Little House on the Prairie

The Godsister

Season 5, Ep 14, Aired 12/18/78
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  • Episode Description
  • Charles and Jonathan take a job on a telephone crew that is working in southern Minnesota, which requires them to be away from home for several weeks. As they gain success and earn more money than expected, they must decide if the job is worth keeping for the long term. Back in Walnut Grove, little Carrie, who misses her father and craves attention, creates an imaginary friend to pass the time.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Patrick Labyorteaux

    Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (1977 - 1981) (as Patrick Laborteaux)

  • Matthew Laborteaux

    Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

  • Michael Landon

    Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

  • Karen Grassle

    Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • I personally think this is a great episode I think the twins did great for their age!

    By Cutie799000, May 14, 2014

  • cute but not one of Little House's best episodes but still good

    By softkitty1991, Jun 24, 2013

  • The regular writing staff was either high or absent when this dreadfully lame plot was hatched.

    By ceosmom, Dec 01, 2006

  • Carrie eats some magic 'shrooms when Ma tells her to go play in the woods

    By millerem99, Mar 22, 2012

  • As per main summary (4.5 out of 10)

    By DonnyDonson, Aug 19, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Carrie: Don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it.

    • Carrie: Mrs. Garvey? Alice: Carrie, how are you? Carrie: Awful. Alice: Are you sick? Carrie: No, just in the way.

    • Charles: I'm sorry, Caroline. I shouldn't have said that. I don't know why I said it. Caroline: (in tears) It's just that when you're away, I get so tired.......and at night, I'm......(cries harder) lonely. Charles: Come on, come on, it's all right. If it means that much to you, I won't go. I'll tell Jonathan. Caroline: You will? Charles: Of course I will. Do you feel better now? Caroline: (smiles) Yeah. Charles, you can go. Charles: But you just said-- Caroline: I know what I just said, but now that I know you'd give it up, you can go. Charles: Now that you know I'd give it up, I can go? Caroline: Mm-hmm. Charles: Caroline, I don't understand you. Caroline: I know. Come on, supper's ready. (gets up and leaves) Charles: (to himself) Now I can go. Before, I couldn't go. I just don't get it.

    • Charles: (wants to take a business trip with Jonathan) Come on, Caroline, it's just one month. Thirty days, and I'll make fifty dollars! With that kind of money, Jonathan and I can fix up that mill like new. Caroline: Charles, we have enough to eat, and we have a roof over our heads! We're getting along just fine. Charles: Come on, Caroline, don't make this any harder on me than it already is. Caroline: Why does it always have to be hard on you? Did you ever stop to think that it's hard on me? (storms out)

    • Carrie: Come with me, Pa! I have something to show you! Charles: Come with you where? I just got home. Caroline: Carrie, let your Pa rest for a while. Carrie: Please, Pa? I can't tell you what is it yet, but please? Charles: How am I going to say no to that face?

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    Notes (8)

    • This is the worst rated Little House on the Prairie episode, based on votes. It is also the episode for which Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush have received the harshest criticism for their acting performances as Carrie.

    • Sidney Greenbush, one of the twin girls who played Carrie, credits this as her favorite episode. "We finally got to prove to Michael Landon that we were every bit as good and talented as anyone else on the show," she has said.

    • This is the first and only episode where Carrie has multiple one-on-one scenes with each of her parents.

    • Lindsay Greenbush played Carrie in the scene where she was kicking her legs and waking up from her dream, yelling "Don't let it catch you! Don't let it!" over and over. Lindsay says that this is one of the scenes she remembers vividly and is most proud of.

    • Featured characters: Carrie, Charles, and Jonathan

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    Trivia (7)

    • E.J Andre, who played the angel also was in Season 2's His Father's Son and Going Home, and Season 3's Gold Country, Parts 1 and 2 Later he plays James and Cassandra's Uncle Jed in Season 7's The Lost Ones and Season 8's Uncle Jed. So he has played five different characters and was in seven episodes total.

    • The giant berries for Carrie's dream sequences were made by tying red balloons together and putting a dish of juice behind them. Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush would dip the balloons in the juice, smear it on their faces, and then say their lines, so it looked like they were eating them.

    • Carrie was about the age of a first grader in this episode, and yet it appears that every time she asks to help, Caroline turns her away and tells her to just go play. A child that age is certainly old enough to help out around the farm, and in that time period, it was important for all the adults and children to do their share. It's unrealistic, then, that Carrie would still be portrayed as too young to help with chores, especially in light of the fact that Charles was gone, and Caroline could have really used an extra pair of hands. And didn't Caroline just say in an earlier scene that when Charles was away, she got so tired with all the extra work she had to take on? Why, then, couln't she find something for the child to do?

    • In the final scene, Charles calls Carrie his "best girl." He also used the same words to describe young Laura in Season 1's "The Love of Johnny Johnson."

    • Goof (probably): Almost the end scene, with the whisky still about to explode. They all make a run for it and it blows convincingly and in the right place... followed by a secondary explosion on the other side that obliterates the whole building. What was there to do this. It was after all a bunk house and only a few mats on the floor for the men!

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