Divorce looms when Nels and his dog storm away from Harriet and the mercantile after the Olesons quarrel over the price of eggs. But the situation only gets more muddled when the townsfolk ... See full summary »

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Divorce looms when Nels and his dog storm away from Harriet and the mercantile after the Olesons quarrel over the price of eggs. But the situation only gets more muddled when the townsfolk try to help them reconcile, prompting Harriet to pack her bags and causing some to wonder, a little wistfully, if Walnut Grove wouldn't be more peaceful if the volatile woman left town for good. Written by shepherd1138

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The excessive crying by the men and everyone also led the high school boys of the day to nickname the show "Little Soap on the Prairie" since the next day many girls would excitedly recap the most recent Monday night airing, especially during the Laura/Almanzo on again/off again season. See more »

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Towards the end of the episode, Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls and their daughter Carrie drive up to the Oleson's Mercantile so Mrs. Ingalls can drop off some eggs. As she climbs out of the wagon, Charles says he will turn the wagon around and drives off. However, when Mrs. Ingalls comes out of the store, the wagon is still facing the same direction it was when they drove in. See more »

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[Caroline brings basket of eggs to the Olesons' store. Harriet examines the eggs criticizingly and offers to pay Caroline less than the usual price. Nels intervenes]
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: There's nothing wrong with those eggs.
Mrs. Oleson: I think I'll be the judge of that.
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: Judge? You're not the judge of anything.
Mrs. Oleson: Bu...
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: You want to know what you are? I'm gonna tell you what you are...
Mrs. Oleson: [while Nels is still talking] What do you think you are doing?
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: You are a mean, nasty-tempered woman and it would be better off for this whole town.....
Mrs. Oleson:
Nelson "Nels" Oleson:
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Crazy Credits

During the ending credits on the DVD of this episode, Laura and Jack are seen skipping down the hill - the same as every other episode in the series. However rather than ending at a freeze-frame of Laura jumping in the air as usual, it instead shows her landing after her jump and swinging her arms, standing proudly. This is the only episode which ends without the freeze-frame. See more »

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Onward, Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung by church congregation
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The best love-hate marriage ever!
18 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This would be in my top twenty favorite episodes, I'm sure. Watching this, I laugh so hard at the relationship the couple. Though it's easy to dislike Harriet Olsen, it's easy to realize that if they were to suddenly act nice to each other, they would be miserable. This is probably one of the best Olsen episodes.

In these early episodes, there was really nothing majorly wrong with Mrs. Olsen except for her personality. She can sew, cook, and do all sorts of domestic things without complaining. In later episodes, we see that Harriet isn't good in the kitchen or elsewhere.

This is one of those episodes that is serious and funny at the same time. You root for the Olsen's to get back together, but at the same time to laugh at the antics.

Another observation made in this episode: Caroline and Charles act like they've lived there for years instead of months. I guess when you have friends like Nels and Harriet Olsen, it can seem a lot longer...

Caroline's answer to Charles' question at the very end pretty much sums it up. "Back to normal, Charles. Back to normal!"


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