Little House on the Prairie

Season 7 Episode 14

The Nephews

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Jan 19, 1981 on NBC
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Almanzo gets suckered into watching his brother Royal's two bratty boys.

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  • Poorly-developed plot, stretches one gimmick like a cheap cotton t-shirt.

    3.2
    Laura and Almanzo are tricked into caring for their nephews by Almanzo's brother Royal.



    Lots of people can complain about the continuity of this episode with Season 9, and that's all fine. But it's also lazy and not very funny.



    Season 7 leaves me struggling to find any episodes that don't have some flaws and this one is no exception. The theme here is "being permissive with children can have bad results", something done before on the series but here played as a comedy. But it's not well-done, the storyline is nothing but a succession of pranks, one after another, all set to any David Rose music that was ever used to represent whimsy on the series. Very unstructured as to plot and without even the Landon "lesson" either, as the boys learn nothing from the overwrought reactive antics of Laura and Almanzo Wilder.



    Surprisingly, I would even rate this as one of the better episodes of the season because it at least tries a different approach. For a good example of comedy on "Little House on the Prairie", I would look for the episode "Fred" as that takes an initially funny premise and develops it through many characters and situations - in contrast, this installment beats the pranks horse to death.moreless
Dean Butler

Dean Butler

Almanzo James Wilder (co-star prior to season 7)

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

Reverend Alden

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Woody Eney

Woody Eney

Royal Wilder

Guest Star

Aileen Fitzpatrick

Aileen Fitzpatrick

Millie Wilder

Guest Star

Ham Larson

Ham Larson

Myron Wilder

Guest Star

Jack Lilley

Jack Lilley

Stage Driver

Recurring Role

Ruth Foster

Ruth Foster

Mrs. Foster

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Notice the scene where the boys are throwing food at dinner, and Laura grabs them and takes them upstairs. When she first lunges at them, you can tell that Melissa Gilbert, who plays Laura, is laughing when she's supposed to be furious.

    • Goof: Royal tries to bribe the boys to be good by offering them an Indian head nickel, which is a "buffalo nickel," but those weren't issued until 1913.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Millie: Do you remember our honeymoon?
      Royal: How could I forget? Days by the river, nights by the fire.
      Millie: That's when I became pregnant with Myron!
      Royal: (pauses) No trip is perfect....

    • Royal: Rupert, please don't choke me.
      Millie: Royal. (shakes her head at him)
      Rupert: I've got you, Dad!
      Royal: Rupert, no, don't do that!
      Millie: Royal, you know you're not supposed to say no to the boys. It stunts their creative growth.
      Royal: But--
      Millie: Royal!

    • Millie: Well, certainly, our boys are rambunctious, but they're boys, and you must admit, they're very creative. Why, they paint, they seam, they--
      Royal: Millie, painting all the windows in the living room black is not my idea of art. And if I'd sung the kind of songs they do when I was a boy, I would have had my mouth washed out with soap.
      Millie: If you felt this way about it, why didn't you ever say anything?
      Royal: Because it's hard to talk with your son choking you. I mean, if God had never wanted us to say no to our children, he would have never invented the word.
      Millie: You're raising your voice, Royal.

    • Millie: Royal?
      Royal: Yes, my love?
      Millie: I just had a horrible thought.
      Royal: What?
      Millie: Well, I suddenly thought that Almanzo might yell at the boys.
      Royal: Well, what's so horrible about that?
      Millie: Royal!
      Royal: No, I mean it. I mean, this whole business of never saying no was your idea.
      Millie: I read it in a book.
      Royal: Well, it was probably written by somebody who never had a child.

    • Almanzo: You know, I was so excited about Myron and Rupert coming to stay with us. I realize that after this, you may never want children.
      Laura: Sure I do. I think we should have a dozen--and send them all to stay with Royal and Millie for the summer!

    • Almanzo: Myron, you nearly scared your Aunt Laura and me to death! What were you thinking, boy? Huh? What were you thinking?
      Myron: It's impossible to scare somebody to death.

    • Almanzo: Boys, where did you get the feathers for these costumes?
      Myron: The....feathers?
      Almanzo: Yes, the feathers!
      Myron: Um....off a couple of your chickens.

    • Almanzo: (to Myron and Rupert) So men, what should we do first?
      Rupert: We could go kill some birds.
      Almanzo: (repulsed) Kill some birds? Rupert, birds are beautiful creatures. We love to look at them, and hear them sing. Why do you want to kill them?
      Rupert: So we can open them up and see their guts!

    • Myron: Aunt Laura, don't you like children?
      Laura: Well, of course, Myron. I love children. I just don't like you!

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