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The Race 

Conniving Mrs. Oleson is so certain that her scheming and daughter Nellie's new thoroughbred racehorse will beat Laura Ingall's speedy mount, Bunny, in the Hero Township horse race that she... See full summary »


William F. Claxton


Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
James Jeter ... Hans Dorfler
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Karl Swenson ... Lars Hanson
Walter Brooke ... Sandler
Alison Arngrim ... Nellie Oleson
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Jack Lilley Jack Lilley ... Jack


Conniving Mrs. Oleson is so certain that her scheming and daughter Nellie's new thoroughbred racehorse will beat Laura Ingall's speedy mount, Bunny, in the Hero Township horse race that she puts up a valuable family heirloom as first prize. Written by shepherd1138

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11 October 1976 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Laura repeatedly called her horse, Bunny, "girl," yet the horse is clearly male in several scenes. See more »


When Nellie shows Laura the large silver cup that would be given as a trophy for the race, crew members can be seen standing behind Laura in the cup's reflection. See more »


Charles Ingalls: Half Pint, we can't save half a dollar we can't have. If we had enough money for shoes, I'd buy them for you and your sisters; not for some horse who can't pull his own weight around the farm, you understand?
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Beating Nellie
23 April 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

Laura is excited about the upcoming race and decides to enter Bunny into it. But when she talks to the Walnut Grove blacksmith, he let's Laura know Bunny will need four new shoes. Laura is distressed about this, and when she asks her father he tells her that if he had the money for shoes, they'd be for her and her sisters, not some horse! Of course, Laura cannot understand this but she doesn't let that get her down. Instead, she goes to work at the livery to earn her horse's shoes.

Harriet Olsen and Nellie are again VERY nasty in this one! I loose any respect I had for Harriet in this episode. I think she was just plain nasty! First off, she cries as loudly to Nels about Nellie's not having a horse anymore. She goes behind Nels' back and buys a thoroughbred and plans for Nellie to ride. When she overhears a conversation that Nellie's weight may just help Laura win, Harriet's selfishness causes her to break Nellie's heart and make Willie ride instead.

Harriet only get nastier. After Laura races Bunny to get Dr. Baker when Willie has a bad stomach ache, Harriet does the ultimate nasty thing. I won't spoil it, but let me tell you...I lost all respect for her. That's low - even for her...

Of course I think we can guess how this one ends. Everyone gets what they deserve, and in spite of Harriet's nastiness, the Ingalls' family showed love at the very end. They got something better in exchange though.

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