Little House on the Prairie

Goodbye, Mrs Wilder

Season 7, Ep 16, Aired 2/2/81
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  • Episode Description
  • Laura resigns from her teaching position when she is forced to integrate French and art appreciation into the curriculum. Mrs. Oleson takes over the position.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dean Butler

    Almanzo James Wilder (co-star prior to season 7)

  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Matthew Laborteaux

    Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

  • Michael Landon

    Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Carrie and Albert

    By tcwjra, Jul 27, 2012

  • Good and funny

    By lhotpdisney, Oct 05, 2008

  • School life goes from the sublime to the ridiculous when Mrs. Oleson becomes Walnut Grove's new teacher.

    By ceosmom, Jan 18, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Laura: I am ashamed at each and every one of you who was involved in this, especially you, Albert Ingalls! Albert: I'm sorry. Mrs. Oleson: (in tears) What I don't understand is why! Laura: They wanted to embarrass you in front of Mr. Stohler. Mrs. Oleson: What for? Laura: So that you'd lose the grant and be forced to resign, and so that they could have back a teacher who wouldn't force them to learn French or follow a dress code. Isn't that right, Albert? (Albert is silent) I apologize, Mrs. Oleson. I should have seen this coming, and I didn't. (to the class) When Mrs. Oleson took this job, I knew it would be a difficult one, far more difficult than anything I've had to deal with, and I was sure she would fail. But she didn't. You have all continued to learn, and not just the usual subjects. You have learned some French, and you have learned something about art appreciation. What Mrs. Oleson deserves is the highest form of respect for her accomplishments, and what does she get? This! Now, I want you to get yourselves and this classroom back in order, NOW!

    • Almanzo: What's this? Laura: It's a special treat. Almanzo: Chicken? Laura: Not just chicken. It's lemon chicken. Try it, you'll love it. Almanzo: What's all this stuff sticking to it here? Laura: That's called aspick. Almanzo: Oh. (takes a bite) Cold. Laura: Well, of course it is, silly. I had it on ice all day. It's supposed to be that way. It's a nice change with the hot summer weather. There's potato salad if you want some. Almanzo: Oh. What's all this stuff? What are all these speckles on here? Laura: (getting frustrated) It's called taragon. It's an herb. Almanzo: That's what I'm tasting, then? Laura: Manly, this is a very special dish. It took all day to prepare! Almanzo: I'm sorry, honey, it just doesn't taste good to me. Maybe if I take the skin off, it'll help. (Laura throws down her napkin and storms upstairs) Honey, I said I'm sorry!

    • Laura: Ralph, would you stand in the corner, please? Ralph: Me? What did I do? Laura: You were pulling Willie's hair. We don't do that here. Ralph: I wasn't! Laura: Ralph, have you ever heard of peripheral vision? Ralph: No. Laura: Well, I have it. It means that I can see out of the corner of my eye, and I saw you pull Willie's hair. Now, do you want to sit there and argue about it, or do you want to stand in the corner and get it over with?

    Notes (2)

    • Actor Cletus Young, here portraying the angry father of one of Walnut Grove's students, previously appeared in Season 5's two part episode As Long As We're Together. There, Young portrayed the creepy Harlan, a man who sexually harassed both Caroline and Mary, and beat up Charles.

    • This episode also teaches that children probably shouldn't take matters into their own hands.

    Trivia (14)

    • Goof: At the beginning of this episode, Laura is teaching the students about New York City, describing the five separate boroughs. She also mentions that the Brooklyn Bridge is still under construction. Assuming this episode takes place in either 1884 or 1885, both of these descriptions are inaccurate. At that time, the bridge was already complete, and the five boroughs of New York hadn't yet become merged.

    • Willie Olesen is sent to the corner three times in one episode (possibly a series record)!

    • Albert is normally a top student, yet he makes a very poor showing in this episode. It's more than reasonable that he just didn't want to learn from Mrs. Oleson after she took over the class, but he also wasn't even able to answer Laura's questions early in the episode. Where's the smart, doctor-bound Albert we know?

    • Notice the little brown-haired girl sitting in the front row of the classroom, directly opposite of Carrie, in each school scene. She looks very much like she could be one of the Greenbush twins (the girls who shared the role of Carrie), and if she didn't have bangs, you'd think they were using both girls for this episode. (The Greenbushes grew their bangs out this season.)

    • When Charles is trying to figure out how he's going to afford new uniforms for Albert and Carrie, Albert says he refuses to wear the required black socks, and Charles laughs and says that this will help a little, money-wise. Charles should have known much better than to object to a clear order that Mrs. Oleson made, in this case with the uniforms.

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    Allusions (1)

    • In this episode, Almanzo mutters under his breath, "I liked your cinnamon chicken better," in response to the strange meal that Laura has cooked for dinner. He is referring to Season 6's Back to School, Part 1, where Laura was responsible for cooking some very unconventional cinnamon chicken for Almanzo.

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