Little House on the Prairie: Season 7, Episode 18

Sylvia: Part 2 (16 Feb. 1981)

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Mrs. Oleson spreads word that Albert had gotten Sylvia pregnant. Caroline knows this isn't true and confronts her nemesis over this misinformation. Mr. Webb decides that, because of the ... See full summary »

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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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Mary Ingalls Kendall (credit only)
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Mrs. Oleson spreads word that Albert had gotten Sylvia pregnant. Caroline knows this isn't true and confronts her nemesis over this misinformation. Mr. Webb decides that, because of the shame his daughter's ordeal brought him, they will move from Walnut Grove. Sylvia decides she'd be happier with Albert, and the two decide to get married. When Mr. Webb finds out Albert had visited her (despite a no-guests rule), he calls Sylvia a whore, and she runs away. Albert - who had gotten a job as at the blacksmith's shop - later helps search for Sylvia, but lets slip as to her whereabouts to the blacksmith. It all leads to one final confrontation. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Caroline Ingalls: Mrs. Oleson, on Sunday I will go to church. And I will ask God to forgive me for this.
[Picks up bread dough and slaps it on Mrs. Olseon's face]
Caroline Ingalls: But to tell you the truth, I think the Good Lord would have done the same thing!
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Mortal Wounds Run Deep...
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Previously on Little House, 15-year-old Sylvia Webb was mistreated daily by her father, got brutally raped one afternoon and subsequently got pregnant, now Hector was preparing to move he and Sylvia out of Walnut Grove and away from all folks they knew who might do'em harm; Albert was now finding himself looked down upon at school. Why? Willie Oleson spread some rumors regarding him and Sylvia, and his whale of a mother listened in on the telephone, so several of Walnut Grove's citizens (all 10 of them) now know. So after giving the little bastard Willie another bloody nose, Albert ran home. His parents knew of his predicament, so Caroline decided to step in and handle it the Ingalls way, and by the time she was done, Harriet was really in the dough; Albert and Sylvia see each other in secret, as her rotten father was in the process of selling the farm. The town's kindly blacksmith, Irv Hartwig, was giving it a look over. Determined to prevent Sylvia from having to leave and live the rest of her life in shame, Albert proposed a plan: get a job, save up enough money, run away with Sylvia and marry her. Even though it's all easier said than done, Albert was confident he could swing it, and to his good fortune, he was able to procure work for Mr. Hartwig. Next, Albert told his Ma and Pa of his plan, or rather it just slipped out. As you might expect, they were none too crazy about the idea.

Before going crazy in front of everybody, Charles sent Carrie to her room...like she won't be able to hear them talking from 20 feet away? So while Charles fell apart, Caroline took the calmer approach by explaining the intricacies of love and marriage and how they're both very different things. This warm, fuzzy moment was interrupted when a livid Hector Webb burst in toting a double barrel shotgun. Charles lunges at him and the two get to mud wrestling out in the rain, but fortunately Albert found the courage to tell Hector he was NOT the father of the baby and he swore it to God. See, back then, when you would swear to God, it was much more serious. So once the men all came to their senses, they went out to search for Sylvia who had run away from home, and honestly, could you blame her? Albert found her in an abandoned barn, cold and hungry. This was probably as good a chance as any to carry out his plan, so Albert raced back to town to see Hartwig for an advance on his salary. He ended up having to tell him his predicament, and he reluctantly agreed to help them. Albert went home to get his things and write a note to Ma and Pa, but when he came back, Hartwig was gone. Meanwhile out at the Atkins' barn, Sylvia had fallen asleep. Unbeknownst that she was being stalked by a monster, creeping right up on her. Waking up to her attacker, she fought him off and ran, knocking his clown mask off to reveal...Irv Hartwig! Who'd a thought? Sylvia climbed a tall ladder to escape, but lost her footing and fell off. Hartwig closed in on her when Charles and Hector showed up, the latter managing to fire off a shot, killing Hartwig. But what about Sylvia? Apparently her father finally owned up and gave his blessing to her and Albert wanting to marry. So, Albert spells out his plan once more, they share a gentle kiss and then...Sylvia was gone. Yep, she's dead. But really, what else were you expecting?

And so concludes probably the most tragic episode in Little House's history. But you gotta give Michael Landon credit for willing to go this distance. Depicting a child getting raped, then getting pregnant by it, and now dying. That's quite a toll. I'd say Landon pulled it off nicely. Once again, Royal Dano shines as Sylvia's creepy father who was a serious mental case. Richard Jaeckel played the monster who so traumatized that poor girl, and did a pretty good job of it. While Olivia Barash was a cute kid, she was not very convincing in the acting department. This tells me Landon cast her for her looks. But regardless, Albert and Sylvia made a very cute couple. Seeing them kiss at the end before Sylvia dies was so touching and quite tragic. So if you can take it, watch the dramatic saga of Sylvia, a girl who, if only for a short time, found happiness in her cruel, unforgiving life.


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