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Child Abuse: Season 1, Episode 20, "Child of Pain"
In the olden days, before you could call D.C.F., you just took custody of the kid in question in the school or church and held a really tense town hall meeting. While this method wouldn't fly today, the general message of "if you see something, say something" still holds.
DIY Surgery: Season 2, Episode 15, "A Matter of Faith"
This is what happens when you don't use Neosporin, kids (and live out in the middle of nowhere without access to a phone). This is some late-season Grey's Anatomy, or maybe a dark episode of Macgyver, but prairie women are tough. Ma wasn't going let a little cut take her out.
PTSD: Season 2, Episode 21, "A Soldiers's Return"
This episode still works today. While we hope things have gotten a lot better as far as mental health services for returning vets since the civil war, there are still so many cases of returning soldiers — even surrounded by well-meaning and loving family members — turning to drugs.
Street Harassment: Season 3, Episode 9, "The Bully Boys"
Street harassment is not a new phenomena; not even Ma could go into town without a super creep wanting some "farm fresh eggs" (proof you can make anything sound aggressively sexual if you put your mind to it). Of course, prairie rules also meant that instead of questioning what she was wearing, the creeps are straight-up run out of town.