Sterling Murdoch arrives in Walnut Grove planning to found a newspaper. The fledgling newspaper is The Pen and the Plow, and its star reporter is none other than one Harriet Olesen. At first, everyone including the Ingalls welcome the newspaper, but the completely inaccurate content of the "Harriet's Happenings" column soon has some people losing their enthusiasm. Nels reminds his wife that a reporter's job is to be accurate, but Mrs. Olesen suggests she's merely "reporting the fact that they are rumors"; he is even more frustrated when she suggests holding an unethical sale at the store. Later, Nellie loses a spot in the county's spelling bee to Erich Schiller, the son of German immigrants and outstanding student in his class. Mrs. Olesen is outraged and in her next column, writes a story suggesting that Erich's parents are illiterate. Erich is deeply upset by the story and it causes him to perform badly at the county spelling bee; he even drops out of school. With some help from ...
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Did You Know?
Even though the Schiller family is suppose to be from the Austrian Empire, ironically, none of the actors spoke German as a native language. John Hillerman spoke Dutch. Although born to an Austrian mother, Lisa Pera had a Spanish father and maintains Spanish to her be her native origin. Ike Eisenmann was born in the United States; however, he has German and Austrian ancestry. See more
"Repetitious" is spelled incorrectly at the spelling bee, yet nobody seems to notice. See more
[reading from the newspaper
"We have it from a very reliable source that Harriet Oleson's hair is not all her own, and neither are her teeth."
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Words by Joseph M. Scriven
(as Joseph Scriven) (1855)
Music by Charles Crozat Converse
(as Charles C. Converse) (1868)
Sung by church congregation See more