New student Sylvia Webb, who has physically matured faster than most of her classmates, piques the physical curiosity of some of her male classmates. Albert goes along at first, but quickly... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Ingalls Kendall (credit only)
Sylvia Webb
Mr. Hector Webb
Bradley Green ...
Boy #2 (as Bradley Greene)


New student Sylvia Webb, who has physically matured faster than most of her classmates, piques the physical curiosity of some of her male classmates. Albert goes along at first, but quickly becomes friends with Sylvia. However, he is unaware that she is trapped in a horrifying world: She's being stalked (and is eventually attacked by) a masked rapist; her father has a cold, uncaring attitude toward Sylvia's ordeal; and her cruel classmates continue to taunt her. Eventually, Sylvia collapses at school from exhaustion ... and it's because she's pregnant. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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9 February 1981 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


It is remarkable how often they showed the telephone being used, when, realistically, farm communities at that time had no telephone service whatsoever. Even though the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, it was not legally recognized until the 1890s. See more »


When Albert is telling Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls about Sylvia screaming at boys and hitting them, he said, "I can see why Carrie was so scared" instead of Sylvia. See more »


Charles Ingalls: It's just natural curiosity, Harriet - - boys will be boys, myself included - - all of us boys liked to go to the swimming holes to have a peep at the girls when they were frolicking in the water.
Harriet Oleson: Oh really? Well, I certainly don't remember any of the boys sneaking around the swimming hole when I was a girl.
Nels Oleson: THAT'S the truth!
Harriet Oleson: What was that?
Nels Oleson: I said, Charles is telling the truth. We do indeed need to show some leniency and understanding here.
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We don't choose our parents
21 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is one of the darker episodes. A over-bearing father who apparently had a wife who was pretty and liked to show her stuff to other men, ending her life caused him to treat his teenage daughter like crap. The father is played by Royal Dano, who played in many western as various eccentric characters. I can remember him in Gunsmoke and The Rifleman, and I'm sure there are many others! His character was always a bit slow or odd. I don't think I ever saw him play a normal part.

In this episode, he's a totally unlovable jerk. He blames his daughter when curious boys come to peak in her window, then she's blamed when she's raped by an unknown man. When she ends up pregnant, he tells her "We reap what we sow," which I thought was totally heartless. Here's this fifteen year old (or so) girl who has just been violated and all her father can do is shame her! Then when she finds herself scared and alone, he sames her more.

I can't help but feel sorry for Albert. He just got a raw deal, and I love the disgust he has when someone questions him on rather he could be the father of the unborn child. Now days, I'm afraid there wouldn't be that kind of distaste about this...It's accepted too easily.

The episode ends on a sour note. Knowing where it's going in the next part, I'm afraid to say things just don't ever get better.

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