Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 12

Here Come The Brides

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Dec 05, 1977 on NBC
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Nellie Oleson falls in love with a pig farmer, to the horror of her mother.

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  • Miss Beadle and Nellie both get married in this episode--though Nellie\'s marriage only lasts about 10 minutes!

    9.5
    This episode is hands-down one of the funniest ever written in this series. A new student enrolls in Miss Beadle\'s class, a real bumpkin named Luke Sims. He\'s witless, shoeless, and immediately attracted to Nellie Oleson--and she to him!!! Mrs. Oleson\'s reaction to this star-crossed couple is swift and predictable: she forbids Nellie from having any contact with Luke outside school, an order Nellie ignores. Meanwhile, in the course of discussing Luke\'s schoolwork, Mr. Sims, a strangely handsome pig farmer, and sweet spinster Miss Beadle slowly fall for each other in a charming story-line. Eventually, Mr. Sims asks Miss Beadle to marry him. While taking time to think it over, Nellie begins to ask questions about marriage to Miss Beadle, who gives answers pertainant to a proper adult relationship; however, Nellie\'s questions refer to herself. She and Luke run off to get married and do so in an absolutely hilarious scene in the living room of a justice of the peace. The Olesons, Mr. Sims and Miss Beadle chase them down, and while Mrs. Oleson oversees the tearing-up of the wedding certificate, Adam Sims and Eva Beadle decide to take the plunge right then and there. Worth viewing for the two genuinely charming--and funny--love stories, and the humor of the long-suffering justice of the peace. Great Fun!moreless
  • Marriages galore in Walnut Grove!

    8.0
    I found parts of this episode very sweet and parts highly amusing. Miss Beadle meets and marries Adam Sims, a widower with a young son. Meanwhile, Nellie Oleson has found herself a beau whom she wishes to marry but Harriet is alarmed and furious, after all, he is just a 'farm boy' and certainly not good enough for her beloved Nellie!



    While Miss Beadle's marriage goes ahead, Nellie and her 'future husband' decide that the only way to marry is to elope! Poor Harriet is beside herself and the youngsters are brought back but I have to say that it was a very fun ride to watch while it lasted!moreless
  • This episode is great fun! (ANY "Oleson" episode is great.) Nellie falls hard for the newest bumpkin in town, Luke Simms - brain of straw/heart of gold. And the B-plot: our beloved Miss Beadle is settling down with Luke's (thankfully smarter) father.moreless

    9.5
    The scene where Luke dines with the Olesons is hysterical. Willie hollers, "Is this what I got all dressed up for?! You're not even wearing a shirt!" Mrs. Oleson (Queen Victoria of the Prairie) gets more than mere vapors upon learning her daughter's "get'n hitched" to Walnut Grove's most eligible rube. "Nels! Get the shotgun!" The wedding scene is chock full 'o bad wedding jokes, "Nellie, do you REALLY take Luke here, for your awful husband?" The honeymoon scene is laugh-out-loud funny. The Oleson-in-laws burst into the room, "Nels! Make her a widow!" Thankfully, an annullment shortly follows.moreless
  • I liked the episode. I miss wholesome television such as Little House. In my opinion most television today is just trash.

    8.0
    In real life the " Oleson's" surname was Owens. The father "Nels" was William H Owens, the mother "Harriet" was Margaret H, the children were Nellie Owens, and William "Willie" Owens. By 1880 The Ingalls had moved to their permanent residence in Dakota Territory and Nellie was only 10 years old so it is unlikely she eloped with anyone While the Ingalls were there in the 1870's, as Nellie would have been under 10 years of age at the time.



    Miss "Eva Beadle" was actually Mrs. Clementia Bedal. (the name was sometimes mispronounced Beadle. It was not permitted back in those days for married women to teach school, thus the "Miss". In real life Clementia's husband Lafayette Bedal and his father Elias Bedal took out a plat on the land and formed the town of Walnut Grove. Laura Ingalls father Charles was the first justice of the Peace. There was an Eva Bedal, she was the oldest daughter of Lafayette and Clementia but she was born in 1870 and younger then Laura. ( By the way, Clementia was my grand aunt.) Clementia remained married to Lafayette until his death in 1881 in Aitkin county, Minnesota and never married a Simms.



    The name of the main street through Walnut Grove is Bedal street to this day, named after Lafayette and his father.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Charlotte Stewart

Charlotte Stewart

Miss Eva Beadle/Mrs. Simms (1974 - 1978)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim

Nellie Oleson/Dalton (1974 - 1981)

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Ms. Beadle is trying to find a place for Luke to sit and Nellie knocks Willie off the seat it seems unusual that Ms. Beadle did not get mad at Nellie.

    • When Nellie and Luke arrive at the home of the Justice of the Peace, it's dark, and they've clearly roused him from a deep sleep. However, in the very next scene, as we see the the parents rushing by wagon to Sleepy Eye to stop the wedding, it's not even dark out yet.

    • With this episode, it is obvious that being in love is the only thing that softens Nellie's character and makes her a nicer, more likable person. The exact same thing happens when she meets her future husband two years later, in Season 6's He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not.

    • Miss Beadle becomes Mrs. Simms in this episode.

    • In the scene where Mrs. Oleson falls off the horse, Katherine McGregor got injured and was taken to the hospital. Ruth Foster (who was her double on the series) took her place for the rest of the day.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Harriet: (grabbing Nellie by the shoulders after catching her with Luke) Why, my own daughter, deceiving me!
      Nellie: (looking troubled) Just a little.

    • Harriet: We all have our ambitions in life, Nellie. And one of mine is not to see you Mrs. Minnesota Pig Queen!

    • Nellie: (after Luke leaves) Isn't he just perfect?
      Harriet: (screams for a full ten seconds and shakes her fists)

    • Harriet: What, er, crop does your father raise?
      Luke: He raises pigs, ma'am.
      Harriet: (growling under her breath) I might have known.

    • Miss Beadle: Now, where shall we seat Luke?
      Nellie: (violently shoving Willie off the bench next to her and onto the floor, then smiling sweetly) He can sit here, Miss Beadle.
      Miss Beadle: Thank you, Nellie.

    • Mrs. Oleson: Are you the justice of the peace?
      Varnum: What peace? If you've waited this long to be married, you can wait until the morning!
      Mrs. Oleson: I don't want to be married!
      Mr. Oleson: Neither do I!

    • Mrs. Oleson: (after Luke takes more than two thirds of a whole roast after a few slices have been already cut to take) Are you sure you wouldn't like somemore?
      Luke: No! Pa said it's impolite to take more than one piece.

    • Varnum: Adam and Eva? Now you ARE joking.

  • NOTES (6)

    • A rare episode in which neither Charles (Michael Landon) or Caroline (Karen Grassle) appear.

    • This is one of the few episodes in which Melissa Gilbert (Laura) plays a very small part, appearing in just the opening scenes where she also seems to have a crush on Luke Simms when he arrives at school. Unlike other episodes such as "Bunny" and "Back To School Parts 1 & 2" in which both Laura and Nellie have a crush on the same boy, in this case the boy only has feelings for Nellie (Alison Arngrim) and not Laura.

    • This is Charlotte Stewart's (Miss Beadle-Simms)favorite episode.

    • This episode pretty clearly marks the point in the series' run where Harriet Olsen (Katherine MacGregor) becomes less hateful and mean-spirited and more buffoonish and comical. Even in later episodes like "Harriet's Happenings," where she clearly has bad intentions, the joke is eventually on her, and it's easy to laugh at her, unlike in the first few seasons, where she's genuinely cruel much of the time.

    • Larry Germain was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Any Area of Creative Technical Crafts for this episode.

    • Gladys Witten was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Any Area of Creative Technical Crafts for this episode.

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