Little House on the Prairie

Season 6 Episode 4

The Third Miracle

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Aired Wednesday 12:00 AM Oct 08, 1979 on NBC
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When Adam wins a prestigious teaching award, he and Mary travel by stage to accept the honor.

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  • still love this show today as i did as a boy

    9.5
    We in the uk are getting re-runs of this show on the true entertainment channel every weekday! And as i write this review im on this eppisode!. And like all the other episodes i still love it! I would go as far to say that i love this show almost as much as doctor who! ALMOST! Lol as both shows hold childhood memories albeit little house are old repeats and DW has moved on but still the same (if you see what i mean! Reminders of a day

    when tv was good and long may they continue!!.....

    Mike Gmoreless
  • Adam wins a teaching award but he and Mary lack the financial resources to travel to a special dinner in order for him to receive it; that is until Laura and Albert find a way to make it possible.moreless

    7.0
    Everyone is delighted when a teaching honour is bestowed upon Adam but their excitement is overshadowed by the fact that nobody has the money for he and Mary to make the trip to accept it at an awards dinner.



    Laura and Albert have made an arrangement with Nels Oleson to buy their home-grown honey but with Nels out of town, Harriet renegs on the deal and offers them only half of the agreed price which annoys them greatly but they get their own back when they convince Harriet that they have a hive that will make them a fortune, and she agrees to purchase it, thinking that she is getting the good end of the bargain. What they don't mention is that the log which contains their hive also has many restless bees and she and Nellie are soon on the receiving end of an angry swarm.



    The money from the honey and hive sale allows Mary and Adam to make the trip with a pregnant woman named Marge also in the coach. (Played by Michael Landon's daughter, Leslie.) On the way, they are involved in an accident and the coach driver is killed. Adam is trapped, as is Marge and the sightless Mary is the only one able to go for help. Using instinct, Mary finds her way to a spot close to the road, which just happens to be the one that Charles is searching for her own as the stagecoach is overdue. Things get a little bit cheesy at this point when Mary's eye glasses start a fire in the dry grass and Charles sees the smoke, thereby making him able to rescue them.



    A good episode with enough suspense to keep everyone happy.moreless
  • Mary and Adam are involved in a stagecoach accident involving a pregnant woman.

    8.0
    I read somewhere about episodes written by people with no previous writing experience, and this was one of them -- a cameraman, I believe. Needless to say, I was a tad skeptical of the quality of the episode. After watching it, though, I was pretty impressed with it. I'd like to point out it is a tad depressing, and by 20 minutes into the show you'll be thinking its just a series of unfortunate events. By 40 minutes into the show, you're thinking... what in the heck is the point of this? Sure, its inspirational and has the funny bee subplot... but what's going on? You gotta wait for the very last minute. The message I took away from the episode was: What you think was the worst thing that ever happened to you can end up being the best thing that ever happened to you.moreless
  • Mary, Adam and a pregnant woman are involved in a serious stagecoach accident.

    7.0
    Adam recieves word that he's been awarded the Louis Braille award for outstanding teaching (ok...). What the writers are actually doing is setting Mary and Adam up for one of their usual tragedies. The beginning of the episode has Laura and Albert collecting honey from a log hive in an attempt to make money. Try to ignore the fact that they're completely unsupervised, and the log hive, with about 50,000 bees in it, sits just yards away from the Ingalls house. Anyhoo, Mr. Oleson has agreed to buy all the honey from them, which will net the kids a hefty $60! Meanwhile, Adam is notified of his winning the aforementioned award, but realizes he and Mary can not afford to travel to the ceremony. Laura and Albert step up and offer their "honey money"; problem is, when they go to sell it at the mercantile, Mr. Oleson is gone and Mrs. Oleson refuses to pay more than half the agreed-upon amount. Albert makes a deal: pay full price, Mrs. Oleson, and we'll throw in the hive and all its future contents. With visions of dollars dancing in her head, Mrs. Oleson readily agrees. Albert tells her to come out with Nellie in the morning to get the log "'cause the bees will be taking their morning naps". They cash in, and Mary and Adam are on their way.



    During the trip, however, the pin holding the coach to the team separates (a recurring LHOTP theme), causing the coach to careen down a hill. The driver is killed, Adam's legs are pinned under the coach, and a pregnant woman traveling with the Kendalls is badly injured. Mary, the only one who is mobile, decides to leave for help. While climbing a bluff, she falls and is knocked unconcious, and the glasses Adam had her bring along (an "in" joke between the two of them) catch the sunlight and start a fire. While this endangers Mary's life, the fire attracts the attention of Charles and Jonathan, out looking for the missing stagecoach, who rescue the three survivors in the nick of time.



    Incidentally, the bees become very "active" during the hot, bumpy ride in the back of the Oleson's wagon. Mrs. Oleson and Nellie react predictably and are of course stung repeatedly. It's funnier than it sounds.



    I like this episode, but nearly every one that really focuses on Adam and Mary centers around tragedy. Miscarriages, fires, stagecoach wrecks, explosions, attacks, etc. I believe the writer's attempts to make a "handicapped" couple seem more "normal" were not well executed. It's as though the writers were saying, "we can't think of any way to make a blind couple interesting or watchable, so let's just keep throwing problems at them". It was depressing and beacme very redundant after several episodes. More positive storylines for them would have been refreshing. After all, doesn't Mary's character scream in one episode, "how much more do I have to take?! Dear God, how much more?!". Indeed.moreless
Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

Melissa Sue Anderson

Melissa Sue Anderson

Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

Dr. Hiram Baker

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

Nels Oleson

Matthew Laborteaux

Matthew Laborteaux

Albert Quinn Ingalls (1978 -1982)

Linwood Boomer

Linwood Boomer

Adam Kendall (1978 - 1981)

Troy Melton

Troy Melton

Stage Driver

Guest Star

Leslie Landon

Leslie Landon

Marge

Recurring Role

Ketty Lester

Ketty Lester

Hester-Sue

Recurring Role

James Jeter

James Jeter

Blacksmith

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: Before Mary leaves the scene of the stagecoach accident to find help, she tells Adam, "I'll leave the canteen for you and Marge." Adam is lying on the ground with his legs pinned underneath the coach, and Marge is stuck inside of it. Neither of them could move, and the roof of the coach created a virtual wall between them. Reaching each other to share the canteen, therefore, was impossible.

    • Look closely at the dried "fake blood" the makeup artists applied to the arm of the dead stagecoach driver--it's running down his arm, though his arm is pointed upward, above his head. Clearly, the fake blood was applied while the actor was standing, making it appear to defy gravity when he's in the lying-down position.

    • Notice that when Charles and Jonathan pull up to rescue Mary from the prairie fire, Charles jumps out of the wagon, but Jonathan continues to sit in the driver's seat! Wouldn't it be a natural reaction for him to run over with Charles and help, considering the severe danger that Mary was in?

    • Actor Linwood Boomer (Adam) must have moved around between takes after the stagecoach accident scene. Initially, he's "pinned" underneath it up to his pelvis, but in the next scene, after Mary leaves to go for help, the stagecoach just covers him to the top of his knees. It's a pretty glaring error on the director/editor's part.

    • The viewer is treated to a mini-geography lesson in this episode, as the names of many towns close enough to Walnut Grove to have stagecoach service within the day's drive are mentioned: Sleepy Eye, Tracy, Harlan, Sanborn, and New Ulm, among others.

    • When Caroline received the telegraph for Adam in front of the post office, she did not release the hand break before driving off with the wagon.

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Leslie Landon (Michael Landon's daughter) appears in this episode as pregnant woman Marge. This is the first time we've seen her all grown up--in Season 3's The Election, she was a young schoolgirl. She has certainly grown up a lot in just three years!

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