE A LOT
OF CREDIT, NELLIE.

NO.

NO, YOU DESERVE
THE CREDIT.

IT WAS YOUR TEACHING.

WHEN WILL
YOU BE GOING?

END OF THE WEEK.

THAT SOON?

YEAH.

WELL...I GUESS I'D
BETTER TURN IN.

- PERCIVAL.
- YEAH?

THANK YOU FOR...

THANK YOU.

NO NEED TO THANK ME.
THAT'S WHAT I GET PAID FOR.

GOOD NIGHT.

[SOBBING]

ALMANZO?

WHERE AM I?

YOU'RE IN HOUSTON'S ROOM
AT THE BLIND SCHOOL.

LAURA? I THOUGHT I FELL
ASLEEP IN THE ICEHOUSE.

THAT'S TO KEEP
YOUR FEVER DOWN.

YOU'RE REAL SICK.

YEAH?

WHAT ARE YOU
DOING HERE?

MY PA BROUGHT ME HERE
TO TAKE CARE OF YOU.

[COUGHS]

YOUR PA DID THAT?

YEAH.

WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL
ME ABOUT THE RENT?

HOUSTON SHOULDN'T HAVE
TOLD YOU ABOUT THAT.

IT SHOULDN'T
HAVE BEEN A SECRET
IN THE FIRST PLACE.

WELL...

I JUST DIDN'T WANT
YOU TO FEEL LIKE YOU
HAD TO BE NICE TO ME

BECAUSE OF THE MONEY.

BE NICE TO YOU?

I LOVE YOU,
YOU SILLY MAN.

NOBODY WILL EVER
LOVE YOU AS MUCH
AS I DO.

NOT EVEN THAT
WHAT'S-HER-NAME
WITH THE FEATHERS.

WHAT ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT?

WHAT WHAT'S-HER-NAME?

THAT SALOON GIRL
YOU LIKE,

THE ONE WHOSE BACK
I SAW YOU RUBBING.

[SNICKERS]

[LAUGHING]

WELL, I DON'T
THINK IT'S FUNNY.

I DON'T THINK
IT'S FUNNY AT ALL!

I THOUGHT YOU
HAD MORE SENSE--

[MOANS]

ALMANZO?

I'M SORRY.

I DIDN'T MEAN
TO YELL AT YOU.

[MOANS]

I LOVE YOU.

AND I LOVE YOU.

I WASN'T RUBBING
ANYBODY'S BACK.

SOME WATER
SPILLED ON HER.

AND I DRIED HER OFF.

AND THAT WAS
THE END OF IT.

REALLY?

REALLY.

OH, I THOUGHT I
COULD FORGET YOU...

BUT I CAN'T.

IF I HAVE TO WAIT
2 YEARS OR 20 YEARS,

I'LL WAIT...

BECAUSE THERE'S
NOBODY ELSE

IN THE WHOLE
WORLD FOR ME...

BUT YOU, BETH.

I LOVE YOU.

Laura, voice-over:
BY THE END OF THE WEEK,
ALMANZO WAS READY TO GO HOME.

HE WAS STILL WEAK,
BUT THE DANGER WAS OVER.

DON'T GO BACK
TO WORK TOO SOON.

I WON'T. ANOTHER WEEK,
AND I'LL BE JUST FINE.

THANK YOU
FOR EVERYTHING
YOU'VE DONE.

WELL, IT'S
THE LEAST A FUTURE
BROTHER-IN-LAW CAN DO.

SEE YOU IN
A MONTH, HOUSTON.

I'LL BE HERE.

I GOT ME A FAMILY
THAT NEEDS ME.

GIVE MA A KISS
FOR ME.

I WILL.

LOVE YOU!

LOVE YOU!

AND I LOVE YOU.

[HORSES NEIGH]

[NEIGH]

ALMANZO, BOY! WHAT THE HECK
DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?

OH. OH, I'M SORRY,
MR. CROWLEY.

I'M SO SORRY.

Mr. Crowley: GET BACK
THERE. GET BACK.
LET'S GET BACK.

BACK. BACK.

[CRYING]

[KNOCK ON DOOR]

Harriet:
NELLIE, DARLING!

GUESS WHAT!

NELLIE, HONEY...

NELLIE.

AW.

WHAT'S THE
MATTER, DARLING?

HE'S GOING TODAY.

OH, WELL,
WHO CARES?

HE SAID THAT
YOU'RE ALL READY,

SO YOU DON'T
HAVE ANYTHING
TO WORRY ABOUT.

I'M NOT WORRIED.

WELL, WHAT'S
THE MATTER, THEN?

I LOVE HIM.

YOU LOVE HIM?

YOU CAN'T LOVE HIM.
HE'S TOO SHORT.

HE IS NOT TOO SHORT.

I'M TOO TALL.

WELL, DON'T BLAME ME.

UH, IT IS
YOUR FATHER'S FAULT.

EVERYBODY'S
TALL ON HIS SIDE
OF THE FAMILY.

YOUR MOTHER'S RIGHT.
HER SIDE IS JUST FAT.

HOW DARE YOU?

[NELLIE CRYING]

OH! NOW, SEE
WHAT YOU'VE DONE.

OH, NELLIE, DARLING,
DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.

MOTHER WILL FIND YOU
A NICE, TALL MAN.

I DON'T WANT A TALL MAN.

I WANT PERCIVAL.

Nellie:
I LOVE HIM.

DID YOU EVER
TELL HIM THAT?

NO.

WELL, TELL HIM!

WHAT? DON'T BE
RIDICULOUS!

A LADY DOESN'T
GO UP TO A MAN AND
SAY, "I LOVE YOU."

WHY NOT?

WELL, BECAUSE IT
JUST ISN'T DONE.
THAT'S WHY NOT.

WELL, IT'D BETTER
BE DONE, BECAUSE
HE'S LEAVING

IN 10 MINUTES
ON THE STAGE.

HE'S OUT THERE IN
FRONT PLAYING BALL
WITH THE CHILDREN.

BUT WHAT'LL I SAY?

WELL, TRY
"I LOVE YOU."

IT'S EASY TO SAY,
AND IT'S RIGHT
TO THE POINT.

ALL RIGHT.

I WILL. I'LL DO IT.

DARLING, I'LL COME
ALONG WITH YOU.

- NO, HARRIET. NO.
- BUT, NEL--

NO.

NO.

NOW, LET THEM
BE ALONE.

MAYBE HE WON'T
THINK ABOUT

WHO HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW
IS GOING TO BE.

[CHILDREN SHOUTING]

Percival:
OKAY. WHOOP!

COME ON!

PERCIVAL?

WHAT?

I HAVE SOMETHING
TO TELL YOU.

I LOVE YOU.

I LOVE YOU.

I DON'T KNOW
WHAT TO SAY.

WELL...

DO YOU?

YES.

I LOVE YOU, TOO.

BUT WHAT ABOUT, UH...

I'M NOT GOING
TO GET ANY TALLER.

AND I'M NOT GOING
TO GET ANY SHORTER.

WILL YOU MARRY ME?

YES.

OH, YES.

[WINDOW SLIDES OPEN]

Harriet: WHAT ARE
YOU TWO DOING?

IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE STREET?

WE'RE GETTING
MARRIED, MOTHER!

- WE'RE GETTING MARRIED.
- TOMORROW!

NOW...TOMORROW?
YOU CAN'T.

THERE'S NO GOWN
AND...

AND A CHURCH
WEDDING.

OH, WE CAN'T HAVE
A CHURCH WEDDING,
MRS. OLESON.

SOMETHING SIMPLE,
OUTSIDE.

NO CHURCH WEDDING?

Harriet:
WHY NOT?

I'M JEWISH.

OH, HE'S--
JEWISH?

- HE IS JEWISH, NELS!
- CALM DOWN, HARRIET.

- NELS!
- NOW, CALM DOWN.

Nels: CALM DOWN.
NOW, HE'S MARRYING
OUR DAUGHTER.

BUT HE'S JE...

HE'S MARRYING
OUR DAUGHTER.

HE'S J...

WELL, THEY ARE
KIND OF A CUTE
COUPLE, AREN'T THEY?

OH, I SUPPOSE
IT'S NO WORSE
THAN BEING SHORT.

OH, NELS.

[CRYING]

MY LITTLE GIRL.

AW, HARRIET.

Dr. Baker: DO YOU,
PERCIVAL DALTON,

TAKE THIS WOMAN TO BE
YOUR LAWFULLY WEDDED WIFE,

TO LOVE, HONOR, AND OBEY
TILL DEATH DO YOU PART?

Percival: I DO.

AND DO YOU,
NELLIE OLESON,

TAKE PERCIVAL HERE FOR
YOUR WEDDED HUSBAND,

TO LOVE, TO
HONOR, AND OBEY

TILL DEATH
DO YOU PART?

I DO.

[HARRIET SOBBING]

I NOW PRONOUNCE
YOU MAN AND WIFE.

KISS YOUR
BRIDE, PERCIVAL.

THANK YOU AGAIN.

MY MOTHER
WILL FEEL BETTER

KNOWING
WE WERE MARRIED
BY A DOCTOR.

LET'S GO.

[PEOPLE LAUGHING
AND CHEERING]

HEY!

[NELLIE LAUGHING]

- YAY!
- YAY!

HA HA!

Albert: YAY!

[LAUGHTER]

TO THE HONEYMOON!

Albert: YAY!

[PEOPLE CHEERING]

HAVE YOU TOLD
THEM YET?

NO.

NOW IS AS GOOD
A TIME AS ANY.

YES, DEAR.

[GIGGLING]

[LAUGHS]

ALMANZO.

YES, SIR.

ONE YEAR.

YOU GOT TO WAIT ONE
YEAR, AND THAT'S
MY FINAL WORD.

[LAUGHS]

[LAUGHS]

OH.

YOU ARE GOING TO
WAIT UNTIL YOU'RE
18, YOUNG LADY.

I LOVE HER.