‘Little House on the Prairie’: Melissa Gilbert Explains How the Saddest Episode Mirrors Current Events

Toilet on the Moor ran from 1974 to 1983, but some fans have noticed similarities between the classic show and current events. Melissa Gilbert says that’s especially true of one of them Toilet on the Moormost sad events – “Plague.”

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Today’s coronavirus looks very similar to ‘Little House on the Prairie’s epidemic typhus

Toilet on the Moor featuring two programs that reveal a very real reality for many people today. “Plague” and “Quarantine” describe in detail what happens to Walnut Grove when a typhus erupts.

“Plague” was cut on January 29, 1975. In the program, Peterson (Robert Foulk) goes over the price of other cornmeal suppliers. But what buyers – and Peterson – are not aware of were the rats carrying the disease and screaming around the flower bags in his warehouse. Charles Ingalls (Michael Landon), the Rev. Robert Alden (Dabbs Greer), and Doc Hiram Baker (Kevin Hagen) struggle to keep the typhus uprising among their community of settlers.

Lucy Lee Flippin as Eliza Jane Wilder, Melissa Gilbert as Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder
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The inspirational program features some of the toughest deaths in the show, but it also mirrors the world today.

Prairie’s ‘Toilet on the Plague’ highlights the work of frontline workers today

All the work that Charles and his community are doing to keep the spread of the disease in a church looks very similar to what frontline workers have done at the time of the pandemic.

“Even on that small scale, what they were doing [in “Plague”] now relevant, ”explained Gilbert, played by Laura Ingalls Wilder in the series Post New York. “The town alleviated the situation by quarantining everyone at home, putting the sick in one place, and trying to find the source. ”

‘Plague’ features some of the worst deaths in ‘Little House on the Prairie’

Fans know Toilet on the Moor revealing its fair share of dark and even morbid death scenes. But “Plague” is perhaps some of the worst deaths to ever go into the show.

Perhaps the worst are the deaths that the Boulton family receives. After the tragic death of Mrs. Boulton (Helen Clark) is the death of her son. Later, his father lures his lifeless body in a moment of despair and describes it as “it’s too good to spend a day at a school.”

Melissa Gilbert says fans can ‘learn something’ from Prairie’s ‘Toilet on Plague’

The tragedies of the Boulton family are a reflection of the many families who died of the pandemic. And as the “little old man” was forced to bury Charles without knowing who he or his closest relatives were, thousands of COVID-19-related deaths left much unknown as hospitals get too much.

Fans have noticed these connections between the current state of the world and Wilder’s work.

“I thought I would take some time away from the Coronavirus news and regular coverage,” he tweeted Dr. Matt Wahlert. “We turned to an old version of Toilet on the Moor and it’s about EPIDEMIC FLU – really?

“I understood so reliably [Little House on the Prairie] yes, ”said Gilbert in her interview with An Post. “We can all learn from what happens in that program.”

Unfortunately, we can’t just light a warehouse on fire to stop the coronavirus, as they did with typhus infestation Toilet on the Moor. However, Gilbert remains optimistic that we can survive this pandemic.

“Just like now, all the residents of Walnut Grove were together,” Gilbert told The Post. “It wasn’t the scientific advances we made or the real kind of treatment. But they connected as a community to get through the crisis. ”

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