Little House on the Prairie: Season 6, Episode 12

Crossed Connections (10 Dec. 1979)

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When the telephone comes to Walnut Grove, Mrs. Olesen is hired as the switchboard operator. The telephone company is unaware that Mrs. Olesen loves to gossip, and her new job will simply be... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush) (credit only)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Hersha Parady ...
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Ingalls Kendall (credit only)


When the telephone comes to Walnut Grove, Mrs. Olesen is hired as the switchboard operator. The telephone company is unaware that Mrs. Olesen loves to gossip, and her new job will simply be another means to spread rumors about Walnut Grove's residents. One of the subscribers to the new Walnut Grove exchange is the Garveys. Alice places a call to her mother, in which she learns that her first husband (a hard-drinking, gambling outlaw named Harold) has just been released from prison for robbery. Alice - who has kept this fact from Jonathan - thinks this is a private conversation, but is unaware that Mrs. Olesen is listening in. Word quickly gets back to Jonathan Garvey, who demands an apology from Mrs. Olesen (she refuses, but an embarrassed Nels does before he reprimands his wife). Jonathan then goes home and gets an explanation from Alice; she didn't tell him about her first marriage because it was a mistake and thought it didn't matter, but Jonathan is angered even more because of ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Harriet Oleson: Thank God we still have the store.
Nels Oleson: Not we, Harriet. I still have the store. Remember?
Harriet Oleson: Nels, you can't mean...
Nels Oleson: I can. And I certainly do. Well, you're the one that laid down that law.
Harriet Oleson: [Cries] But how am I going to pay my bills?
Nels Oleson: You figure it out. That's what comes of buying all this nonsense on credit. Piano, jewelry, crystal... You said you can pay it all yourself. Well, now you can do it.
Harriet Oleson: But how?
Nels Oleson: Get a job.
Harriet Oleson: Get a job? Where?
Nels Oleson: That's a very good question, Harriet.
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Ring her Neck?
29 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harriet Oleson has made it possible for Walnut Grove to get modernized. They are now connected to the world! Telephones have finally arrived in Walnut Grove. Of course the fact that Mrs. Oleson can now listen in on every telephone conversation is the main theme to this episode.

We discover the Garvey secret: Alice Garvey had been married before - a long time ago. When Mrs. Oleson overhears her private conversation with her mother, Harriet is excited about spreading the news. This causes a huge fight, and Jonathan leaves to go meet the man she used to be married to.

I'll call the sub-plot "Getting even with Mrs. Oleson." Albert comes up with a plan to hit the woman where it counts. The ending to this episode is priceless with an over-dramatic scene of a crying Mrs. Oleson being told by her husband that he now owns everything...

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