Little House on the Prairie

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Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 9/27/76
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  • Episode Description
  • When Reverend Alden falls ill while collecting donations for a struggling town, he is taken in by an ex-convict named Caleb Hodgekiss and his loving wife. Caleb consent to help by visiting Walnut Grove.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Dabbs Greer

    Reverend Alden

  • Melissa Sue Anderson

    Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

  • Kevin Hagen

    Dr. Hiram Baker

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Caleb Hodgekiss is a man with a murky past and thinks that all his Christmases have come at once when he comes across an ill Reverend Alden doing charitable works.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Apr 14, 2011

  • For starters how can you not enjoy watching "The Man in Black", Johnny Cash Guest Star along with his wonderful wife June Carter Cash!?

    By flyingskwerl, Nov 13, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (3)

    • Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash are actually country singers in real life.

    • The show moved to Mondays at 8:00 p.m., where it would stay for the remainder of its run.

    • Titles of songs in this episode: "Black Jack David", "My Bonnie" - sung by Johnny Cash; The closing hymn was "In the Garden". It was sung off-camera by June Carter Cash (as Mrs. Foster).

    Trivia (8)

    • The song "In The Garden (He Walks with Me)", performed in the final scene as Johnny and June Carter Cash are seen leaving the church, was a hit for Merle Haggard in the 1970's. Haggard was a good friend of the Cashes, and this may be why the song was selected for use in this episode. It's technically out of place, though, since the song wasn't written until 1913.

    • Nitpick/Goof: Nels' bloodhound changes genders in this episode. In Season 1's Family Quarrel, Nels calls him "Boy," but in this episode, the dog is about to have a litter of pups. One can only assume that it's the same animal.

    • Starting with this season, Mary has a new dress for Church, and it's a lavender color. Apparently, she has outgrown the blue dress, which is from when Ma made the matching dresses for Mary and Laura in Season 1's Country Girls. It's reasonable to believe that Laura is now wearing Mary's blue dress, since she is taller now and likely outgrew her own. You'd think little Carrie would get the smaller blue dress now, which would serve as some nice symbolism and would be more in line with the fact that children in those days relied heavily on their older siblings' hand-me-downs. Unfortunately, Carrie never wore it.

    • Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash play the roles of Caleb and Mattie Hodgekiss in this episode. Ironically, these would be the exact same first names of African American doctor Caleb Ledoux and his wife Mattie, five years later, in Season 8's Dark Sage.

    • In a 2006 interview, Melissa Sue Anderson stated that she hated the straw hat she was told to wear in this episode; she referred to it as "The Frisbee."

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