Little House on the Prairie: Season 3, Episode 3

The Race (11 Oct. 1976)

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Conniving Mrs. Oleson is so certain that her scheming and daughter Nellie's new thoroughbred racehorse will beat Laura Ingall's speedy mount, Bunny, in the Hero Township horse race that she... 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)
James Jeter ...
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Walter Brooke ...
Jack Lilley ...


Conniving Mrs. Oleson is so certain that her scheming and daughter Nellie's new thoroughbred racehorse will beat Laura Ingall's speedy mount, Bunny, in the Hero Township horse race that she puts up a valuable family heirloom as first prize. Written by shepherd1138

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Harriet Oleson: Oh... You know, I just thought of something! Well, Nellie has two pairs of shows that are practically like perfectly new and she has grown right out of them. And I was going to give them to the needy in Mankato, but I think I should give them to the needy right here in Walnut Grove.
Caroline Ingalls: That's very kind of you, Mrs. Olsen, I'm sure. But we'll take these we picked out.
Harriet Oleson: Well, I always say Mrs. Ingalls, that charity does begin at home.
Caroline Ingalls: We don't need charity, Mrs. Olsen.
Harriet Oleson: Well, what do you call it when ...
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Beating Nellie
23 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Laura is excited about the upcoming race and decides to enter Bunny into it. But when she talks to the Walnut Grove blacksmith, he let's Laura know Bunny will need four new shoes. Laura is distressed about this, and when she asks her father he tells her that if he had the money for shoes, they'd be for her and her sisters, not some horse! Of course, Laura cannot understand this but she doesn't let that get her down. Instead, she goes to work at the livery to earn her horse's shoes.

Harriet Olsen and Nellie are again VERY nasty in this one! I loose any respect I had for Harriet in this episode. I think she was just plain nasty! First off, she cries as loudly to Nels about Nellie's not having a horse anymore. She goes behind Nels' back and buys a thoroughbred and plans for Nellie to ride. When she overhears a conversation that Nellie's weight may just help Laura win, Harriet's selfishness causes her to break Nellie's heart and make Willie ride instead.

Harriet only get nastier. After Laura races Bunny to get Dr. Baker when Willie has a bad stomach ache, Harriet does the ultimate nasty thing. I won't spoil it, but let me tell you...I lost all respect for her. That's low - even for her...

Of course I think we can guess how this one ends. Everyone gets what they deserve, and in spite of Harriet's nastiness, the Ingalls' family showed love at the very end. They got something better in exchange though.

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