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Second Spring 

Nels finally loses patience with his henpecked family life and begins a mobile merchant business. During one of his stops, he meets a much younger woman whom is the exact opposite of his ... See full summary »

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Caroline Ingalls
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Laura Ingalls
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Mary Ingalls Kendall
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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Nellie Oleson
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Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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Albert Quinn Ingalls
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Nels finally loses patience with his henpecked family life and begins a mobile merchant business. During one of his stops, he meets a much younger woman whom is the exact opposite of his own wife. In the process, Nels struggles with temptation and going astray as the relationship blossoms. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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18 February 1980 (USA)  »

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Goofs

Molly the B and B owner uses the phrase "Let's trip the light fantastic". This phrase was not used until 1894 in the song "Sidewalks of New York" by Charles B. Lawlor and James W. Blake. Molly uses it roughly 12 years before it was written. See more »

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Harriet Oleson: Nels, don't forget you have a tongue in the oven.
Nels Oleson: I got one in the store too.
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The Wearin' O' The Green
Irish Ballad
Sung by Suzanne Rogers
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Mr. Oleson
14 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I never could stand Mrs. Oleson. I could never see any good in her, and never did understand why Nels ever married her. The way she treats Nels is abusive, and I am shocked at how well her children turned out! Nellie tried to be nasty like her mother, but she never did quite make it. As for Willie...well, he never was mean and took after his father.

It's not shocking when Nels takes off on the road looking for greener pastors. I must say thought that when Charles walks into the boarding house and catches him kissing another woman always makes me gasp. Charles is disturbed by what he sees but wisely chooses to stay out of it, having faith that in the end Nels will do the right thing.

But what is the right thing? Biblically speaking, I must say that kissing another woman when your married to another is NOT the right thing. Divorcing the woman who treats you like crap...well, I'm a bit surprised they didn't go down that road. Other's divorced on the show and their characters were much better! If this had been Gunsmoke or Bonanza, the couple's marriage would have broken up. Yet we see the spineless man Nels is in the end. Don't get me wrong - I think Nels is a great guy and certainly needs to be there for his children. But the fact that he tells Harriet he loves her...well, I just don't see it...

By the way, this season, Harriet cannot cook. She could in previous seasons.


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