History Series / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

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* MoodWhiplash: Occurs often when an episode has a DownerEnding (examples include the first part of "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away," "May We Make Them Proud," and "Gambini the Great.") We go from the melancholy ending to cheery music and that shot of a young Melissa Gilbert running through the grass with arms outstretched.
5th Mar '16 3:58:28 AM XFllo
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* AcademicAthlete: Laura Ingalls Wilder will get dirty and play baseball as a child but at sixteen she becomes more elegant and gets her first teaching job.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder will get dirty and play baseball as a child but at sixteen she becomes more elegant and gets her first teaching job.



* AlphaBitch: Nellie Oleson.

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Nellie Oleson.



* BigBrotherBully: Nellie was a female example of this to her brother Willie, often coercing him to go along with her schemes.

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Nellie was a female example of this to her brother Willie, often coercing him to go along with her schemes.



* BitCharacter: Mrs. Foster
** Such a bit character that they simply used the real surname of the actress (Ruth Foster) for the character.

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* BitCharacter: Mrs. Foster
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Foster. Such a bit character that they simply used the real surname of the actress (Ruth Foster) for the character.



* BodyHorror: Ma Ingalls and her nasty infection in "A Matter of Faith."

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* BodyHorror: Ma Ingalls and her nasty infection in "A Matter of Faith."Faith".



* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Nellie Oleson (natch) and Laura, ever the smart-mouth, also had her moments.

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* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Nellie Oleson (natch) and Laura, ever the smart-mouth, also had her moments.



* BreatherEpisode: "Boys Will Be Men", a surprisingly lighthearted and comedic episode about Albert and Andy successfully proving they can be men by walking to Sleepy Eye and back, while their fathers struggle to keep up with them.
** The episode where Laura and Almanzo babysit Royal's boys counts, too.

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* BreatherEpisode: BreatherEpisode:
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"Boys Will Be Men", a surprisingly lighthearted and comedic episode about Albert and Andy successfully proving they can be men by walking to Sleepy Eye and back, while their fathers struggle to keep up with them.
** The episode where Laura and Almanzo babysit Royal's boys counts, too.boys.



* CallingTheOldManOut: Willie does this to his mother when she tries to keep him from marrying the girl he loves.

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Willie does this to calls out his mother when she tries to keep him from marrying the girl he loves.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The Edwards family vanishes without a word between the 3rd and 4th seasons.
** Actually, it's mentioned that they moved away from Walnut Grove. The Edwards' oldest son, John, is in the second episode of the fourth season, and the rest of the Edwards family appears in a Season Six episode (when Laura and Pa visit them), and Mr. Edwards turns up again in Season Eight and becomes a regular after he moves back to Walnut Grove.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The Edwards family vanishes without a word between the 3rd and 4th seasons.
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seasons. It is mentioned that they moved away from Walnut Grove. The Edwards' oldest son, John, is in the second episode of the fourth season, and the rest of the Edwards family appears in a Season Six episode (when Laura and Pa visit them), and Mr. Edwards turns up again in Season Eight and becomes a regular after he moves back to Walnut Grove.



* CourtRoomEpisode: "Blind Justice", where a man is accused of swindling the citizens of Walnut Grove in a land deal.
** Also "Barn Burner", where Larabee is accused of setting the Garvey barn on fire.

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"Blind Justice", where a man is accused of swindling the citizens of Walnut Grove in a land deal.
** Also "Barn Burner", where Larabee is accused of setting the Garvey barn on fire.



* DefrostingIceQueen: As she gets older, Nellie matures and gets nicer, though she still has her moments.
** Though later in the series, most of her wrath is directed towards her mother.
* DemotedToExtra: Carrie went from having several lines an episode and even a few small subplots to a background character who was lucky to get [[Main/MandatoryLine one line]] per episode.
** Lucky to get a line? Carrie was essentially a mute well before the Ingalls family left Walnut Grove.
** As the actresses grew, neither bothered to learn to act, so they quit giving her lines because they didn't want to kill the character off.
** Her delivery was also infamously unclear. TV Land would do a joke spot years later: "Thank you, Carrie Ingalls, for whatever it was you just said."

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* DefrostingIceQueen: As she gets older, Nellie matures and gets nicer, though she still has her moments.
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moments. Though later in the series, most of her wrath is directed towards her mother.
* DemotedToExtra: Carrie went from having several lines an episode and even a few small subplots to a background character who was lucky to get [[Main/MandatoryLine one line]] per episode.
** Lucky to get a line?
episode. Carrie was essentially a mute well before the Ingalls family left Walnut Grove.
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Grove. As the actresses grew, neither bothered to learn to act, so they quit giving her lines because they didn't want to kill the character off.
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off. Her delivery was also infamously unclear. TV Land would do a joke spot years later: "Thank you, Carrie Ingalls, for whatever it was you just said."



* DesignatedVictim: Poor, poor Mary. If something bad had to happen, it was going to happen to her.
** Also Laura's niece Jenny. Her first appearance had her so devastated by her father's death that she [[spoiler: tries to drown herself in the lake, arguably not fully realizing the implications of suicide, but still getting an angry lecture from Laura.]] One of her last appearances involved [[spoiler: her contraction of brain damage as a result of nearly drowning--again--while going after a treasured locket.]] Apparently, the writers were bent on trying to [[spoiler: drown this character]] but weren't allowed to actually do it.
* DeusAngstMachina: And how!

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Poor, poor Mary. If something bad had to happen, it was going to happen to her.
** Also Laura's niece Jenny. Her first appearance had her so devastated by her father's death that she [[spoiler: tries to drown herself in the lake, arguably not fully realizing the implications of suicide, but still getting an angry lecture from Laura.]] One of her last appearances involved [[spoiler: her contraction of brain damage as a result of nearly drowning--again--while going after a treasured locket.]] Apparently, the writers were bent on trying to [[spoiler: drown this character]] but weren't allowed to actually do it.
* DeusAngstMachina: And how!%%%* DeusAngstMachina
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* WildChild: Initially, the townspeople think Matthew Rogers, a young adolescent boy, is this. His ADayInTheLimelight two-part episode is actually called "The Wild Boy." This is because when we first see him, a quack doctor has literally caged Matthew and billed him as a "wild boy of the North," a money-maker for his medicine show. [[spoiler: In reality, the doctor is using a morphine-base elixir to control Matthew's moods and behavior. He is able to get away with this because Matthew is an orphan and cannot speak.]] Eventually though, Mr. Edwards takes Matthew in, and Laura teaches them both sign language. The second half of "The Wild Boy" is about Mr. Edwards fighting for permanent custody. [[spoiler: He at first loses, but the judge has a HeelFaceTurn.]]
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* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Late in the series, Mr. Edwards adopts Matthew Rogers, an orphan boy who has been horribly abused because he is mute. In Season 9, Matthew's natural dad shows up and claims this. Technically, he probably ''did'' have a good reason since Matthew's parents were literally starving at the time and could not provide for him. Whether that makes up for, in any way, what Matthew went through afterward, is debatable.
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In the episode "Harriet's Happenings", Sterling Murdoch, who runs a newspaper in Walnut Grove that prints malicious gossip, is a thinly veiled RupertMurdoch. At the end of the episode, Charles publicly berates Sterling and Harriet for their actions. Michael Landon was very vocal about his dislike for tabloids and the stories printed about his personal life, hence the premise of this episode.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In the episode "Harriet's Happenings", Sterling Murdoch, who runs a newspaper in Walnut Grove that prints malicious gossip, is a thinly veiled RupertMurdoch.UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch. At the end of the episode, Charles publicly berates Sterling and Harriet for their actions. Michael Landon was very vocal about his dislike for tabloids and the stories printed about his personal life, hence the premise of this episode.
16th Oct '15 3:20:24 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* AbusiveParents: Surprisingly frequent for the show. Guest character Todd from "The Angry Heart" had an abusive dad. James and Cassandra, the orphans Ma and Pa adopt later in the series, briefly lived with an abusive guardian. Albert's nightmares soon after his adoption imply he suffered abuse at a city orphanage.



* SinisterMinister: A variant, Reverend Danforth from the Season 6 episode "The Faith Healer." He's not evil, but he's deluded himself into thinking that he really does have the spiritual gift of healing. This has made him so prideful that he maliciously tries to take Reverend Alden's church from him. He's also [[spoiler alert: the secondhand cause of young Timothy Dodds' death. Timothy's dad took him to Danforth to treat a burst appendix, against medical advice. Timothy was then convinced his pain was gone, only to die of said burst appendix one scene later.]]

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* SinisterMinister: A variant, Reverend Danforth from the Season 6 episode "The Faith Healer." He's not evil, but he's deluded himself into thinking that he really does have the spiritual gift of healing. This has made him so prideful that he maliciously tries to take Reverend Alden's church from him. He's also [[spoiler alert: [[spoiler: the secondhand cause of young Timothy Dodds' death. Timothy's dad took him to Danforth to treat a burst appendix, against medical advice. Timothy was then convinced his pain was gone, only to die of said burst appendix one scene later.]]
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* SinisterMinister: A variant, Reverend Danforth from the Season 6 episode "The Faith Healer." He's not evil, but he's deluded himself into thinking that he really does have the spiritual gift of healing. This has made him so prideful that he maliciously tries to take Reverend Alden's church from him. He's also [[spoiler alert: the secondhand cause of young Timothy Dodds' death. Timothy's dad took him to Danforth to treat a burst appendix, against medical advice. Timothy was then convinced his pain was gone, only to die of said burst appendix one scene later.]]
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* CommunityThreateningConstruction: In an episode, the railroad was coming to town and bringing with it drunks and other rowdies that would completely transform the character of Walnut Grove. The town fought against the railroad and the railroad redirected to go to a different small town.
26th Aug '15 2:51:33 PM phoenix
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* BeeAfraid: One episode in Season 6 has Albert selling Mrs. Oleson and Nellie a tree trunk filled with bees. They remain docile until Oleson's wagon begins to rock while they transport the hive home, causing the bees to angrily sting both the women as they lose control of their horses.



* GoshHornet: One episode in Season 6 has Albert selling Mrs. Oleson and Nellie a tree trunk filled with bees. They remain docile until Oleson's wagon begins to rock while they transport the hive home, causing the bees to angrily sting both the women as they lose control of their horses.
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** CoveredUp: Laura proves Nellie is faking it by rolling Nellie down a hill to a pond, which looks just like the rolling-down-a-hill scene in ''MacAndMe'' shot 15 years ''later''. Guess which one got the MemeticMutation?

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** CoveredUp: Laura proves Nellie is faking it by rolling Nellie down a hill to a pond, which looks just like the rolling-down-a-hill scene in ''MacAndMe'' ''Film/MacAndMe'' shot 15 years ''later''. Guess which one got the MemeticMutation?



* PapaWolf: Charles Ingalls
* PilotMovie
* ProWrestlingEpisode: "The King is Dead"
* PresentDayPast

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