Little House on the Prairie

Season 2 Episode 10

At The End Of The Rainbow

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Dec 10, 1975 on NBC
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Episode Summary

While fishing in a stream, Laura and a friend discover something shiny in the water. Believing that it is gold, Laura and Jonah take many secret trips to this spot to gather it all. Laura fantasizes about all the wonderful things she can afford for her family, but when she and Jonah haul their findings to the bank, they are both heartbroken and humiliated to learn that it is only "fool's gold." Laura feels that she has disappointed the people she loves, but Charles has an important lesson to teach her about what he and Caroline really value in their children.moreless

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Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Charlotte Stewart

Charlotte Stewart

Miss Eva Beadle/Mrs. Simms (1974 - 1978)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Alison Arngrim

Alison Arngrim

Nellie Oleson/Dalton (1974 - 1981)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Willie and Nellie go to give their mother a kiss, you can see the clock says that it's 1:20. But then Nellie goes through the screen door and Willie says, "Screen's back." When Mrs. Oleson goes to see, you can see that the clock says about 8:52.

    • This episode includes the first time in the series in which Laura wears her hair up in a bun (albeit during the dream sequences), as opposed to the pigtails she usually wore, or letting it down.

    • It's interesting that, with all the reading Laura did, she apparently never came across a reference to Fool's Gold. True, her history textbook may not have contained a reference to it, but it is odd that the same textbook would include techniques for panning for gold (especially since people were still panning for gold during that period, so it would hardly be a historical reference worthy of inclusion in the book) without mentioning the existence of Fool's Gold.

    • This is absolutely the only Little House episode where the Oleson family is seen as dirt poor, and it is only in Laura's dreams! Also, in these dream scenes, we see the Ingalls family filthy rich, walking around Walnut Grove in gorgeous, fancy white clothing that is topped by nothing else that the family wears in the entire series, even when they've got their Sunday best on.

    • In this episode's dream sequences, we have the rare experience of not only seeing Alison Arngrim (Nellie)'s natural hair, but seeing it completely straight! This is obviously when Laura is fantasizing about the Olesons being dirt poor, and Arngrim doesn't wear her Nellie wig.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Charles: Mr. Sprague told me.
      Laura: I bet everything thinks it's a big joke.
      Charles: Nobody else knows. And I don't think it's very funny when somebody works as hard as you did trying to surprise their loved ones.

    • Laura: You know, Pa, it's a good thing we couldn't get that big house after all. Ma would have a terrible time cleaning all those rooms!

    • Laura: (after finding out that the "gold" was fake) Oh, Pa, I was going to give you so much! I was gonna buy Ma everything at Olesons', and buy you a brand-new house and everything. And now look at it.
      Charles: Half-Pint, now you listen to me. You give us everything we want every single day of our lives. You give us love, respect, and joy. There isn't enough gold in the whole world to buy those things.
      Laura: (pauses, then smiles) It was kind of nice dreaming about it.
      Charles: Well, sure it is. That's what dreams are for.

    • (Laura and Jonah are fishing and Laura giggles.)
      Jonah: What?
      Laura: Your name is Jonah.
      Jonah: So?
      Laura: You're trying to catch a whale!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Sutter's Mill is referenced several times in this episode. John Sutter was the owner of Sutter's Mill in Colona, California. There, in 1848, a mill worker discovered a few flakes of gold that would eventually lead to the California Gold Rush.