Little House on the Prairie

Season 3 Episode 20

The Music Box

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Mar 14, 1977 on NBC

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  • Laura befriends a new girl, Anna, who stutters and has a hard time making friends.

    Laura befriends a new girl, Anna, who stutters and has a hard time making friends.A jealous Nellie starts an elite club and although she invites Laura, she leaves Anna out. While at the Olesens, Laura steals one of Nellie's music boxes. While taking it home, Laura drops and damages the box. Laura hides it, but Nellie soon catches her with it and threatens to tell. Laura admits the theft, but instead of forgiving her, Nellie uses the situation to her own advantage -- by pretending to be friends. One of the conditions, however, is that Laura must be mean to Anna (or else Nellie will go forward with information about the theft of her music box). Laura's new attitude toward causes friction between her and Mary, who has also befriended Anna. Later, Laura suffers from nightmares because of her guilt (with the Olesens cast as her tormenters), and Willie doesn't make things any easier when he taunts her with the music box's melody. After Charles finds out about Laura being mean to Anna, Charles makes Laura quit Nellie's club unless Anna can join, too. Nellie agrees to let Anna join, but only to pull a cruelly sadistic initiation stunt for her own amusement (she forces Anna to read a tongue twister without stuttering). A humiliated Anna runs out, and Laura soon follows her. After Laura and Anna make up, she admits her theft and explains her attitude. An embarassed Mr. Olesen goes easy on Laura, although the same can't be said for Nellie.