Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 12

Here Come The Brides

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Dec 05, 1977 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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