Little House on the Prairie

Season 7 Episode 17

Sylvia (1)

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Feb 09, 1981 on NBC
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Sylvia (1)
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Albert's budding romance with a young girl is complicated when it is discovered that she is expecting.

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  • Probably one of my favorite episodes of the show ever.

    9.7
    Each time this episode and it's conclusion airs, I find myself watching it and crying my eyes out. I am so moved by the storyline and it gets me everytime. I think this show was probably the first time I ever knew anything about rape and my mother had to help me understand it more.



    Olivia Barash was absolutely wonderful in her portrayal of Sylvia and clearly deserved her nomination for the Young Artist Award for this performance. She made me actually believe that something like that had happened to her, which you don't get very much with many rape performances. Each scene with her was joy and yet sometimes depressing (as in making me sad) to watch.



    This also was probably the first time I ever enjoyed a performance by Albert (Matthew Laborteaux) event though he had been on the show for a while at this point. However, in the beginning he wasn't being too nice to Sylvia but that soon changed. When he found out what happened to her, Albert became a man, in my opinion. It was clear to see just how much he cared for her and didn't care what anyone said. He even went along with it when people though he had gotten her pregnant. Some people weren't too thrilled with the storyline and say it was all done for ratings, but this was clearly one of the best shows of the entire series. That's very telling since the shows in the later part of the series, weren't as good as the first ones.moreless
  • An examination of the role of women in 19th America with its haunting portrayal of a girl victimized by a masked assailant and her unsympathetic father.

    8.0
    This episode is still frightning. Sylvia seems to have lost her mother and is stuck with a father who is ignorant regarding the raising of girls. He blames her for the attention she receives from males and, incredibly, for the attack itself. Like the episode "May We Make Them Proud", this is a difficult episode to watch and contains themes that may be inappropriate for children. In particular, the clown mask used by the assailant is creepy.



    The only thing I would quibble with is that I can't imagine the rapist has only struck the one time. He doesn't seem the type to be able to control himself very long.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Richard Jaeckel

Richard Jaeckel

Irv Hartwig

Guest Star

Olivia Barash

Olivia Barash

Sylvia Webb

Guest Star

Royal Dano

Royal Dano

Mr. Webb

Guest Star

Carl Pitti

Carl Pitti

Man #1

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Doc Baker told Sylvia's father that she was "pregnant", but that was a taboo word that was very rarely spoken until after World War II.

    • It is amazing how often they showed the telephone being used. Realistically, farm communities at that time had no telephone service whatsoever. Even though the telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, it was not legally recognized until the 1890s.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Harriet: You did this! You made him like this!
      Nels:: Harriet, boys will be boys!
      Harriet:: MY SON WILL NOT BE A BOY!

    • Harriet: (after finding out that Willie was peeking through Sylvia's bedroom window with the other boys) How can you be a Peeping Tom?!
      Willie: I can't, my name's Willie!

    • Harriet: Oh, and you condone such actions?
      Charles: No, I don't condone them, but I do understand them. I think we can all remember growing up and sneaking around the swimming hole for a peek. It's human nature.
      Harriet: Ugh! Well, I certainly never remember boys sneaking around the swimming hole when I was a girl!
      Nels: That's the truth........

    • Albert:(about Sylvia when he finds out she's pregnant) I hate her!
      Charles: Oh, no you don't, boy. You love her. That's why it hurts so much.

    • Doc Baker: Albert, why don't you wait outside for a minute?
      Albert: Doc Baker, I want to know what's wrong with Sylvia. I was her beau until her Pa got mad and told her she couldn't see me anymore.
      Doc Baker: You were? For how long?
      Albert: I don't know, a few months. Why?
      Doc Baker: She's with child.
      Albert: What?
      Doc Baker: She's with child, son. Have you and her ever--
      Albert: No. No.....no! I never.....I nev--oh, God! (runs out)
      Laura: Albert! (pauses) He's not lying, Doc.
      Doc Baker: I believe him.

    • Mr. Webb: (after finding out his daughter is pregnant) You'll stay around the house from now on. I don't want you going into town. I'll go into the bank tomorrow and see about the farm getting sold.
      Sylvia: Where will we go?
      Mr. Webb: I don't know. Doesn't matter. Someplace where folks don't know us. We'll tell them your husband was killed in an accident.
      Sylvia: You blame me for this, don't you? Don't you?
      Mr. Webb: You reap what you sow. (leaves the room)

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