Mean Nellie Oleson snubs Laura and Mary for wearing homespun dresses on their first day at school and, when Laura later complains, Caroline reminds her to be kind to Nellie to win her friendship. But Caroline forgets her own wise words, loses her temper with Nellie's haughty mother, store owner Harriet Oleson, and impulsively buys dress fabric she can barely afford. Later, Laura struggles to write an essay for the Visitors' Day program and Caroline must decide what to do with the expensive fabric. When Visitors' Day arrives, their love for each other helps both mother and daughter solve their problems.
Did You Know?
When talking about Nellie Oleson, Caroline asks Charles what Mrs Oleson is like as they haven't yet met. This seems unlikely as the Ingalls would have been living in Walnut Grove for some time as Charles has built them a two-storey house, sringle-handed which would have taken months and Caroline would surely have gone into the town and Mercantile for supplies etc. See more
Toward the end of the episode, Laura and her mother walk back into the school house to show Eva Beadle Laura's essay. Ms. Beadle finishes erasing the chalk board. The camera shows a close up of the essay then goes back to a full shot of the characters in the school room. On the chalk board the word 'Welcome' has appeared, which Ms. Beadle then erases. See more