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.