Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 7

Town Party-Country Party (30 Oct. 1974)

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Laura befriends Olga, a girl crippled from birth with one leg shorter than the other and who, as a result, is teased by Nellie and often left out of the other children's games. But when ... See full summary »

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Laura befriends Olga, a girl crippled from birth with one leg shorter than the other and who, as a result, is teased by Nellie and often left out of the other children's games. But when Charles comes up with a way to help Olga walk more normally, he meets unexpected resistance...from Olga's over-protective father. Written by shepherd1138

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Nellie Oleson: Well I'm not just fine! That pond's dangerous, Mr. Ingalls. It's got a crab that's that big! Come close to getting my whole toe bit off!
[curtsies]
Nellie Oleson: .
Charles Ingalls: [Nods and gives Laura the eye] Now I wonder where Nellie got the idea that the crab could bite her toe off?
Laura Ingalls: I think it would be a good idea if we walk home a ways with our guests.
Charles Ingalls: Why don't you do that?
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What's a girl to do?
8 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What's a girl to do when she finds a crab that she thinks can break a stick in two? Well, it would be a wonderful thing to use against your enemy, namely Nellie Olsen, and she does...

But that's not the main part of this story. It all begins when Mary and Laura are invited to the Olsen's home for Nellie's party. I'm sure Harriet risks no chance of showing off how rich she is - especially to the poor...And this is no exception. Laura and Mary are of course impressed, but Laura soon befriends a young girl - Olga - who is lame due to having one leg shorter than the other.

Another one of Laura's characteristics shine through in this episode. We see her caring nature. Laura's always been the sensitive one. Of all the girls, I'd say Laura is the most like her father. She cares about everything, and usually she and her father can think alike. Charles comes up with a solution for Olga, but Olga has a very overprotective father who is used to his daughter being made fun of. He comes off being mean and uncaring, but his problem is that he cares too much and is way too protective.

When the girls' have a party of their own, The show turns into another direction. By the end of the party, you find yourself tearing up at the father/daughter scene. And then the crab story peaks it's head out again and there's a cute interchange between Laura and Pa.

By the end of the episode, you just know that there is hope for others.


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