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Wave of the Future 

Mrs. Oleson decides that reopening Nellie's Restaurant and Hotel as a franchised restaurant will result in big business for the fledgling business. Does she have what it takes to meet the ... See full summary »

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... Charles Ingalls
... Caroline Ingalls
... Laura Ingalls Wilder (credit only)
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
... Harriet Oleson
... Nels Oleson
... Almanzo James Wilder
... Willie Oleson
... Nancy Oleson
... James Cooper Ingalls
Melissa Francis ... Cassandra Cooper Ingalls (as Missy Francis)
Wendi Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls
Brenda Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls
Ketty Lester ... Hester-Sue Terhune
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Mrs. Oleson decides that reopening Nellie's Restaurant and Hotel as a franchised restaurant will result in big business for the fledgling business. Does she have what it takes to meet the demands of a tough franchiser, and can she fight off unexpected competition from Charles and Nels when they open up their own restaurant? Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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7 December 1981 (USA)  »

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In the season 8 episode Wave Of The Future, the show featured another huge liberty with time-lines, as was often the case with LHOTP. At the end of the episode, a character (unnamed, but clearly Colonel Sanders) asks Harriet if she wants her restaurant to become part of a fried chicken franchise. This would have been rather difficult in real life as Sanders was not born until 1890 and didn't start the first KFC franchise until 1952. See more »

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At the end of the episode, Mrs. Oleson is approached by a man looking like Colonel Sanders of KFC fame, asking her if she would like to serve only fried chicken at her restaurant. As the show took a lot of liberties with characters, it was the case here. Colonel Harland Sanders was not born until 1890, and didn't start his first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise until 1952. See more »

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Nels Oleson: The same pan fried steak?
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Wave of the Future is fast food!
16 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

I've always liked this episode. A man comes to town claiming he has the "wave of the future" in restaurants. He knows a way he can decrease the work load and increase prophet in Harriet's restaurant. They will serve just three meals a day, and the food will be pre-cooked so all they have to do is warm it up. Sound familiar? Yep, the idea of fast-food is coming to Walnut Grove!

But in typical Harriet Oleson fashion, Harriet signs without carefully reading the whole contract. Almost immediately, they discover all sorts of problems. They have to have signature tables, signature napkins, curtains, and everything - and of course the owners pay a little above cost! We also notice that everyone works harder. They are expected to be open seven days a week from breakfast to supper...

By the way, I've always known Caroline to be totally against any kind of work on Sunday, yet in this episode she's totally fine with working on Sunday night. And with that said, Charles didn't really like Caroline working, yet now he's letting her work like a dog while he stays on and does the domestic stuff...just a bit off-kilter if you ask me.

The episode ends in an interesting twist as the Colonel Sanders comes wanting to open a restaurant serving only one meal - fried chicken.


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