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Episode cast overview:
... Charles Ingalls
... Caroline Ingalls
... Laura Ingalls
... Mary Ingalls
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
... Nels Oleson
... Dr. Hiram Baker
... Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
... Eva Beadle
... Jason
... Nellie Oleson
... Willie Oleson


When Nellie Oleson is seriously injured after falling from Bunny, a horse that used to belong to Laura Ingalls, Nellie's mother blames Laura for the accident and orders the animal destroyed. But Laura secretly steals her still-beloved Bunny away from Mrs. Oleson's vengeance and resigns herself to the penance of waiting hand and foot on a demanding, bedridden Nellie. Written by shepherd1138

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4 October 1976 (USA)  »

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The scene where "Nellie" Alison Arngrim was knocked off Bunny by the tree branch was filmed while Allison was sitting down. A piece of Plexiglas was put in front of her face and the tree branch was pulled back in front of the Plexiglas. She was directed to scream and when the tree limb hit the Plexiglas, she was to fall over, making it look like she was knocked off Bunny by the tree limb. See more »


Miss Beadle gives the class 10 minutes to review their spelling words before having an oral quiz. Nellie and Laura have a brief conversation, and Miss Beadle scolds Laura for talking then says she has about 5 minutes left of review time. Nellie and Laura only talked for about a minute, but the review time has gone from 10 minutes to 5. See more »


Nellie Oleson: Serves you right. I told you not to feed my horse.
Laura: She likes apples.
Nellie Oleson: I don't care what she likes! She's not your horse anymore. She's mine. And I told you to stay away from her! You only do it because you want her to like you more than she likes me.
Laura: So that's why you give Miss Beadle apples.
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Edited into Little House Years (1979) See more »

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11 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

This episode would have kicked off season three better than "The Collection".and is ranked as one of my all time favorite episodes. This episode has some interesting facts....

1. Lots of scenes filmed on location....gave the episode a authentic look as opposed to in the studio..

2. Carrie seems to have disappeared???

3. The rider on the horse is clearly not Nellie.....looks much older

4. Why did Charles allow Laura to help Nellie with

homework...you would think he would be much more skeptical by now

of Nellie's intentions *talking machine etc

5. How could Doc Baker not pinpoint (no pun) that Nellie hadn't


Overall, any episode with Nellie and Laura in the forefront is a must see. We really get to see how manipulative Nellie is on a large scale...The story had a great mix of tension and humor and is one that stands out as one of the best.....The wheelchair scene is one of the top 5 moments in Little House history!!!

Top 5 moments......1. Pa finding Laura at the top of the Mountain (Lord is my Shepherd) 2. Laura's first kiss (Sweet Sixteen) 3. Blowing up Walnut Grove (final) 4.The star scene in (Christmas at Plum Creek 5. Wheelchair scene (Bunny)

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