TV.com will be making some changes to our user base starting Feb 25, 2015. For more information click here

Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 14

The Rivals

1
Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Jan 09, 1978 on NBC
7.7
out of 10
User Rating
51 votes
1

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT

Charles and Jonathan leave Walnut Grove on a profitable business trip. Meanwhile, Laura develops a crush on a classmate.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Today
2:00pm
HALMRK
3:00pm
HALMRK
5:00pm
INSP
6:00pm
INSP
Tuesday
2:00pm
HALMRK
3:00pm
HALMRK
4:00pm
HALMRK
5:00pm
INSP
6:00pm
INSP
Wednesday
2:00pm
HALMRK
3:00pm
HALMRK
4:00pm
HALMRK
5:00pm
INSP
6:00pm
INSP
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Laura has a new crush and Charles and Jonathan go away to find some work which will pay well.

    6.0
    In the uncertainty of the economic times in which they live, Charles and Jonathan are always on the lookout for a new venture of some kind which will bring in some much-needed extra income. With this in mind, the head off to what should be high paying jobs but both find it difficult to be spending so much time away from their homes and families and have to way up which is more important.



    For Laura, times are difficult because of the crush she has on a boy at school. Tomboy Laura is very much out of her depth when it comes to dealing with members of the opposite sex and so, she makes the mistake of asking Nellie for her assistance!



    A passable episode, the acting wasn't as sharp as it usually is and I think that clouded it for me as I am used to stellar performances by the majority of the regulars.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

Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson

Mr. Lars Hanson (1974 - 1978)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Leon Belasco

Leon Belasco

Monsieur François

Guest Star

Chris Petersen

Chris Petersen

Jimmy Hill

Guest Star

Sam Gilman

Sam Gilman

Si Perkins

Guest Star

Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen

Jonathan Garvey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Laura is offended when Nellie says that she should use toilet water, but actually, in the 1800's, "toilet" was a commonly used term for a dressing room, not a place to go to the bathroom.

    • Laura receives her first kiss in this episode.

    • It's hard to believe that one apple fell so easily out from under Laura's dress, while the other one remained in place during her full-speed run through the school yard. When she stops to catch her breath, the viewer can plainly see the second apple, still tucked neatly underneath her pinafore.

    • When Charles and Jonathan leave the expensive restaurant, they do so without paying--despite the fact that their dinners are already on the table. Jonathan even grabs and takes the bottle of wine from the table on his way out! Just because they didn't like it didn't excuse them from making payment, and yet the waiters didn't even say anything.

    • In this episode, Melissa Gilbert (Laura) gets to act in a few dream sequences where she wears a beautiful, puffy white dress and has her hair curled impeccably. She had very similar dream sequences in Season 2's At the End of the Rainbow, where she fantasized about her family being rich. This is the last time that Gilbert got to do this on the show.

    • Nitpick: Why did Laura act surprised when Nellie mentioned using perfume to "lure" a man? She helped Mr. Edwards make Grace Snider jealous in Season 1's The Return of Mr. Edwards by putting some of her Lemon Verbena perfume on a fake letter for Mr. Edwards.
      Reply: I think it was the actual word "lure" that was confusing to Laura, since she had obviously never heard of the word before.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Nellie: Half the time, you don't even smell like a girl. You always smell of sweaty fish.
      Laura: Well, I sweat a lot, and I fish a lot!
      Nellie: Well, you should cover it up. What you need is a scent that lures men.
      Laura: Lures men?
      Nellie: Yes. What you need is some perfume.
      Laura: Well, my Ma's got some, but it's awfully expensive.
      Nellie: Of course it is. But the best thing for you is toilet water.
      Laura: Nellie Oleson, what a rotten thing to say!

    • Jimmy: (smelling Laura's perfume, which she wore to impress him) What's that smell?
      Laura: You noticed??
      Jimmy: Noticed? How could you not notice? It stinks!
      Laura: Oh....it sure does. Wonder what it could be.
      Jimmy: Probably a skunk, or even a dead rat!

    • Nellie: Me and Luke?
      Laura: Yeah, because you were married to him.
      Nellie: For about ten minutes.
      Laura: Well, the important thing is that you got him to ask you.
      Nellie: True enough. What do you want to know?
      Laura: Well, what is it about you that attracts men?
      Nellie: Well, that's obvious, isn't it? My natural attributes.
      Laura: Like what?
      Nellie: Like my natural curly hair, and my smile. Mother says I'm beautiful, but I wouldn't go that far.
      Laura: Neither would I.
      Nellie: What?
      Laura: Oh, I just mean that.....all Ma's think their children are beautiful.
      Nellie: And my sweet disposition. Kind and unspoiled.
      Laura: I can see that.
      Nellie: (talks with her mouth full of pie) And daintiness. That's very important.
      Laura: I can see that, too.

    • Laura: I can never show my face at school again. I was so stupid!
      Caroline: I quite agree.
      Laura: You do?
      Caroline: Yes. Anyone who pretends to be anybody else is just downright silly.
      Laura: Well, I just wanted them--Jeremy--to like me.
      Caroline: Before they can, you have to like yourself.

    • (After 'frog-catching', Laura comes home soaking wet with a dreamy expression a smile on her face)
      Charles: That sister of yours is sure acting funny.
      Mary: Maybe she found something a little more interesting than frogs.
      Charles: What's more interesting than... )it dawns on him what is more interesting)

    • Miss Beadle: Laura, why don't you come and do the problem on the blackboard for me? (long silence, Laura doesn't move) Laura?
      (Laura stands and tries to push the "apples" dress up)
      Laura: 2 times 3 is...
      (Apple falls out of her dress)
      Miss Beadle: Laura, I think you need to go to the outhouse.
      Laura: Yes ma'am. I sure do.

  • NOTES (1)

    • During interviews, actress Melissa Gilbert has regarded the classic "apples in the dress" scene as the most embarrassing for her in the entire series. Gilbert was only 14 years old at the time, she was still waiting to blossom, and projecting those very private emotions in her acting proved to be very humiliating for a girl that age.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

More
Less