Little House on the Prairie

Sylvia (1)

Season 7, Ep 17, Aired 2/9/81
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  • Episode Description
  • Albert's budding romance with a young girl is complicated when it is discovered that she is expecting.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Kevin Hagen

    Dr. Hiram Baker

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Matthew Laborteaux

    Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

  • Michael Landon

    Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Probably one of my favorite episodes of the show ever.

    By RoxieVelma, Aug 30, 2005

  • An examination of the role of women in 19th America with its haunting portrayal of a girl victimized by a masked assailant and her unsympathetic father.

    By JediSnoopy, Sep 28, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Harriet: You did this! You made him like this!
      Nels:: Harriet, boys will be boys!
      Harriet:: MY SON WILL NOT BE A BOY!

    • Harriet: (after finding out that Willie was peeking through Sylvia's bedroom window with the other boys) How can you be a Peeping Tom?! Willie: I can't, my name's Willie!

    • Harriet: Oh, and you condone such actions? Charles: No, I don't condone them, but I do understand them. I think we can all remember growing up and sneaking around the swimming hole for a peek. It's human nature. Harriet: Ugh! Well, I certainly never remember boys sneaking around the swimming hole when I was a girl! Nels: That's the truth........

    • Albert:(about Sylvia when he finds out she's pregnant) I hate her! Charles: Oh, no you don't, boy. You love her. That's why it hurts so much.

    • Doc Baker: Albert, why don't you wait outside for a minute? Albert: Doc Baker, I want to know what's wrong with Sylvia. I was her beau until her Pa got mad and told her she couldn't see me anymore. Doc Baker: You were? For how long? Albert: I don't know, a few months. Why? Doc Baker: She's with child. Albert: What? Doc Baker: She's with child, son. Have you and her ever-- Albert: No.! I never.....I nev--oh, God! (runs out) Laura: Albert! (pauses) He's not lying, Doc. Doc Baker: I believe him.

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    Notes (4)

    • This two-part episode is Matthew Laborteaux's (Albert Ingalls) favorite from the series.

    • Ted Voightlander was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Series for this two-part episode.

    • Barash was 16 when this episode was filmed (playing a 14-year-old).

    • Olivia Barash was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Television Series for this two-part episode.

    Trivia (2)

    • Doc Baker told Sylvia's father that she was "pregnant", but that was a taboo word that was very rarely spoken until after World War II.

    • It is amazing how often they showed the telephone being used. Realistically, farm communities at that time had no telephone service whatsoever. Even though the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, it was not legally recognized until the 1890s.

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