Little House on the Prairie

Season 5 Episode 14

The Godsister

Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Dec 18, 1978 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Charles and Jonathan go outside to sleep, it looks too light outside to be sleeping time, unless they went to bed really early or slept in really late. Later, when the boss is waking everyone up to work, a man says that it's not even light out yet, but the door was open and it looked light outside.

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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