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After rescuing a seriously ill, unconscious Reverend Alden from his runaway wagon, down on his luck plainsman, Caleb Hodgekiss, puts on the clergyman's collar and devises a plan to fleece the charitable townsfolk of Walnut Grove.

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Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
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Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
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Caleb Hodgekiss
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Mattie Hodgekiss
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Addie Bjornesen
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After rescuing a seriously ill, unconscious Reverend Alden from his runaway wagon, down on his luck plainsman, Caleb Hodgekiss, puts on the clergyman's collar and devises a plan to fleece the charitable townsfolk of Walnut Grove.

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27 September 1976 (USA)  »

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The congregation sang the hymn "Ïn the Garden." at the end of the episode (The Collection, Season 3). Little House was set in the 1870-1880s, but C. Austin Miles (the hymn's writer) published the song in 1912, and was born in 1868. So the song was not around during the time frame of the show. (Unless Mr. Miles wrote it as a kid). See more »

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Reverend Robert Alden: He's taking from poor people.
Mattie Hodgekiss: He's taking for the needy. Lord knows we are needy.
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In The Garden
Written by C. Austin Miles (1912)
Sung by June Carter Cash (uncredited)
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Sometimes Life Hands You a Curveball
13 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a fire hits Graves Corner and Reverend Alden becomes deathly ill, Caleb Hodgekiss (played by Johnny Cash) and his wife (Played by June Carter Cash) take him in. He's not a very good man. He spent some time in jail and they don't have much money. So when he hears Reverend Alden talking about a need to take up a collection for Graves Corner, Caleb offers to go see Charles Ingalls and help with the collection. Caleb does more than he promises and goes, dressed up like a reverend. He even "borrows" Reverend Alden's watch.

Things don't go as planned. He realizes just how much the people of Walnut Grove really care. They show him, a stranger, nothing but love and kindness. They think he's a reverend, so ask him to help the people of Walnut Grove. He talks to Alisha about her dying dog. He talks to a grieving widow about life. His hardened heart is softened and he realizes he can't do that.

Mary is the main character in this episode. Laura only has one line at the very end of the episode. The best part, though, is seeing Johnny Cash. It's wonderful to see him and it was always an episode that touched my heart!

At the end, the voice you hear singing "In the Garden" was June Carter Cash.


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