Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 11

Meet Me At The Fair

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 28, 1977 on NBC
8.7
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Meet Me At The Fair
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The Ingalls and Oleson families are spending the day at a county fair, and there is plenty of fun and excitement in store for everyone. While sparks fly between Mary and a smooth-talking balloonist, Caroline and Harriet face off in a pie-baking contest, and Charles and Nels enter a gritty competition of their own. As for Laura, she wastes all her spending money in a surprising way, and Carrie faces serious danger when Laura fails to supervise her.moreless

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  • reasons I LIKED this episode (well, one ;)

    6.0
    I agree this episode is on the low list, but I had my own reasons for liking it -- LHOP came to MY TOWN to film this episode (at Old Tucson Movie Set) and I got to be IN my favorite show at age 10, as a background person for two days (and made money to boot!). Met all of the stars (some super-fun, others snotty -- Allison Arngrim, you rocked; Melissa Gilbert, sullen and rude, but hey, she was a kid working a hard life, right?) and had a fab time. My sister bought me the season on DVD recently and at ~40, I finally got to see it since the first time it aired. When Laura is frantically looking for Carrie at the Carousel, talking to the operator, I'm the gal in red plaid at the end of the line, then I turn and you can see my face. So what if it sucked, we were kids -- none of it was really as great as the books, so make sure you start your kids there before turning to TV. I was lucky ;)



    So the balloon basket was actually suspended on a big crane with a camera crew in another basket tethered a bit further down (old video methods ;). The Dad to the twins who played Carrie had to squat down inside the basket to hold his daughter so she wouldn't be so afraid up there.moreless
  • The Ingalls and Oleson families spend the day at a large country fair.

    4.5
    There are not many episodes in the entire ten-season run of this show that I wished I hadn't watched, but this is definitely one of them. Normally, I love interaction between the Ingalls' and the Olesons but not in this case. Caroline and Harriet are both hoping to win ribbons for their cooking while Laura finds herself attracted to a carnival worker and a young chap who runs a hot air balloon riding stall tries to sweep Mary off her feet. On top of all this, young Carrie, who has been entrusted to Laura's safe keeping, is constantly wandering off.



    I was totally bored by this one and it's not something I would say very often. Others may like it but I did not.moreless
  • Ah, the continuing saga of Mary Ingalls' torrid love life! Remember "Patrick" from an earlier epiosde, "Times of Change?" I think THIS episode has a case of "same character, different actor." I would've loved seeing Mike Lookinland in this episode.moreless

    7.5
    Mary is usually a young woman of strong character, but she's a little shallow throughout this episode - until the end when she comes to her senses. Was Carrie written as "special?" When the balloon takes off, with her in it, she just waves and smiles. Duh. Sometimes Pa's ego was the largest in hero township. When the fire-fighters took off to put out the balloon, Pa couldn't resist hopping onto their wagon and shouting instructions! "That's a hot air ballon! Aim into the burner!" They know that, Pa.



    And the Oleson vs. Ingalls rift was alive, well & fun.moreless
  • The Ingalls and Oleson families travel to a fair. Mary wants to spend time with a carnival worker, Patrick, but is propositioned to by his boss. Laura has a hard time keeping track of Carrie.moreless

    8.8
    I just watched this episode last night after not having seen it since I was about eight. Its great! I love how Mary and Laura are fighting towards the beginning and are sick of each other -- usually they're so close!



    I felt really bad for Patrick. He's such a great guy, and Cass was just creepy. This is the sort of thing where you really start to like a character that's not a show regular. Unfortunately, TV Land's sound died on me at the final scene where Mary decides that Cass is a jerk, so I didn't get to hear what she says. But it worked out! YAY!



    Well written and funny. The pickpocket subplot is good too!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

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim

Nellie Oleson/Dalton (1974 - 1981)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Sandy Rosenthal

Sandy Rosenthal

Chair Dump Barker

Guest Star

Enzio Cantini

Enzio Cantini

Baseball Barker

Guest Star

Helen Hintz

Helen Hintz

Little Old Lady

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the second episode of this season, Times of Change, Mary had just come off a break-up with her fiance when she met a boy named Patrick, who was going to his aunt's house and would be attending school in Walnut Grove. They struck up a conversation and seemed to be hitting it off. This episode featured Mary's romantic interest, a young man named Patrick, who is obviously played by a different actor and may or may not be intended as the same person. (Nevertheless, we've not seen Patrick since "Times of Change," nor will we see him again.)

    • Notice that the hot air balloon is only tied down by two ropes. Therefore, when Patrick cuts the first rope, the basket should immediately float upward, but stay anchored down by the one remaining rope. Defying gravity, though, the balloon remains perfectly in place until he cuts the second rope.

    • The fire wagon that chases the loose balloon says "Redwood City FD" on the side. There is no such city in Minnesota. There is a Redwood Falls, MN, and it is mentioned in several episodes, but it's sixty miles away from Mankato, the location of the fair. It seems unlikely, even if the fire truck had correctly read "Redwood Falls" on it, that Mankato, a much larger city, wouldn't have had it's own fire department personnel handy.

    • This is the second time in the series that little Carrie was put in danger because her older sisters weren't keeping a close eye on her, like they were supposed to. The first time was in Season 3's Little Girl Lost.

    • When the firemen put out the fire, the balloon should have collapsed instead of stayed inflated.
      Reply: Actually, the balloon wouldn't immediately deflate, because the air in it wouldn't cool that quickly. The balloon would have started descending as the air cooled. The balloon should deflate, after landing, but would take a while.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Patrick: It was my fault. I cut the strings. I didn't know she was inside!
      Cass: You cut the strings? What for?
      Patrick: Because I was angry.....and jealous. I'm sorry.
      Cass: Sorry wouldn't have fixed the balloon if you had torn it. You're lucky it's all right, or else I would have had your skin for it!
      Mary: He risked his life to save the balloon.
      Cass: He wasn't trying to save it. He was trying to be a hero.
      Mary: And all you care about is your balloon. Well, you just go to your balloon and leave us alone!

  • NOTES (1)

    • In a 2006 interview, Melissa Sue Anderson stated that the day this episode was filmed, the sun was very intense, and the girls on set got sunburned scalps where their hair was parted. Anderson didn't notice the burn until the scene in which she went up in the hot air balloon; she stated that the balloon's heat generator further aggravated the burn, and that's when she really began to feel pain.

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