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Little House on the Prairie

Season 2 Episode 6

The Campout

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Nov 19, 1975 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Ms. Beadle assigns a leaf-gathering project to her students, Mary and Laura are excited to find all kinds of unique leaves on an upcoming camping trip with the family. Determined to see her own children receive equal opportunities, Harriet convinces her husband to let their famile tag along with the Ingalls'. Although the two families have a difficult time adjusting to this extended period of time together, they gradually come to have a deeper respect for one another--but that doesn't mean that Nellie, Willie, and Harriet won't be traveling home with a less-than-desirable surprise.moreless

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  • Poison Ivy for Mrs. Olseon and Willie. Who could be more deserving?

    It's holiday time and Miss Beadle wants all the class to gather leaves for a project while they are away. Mary and Laura are particularly excited because the Ingalls family are going away camping and that means they will have access to different leaves to their classmates.

    Upon hearing this news, Nellie insists that the Olesons go along as well as she doesn't want Mary and Laura to have a better leaf project than she does. Reluctantly, and mainly for the sake of poor Nels, who definitely needs a break, they allow the Oleson's to tag along. Naturally, Mrs. Oleson pretends to be far superior at outdoor pursuits than she actually is and takes the credit for Caroline's work. Meanwhile, on the leaf hunting expedition, Willie manages to find some poison ivy, which he proudly shows to his mother and, of course, by morning, they are both covered in nasty, red, itchy welts, which Caroline treats for them.

    A very funny episode and good to see Mrs. Oleson getting some of what she deserves for a change as it's quite rare!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

Charlotte Stewart

Charlotte Stewart

Miss Eva Beadle/Mrs. Simms (1974 - 1978)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim

Nellie Oleson/Dalton (1974 - 1981)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • On their camping trip, the Ingalls and Oleson families are seen traveling where there are snow-capped mountains. There are no mountains whatsoever in Minnesota.

    • There are a couple of noticable lighting irregularities in this episode. First, the Olesons supposedly meet the Ingalls at 6:00 in the morning to leave for the camping trip, yet the shadows on the ground are not elongated at all. Clearly, this scene was filmed near noontime. Also, in the scene around the campfire, it's pitch black behind Ma and the girls, but when they cut to Mrs. Oleson and her children, the viewer can see daylight through the trees in the background. Though the two groups are implied to be carrying on two different conversations at once, they clearly weren't filmed simultaneously.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Harriet: It's been hours.
      Caroline: Nels and Charles will find them.
      Harriet: Soon, I hope. You know, it's not just that the girls are probably lost, it's just...this whole thing is my fault.
      Caroline: I don't see how.
      Harriet: Well, it wasn't Nels's idea to come on this trip; it was mine.
      Caroline: I knew that.
      Harriet: You did? Well, I just feel like this entire thing wouldn't have happened if I had just been the kind of person that I should've been.
      Caroline: Don't think like that! Nothing's happened!
      Harriet: Well, if I had been as nice to you as I should've been, if I hadn't been...oh, so snickety and just plain mean...
      Caroline: It takes two to argue.
      Harriet: If our girls come back from this-
      Caroline: They will.
      Harriet: I promise you, that when you come into our store again, I will be a different and better person. I will be. I never realized it before, but, I do like you. I really do like you.

    • Nellie: It's all your fault, Laura Ingalls!
      Laura: It was not!
      Nellie: It was, too! If you hadn't bumped me, I wouldn't have slipped!
      Laura: I didn't bump you!
      Nellie: You did too! And then you pushed my head under!
      Laura: I did not!
      Nellie: Yes, you did! You tried to drown me!
      Laura: What I did, I saved you. I can swim. I could've swam to shore. As a matter of fact, if it wasn't for you, I never would've gotten my feet wet! (Nellie starts crying) What are you bawling about?
      Nellie: I don't know.
      Laura: Well, then, stop bawling!
      Nellie: I can't!
      Laura: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to be so mean.
      Nellie: I don't blame you. I'm positively hateful.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The co-writer of this episode, Joe Bonaduce, is the father of often-troubled actor Danny Bonaduce, of The Partridge Family and Breaking Bonaduce fame.

    • This is Katherine MacGregor's (Harriet Oleson) favorite episode from season 2.

    • Filming Locations: Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California, with Sierra location scenes filmed at Stanislaus River, Melones, Kennedy Meadows and Clark Fork River, Stanislaus National Forest and Tuolumne, California.

    • Featured characters: The Ingalls and Oleson families