Little House on the Prairie: Season 4, Episode 3

My Ellen (26 Sep. 1977)

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After eleven year old Ellen Taylor accidentally drowns while swimming on a hot summer day with the Ingalls girls, her grief-stricken mother, Eloise, first blames Laura for asking Ellen to ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
James Wainwright ...
Cal Taylor
Eloise Taylor (as Corinne Michaels)
Ken Johnson ...
Mia Bendixsen ...
Ellen Taylor


After eleven year old Ellen Taylor accidentally drowns while swimming on a hot summer day with the Ingalls girls, her grief-stricken mother, Eloise, first blames Laura for asking Ellen to go to the pond with them and then, unable to accept the reality of her little girl's death, begins to imagine that Laura is Ellen. Written by shepherd1138

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Eloise Taylor: I asked God for a miracle today. I prayed by my baby's grave. I asked him to make her alive today. He can do that. He's done greater things than that.
Reverend Robert Alden: Eloise, it's not...
Eloise Taylor: Don't tell me it's not my place to question God. They're covering my baby out there with dirt. It'll be so dark... My Ellen was always so afraid of the dark. God doesn't care about me and God doesn't care about Ellen. Don't you come around here no more. No more!
Cal Taylor: Eloise...
Reverend Robert Alden: It's alright. I'll go.
Eloise Taylor: [Picks up bible] And take your ...
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16 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to imagine what one would do if the only child they ever had was suddenly taken from them. People react in different ways. Some get over it faster than others. Some have a hard time, and others can go crazy. I think this is a mild case of craziness.

I'm surprised Laura and Mary didn't have more guilt over the drowning, but the episode clearly wanted to focus on Eloise, the mother of Ellen Taylor who'd drowned. She cursed God. I thought the cursing the Bible and throwing it has always made me cringe a bit...

Laura's ability to look a lot like Ellen is what made this part of the story believable. Mrs. Taylor dressed Laura and styled her hair to look a lot like her dead daughters. Even Mrs. Olsen did wonderful in this. I think she was genuinely worried about Laura and Eloise.

Again, several people show up in this one episode never to be heard or seen again: The Taylors and Bugsby are long-time residents of Walnut Grove, yet surprisingly silent and unseen for the rest of the Little House years!

Excellent episode with a little bit of action and a lot of love! It'll leave you feeling good at the end.

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