Little House on the Prairie


Season 3, Ep 3, Aired 10/4/76
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  • Episode Description
  • Nellie mistreats Laura's horse Bunny, prompting Laura to secret action.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Melissa Sue Anderson

    Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

  • Kevin Hagen

    Dr. Hiram Baker

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Charlotte Stewart

    Miss Eva Beadle/Mrs. Simms (1974 - 1978)

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • nellie makes laura her slave

    By JenniferHarris1, May 18, 2013

  • Nellie Oleson leads everyone to believe that she is paralyzed after a fall from Bunny.

    By ceosmom, Nov 03, 2006

  • Nellie Oleson at her artful best as she pretends to be paralysed after a fall from Bunny, the pony Laura sold to Nels in order to buy the stove for Caroline.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Apr 14, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Laura: It wasn't Bunny's fault. Harriet: I think I'm capable of determining where the fault lies, Laura Ingalls! You traded that dangerous animal to Nellie in exchange for a stove that cost a great deal of money. Nels: Harriet, you're upset. Harriet: I have a right to be upset! Let me tell you something, Laura Ingalls. If anything happens to my Nellie, it's all your fault.

    • Laura: Is Mrs. Oleson all right? Nels: Oh, yes. She's just a bit shaken up is all. The doc says she'll be just fine. Laura: I didn't mean to scare her like that. I was just so angry. Nels: Well, I don't blame you. Nellie has done some nasty things in the past, but this....... Laura: Oh, I'm not angry anymore. I'm just so happy she's all right. Nels: So am I, Laura. So am I.

    • Nels: You're quite a little girl. Laura: Mrs. Oleson won't be angry at Bunny anymore, will she? Nels: Well, it wouldn't make much sense for her to be angry at your horse, now would it? Laura: My horse? Nels: Yes, that's what I said. You know, an animal is no different from a person. It needs to be with someone who loves it. Take her home. Laura: Thanks, Mr. Oleson. (hugs him)

    • Willie: (after seeing his sister stand up and walk) There's nothing wrong with you! Nellie: (closes door, covers his mouth with her hand) Not a sound, you hear me? Not a sound! Willie: I'm telling! Nellie: You listen to me. You say anything, and I'll say you're lying. You know they'll believe me, because you lie more than I do. But if you don't say anything, I'll give you chocolate and gumdrops. Lots of them. What do you say? Willie: I won't tell. But what are you doing it for? Nellie: The longer I'm sick, the more things I'll get. Willie: We'll get!

    • Laura: What are you doing? Charles: Oh, just fixing up this old wheelchair for Nellie until she gets her new one. Laura: But she doesn't need a wheelchair, Pa. She's going to be all right again. Charles: We don't know that for sure. Laura: I do. I know it. I pray to God every night. He'll listen to me. Charles: Half-Pint, now you listen to me-- Laura: No. I won't listen to you. God will fix everything. You wait and see. You wait and see!

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    Notes (3)

    • This is Alison Arngrim's (Nellie) favorite episode, particularly the scene in which she goes down the hill in the wheelchair.

    • Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson) has often laughed about how her fainting scene at the end was filmed. There was supposed to be something underneath her that made her slide while somebody caught her, but her dress didn't permit her to slide, so she went straight down without anyone breaking her fall.

    • On screen, Alison Arngrim is credited as guest star - because she has a leading role in this episode.

    Trivia (10)

    • This is not the last time that a hurting parent blames Laura for an accident involving their daughter. See Season 4 episode My Ellen.

    • Bunny was a male in "Christmas At Plum Creek", then female in "Bunny", then male in "The Race", then female again in "Journey In The Spring". It seems the writers couldn't make up their mind what the gender of the horse really was!

    • This is the first time we see Bunny since a year and a half ago, in Season 1's Christmas at Plum Creek, when Laura gave him to Nellie. It's unusual that this would be the first time that we hear about Nellie mistreating the horse, and as Mary and Laura talk about it, they make it sound like Laura gave the horse away to Nellie recently.

    • The final line in this episode is spoken by Nellie, who says "I'll fix you, Laura Ingalls. I'll fix you!" This sounds like a set-up for a "to be continued" story arc, but future episodes do not show Nellie trying particularly hard to torment Laura, at least not for the reason presented at the end of this episode.

    • Nellie gets soaked from head to toe when Laura pushes her down the hill and into the lake, but in the final scene, which obviously takes place the same afternoon, she is completely dry, her curls are intact, and she's wearing the exact same blue nightgown that got drenched before. This makes no sense and is a classic example of poor continuity.

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