History Series / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

7th Aug '17 6:32:17 PM dlchen145
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** The above post is inaccurate, based on a unfortunate common misconception. This troper has seen that scene over a dozen times over the years, as recently as a week ago, and I can attest that Alice Garvey held the Kendall baby in her left arm and broke the window with her right.
3rd Aug '17 4:14:02 PM Maddoxsort
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* DramaticIrony: In Season 5, Adam Kendall reveals he lost his sight after taking a spill in a river and conking his head on rocks, causing a concussion that compressed the area around his eyes and made them incapable of functioning. That season also plays with the possibility Mary is regaining her sight but it's a fluke, and Adam seems to be a little jealous, while the couple contemplates what would happen if Adam were the one to regain his sight. Two seasons later takes a spill carrying nitroglycerin and the resulting explosion throws him out of a building... with enough force to undo concuss him again, undoing the compression and restoring his sight, allowing him to resume his original plans to become a lawyer while Mary has to deal with the resulting jealousy.

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* DramaticIrony: In Season 5, Adam Kendall reveals he lost his sight after taking a spill in a river and conking his head on rocks, causing a concussion that compressed the area around his eyes and made them incapable of functioning. That season also plays with the possibility Mary is regaining her sight but it's a fluke, and Adam seems to be a little jealous, while the couple contemplates what would happen if Adam were the one to regain his sight. Two seasons later later, Adam takes a spill carrying nitroglycerin while feeling his way around a cluttered storage shed, knocking over some crates of [[NitroExpress nitroglycerin]] that were just placed inside while he stepped out. He has no way of knowing they've been placed there and assumes his path is clear. He crashes into them and spills the stock, and the resulting explosion throws him blows out the entire side of a the building... and hits him with enough force to undo concuss him again, undoing the compression and restoring his sight, allowing him to resume his original plans to become a lawyer while Mary has to deal with the resulting jealousy.
3rd Aug '17 4:10:36 PM Maddoxsort
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* RunawayTrain: A caboose, in one episode.

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* RunawayTrain: A caboose, in one episode. Season 2's "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Runaway Caboose]]", where Laura, Mary, and Carl Sanderson Edwards sneak onto a yellow caboose and accidentally unhitch it from the rest of the train and send it careening down a downhill grade that threatens to collide with an oncoming passenger special.


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* StockFootage: Used very frequently for establishing shots of the Ingalls house, Walnut Grove, and ''especially'' for shots of the old steam engine used in the show, the 3 (and rarely, the 8), recycling plenty of footage just like ''Bonanza'' did to spare money. In the case of the train, obviously, it costs a lot to keep a vintage train engine operating and to perform its upkeep over a decade, and many times, the series will disguise the fact that only one train is in use because they can't afford another. In fact, the one train being used in "The Runaway Caboose" doubles as both the freight train ''and'' a passenger train later, even though the narratives pretend it's actually two separate trains.
3rd Aug '17 4:04:24 PM Maddoxsort
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** Coupled with BusCrash and PutOnABusToHell. John Sanderson Jr. cheated on Mary in Season 4. In Season 8, episode 8 ("Chicago"), John Jr. is killed in a street accident at 10:30 A.M. right on the verge of his graduation, never to live out his dreams of being a professional writer, while Mary is now HappilyMarried to her OneTrueLove Adam Kendall. The initial believed cause? [[DeathByFallingOver He fell into oncoming traffic after slipping on a road that got muddy on a rainy daybecause some fool did a poor job building it and the pavement was destroyed.]] And then to make things worse, his graduation present, a watch with his initials engraved inside, got stolen off his body by some [[ArtfulDodger petty child crook.]] The ''real'' reason? A company owner named Alderman Hendricks was performing fraud after fraud with "necessary" road construction. His muscle, Drummond, killed him by bashing in his head in an alley because [[CuriosityKilledTheCast his boss put him on an assignment to search for why the pavement in question was being torn up and streets that didn't need fixing were being fixed.]] [[MoneyDearBoy It was all to make money off of extra construction contracts.]] Drummond himself got killed when ''[[DisneyVillainDeath he]]'' [[KarmicDeath fell to his death slipping on roadwork and breaking his neck in the process.]] All in all, "Johnny" stilled died doing what he loved, but it's a disaster which sends his adoptive father Isaiah into an [[OffTheWagon alcoholic relapse]] and later destroys his marriage to Grace. What makes it even sadder is this is the second time poor Isaiah has lost a child.

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** Coupled with BusCrash and PutOnABusToHell. John Sanderson Jr. cheated on Mary in Season 4. In Season 8, episode 8 ("Chicago"), John Jr. is killed in a street accident at 10:30 A.M. right on the verge of his graduation, never to live out his dreams of being a professional writer, while Mary is now HappilyMarried to her OneTrueLove Adam Kendall. The initial believed cause? [[DeathByFallingOver He fell into oncoming traffic after slipping on a road that got muddy on a rainy daybecause some fool did a poor job building it and the pavement was destroyed.]] And then to make things worse, his graduation present, a watch with his initials engraved inside, got stolen off his body by some [[ArtfulDodger petty child crook.]] The ''real'' reason? A [[spoiler:A company owner named Alderman Hendricks was performing fraud after fraud with "necessary" road construction. His muscle, Drummond, killed him by bashing in his head in an alley because [[CuriosityKilledTheCast his boss put him on an assignment to search for why the pavement in question was being torn up and streets that didn't need fixing were being fixed.]] [[MoneyDearBoy It was all to make money off of extra construction contracts.]] Drummond himself got killed when ''[[DisneyVillainDeath he]]'' [[KarmicDeath fell to his death slipping on roadwork and breaking his neck in the process.]] ]]]] All in all, "Johnny" stilled stild died doing what he loved, but it's a disaster which sends his adoptive father Isaiah into an [[OffTheWagon alcoholic relapse]] and later destroys his marriage to Grace. What makes it even sadder is this is the second time poor Isaiah has lost a child.
3rd Aug '17 4:02:35 PM Maddoxsort
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** Coupled with BusCrash and PutOnABusToHell. John Sanderson Jr. cheated on Mary in Season 4. In Season 8, episode 8 ("Chicago"), John Jr. is killed in a street accident at 10:30 A.M. right on the verge of his graduation, never to live out his dreams of being a professional writer, while Mary is now HappilyMarried to her OneTrueLove Adam Kendall. The cause? [[DeathByFallingOver He fell into oncoming traffic after slipping on a road that got muddy on a rainy daybecause some fool did a poor job building it.]] And then to make things worse, his graduation present, a watch with his initials engraved inside, got stolen off his body by some [[ArtfulDodger petty child crook.]] It's a disaster which sends his adoptive father Isaiah into an [[OffTheWagon alcoholic relapse]] and later destroys his marriage to Grace. What makes it even sadder is this is the second time poor Isaiah has lost a child.

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** Coupled with BusCrash and PutOnABusToHell. John Sanderson Jr. cheated on Mary in Season 4. In Season 8, episode 8 ("Chicago"), John Jr. is killed in a street accident at 10:30 A.M. right on the verge of his graduation, never to live out his dreams of being a professional writer, while Mary is now HappilyMarried to her OneTrueLove Adam Kendall. The initial believed cause? [[DeathByFallingOver He fell into oncoming traffic after slipping on a road that got muddy on a rainy daybecause some fool did a poor job building it.it and the pavement was destroyed.]] And then to make things worse, his graduation present, a watch with his initials engraved inside, got stolen off his body by some [[ArtfulDodger petty child crook.]] It's The ''real'' reason? A company owner named Alderman Hendricks was performing fraud after fraud with "necessary" road construction. His muscle, Drummond, killed him by bashing in his head in an alley because [[CuriosityKilledTheCast his boss put him on an assignment to search for why the pavement in question was being torn up and streets that didn't need fixing were being fixed.]] [[MoneyDearBoy It was all to make money off of extra construction contracts.]] Drummond himself got killed when ''[[DisneyVillainDeath he]]'' [[KarmicDeath fell to his death slipping on roadwork and breaking his neck in the process.]] All in all, "Johnny" stilled died doing what he loved, but it's a disaster which sends his adoptive father Isaiah into an [[OffTheWagon alcoholic relapse]] and later destroys his marriage to Grace. What makes it even sadder is this is the second time poor Isaiah has lost a child.
3rd Aug '17 3:52:29 PM Maddoxsort
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* AffectionateNickname: Half-Pint for Laura, even into adulthood. Later, we have "Manly" and "Beth" between Laura and Almanzo- Laura accidentally calls Almanzo "Manly" in a [[LoveAtFirstSight love-struck stupor]], and Almanzo likes it enough to keep the nickname, deciding that he should give one to Laura. After a discussion about their middle names (his is James), Laura tells him her middle name is Elizabeth and he shortens it to "Beth".

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* AffectionateNickname: AffectionateNickname:
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Half-Pint for Laura, even into adulthood. Later, adulthood.
** Starting with the opener of Season 6,
we have "Manly" and "Beth" between Laura and Almanzo- Laura accidentally calls Almanzo "Manly" in a [[LoveAtFirstSight love-struck stupor]], and Almanzo likes it enough to keep the nickname, deciding that he should give one to Laura. After a discussion about their middle names (his is James), Laura tells him her middle name is Elizabeth and he shortens it to "Beth".
3rd Aug '17 3:51:51 PM Maddoxsort
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* AffectionateNickname: Half-Pint for Laura, even into adulthood.

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* AffectionateNickname: Half-Pint for Laura, even into adulthood. Later, we have "Manly" and "Beth" between Laura and Almanzo- Laura accidentally calls Almanzo "Manly" in a [[LoveAtFirstSight love-struck stupor]], and Almanzo likes it enough to keep the nickname, deciding that he should give one to Laura. After a discussion about their middle names (his is James), Laura tells him her middle name is Elizabeth and he shortens it to "Beth".
3rd Aug '17 3:47:56 PM Maddoxsort
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** Coupled with BusCrash and PutOnABusToHell. John Sanderson Jr. cheated on Mary in Season 4. In Season 8, episode 8 ("Chicago"), John Jr. is killed in a street accident at 10:30 A.M. right on the verge of his graduation, never to live out his dreams of being a professional writer, while Mary is now HappilyMarried to her OneTrueLove Adam Kendall. The cause? [[DeathByFallingOver He fell into oncoming traffic after slipping on a road that got muddy because some fool did a poor job building it.]] And then to make things worse, his graduation present, a watch with his initials engraved inside, got stolen off his body by some petty crook. It's a disaster which sends his adoptive father Isaiah into an [[OffTheWagon alcoholic relapse]] and later destroys his marriage to Grace. What makes it even sadder is this is the second time poor Isaiah has lost a child.

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** Coupled with BusCrash and PutOnABusToHell. John Sanderson Jr. cheated on Mary in Season 4. In Season 8, episode 8 ("Chicago"), John Jr. is killed in a street accident at 10:30 A.M. right on the verge of his graduation, never to live out his dreams of being a professional writer, while Mary is now HappilyMarried to her OneTrueLove Adam Kendall. The cause? [[DeathByFallingOver He fell into oncoming traffic after slipping on a road that got muddy because on a rainy daybecause some fool did a poor job building it.]] And then to make things worse, his graduation present, a watch with his initials engraved inside, got stolen off his body by some [[ArtfulDodger petty crook. child crook.]] It's a disaster which sends his adoptive father Isaiah into an [[OffTheWagon alcoholic relapse]] and later destroys his marriage to Grace. What makes it even sadder is this is the second time poor Isaiah has lost a child.


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** A villainous example ''and'' heroic example collide in "He Was Only Twelve". The leaders decision to leave a man's brother to die after being shot reveals [[TheDragAlong he didn't want the other brother involved with the gang because he was too soft.]] The surviving brother tries to exact revenge, but then ''he'' gets shot in return by a gang member who's lost patience with him, who is then shot down by Isaiah in return.
3rd Aug '17 3:39:00 PM Maddoxsort
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** Coupled with BusCrash and PutOnABusToHell. John Sanderson Jr. cheated on Mary in Season 4. In Season 8, episode 8 ("Chicago"), John Jr. is killed in a street accident at 10:30 A.M. right on the cusp of his graduation, never to live out his dreams of being a professional writer, while Mary is now HappilyMarried to her OneTrueLove Adam Kendall. It's a disaster which sends his adoptive father Isaiah into an [[OffTheWagon alcoholic relapse]] and later destroys his marriage to Grace. What makes it even sadder is this is the second time poor Isaiah has lost a child.

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** Coupled with BusCrash and PutOnABusToHell. John Sanderson Jr. cheated on Mary in Season 4. In Season 8, episode 8 ("Chicago"), John Jr. is killed in a street accident at 10:30 A.M. right on the cusp verge of his graduation, never to live out his dreams of being a professional writer, while Mary is now HappilyMarried to her OneTrueLove Adam Kendall.Kendall. The cause? [[DeathByFallingOver He fell into oncoming traffic after slipping on a road that got muddy because some fool did a poor job building it.]] And then to make things worse, his graduation present, a watch with his initials engraved inside, got stolen off his body by some petty crook. It's a disaster which sends his adoptive father Isaiah into an [[OffTheWagon alcoholic relapse]] and later destroys his marriage to Grace. What makes it even sadder is this is the second time poor Isaiah has lost a child.
3rd Aug '17 3:32:13 PM Maddoxsort
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** Nellie was a female example of this to her brother Willie, often coercing him to go along with her schemes.

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** Nellie was a female example of this to her brother Willie, often coercing him to go along with her schemes. Willie later falls into this in a more justified manner when Nancy gets adopted because she's such a SpoiledBrat, but it almost always backfires dramatically when Nancy goes running into the arms of her adoptive coddling Mother Harriet and whining that Willie hates her.



* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Coupled with BusCrash and PutOnABusToHell. John Sanderson Jr. cheated on Mary in Season 4. In Season 8, episode 8 ("Chicago"), John Jr. is killed in a street accident at 10:30 A.M. right on the cusp of his graduation, never to live out his dreams of being a professional writer, while Mary is now HappilyMarried to her OneTrueLove Adam Kendall. It's a disaster which sends his adoptive father Isaiah into an [[OffTheWagon alcoholic relapse]] and later destroys his marriage to Grace. What makes it even sadder is this is the second time poor Isaiah has lost a child. Arguably, also the fate of Jeremy Quinn, who wanted nothing to do with his biological son and apparently fell over dead on his homestead sometime later.

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* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: RewardedAsATraitorDeserves:
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Coupled with BusCrash and PutOnABusToHell. John Sanderson Jr. cheated on Mary in Season 4. In Season 8, episode 8 ("Chicago"), John Jr. is killed in a street accident at 10:30 A.M. right on the cusp of his graduation, never to live out his dreams of being a professional writer, while Mary is now HappilyMarried to her OneTrueLove Adam Kendall. It's a disaster which sends his adoptive father Isaiah into an [[OffTheWagon alcoholic relapse]] and later destroys his marriage to Grace. What makes it even sadder is this is the second time poor Isaiah has lost a child.
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Arguably, also the fate of Jeremy Quinn, who wanted nothing to do with his biological son and apparently fell over dead on his homestead sometime later.later.
** A humorous example occurs in Season 8, episode 8, "The Legend of Black Jake", when Nels is kidnapped by two bumbling crooks and stingy Harriet refuses to pay a $100 ransom note, so Nels decides to get revenge by ''helping'' the duo as their extraneous third member and hooded mastermind, "Black Jake", kidnapping Harriet and pretending to be a ghost to make her think she's having a nightmare and will pay for abandoning him.
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