Little House on the Prairie: Season 6, Episode 10

The Faith Healer (19 Nov. 1979)

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On Mrs. Oleson's invitation, the Rev. James Danforth comes to Walnut Grove to give residents his charismatic, fiery style of preaching. The hypnotic Danforth claims to have actually "... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)
Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)


On Mrs. Oleson's invitation, the Rev. James Danforth comes to Walnut Grove to give residents his charismatic, fiery style of preaching. The hypnotic Danforth claims to have actually "witnessed" the Word of the Lord and can perform great miracles as a faith healer. He demonstrates his abilities during one of his revivals, restoring sight to a blind person and giving a crippled person the ability to walk. The people are awestruck and soon flock to his services. Rev. Alden, Dr. Baker and Charles have all seen Danforth at work and reject his ministry; in the aftermath, attendance at Rev. Alden's Sunday services declines sharply, while Dr. Baker's practice also suffers. Later, a farmer's son complains of abdominal pain and places complete trust in Danforth to have it healed. Dr. Baker is nearby and urges the farmer to have surgery instead, but Danforth seems to heal the boy. But later that night, the boy's appendix bursts (just as Dr. Baker feared was about to happen) and he dies; the ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Harriet Oleson: If Reverend Danforth is really what they think he is... well, I'm gonna look like an absolute fool!
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25 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A new preacher arrives in Walnut Grove and excites the town by leading a faith healing service. After three people are suddenly cured, people turn to him as their new minister of choice. But when a young boy comes down with appendicitis, the father chooses to take him to see the faith healer instead of getting an operation. The boy is supposedly cured, but Dr. Baker believes the boy was only tricked into believing he was cured. When the boy dies, the minister takes a different approach and asks Reverend Alden to share his church with him. Reverend Alden refuses, and as a result believes he needs to leave Walnut Grove for good. But we know Charles and his come-to-Jesus talks. Well, he's no different here!

Incidentally, there is an episode in Season 1 about a circus man who comes to town, claiming to have special powders that heal. If you remember, Harriet Olsen was suffering from the very same thing as the boy in this episode. Her condition became chronic and Dr. Baker did surgery. I'm not sure why he couldn't operate on the boy...

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