October 15, 1979
A circus has come to town, which is exciting. All the children are helping set up. However, Nels is staying away from the circus because the fat lady, Annabelle, is his long lost sister.
When Nels was a child, he used to go to school as early as possible so that he would arrive before the other children and no one would see him arrive with Annabelle, who was fat as a child, something Annabelle realized at the time. Harriet makes it very clear that she doesn’t want anyone to know that the fat lady is related to Nels, where he finds that he is doing the same to Annabelle as he did as a child.
Annabelle has found a happy family in the other circus performers and she enjoys making people laugh.
Harriet makes Nels be the announcer of the circus, and as he announces the fat lady, he says, “My sister, Annabelle.” These three words put the siblings back together for years to come, and Nels apologizes to his sister for his past behavior.