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A Child with No Name 

Laura and Almanzo welcome their second child, a baby boy. They are undecided as far as names go, and Doc Baker examines the child to make sure he's in the best of health. But one fateful ... See full summary »


Victor French


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:
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dean Butler ... Almanzo James Wilder
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Hester-Sue Terhune
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Allison Balson ... Nancy Oleson
Stan Ivar ... John Carter
Pamela Roylance ... Sarah Reed Carter
Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy ... Jeb Carter
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jason Carter
Shannen Doherty ... Jenny Wilder


Laura and Almanzo welcome their second child, a baby boy. They are undecided as far as names go, and Doc Baker examines the child to make sure he's in the best of health. But one fateful morning, the Wilders awaken to find their new baby deceased. Right away, a dumbfounded Laura places blame squarely on Doc Baker, whose business starts to wane and he considers leaving Walnut Grove. But, when Rose suddenly comes down with small pox, the good doctor is their only hope. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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14 February 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode takes place in 1889. See more »


At the beginning of the episode, Laura states that it was lat summer 1889. In " Times are Changing Pt 1", Laura says that it's 1887. Rose should have been 2 years older, but had not aged. See more »


Isaiah Edwards: This here calls for a celebration. Everybody into the restaurant! Everything's on Mrs. Oleson!
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Bringing In The Sheaves
Lyrics by Knowles Shaw
Music by George A. Minor
Sung by the church congregation
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Almanzo Got His Groove Back!
30 November 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This is a sad episode about the birth and death of the Wilder baby. When their baby was born, Laura was afraid he would get sick like her biological brother that died. She made Almanzo take her to the doctor three days in the first week. But no doctor can predict when a baby will die for SIDs. Still today, people don't understand why this happens. From experience, I know that this is ever mother's worst nightmare and cause for many sleepless nights during the first couple of months! I cannot even mention how many times I went to make sure my baby was still breathing!

But Laura and Almanzo never expected this to happen to their baby. Laura was bitter and very angry at Dr. Baker. She had to blame someone - and he was the most logical person to blame. Mrs. Olseson - being Mrs. Oleson - made sure to spread the news around that the baby's death was indeed the doctor's fault. It effected his practice so much that Dr. Baker knew he was going to have to leave!

Then tragedy again strikes the Wilder house. Rose is sick with fever and Almanzo goes for Dr. Baker. Laura told him she wouldn't allow it, but Almanzo overrode her choice.

This is where I say this: I am SO HAPPY to see that the old Almanzo is back! The think I like so much about Almanzo is his Witt and his red temper. It was so nice to see Almanzo get his voice, his temper, and his fight back. He's been so quiet throughout almost this entire season! When it really mattered, he told Laura that he was doing it and she didn't have a choice!

Of course, we know from history that Rose survives the small pox. The scenes are so emotional, especially since they had already lost one child. Jenny acts more like a big sister and a cousin, which shows just how special she is to Laura and Almanzo.

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