"Four Eyes"
Season , Episode
# overall in Series
Original air date September 17, 1975
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Written by B.W. Sandefur
Directed by William F. Claxton
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The beginning chapter in a story arc concerning Mary's failing eyesight, which will soon render her blind. The tip off of her vision problems comes with her flagging grades. Mary is excited to receive a pair of brand new glasses but her excitement fades when other students relentlessly tease her even after Miss Beadle points out her own pair of glasses. Mary decides to 'lose' her glasses until Miss Beadle unwittingly shows her that she does not need to worry about her glasses making her look unattractive.






  • Notice the scene where Charles is walking to the house from the barn, and it is all foggy and appears to be very early in the morning. Then notice the very next shot, when Carrie is looking at him through the window, and the sky is all blue and perfect.
  • In this episode, Mary is ridiculed by her classmates when she starts wearing glasses. In real life, Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary)'s son Griffin had to get glasses as a child, although he didn't experience the teasing that his mother's character did on Little House. Still, in a 2005 interview, Anderson said that she wants Griffin to view this episode, because she wants him to understand how getting glasses can be difficult for some kids, and she hopes it will help him see why it is never right to join in on such teasing.

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