Monday, January 08, 2007

Little House

OMG, so, I'm flipping channels, and I see a rerun of the single most disturbing television show of my youth - this Little House on the Prairie in which Pa, for some reason, is driving his covered wagon next to this other family, and the other pater familias is not a skilled wagonsman like Pa, and their wagon goes careening down this slopping hill and they die! And Pa runs over to their wagon, and you see the other dude's bloody hand hanging out, and Pa lifts up the cloth of the wagon, and then, ugh! He has to look away! Oh, that haunted me - what did their mangled bodies LOOK LIKE? Meanwhile their two adorable children stood by, weeping with their mouths hanging open. One interesting tid-bit: Before they began riding down the hill, Pa says he'll drive his own wagon down, then come walk back up and drive their wagon down. That's kind of rude, right? Then, before the other guy drives his wagon down, he says to his wife, "Let's 'get 'er done'!" Get 'er done!?!? Is Little House on the Prairie the impetus for that?

8 comments:

caitlin said...

I think I spent more time than is healthy wondering where pa's beard went. I mean, it's like clearly in all the picures in the book, not to mention the times when Half-Pint makes reference to it.

I think it's great that we both have traumatizing images seared into our brains from that show. Mine is about fire. By God, I will NEVER smoke a cigarette in a barn.

Devin said...

I think for me it's the time when Ma went crazy with the fever, while all the rest of family was out who-knows-where, and Ma is sick and rolling around and out of her head, and then she grabs the knife...

....Goo-ooo-ood Tiiiiimes!

Special K said...

Oh, yeah, the one where she reads the Bible and decides that it told her to cut off her hand?!?! That was EFFED UP! And it effed me up good, because me and my sibs were like, "God wants us to cut off our hands?!?" But in my house, we were not allowed to question the Bible, so that was just a question that went unanswered. Good times, yeah.

kbmulder said...

Kelly!!! I have recently been obsessed with watching re-runs of Little House for the past couple months, I have it on our DVR and have to watch it everyday now. I love it so much - it is still my favorite show. The saddest episode is when Laura is jealous of her baby brother and wishes him dead, then he dies and she almost kills herself because of the guilt.
I don't remember seeing the episode you mentioned, so we must have different channels of re-runs.
I recently saw an episode where Mr. Edwards tries to kill himself because he is paralyzed. Laura gets hysterical and Pa slaps her in the face. I couldn't believe that one!!!
Okay, sorry to ramble, but I have nobody to talk to about this obsession. Andy despises the show and everyone else just laughs at me. It can be cheesy, but it can also be pretty juicy too!!

Special K said...

Kathy! Previous comments clued me to your obsession (Rob Lowe and Half Pint? BUSTED! haha!) I vaguely remember the ones you're talking about. Is the one with Mr. Edwards when he says he's heard of this new invention called the Eee-lectric chair and he'd like to be killed with it? That screwed me up too. And, oh - how about the one where Laura gets kidnapped by this crazy lady whose daughter died and she puts Laura in the basement and makes her wear the dead daughter's clothes? EEEEEE!

kbmulder said...

Yup, that's the one where he talks about the electric chair. I forgot that I already outed myself with my obsession.
I do remember the creepy lady who made laura dress up. People in the olden days were a little scary.
Today's episode featured Pa working on blasting a railroad tunnel with a crew of "chinamen" as they called the asian workers. He earned enough money to pay for Mary's surgery and a happy ending:) It's all in a days work for Pa.

Carrie said...

I was laughing so hard I cried reading these comments! For me, I'll never forget the one where Mary falls in a randon ditch/hole and falls asleep from the exhaustion of calling for help. She wasn't blind yet, and she took off her glasses which caught the sun's rays and set the hole on fire! I wore glasses as a girl and was always weary that, if I were to fall in a hole, to cover my glasses from the sun's rays.

Special K said...

Wow, we all learned some amazing life lessons from that show.