Little House on the Prairie

Season 6 Episode 5


Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 15, 1979 on NBC

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  • Nels Oleson has an unhappy surprise in store when the circus comes to Walnut Grove.

    All the people of Walnut Grove are very excited that the circus is coming to town, especially the children, who don't get to see treats such as a circus all that often. As the performers arrive, Nels Oleson looks as though he is about to faint when he realises that the stereotypical "fat lady" is none other than his sister, Annabelle, from whom he has been estranged for years.

    To put it mildly, Nels is horrified and determines that nobody will find out his secret.

    From here on is where I became very disappointed with the episode. Nels Oleson is simply not the kind of man to not treasure his sister, regardless of her size, and anyway, being married to a harridan such as Harriet, one would think that he could use all the other family he could get! On top of that, the script was of a very low standard and was highly predictable which was a shame as the whole premise of the episode was bad enough given that it was so far removed from the Nels we know.