Little House on the Prairie

Season 7 Episode 12

Oleson Versus Oleson

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Jan 05, 1981 on NBC
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Oleson Versus Oleson
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A female activist arrives in Walnut Grove to encourage the men to share equal property rights with their wives. After getting into a huge fight about it with her husband, Harriet Oleson goes to live at the hotel. Caroline decides to follow Harriet's lead.

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  • When a female activist urges the citizens of Walnut Grove to support a referendum that allows women equal property rights, a spat between the Olesons turns the women against the men.moreless

    8.0
    It's a silly episode, but really underlies the role of women in the 19th century. Women had very little opportunities outside the home and, if a husband chose to leave her, could only hope to find another husband or be destitute.



    Some of it was rather foolish - Caroline and Charles have had minor spats in the past, but Caroline would not have left him over this issue. Laura leaving Almanzo just to support her mother is also stretching it.



    While it's a funny episode to watch, it's important to remember what exactly the women were fighting for, in an era where they were not even allowed a vote.moreless
  • What was the point of this episode?

    5.0
    "Oleson Versus Oleson". All I can say about this episode is what in the world was the point of it? In it, we see Harriet and Nels fight each other about who is the one that wears the pants in the family (yet again), one leaves (yet again), and then eventually get back together (yet again).



    However, the only difference is that this fight affected every citizen of the town of Walnut Grove, mainly because what the Oleson's little spat had to do with getting a law passed that gives married women fair property ownership with their husbands. The parts of the episode that I really didn't like at all was unreasonable both Charles and Caroline were regarding this law, mainly because of how they agreed on practically everything that came across their paths. Fighting about something that wasn't even a law yet can break up a union so tight as theirs, it makes you wonder what the world is coming to because of what a loving and understanding relationship they had can be strained by something so petty. Another thing that I didn't like about this episode was how it appeared that Reverend Alden was also against that law passing as well. The reason why I found that part outrageous was due to the fact that the reverend was always the voice of reason and always appeared that he would be in favor of such a law, but I guess I was wrong.



    In my opinion, this was one pointless episode that the series could have done without.moreless
Dean Butler

Dean Butler

Almanzo James Wilder (co-star prior to season 7)

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

Reverend Alden

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim

Nellie Oleson/Dalton (1974 - 1981)

Kay Howell

Kay Howell

Elizabeth Smith

Guest Star

Rod McGaughy

Rod McGaughy

Man #1

Guest Star

Robert Balderson

Robert Balderson

Man #2

Guest Star

Ruth Foster

Ruth Foster

Mrs. Foster

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In the scene where all the men have gathered in the church, you see Mr. Foster holding his twin girls, Apparently, there is a stain on one of the dresses, so someone tells Mr. Foster that hot water will take the stain right out. Actually, though, cold water takes the stains out, but hot water only sets them in.

    • In the scene where Charles is trying desperately to feed a crying Grace, listen closely for when he says "Come on, please eat. Daddy made it. Pa made it." It is very surprising that this made the final cut. The word "Daddy" was NEVER used on the show; it was always Pa, Papa, or Father. Calling your father "Dad" or "Daddy" was not at all a common practice in that time period.

    • When Laura wanted Charles and Caroline to meet at the church to try to work out their dispute, she went to her parents house. She went into the barn while Charles was milking the cow. Charles said "Good Morning" to Laura. Laura asked Charles to meet Caroline at the church at 2:00. Charles immediately quit in the middle of milking because he wanted to get cleaned up. If Charles was meeting Caroline at 2:00, why did he have to be in a big rush to get cleaned up if it was still morning?

    • The ever elusive Mrs. Alden is mentioned in this episode. When the men are gathering outside Nellie's Restaurant, The Reverend walks up and someone says, "You too?" and he said that she had gone to visit someone.

    • Nitpick: Willie Oleson... where the heck does he put it all?

    • Nitpick: In the film, 'The Ballad of Little Jo', the historical film noted that women weren't allowed to dress up as men and men as women in the USA at that time. If this Little House story was based around that time and law, then Harriet was breaking the then law, but this is really nitpicking and detracting from the Little House storyline.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Caroline: I'm going away for a little while.
      Albert: Where?
      Caroline: To Nellie's.
      Carrie: Why?
      Caroline: A little adventure, you might say.
      Albert: Then Pa's going with you?
      Caroline: No, he's not. Now, while I'm away, I want the both of you to be yourselves and have a good time.
      Carrie: Do I have to do the cooking?
      Caroline: Oh no, your Pa can do that.
      Albert: What about taking care of Grace?
      Caroline: Oh, your Pa can tend to that. (after kissing the kids good-bye) Remember, have a good time!

    • Laura: (overvoice) Ma won her fight, and the petition was on its way to the legislators. Ma says that one day, women may even earn the right to vote. Maybe......but I doubt it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Some viewers may wonder why baby Grace so fiercely refused to eat food from Pa. Well, apparently, Michael Landon gave Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh (Grace) some very spicy food one time, to get them to act the way they did in these scenes, and from then on, the girls wouldn't eat anything he gave them.

    • As we hear baby Grace talking (when she is not crying), she was credited as a co-star.

    • Richard Bull and Katherine MacGregor are credited as guest stars, since the story line directly involves their characters.

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