When Nellie is playing the piano, listen carefully to what tune she is playing. It's the theme song to this show.
When Alice and Jonathan are on the phone, at first the audience can hear her mother's voice coming through, but when Jonathan gets on, all one can hear is him speaking. The sound alternates back and forth like this when Alice gets on the phone again.
In the final scene, when Jonathan starts walking toward the telephone pole, you'll notice that his collar is all messed up in the back. However, in the next shot, when he is shaking the pole furiously to knock it down, his collar is perfectly placed!
Marital strife between Jonathan and Alice Garvey had truly become the norm at this point in the series. This is the third episode where a bad blow-up between them has brought them to the brink of divorce and caused a lot of pain for their young son Andy. Season 4's The High Cost of Being Right and Season 5's Barn Burner had similar themes. The way the Garveys' story plays out in May We Make Them Proud a few episodes later makes it all even more saddening.
Goof: The telephone was invented in 1876. This episode takes place in the late 1870s. Small towns and rural areas would not have a telephone for several more years. The writers prematurely added it to the show for dramatic effect. However, when the telephone was added to small towns, the result was much like this episode (not much privacy).
Caroline: I never thought we'd see the day when there'd be telephone lines in Walnut Grove.
Alice: Neither did I. Lord knows how anyone could afford it, though my mother in Minneapolis has one. Foolish waste of money. I mean, I don't even know who she'd talk to!
Albert: There's only one way to hurt Mrs. Oleson, and that's in the pocketbook.
Laura: What do you mean?
Albert: Money...it's her life's blood.
Mrs. Oleson: I was never married before.
Mr. Oleson: Oh, of course not. What other idiot would have ever married you?
[weeping] Mrs. Oleson: He's so insensitive.
(the telephone rings and she answers sweetly).
Sam Edwards plays Walnut Grove's new banker, Bill Anderson, and this becomes a recurring role for him right through to Season 9. In Season 5, he played the Winoka postman in The Man Inside
Watch Allison Arngrim (Nellie) as she plays piano in one of the episode's final scenes. You can't see her right hand, but her left (bass) hand is in view; her hand movements and the music on the soundtrack clearly don't line up.
Alice's former husband Harold is played by veteran actor Royal Dano. He appears again in another dark role in Season 7, as the judgmental single father of a 14-year-old rape victim in Sylvia, Parts 1 and 2.
Look out for the different angle shots of Walnut Grove that we usually don't get to see.
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