History Series / LittleHouseOnThePrairie

16th Jul '16 12:11:32 PM Zyffyr
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* KilledOffForReal: Many, considering this show took place in the 1800's, but most notably [[spoiler: Alice Garvey and Adam Jr.]]
14th Jul '16 5:34:51 PM foxley
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* CircusEpisode: Season Five's "Annabelle" has Mr. Oleson's estranged sister working as the Fat Lady in a touring circus, while Laura appears in it disguised as a clown.
7th Jul '16 1:28:59 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* InnocentSwearing: When the Ingalls move to Winoka in Season 5, Carrie learns and repeats the word "damn" from saloon patrons. This prompts Pa to give her a talk about good words vs. bad words.
23rd May '16 10:41:21 AM Doug86
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** "The Wisdom Of Solomon," where a young African American boy named Solomon (played by a pre-''DiffrentStrokes'' Todd Bridges) remarks to his classmates what he hates about being black: "Being called a nigger."

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** "The Wisdom Of Solomon," where a young African American boy named Solomon (played by a pre-''DiffrentStrokes'' pre-''Series/DiffrentStrokes'' Todd Bridges) remarks to his classmates what he hates about being black: "Being called a nigger."
11th May '16 10:58:16 PM FordPrefect
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** John Carter for Charles Ingalls. Not only does John move into Charles’ old house, but he also takes Charles place at the mill and on the town council. He also stands up to the greedy railroad builders much the way Charles would have.

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** John Carter for Charles Ingalls. Not only does John move into Charles’ old house, but he also takes Charles Charles' place at the mill and on the town council. He also stands up to the greedy railroad builders much the way Charles would have.
9th May '16 11:31:53 PM FordPrefect
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* BreakTheCutie[=/=]KillTheCutie: Drawn out before enforced, respectively, in "Sylvia," a two-part episode from late in Season 7. Sylvia (Olivia Barash) is a beautiful but mature-for-her-age 14-year-old girl who endures hell after hell throughout her stay in Walnut Grove. She is sexually harassed by the boys at school, viciously raped by an masked man (and impregnated as a result), emotionally abused by her distant father (who also forces her to conceal her adolescent development) ... and then scandalized by Mrs. Oleson when she claims that Albert Ingalls is her baby's father. Albert seems to be her only friend, but even his parents are concerned that his association with her will bring nothing but trouble. In the end, Sylvia dies, her fatal last incident coming when she falls from a rickety ladder in a ramshackle barn to escape the rapist – it was the previously unseen town blacksmith – who had come back to rape her again.

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* BreakTheCutie[=/=]KillTheCutie: Drawn out before enforced, respectively, in "Sylvia," a two-part episode from late in Season 7. Sylvia (Olivia Barash) is a beautiful but mature-for-her-age 14-year-old girl who endures hell after hell throughout her stay in Walnut Grove. She is sexually harassed by the boys at school, viciously raped by an a masked man (and impregnated as a result), emotionally abused by her distant father (who also forces her to conceal her adolescent development) ... and then scandalized by Mrs. Oleson when she claims that Albert Ingalls is her baby's father. Albert seems to be her only friend, but even his parents are concerned that his association with her will bring nothing but trouble. In the end, Sylvia dies, her fatal last incident coming when she falls from a rickety ladder in a ramshackle barn to escape the rapist – it was the previously unseen town blacksmith – who had come back to rape her again.
16th Mar '16 6:46:36 PM EnglishGuruLady
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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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* AcademicAthlete: AcademicAthlete:
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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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* AlphaBitch: AlphaBitch:
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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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* BigBrotherBully: BigBrotherBully:
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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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* CallingTheOldManOut: CallingTheOldManOut:
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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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* CourtRoomEpisode: CourtRoomEpisode:
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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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* DesignatedVictim: DesignatedVictim:
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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
18th Jan '16 11:33:07 AM EnglishGuruLady
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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.]]
18th Jan '16 11:27:27 AM EnglishGuruLady
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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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