Little House on the Prairie

Season 3 Episode 11

The Hunters

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Dec 20, 1976 on NBC
4.6
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Despite being a bit too young, Laura convinces her father to help sweet-talk Caroline into letting her accompany him on a hunting trip. Laura delights in this rare one-on-one time with Charles, and everything is going beautifully until she accidentally knocks over his loaded gun. With her beloved father very close to death, Laura must find help all on her own.moreless

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  • Will Charles survive an accidental shooting on a hunting trip? Let's hope so!

    5.0
    Caroline is not at all keen on the idea of young Laura accompanying Charles on a hunting trip for a variety of reasons, but Laura is very determined that she will go with him and eventually succeeds in talking her parents into letting her tag along after making all the necessary promises of being careful, etc.



    Laura is thrilled and excited. She is very close to her father and delights in the fact that she will be able to spend some time alone with him doing something that he loves. Things don't go very smoothly though when Charles is shot after Laura accidently bumps his loaded shot gun.



    Not a very interesting or inspiring episode and one that I would have happily missed in spite of the usual excellent acting from both Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert.moreless
  • I think this was well written

    10
    I loved this episode and wish it were aired more. This get looked over on all channels. This shows a very special bond between Pa and Laura and how she is able to get the old man to leave the cabin. I feel this is very heart felt and show never be overlooked. A great performance by the entire cast. Just as be my friend is overlooked and never aired. This is one of the best shows ever made and I feel all of them should be aired on prime time again, maybe all the crap TV would disappear. Thank Youmoreless
  • As per main review but for extra info the blind man's son decides to journey further than usual thus leaving his father alone for longer.

    2.0
    This episode has to contain the most boring drawn out story of all. The idiotic blind man stumbles from one wrong location to another all the while claiming expertise in his area, meanwhile Charles is bleeding halfway to death totally dependent on this myopic imbecile for help. He is a combination of Mr Magoo & Mr Bean and looks like Stinky Pete from Toy Story. On and on this misguided fool continues to the point of exasperation for the viewer - how Charles manages to survive is a miracle. Maybe the writers went on strike and Carrie wrote the story for them!moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

Charles Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Karen Grassle

Karen Grassle

Caroline Quiner Holbrook Ingalls (1974 - 1982)

Michael Rougas

Michael Rougas

Dr. Canby

Guest Star

Paul Brinegar

Paul Brinegar

Glover

Guest Star

Johnny Crawford

Johnny Crawford

Ben Shelby

Guest Star

Victor French

Victor French

Mr. Edwards

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Way back in the pilot episode, Charles said to 8-year-old Laura, "One of these days, I'll sweet-talk your Ma into letting you go hunting with me." Now, four years later, that day has finally come.

    • When Sam and Laura are going to get help from Mr Edwards in one shot Laura's plaits are coming undone etc, and in the next shot they have been re-done and are all neat and tidy.

    • Audiences may be shocked to see Charles' reaction right after he is accidentally shot. He truly believes he is going to die, and he asks God not to let his daughter watch him die. If you know the character, you know that he never surrendered like that at any other time in the series, so this was a hugely emotional moment for Charles Ingalls.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Laura: (after accidentally knocking over Charles' gun and shooting him) Oh, Pa, it's all my fault.
      Charles: It's not your fault, you hear me? It's not your fault. Now, I want you to listen to me. Go find the horse, then go and get help. I'll be all right. You hear me? Go now! Go now! (Laura runs off, Charles is in tears) Dear God, don't let her watch me die. Please, God, don't let her watch me die.

    • Laura: You mean I'm not really bad luck?
      Charles: (smiles) I think you're the best luck I ever had.

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