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A New Beginning 

Jonathan and Andy Garvey move to Sleepy Eye and have to deal with a gang of thieves.


William F. Claxton


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 (credit only)
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder (credit only)
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls Kendall
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Merlin Olsen ... Jonathan Garvey
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
Linwood Boomer ... Adam Kendall
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Albert Quinn Ingalls
Harry Carey Jr. ... Sheriff Pike
Med Flory ... Pete Rawlins
John Dukakis ... Tim Mahoney


Jonathan has some break-ins at the freight office, so he becomes part time sheriff to help catch the bad guy. When they bring the boy's father in and tell them they are pretty sure he's the one who's been stealing from everyone they ask to search his room. Sure enough, he's been hiding stuff in his attic. Unfortunately, the self-proclaimed personal security guy who claims that he's helping out by taking a night watch for the business owners who pay him to, has been helping to unload and sell the stuff they sell, so they bust him too. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 October 1980 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me
Traditional Tune
Played on the piano in the saloon
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Goodbye Mr. Garvey!
27 September 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

We won't be seeing much of Jonathon or Andy after this episode. I think we get a few glimpses of Jonathan, but this is Andy's last episode if I'm not mistaken.

Though the fire happened several months before, the Garvey family finally realized they couldn't stay in Walnut Grove without dear, sweet Alice. They moved to Sleepy Eye where Jonathan started his own freight business. But right off the bat, he learns a disadvantage of living in a town - there is a gang of teenagers who are stealing things. They cause trouble in the street and apparently nobody can do anything about it - not even the Sheriff!

Jonathan agrees to be deputy so he can put a stop to his stuff being stolen. He knows who the thief is, and when he has him arrested the guy sweet talks everyone into believing he'll never do it again. But after he beats Andy up, Jonathan is out for revenge. Unfortunately, the boy is still out on the streets when he decides to rob the bank. The results are not good...

Lessons about guns are learned in this episode at a high cost. We say goodbye to Jonathan who, by the way, is getting ready to start his own series with the help of Michael Landon as producer...

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