Mean Nellie Oleson snubs Laura and Mary for wearing homespun dresses on their first day at school and, when Laura later complains, Caroline reminds her to be kind to Nellie to win her friendship. But Caroline forgets her own wise words, loses her temper with Nellie's haughty mother, store owner Harriet Oleson, and impulsively buys dress fabric she can barely afford. Later, Laura struggles to write an essay for the Visitors' Day program and Caroline must decide what to do with the expensive fabric. When Visitors' Day arrives, their love for each other helps both mother and daughter solve their problems.
Did You Know?
This episode was the first time we see Nellie Oleson. See more
Toward the end of the episode, Laura and her mother walk back into the school house to show Eva Beadle Laura's essay. Ms. Beadle finishes erasing the chalk board. The camera shows a close up of the essay then goes back to a full shot of the characters in the school room. On the chalk board the word 'Welcome' has appeared, which Ms. Beadle then erases. See more
That Nellie Olsen's the meanest girl I ever did see. I could never be that mean!
I could... meaner! If Ma and Pa'd let me!