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While the students at the Walnut Grove School are enjoying their summer vacation, Laura decides to attend a literary seminar in Arizona with Eliza Jane. It doesn’t take her long to discover that the professor teaching the class is more interested in starting a relationship with her than teaching the works of Emerson, Twain and other American novelists.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x5
Production Number: 8404
Airdate: Monday November 02nd, 1981

Director: Michael Landon
Writer: Chris Abbott

  • Currently 5.5/10
5.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Lucy Lee FlippinLucy Lee Flippin
As Eliza Jane Wilder

Guest Stars
Casey EricksonCasey Erickson
As Delivery Boy
Leslie LandonLeslie Landon
As Pam
Warner McKayWarner McKay
As Ticket Vendor
Darlene ConleyDarlene Conley
As Mrs. Pierce
Frank KennedyFrank Kennedy
As Conductor
George PetrieGeorge Petrie
As Ralph Waldo Emerson
Joe Lambie (1)Joe Lambie (1)
As William Woestehoff
Kaley WardKaley Ward
As Emily
Kathryn FullerKathryn Fuller
As Miss Ott
Patrick Collins (1)Patrick Collins (1)
As Mortimer Carstairs


As the school year winds down in Walnut Grove, Laura gets a letter from Eliza Jane, inviting her to a summer literary seminar that is held in Arizona. After learning that Ralph Waldo Emerson will be the keynote speaker at the seminar, Almonzo and Laura decide to find a way for her to spend the summer going to school...

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Based On The Works OfLaura Ingalls Wilder
Warning: Little House on the Prairie season 8 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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