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Marvin's Garden 

After nearly drowning, Jenny befriends a retired Doctor.


Michael Ray Rhodes (as Michael Rhodes)


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 (credit only)
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Allison Balson ... Nancy Oleson
Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy ... Jeb Carter
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jason Carter
Shannen Doherty ... Jenny Wilder
Leslie Landon Leslie Landon ... Etta Plum
Helen Kleeb ... Miss Conley
Ralph Bellamy ... Dr. Marvin Haynes
Jon Lormer ... Mr. Jedediah Thoms


After nearly drowning, Jenny befriends a retired Doctor.

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Release Date:

3 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jenny Wilder: [to Laura] You don't have to drive me to school tomorrow. I'm gonna walk.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: That's an awfully long way. Are you sure?
Jenny Wilder: I'll make it. Believe me, I'll make it.
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References The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) See more »

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I'm different!
28 November 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This is the second time in this shortened season that Jenny almost drowns and is saved by Jeb Carter. This time, though, it was an accident and she suffers injury. Because of lack of oxygen, her body is weakened and her speech is affected. Laura and Almanzo are told there's nothing more the doctors can do, so they bring her home.

Almanzo wants to push Jenny, but Laura wants to coddle her. Jenny finally starts spending time with a doctor recently forced into retirement because of his eyesight. Under his loving care, Jenny becomes stronger. He announces it's time for her to return to school, but school is a lot harder than she ever expected!

This episode is pretty good. Almanzo is a bit more vocal, though I still liked the earlier Almanzo better - the one who lost his temper and actually told Laura vocally what he thought instead of letting her make all the choices and run his life...In this one, Almanzo told Laura in that quiet way of his that Jenny would continue her visits to Marvin.

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