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Sins of the Fathers 

Sarah Carter's mother died so her father comes for a visit. He's a wealthy newspaper man from the big city and wants the Carters to come back and live with him. He "buys" the boys' ... 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:
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dean Butler ... Almanzo James Wilder (credit only)
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards (credit only)
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Stan Ivar ... John Carter
Pamela Roylance ... Sarah Reed Carter
Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy ... Jeb Carter
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jason Carter
John McLiam ... Elliott Reed
Sheila Larken ... Linda McAndrews
R.L. Tolbert R.L. Tolbert ... Stage Driver


Sarah Carter's mother died so her father comes for a visit. He's a wealthy newspaper man from the big city and wants the Carters to come back and live with him. He "buys" the boys' affection with nice things. He helps Sarah out in her office by helping her with her layout, but it's not the way she wants it and she is happy with her life there and so her father leaves. Written by Anonymous

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10 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Elliott Reed: I didn't approve of her marrying you, but she went ahead and married you anyway. I didn't approve of her moving West, but here she is! She has rejected my advice and my help at every turn!
John Carter: You don't give advice, Elliot. You give orders. She's tired of being pushed around by you, and so am I. Now, you've given her nothing but grief ever since you got here. Now this may be a shack, but it's our shack. And you're not welcome in it.
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What a Dad!
28 November 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

Sara Carter had a father who was very unhappy with her marriage to John. He was a journalist from New York and owned his own newspaper. He didn't agree with Sara's small town ways or her ideas. In my opinion, there wasn't much good about him! The moment he arrived, he casually mentioned that Sara's mother had died. John should have thrown him out right then and there!

I did not care for Mrs. Oleson in this at all! She is an evil creature who needs to be smashed! How she can do these things and not have a conscience is beyond me!!!

There was a woman living in Walnut Grove whom everyone thought was a widow. In truth, she was a recovering alcoholic. When Mrs. Oleson discovered this, she wasted no time in telling Sara's father, who snuck an article in her paper without her knowledge.

But I think that the straw that broke the camel's back was when Sara found out the truth about her mother! I won't reveal it, but it was bad enough that John finally did give the guy the boot!

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