A community tries to regain its collective faith after the sudden death of a well-loved local figure: high school football star Billy ‘Smiley’ Cain Jr.
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Albert Quinn Ingalls wants to be a doctor. But soon he discovers that he is fatally ill. He decides to spend the rest of his life in Walnut Grove. Meanwhile children from school are preparing for their traditional climbing of the mountain.
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Caroline and Margo respond to a “Missed Connections” ad on Craigslist, only to realize that there whirlwind romance was a trap, and the man of her dreams is leading a secret life. The Two women join forces to bring down the dangerous con man who simultaneously romanced and duped them.
In 1985, against the backdrop of Thatcherism, Brian Jackson enrolls in the University of Bristol, a scholarship boy from seaside Essex with a love of knowledge for its own sake and a childhood spent watching “University Challenge,” a college quiz show. At Bristol he tries out for the Challenge team and falls under the spell of Alice, a lovely blond with an extensive sexual past.
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