it starts out where willie,in his mother's hat,as robin hood is holding people up and is asking for money. the ingalls's girls have none,but the brat willie is,he won't let them through to go to school,so laura and willie children and miss beadle see this. of course laura is to blame,by always picking on my poor willie. it was his fault. only thing damaged was best hat. they fight in the schoolhouse,after miss beadle says she doesn't like what she saw. they are both sent to the corner. mary suggests they put on a play. nellie wanted little women.
This episode is darling, and I have always wondered why the characters of Jenny, her mother and her beau weren't made permanent. Such are the plotlines in Walnut Grove. Jenny, an adorable blonde classmate of the Ingalls girls, has a bitter, overworked, widowed mother who rarely smiles and certainly has no time for fun. Alternately, a gangly and somewhat awkward, but not unattractive, single man in town has eyes for the widow--and he absolutely adores Jenny. Everyone in town (and TV Land) sees this as a perfect match--except Jenny's mother; try though he might, his every attempt at courtship is swiftly rebuffed. When Jenny is chosen for a part in the school play, her mother refuses to come, using the excuse that she "doesn't have a decent dress". When a wigmaker stops by the mercantile, Jenny sells her locks to him--secretly--in order to obtain money for a dress for her Ma. Without ever removing her bonnet, she presents the new frock to her mother, happily adding, "now you can come to the play!". Her mother angrily accuses her of lying to her about the origin of the dress, claiming that the man from town must have bought it for her to wear. Jenny runs from the house, where she is discovered crying by the roadside by none other than her ma\'s wanna-be beau. When she tells him what happened, he angrily storms to her residence and, in a bold display of male assertiveness, informs her that she WILL wear that dress and that she WILL be ready for HIM to accompany her to the play, pronto. And oh, by the way, he adds, he has no idea how Jenny got that dress. Exactly how is revealed in the climactic moment during the play, when Nellie pulls off Jenny's bonnet, the crowd gasps at her short new-do, and Jenny confesses to all in attendance why she sacrificed her golden tresses. There's not a dry eye in the schoolhouse as the newly softened mother bolts from her seat to embrace her daughter onstage. Naturally, the three happily ride off together afterward. Nellie breaks the tension with a chagrined, "she ruined the play", to which Miss Beadle replies, "be quiet, Nellie!". Beautiful.
Miss Beadle decides that the children will learn more about literature and working as a team by putting on short plays for the parents, she doesn't realise what she is getting herself in for. The girls (Nellie, Mary, Laura and a young girl named Ginny) agree to do "Little Women". Naturally, Nellie wants the lead and, of course, Mrs. Oleson who has visited a 'real theatre', decides to write the parts for each of the girls.
Willie, meanwhile, has some problems getting the boys to work with him on his chosen play, "Tom Sawyer".
The only shining light for me in this entire banal episode was the young actress who played Ginny because she did a great job of someone battling a bad stutter and a widowed mother who doesn't seem to care much about her. I don't find the rest worth mentioning except to say that I almost fell asleep.
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