Little House on the Prairie

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (1)

Season 6, Ep 25, Aired 5/5/80
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  • Episode Description
  • Almanzo finally proposes, to Laura but Charles insists that they wait two years. Harriet Oleson wants Nellie to be trained to to take over the restaurant, but the hiring of Percival Dalton creates more drama.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dean Butler

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

  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Melissa Sue Anderson

    Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

  • Kevin Hagen

    Dr. Hiram Baker

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Almanzo proposes to Laura and she accepts. Charles says they must wait 2 years to get married. Almanzo doesn't agree and moves away. Laura is heartbroken. Charles changes his mind and tell them they can get married in 1 year instead of 2.

    By redsoxchic852, Jun 28, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Houston: What are you doing? Laura: I'm trying to catch my breath after you scared me half to death. Let go of me! Houston: How old are you? Laura: 16. Houston: You don't look like no 16! Laura: That's because you're old. Everybody looks young when you're old! Houston: Says who? Laura: My grandfather!

    • Nellie: Mr. Dalton? Percival: What? Nellie: I want to apologize for the way I acted. It was very rude, and I'm deeply sorry. Percival: Apology accepted. Now, if you'll excuse me-- Nellie: Please......could you give me another chance? I can learn; I can. Please? Percival: I know you can learn. Do you want to? Nellie: Yes. Very much. Percival: All right. You go get cleaned up. Nellie: Thank you. (leaves) Harriet: Oh, I'll help her. I'll help you, honey! (scampers after Nellie) Percival: (to Nels) Well, maybe now we'll get someplace. (walks out) Nels: (stunned) I don't believe it. I just don't believe it.

    • Nellie: I don't like to do dishes, and you know it! Nels: Well, I don't care what you don't like. Nellie: Well, that's obvious. Nels: What do you mean by that? Nellie: This hotel, this restaurant. I never asked for it in the first place. Nels: Well, I didn't give it to you! It was your mother's idea. Nellie: You shouldn't have let her. Nels: How was I supposed to stop her? Nellie: By being a man. Nels: By being a......?!?!? Now, look here, young lady. If you behaved like a woman, you wouldn't need this hotel and restaurant to find yourself a man! Nellie: What? Nels: That's why your mother gave you this restaurant in the first place, so somebody would marry you!

    • Laura: (about Almanzo) I can't lose him. Caroline: What makes you so sure you're gonna lose him? Laura: Well, he said that he just can't wait two years. Caroline: I see. So if he doesn't get his own way, his love for you just goes away?

    • Almanzo: I got a raise. Charles: Hey, that's wonderful! I'm proud of you. Almanzo: I was hoping you would be, because I want to marry your daughter. Charles: Well, I have to be honest with you, son, that does not come as a big surprise to me. Almanzo: Next month. Charles: That does. Almanzo: Mr. Ingalls, I know how set you are on having Laura wait until she's 18. Charles: Good. Then it won't come as a surprise to you when I tell you the answer's no. Laura: But Pa-- Charles: Do you mind? This is between myself and the man who may become my son-in-law in two years.

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    Notes (7)

    • Although the scene where Nellie goes to apologize to Percival is supposed to take place right after he dumped the eggs on her, the scene was filmed on a different day. Therefore, Alison Arngrim (Nellie) had to go through quite a procedure to make herself look like she did in the previous scene. Her wig was covered in egg, the shells had to be placed exactly where they had been on her head, and a paintbrush was used to spread the egg yolk all over her clothes.

    • The real Laura Ingalls Wilder did marry when she was 18. However, it was not due to any restriction set by her father, as it is in the TV series. Almanzo courted her from ages 15 to 17. After he proposed, they had to wait a year for him to build a house and take care of some other business.

    • In the final scene of this Part 1 episode, Charles smokes a pipe while sitting in bed. Not only is this extremely risky, as mattresses at that time were stuffed with hay, but in light of the recent tragedy at the blind school, you'd think Charles would be more careful in general about smoking. Additionally, one has to wonder what kind of message his smoking in bed--a known cause of many real-life house fire deaths--sends to the viewing public when this is supposed to be a family-friendly, positive show.

    • This episode marks the second time that a member of the Olsen family gets a bowl of eggs dumped on their head during an argument (see also Season 1's "Family Quarrel").

    • Savor the first half of this episode, because it's absolutely the last that you will see of the trademark hilarity that is Nasty Nellie. Thanks to Percival, she goes from nasty to angelic literally within minutes, and she stays that way for the rest of the series.

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    Trivia (1)

    • In this episode, Laura is told she has to wait till she is 18 before she can marry. Charles states that Laura is too young to make such an important decision. He must have more faith in Mary. She got married in "The Wedding" at age 16, and was engaged to John Jr. in "I'll Ride the Wind" at age 13 (though she had to wait two years). Reply: With many parents, they tend to cling much tighter to their younger children. I think Charles was seeing Mary as an adult much sooner because she was the oldest and very mature for her age. With Laura, he just always viewed her as his little girl, no matter how big she got. One can imagine how he would have been with Carrie and Grace if they kept the show running long enough to see them get married :)

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