Little House on the Prairie: Season 8, Episode 2

The Reincarnation of Nellie: Part 2 (12 Sep. 1981)

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Nels goes to the ice house to get supplies and finds an unconscious (and frozen) Belinda inside. Belinda, as it turns out, will be just fine, but Nels decides to get some answers. Nancy ... 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)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Melissa Francis ...
Cassandra Cooper Ingalls (as Missy Francis)
Wendi Turnbaugh ...
Brenda Turnbaugh ...


Nels goes to the ice house to get supplies and finds an unconscious (and frozen) Belinda inside. Belinda, as it turns out, will be just fine, but Nels decides to get some answers. Nancy claims she saw Willie close the door to the ice house (which he affirms), but she says nothing more about why; only the audience knows it was part of a diabolical plan to kill off her school rival and obtain the leading role in the school talent show. Later, Charles is visiting Sleepy Eye and visits with the orphanage director. In casual conversation, Charles learns that Nancy's mother had died due to childbirth complications, and that her behavior was growing increasingly worse; had the Olesens not adopted her, she would have been moved to a home for behavior-problem children. Charles shares his findings with Laura, who is left speechless. They then deduce that Nancy was behind the plan to lock Belinda in the ice house and Willie was left to play an unwitting role. Laura concludes that one-time rival ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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When Willie is talking to his father about the ice house incident, look behind him in the next room and you can see Katherine MacGregor's shadow as she waits for her cue to come in. See more »

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You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet!
26 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nancy is so evil, hateful, and bad! I cannot stand her! Nellie seemed to come by it naturally, and at times she couldn't be nearly as mean as her mother. Nancy, however, seems to have the devil inside her or something. The things she does in this episode are nothing short of cruel, hurtful, and could have resulted in death.

The only thing I really liked about this episode is Willie's being nice and the mermaid booth. If you haven't seen it, the bad parts of this episode are well worth watching just to see revenge at the end!

Locking someone in a ice house so she'd get sick, telling a story so people will be nice to you and let you have your way, and having no remorse for what one does - these are all very bad signs...Nellie was mean. Nancy is nasty.

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