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PostSubject: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:49 pm

[Note from Carol regarding Editing]
Since I do the Episode Reviews, I have been given acces in the Episode Reviews forum to edit, move posts so that all posts regarding an episode stay together. If I post an episode review that has some post already started.... instead of me using the quotes feature... I will just edit the first post of whoever started the thread about that episode to include the pictures of the episodes at the top of the thread. That way, all comments and posts remain in their original form. [End of Carol's Note]
“THE TALKING MACHINE”


Jason is a young man who is very interesting in new inventions and electricity. Laura offers to help him out. Both Laura and Nellie are trying to get his attention. One day, Laura invites Jason to dinner and he accepts. This causes Nellie to want to get even. Nellie accomplishes this by having Laura come to her room and talk about her feelings for Jason. At the same time, Willie is secretly recording their conversation. In class, Nellie lets everybody here the recording. When Laura hears this, she is embarrassed and runs out of school. When Laura does see Jason again, she finds out that Jason feels the same way about her.

















In this episode, a traveling salesman comes to Walnut Grove and tries to sell a "talking machine" (phonograph) to the Olesons. The Olesons see no use for it and pass on the offer.

Meanwhile, Laura has fallen for Jason, a boy with an intense interest in science, experiments, and inventions. Laura helps Jason conduct Benjamin Franklin's experiment of flying a kite with a key on the string in a thunderstorm. Nellie also has eyes for Jason, and Mrs. Oleson decides they could use the talking machine after all, as it would be a good way for Nellie to attract Jason's attention.

Charles works to repair a wheel on the salesman's wagon, and since the salesman doesn't have enough cash to pay for Charles' services, he offers Charles the talking machine. Charles thinks the machine is amazing, but he insists on cash for his services so he can pay his bill at the mercantile. Mr. Oleson happens to walk in on the discussion, and he offers a three-way deal -- Mr. Oleson would get the talking machine, and he would call off Charles' debt.

Nellie demonstrates the talking machine for Jason, who had been standing outside the mercantile talking to Laura. Nellie invites Jason inside, and Jason eagerly follows, leaving Laura to herself. Laura thinks Jason is interested in Nellie, but she doesn't realize he's only interested in how the talking machine works. Laura invites Jason to dinner, and he accepts. Later, at the Oleson house, Nellie storms to her room, upset that Jason has accepted Laura's invitation to have dinner at the Ingalls house. Nellie starts to smash the talking machine, but then she thinks of a plan to use the machine to her advantage.

Nellie invites Laura to her room, pretending to be nice to her. She tricks Laura into talking about her feelings for Jason. What Laura doesn't realize is that Willie is hiding and secretly recording what Laura is saying. The next day at school, Nellie demonstrates the talking machine, playing back what Laura thought she had told Nellie privately. In front of the whole class, Laura is heard saying she thinks about marrying Jason and that when she thinks of him, she feels "all warm and cuddly inside". Humiliated, Laura runs out of the school to the field where she and Jason had performed their experiment and falls to the ground crying. Mary catches up with her and tries to comfort her, but Laura tells Mary to leave her alone. Mary runs home and tells Charles what had happened. Charles, working in the field, immediately stops what he's doing, tells Mary to put the team away, and runs to Laura. Charles talks to Laura about how people tend to hide their feelings and how people like to know that other people care about them. He hugs Laura, wipes away her tears, and they head back home.

Charles informs Mr. Oleson of what Nellie had done. Mr. Oleson confronts Nellie and Willie, and they admit to their misbehavior. Laura is reluctant to go back to school, afraid of what Jason will think of her and how the other children will react. Mary holds her hand as they approach the school. As Laura walks in, she finds the children laughing because someone had written "Jason Loves Laura" in a heart on the blackboard. Miss Beadle demands to know who is responsible. After nobody responds for a while, Jason stands up and admits that he wrote it and that it is the truth. Laura looks back at Jason and smiles.

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First, a few nitpicks. The phonograph in Walnut Grove is surely an anachronism, as the phonograph wasn't invented until 1877, and it would surely have taken several years for it to make its way to rural Minnesota. Next, wouldn't Miss Beadle have punished Nellie on the spot? At the very least, I would have expected her to have walked over to the mercantile after school and discussed Nellie's actions with the Olesons. Finally, wasn't Jason a bit too old for Laura? How old was he, 14 or 15? And Laura was what, 11? I know it was a different time back then, but I'd think Charles would have been a bit concerned about Laura's interest in a boy so much older.

All that aside, I really, really like this episode! It's one of my favorites -- probably in my top five. What I like most about it is how Charles comforts Laura and the discussion he has with her after Laura has been humiliated. It would have been so easy for him to say, "Oh, you'll get over it," but he stopped what he was doing and ran to Laura and had a heartfelt discussion with her. I also like how Mary attempted to comfort Laura. I have a theory for how good a LHotP episode is -- if Laura cries, it's a great episode.

One final thought -- when Nellie thinks of her plan to use the talking machine to record Laura's voice, she gets a grin on her face that reminds me of the grin the Grinch got on his face when he thought of his plan to steal Christmas from the Whos in Whoville.


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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:03 pm

I was thinking the same about the "Talking Machine" thing. It wasn't invented until 1877...and it reached Walnut Grove a little too soon. But Walnut Grove was more progresist and modern than New York, London and so on...I believe that Walnut Grove was the very first place in the whole world to have a telephon...and chewing gum. I'm not sure of it, but they mentionned chewing gum before Mary would travel to Chicago to see John Jr. there. :think: And what about Laura drinking some kind of soda pop in the Arizona epie? I think that the first soda pop was around in England in the very first 1870's years (The Shah of Persia mentionned a kind of Soda in London in 1873...He became so impressed by it that began to produce soda in his country! But some years later..and Laura was in RURAL America!!! :think: )

But, yes...Walnut Grove is a very anachronical town. Do you remember in : "He was Only Twelve"? Doctor Baker talks to Charles about psychologic experts that could help him. There was some psychiatry back then, and some people that was starting to study psychological damages, but not psychonalise yet, not even in New York, London or Paris...OOoohhh!! These writers!!! mad

However, in the case of Laura's love for Jason, I don't see why her parents must have been concerned about it. They knew that Laura will not being involved for real with Jason, and the rule is that little girls fantaisises with being in love with older boys, as little boys fantaisises with big girls (notabily, their teachers). But of course, it is not a serious thing. And this is not a "modern" thing or an anachronism. If you read memories of people from these times and even from XVII or XVIII Centuries, you'll notice that young chldren in platonic love with older ones is a normal thing. But just pay attention to this word: PLATONIC. Parents wouldn't worry about such a candid thing.

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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:34 am

Nellie was wrong to record Laura. LOL!
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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:17 am

Copy of my note from the very top of this thread. See note & pics above.

Since I do the Episode Reviews, I have been given acces in the Episode Reviews forum to edit, move posts so that all posts regarding an episode stay together. If I post an episode review that has some post already started.... instead of me using the quotes feature... I will just edit the first post of whoever started the thread about that episode to inclue the pictures of the episodes at the top of the thread. That way, all comments and posts remain in their original form.
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I really like this episode. I thought Jason was too cute! I also liked the way Mary would tease Laura about Jason grinsmiley

This is one of the episodes where we see how mean Nellie can be and towards the end when she plays the machine in front of the whole class, you can just see in her face how cruel she is… *cue Psycho music theme there* lol

Loved loved the ending! Love


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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:04 pm

I liked this one! I think the best part is:

(Nels grabs a belt)

Harriet: Nels! what are you going to do?

Nels: Something I should have done years ago.

Harriet: NO! I won't hear of it!

Nels: Crank! You won't have to!


I think they needed it! That broke poor Laura's heart!





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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:59 am

This is one of my favorites. It has a great heart-to-heart discussion between Charles and Laura, and it shows Nellie at her worst. Well, maybe not her absolute worst.


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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:01 pm

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Harriet: NO! I won't hear of it!

Nels: Crank! You won't have to!

Ah yes.. that is a great line! :Hahaha:


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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:01 am

this was a good episode! it really showed how mean Nellie Oleson can be!
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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:14 am

What I liked about this episode is Pa's way of stepping in when he had too .....he portrayed such controlled anger ......very well acted by all
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PostSubject: The Talking Machine   Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:36 am

Nellie Oleson at her worst! I thought it was neat that Jason was so involved with technology and how it was modernizing because I didn't think people knew about that much technology at the time of Little House On The Prairie! I was happy at the end when Jason said "Jason Loves Laura" was correct because Nellie wouldn't get what she wanted!
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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:56 pm

I mentioned this in the original post in this thread, but Nellie's grin when she thinks of her evil plan to record Laura's voice on the talking machine reminds me of the Grinch when he thinks of his evil plan to steal Christmas. See what I mean?



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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:10 pm

JOHN!!! :Hahaha:



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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:49 pm

I loved this episode. And yes to see Nels grow at least one of the pair was a welcome suprise.
This episode reminded me of the one where Charles invents the computer (with Lauras help) and attempts to sell them at the merchantile.
......Wait a minute.
That can't be right. I'm pretty sure I've got my shows mixed up.
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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:28 pm

great esp..very sweet,,nellie can be so darn mean..grrrrrrrr
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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:30 am

Not exactly my favourite one.
But I do love the way Pa comes into the Mercantile and confronts the Olesons. And Nels and Harriet. LOL ROTFL
And the way Laura gets electrocuted by the key on the kite. It's a wonder she wasn't killed. HeeHee




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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:11 am

Would Nellie really think that someone would accept a gumball offer when she shrieked the offer at the person? ~laughs~

At least Laura's taste in guys have improved! This one actually has a healthy, functioning brain!

For a crush episode, this one isn't too bad.

Laura: "Just a little inflammation of the nasal membranes."


Laura and Mary's arguing about turning the cheek was amusing.


Upon rewatching this episode I noticed that after Laura was out in the rain and was in the loft getting ready for bed that after Laura says, "Just think, we could have the same germ!" that Mary quietly says, "How romantic." ~laughs~


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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:53 pm

I love it when Pa goes in to talk to Mr Oleson and Mrs Oleson keeps interrupting/interfering!



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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:17 am

She was so mean in this Episode. I'am so glad that she got a good whopping for this.



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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Fri May 06, 2011 11:08 pm

Why does Nels say "Great shoe country"? What does that mean?


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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:24 pm

I did not get that stuff about Massachusetts, either!

This episode is good, but not one of my very favorites. I do think it a bit odd that Laura is always so in love with these older boys, but I guess that carried over to Almanzo! Probably what is stranger is that this older boy (Jason) actually likes her. I would think they would just think she is a cute kid but not much more. For being such a tomboy, Laura sure seems to fall in love with a lot of boys.....probably more than Mary!
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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:05 pm

thats true!!!


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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:00 am

alexczarn wrote:
Why does Nels say "Great shoe country"? What does that mean?

I'm not sure of it, but I think that it was referred to a children's old English rime about spanking. It was about a witch who lived inside a big shoe and spanked little children. scratchead

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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:42 am

So maybe Nels was implying that Nellie needed spanked with a shoe?
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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:41 pm

amyk wrote:
So maybe Nels was implying that Nellie needed spanked with a shoe?

Nope. I think it was related to an old witch who lives into a big shoe and used to spank little boys and girls. People spanked children with slippers rather than shoes... Huh?

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PostSubject: Re: "THE TALKING MACHINE"   Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:35 am

Farmer Girl wrote:
I liked this one! I think the best part is:

(Nels grabs a belt)

Harriet: Nels! what are you going to do?

Nels: Something I should have done years ago.

Harriet: NO! I won't hear of it!

Nels: Crank! You won't have to!


I think they needed it! That broke poor Laura's heart!


That was so funny line. Priceless. Nellie was cruel in this episode.


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