Little House on the Prairie

Season 8 Episode 2

The Reincarnation of Nellie (2)

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 12, 1981 on NBC
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  • When Nellie and her family decide not to return to Walnut Grove, a devastated Harriet Oleson decides to adopt a little girl. The result is a spoiled brat named Nancy.

    7.0
    This is another example of the many times "Little House on the Prairie" was guilty of "jumping the shark". It is a common tactic of long-running television programs to add children when the original ones get too old to be cute.

    The Ingalls family added three children (by the time they leave Walnut Grove, three of the five children going with them are not biological) themselves. While adoption was not unheard of in those days, the constant adding of children on this show by adoption bordered on the ludicrous.

    There is a tender moment when Harriet Oleson speaks to Nancy through the door at the orphanage and tries to convince her to come home with her. We find that Harriet herself was raised as a spoiled child and acknowledges that she did the same with Nellie. Her statement that she will love Nancy exactly the way she is is moving, even though it's misguided.

    Props to the scene where Willie chokes on his sandwich when introduced to his new sister, "This is my surprise? You finally got Nellie married and out of the house and you bring home another one!"
  • Nellie & her family have to move, so her mother get's so depressed, the Olsen's end up adopting another girl much meaner than Nellie at her worst.

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    If you thought Nellie was a mean, lying, spoiled brat, you haven't seen anything once you've met Nancy. This episode shows the best and worst about parenting. Of course, Mr. Olsen is the sensible one, while Mrs. Olsen just wants to spoil her. After locking a classmate in the ice shed overnight and lying about it, she proceeds to tell a tale of woe about why Nancy became a troublesome orphan. After Charles, Mr. & Mrs. Olsen and all the others find out she is a big liar. They hold a bazaar with a special dunk tank for Nancy's "mermaid" character where she gets dunked by the classmate she locked in the icehouse and admits to it. Mrs. Olsen hears this and also dunks her, then tells her she loves her and will not tolerate her behavior any longer. Nancy learns her leson for the time being at least.
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