The actor in this episode, David Ackroyd, is playing a charater named Matthew Rogers. Now in the Little House episode "The Wild Boy", an actor by the name of Jonathan Hall Kovacs also played a charater of the same name.
Matthew Perry, of the hit series Friends, was just starting as a television actor when he appeared in this episode. His father, John Bennett Perry, worked with Michael Landon during the final season of Little House in the episode 'Once Upon a Time.'
The series returns after a nearly two-month hiatus.