Little House on the Prairie: Season 5, Episode 19

The Lake Kezia Monster (12 Feb. 1979)

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Kezia doesn't believe in paying property taxes, and it isn't long before Mrs. Oleson decides to foreclose on the property and purchase it for herself as the family's vacation home. Nels ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Ingalls (credit only)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)


Kezia doesn't believe in paying property taxes, and it isn't long before Mrs. Oleson decides to foreclose on the property and purchase it for herself as the family's vacation home. Nels objects to the purchase, knowing she had acquired it unfairly and that Kezia would have no place to go, but Mrs. Oleson responds by moving herself and Nellie and Willie to the lakeside property. Mrs. Oleson, in a show of pity, hires Kezia to be their servant and forces her to live in the shack. Laura, Albert and Andy watch from afar and are disgusted at how cruelly the three Olesons are treating their friend Kezia, and also aware that Mrs. Oleson used underhanded means to buy the property. One night, after hearing Caroline read a story about monsters, Albert comes up with an idea to concoct a monster to drive the Olesons off the property. Working with Kezia, the children set their plans in motion, but Mrs. Oleson, Nellie and Willie are too smart for any tricks and harden their resolve to stay on "their... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Nels Oleson: [Groaning, walks into Kezia's house with moss all over his head. He pushes moss back from his eyes and the others start laughing] I came out to see what all the fuss was about, and I got to laughing so hard, I fell in the lake!
Laura Ingalls: You won't tell on us, will you?
Nels Oleson: Never! Ne-ver!
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Much ado about nothing!
10 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another really funny episode! When Harriet Olsen buys Kezia's house after she fails to pay taxes on it, Kezia, Laura, Andy, and Albert decide to get back at her. Harriet decides she and the children would move there for the summer. It would be their "summer place." But what Harriet doesn't know is that they won't be staying long.

A few subtle trials on scaring Mrs. Olsen with a story about their being a monster in the lake fail, so Albert hashes a plan that he hoped would scare Harriet and her children into never coming back! Though I can't stand Harriet, I love her husband! I think the role he had in this episode was pretty funny, and the last lines of this episode really demonstrate Nels' character. Though he cannot stop Harriet from being the witch she really is, he can certainly enjoy it when others do so.

If you are looking for a light-hearted episode that will make you feel like giggling, you won't want to miss this one!

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