The whole class leaves except Andy and his mother but a moment later Laura comes back and talks about what Nellie did to Andy. The next day, for final exams, Mrs. Garvey forces Nellie to take off the jacket she wears to hide all the answers she had. Nellie passes, but not with the excellent grades that she and her mother are used to getting. Andy also does quite well in the final on his own with a higher grade than Nellie. Meanwhile, Mrs. Oleson hands a blue ribbon to the best student she hoped her daughter Nellie would be, but Albert wins it instead. Mrs. Oleson is upset and Mrs. Garvey reveals why Nellie’s final exam was much lower than her other job. When Mrs. Oleson finds out that Nellie had been cheating, a funny fact happens at the end as she takes Nellie out of school with the other kids and Mrs. Garvey laughs one last time.

The church council in Walnut Grove finally votes to accept the black man named Joe Kagan as a member, against the wishes of Mrs. Oleson and Mr. Larabee. Ms. Oleson’s husband votes to leave Kagan at church against his wife’s wishes. Meanwhile, the late Mr. Hanson had left his grand home to the Walnut Grove church in his will. Meanwhile returning to Winoka, the school building for the blind was sold without their knowledge, to Mr. Standish, who planned to move the destroyed hall and hotel there. The school for the blind must find a new location or close. The congregation in Walnut Grove accepts the reverend’s suggestion that Hanson’s home be converted into a new school for the blind. The school would merge with another Kansas school for the blind that would not bring in its small staff but would retain its midwife, a woman by the name of Ms. Terhune. Winoka’s school would retain Mary and Adam while their administrator retired. When Mrs. Oleson makes a large cash donation, they also agree to name the new school after her. Charles and Joe travel to Winoka to help with the move, and are surprised when Mrs. Oleson arrives in Winoka to accompany them to meet and impress Mrs. Terhune, whom he considers to be a wealthy member of St. Louis high society and France.

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