Little House on the Prairie

Season 7 Episode 17

Sylvia (1)

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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.! 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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