A Review of The Little House on the Prairie Episode Called “Four Eyes”

Four Eyes — my little review

I am reviewing The Little House on the Prairie season two episode called “Four Eyes.” It is about when Mary gets her first pair of eye glasses.

Synopsis of this episode

In the beginning of the episode Mary has trouble academically at her school, resulting to failing tests, not completing assignments, and staying home so that she doesn’t have to take tests. She later finds out that she needs glasses and so her Pa takes her to Mankato to see an eye doctor. When she returns Nellie, Willie and some other kids at school, make fun of her and calls her four eyes because she has glasses. Although her schoolwork improves she becomes down on herself because she is being made fun of. She later hides her glasses and pretends she lose them so she won’t end up a spinster like Miss Beadle (the teacher) as the other kids say.

My final verdict?

This episode was one of my favorite episodes because it was really motivating. I also like how even though Mary is made fun of she ends up letting it go and moving on. It shows that you should not let the things people say get to you.

Some more information about this episode

“Four Eyes” is the second episode of the second season, and twenty-sixth overall. The episode was written by William F. Claxton and directed by B.W. Sandefur. It was aired on September 17, 1975, and it remained one of the most fondly-remembered episodes in the television series. Mary decides to let go of her low spirits due to other kids making fun of her wearing glasses, and she wisely moved on.

Some cast members in “Four Eyes” episode:

  • Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls
  • Karen Glasser as Caroline Ingalls
  • Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls (the author of the original Little House on the Prairie books)
  • Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls
  • Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush play alternately as Carrie Ingalls
  • Charlotte Stewart as the children’s schoolteacher Eva Beadle
  • Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson
  • Jonathon Gilbert as Nellie’s younger brother Willie

One of the most well-loved television series

The Little House on the Prairie TV series enjoyed a 9-year run, debuting in September 1974 and ending in 1982. It actually started as a two-hour pilot movie, which was director by Michael Landon, who also played in the series as the head of the family, Charles Ingalls. He went on to direct several episodes.

The Little House on the Prairie TV series was derived from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best-selling novels of the same name, which were based on her real-life experiences from her childhood in the mid- and late 1880s.