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Little House on the Prairie

Season 8 Episode 10

Wave of the Future

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Dec 07, 1981 on NBC
6.1
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Harriet is pressed to transform the Walnut Grove restaurant into a chain called "Mrs. Sullivan's." Meanwhile, Charles is left to gather the slack at home with Caroline so in-demand as one of the cooks.

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  • pan friend steak, i want some each time i watch LOVE THE ENTIRE EPIE!

    10
    im re-watchin soon i lov it! and this epie always make me hungry for somethin' called

    PAN FRIED STEAK

    AND GOOD OLE CAROLINE's meringue pie yummie" LOL



    i watch this epie more than 2x a month as i record the best epie's for at least six months then delete and start all over again lol



    i love this epie perfect ten!

    goin to watch a few epie's as i do weekly.

    harriet so funny in this. i love the food in little house was so real, actually i hear through research all the food was. it just look so damn delicious. I really do love this epie and nels was great in it too slicin' the home cooked meal,fresh turkey over the "fast food of the future,gotta love it!" and honestly?

    He was right too



    night all!moreless
  • Harriet turns Nellie's (Caroline's, actually) into Mrs. Sullivan's Kitchen, a chain restaurant that serves only 3 choices of entree. Hilarity ensues.

    7.3
    In many ways this is a very silly episode and hardly worth a second glance, however there are some funny moments that deserve mentioning.

    First of all, the notion of a restaurant in Walnut Grove was enough of a stretch, but to turn it into a popular franchise is more than ridiculous.Then we have Harriet, who is normally a very astute business woman, signing a contract which she clearly has not read very closely. Suddenly, she and Nels are responsible for purchasing new furniture and equiptment! It seems odd to me that Harriet would be so careless. Perhaps she overlooked a few things because she was just so darned excited about being in 'Mrs. Sullivan's Army'. When the 'new' restaurant opens, it does so to a packed house, which one could possibly explain away because folks were curious about it. But why does it stay so busy? Are there that many people in Walnut Grove with money to burn and no cooking skills? In previous episodes there are rarely more than 2 or 3 tables full at one time.

    There are some funny scenes at the Ingalls' house where Charles is trying to produce inedible meals for the family so that he won't have to cook anymore. His plan backfires as the kids know what he's up to, and they don't want to cook either!

    Poor Harriet, it is sort of fun to watch as she grows more and more flustered while she struggles to keep the restaurant afloat. Finally, Charles and Nels put a stop to it all and everything comes out alright in the end. By the way, when Nels and Charles open up 'Oleson's Restaurant' we get a little foreshadowing when we see Willie waiting tables. A year or so later he expresses a desire to stay in Walnut Grove and run the restaurant. I am not even going to address the final scene except to wonder.....how did they get the windows painted again so quickly? And to look exactly as they had before? Hmmm...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

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

James Cooper/Ingalls (1981 - 1982)

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Laurie Main

Laurie Main

Major Guffey

Guest Star

Roger Bowen

Roger Bowen

Advertising Man

Guest Star

Margaret Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler

Lady

Guest Star

Elmore Vincent

Elmore Vincent

Ernest

Recurring Role

Dan McBride

Dan McBride

Taylor

Recurring Role

Ruth Foster

Ruth Foster

Mrs. Foster

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Why does the restaurant stay so busy? Are there that many people in Walnut Grove with money to burn and no cooking skills? In previous episodes there are rarely more than 2 or 3 tables full at one time.

    • In this episode, Charles strategically makes his dinners taste horrible so the kids will complain and he can force them to cook the next night, but the plan backfires. This isn't the first time Charles tries to outsmart his children and ends up with the joke on himself. This also happened in Season 5's Men Will Be Boys.

    • It is unlikely that the mores of a midwestern town in the 1880's would have tolerated a restaurant operating on Sundays.

      Additionally, it is unlikely that either Caroline or Hester-Sue would have consented to working on Sundays either. In fact, during "Back to School, Part 1", Caroline refused to cook even one meal on Sunday as a favor to Harriet.

    • Goof: After the first day of business at the faster pace of 'Mrs Sullivans', Caroline and Hester-Sue leave. The Olesons then calculate they have made nearly $25 that day. In the next scene, we hear Caroline tell Charles this at home, but how would she know? It was only totalled after the day and after she had left. She could not have been keeping track, as they were all rushed off of their feet!

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The old gentlemen in white at the end of the episode was obviously meant to remind us of Col. Sanders - founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. It's a cute moment, but the appearance is anachronistic. The real Sanders wasn't even born until 1890 - a few years after this episode takes place - much less an old man.

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