Little House on the Prairie

Season 1 Episode 7

Town Party, Country Party

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 30, 1974 on NBC

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  • A sweet little girl named Olga (superbly played by a young Kim Richards) has a disability and a stubborn difficult father to deal with. Perhaps Charles can help on both counts?

    Young Olga is a school mate of Laura's and roughly the same age, but they don't know each other well. Olga's mother is dead and she lives with her grandmother and her uncompromising father. She also lives with the fact that she walks with a pronounced limp because she was born with one leg significantly shorter than the other.

    Olga's father tries to shield her from everything and everyone that may hurt her but, in doing so, he is keeping her from living a normal life. When Charles has the idea of building up a shoe so that Olga can have her feet even, her father is vehemently against it but, luckily for Olga, her grandmother comes to her rescue and Charles is able to help out after all.
  • Lovely episode!

    This episode revolves around a girl named Olga and Laura.

    Olga is a lonely girl who attends school with Mary and Laura. Olga was born with one leg shorter than the other, so nobody invites her to play ball or have a race with them, because she can’t walk properly.

    When Mrs. Olsen invites Mary and Laura to Nellie’s birthday party in the town, the children are really excited. They go to Nellie’s party and Nellie shows off her new doll to them. Laura tries to feel the silk dress of the doll when Nellie pushes her and snatches the doll, making its hem rip. Nellie blames Laura for causing this mess, and Mrs. Olsen tells the children to go play outside. Laura can’t seem to walk properly because her ankle is twisted. Olga befriends her and they start having fun. Laura feels sorry for Olga and tells Charles about it. Charles figures out a way on how he could help Olga, but Olga’s father Jon doesn’t want Charles to meddle with his children’s business. Jon is overprotective of Olga and feels that she should not get her hopes up too high otherwise she will just get more sad. He feels like the whole world will make fun of Olga and doesn’t want her to face the rejection. Will Charles be able to get through to Jon, and will Olga be able to move like the others?

    This is another one of my favorite episode of Little House on the Prairie. Kim Richards and Jan Merlin acted wonderfully as Olga and Jon. The end scene when Jon sees Olga happy is a very touching moment. Besides that, the way Laura gets back at Nellie at her party is hilarious.

    I rate this episode 10/10.
  • Nothing beats the early seasons of "Little House," and this one is a genuine guilty pleasure that's nearly impossible to dislike.

    Anytime I think about my favorite episodes of "Little House," this one easily cracks the top three. Sweet, charming, and absolutely brimming with youthful innocence from beginning to end, there is very little to dislike about this episode, and it's the one I always turn to when I need a good, fluffy "Little House" fix!

    In short, this little gem from Season 1 tells the story of a young girl named Olga, who was born with a short leg and seems to be ostracized by everyone at school, even the typically compassionate Ingalls girls. You'd think that at the very least, Mary would have reached out to her sooner, but I guess that's not really important. What matters is that after Laura is treated badly by the oh-so-snooty Nellie Oleson at her birthday party, she connects with Olga, and a nice friendship follows. Charles then comes up with an idea to build Olga an elevated shoe, and while her grandmother loves the idea, Olga's bitter widowed father has no interest in accepting this kind offer. Charles then proceeds to back away out of respect, but Olga's grandmother soon comes by behind her son's back and asks Charles to go ahead with the idea anyway. He agrees and builds a wonderful shoe, and from that point, we get a glimpse at how Olga's life takes a complete turn now that she can run and play with the other children--a luxury that life never afforded her until now.

    What I love about this episode is that the characters are so young and likable (although they always were likable), and the 45-minute story seeks to do nothing more than entertain the audience with a happy, huge-hearted tale of true friendship. It's also fun to see how much development had not yet taken place with many of the characters, namely with Nellie and her mother. Alison Arngrim (Nellie)'s quieter, somewhat timid acting from those early days is evident, as the character has not yet evolved into the full-fledged nasty monster she eventually became. Harriet Oleson, too, is shockingly calm and even (sort of) encourages her children to be polite. I mean, seriously, Harriet Oleson telling her kids not to be rude??? That's certainly a sight to see! If this exact same episode had taken place even just one season later, Harriet would have really flown off the handle with the "doll dress ripping" incident, and she would have insisted that Caroline Ingalls pay for the "damage" that Laura did. You can tell that the writers really had fun tweaking the role of Harriet and bringing her up about a hundred notches over the years, but again, that hadn't yet happened when this episode aired, so watching the scenes with Harriet is very interesting.

    Furthermore, although Olga's character is fictional, Nellie Oleson's "town party" and Mary and Laura's "country party" really did happen, and many of the events from the plot are taken directly from Laura Ingalls Wilder's fourth book, "On the Banks of Plum Creek." This episode does not follow the original book exactly, but it's pretty close--much closer than most of the other episodes from the series. As you watch the kids play their little baseball game, or when Laura tricked Nellie into falling face-first in the creek (a darn good moment, and one of the girls' first infamous "water fights"), you can't help but smile. Overall, this is an utterly charming and enjoyable episode is the type that you can watch over and over. It always reminds me why I love this show, and I can never help misting up a little when Olga hugs Charles for making her shoe. Sigh. This is what good TV is all about! :)
  • Great episode!

    Another Landon classic. As the show opens the school girls are seen running and playing in front of the schoolhouse, while Olga, a new Swedish girl in town, is left out because she is \"crippled\"(by today\'s standards she just had one leg that was a little shorter than the other). She can walk-with a limp-but can\'t join in on the chasing games. Olga lives with her father and grandmother, and, because of the death of Olga\'s mother and her cripple, her father is anxious to shelter her from the possible rejection of the other kids, even tho the grandmother thinks it was a good idea to send Olga to school to be with the other girls her age.

    The girls of the Walnut Grove school are invited to a party for snotty Nelly-the curly haired rich bratty girl who\'s parents own Olson Mercantile. Laura bathes in a metal tub outside and Ma gets out their best dresses. Mary worries about what they should take for a present, but Ma says some wildflowers from outback will make a fine gift. A funny scene in when Laura is done with her bath, and Carrie decides to get in the metal, soapy tub-clothes and all-along with dog Jack. The Ingalls parents laugh from the door.

    Mary and Laura are off to the party ,and present the wildflowers to Nelly, along with their friend, Cassie, who has sewn a ragdoll. \"You get to name her yourself\", says Cassie proudly. But Nellie, being the usual thankless brat, slings all the presents against the couch and goes back to playing with a fancy Noah\'s Arc set on the floor. Mary tries to console Cassie by saying Nellie really did like the present, she was just caught up in the excitement of the day. To make matters worse, Nellie brings out a frilly China doll that was another birthday present, saying Laura can\'t touch, and Nellie shoves Laura when she accidentally tears some lace on the doll\'s dress. Mrs. Olson is less than pleased, and sends the kids to play outside. Laura has twisted her ankle from Nellie\'s push, so , understanding what\'s it\'s like to walk with a limp now,she befriends Olga. Laura and Mary decide to have a party of their own at the Ingall\'s house, and invite her new friend Olga. Of course, they have to invite that old Nellie because, \"it\'s the polite thing to do\". Nellie shows up, but rudely refers to it as a \"country party\" instead of a city one. Meanwhile, Pa has been trying to convince Olga\'s father to let him try to make a lift for Olga\'s shoe so she can walk straight. Olga\'s dad is not open to the idea, but the grandmother wants Charles to try in secret without the knowledge of her \"fool for a son\". So Charles has made a wooden lift to attach under the shoe, and now Olga can walk! Laura and Mary can\'t wait to show off the new Olga at the party when they choose sides for a softball game. Everyone, including Olga, is having a great time, until Nellie manipulates the fun by suggesting wading in the creek barefoot-something Olga can\'t do. The other girls go wading, but Laura is fed up, and pushes Nellie near a crawdaddy in the creek.

    Olga\'s dad has found out about the new shoe, and is so angry he comes over to wrestle Charles down to the barn floor. But his mood soon changes when he sees Olga-for the first time in her life-fitting in with the other girls and having a great time yelling and playing. He admits to really being a fool about the situation-but Charles assures him it\'s all in the past.