I loved how Melisue Sue Anderson got to show her colors in this episode and did very well.
My only beef, not to repeat other reviews I agree with, is why is it, that punishment with these kids is always so lax...whether they steal, lie, disobey? If they do punish them (and this was harsh compared to others) they feel guilty about it. I thought Caroline was fair and Mary almost burned down the barn and killed the horse and cow! Just because she didn't hurt herself or them, doesn't mean it couldn't have happened. She said she heard her tell her that hundreds of times and then Caroline thinks just saying "I'm sorry" is enough?
I don't believe in physical punishment (although Laura does get hit in the books) but this family was lax.
Off soapbox....I do love this show, it's just that as a Mom, I don't understand the guilt the mother feels all the time.