Little House on the Prairie

Season 3 Episode 1

The Collection

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



  • Trivia

    • In Season 2's Remember Me, Alicia feels happy when her mother tells her that her puppy will go to heaven, but in this episode, Alicia does not believe that her puppy is in heaven.

    • The song "In The Garden (He Walks with Me)", performed in the final scene as Johnny and June Carter Cash are seen leaving the church, was a hit for Merle Haggard in the 1970's. Haggard was a good friend of the Cashes, and this may be why the song was selected for use in this episode. It's technically out of place, though, since the song wasn't written until 1913.

    • Nitpick/Goof: Nels' bloodhound changes genders in this episode. In Season 1's Family Quarrel, Nels calls him "Boy," but in this episode, the dog is about to have a litter of pups. One can only assume that it's the same animal.

    • Starting with this season, Mary has a new dress for Church, and it's a lavender color. Apparently, she has outgrown the blue dress, which is from when Ma made the matching dresses for Mary and Laura in Season 1's Country Girls. It's reasonable to believe that Laura is now wearing Mary's blue dress, since she is taller now and likely outgrew her own. You'd think little Carrie would get the smaller blue dress now, which would serve as some nice symbolism and would be more in line with the fact that children in those days relied heavily on their older siblings' hand-me-downs. Unfortunately, Carrie never wore it.

    • Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash play the roles of Caleb and Mattie Hodgekiss in this episode. Ironically, these would be the exact same first names of African American doctor Caleb Ledoux and his wife Mattie, five years later, in Season 8's Dark Sage.

    • In a 2006 interview, Melissa Sue Anderson stated that she hated the straw hat she was told to wear in this episode; she referred to it as "The Frisbee."

    • In this episode, Alicia Sanderson-Edwards greives over the death of her puppy, which her mother let her and her brothers have in the Season 2 episode Remember Me.

    • Caleb and Mattie Hodgekiss are played by real-life married couple Johnny and June Cash. Both of them had previous marriages before getting together--Johnny was married once before, and June was married twice before. The two of them remained happily married to each other for the rest of their lives.

    • Nitpick: Johnny Cash is wearing 1970s-style mutton chops, which men at that time (1870s-80s) did not wear.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash are actually country singers in real life.

    • The show moved to Mondays at 8:00 p.m., where it would stay for the remainder of its run.

    • Titles of songs in this episode:
      "Black Jack David", "My Bonnie" - sung by Johnny Cash;
      The closing hymn was "In the Garden". It was sung off-camera by June Carter Cash (as Mrs. Foster).

  • Allusions