Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder
Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)
Dr. Hiram Baker
Mr. Lars Hanson (1974 - 1978)
Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)
Huge Error: Dr. Baker performs surgery and removes Mrs. Oleson's appendix in this story. This is in contrast to the season 6 episode The Faith Healer, where he wants a young boy in town to get his appendix removed by a surgeon in the city. In Season 3's To Live With Fear, Doc Baker acknowledges that he's not capable of performing surgery on an ill-stricken Mary Ingalls, and in Season 9's Dark Sage, he admits that his surgical skills don't come close to matching those of Dr. Ledoux's. If Doc Baker was able to perform an appendectomy on Harriet in Season 2, surely he could do the same in future years.
Goof: After Jack is hit by the wagon in town and Pa has brought Mr. O'Hara back, he is sitting at the table talking to Laura who is standing in front of him. There are two camera angles in this scene, one from behind Laura (showing her back and his face) and one from behind him (showing his back and her face). Her braids are not correctly situated from one camera angle to the next.
Laura: It was your powders. It was your powders that made Jack well again! You can't leave now. If you stay, you won't ever have any sick people or
animals in Walnut Grove. We won't even need a doctor! Someone's feeling just a little bit sick, and all they have to do is go to you, and you can give them
one of your secret powders, and they'll be all well again. Promise. Say that
Mr. O'Hara: (long pause) No, child. I didn't make Jack well.
Laura: You're teasing.
Mr. O'Hara: No, Laura. Your father said that what I mostly did was tricks, now didn't he?
Laura: All tricks, he said.
Mr. O'Hara: Nothing about me is real. Nothing. Not even my name, or the way I talk. All circus tricks.
Laura: Not the powders?
Mr. O'Hara: Especially the powders. Sugar and soda, and a bit of fizz. And that's all they are.
Laura: Why, Mr. O'Hara? Why do you fool people like that?
Mr. O'Hara: All the roads were lonely. I guess that's why I gave some
of them the magic powders, to make them feel beholden to me, to think that I
was......a little better, a little taller, and a little wiser than I really am.
Filming Locations: Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley and Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.
Sara Gilbert, the younger sister of Melissa Gilbert (Laura) and Jonathan Gilbert (Willie Oleson) was born on the original air date of this episode. Sara was best known for portraying the sarcastic middle child Darlene on the popualar television series Roseanne. All three Gilbert children were adopted from different families.
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