Little House on the Prairie: Season 8, Episode 1

The Reincarnation of Nellie: Part 1 (5 Sep. 1981)

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Several weeks earlier, Percy and Nellie traveled to New York (with their infant twins, Benny and Jenny) to help run the family's store and hotel after Percy's father, Mr. Cohen, falls ... 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)
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Several weeks earlier, Percy and Nellie traveled to New York (with their infant twins, Benny and Jenny) to help run the family's store and hotel after Percy's father, Mr. Cohen, falls gravely ill; the elder Mr. Cohen soon dies. Nellie - who is never seen on-camera - writes to her parents and tells them that their stay in New York will now be permanent to carry on the family business. This news saddens Nels, but Mrs. Olesen's life virtually comes to a complete stop. She is deeply depressed, refuses to eat and cannot sleep; there are times when she'd rather be dead. Nels and Dr. Baker are very concerned and decide to talk Mrs. Olesen into adopting a 9- or 10-year-old girl. At first, Mrs. Olesen flatly objects, but changes her mind after Cassandra visits with her. The Olesens travel to the orphanage in Sleepy Eye to visit with the young girls; Nels considers one of the well-mannered girls, but Mrs. Olesen rejects them all since none of them are like Nellie. Nels tries to reason with his ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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In "The Reincarnation of Nellie", Adam & Mary move to New York. Laura hugs her and says she'll write, then says, "And I'll use my Braille writer so Adam can't read my letters". Adam had been blind for many years and only recently regained his sight, therefore is able to read Braille. See more »


Willie Oleson: This is my surprise? You finally got Nellie married and out of the house, and you bring home another one!
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Goodbye Nellie and Mary!
26 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though we did see several for the last time at the end of Season 7, we say more goodbyes now. Nellie and Percival had to go to New York when Percival's father took sick. Upon his death, Harriet discovered that they would be staying East. Harriet became very upset and took to her bed.

Meanwhile, in a house outside of town, Caroline and Charles were learning of a similar fate. Adam, also from New York, had decided to move back to New York to find employment in his father's old law firm. Sadly, we have to say goodbye to two main characters who've been with us from the beginning!

Dr. Baker makes a stupid suggestion to Nels about adopting a girl to help Harriet. I'm not sure what possessed Nels to go with the idea. The idea of Nancy is completely stupid. Why couldn't they just leave it alone? There were enough story lines that LHOTP could have gotten along just fine without such a horrid character. Nancy is ten times worse than Nellie. Nancy is hateful and evil! Nellie wasn't quite that bad. She had her moments...

The episode ends with Nancy having an evil look on her face. We know right off what things are going to be like this season...Bring back Laura and Almanzo focus! Leave Nancy out of it...

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