Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 16

Family Quarrel (15 Jan. 1975)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Ruth Foster ...


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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15 January 1975 (USA)  »

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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 »


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 »


Caroline Ingalls: There are times when I think men are the most senseless creatures in the world.
Charles Ingalls: Thank you.
Caroline Ingalls: Present company excepted, of course.
Charles Ingalls: What did the rest of these men do to upset you so much?
Caroline Ingalls: Someone... I think it was Dr. Baker... talked Mr. Hansen into making an attempt at courting Harriet Olsen.
Charles Ingalls: What?
Caroline Ingalls: I suppose to make Mr. Olsen so jealous, he'd come running back and take her in his arms.
Charles Ingalls: Well, what did Mrs. Olsen think about that?
Caroline Ingalls: Well, what any decent women would think. She was shocked. She was so ...
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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
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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