Little House on the Prairie

Season 4 Episode 6

The Creeper of Walnut Grove

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 24, 1977 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Charles opens the hen house we see that the bucket spills on him is water not paint but when he comes in the house he has paint on him which seems unusual.

    • When Laura and Andy go to the Farrell's to tell Timothy that he has won the college scholarship, they find out that he's not home that he's working. So they talk to Bailey instead. When Laura and Andy get ready to leave, they hear some clucking. They go to the shed, and Laura realizes that it's Mathilda, her mother's best laying hen. If you look closely and if you know the difference between hens and roosters, you can see that is NOT a hen, but it is a rooster. Hens have little combs on their heads, while roosters have big ones.

    • There is a scene with Timothy and his father Bailey, who is still recovering from a heart attack, but is seen eating ham and eggs. Since ham and eggs are very full of cholesterol, this is obviously not the ideal meal for a man in Bailey's condition to have.

    • In one scene, Nellie refers to her Aunt Victoria as a "bore," but it's not entirely clear, and you have to listen very carefully to be able to tell that this is what she's saying. If you didn't know any better, you might think she is actually saying a 5-letter word that rhymes with "bore" and describes an immoral woman!

    • Normally a very sweet and mild-tempered man, Nels shocks audiences by actually yelling at Laura and Andy--something he never does in any other episode of Little House with any children other than those in his own family! It's very surprising to watch Nels furiously shoo Laura and Andy out of the store, then yell at them again later, when they attack Mrs. Oleson in the middle of the night.

  • Quotes

    • Laura: Nellie! Willie!
      Andy: You want to help us catch the creeper?
      Nellie: Why should we help you?
      Andy: Well, your store was robbed, wasn't it?
      Laura: Think of how proud your parents will be.
      Willie: They already are.
      Laura: Yeah, but this will give them a reason.

    • Charles: (after Laura is responsible for making his hair green) And furthermore, I'm going to assign you extra chores. That includes Saturdays and Sundays!
      Caroline: Charles, not Sundays.
      Charles: All right. If she can't work, then she can sit. You'll sit up in the loft and read the Good Book!
      Laura: For how long?
      Charles: Until my hair gets back to normal! That's how long!
      Laura: That long?

  • Notes

    • Though the episode ends on a sweet note of neighborly assistance, one does wonder what happened to Mr. Farrell after Charles, Jonathan and Nels leave town at the end of the season and Hansen has his stroke. This is another example of a neighbor who is never seen again.

  • Allusions

    • Andy Garvey references Allan Pinkerton in this episode. Pinkerton, a Scotland native, emmigrated to the United States and served as a spy for the Union during the Civil War. He fought in the bloody Battle of Antietam, and in 1862, he foiled an assasination attempt on then president Abraham Lincoln. After the war, he founded the Pinkerton Detective and Security Agency, which is still in existence today.