Little House on the Prairie: The Rivals (1978)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Prime-Time Drama [TV], Rural Drama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Actually, there are two sets of rivals in this episode. While farmers Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon) and Jonathan Garvey (Merlin Olsen) must square off against some tough professional competitors in a freight-hauling contest, Charles' daughter Laura (Melissa Gilbert) finds herself battling with attractive Samantha (Seeley Ann Thumann) over the affections of young Jimmy Hill. Beginning with this episode, the character of schoolteacher Miss Beadle, played by Charlotte Stewart, is rechristened Mrs. Simms, befitting her recent marriage to hog farmer Adam Simms.