Mean Nellie Oleson snubs Laura and Mary for wearing homespun dresses on their first day at school and, when Laura later complains, Caroline reminds her to be kind to Nellie to win her ... See full summary »

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Mean Nellie Oleson snubs Laura and Mary for wearing homespun dresses on their first day at school and, when Laura later complains, Caroline reminds her to be kind to Nellie to win her friendship. But Caroline forgets her own wise words, loses her temper with Nellie's haughty mother, store owner Harriet Oleson, and impulsively buys dress fabric she can barely afford. Later, Laura struggles to write an essay for the Visitors' Day program and Caroline must decide what to do with the expensive fabric. When Visitors' Day arrives, their love for each other helps both mother and daughter solve their problems. Written by shepherd1138

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This episode was the first time we see Nellie Oleson. See more »

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Toward the end of the episode, Laura and her mother walk back into the school house to show Eva Beadle Laura's essay. Ms. Beadle finishes erasing the chalk board. The camera shows a close up of the essay then goes back to a full shot of the characters in the school room. On the chalk board the word 'Welcome' has appeared, which Ms. Beadle then erases. See more »

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Mary Ingalls: That Nellie Olsen's the meanest girl I ever did see. I could never be that mean!
Laura Ingalls: I could... meaner! If Ma and Pa'd let me!
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Introducing Nellie Olsen!
2 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We get to meet Nellie Olsen in this episode. As all LHOTP fans know, Nellie is a selfish brat and take after her mother. Her younger brother, Willie, can be sweet but Nellie usually talks him into going her way and going against the Ingalls girls.

This is another one of those memorable episodes. Laura and Mary start school and meet lovable and pretty Miss Beadle. Laura instantly falls in love with her and declares that she is the prettiest woman she'd ever met (with the exception of her mother). Caroline meets Mrs. Olsen who shows her true colors right off. Lord only knows why mother and daughter took a dislike to the Ingalls family, but Mrs. Olsen refused to buy Carolien's brown eggs at the same price as the white. Caroline quickly puts the woman in her place, however.

I recall watching an interview of Melissa Gilbert once and she commented on the hand smacking Mary did to her. When you watch it, it looks like it hurts. Well guess what, it did! Melissa Gilbert said that Melissa Sue Anderson really let her have it and she rubbed her hand on camera because it was smarting!

So, if you want to see how the whole Laura-Nellie rivery thing started, watch this episode!

By the way, we also learn where the famous blue go-to-meeting dresses came from as well!


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