Many viewers can argue that Nels and Harriet Oleson's behavior during the three legged race was very ironic, given the fact that they seemed to "switch attitudes" with each other. When Harriet and Nellie lost the race, Nels was yelling at them, "You had a perfect chance to win! What happened?" and Harriet was like a little puppy, saying "Oh, for Heaven's sake! It's all right, we tried!" Usually, it is Harriet who acts aggressive, while Nels steps down.