Little House on the Prairie/My Ellen

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My Ellen
Season 4, Episode 3
Airdate September 26, 1977
Production Number 4007
Written by Michael Landon
Directed by Michael Landon
Produced by John Hawkins
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My Ellen is the third episode of the fourth season of Little House on the Prairie, and the seventy-first episode overall.

Starring: Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls), Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls), Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls), Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls), Lindsay Sidney Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls)

The Town: Richard Bull (Nels Oleson), Dabbs Greer (Reverend Robert Alden), Kevin Hagen (Dr. Hiram Baker), Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson)

Guest Stars: James Wainwright (Cal Taylor), Merlin Olsen (Jonathan Garvey)

Special Guest Star: Corinne Michaels (Eloise Taylor)

Co-Starring: Ken Johnson (Busby), Mia Bendixsen (Ellen Taylor)

Featuring: Bryce Berg (Jason), Matthew Roberts (Tommy)

Uncredited: Jeffrey the Dog (Bandit), Rusty Gilligan (Andy Garvey)


Plot Overview

After Laura's friend Ellen drowns while skinny-dipping, the girl's mother blames Laura for her daughter's death and she ends up isolating herself from everyone in town; when Laura tries to cheer up Ellen's mother by visiting her home, Ellen's mother ends up trapping Laura in her basement, believing that she is her deceased daughter.


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