Kelly Mielke from the Dr. QuinnCast Podcast joins me to review this painful and unforgettable episode. I think we did an incredible job covering and deconstrucing this two-parter!
“New student Sylvia Webb, who has physically matured faster than most of her classmates, piques the physical curiosity of some of her male classmates. Albert goes along at first, but quickly becomes friends with Sylvia. However, he is unaware that she is trapped in a horrifying world: She’s being stalked (and is eventually attacked by) a masked rapist; her father has a cold, uncaring attitude toward Sylvia’s ordeal; and her cruel classmates continue to taunt her. Eventually, Sylvia collapses at school from exhaustion.”
“Mrs. Olson spreads word that Albert had gotten Sylvia pregnant. Caroline knows this isn’t true and confronts her nemesis over this misinformation. Mr. Webb decides that, because of the shame his daughter’s ordeal brought him, they will move from Walnut Grove. Sylvia decides she’d be happier with Albert, and the two decide to get married. When Mr. Webb finds out Albert had visited her (despite a no-guests rule), he calls Sylvia a whore, and she runs away. Albert – who had gotten a job as at the blacksmith’s shop – later helps search for Sylvia, but lets it slip as to her whereabouts to the blacksmith. It all leads to one final confrontation.”
Sylvia originally aired on February 9th and 16th, 1981
The opening song “Albert” is written and performed by the amazing Norwegian band, Project Brundlefly and is used with permission.
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