Laura and Nellie butt heads when they engage in a series of dirty tricks over romantic interest, the handsome Almanzo Wilder.



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Episode cast overview:
Mary Ingalls Kendall (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)


Nellie is less than willing to go into the hospitality business, but gives it her best go when, in an effort to impress handsome young Almanzo Wilder, tries cooking dinner. Only thing is, Laura volunteers to cook instead and makes Nellie's meal the hottest dish in town. Later, Nellie learns that Laura is studying to be a teacher and volunteers to help her study ... but conveniently forgets to tell her that the study material won't help her one bit. An angry Laura confronts Nellie and the two get into a huge fistfight that leaves both girls very muddy. Almanzo breaks up the fight and takes her back to his place to clean up and cool off ... then Charles steps in and thinks that the much-older Almanzo is taking advantage of his 15-year-old daughter. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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24 September 1979 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In both the DVD Commentary and Season Six DVD interview, Alison Arngrim said the scene where Laura and Nellie get into the fight was filmed in a farmer's real pasture. She said when Melissa shoved the mud in her face, it was not acting, but Melissa's own idea. Alison said: "You really don't want to know what I swallowed that day." See more »


Laura is told by Ms. Wilder that there is no certain age one has to be to take the test for a teaching certificate. However, in Laura Ingalls Wilder: Part I (Season 7 Episode 1) Ms. Wilder is speaking with the superintendent of schools and he says the age one needs to be to take the teaching certificate exam is 16. Laura was the best student who was the closest to the required age of 16 so an exception was made as her 16th birthday was in two weeks and a substitute teacher was needed in another town. See more »


Almanzo James Wilder: You don't think that I... Well, Beth's just a little girl.
Charles Ingalls: Mr. Wilder, I uh... I really owe you an apology. I'm very sorry.
Almanzo James Wilder: Yeah. So am I.
Charles Ingalls: My wife told me to not act in haste. I guess I should have listened to her.
Almanzo James Wilder: I understand. If I had a little girl, I'd have probably done the same.
Laura Ingalls: Will you both stop it! Stop calling me a little girl! And talking about me like I'm not even here! I'm a woman! A woman! And I hate all of you!
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11 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, Almanzo is what makes this season great!

When the first part of this episode ended, Nellie was losing her mind after Laura put pepper on the chicken instead of cinnamon. Caroline pulls her daughter out of school and demands she go to apologize to Nellie - who is still crying. But when Laura was told she'd be apologizing to Almanzo next, she ran away saying she wouldn't do it. She did eventually when her father told her she could go on her own.

Nellie gets Laura back really good by lying to her about how much history is in the education certificate test. The famous mud-scene is shown.

I really, really like this two-part episode. We learn the personality of Almanzo, though his treatment of Laura is a bit odd. He, a mere stranger, gives Laura a kiss on the forehead for good luck. He takes Laura to his house and let's her change into his robe. Though it's a bit odd, it works for me because it creates situations that drama is made for! It's almost like Almanzo knows Laura has a crush on him and is so flattered he plays along with her. Oh well, whatever the cause, it makes for good entertainment!

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