Little House on the Prairie

Season 7 Episode 17

Sylvia (1)

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Feb 09, 1981 on NBC

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  • 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.

    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.