Little House on the Prairie

Season 3 Episode 1

The Collection

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Sep 27, 1976 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Caleb Hodgekiss is a man with a murky past and thinks that all his Christmases have come at once when he comes across an ill Reverend Alden doing charitable works.

    Reverend Alden is doing his bit for a nearby town and its people who have lost just about everything. While on his way to collect donations from the people of Walnut Grove, he falls ill and ends up with the shiftless Caleb Hodgekiss (Johnny Cash) and his wife (played by June Carter Cash.) When Hodgekiss learns of the Reverend's intended journey and the reason for it, he decides to 'help himself' to whatever offerings they may have in Walnut Grove by masquerading as 'Brother Hodgekiss', a man bent on doing The Lord's work as Reverend Alden is, at present, unable.

    Although mostly poor themselves, the people of Walnut Grove give all that they can to help their neighbours, but Hodgekiss ends up giving more than he realised when he helps an ailing widow who wishes to do want to live again, and gives Alisha Edwards the courage she needs to accept the loss of her beloved puppy.

    A superb episode in just about every respect, and wonderful work by Johnny Cash.
  • For starters how can you not enjoy watching "The Man in Black", Johnny Cash Guest Star along with his wonderful wife June Carter Cash!?

    Being a huge fan of Johnny Cash, I felt this episode reflected back on Cash's life- going from drug addicted and losing his faith, to becoming friends and eventually married to June Carter who not only helped him quit a deadly drug addiction but also get him to find his faith again even stronger than before.
    The character Cash plays is an ex-con who initially sets out to rob the good folks of Walnut Grove against his wife's wishes (played by his real life wife June) but in the end he realizes there is reward in goodness and instead ends up helping many of the townsfolk while pretending to be a minister. Not only did I find the story's plot educational, but it also had two legends play Guest Stars!!
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