Little House on the Prairie

Season 5 Episode 14

The Godsister

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Dec 18, 1978 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Godsister
Charles and Jonathan take a job on a telephone crew that is working in southern Minnesota, which requires them to be away from home for several weeks. As they gain success and earn more money than expected, they must decide if the job is worth keeping for the long term. Back in Walnut Grove, little Carrie, who misses her father and craves attention, creates an imaginary friend to pass the time.moreless

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  • I personally think this is a great episode I think the twins did great for their age!

    I believe Lindsey and Sydney did remarkably well in their acting. Maybe it was just a little like Alice in wonderland. I was glad Carrie got to do an episode focused on her. It was the first time they got to work together I thought it would never come! So what if her " god sister" was based on loneliness or what have you. All in all I think the Greenbush twins did very well.

  • cute but not one of Little House's best episodes but still good

    Carrie is heartsick for her Pa when he goes away for a month with Johnathan to work with the telephone crew

    she makes up an friend called Alyssa who looks like her out of loneliness and has made up adventurers with her including going to heaven and seeing jack the dog again

    when Pa returns Carrie can't see Alyssa and Pa explains she made up with Alyssa out loneliness and now his back she doesn't need to make up

    a friend

    The Greenbush twins may not be the strongest actresses but they did their best and were cute as Carriemoreless
  • The regular writing staff was either high or absent when this dreadfully lame plot was hatched.

    Too bad "Bomb" and "Stunk Up the Place" aren't available as classifications for these reviews; either would apply to this embarassingly bad episode of LHOTP. One hour seems like four as "actresses" Lindsay and Sydney Greenbush (as Carrie Ingalls and her "fairy godsister"), one-dimensionally mumble their way through a morass of inane and ludicrous dialoge. Granted, the script is bad, but the girl's acting is worse. No wonder the sisters playing Carrie were largely relegated to the part of "prop" throughout the series run.

    Horrible writing and acting aside, the story itself is just plain dumb. Charles goes off to work for a month, leaving a testy Caroline with four children and a farm to look after. Albert and Laura, of course, can't be bothered with Carrie, but for some reason, the writers have Caroline turning on her as well, treating her as a pest and a nuisance for most of the show (at one point, Caroline sends Carrie to the Garveys by herself, and then "berry picking at the pond" alone. Hello?! Who are you, and what have you done with Ma?). All this neglect causes Carrie to retreat inward, where she meets on several occasions her "fairy godsister". Together they visit what appear to be rejected or leftover props from 1973's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", are chased by a giant spider, and visit heaven, where the only people they meet are two old saints and the Ingalls dog, Jack. And the special effects...I've seen better on "I Dream of Jeanie" and "Land of the Lost". Don't lose an hour of your life watching this one!moreless
  • Carrie eats some magic 'shrooms when Ma tells her to go play in the woods

    Little House on the Prairie meets Land of the Lost.

    Haha, this episode isn't just bad. It's bizarre. Little Carrie is in everyone's way, and with Pa off on a get-rich trip, she enters a world that is Alice in Wonderland-esque. Giant spiders, giant berries, and an ethereal girl that bears a striking likeness to her named "Alissa" becomes her companion.

    The subplot with Pa and Mr. Garvey on a trip at least are standard Little House, but Carrie's story line just doesn't even fit the series, it's so strange. A minor point, but I didn't like how impatient Ma got with Carrie when she tried to help her with the laundry. Certainly she had lost her cool a bit with Carrie's carelessness, but the tone in which she tells her to "go fishing, Carrie," reminds me more of the mother in the horror film Carrie than sweet Ma Ingalls.

    While this episode was painful, there are other ones in the series I ranked as guiltier than this of wasting a perfectly good hour of one's life:moreless
  • As per main summary (4.5 out of 10)

    This episode could have been a lot worse but at least had the redeeming feature of a good second plot of Charles' and and Garvey's venture into the world of telecoms, unlike 'The hunters' which just had one tedious main plot from which there was no respite. Their part was quite interesting and funny at times such as the old Irishman Shaughnessy blowing up his 'whiskey factory'.

    All Sidney (or whichever of the twins it was) did was run around shouting Alissa over and over and over. Her acting wasn't that bad given monotonous dialogue. A bit of a bizarre one directed by Landon.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Patrick Labyorteaux

Patrick Labyorteaux

Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (1977 - 1981) (as Patrick Laborteaux)

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Lindsay Greenbush

Lindsay Greenbush

Carrie Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Lindsay Greenbush

Lindsay Greenbush

Alyssa (uncredited as)

Guest Star

Sidney Greenbush

Sidney Greenbush

Alyssa (uncredited as)

Guest Star

Patrick Sullivan Burke

Patrick Sullivan Burke

Head Angel

Guest Star

E.J. André

E.J. André

St. Peter

Recurring Role

Carl Pitti

Carl Pitti


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • In the scene where Carrie is saying her prayers, she mentioned her parents,Mary and Adam,Laura and Grace and Bandit. But she didn't mention Albert in her prayers. Apparently, she forgot that he lives with the family,now. So why didn't she mention him in her prayers?

    • E.J Andre, who played the angel also was in Season 2's His Father's Son and Going Home, and Season 3's Gold Country, Parts 1 and 2 Later he plays James and Cassandra's Uncle Jed in Season 7's The Lost Ones and Season 8's Uncle Jed. So he has played five different characters and was in seven episodes total.

    • The giant berries for Carrie's dream sequences were made by tying red balloons together and putting a dish of juice behind them. Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush would dip the balloons in the juice, smear it on their faces, and then say their lines, so it looked like they were eating them.

    • Carrie was about the age of a first grader in this episode, and yet it appears that every time she asks to help, Caroline turns her away and tells her to just go play. A child that age is certainly old enough to help out around the farm, and in that time period, it was important for all the adults and children to do their share. It's unrealistic, then, that Carrie would still be portrayed as too young to help with chores, especially in light of the fact that Charles was gone, and Caroline could have really used an extra pair of hands. And didn't Caroline just say in an earlier scene that when Charles was away, she got so tired with all the extra work she had to take on? Why, then, couln't she find something for the child to do?

    • In the final scene, Charles calls Carrie his "best girl." He also used the same words to describe young Laura in Season 1's "The Love of Johnny Johnson."

    • Close to the end, there is a scene in which the whisky still is about to explode. They all make a run for it and it blows convincingly and in the right place... followed by a secondary explosion on the other side that obliterates the whole building. What would cause this? It was after all a bunk house and only a few mats were on the floor for the men!

    • Goof: At the end, when Carrie tells Pa he has to go with her and she can't say there, Charles takes her hand and goes off in a different direction from the direction he just came from along the road. How did he know which way to go? It was off the road and Carrie said she couldn't tell him!.

    • Lindsay Greenbush and Sidney Greenbush are shown playing each other's characters, Carrie and Alissa, throughout the course of this episode. You can tell because their smiles are different. Also Jack, the Ingalls' dog, shown in the scene where Carrie visits heaven, looks nothing like the original Jack.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Carrie: Don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it, don't let it catch us, don't let it.

    • Carrie: Mrs. Garvey?
      Alice: Carrie, how are you?
      Carrie: Awful.
      Alice: Are you sick?
      Carrie: No, just in the way.

    • Charles: I'm sorry, Caroline. I shouldn't have said that. I don't know why I said it.
      Caroline: (in tears) It's just that when you're away, I get so tired.......and at night, I'm......(cries harder) lonely.
      Charles: Come on, come on, it's all right. If it means that much to you, I won't go. I'll tell Jonathan.
      Caroline: You will?
      Charles: Of course I will. Do you feel better now?
      Caroline: (smiles) Yeah. Charles, you can go.
      Charles: But you just said--
      Caroline: I know what I just said, but now that I know you'd give it up, you can go.
      Charles: Now that you know I'd give it up, I can go?
      Caroline: Mm-hmm.
      Charles: Caroline, I don't understand you.
      Caroline: I know. Come on, supper's ready. (gets up and leaves)
      Charles: (to himself) Now I can go. Before, I couldn't go. I just don't get it.

    • Charles: (wants to take a business trip with Jonathan) Come on, Caroline, it's just one month. Thirty days, and I'll make fifty dollars! With that kind of money, Jonathan and I can fix up that mill like new.
      Caroline: Charles, we have enough to eat, and we have a roof over our heads! We're getting along just fine.
      Charles: Come on, Caroline, don't make this any harder on me than it already is.
      Caroline: Why does it always have to be hard on you? Did you ever stop to think that it's hard on me? (storms out)

    • Carrie: Come with me, Pa! I have something to show you!
      Charles: Come with you where? I just got home.
      Caroline: Carrie, let your Pa rest for a while.
      Carrie: Please, Pa? I can't tell you what is it yet, but please?
      Charles: How am I going to say no to that face?

    • Charles: Carrie, come here. You were really lonely while I was gone, weren't you? So lonely that you made up an imaginary friend. But now I'm home and we can all have lots of fun together.
      Carrie: I had another present for you, but now it's gone.
      Charles: Aw. What was it?
      Carrie: Licorice.
      Charles: Licorice, that's my favorite! What happened to it?
      Carrie: It was my favorite too. I ate it.

    • Carrie: You believe in fairy tales, don't you?
      Charles: Well, I like to believe in them. It's fun to believe in them.
      Carrie: But you really don't. That's why she [Alyssa] didn't come. I guess now I don't have a surprise for you.

    • Jonathan: Is it Sunday?
      Alice: No.
      Jonathan: Then why are you dressed that way?
      Andy: Pa, even I know that!

  • NOTES (7)

    • This is the worst rated Little House on the Prairie episode, based on votes. It is also the episode for which Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush have received the harshest criticism for their acting performances as Carrie.

    • Sidney Greenbush, one of the twin girls who played Carrie, credits this as her favorite episode. "We finally got to prove to Michael Landon that we were every bit as good and talented as anyone else on the show," she has said.

    • This is the first and only episode where Carrie has multiple one-on-one scenes with each of her parents.

    • Lindsay Greenbush played Carrie in the scene where she was kicking her legs and waking up from her dream, yelling "Don't let it catch you! Don't let it!" over and over. Lindsay says that this is one of the scenes she remembers vividly and is most proud of.

    • This is the first and only episode to focus primarily on Carrie Ingalls, unless you count Season 3's Little Girl Lost, which had a plot involving Carrie but did not have her actually in the episode very much.

    • This is the only episode in which Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (Carrie) appear on-screen at the same time. Back in the 1970's, when this episode was filmed, having twin children share one role on a show was not so common, but the Greenbushes paved the way for Hollywood twin phenomenons like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Cole and Dylan Sprouse.

    • This was an extended episode (90 minutes).


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