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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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