Little House on the Prairie: Season 2, Episode 15

A Matter of Faith (4 Feb. 1976)

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Caroline Ingalls sends her family on ahead to the picnic grounds for the week-end, planning to join them after baking pies for a church fund-raiser, unaware that a simple scratch on her leg... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
K.T. Stevens ...
Mrs. Cullers
John Alderson ...
Morgan Jones ...
Brad Cullers
Moosie Drier ...
Junior Barrett
Ruth Foster ...
Alan Decker ...
Toby Cullers


Caroline Ingalls sends her family on ahead to the picnic grounds for the week-end, planning to join them after baking pies for a church fund-raiser, unaware that a simple scratch on her leg is quickly festering into a life-threatening infection. Written by shepherd1138

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This episode is nearly identical in title, plot, and even some camera angles to the Bonanza "A Matter Of Circumstance" (which only switched the focus to Michael Landon's character rather than Karen Grassle's), and both were directed by William Claxton. See more »


Dr. Hiram Baker: She's gonna be alright. You know Reverend, a doctor would have had difficulty making the decision Caroline did. How she picked exactly the right moment... only God knows.
Reverend Robert Alden: I'm sure He does, Doctor. I'm sure He does.
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Having Faith
22 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode focuses on Matriarch, Caroline Ingalls. It begins pretty simple - Caroline scrapes her leg on the way out of the wagon on an old wire Charles had wrapped around the wagon. Caroline means to clean it out good, but things get a bit hectic for the mother of three and she simply forgets about it.

The Ingalls are planning to take a trip somewhere (whoops, don't remember where...) and the entire family planned to go. But when duty called - pie baking duty that is - Caroline decides to stay behind and make the pies while the children are not underfoot, then ride to the social with the Reverend and Mrs. Foster. All goes well until the infection sets in. As the day progresses, her infection gets worse and worse.

Allow me to slip to another part of the story now, since I've really said all there is to say about the main plot. It surprised me a bit to see Reverend Alden and Mrs. Foster (a married woman, if you go by a later episode, but married or not doesn't really matter) travel alone together across the prairie. In those days, that would have been seen as very inappropriate! The fact that Reverend Alden is a minister would complicate this ethical taboo even more.

The ending is pretty good and has a few spiritual messages in it. I must say, though, that one of the messages is a bit off. Charles stated,"God takes care of those that love Him." Not to get into a theological discussion or anything, but sometimes - many times - God takes care of those that don't love him. Furthermore, it was possible that Caroline died. In fact, in real life it's more than likely the outcome...Yet Charles seemed to tell his girls that because Caroline loved God, He'd spare her life. That's a wrong message to send...

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