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Harriet finds some old Walnut Grove bonds under a loose step when they are fixing up Mr. Hansen's old house. She says she won't cash them in but only if they do her this little favor of ... See full summary »


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dean Butler ... Almanzo James Wilder
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Hester-Sue Terhune
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Allison Balson ... Nancy Oleson
Stan Ivar ... John Carter
Pamela Roylance ... Sarah Reed Carter
Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy ... Jeb Carter
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jason Carter
Shannen Doherty ... Jenny Wilder


Harriet finds some old Walnut Grove bonds under a loose step when they are fixing up Mr. Hansen's old house. She says she won't cash them in but only if they do her this little favor of renaming Walnut Grove Olesenville and that little favor of letting Nels be the Mayor. Written by Anonymous

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11 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Lem McCary claims to have been Lars Hansen's best friend, and helped to found Walnut Grove, yet he was never seen at any point before this episode. See more »


Almanzo James Wilder: I think Nels would be a good mayor.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Almanzo, open your eyes! Now, we all know that if Nels is elected, the true mayor will be Harriet. Now, what kind of town would this be then?
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Almanzo Wilder for Mayor?
26 November 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

First of all, the episode begins with the Olesons' getting ready to clean out Lars Hansen's house to sell it. This is pretty funny considering his house was donated to be a blind school, then burned to the ground. With that sat aside, I don't really understand why the Oleson's have acquired the house. I don't see Mr. Hansen leaving it to somebody like Mrs. Oleson for sure!

Anyhow, apparently Mrs. Oleson finds an old bond that's fifty-three years old. It's compounded annually and the total amount owed is an unbelievable amount of money. In order for the town not to pay her back, she wants her daughter to sing a solo in church on Sundays, name the main street after her, and name the town Olesonville.

I'm not quite sure why Laura is on the city council. Back then, I'm guessing that women wouldn't be allowed on such a council. Mrs. Oleson I can see, but it just seemed a bit odd to see Laura there. I know she had to be on the council for drama reasons - just seemed odd.

Then Harriet gets an idea that the town needs a mayor to enforce law. She decides Nels would be a perfect fit - that way SHE can make the laws. Laura convinces her husband to run, but he soon drops out. Someone else runs in his place.

And if you want to know the results, you'll have to watch the episode!

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