In this episode of "Little House on the Prairie", we see Caroline and Dr. Baker go to a camp of gold miners at the urgent letter from an old friend of Caroline's, begging for medical attention for the residents of the camp.
With that said, when I watched this episode for the first time, I thought that it was somewhat depressing and painful to watch, mainly because of the whole storyline and the way that the people were so desperate to make some money that they sacrificed their health and occasionally their lives and that of their family to find one little piece of gold.
Another thing that I didn't like about the episode came at the end, after Caroline's friend died in childbirth, but the child survive and a friend, who was also having a baby at the same time had the opposite thing happen. That was when we see how the normally wise and rational Caroline take very drastic measures to make sure her friend Louisa's baby was wanted with in the friend's family.
These were just a few of the reasons why this isn't one of my favorite episodes of the show. No matter how many times I happen to see it, I always find it so depressing, even if people did live in conditions like that when they were prospecting for gold during that time.