Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Perennial busybody Harriet Oleson (Katherine MacGregor) inaugurates a gossip column in the local Walnut Grove newspaper. With her usual sensitivity toward other people's feelings, she uses her column to malign a local farming family -- for no other reason than they are recent immigrants from Germany. Acting as the church's lay minister while Rev. Alden is away, Charles (Michael Landon) uses his sermon to teach Mrs. Oleson a lesson. Meanwhile, Charles' daughter Laura (Melissa Gilbert) and foster son, Albert (Matthew Laborteaux), decide to employ Harriet's journalistic methods to hoist her on her own petard.