Little House on the Prairie

Season 3 Episode 5

Little Girl Lost

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 18, 1976 on NBC

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  • Carrie falls down a mine shaft, and death seems imminent until an alcoholic former miner comes to the rescue.

    This is a classic near death experience LHOTP episode where the viewer is left wondering if someone will die right up to the very end. When Carrie Ingalls falls deep into a narrow, abandoned mineshaft, an alcoholic social outcast and former miner seems to be the only person in town who knows how to attempt a rescue that won't kill the young girl. A subplot involving Lars Hansen, whose former love ended up leaving him for the alcoholic miner many years earlier, adds to the tension. As a mother, I literally feel Caroline Ingalls' anguish as she waits in a near-catatonic state, rocking back and forth on her knees and exhausted, by the tiny opening in the earth where her baby disappeared. Riveting, powerful, and probably too intense for the seven-and-under set.
  • Wendell's daughter

    It is too bad that they did not have Wendell's daughter come to Walnut Grove.
  • Little Carrie Ingalls falls down a disused mine shaft and the whole town turns out in an attempt to help rescue her. Quite frankly, I was bored, in spite of the drama.

    Carrie Ingalls is a little girl who wants to keep up with her sisters and, in joining in with them one day, falls down an old, abandoned mineshaft. The townsfolk have mixed feelings about whether or not Carrie can survive, but Charles, Caroline and Mr. Edwards refuse to give up hope.

    It falls to an alcoholic former miner to give them the assistance they need, in spite of Mr. Hansen's insistence that he has no idea what he is talking about due to an old grudge between them.

    After much standing around and digging and most of the episode shot in the dark, an unharmed Carrie is rescued, thanks to this alcoholic who knew a lot more than everybody gave him credit for.
  • In this episode "Caroline Ingall"'s role is amazing.

    In so many other episodes, Caroline's character is sweet, faithful, kind, caring, etc. She plays a great and important role, but there isn't always a lot of depth. Once in a while she loses her composure a bit with Mrs. Oleson, but it isn't as though she really goes off on her. This episode, however, we really get to see the actress' ability. She portrayed the role so intensely, I felt like it was really happening. She goes through so many emotions,unfairly blaming Miss Beadle to immediately turning her anger back onto herself. Watching her, exhausted, calling to Carrie, so desperate for an answer...seeing her working the billows when she was so tired she could scarcely move...hearing her declare Carrie was sleeping, that's why she wasn't answering. The emotions were raw and very real. When she learns the hole caved in and it was hopeless, watching her collapse to the ground, spreading herself out at the spot Carrie fell, as though she could somehow "hug" the ground and, thus Carrie, it was very, very moving. I cried and cried because I could feel her anguish. Kudos to Karen for her portrayal.
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