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Little House On The Prairie: Whisper Country

Mary looks around like she's never seen a school before, and then she unbuckles her books. She smiles as the same grungy children we saw outside come into the school. They all appear to be barefoot, which the two boys whose feet we saw did not appear to be when they were outside. But I guess they have to be barefoot to make the point, so barefoot they are. There are also more of them. They all sit down, boys on one side, girls on the other side. My favorite part? Incredibly Creepy Child, the last girl they showed? She's gone. Nowhere to be found. I guess she found a cornfield to send everyone into and left for greener pastures. Mary smiles, and then Caleb chases one last kid into the room, announcing that "they're all here" now. Except for Creepy Child! Where did she go? What is she doing? It is a mystery. Mary says her name is Miss Ingalls, and that she's their teacher, which Reverend Alden told them outside, but they may have forgotten, I suppose. She gamely asks how everyone is. No one answers. "Well, let's get to work," she says. She asks if any of them brought a slate, even though they're all barefoot, empty-handed, and sitting on benches. Way to go, genius. How about paper? Or a pencil? Grapefruit? Boom box? Suitcase? Futon? No, they brought nothing. She asks whether, if she gave them paper and pencil, they could write their names. No response. When they cut over to the boys, there's this one who has kind of taking the "look unresponsive" acting direction a little too much to heart, and he's sitting there with his mouth literally hanging open. Nice.

Mary presses on by saying she'd like each of them to come up to her desk, one at a time. She starts with the girls, asking the one up front to approach the bench. This particular child doesn't answer when asked for her name, but when Mary insists that she needs it for the "registration book," the girl gives up that she's Katie Fisher. It takes Mary a minute, but she realizes that this is Mean Caleb Fisher's daughter. Mary grins enthusiastically and tells Katie that she'll need to be shown the house at the end of the day. Katie nods noncommittally. Mary gives Katie a piece of paper with her name on it, telling her she can practice writing it. That ought to work. Thinking this whole thing is dumb, Katie sits down. Next, the girl in the light blue dress comes up. She doesn't want to give her name. "Won't you tell me your name?" Mary asks. The girl doesn't answer.

"Speak up, child!" comes a voice from the door, and all the children whip their heads around in fear. Because over by the door is Miss Rachel Peel, wearing a black skirt, a gray blouse, and a floppy black bonnet. Dun-dun-duuuuuun! Miss Peel is an older lady with angry red hair and a face almost exactly like Droopy Dog. Mary didn't just fall off the potato wagon, at least in this episode, so she realizes who this must be. The two ladies introduce themselves, and Miss Peel says that the non-speaking blue-dress girl is "Sarah." When we go back to the boys, openly staring at Miss Peel, one of them is looking at her so intently, with such wide-eyed angry terror, that he seems to be trying to break her in half with his mind. Up until now, this was bad melodrama. Now, it is awesome slapstick.

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Little House On The Prairie: Whisper Country

Mary looks around like she's never seen a school before, and then she unbuckles her books. She smiles as the same grungy children we saw outside come into the school. They all appear to be barefoot, which the two boys whose feet we saw did not appear to be when they were outside. But I guess they have to be barefoot to make the point, so barefoot they are. There are also more of them. They all sit down, boys on one side, girls on the other side. My favorite part? Incredibly Creepy Child, the last girl they showed? She's gone. Nowhere to be found. I guess she found a cornfield to send everyone into and left for greener pastures. Mary smiles, and then Caleb chases one last kid into the room, announcing that "they're all here" now. Except for Creepy Child! Where did she go? What is she doing? It is a mystery. Mary says her name is Miss Ingalls, and that she's their teacher, which Reverend Alden told them outside, but they may have forgotten, I suppose. She gamely asks how everyone is. No one answers. "Well, let's get to work," she says. She asks if any of them brought a slate, even though they're all barefoot, empty-handed, and sitting on benches. Way to go, genius. How about paper? Or a pencil? Grapefruit? Boom box? Suitcase? Futon? No, they brought nothing. She asks whether, if she gave them paper and pencil, they could write their names. No response. When they cut over to the boys, there's this one who has kind of taking the "look unresponsive" acting direction a little too much to heart, and he's sitting there with his mouth literally hanging open. Nice.

Mary presses on by saying she'd like each of them to come up to her desk, one at a time. She starts with the girls, asking the one up front to approach the bench. This particular child doesn't answer when asked for her name, but when Mary insists that she needs it for the "registration book," the girl gives up that she's Katie Fisher. It takes Mary a minute, but she realizes that this is Mean Caleb Fisher's daughter. Mary grins enthusiastically and tells Katie that she'll need to be shown the house at the end of the day. Katie nods noncommittally. Mary gives Katie a piece of paper with her name on it, telling her she can practice writing it. That ought to work. Thinking this whole thing is dumb, Katie sits down. Next, the girl in the light blue dress comes up. She doesn't want to give her name. "Won't you tell me your name?" Mary asks. The girl doesn't answer.

"Speak up, child!" comes a voice from the door, and all the children whip their heads around in fear. Because over by the door is Miss Rachel Peel, wearing a black skirt, a gray blouse, and a floppy black bonnet. Dun-dun-duuuuuun! Miss Peel is an older lady with angry red hair and a face almost exactly like Droopy Dog. Mary didn't just fall off the potato wagon, at least in this episode, so she realizes who this must be. The two ladies introduce themselves, and Miss Peel says that the non-speaking blue-dress girl is "Sarah." When we go back to the boys, openly staring at Miss Peel, one of them is looking at her so intently, with such wide-eyed angry terror, that he seems to be trying to break her in half with his mind. Up until now, this was bad melodrama. Now, it is awesome slapstick.

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